The Farm Report
Remember the Billboard Tarp Garden I started late last winter/early spring? Well, the tomatoes absolutely love it! I know it might look like a forest of foliage, but I've hauled out buckets and buckets of red ripe - VINE ripened - tomatoes.
THIS! is what you garden for; this is why you grow your own 'maters.
'Mater Juice in the Makin'
We're doing green beans again. This time it is for the winter, but I'm trying something different this year.
Nice quickly grown beans. They're delicious, too.
My book says to steam blanch for 3 minutes. Just enough to give the beans a hot foot and kill the spoiling enzymes, but not enough to actually cook the beans.
Pop! The hot beans get dumped into a pan of ice water to shock them and stop the cooking.
They stay in the ice bath until they are cold all the way through. I never time this. I just eat one every once in awhile and when they are cold, I know I can move on. Joyce used a timer.....
"And it's just that easy," as Uncle Red Green would say. I even saved a 'real' pickle jar for the occasion.