Tuesday, 26 February 2013

(Cheats) Preserving Adventures

I like the thought of growing my own food to preserve for the family however the rosy of glow of imagining pretty jars lined up filled with yummy home grown goodness turns ice blue when I realise I have to actually do it before the picture of earth mother will be complete. My first foray into the preserving wilderness this year turned out to be very easy and satisfying.
First the tomatoes - Amish Paste grown specifically for sauces and cooking have come along late but are now producing well which means I now have to deal with them. I am exceptionally efficient (or lazy) at sorting these fat red babies out.

check out my Domestics Adventures tab for a fast, easy way to freeze tomatoes with no peeling, boiling or bottling.

When I need them later in the year I just plunge into just boiled water, wait, peel, drain for a bit and use like tinned tomatoes. I know I could bottle, make sauce and puree tomatoes now and have a ready to use product later but I don't fancy spending my hot summer days processing, sterilising and labelling.

Second the beetroot - Egyptian Flat chosen because they are as promised - flat and easy to slice. Thankfully only three were ready so I eased into it gently.

I have an easy way to process the beetroot too, details again on the Domestic Adventures page.

There you have it, the cheats way of storing beetroot and tomatoes for the winter - of course the kids won't eat either so I don't know why I bother!

Friday, 22 February 2013

What The Blog?

This is my first post on my blog, not too sure why I decided to create a page dedicated to my thoughts and musings on various topics - another haphazard decision to go along with the others I have made over the last few decades.

Of course I couldn't just 'start blogging' as I was invited to when I created this page but I had to do research (ie procrastinating) as I knew nothing about blogging or the parallel universe that is the blogosphere. I looked around some blogs, read some books and gained a little knowledge which we all know is indeed a dangerous thing.

One of the things I learnt is that you should focus on limited subject choices so people know what to expect when they read your blog and hopefully if they have similar interests and opinions they will come back to hear what you have to say. Simple to follow unless you have a scattered brain like mine which finds it impossible to keep on track - I have been aptly described (in the kindest possible way) as a 'meanderthal'.

So I will be breaking the first piece of advice I received about blogging and see what happens. I will air my haphazard views about life in general and see if I discover serendipity while releasing my musings out into the digital community. This is bound to lead to that (paraphrased) age old question - if a person blogs and no one reads it are they actually blogging at all?