Saturday, July 17, 2010

Farm Fresh Produce

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Fresh produce is in abundance, don't want until it is all gone. it is time to support your local farmers in their endeavors to provide us with all the fresh items that we might need to get us through the winter. Their time, pride and hard work is reflected in the bounty that they provide us with.

One might say that you don't have time , or don't know what to do to prepare the items for freezing.  With the way the economy is now it is well worth learning how to prepare your own. Canning is time consuming, but freezing is simple. It is also a way involve the whole family . You  and the children can
have  fun and is a learning experience.
Produce such as zucchini, yellow squash, green beans and greens can be washed, chopped and blanched in boiling water for 5 minutes and taken out in placed in a ice water bath just to cool and stop the cooking process and then placed into  plastic, freezer bags. Depending on how you want to prepare the item, they can be added to a dish or sauteed with herbs and olive oil. If you prefer you can also wash your fresh veggies, dry and brush with olive oil and place onto the grill,pears, peaches and plums make a delicious grilled desert especially when drizzled with some fresh made bottled honey.

Fresh tomatoes, green peppers, melons taste so good when they are right from the earth, no additives and the like. So why not give it a try and you will have a smile on your face when pulling your fresh from the freezer in dead winter.
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