Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Bottling Beets!

It may be a thing of the past as my hubby keeps reminding me - but if you want to be self sufficient you need to do the enevitable: Bottling & preserving. It's one of those things that I can remember my grandmother doing - but never bothered to learn. Now its up to google & youtube to teach me!

My beets grew FANTASTICALLY! Yesterday my daughter and I harvested 30 massive beets the size of my hand! I mistakenly (on purpose!) planted these out all at once & so there was no option but to bottle them. Its actually a good thing really as it means I only had to turn my kitchen 'red' with all the juice once!

The potion that I used as the bottling liquid was POTENT. It definatly cleared the sinuses while I boiled it, so I'm really hopeful that its not going to make the beetroot taste terrible! Had salt, tumeric, celery seeds & mustard seeds in it with a whole lot of sugar & malt vinegar added to the brew.  

Bottled Beets!
The finished product was 4 large jars of beets. I still have a few in the garden. But If we don't all die from botulism I think I'll need to plant more next time to last us over the whole year.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Crunchy munchy salads!

Just look at this lettuce! Dosen't it look fantasticly tasty?! The lettuce's are growing well & producing the BEST mesculin lettuce! Its so crispy and fresh! Nothing like the packet lettuce you get in the shops! We're getting fresh salads every day now!

Too add to the salads I've had large radishes & even sweet peas from the garden! Fantastic! The tomato plants are flowering now & I can't wait to add them!!

Much to hubby's green-phobia its HUGE salads for us each night!!! LOVING IT! :)