I’ve finally found the perfect way to store fresh herbs – quart-size yogurt containers! We usually have lots around in hopes of finding a better fate for them than recycling. We use them to sort craft supplies, as mini-buckets when we are cleaning and in a pinch, I use them to store things in the freezer. To store herbs: Cut a bit off the stems of your fresh herbs to match the height of your […]
Lots of produce that I need to put up this weekend, so I thought I would put together a list for the sake of accountability. I’ve listed things in order of priority for my pantry, but this does not necessarily mean that I will tackle them in that order: Crushed tomatoes Shelf-stable salsa (small batch for emergencies) Ketchup Fermented dill pickles Pickled red onions Fermented serranos Charred serranos for freezer Escabeche (small batch for botana […]
I have put up 7 pints of shelf-stable tomato sauce and 5 pints of oven-roasted tomatoes in the freezer to date and that is just not enough to make it through to June 2017. 10 pounds of san marzanos getting processed tonight! Stay tuned to the ‘gram and twitterverse for the play-by-play.
I am not sure what kind of shape my tomatoes are going to be in tomorrow morning, but I suspect that they will be very, very, VERY ripe. Although my most coveted pantry is item is crushed tomatoes, I find that knocking out a batch of Basic Tomato Sauce first helps start my weekend processing without wearing me down. No blanching or peeling! I can usually get through a solid 6-7 lbs of the most ripe tomatoes as soon […]
This will be my fifth season of putting up tomatoes for my homemade pantry! I’m excited to get my sad, sad pantry back into top form, so stay tuned this coming weekend as I blanch, peel, and prep my first 20 lbs worth. I’ll start with a tentative plan tomorrow (on the blog) with links to some recipes and will be posting on Instagram and Twitter all weekend long with my favorite hashtag of the summer […]
All the rain means is making for a slow start to the beginning of my much beloved tomato season. A small batch of tomato sauce for immediate consumption (not the pantry) to kick off tomatolandia it is.
Walks that end in loquats are top of that list.
This happens to me every April. It has to do with wanting to be done with the busy that always comes at this time of year (summer tends to be a bit of a break in that regard). Also… my pantry is very, very sad. Tomatoes are low. Pickles are gone. All that is left is peppers, peppers, and ketchup and there is only so much kitchen magic that can come of it. I want […]
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I got hit with large amounts of peppers (hot ones) over the weekend. Serranos, jalapeños, poblanos, and habaneros all had to be dealt with immediately. Quick breakdown of what I put up below: Fermented Jalapeños – Ya’ll… I am fermenting everything thanks to The Hip Girl’s Guide to the Kitchen. Picture above is what I started with. Charred Habanero Sauce – Used this recipe as a base with […]
I promised to check back in with some progress and here she goes. My first jar of fermented dill pickles smells divine, and is absolutely beautiful. All signs point to this being a fermenting household moving forward. Will have to figure out fridge space for this new pickle direction ASAP.