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 Post subject: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:53 pm 
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Everyone seems to grow such a lot of food and I wonder what happens to it all. Do you have huge families? lots of friends living in apartments? or are you madly preserving all your produce? If it's the latter, I would love to know how you're doing it.

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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:53 pm 
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Granny Smith wrote:
Everyone seems to grow such a lot of food and I wonder what happens to it all. Do you have huge families? lots of friends living in apartments? or are you madly preserving all your produce? If it's the latter, I would love to know how you're doing it.

Simple drying bottling pickling freezing


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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:41 pm 
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I give a lot away and the chickens and dog eat some. I pickle some and dry others. Fish get a lot of the greens.

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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:49 pm 
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what do people do with pumpkins, aside from making soup.


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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
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fizzyj wrote:
what do people do with pumpkins, aside from making soup.

Pumpkin picked at the right time and stored correctly will last 12 months [google that ]


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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:55 pm 
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Food&Fish wrote:
fizzyj wrote:
what do people do with pumpkins, aside from making soup.

Pumpkin scones, roast pumpkin (yum), risotto.
If they are the large ones ususally give some away.

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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:10 pm 
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We supply the whole family as well as friends with Pumpkins for months most years. Last year unfortunately our pumpkins (always Jap - taken from seeds of previous year) were substandard due to unseasonal rains. They normally last for many months, but these did not :-(. Didn't get around to planting a vine this year, but will at least get a couple to use for seed next year from some vine that did not die back at the end of the last season.

I've not really got around to do any preserving of anything (time poor), but as well as the pumpkins other things I grow that keep for many months include:

- potatoes, always keep for months untill all eaten
- garlic, keeps from one season to the next ie my last harvest is always still edible when I am harvesting my next 12 months later. Try keeping store bought in the cupboard for 12 months.


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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2010 5:59 pm 
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fizzyj wrote:
what do people do with pumpkins, aside from making soup.


Soup. :ahhh:

They do last a while. Most people keep them outside as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:36 am 
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cook and mash the punkin, then freeze it in portions to make soup or scones :)

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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:28 am 
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Pumpkin bread with walnuts and just a tickle of chilli is sensational!

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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:37 am 
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Pumpkin gnocchi and goes well tempura too


I'm freeze jar and give away with my excess,we have a weekly swap/giveaway at the community garden


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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:04 am 
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Everyone who comes to our house has to leave with a bag of cherry tomatoes and rainbow chard. :whip:

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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:25 am 
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Any excess of ours goes to the budgies, friends and compost. Pretty much in that order. :hello:


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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 2:21 pm 
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It's been nearly a full time occupation dealing with our surplus of cherry tomatoes. So far we have pasta sauce, tomato paste (it's amazing how a bucket of tommies can boil down to a cup of paste) and last week we tried oven dried cherry toms for the first time (this one gets the thumbs up from me :thunbs: )

We also have plentiful parsnips which have been going in soups, gratins and as of yesturday, parsnip chutney! It went down a treat with our ploughmans lunch.

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 Post subject: Re: Excess Harvest
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Parsnip chutney... now theres a new one. I recon that would taste tip top


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