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Thursday, August 29, 2019

santa barbara country n news-reap what you sow

when i garden i try to only plant what we will eat
try to plant so we dont have to spend a lot of time putting things up
i guess thats a southern wording putting things up
what it means is
canning or freezing veggies to eat later in the year

so in my garden right now i have

i use it in stir fries in grilled veggies and plan to pickle some with refrigerator pickled veggies
now when i produced a lot more in texas since it loves texas hot dry summers
i would cook it with tomatoes in a tomato okra dish usually using the crockpot
the acid of the tomatoes mixed with the slimeness of the okra makes for a good tasting dish
here in santa barbara it doesnt get as hot
weve had 70/60 degree weather for several weeks now
sorry texas
the okra doesnt grow fast here or larger
my texas okra would get over 10 feet tall here maybe they get 5 feet
right now they are at 4 feet

we eat it a lot in salads but my wife she makes a pesto that we use mainly with pasta or curly squash pasta
now thats not a specific squash its one thats been cut into larger curls and eaten like pasts
we also use it on sandwich salads etc

this year its been slow
we eat them a lot with salads

we eat them raw or in salads or grilled or as curly pasta

billie beans or peruvan beans
these i grew enough for several quarts of frozen beans to be cooked later in the crockpot with my beans crockpot recipe

french cut green beans
these many of them never make it home as i eat them as i garden along with my cherry tomatoes
we eat them in salads or eat them in stir fries
this year i snapped them and froze them and will eat them later in soups stir fries grilled veggies

christmas lima beans
these dried lima beans or as we called them butter beans have an almost ham taste
we cook them in the crockpot using my bean crockpot recipe

malibar spinach
we eat the small leaves in salads
we use the larger leaves in stir fries
my wife she uses it to make a spinach casserole or in other spinach dishes

purple hull peas
these are grown and shelled when the pea hulls get purple
i plant just enough to shell and freeze and cook on new years day
eating them on new years day is a southern tradition for good luck

banana peppers
we eat them raw
like the french green beans many dont make it out of the garden since i snack on them while i garden
we use them a lot in salads

mild tam jalapeno peppers
we use them in cooking and in our margaritas to add some heat
i freeze them also in ziplock bags to use as we need them later

bell peppers
we eat them raw and in salads and grilled veggies and stir fries
i also freeze them in bags and use them as needed later

egg plant
we use them in the grilled veggie mix
my wife she has a least two good recipes with tomatoes and other veggies and swiss chard
she also makes a great egg plant dip with them

so our refrigerator freezer is half full with these veggies
i carefully label them and date them
my wife she doesnt believe in doing that
my rule
if not labelled or dated its gone to the compost
my wife she contributes a lot of frozen food to the compost pile i must add

yesterday i noticed i had a few okra a handful of green beans some banana peppers a few jalapenos a few bell  peppers a few garlic a few left over yellow onions some new fresh cukes a couple of small squash
so i plan to make using that jar in the picture above a jar of refrigerator pickled veggies using all of these

i will heat up some white vinegar add some dill some pepper flakes some pickling salt maybe some sugar
stuff all those veggies down in there
pour the vinegar mix over them
let it cool some
put it in the refrigerator to eat as we want
they never last very long though

i will take my okra then from my garden dunk it down in there each day as i harvest my okra
after a week or so the okra is pickled then i will eat it
you can tell by the color change when the okra is pickled good
yum is all i can say about what all goes into that jar

so thats how i reap what i sow

the organicgreen doctor

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