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Sat Sep 29, 2018, 04:41 PM

I just dug 30 pounds of red potatoes out of one of my 2 rows of spuds

If I get that much out of my "storage" potato row, I'll be set for winter.

Along with the already-frozen tomato sauce, cabbage, peppers. broccoli and kale.

and the 2 dozen hugh butternut squash still on the vine and the brussels sprouts((that the wood chuck saved for me).

I ain't spendin' no money on veggies this winter.

Nope.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 04:47 PM

1. re: frozen kale

Could you share how you freeze your kale? Just freeze it straight up, or parboil, or ...?

Thanks in advance ... I have been hearing many opinions on this (also on freezing avocados).

.rog.

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Response to rog (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 05:00 PM

4. Steam chopped kale until bright green

Cool

Store in Ziplock bags with the air pressed out of them.

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Response to jpak (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 05:09 PM

7. re: frozen kale, thank you

That is one of the methods I read about. Thanks for the first-hand confirmation.

.rog.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 04:47 PM

2. How do you preserve the potatoes?

The only way I could think of is to make huge vats of mashed potatoes (which freeze well).

What do you do? Even I couldn't eat 30 pounds of potatoes before they get grungy.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 05:03 PM

5. I put them in burlap bags and store them in the cool part of the cellar

But I'm buying a new fridge next week and putting a lot in there.

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Response to jpak (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 12, 2018, 05:41 PM

14. How cool in temp should they be?

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #14)

Sat Oct 13, 2018, 01:32 PM

15. 45-50 degrees F - right now they are upstairs in an unheated room.

Once it get really cold, they will go down in the cellar.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 05:00 PM

3. How do you freeze your cabbage and peppers?

I want to grow more green beans next year and put them in Food Saver bags and freeze them. Do you have any idea if that would work?

We canned 46 quarts of hot wax peppers this year, and also 31 quarts of tomatoes. So we are all done with canning now!

Oh yes and 11 half-pints of elderberry jelly!

I would love to try a butternut squash plant, too! Used to grow red potatoes. I like them better than russets.

BTW we also donated 60 lbs. of our produce to the local food bank.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 05:06 PM

6. I chop the cabbage, bake it on a sheet in the oven with oilive oil

and freeze a cup at a time in ziplock bags.

The peppers I slice into long strips, freeze on a sheet, then transfer to ziplock bags - then back in the freezer.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 06:06 PM

8. my dehydrator has paid for itself many times over.

great for peppers and tomatoes.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 1, 2018, 04:43 PM

13. We freeze lots of peppers by just dicing them and packing in freezer bags. They last a long time

and hold up very well. Not exactly crisp and crunchy when you thaw them, but they are absolutely fine for cooking and using in salads.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 07:44 PM

9. The oak trees in MI are loaded with huge acorns

 

lots of feed for the deer, squirrels and probably means a long, cold winter (down to 39f tonight).

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Sat Sep 29, 2018, 08:16 PM

10. My big canner is still in storage

I really miss that sucker. Great deal of satisfaction in seeing many brightly colored jars of veges and fruit on the shelves.

I just core peppers, put in a bag and throw in the freezer. Always tasty for chili and casseroles.

I just wish there was some way to freeze watermelon.....sigh.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 30, 2018, 10:18 AM

11. I just picked the last of my baby-sized watermelons today

Juicy and sweeeeet!

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Response to jpak (Reply #11)

Sun Sep 30, 2018, 02:41 PM

12. Still getting the big ones

But some are starting to go bad, even giving a bunch away. It takes me 3 days to eat a 30 lb watermelon.

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