January larder

Storing Vegetables

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I have a pretty minimal larder this year. Mostly because I spent more time cleaning the house and seeding the grass so we could sell our house last summer. The good news is – we have a beautiful new home. And the bad news – I have to go to the grocery store a lot more than I’d like.

I have a good supply of garlic – I got that crop in the ground before we started the home-selling stuff. Its really nice, with big cloves and holding fine (even though we don’t have a cool place to store it – that’s another story: our new house doesn’t have a basement yet. We’ll build one this spring.)

I also have a couple nice shallots left. (I grew shallots for the first time last year and was really pleased with these. I’ll grow them again this year.) I have a lot of dried chilis. I grow a cayenne and a Thai hot chili every year. These thin-walled chilis air dry easily on a plate my counter top. I also have a couple bags of dried herbs. These are plants I cropped short when we left our old house. I have dill, sage and oregano.

And I have a little bowlful of dried beans. I tried to grow crops of Jacobs Cattle beans and black turtle beans, but only ended few of the former. And, then I grew Fortex green beans, but didn’t harvest them in time so they matured and dried. So I have a fairly unattractive and very small bowl of dried beans. Nevertheless, I’m saving them and looking forward to a special chili meal.

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I do have great plans for next year’s larder (“A garden is never so good as it will be next year” – Thomas Cooper ).

I am hoping for shelves full of canned fruits, tomatoes, pickles, dried chilis and herbs, baskets full of potatoes, sweet potatoes, squashes and dried beans, a fridge full of beets, cabbages and carrots, and maybe even a freezer with pesto and roasted peppers. OK, a few winter radishes too for my martinis….

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