Capucijner peas

My Capucijner soup pea crop amounted to 2 cups this year – twice what I got last year. Its drying now in a bowl in my kitchen. I stir them often and remove the few peas that get moldy. Peas and beans for drying are usually left on the vine until they’re dry, but it was much too damp for that this spring. They’re pretty much dry now after a week in the kitchen. I thought I would have more soup peas this year. I saved an amount of seeds…

drying chiles

Red cayenne chile peppers I’ve picked earlier this summer have dried nicely sitting on a plate in my kitchen. It takes a few weeks. Since I have a big batch of them now, I strung the chiles on wire and hung them up. I just treaded the peppers on 18 gauge galvanized wire and bent it into a loop for hanging. I went ahead and hung a few of the thicker skinned jalapeños and round chiles too. Just to see if they’ll dry. They look very decorative.Capsicum

storing garden vegetables

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I usually don’t store many vegetables from my garden, but this has been a pretty productive year. I suppose I often give up on garden work by mid-summer, but this year I have been keeping at it. (Good job, Kathy!) So far if have stored:frozen green beanssun-dried tomatoesbasil pestodried soup peas On my list to do soon are:tomato pureefrozen roasted chile peppersdried red chilesfrozen stuffed chilesfrozen grated zucchinidried pinto beans Basil pesto: Maybe my most important garden crop. I like to make sure we have pesto to last all season…

sun dried tomatoes

“Sun-dried” tomatoes: Well, since sun drying takes 4 days even in a dry climate (and I don’t live in the land of enchantment but in soggy Massachusetts) I used the oven dying method. Directions are at the Victory Garden: Cut tomatoes in half or smaller and brush lightly with olive oil. Place them on a baking sheet at extremely low heat — 150-200 degrees F — all day long. I store these in baggies in the freezer so they will last 6 months. I mostly use them on pizzas.

freezing green beans

A lot of my beans ripened all at once this year, so I froze a few servings. These instructions are from the Victory Garden Cook Book: Blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes, chill in ice water, then freeze in baggies. Pretty easy. They’ll be good in winter stews. Fabaceae

drying coriander

I grew a nice row of cilantro this year, but didn’t end up using much of it. It bloomed and the tiny white flowers did a great job of attracting small bees to the garden. I harvested it this weekend and now have a nice bunch drying in the garage. It smells wonderful every time I open the door. I’ll collect and save the dried coriander seeds. They are delicious on grilled meats. culinary herbs