saving summer

Total work for Sunday (with the help of the tall kid and the dad):

That feels like enough for one day. Would anyone like to come and help me clean the kitchen?

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46 thoughts on “saving summer

  1. Congratulations on work well done! Brought back lots of memories from my childhood helping my mom with the garden produce. Glad to see another generation learning these skills.

  2. That’s so great! I need to organize my freezer like that.

  3. jmgoyder says:

    Inspiring – now I just need to plant something!

  4. I’m impressed. You have accomplished so much. I have a little question. I noticed jars in your photo. Do you store your canning in the freezer? I would have thought the jars would expand and break if they froze. Maybe they are only in there for this photo – showing all you have created. Please let me know. I’m trying to learn.

    • The jars you can see are my strawberry freezer jam. They are fine in the freezer as long as you leave a bit of headspace for expansion. I’ve only once had a glass jar break, but that was because I banged it against another one. I freeze stock in jars, too, no problem.

  5. amy b. says:

    Beautiful produce. Mine have more woeful tales to tell. You’ll enjoy that hard work with every bag and jar you open over the winter. 🙂

  6. Impressive.
    I have my rubber gloves on………….

  7. Lynne Ayers says:

    Holy moly – what a harvest, great job and cute helper.

  8. oceannah says:

    Oh dang Heidi, you had to post that pic of your freezer!? Now I’m going to have to go out to the barn and gaze into the frosty mess and attempt to bring some order to things! Great job on using up/saving the harvest! The hot sauce sounds great…do you just put them in a brine (say 10%) then ferment and blend?
    *anna

  9. Wow, that’s a ton in one day, amazing! And great job to your helpers!

  10. Janet S says:

    I want some of those peppers!

  11. What a fabulous bounty from your garden. I end up with one or two of each thing daily so have to collect foods over a few days to be able to come up with something not even close to what you have in one day collected. Love the freezer. Are you a closet perfectionist?

  12. Sarah says:

    Fantastic Heidi!!!! Way to go!!! I’m jealous, but so eager to copy you, haha. If we were closer, I’d definitely help with clean the kitchen. What a great day you guys had!

  13. I’d take you up on it, too. Funny, when it came time to clean up, the rest of the crew had disappeared.

  14. Exceptional achievement! I love looking at your homegrown produce!

  15. Roar Sweetly says:

    Surely there’s nothing more satisfying than a freezer full of healthy, home grown labelled food. (I have such freezer envy!) I bet the flavours in those vegetables are so much more intense than supermarket fruit and veg. Well done.

  16. Heidi, you must be SUPERWOMAN to have accomplished so much. I definitely envy you. Carolyn

  17. Heidi,
    That is a great harvest and store for just one day. I agree with the others that commented about your great organization skills in that chest freezer. You are an inspiration. Have a good week.

  18. Thank you, you too. My week should be a little less freezer intense this week, now that I’m back to work, but I’m sure we’ll have another garden harvest this weekend.

  19. Somer says:

    I truly envy your deep freezer! Next year! I’d love to help you clean. Dangit. Wish I were actually close enough! Imagine the trouble the littles would get into…

  20. Jennifer says:

    WOW! This makes me want to cry. This is what I had in mind this year. I HAVE to get out of this state. And this heat.

    • Do you get an opportunity to move soon? Or no, you just wrote something not too long ago about moving, didn’t you. You have other things to keep you busy this year and next, too. There’ll be lots of time for a garden another year, when there is the energy to deal with it.

  21. Rachel says:

    Do you just chop the peppers and put them in a baggie? Then do you use them in soups and such? I’m thinking we have a TON of jalepeno’s and there is only so much pepper jelly, relish and pickled peppers a gal needs. But I can see us using chopped peppers in stir frys, soups and stews.

  22. you really do have such beautiful photography 🙂

    …and you’re doing incredible things with summer! jealous!!

    today is the Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop – I was hoping, if you feel up for it, that you’d link up this fabulous post (and any future fabulous, seasonal and/or real food posts) with us Everyone is welcome so feel free to stop by. take care! xo, kristy

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