Green Vegetable Harvest

The gifts are wrapped and the house is decorated for Christmas.

I do still have to clean my house and start baking goodies for Christmas Eve dinner.  My mother-in-law is bringing her famous lasagna, so I only have to focus on side dishes and dessert - yum!

I am fairly prepared for the holidays at this point.  Tonight, we are expected to experience our first freeze of the season.  I needed to harvest the remaining green peppers and tomatoes today before they were harmed by the frost.  So, I went out this morning to my vegetable garden to harvest the remaining green bell peppers on my two pepper plants and my tomatoes.

I had some big peppers left along with some smaller ones...

It is amazing how hidden the peppers are under the leaves of the pepper plants.  But, I got them all.

Then I got to work on my tomato plants.  They are over a year old and I decided to start over with new tomato plants this coming season, so I will let them go ahead and freeze.

I did however, pick off the green tomatoes.

When I came inside and poured out my bounty, I was surprised at how many green vegetables I had.

I got to work at cutting up my peppers and diced them before putting them into freezer bags.

Over the next 8 months, all I have to do is take out  as many diced peppers as I need.  

I realize that I probably should have 'flash frozen' them by placing the diced peppers on a single layer on a baking sheet until frozen before putting in a freezer bag.  That way, they are separate and come out of the bag easily.

But, I am a bit lazy and don't like to wash extra dishes so when I need some diced peppers, I simply bang the freezer bag on the counter, which loosens them so I can take out the amount I want.

Now, all I have to do is decide what to do with all those green tomatoes.  

I could make a green tomato salsa OR I could let them ripen.

What would you do with green tomatoes?


A Daughter of the King said...

I would let a few ripen and feed a few to my chickens.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a great harvest. I would bang the bag of chopped peppers too, to loosen them up. (Great minds think alike.) :-)

May you and your family have a lovely Christmas and a great 2013.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady Lorraine

Deb said...

I'd make salsa with some and let some ripen!! Great harvest...

Aaron Gardener said...

Hm. Well, despite being a Tennessean, I have to admit that (don't tell anyone) I don't like fried green tomatoes!


But a salsa sounds intriguing... :)

Lucy said...

I think . . . I think I'd learn to preserve them in jars.

Happy Christmas!


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