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?
I would let a few ripen and feed a few to my chickens.
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
I'd make salsa with some and let some ripen!! Great harvest…
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… 🙂
I think . . . I think I'd learn to preserve them in jars.