Saturday, September 5, 2009

From Garden To Freezer

We love growing our own produce in our garden. There is something inherently satisfying about planting a seed, watching it grow through the summer, and finally serving it for dinner. This past week I've been busy using up our garden spoils and freezing them for the winter. I had to clean out our deep chest freezer earlier this week to make room for new things. The prize for the oldest item goes to the chicken drumsticks from 2006, I decided to throw them out.

Freezer contents from our garden this year:
-Garden vegetable soup
-Tomato soup
-Moroccan lentil soup
-Zucchini bread x 3
-Zucchini muffins
-12 cups of grated zucchini (should make 8 loaves)
-Spaghetti sauce
-Pizza sauce (really a bad spaghetti sauce that turned out to be fantastic on pizza!)
-Pureed pumpkin
-Pumpkin seeds

We had three pumpkin plants and each one produced one pumpkin. I planted them just for the seeds because the birds and I love them. My goal was to save some money by growing our own. Since I've been in the saving money mode I decided I better not waste any of the pumpkin so I roasted and pureed it. I plan on using the puree for muffins, bars, cookies, and soup.


Mark and Heidi said...

Yummy! I love growing our own veggies too. You guys must be getting excited...that phone could ring any day now...:)

Laura said...

Yummo. I can't wait until I can grow my own produce. How do you make moroccan lentil soup? That sounds delicious.

Lisa said...

I just found a blog devoted to crockpot cooking where I discovered this delicious recipe. The cinnamon gives it a very unique flavor.