I’m not sure who owns who on this farm but the fact remains we have a grand variety of creatures, great and small, who reside here. I’d like to give a quick run-down of introduction for all of them here. I’m sure I’ll be blogging about them all in the future in various ways from their silly antics, caring for them and, yes, when some are invited to attend freezer camp. This is a farm, after all. Our goal here on our little wooded homestead is to be as self sufficient as possible and we are, in no way, vegetarians. That doesn’t mean we don’t love all of the creatures in our care. So, without further ado, the current tally of farm animals and pets we share our life with include:
Other than those for companionship, some of these animals are for meat, eggs, milk, protection, land management and sales. All of those things will be covered within the blogs posts here in addition to our gardening, activities such as cutting firewood, hunting and fishing as it pertains to our little homesteading farm in the woods.
I’m excited for the opportunity to share these adventures with you.]]>
Today I decided to freeze some of our cabbage from our garden. We simply grew too much for us to eat fresh and I personally don’t care for sauerkraut. My husband does so perhaps I’ll make a jar or two for him with the few left in the garden.
For now, I have been told how I can freeze cabbage successfully, which is supposed to last up to two years so I’m going to give it a whirl. I’ll include photos in this instructional recipe. Later on, I’ll check on my frozen bounty and report on how well the cabbage preserves in the freezer and if anything is different when I cook with it. I’m told you wouldn’t want to use it for straight-up boiled cabbage side dish but I enjoy making homemade soups and casseroles so it should suit my purpose fine.
All those floating pieces of cabbage, if any, can be plopped into a bowl. Add butter, salt and pepper to taste and enjoy your reward for a job well done.
Let me know how this works for you or if you’ve already tried your hand at freezing cabbage. Preserving our garden harvest is an important task. If this experiment in freezing cabbage doesn’t work, I’ll be planting less next year. I still have a few more giant heads to pick. With those, I plan to make some homemade soups and other cabbage based dishes and freeze as ready-to-go meals. That will be a first for me as well.
What is your favorite cabbage recipe?]]>
Properly prepared and frozen corn fresh from your garden has a freezer life of about a year so you should calculate how much corn you will be using until the garden is ready to harvest again next year. Or you could do like I do and just do more than you need. We enjoy sharing our bounty.
To give you an idea, our first round of freezing corn consisted of 48 ears of corn. Out of this, I was able to put up 14 quart bags of whole corn and 4 quart sized Ziploc bags of cream corn. I portioned these into amounts enough for 3-4 people or two people who may want extra helpings. For us, this equated to about 2.5 cups of whole corn per bag. Later, I also froze some whole corn in larger amounts for making dishes such as shepherd’s pie.
The process is as easy as it gets for food preservation!
I hope you found this blog entry helpful. I look forward to sharing more tips and adventures from life on our small hobby farm with you. Don’t be a stranger!]]>
The horses and goats particularly love the end of days for our corn stalks.
Corn is one of our major garden crops. I processed all of our corn to freezer bags. I froze just under 30 quart bags of whole corn and around 10 bags of creamed corn. I’ll put up easy directions for doing both in another blog post.
I tried freezing some of our corn whole, on the cob. Sadly, unbeknownst to us, that particular stand up freezer was cleaned and plugged in just to have room for this project (and some near future meat processing). It was working. Inserted 45 ears of wonderful, fresh corn on the cob and a few token bottles of water just to make the freezer run more efficiently (empty air space isn’t a good thing for energy usage in a freezer). I checked on it a couple days later and found, to my great horror … MOLDING CORN husks!
The only ones happy that day were our two piglets, Charlotte and Cutie Pie!
Now we are in the market for another freezer, preferably a stand up freezer but chest freezer would work, too. Just harder to organize and see what’s inside those contraptions. Not sure how larger farms do it. As it is, we have a chest freezer, a stand up freezer and our house freezer. May our second stand up freezer rest in peace. *sigh*
Only being two of us, I still believe our corn bounty we still have will get us through until next years corn harvest.]]>