Dear faithful few,
Allow me to apologize for the lack of
recent any posts whatsoever. Frankly I was a bit absorbed by the near-ceaseless task of pumping, filling, hauling, and dumping gallons of water into the desert of our garden. But just at the ominous, heart-wrenching moment when the water pump made an ominous gasp and no. water. came. out. (apparently the garden water well ran dry (!)) and I thought my precious vegetables-in-becoming were all gonners: the heavens opened.
It’s a bit cooler now and the garden is in super-production mega-over-drive. Like, OMG WINTER IS COMING WE HAVE TO PRODUCE FRUIT NOW GO GO GO GO GO.
Ca. 10 Kohlrabi, 25 pickling cucumbers, 5 zucchini (many, many, many more on the way), a handful of potatoes (also just the tip of the proverbial potato iceberg), and a garbage bag full of onions. That was all I could carry on my bike in one go, but I left behind tomatoes, herbs, mangold, kale, red beets, carrots, several types of salad, about a dozen types of herbs, and … more kohlrabi.
Yes, that is a garbage bag full of onions.
What do you DO with onions, my faithful readers are wondering? Apparently, you cure them in the sun until they are dry, then move them to a dark, dry, cool storage location.
My onions are currently on the windowsill in the drying phase. Just, you know, in case our neighbors had any shred of hope left that we were normal urban inhabitants….
In related news, I am still looking for a quality dill pickle recipe. The first batch I made with a traditional canning process, i.e. ten minutes in a boiling water bath. The resulting (3 enormous) jars of pickles were just…. eh. Despite vey generous quantities of garlic, dill, hot peppers, and pickling spices, the overwhelming flavors were just salt and vinegar. Mostly vinegar. And they lacked the necessary cr-unch!
After further research I am wondering if I may need to ferment my cucumbers to achieve the desired result (NY Times, for example). Good thing I harvested 25 cucumbers from the garden today.
Fun Fact #1: There is actually a National Center for Home Food Preservation.
Fun Fact #2: According to a recent survey by Opinion Research, 43 percent of consumers interested in canning are ages 18-34.