Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Apple Harvest

In November, 2011 the first phase of our orchard arrived. Over that three year period the orchard has developed and grown from a scrub land clawed back from willow herb and stone, to a new orchard free of weeds to something more established. In 2011 we had this:

Our orchard at Pig Row in 2011.

In 2013, we had this:

Pig Row orchard in 2013.

And, in 2014....

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Preserving Cabbage as Coleslaw

Part of doing the wartime garden at Pig Row is that we have a lot of cabbage. We mean A LOT of cabbage. It seems cabbage became the corner stone of the wartime effort and though Britain went dark during the second world war it may have been for the best after the amount of cabbage the family could consume at one sitting. We came across this recipe, modified after the war to include more sugar - something that wasn't in abundance during Dig for Victory - but as we are now moving away from our cabbage blow outs and leaving the war behind us, we have embraced sugar in our preserving once more. So, here is the deconstructed Coleslaw from a 1949 home cookbook, Preserving Problem Vegetables, which pulls together some of the vegetables coming back to the plot after the war and embracing some modern ones we never use in preserves.

Anyone can use a water bath to preserve food.
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