The last of the potatoes are in! I’ve gotten a number of inquires from friends asking what I do to the potatoes after we pull them out of the ground. Really, what do I do to the fruits and veggies in general.
If they are a ground plant like potatoes I first collect them in a colander. Then I rinse the mud/dirt off.
Once this is done I put the plug in the sink and fill it with warm water and about 1 cup of vinegar. With the potatoes still in the colander I put the whole thing in the sink and kind of swish them around with my hands. I let them sit for 5-10 minutes, pull the plug, rinse with water and let dry.
I usually just put paper towels under the colander and let them air dry. Place in a cool, dry place until ready to use them!
For green beans, the process is a bit different! I collect in a colander and rinse them with water just like the potatoes.
I then throw them in a pot of boiling water for a minute or so just to blanche them. This helps clean them and gives them a nice bright green color!
I strain, let dry and cool a bit, and throw them in a freezer bag or container. Then, they are ready to make at any time!
Strawberries are tricky. I have yet to find the best secret to having them keep. I still don’t quite get how you can buy them in the grocery store, stick them in the fridge and they last a week. After we pluck ours, it’s a race against the clock to eat them before they get mushy and shriveled. If anyone has any tips on that I would LOVE them! As of right now, if we are not going to eat them right away I simply rinse the dirt off of them, and throw them in a freezer container. This way I’ll at least have a shot to cook with them, add them to ice cream or something!
On the flip side, out pumpkin has its first blossoms and our tomato plants are fervently popping new little maters every day! I will probably be making my first jars of sauce by the end of July! 😀
Our watermelon plants are slowly starting to creep out as well!
I love this time of the season when everything is really starting to take hold and burst with growth!