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Preserving Squash & Recipe’s

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Squash is so easy to put up and of course is so yummy and good for you!  Start by washing your squash and then slicing it.  I like to use my mandolin slicer for nice uniform slices.  Label your bags.  this works out better when they are flat!

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Throw your slices in a quart freezer bag.

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Throw in 1/4 cup of flour.  Seal the bag, with the air in it and….

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Let the kids shake, shake, shake, until your squash is all coated with flour.  Then you can squeeze as much air out of the bags as you can and re-seal them. Then throw them I your freezer!!!

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Recipes:

Fried Squash

  • Get your grease hot.
  • Get your bag out of the freezer and whack it on the counter to loosen up the stuck together squash.  You can let it defrost it a little, but I am impatient sometimes!
  • Put your squash in the grease and fry away!
  • When it has browned you can strain it on a paper towel and salt to taste.

Fresh Squash and Onion

  • Use about 5 to 6 medium sized squash.
  • Wash and cut into chunks.
  • Place in a pot of boiling water (Just enough to cover the squash)
  • add salt, pepper 1 stick of butter and 1/2 an onion cut in slices or rings, what ever you prefer.  I like nice big pieces!
  • Boil just a few minutes until squash is soft and onions are translucent.

 

Preserving Green Beans & A Recipe!

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We picked 5 gallon of green beans out of the garden a week or two ago, and wouldn’t you know it was at an extremely busy time for us!  I was planning on canning these, but due to the time crunch, I froze them instead.  This process takes much less time!  Obviously you pick your green beans first, then you rinse them off.  The kids gave them a rincing off outside, then I brought them in and with the help of a strainer, did a little better job.

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After rinsing them, I got water started boiling in the biggest pot I have, and began snapping off the ends and snapping them in half.  I gave all the little kids a butter knife and cutting board so they could work on their knife skills safely.

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We gave all the end pieces to the rabbits and chickens.

 

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This is what they look like snapped in half.

 

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When you have them finished, throw them in your boiling water.  BE CAREFUL!  I was able to do around 2 1/2 gallons at a time in by big pot.   This was a time saver.  When it comes back to a rolling boil, time them for around 3 minutes or until they turn brighter.  This is called blanching.  Blanching kills the yucky stuff, locks in flavor, and cuts your cooking time in half!

 

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Strain them and quickly throw them in an ice bath to stop them cooking.

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As soon as they cool spread them out on a towel to drain and pat them dry a little.

 

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Label and put them in your freezer bags!

It may seem like a lot of work compared to opening up a can from the store, but you cannot even compare the nutritional value!!!  It is worth it, and your stomach will thank you.

Recipe:

  1. Put 1 gallon of green beans in pot.
  2. Cover with a few inches of water over the top of the beans.
  3. Add 1 stick of butter and 1/2 small chopped onion (or 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dried minced onion, if you don’t have fresh)
  4. Fry 5 slices of bacon, chop and put in your green beans.
  5. Add 1/4 cup bacon grease rendering to green beans.
  6. Boil away!  Check your water every now and then and add some if needed.

These are even better the second day!!! :)

 

Do it yourself…Baby Cereal (Brown rice and Oatmeal)

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Stella has recently started eating and I have been making and freezing baby food all week, fresh out of the garden.  We think mommas milk is best and we don’t stop there.  I don’t know what is in those little jars of baby food at the supermarket, but I do know what is and isn’t in my garden! :)

Along with veggies and fruit I ground up some brown rice in our mill, and oatmeal in our food processor.  If you have a blender or a food processor you can use these to mill your rice or oatmeal to as fine a consistency as you can get it.

I put mine in 1/2 gallon mason jars.  Remember to store these in the fridge or a dark cool place.  You can make a little recipe card and tie it to the side along with a tbsp. measure for quick and handy cooking.

And here’s the recipe’s. Your baby will thank you!!!

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Baby Oatmeal Cereal

To make 1 serving for a 5-9 month old baby

1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp. of the ground oats.

2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy.

Accompaniments: Breast milk or formula can be added to thin the mixture, or ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, if desired. Fruit purees would go great too!

Brown Rice Cereal

(1 serving for a 4-6 month old baby)

1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp of the ground brown rice.

2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy to prevent any lumps from forming.

Accompaniments: Breast Milk, Molasses, Banana, Almond Milk, Apple Sauce or Baby Food Puree.

5 Layer Bars

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I usually make a double batch of this recipe, that way I wont have any left over ingredients.  This is a single recipe, so you would need to double this.  I also have formulated this recipe for an unconventional pan size.  I make it in a 13×18 pan.  You can get them in a pack of 2 at Sam’s Club.

Ingredients:

For the crust:

1 Box of grahm cracker crumbs

2 sticks of butter

1/4 cup sugar

For the topping:

1 bag of chocolate chips

1/2 bag of butterscotch chips

1/2 bag of coconut flakes

1 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of chopped pecans

 

Directions:

Mix together the ingredients for the crust and pat it in the bottom of your pan.

Pour on top of crust bag of chocolate chips and 1/2 bag of butterscotch chips, 1/2 bag of coconut, and 1 cup of pecans.

Pour evenly on top of this the can and 1/2 of sweetened condensed milk

Bake in 350 degree oven for 26 to 30 minutes until browned on top.

Cool and cut into squares

Peanut Butter Balls

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This is always a crowd favorite!  We would be lynched at grandma’s house if we came without these!  The hard part is having enough balls to dip even when you make a quadruple batch.   They are a favorite of Dad’s and Don’s even before they are dipped in chocolate!

Ingredients:

2 Sticks of butter (Softened)

18 oz. of peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

1 and 16 oz. of powdered sugar

16 0z chocolate chips

paraffin wax and a double boiler

 

Directions:

  • Mix together butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar (Its best to use your hands or your stand mixer)
  • After well incorporated roll into bite size balls
  • Melt chocolate chips and a small 1 to 2 inch chunk of paraffin on the double boiler
  • Using a fork dip the balls in the melted chocolate and put them on foil to dry
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