Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Brock-EE!

Jay harvested our first batch of broccoli this morning. So far Joshua's the only one that's taste-tested it and according to him it's pretty yummy. Most of it's going on a spinach salad tonight. The rest will be expertly prepared (Ha!) for Jay's lunch tomorrow.

We were all sitting in Joshua's room this morning for our morning briefing when Jay said he had to go so he could cut some broccoli since it was starting to flower. He then looked at me and said, "Do you think you could blanch it and freeze it during the day today?" He might as well have said, "Do you think you could rotate the tires on my Jeep and change the oil sometime today?"

I understand both "blanch" and "freeze," but I'm still not comfortable enough in my domestic skill to be trusted with a gardenful of beautiful fresh vegetables.

Lucky for me, only the above amount was ready to come inside. Guess I'll blanch and freeze another day. Oh goody.

10 comments:

Jenny said...

I'm just impressed that Joshua will eat it. Mark isn't as bad as he was but mostly declines vegetables politely (har har)... But he will take two bites...

anna said...

That looks so good. Even though I consider myself pretty capable around the kitchen I too balk at canning, blanching, and freezing. My mom was a pro and we did tons of the above every summer but for some reason I'm afraid to try my hand at it on my own. Now eating I can do eating!

Mom said...

Blanching is merely putting the veggies in a pan of boiling water for 1-2 min., taking it out and rinsing in cold water. Drain and put in freezer bags when cool. Blanching stops the enzymes that makes the veggies grow. They have an "off" taste when frozen without blanching.

Mary Beth said...

I know how to blanch, it just seemed like a little too much responsibility. You know, like, "How many ways can I possibly screw up this meager little task." Especially intimidating when working with someone else's vegetables. (Wink, wink)

Kat E said...

So did you grow the broccoli from seed? At any rate, it looks awesome and I am impressed. I have a big garden plot but am afraid to plant anything unless I put a fence up...as much as I love deer I would probably be irked if they ate all my veggies.

PS I ordered a worm composting bin and it should be arriving today or tomorrow!! (Yes, ultimately too lazy to do it myself--I got a kit that comes with worms and a book from wormwoman.com...I mean how could I resist buying something from the "WormWoman"?!?!)

martha said...

I blanch and freeze every day, but I didn't know it had anything to do with veggies!

Sarah said...

I've been growing herbs and sunflowers and yesterday discovered a whole posse of snails feasting on my sunflower leaves.

Until this moment I thought snails were cute. This morning I kicked on in an act of rage.

Jay said...

Kat_e:

This broccoli came from purchased seedlings. I planted some broccoli seeds at the same time, and the plants that made it through the cold snap are now about the size of the first batch of seedlings when they were transplanted.

I heard that deer can be a big problem for farmers in this area who grow purple hull peas. I mentioned this to my best friend who said, "What's the problem? I like purple hull peas, but I like deer, too."

Jennifer said...

Wow! I have never anyone who grew broccoli! Way to go ya'll. I gotta check out Worm Woman...

Mary Beth said...

Jenny--Joshua is, amazingly, a big fan of vegetables. I made a spinach omelet the other night for dinner and he chowed that down, too. We're going to pay for this good luck with #2, I'm just sure of it.

Ritz--Wormwoman would get my business, too, if we didn't already have a bin. You should post a picture when you get it.

Martha--It'll get better once you move to a decent climate.

Sarah--Oh, dear. I'm not sure what to do about snails, but I'd kick them, too, if they were eating my food. I kick anyone who tries to eat my food.

Jennifer--Hey, thanks! I had nothing to do with it, but I think now I should post pictures of our garden. It really is pretty. I can say that, though, since I contributed nothing to the project.