Friday, July 26, 2013
The Truth is in the Taste
Yesterday was a frantic work day. I not only had to accomplish some honey extraction and then deal with the cleanup but I also had a truckload of wood chips to get spread out and needed to wash up some bottles for the extracted honey. To make matters worse the Mrs. and I were also preparing dinner almost completely out of our own home grown food.
This takes much more work than normal. I think it's kinda ironic that Summer is usually when we resort to frozen and quick meals around here. The truth is after working all day neither one of us ever feels like cooking and then there is the aspect of storing the grown stuff which is a daily extra (but tasty) chore as well now.
We each pick on the other some when it comes to growing things. The Mrs. has her raised beds and I have the garden. I had been adding some raised bed areas to the actual garden but as I found out with the original raised beds as soon as my wife sees one, she jumps on it faster than Demon Kitten on a butterfly. She claimed my new raised bed for more potatoes and (yuck) Okra already.
Anyway one thing we always pick on each other for is choices of plants. The Mrs. has a thing for carrots but carrots really do not do well around here so she has been on a years long mission of carrot growing and has achieved results worthy of eating. My nemesis is corn I am determined to get a decent corn crop and usually fail due to wind damage and bugs. Another problematic plant for us has been potatoes but we both worked on that one. Like carrots potatoes do not do well in the heavy soils of the Small-Hold so we have been putting them in raised beds as well.
While we tease each other about the other's nemesis plants we were each pleasantly surprised last night. Mrs. PP raved about one of my new corn varieties which is a red corn that has a nutty flavor and I marveled at her carrots that even after a good roasting just exploded with carrot flavor. Sadly we have used all of our butchered lamb for this year so we had to use a store bought pork for dinner but the tomatoes, corn, carrots and potatoes were all ours and all fresh from the garden.
You can imagine how much extra time was added with digging and picking, shucking and cleaning off the dirt, etc. etc. etc.
Sustainable, self sufficient living is going to take a lot of prep time. Always remember that but as we are pleasantly reminded of each year the taste cannot be beat. Those who live by store bought vegetables just do not realize the extra flavors they are missing out on. Even a confirmed carnivore like myself consumed these fresh veggies with gusto.
So this morning it has been raining and now once again I am way behind. The rain is delaying the bottle drying I needed and it is cool enough that the honey isn't flowing well but relaxing all morning sure has made my tired muscles feel better.
And besides the rain was welcomed as we were getting close to needing to hand water deeply of we didn't get a bit of moisture. Still running good here I don't think we have gone a full week this Summer without some rain and I can't complain about that.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!