Sunday, July 27, 2014
Water Melon this and Water Melon that
I managed to give a couple of the Water Melon haul away and sold all my Sugarbaby Melons to a Farmer's Market reseller for the outrageous price of a dollar a melon. That still left us with about eight good sized and assorted Melons and at least that many more if the vines hang on and survive the Squash bug horde a little longer.
Not a very large harvest this year. In fact it is barely a 10th of what I usually get but the Sugar Baby sale alone almost completely took care of my total garden expenditure in cash this year. My Grandfather always told me you didn't have to make a lot of money as long as everything you did stayed in the black. I think he would feel differently if he grew up in today's world but I can still appreciate his words of wisdom.
Like I said that leaves us with plenty of Melons to munch on and figure out what we are going to do with them.
So this evening we canned about two gallons of Water Melon Jelly and then made about a gallon of Water Melon sherbert in the ice cream maker. The final verdict isn't in for the Jelly of course, sometimes in the past we have had issues with it not firming up enough but the sherbert was a bit too sweet for our tastes. It was good and refreshing but just too sweet. Eventually I hope to substitute honey for sugar in all our jelly recipes and such but as it stands right now the demand for the honey is just too great. Until I get the 10 one year old hives all producing honey it is going to be at a premium.
As I mentioned on the Sunday Reading post one more of the yearling hives did hit production mode this weekend so I only have six left now.
We ran out of pectin so the rest of the melons will have to wait until tomorrow evening. The fun part is digging all the seeds out before making our puree of Melon in the blender. I also found another use for my extremely course first stage, stainless steel honey filter. It works great for catching any seeds we missed.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!