Saturday, August 02, 2008

Puttin' Up

Me- Ugh, I'm kinda tired I've been puttin' up peaches and tomatoes and corn and tomorrow I've got to do some apples.

Confused City Friend- What did you put them in?

Me- Well the tomatoes I put in a bag....

Not Getting The Whole Country Lingo Friend- Then you put the bag up?

Me- No, I stick it in the freezer.

Thinking I've Lost My Mind and Prefers City Life Friend- Oh!  I thought you meant you took a bag and planted some tomatoes and hung it up somewhere.

Puttin' Up- v.  To preserve your precious garden labors in jars and plastic baggies.

I've made peach jam and spiced peaches.  I made this yummy peach bread from some of our spiced peaches.
This is the yogurt/peach/blueberry/ honey sauce I made to put over the bread.
Mmmmm, oh, mmmmm.  As my dad would say, "That's lurpin' good!"
Then I made applesauce and cinnamon apples from these beauties.  This is the first apple tree we picked.  Lord, there are at least five more with ten times the apples.  Help!
Free, child labor.  Okay, I guess I have enough help.

So far this summer I've put up;
Corn- from a neighboring farm

I must say it has been a lot of fun, but a bit tiring.  Clay came home one day in the midst of one of my canning frenzies and asked, "What year are we living in?  Is this the depression?"  Then he proceeded to be amazed by all the jars of food surrounding the kitchen.  I have a new appreciation for my garden and food.  Yes, I do think we are living in a different decade out here......until my daughter turns on the ipod to play Cold Play.


Anonymous said...

I haven't heard that term since I left Kansas 20 years ago!!
Sounds like alot of work, but that bread looks delicious. I need me some spiced peach bread!
BTW, how's that remodel goin' over at Rechelle's house; bet she's gonna be so Happy to see what you've done to the place!
- Bertie

The Cube Monkey said...

Recipes please! That peach bread looks AWESOME!!!

Clayvessel said...

You go girl. Canning and preserving is becoming a lost art.

But apples? How in the world do you have apples ripe already??? I live in the middle of apple heaven (Hood River Valley, OR) and apples just ain't ready yet! Most apples need a nice frost on them before they have a good sugar content. We never pick until after a frost. What "early" variety are you growing? I'm hoping to find some "Ginger Gold" -which are early- in time for a wedding that I have to make pie for.

Just curious....

Mama Hen said...

I have been "puttin up" zucchini, tomatoes, squash, peaches, strawberries, and green beans! And I made some pickles too! It is tiring, but its yummy in the winter.

Lindsay said...

The peach jam was great! There's a little bit left and I shoved it to the back of the fridge so that no one will get to it before me!

The Thorley Family said...

I'm so jealous - the heat down here has fried my garden this year... and I'm just not a very good gardener to start with... but it sounds like you'll have a very tasty winter!

April said...

To be honest I have no idea what varieties we are growing. The trees were here when we moved in. My best guess is that the large yellow are golden delecious, but I don't know. The yellow apples were so ripe they were falling off the tree. My other trees are not ready yet, but I think they will be ready before we get a freeze.

Clayvessel said...

The apples must not be Golden Delicious since GDs are a later variety. They have to be some kinda early variety. Ginger Golds look like Goldens.

Do your apples look like this?

Marilyn said...

Lurpin' good indeed! April, you're like two posts away from this being a food blog. Be careful, my friend!

In the meantime, bring some of those goods into town. I'll put 'em in scones.

April said...

Thanks for the link. Yes, I think you're right they may be ginger gold.

Yeah, it's the blurry photo- half eaten food blog. You tell me what you want to make scones out of and I'll bring it by!!!

Jenni said...

I have been canning and freezing this year. I love spiced peaches. I need to try that.

Rhea said...

You rock! I'm so impressed with all the "puttin' up" you do. I would love to be able to grown a lot of my own food and preserve it. I grew up this way, on a ranch, but have lived in the city since I was eleven. I wish my family still had our place in the country!

Anonymous said...

I haven't put up anything this year but congratulations. It is all well worth it. Margie

Trisha said...

That bread looked so good that I am drooling!

I am sure that your family will love you for putting up so much wonderful stuff now!

You are impressive!

Melissa said...

I'm a little behind and catching up on posts from this weekend, but would you consider posting your recipe for the peach bread? I love a variety of breads (strawberry or zucchini are my favorites) and would love to have this one!!

Nancy said...

The peach bread looks delish. I'm working on tracking down the pear honey recipe for you -- one of the granddaughter's says she's got a recipe that tastes like my mom's did. I'll share it when I get it.

The FarmHouse Triplets said...

Umm, that bread looks good!

I've been puttin up corn all day and now it's 4:00am and I'm gettin ready to put up more corn today ... Anyone want some corn???

The Tomatoes are ripe, the green beans needs pickin and I need HELP!!!!