August is all about harvests ...

Yesterday I spent all of an hour at the plot, because I needed to be at home dealing with produce!

I have:

1. blanched and frozen a dozen corn on the cob
2. cooked down a pasta pot full of courgettes, tomatoes, onions and other summer veg to make a very special dish, based on a greek recipe but reinvented by my mother to become the best ever glut-user-upper!
3. cleaned a tray of shallots, and still have another tray to clean before they can be put into storage in the shed
4. turned the cured onions but not got around to actually cleaning and hanging them yet (we didn’t grow many onions this year, so they have plenty of room to loll about for a while)
5. made some blackcurrant and wild plum jelly to give away to the various people who have ‘donated’ items for our plot this year – namely a neighbour who gave us some decking to make beds and another who was throwing out an old table which we now use for potting on seedlings.

I haven’t found a really good way of managing this time of year – my kitchen is filled with fruit and veg, my freezer ditto, and yet my family gets to eat take-aways because I am so exhausted from cooking/blanching/picking over/freezing/pickling/jam-making that they are lucky if I have the strength to press the ‘down’ lever on the pop-up toaster!

Are other people much better at managing harvest than me? If so, what’s the secret?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, August 12, 2010


Blogger Joanna said...

Having just spent yesterday and today collecting and processing veg that won't wait, while hubby cuts hay which I should also be helping with, then the answer is no! I haven't got it sorted. I even skipped some blanching and will use that veg up first. I have frozen some grated cucumber and squash as I know there is more to come but we haven't got enough gluts of other things to make more chutney yet.

By the way, what is your mother's user upper of gluts dish? How about posting the recipe :)

August 12, 2010 at 5:48 AM  
Anonymous said...

I think I could be much better at managing the harvest....I just haven't figured out how yet. A few disasters due to weather this year have made it a lot easier but I have courgettes bigger than my marrows and don't know yet what to do with them so still haven't picked them as where do you put them????

Weather isn't being kind either which isn't helping all i think you are probably doing far better then me!!

August 17, 2010 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Joanna, it's ghastly isn't it? I also freeze to use up, which seems silly in a way but there aren't enough hours in the day otherwise.

Tanya, it does take a few years to get the hang of managing your own plot, and all plots are different. I get ruthless with courgettes and harvest as soon as they are six inches long - that way they can be used in salads and don't take over the entire plot.

August 19, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

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