Welcome to the 16th “Tell” of the Springdell Show and Tell, where we break down the inventory of the share box so you can see where each veggie ended up.
- Kale Apple Cake with Apple Icing (in progress, pics coming!)
- Breakfast Smoothies
- Kale Salad
- collard greens
- Given to a friend for steaming
- Collard Green rolls are in the freezer for the winter
- Unsweeteneed Dried Cranberries (see below)
- Apple Pie In a Jar
- Cranberry Applesauce
- Some frozen for later use
- sugar beets
- Stored in the root cellar
- Roasted and sliced, drizzled with balsamic glaze
- salad cukes
- Enjoyed as-is
- In Smoothies
- watermelon radishes
- bell peppers
- dumpling squash
- apples (Macintosh and Cortlands)
- Apple Pie in a Jar
- Kale Apple Cake with Apple Icing
- Enjoyed as-is
- jingle bell peppers
- wax beans
All veggie scraps composted unless otherwise noted.
Another wonderful harvest as we store away many of or goods for the winter. We are looking forward to seeing what will grace our share boxes tomorrow!
Now for a quick word from Jess:
Hi everyone! I wanted to follow up on something I was asked about last season – and that is how to make unsweetened dried cranberries. At the supermarket, you’ll notice the ingredients to include cranberries and sugar. Even at the health food stores, many are made with sweet apple juice.
My first batch of unsweetened cranberries at home was totally inspired by The Healthy Foodie blog (thank you, Sonia!) It’s an entertaining post that speaks the truth about the tedious nature of drying these beauties out at home. First, you have to cook them for just a couple of minutes in juice just until they pop. Unsweetened pomegranate juice is used in the Healthy Foodie version, and it really does impart a nice neutral flavor to the cranberries. I have also tried using 100% unsweetened cranberry juice (which is something I usually only buy for medicinal purposes as, if you haven’t had it, it is incredibly tart.) This juice produces dried cranberries that I like more for cooking with (such as a sprinkle on a sweet butternut soup) but not so much for straightforward snacking. The huge tartness of the unsweetened cranberry juice against the huge tartness of the unsweetened cranberries becomes amplified to the point where it is almost too much, in my opinion.
Unsweetened apple juice works too, but if you’re going to go through the trouble of making them at home using unsweetened apple juice, honestly you may just want to buy yourself a bag from the professional cranberry dryers instead.
So that’s it! Try them if you dare! Thanks for reading, and see you tomorrow for more culinary adventures.