Monday, August 19, 2013

Meatless Monday: Preserving the Season’s Bounty

Many of you know that I became a Certified Master Gardener in CT last year, and that I could not have done it without the assistance of my mentor, Rachel Ziesk.

Rachel is passionate about organic gardening. She gardens for others and maintains 3 gardens of her own. At this time of year she is very busy harvesting her abundant (and beautiful) crops and storing them to enjoy over the long winter months.

This spring she started a blog — Organic Gardening — in which she shares her knowledge “from seed starting through the last harvest.” Last Monday she explained why you need to blanch certain crops before freezing them and revealed her nifty alternative method for sealing greens without a vacuum sealer. 

Her most recent subject was air drying peppers and herbs

These are some of the hot peppers Rachel grew this season. Don’t they look beautiful? It should come as no surprise that Rachel is also a talented artist.

Rachel Ziesk's Hot Peppers on a String

These “necklaces” of peppers were strung with doubled sewing thread (knotted on the end) and will hang in Rachel’s kitchen to be used a few at a time.

Check out Rachel’s blog — whether you want to start your own gardenget rid of pesky pests, or put some seasonal food by for future meals. Her posts are concise, well illustrated, and easy to follow. 

Happy reading.

Have a great week. Eat well. 

I often blog on food or food issues (and sometimes gardening) on Monday in support of Meatless Monday, one of several programs developed in the Healthy Monday project, founded in 2003 in association with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. Meatless Monday’s goal is “to help reduce meat consumption 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.”

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