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RE: Lazy weekend


Cut the melon into cubes, stuff into ziplock bags, pour in a sugar syrup,
seal the bags, freeze. They're okay in fruit salad as long as they're still
a little frozen. I've made sorbet too, back when I had an ice cream maker.
It was fairly tasty but not amazing.  
Fruit leather - hack up the fruit, puree really well with a little honey to
taste. Line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap that has a teensy bit of
cooking spray on it. Pour on the puree about, mmmm, maybe 1/3 of an inch
thick, put cookie sheet in greenhouse with all the vents closed. Gets up
around 130 in there. Takes a couple days to dry. Wrap it up and freeze it; I
don't try to keep it in the pantry.

Cyndi 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: 7/24/2006 4:46 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lazy weekend

and, how do you make your fruit leather?


> [Original Message]
> From: Theresa W. <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 7/24/2006 7:16:43 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lazy weekend
>
> how do you freeze melon?
>
> Theresa
>
> Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
> > All of those! I can tomato sauce, salsa, whole tomatoes, various
other
> > tomato products, green beans, pickles of various veggies, and then
there's
> > the jams & jellies; I dry tomatoes and make fruit leather; I freeze
corn
> > (when we grow it), peas, peppers, and melon. Keeping onions is a
problem
> > though, they don't preserve well. We're talking about buying a cheap
fridge
> > to keep in the garage. 
> > This year I've only managed 3 batches of jam. But I wanted to cut
back,
> > after all. I deliberately didn't do many green beans, and the
tomatoes
are
> > not doing all that well (too hot too early) - so while I will have
enough to
> > make a few jars of this n' that, I don't have 90 pounds of anything
to
deal
> > with. 
> >
> > Cyndi 
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]
On
Behalf
> > Of james singer
> > Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2006 12:31 PM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lazy weekend
> >
> > Question, Cyndi--
> >
> > How do you preserve your garden's bounty--can, freeze, dehydrate?
> >
> > On Jul 23, 2006, at 3:18 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
> >
> >   
> >> Temperature is in the hundreds again for the weekend and I am, as
they 
> >> say, not doing jack. I picked zucchini, okra, and tomatoes
yesterday 
> >> morning, pulled a couple weeds, and that was it. Today I went out
just 
> >> to see what was up and something bit me on the thigh - probably an 
> >> ant, since I was sitting on the ground in a shady spot. My whole
thigh 
> >> hurts like anything, I ended up taking an antihistamine hoping it 
> >> would help. You'd think I'd know better than to sit outside wearing

> >> shorts, but apparently not.
> >> I decided not to go hiking yesterday morning and my friend called
last 
> >> night hoping I'd go today. Don't think so, I said and then she 
> >> admitted it was over 90 when they went yesterday morning at 6 am.
She 
> >> has this enormous Alaskan malamute and I told her it was insane to 
> >> take him into the hills in this kind of heat. I think she actually 
> >> listened.
> >> A thunderstorm moved in yesterday afternoon and muttered at us for
an 
> >> hour or so, but no rain. At least the temps dropped into the high
90s 
> >> while the cloud cover was there. Maybe we'll get it again today,
but 
> >> so far it's clear.
> >> I have a lot of preserving to get done for my fair entries but I
just 
> >> can't bring myself to get into the kitchen. Gaah. I may have to
take a 
> >> couple days off to get it done, my time window is shrinking rather 
> >> dramatically.
> >> So in the end I'm managing only to read a few books and check the 
> >> computer.
> >> I feel like the wicked witch..."I'm melting! I'm melting!". I LIKE
the 
> >> heat, but this is excessive.
> >>
> >> Cyndi
> >>
> >>
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> >>     
> > Island Jim
> > Southwest Florida
> > 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> > Hardiness Zone 10
> > Heat Zone 10
> > Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> > Maximum 100 F [38 C]
> >
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