Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bountiful Baskets: October 19

It was dark this morning!  And frost on the windshield!  I'm going to have to get used to that aspect of my early morning Bountiful Baskets runs, again.

Thomas accompanied me this morning, though as it turned out, we really didn't NEED extra volunteers.  You just never know though.  It was a great basket day, though I can't say I'm excited about any of the veggies.  We'll use stuff, of course, but nothing makes me jump up and down with excitement.

Here is a photo of ONE basket:

Between my two baskets, I got:
  • 2 heads of green leaf lettuce
  • 2 heads of endive
  • 4 beets
  • 10 red onions
  • 8 yellow squash
  • 20 bananas
  • 9 red pears
  • 18 Granny Smith apples
  • 11 persimmons
  • 9 pomegranates
  • 12 kiwi

What will we do with all of this?
  • The lettuce and endive will go to salads.  I'll be making the kids eat a salad a day here for awhile, I think, as we still have lettuce from last week.
  • The apples and pomegranates are going to be turning into apple-pomegranate crisp.  Mostly for the freezer.  We have some apples left from last week that will go into this too.
  • I think I'm going to can a batch of pears, hoping for 7 quarts out of it.  We have pears left from last week too, though not too many.
  • I'm dehydrating the persimmons.  
  • Kiwi and bananas will just be eaten.
  • I may not dehydrate these particular onions, but because I have them, I'll be dehydrating others.  I'm going to make my own onion powder.
  • Squash -- I'm going to be playing with those.  I saw a squash au gratin recipe, for one.  And I was already planning for spaghetti tonight, so one of the squash will go into that.
  • Beets.  Yeah.  I never know what to do with beets.  I'll be pulling out my Polish cookbooks, and I will find a thing or two to try.  Maybe I'll make my own borscht.  I've never done that.

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