On tap for today was processing the peppers, making bread, making chili, and setting up the hoop cattle frame over the salad patch.
This required some serious planning.
Step l. I gathered all the canning equipment from the Milk Parlor where I had stored it thinking I was through for the year. Filled canner with water to begin heating for water bath for peppers.
Step 2. Set out 2 lbs of hamburger for the "big" pot of chili using yesterday's leftover beans. I thaw this on a heavy cast aluminum griddle and it thaws very fast.
Step 3. Start bread. I did a new recipe from Allrecipes called Westrup Whole Wheat Bread. While it is on the first rise I washed and prepped the peppers. I used a recipe from Colorado State U. I wish I had used my Sis's recipe that calls for more sugar.I guess I can add that later when I open a jar.
I put the wide mouth pint jars in the dishwasher to wash while prepping the peppers. While that is washing, I got the pot of chili going in the Presto electric pot. I can turn it really low and just forget it.
I wish I had used small mouth jars so the peppers wouldn't float so badly. And I forgot Ilene's advice about not tightening the lids too tight....I think I did and lost some pickling solution out of the jars.
Got them in to process.
Back to the bread: Punched it down formed loaves and set it to rise in bread pans. Preheated oven to bring up temperature in the kitchen for the bread.
Pickles processed (even though they lost juice); bread done, lunch finished.
I made enough chili to freeze some.
The bread was very tasty. I wanted to try it because it has l cup each of wheat bran and wheat germ, lots of fiber and sounded very healthy.
Texture is about what you would expect for whole wheat bread (mine anyway).
After a rest we rigged up the not so lovely hoophouse over the lettuce. I don't know how the plastic will last through strong winds. Nothing ventured; nothing gained.I hesitate to show this. Thankfully, it doesn't show from the drive!
The white blob in the back is the hoophouse. Please ignore the tall weeds still in this side of the flower bed. It requires the chainsaw and company took precedence over yard work last week.
|From October 2010|