Best Way to Freeze Green Beans We love our green beans at the Mountain Farmhouse. This is why we grow so many of them. I start them early from seed in the greenhouse, and I direct sow some of them a few weeks later right in the garden. We preserve them so we can enjoy them all winter long. Sometimes we can them. Sometimes we freeze them. This year I'm doing more freezing than canning, so read on to learn about the best way to freeze green beans. Growing … [Read more...] about Best Way to Freeze Green Beans|Alternative to Canning
Vegetarian Food After a Tooth Extraction As I'm writing this, I'm holding an ice pack against my cheek. As some of you may know, I have had quite a bit of dental work for a good part of my life. Part of that work involved a LOT of root canal treatments. These treatments ultimately failed, making extractions necessary. Thus, I have become a "Liquid and Mushy Food Aficionado." If you are in the same boat, and struggle to find tasty vegetarian and vegan options, read … [Read more...] about Vegetarian Food After A Tooth Extraction
How to Grow Sprouts (**Updated**) Here at the Mountain Farmhouse, we like to grow a few things indoors. ESPECIALLY when we can't really grow too much outside! One of our favorite, and highly nutritious, foods is the humble, little SPROUT! Follow this simple guide to learn how to grow sprouts! Start With a Clean Jar I've had my jar for years(it was part of a kit), but a large mason jar works every bit as well. Make sure it's a minimum of one quart in size. I would … [Read more...] about How to Grow Sprouts
This year's harvest of potatoes did not disappoint. I haven't picked all of them yet, but I grabbed some to make a side dish for our dinner last evening. These tubers are in the nightshade family. Also, they have been heavily relied upon for sustenance throughout history. They are versatile and tasty. *Note - If you or someone you love struggles with diabetes, you may need to limit your consumption of potatoes. You'll need to talk to your doctor about … [Read more...] about Herbed Roasted Potatoes!
Now that we've picked most of the raspberries, the blackberries are ripening. We use blackberries in many of the same ways as raspberries, but we seem to have so many more of the blackberries, as you can see. Since the berries were already here, growing rather wild, we chose the "live and let live" approach, which is very much in keeping with Permaculture principles. We opted to observe and see what would unfold. Lo and behold, the abundance revealed! Years ago, we … [Read more...] about Easy Blackberry Jam