Eat Veggies, save the planet

Sweet Potatoes
October 20, 2008, 10:26 pm
Filed under: gardening

I harvested my sweet potatoes today. Some were so large that it makes me think I should have harvested them a month ago. I put the ruler in the picture so you can see how large some are. Personally they are the biggest sweet potatoes I have ever seen. The largest ones weigh 7 to 9 pounds.

 I cut some in small pieces and boiled them for dinner and they are quite tasty.


Freezing Okra
October 14, 2008, 10:44 pm
Filed under: recipes

I personally am not tired of okra but my family is…so I have started freezing it. Maybe they will appreciate it in the middle of the winter.

I have frozen it 2 ways.

First  I prepared okra as if we would be eating it for dinner and then froze it.

  1. Cut okra into  half inch slices, approx 5 cups.
  2. Mix okra with 1/4  tsp salt , 2 pinches of pepper and 2 TBSP. of cornmeal.
  3. Put 2 tsp of canola oil in a cast iron 9″ frying pan. Heat up the oil on medium high
  4. Add okra and fry for about 4 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  5. Put into separate glass bowl to cool.
  6. Put 4 cups in 1 qt. freezer bag and put in freezer.

The 2nd way I froze it was whole.

  1. Wash okra and cut off tops.
  2. Blanch in boiling water for 3-4 minutes depending on the size of the okra, small/large.
  3. Quickly put in ice water.
  4. Drain.
  5. Add 4 cups of okra to one quart freezer bag.
  6. Pop in freezer.