- Food and Cooking
Conserve those left over vegies don't waste anything
Keeping vegetables - no waste
Potatoes and Onions
Cucumbers for pickling
Conserve your extra vegetables
How many times have you stocked up your fresh groceries and find you have too many. Or you have planted your own vegetable garden. For a while they stay stagnant so you go out and buy a few more plants, then suddenly they take off and you are inundated with stacks of tomatoes.
Never panic help is at hand. There is always a way around anything. While travelling across the Nullabor a few months back, we found ourselves with too many potatoes, onions and a cucumber. We were reluctant to have to give these up at the fruit fly check point, so by doing the following, we did not waste anything.
We could not take them through the checkout so we stopped on the side of the road and sliced all the onions, put them in sealed plastic bags and froze them.
Slice these and put on the gas to par boil. We rinsed in cold water, (as did not have any ice) then we bagged them up and stored in freezer.
Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoe
Keep by doing the same as for Potatoes
This was simple. We found an empty glass jar in the cupboard and sliced the cucumber. Placing the cucumber in the jar we added a teaspoon of sugar, filled it with white vinegar (you can use brown) added a few spices (you can add what you like depending on your taste buds). Then screw lid on tight and place in the fridge.
Too much Bread
If you bought a few loaves on special, dont wast them. Divide up into 3-4 slices and put into plastic bags and freeze. If the bread is a few days old, put into the oven on low heat until it light brown.
Put into plastic bag, then squash with a rolling pin until resembles bread crumbs. This can then be stored in sealed jars. Use as stuffing for chooks or sprinkle on top of puddings.
Use up those Tomatoes
This is a great way to use up all those not so good overripe ones up.
You will need a large saucepan, tomatoes, onions, garlic, hot sauce, chilies, and whatever spices to suit your own taste buds.
Slice up the tomatoes, put in pot. Slice and chop a few onions, (this will depend on size and amount of tomatoes). Place them into the pot. DO NOT ADD ANY WATER. Stir the mixture and put on very low to heat. The liquid in the tomatoes will give this enough moisture. Stir occasionally. Now chop or crush whole garlic (depend on choice) add to pot and stir. Now add whatever seasoning or spices you wish. If using large pot, I split the mixture it into two dishes and add different spices in each to make a change.
Now if you like you can mix some instant gravy mixture into one of these and stir to thicken. Let it cool and place in sealed plastic bags. Make sure to remove the excess air. Lay flat so it takes less room in freezer. These are great for spaghetti bolognaises, soups, stews, or to add extra to a meal when that unexpected visitor arrives.
Freezing Green Peas and Beans
- Peas- Choose the fresh young tender peas. Shell, wash, and blanch for two minutes. Chill in ice water, drain, and freeze immediately.
- Snap peas - Choose fresh unblemished pods. String and blanch for two minutes. Chill in the ice water, drain, and freeze immediately
- Snap beans - Choose the fresh young beans. Wash, top and tail and cut into 1-4 inch pieces. Blanch for three minutes, chill in the ice water, drain and freeze immediately.