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Breakfast, Harvest, and My Adopted Dad

I have yet to write about yesterday, but will try to do so late tonight. But for now, I am up and have to leave soon to go to my friend's home. He is the 82-year-old who I have adopted as my "dad." I stopped by last night on my way home and made plans for today.

With all the heat that we have had, and some of his health issues, his garden has gone to the dogs. There is still some that we can salvage/harvest, and so we shall do so today. Once we figure out what he has, we can plan what to do with it all--tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, and more (?). Then there are the fruit trees--apples, pears and plums--which are dropping fruit left and right and rotting on the ground.

I have little idea what I will be doing, as I do not know how to can, but I do know how to blanch and freeze. It will be an adventure, whatever we decide.

But first things first, I will cook some breakfast after gathering the fresh eggs--scrambled eggs and toast. He better have the coffee on and ready when I get there!

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deafdiva wrote on August 22, 2015, 1:32 PM

My dad usually makes tomato juice with all the tomatoes he grows!

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 22, 2015, 3:20 PM

Bell peppers freeze good for cooking with later. I have never tried stuffing them and then freezing. Zucchini freezes well. Most fruit only needs a water bath canner if you cook it down, like into apple sauce. I wish you luck and have fun

valmnz wrote on August 22, 2015, 3:23 PM

That sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day with someone close to you. Have fun.

chrisandmark wrote on August 22, 2015, 4:49 PM

Sounds like you'll be doing some fun experimentation emoticon :smile:

Rufuszen wrote on August 22, 2015, 5:50 PM

Far more industrious than me! I don't do cooked breakfasts, never mind all the rest!

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 22, 2015, 6:14 PM

I hope he had the coffee on as it looks like you two have a lot of work to do. My father's pear trees are dropping pears like mad, too, and he can't give them away.

Gossamer wrote on August 22, 2015, 8:39 PM

When I was much younger, we had a lot of plum trees. Whatever the birds didn't eat (and there was still a huge harvest left after they'd been through), mum turned into plum sauce. It was a laborious process, but the end result was worth it. Decades later, if we came across a bottle of plum sauce on the makeshift pantry shelves in the laundry, labelled say "Plum Jan 87" we would beg, borrow or steal it. I found the dark reddish-brown vintages were tastier than the light yellowish-brown ones, but I wouldn't knock back either. Now I don't think any still exist and there won't ever be any more, as mum has passed on and dad has long ago cut down most of the trees.

scheng1 wrote on August 23, 2015, 12:31 AM

haha, you sound like you are adopting his garden too. Hope he recovers fully to take care of his garden.

Paulie wrote on August 23, 2015, 2:20 AM

I hope you are able to salvage a lot of fruit and vegetables from your adopted dad's garden.

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 3:57 AM

I used to know someone who made their own V8 juice.

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 3:58 AM

I am going to try canning pears, I think.

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 3:59 AM

What about pears? I have done a lot of freezing, so I'm okay with the peppers and zucchini.

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 4:00 AM

There is much work to do. Did get the beds weeded.

lexiconlover wrote on August 23, 2015, 9:39 AM

You can make homemade applesauce. :)

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 23, 2015, 10:14 AM

I have never known anyone to freeze those, only canned them. I know if you go ahead and make the fruit into pies you can freeze that ok so maybe if they were cooked down enough for pie filling. I always just make jellies and jams with that kind of stuff. You could look up freezer jelly. My MIL did that a lot but I have not tried it.

LoudMan wrote on August 23, 2015, 11:39 AM

This sounds like fun. What a shame to have all that fruit going to waste.

LeaPea2417 wrote on August 23, 2015, 12:00 PM

That is nice that you have a good relationship with him and with all the fruit from the trees, maybe you could make pies or jelly.