4 August 2021Garden Vegetable Processing


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Posted on August 4, 2021 by Durgan
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Thirty four pounds of garden vegetables were pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for off season storage. Process is wash, reduce size to facilitate cooking, cover in water, cook until soft, hand blend into a slurry. Then the slurry is put through a 2 mm mesh screen. The residue is then put through a Champion juice to extract maximum nutrients. This output is then mixed with the first straining and mixed.
The slurry/juice is then pressure canned in liter jars in batches of seven the capacity of my canner. I have found putting the jars upside own after pressure canning generally insures a good lid seal. Serendipity?
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Approx how many pints/liters of product do you average from your garden per year?
 
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About 400 liters total. 100 tomatoes, various fruits 100, buy grapes 100, various vegetables probably 100. I can apples, peaches, pears, mellons. Almost all vegetables and fruits. I buy what is not grown in the garden. Like apples, pears. It varies each year. Most is pressure canned. I have a small root cellar for potatoes, garlic and onions at the present time. Sometimes I mix if the quantity is small. It fluxuates.

In the garden now, there are, tomatoes, carrots, Brussel spouts, beets, celery, green beans, kale, cucumbers, onions. I ingest probably a liter per day often mixed in a glass , meaning I open two liters of juice at a time.

Seldom eat meat except as a diversion or treat, mostly seafood. Seldom ingest junk food from the fast food estalishments.
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About 400 liters total. 100 tomatoes, various fruits 100, buy grapes 100, various vegetables probably 100. I can apples, peaches, pears, mellons. Almost all vegetables and fruits. I buy what is not grown in the garden. Like apples, pears. It varies each year. Most is pressure canned. I have a small root cellar for potatoes, garlic and onions at the present time. Sometimes I mix if the quantity is small. It fluxuates.

In the garden now, there are, tomatoes, carrots, Brussel spouts, beets, celery, green beans, kale, cucumbers, onions. I ingest probably a liter per day often mixed in a glass , meaning I open two liters of juice at a time.

Seldom eat meat except as a diversion or treat, mostly seafood. Seldom ingest junk food from the fast food estalishments.
Eat to live, not live to eat.



That is awesome. I am behind you a bit but on the way.












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What is your motivation?
That's a great question. I never thought about it. just over the last 6 or 7 years I have become obsessed with growing my own stuff.

I have learned how to save my own seeds from most plants and love the idea of being able to continue growing year after year on my own

I worked in the restaurant business my entire adult life. always around people.

I am about 4 years away from retirement and cant think of any happier thought than to just do as much as I can on my own without having to deal with people.

The taste of everything is of course a huge motivator
 
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I started meaning, I got a nice property almost half an acre, 19170 square feet, in a good growing area.

After starting I did lot of preserving experimentation. My slurry/juice method is unique. There is much spurious internet information. One must take much of it as nonsense.

Finally the weather plays a significeint part in production. It is amazing how small a piece of property need be to produce sufficient.

I have slightly less than 1000 square feet for the main garden. It produces more than can be utilized.

Also the quantity to be planted takes a bit of effort to learn.

I have recently switched over to electic tools instead of gas driven, The gas driven are difficult to start aad few people can fix them. The electric cord is not particurly difficult to master and the tools are much cheaper. I have an electric weedwacker and electric rototiller.

An observation, gardening is fast becoming a lost art. Fast take out is becoming the norm. The effect shows on the populace with 40% overweight. Statistics. I live in one of the best growing areas of Canada and one has to look to find a backyard garden.
 

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