Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard............09/13/2012

There's been a lot of preserving going on around our place lately. I'm a little behind on a few things. But, I'm gradually getting things done. As usual, I didn't dry as many herbs in the beginning of the season like I should have.

Right now there's Oregano and also Tarragon hanging in the kitchen drying .
I also need to dry a little more basil. That will be done in the microwave.

And of course, Tomatoes and a little more Tomato Puree have been canned.
Hopefully the tomato canning will be done this week since I have other things that need to be canned!

The beautiful Strawberry Popcorn adorns the pot rack.
It's so pretty, I think I will leave it there!

I've also started shelling some of the dry beans. These are Kidney Beans.
The raspberries I picked are being made into some Raspberry Infused Vodka. I can't wait until "The Italian" makes us some nice Adult Beverages with it this weekend! I wonder what he will come up with this time???

So, What's hanging around your place or going in or out of your Kitchen Cupboard lately???

36 comments:

  1. How do you dry basil in the microwave? wouldn't it burn it? I use my oven at 180 to dry mine. Love that beautiful popcorn display :)

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    1. No, it doesn't burn. I put it on a low setting and keep checking it.

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  2. Wow, that pop corn is so pretty, it's like jewelry! Good amount of kidney beans as well! My beans got some damage from Mexican bean beetles before they completely dried...

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    1. TS, that's a great way to describe the popcorn! I think it's better then jewelry!

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  3. Not too much preserving going on here. I did make some cabbage soup to freeze for the winter.

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    1. Well Daphne, that's something! I've never frozen cabbage soup before. I did freeze some cabbage this year for soup though.

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  4. Lovely dried beans, and popcorn. You sure have been busy with canning!

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    1. Dave, I really would like to be finished with most of the canning. This late season is killing me. I have some fun things I would like to can!

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  5. How nice does that raspberry vodka look - just delicious!

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    1. Thanks Liz, I'll have to post what we made with that vodka next week.

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  6. I'm drooling thinking of that raspberry vodka and all the adult drink that can be prepared with it :-)

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    1. Sandy, I'll let you all know what we came up with!

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  7. Robin,
    I need to read your blog more frequently! I could learn so much and get new ideas. Reality check: I work full-time and have a small urban garden. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Susan

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    1. Your very welcome. It takes a lot of dedication (and lack of rest) to preserve most of your veggies and herbs.

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  8. Love the way you decorate you kitchen with items drying. I need to get some oregano picked and tried. Have a big bunch of basil in the refrig to get froze right now.

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    1. Wilderness, we just love having everything hanging around the kitchen. I also have peppers hanging to dry.

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  9. We too are buried in canning and preserving jobs right now! Tomatoes, beans, berries, pickles, the list goes on. Whew . . . I think we may be glad when the frost comes!!

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    1. I think we will as long as everything gets done!!!

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  10. I need to dry herbs too - we have marjoram, thyme, sage, chives...

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    1. Hi Jo Jo, drying herbs is easy. I have done several detailed posts over the past couple of years. Just search around my blog and you will find them. Good luck!

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  11. That has to be the most beautiful corn I've ever seen. While I am not much for liquor (always preferred a beer myself) I bet a raspberry vodka would be quite tasty. Not to mention lovely to look at!

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    1. We're just loving that corn too. This is the first time I've grown it....but not the last!

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  12. Cut some more parsley today to dry. I didn't dry my oregano when I should have either. Wondering if I should still cut some to dry now that it has flowered? You continue to get so much done! Nancy

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    1. Nancy, just cut the flowers off the nice stems and hang it up. Oregano is the easiest herb to dry. It will be just fine!

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  13. Oh wish I had an Italian in my kitchen ! Love the popcorn, it looks great hanging in your kitchen. Enjoy your weekend drinks....

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    1. That Italian is quite a guy! We sure will enjoy our weekend. "The Italian" and I are planning to can peaches and maybe pears too. I told him if he wants them, he has to help!

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  14. Every time I read your posts about preserving your produce, I whisper to myself..."Someday..." BTW...we enjoyed The Italian's spicy rub on BBQ baby back ribs last weekend and my husband fell in love with all over again!

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    1. Patricia, there's no day like today! I'll let him know how much you enjoy his rub :)

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  15. Your stores are beautiful. We're trying to store herbs like you this year for our first time. So far we have dried a good bit of basil. There's sage and other stuff in the herb garden. Thanks for the added inspiration! Your strawberry popcorn is beautiful! Enjoy. I know we will!

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    1. Jody, I sure hope you have been able to help Belle out a bit. She must be beat with the new job and those cute little munchkins to tend to!!

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  16. Thanks for the reminder! I have some vodka that needs some TLC :)

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    1. Deb, that's one good thing about vodka, you add just about anything to it!

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    1. Sue, isn't that popcorn just the prettiest thing??

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