One of my favorite things about this time of year is the bounty of gorgeous produce coming out of my garden and available at the farmers market. I am determined to be more prepared for winter this year. I've been putting bag after bag of chard, apricots, green beans, cherries, raspberries, and blueberries in the freezer.
Putting food back for winter makes me feel so paleolithic:) I love the intense connection I feel to the cycle of nature, to time, and to life itself. For our paleolithic ancestors, preparing for winter was a matter of life and death. I know that at any time I could go to the grocery store and grab a head of lettuce, so the experience is not the same. I choose not to do that though, and it's got me thinking. The thoughts are all kind of jumbled in here, so I hope I can express myself coherently.
The idea of eating local and in season is very important to me. Now, if I put those eggplants and peppers in the freezer and eat them in January, I won't be eating in season, but I think my freezer uses a lot less energy than the semi truck hauling the head of lettuce from California in January. Our Paleolithic ancestors didn't have canning machines or a deep freeze, depending on how close they were to a glacier! They had dried meat and root vegetables, but no cherries or peaches. The thought of really truly eating in season all year, sounds just awful, but it would be better for the environment than running my freezer. What do you think about that? Could you do it? Do you know anyone who sticks to such a diet?
While we're talking about food storage methods, I'm trying a new recipe for pickled pepperoncini. These are fermented pickles instead of the heat processed kind. You can find the recipe here. I've been reading about this method of preserving and it's really interesting. Kind of scary because of the fear that has been pounded into us about bacteria. I stop and check out my jar of peppers everyday. It has another week to go, then we'll see what they taste like. Wish me luck!
This has been a crazy, busy Friday. I am looking forward to a lazy weekend. How about you? What are your plans?