Shopping In The Garden


This afternoon I went down to the garden and picked a bucketful of oranges, some mandarins, limes, perennial onions, grapefruit, chili and avocadoes as well as collecting 16 eggs.

Here is some of the haul.

2012-06-21 01Mandarins

2012-06-21 02Eggs

2012-06-21 03Ornages , limes, grapefruit, onions and chili in this bucket.

2012-06-21 04I set the oranges out ready to juice them.

2012-06-21 05These yielded 3.5 litres of juice and enough pulp to make 2 dozen orange and poppyseed muffins.

The juice is frozen in single serve (250ml) portions.

2012-06-21 06Here is the orange juice packaged and ready to freeze.  Once it is frozen I will remove it from the containers and place in double plastic bags for ease of storage.

I took a pack of grated zucchini (from the garden last summer) from the freezer and made a zucchini quiche for dinner.  While this was in the oven I made the muffins and a Lemon Delicious for dessert as well as roasting some sliced pumpkin ready to use on home-made pizzas tomorrow night.

The 2 grapefruit are prepared for The Duke for his breakfasts and the mandarins will be used in packed lunches.

The avocadoes are in the fruit bowl as they will take about a week to ripen.

I chopped the chili and onions and added to some cold rice.  Lime juice, oil and pepper made a dressing to toss through the rice and we had this and some carrot sticks and sliced mushroom with the quiche for dinner.

I used 9 eggs in my cooking and am left with 34 in the refrigerator.  Must be time to give some more away.

We are lucky to have a productive garden so it is important to make sure that we use what is available and store any excess so that it does not get wasted.

8 thoughts on “Shopping In The Garden

  1. I love shopping in the garden, although I only have a few herbs and chooks at the moment. Every time I do use herbs from the garden I remind myself that even though I’m a terrible gardener, even just that small amount ofherbs is a decent amount of money saved from being spent…

    I agree we need to catch up soon…. Like minded souls need reminding ever so often!!

  2. That was a good harvest for today. I only have a small garden and my pots of produce are not ready yet. Next year I’m thinking of turning a flower bed into a vegie patch, however it will be a battle with the slugs and snails.

    • Good luck with fighting the snails and slugs. There are many vegetables that look pretty as well as being edible – rainbow chard is one that springs to mind. Kale is also quite decorative.

  3. Great “shopping” Fairy. Like Sharynne I only have herbs but its a start. All that cooking sounded very yummy.

    • Great work on the herbs – I am not all that successful in that department, apart from parsley, garlic chives and a bay tree. I did grow basil a couple of times but the last 2 summers have been so wet that the garden has been a dismal failure during the warmer weather.

  4. What a great harvest! I wish we had an avo tree in our garden! Although I do have a bag of avos ripening in the fruitbowl!

    I occasionally freeze fruit juice in containers like you have Fairy. I especially freeze prepared lemons ready to make lemon curd and freeze them in containers. You mention that you then take them out of the containers and put into double plastic bags. What sort of bags do you use because I want to free up some of the containers in the freezer but am trying to limit my use of plastic bags or cling film. What is the best product to use?

    • I use 2 bread bags one inside the other for storing pre-frozen blocks of juice, serves of soup or casserole. Although we rarely buy bread these days and do not intentionally bring any plastic bags into our home there always seems to be enough bags. I always wash and reuse any bags that I do have.

      Well done on trying to minimise your plastic bag usage.

      Hope this helps.

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