And a bunch of it is big, pumpkin big, if you know what I mean.
So what to do with it?
Admire it 1st.
|Beets, garlic, tomatillos, jalapeños, tomatoes - regular & cherry|
radishes and carrots
|pie pumpkins, butternut squash, leeks - oh yeah, and the chicken scraps bag|
Holy Full Fridge, Batman! What to do with it all?
Step one - cut it down to size. Those whole veggies take up a bunch of space.
Step two - dedicate a day to roasting everything into freezable food. And MUCH of that is done through the magic of roasting. By driving off excess water, and breaking down the plant cells by tasty cooking, they are all set up to freeze. If these are frozen raw - the water/chemical balance ends up with mushy and sometimes rotten (blechk!) food.
It's take a big chunk of a day but the longest part of the prep - the roasting - is done (and because it mostly happens at 425˚F) and done together. Pumpkins and Peppers don't mind sharing oven space with Radishes and Beets. And while things are roasting you can do lots of other thing - as long as you don't have to leave the house.
So what are the results from a day spent that way?
Roasted beets - and other veg
(see the next post for more on beets - or check out some flash backs:
Pumpkin Puree and Roasted Squash Wedges and Chunks
Dedicate the time to making these - and then THERE THEY ARE ready to go into whatever you want
- things like...
and the new best thing ...
Pumpkin Mushroom Polenta
(the pumpkin takes the place of the Parmesan - and makes it creamy and savory - and perfect for all stripes of "no dairy" folks -OR- a super way of sneaking in extra veg.)
That is coming up too...