24-04-2018 05:34 PM
Cooking up a storm in the kitchen can be very satisfying.
This week I dried some chillies, they will probably take me year or more to use.
24-04-2018 05:38 PM
I only managed to bring 1 of my previously many potted chilli plants with me to the new place. It is getting used to it's new home so not as prolific as it used to be in the other place.
I usually freeze them, drying sounds like a great idea too.
24-04-2018 05:54 PM
24-04-2018 05:55 PM
24-04-2018 06:34 PM
Thanks for the tag @Darcy, interesting thread.
Be warned that the Master Stock recipe is more intended as a poaching liquid for meat and some veggies. As the base of a soup, it could be overpowering, but you could use similar ingredients and tone it down a bit.
My mini-preserving achievement today was drying some mandarin peels in a low oven- for using to flavour the Master Stock....
25-04-2018 03:07 PM
Goodness, thank you for your kind words @Darcy. I do these things because they help to keep me out of that pit of despair that I'm all too often skirting around lately. It is hard to do when one's focus has to be elesewhere, so good on you for being able to make the effort!
I have taken to peeling the zest from lemons I squeeze for juice and freezing it between slips of baking paper. It's really useful in one of the quick pickle recipes I sometimes make, and also for other baking and flavouring too.
HOme made lemon cordial is great! I also use the frozen lemon juice to make Lemon Butter when I have the inclination.
I like your idea of freezing things for later, I sometimes make up a double or even triple serve of a soup and eat one/ freeze some, so I can have soup without the effort later on. The big freezer is a great help!
When I put the ginger into the pantry last night I found the last bottle of Elderflower Jelly I made from the collected flowers from the Elderflower Tree at my last place. I had forgotten I still had one jar left so that was a lovely find. It looks like I'll have to make pikelets or scones soon, to make the most of it.
25-04-2018 03:38 PM
homemade Elderflower Jelly on pancakes or scones sounds reallllly yummy @Former-Member xx
25-04-2018 03:40 PM
25-04-2018 04:16 PM
@Former-Member Hi SunShower you are the busiest bee on the board. I really think you should write a book like the Country Womens Association books (they are great books). Yes Zoe7 has gone outof her way to dress pea lately, she spoils the pea rotten @Zoe7
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