Saturday, May 15, 2010
Over the years rather than be frustrated with combing the pea vines I have learned there is something magical about it. I suppose I could insert the word zenful but we live in a zen free zone here on the homestead (don't ask why),so it is simply magical. The key to it is relaxing and concentrating fully on the task at hand. I liken it to a meditation of sorts where I completely lose myself into the task at hand enjoying the scents and sounds coming from with in the mass of plants. It is relaxing, stress relieving and comforting to me and has become my excuse to go play in the garden at any given moment in the early summer months.
We have just begun harvesting peas in large enough amounts that I can begin dehydrating them along with having some to throw in our meals. I don't tend to weigh things since we don't have a scale and I find it easier to measure things by the meal rather than weight. I find that it gives me a better idea on things when I know I have 64 meals preserved in some fashion as opposed to 27 pounds of something preserved. Three pounds of greens is much different than three pounds of carrots. Most of the peas that we are not eating fresh this season will be dehydrated. Although I prefer frozen peas over dehydrated, we are trying our best to eliminate the freezer (again) this year. It was a goal we failed miserably at last season and are really trying to accomplish this one.