Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Friday, August 30th is our bi-monthly garden club meeting

Posted Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 10:43 PM
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  • Figs are such a good thing....when I was younger and my parents traveled somewhere...there was a couple times I ask them if they ran across any fig preserves to grab me a jar...I can eat my weight in that stuff....and that's a lot!...I have major green beans everyone in my circle has tried to give me some...after sitting for 4 hours last Saturday morning, breaking, blanching and freezing...I will have them through winter for sure....I think I might have eaten the best cucumber ever...I got lucky and someone turned loose of one for me...yippee!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Aug 29, 2013, at 11:18 AM
  • Do you know what type of cucumber? Did it look like a normal one or something different? My oriental cuckes are thorny looking, long, narrow and sometimes curved, but they are great, even without peeling.

    My figs are now doing it! Picked 24 yesterday and leaving the same amount or more that are one or two days away from being picked themselves. I was going to puree them and freeze them into ice cubes but just decided to wash, dry and freeze whole. I'll use them for my smoothies.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Sep 1, 2013, at 9:04 AM
  • It was of the normal garden variety I'm sure, for that cuke...Grind them figs in your processer without the stems and end-nub of course...add a little water,lemon juice, sugar, vanilla,and cook them down to melt the sugar...stir in pectin and screw a tight lid on that jar...then wait a week and make biscuits....If I could be so lucky, you would find me sitting in the kitchen floor chomping those biscuits slathered with fig preserves just a squalling with joy!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Sep 1, 2013, at 10:08 AM
  • Would the figs need to be kept in the fridge? We only have three of us in the house right now, but somehow we run out of space in the refrigerator all the time.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Sep 1, 2013, at 11:05 AM
  • They will last a week to ten days after picked left out of the fridge....soft is ok just watch for a dusting mold...yet it can gently be washed back off...in the fridge they will last a little longer but tend to lose some flavor...if you take a few minutes and wash,de-stem and, cut them up, you can condense them down to a couple quart baggies and freeze for later processing or use....like pieces of fig with goat cheese and prosciutto pizza.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Sep 2, 2013, at 9:09 AM
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