Harvest Monday December 17, 2018

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. I only got one harvest last week, a modest cutting of Starbor kale I have growing in one of the cold frame beds. I have that bed covered only in bird netting, not Agribon, and the curly leaves have stayed free of insect damage. The kale planted in there is hardy enough it has done well so far without a heavy cover.

Starbor kale

Starbor kale

We continue to use things from storage. I baked one of the Turkeyneck pumpkins last week and turned part of it into pumpkin puree. I used some of the puree to make a batch of Whole Grain Pumpkin Yeast Bread. I formed the dough into rolls instead of a loaf, and we had them with veggie soup we cooked up for dinner one night. The pumpkin added a lovely color and flavor to the rolls along with extra nutrition, and I can see I need to do more experimenting in the future.

Pumpkin yeast rolls

Pumpkin yeast rolls

I froze the rest of the puree in an ice cube tray. I plan to use the cubes in a number of savory dishes, plus I have been popping them into my breakfast fruit smoothies. We still have 10 of these big pumpkins in storage so I will be using them in all the ways I can dream up! I am thinking the cubes will be handy to use in soups and stews as well.

frozen pumpkin puree

frozen pumpkin puree

Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest of any size or shape you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And please be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting, or wishing they were harvesting!

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10 Responses to Harvest Monday December 17, 2018

  1. Sue Garrett says:

    We didn’t even visit our plot last week but I did use a stored squash to make a pumpkin and chickpea curry.

  2. What a great idea to put bits of pureed pumpkin (or squash) into ice cube trays. I do that with pesto and lemon juice but like your idea. Happy holidays!

  3. Michelle says:

    Pumpkin in your smoothie, that’s ingenious. And so is freezing the puree in ice cube trays. I’ve got one big squash left from last year that I need to use so I may employ your method for part of it.

  4. Even with a row cover the bugs seem to find any bassicas we grow. Do you use anything besides row covers for those?

  5. Hellooo! Kale is a real winner at this time of year. I have squash envy, with only three big and three small left. I’m trying to ration them out! They’re storing well though.

  6. Margaret says:

    I hadn’t thought to use squash in bread. Other than one squash risotto dish that I make, my family isn’t a fan of squash – they do love bread, however, so I must give that a try!

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      The squash replaced some of the water in the bread. I’m not sure the exact ratio, probably not one for one though.

  7. I would not have thought of using squash in bread either, and as we have quite a lot still in store (not complaining!) I shall try make some over the holiday to give it a go. Kale is a Winter Winner here too!

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