Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Some Food Storage Results

Happy New Year!

I hope that all of your holiday celebrations were enjoyable and delicious. We spent New Year's returning from a trip back to the Midwest to visit family. While we were there, I couldn't help but to wonder how all of my stored foods were holding up. I am happy to report that my luck is holding out. Here's a rundown of my cold storage results. I was most excited about the tomatoes.

Purchased in October
Stored in attached garage
Still great--a couple are wrinkling just a bit

Purchased in October
Stored in bottom drawer of refrigerator with no other foods
Still perfect

Apples and Pears
Purchased in early November
Stored in a separate drawer of refrigerator in single layers
These are so wrinkly that I think I have a shrunken head project going on. I can't get myself to eat them raw in this state, so I'm cooking them into baked goods and chutneys.
I plan to improve on this storage method next year.

Picked from my garden in October.
I stored them in an uninsulated closet in my basement in brown paper bags. A few rotted, but most of them slowly ripened.

Here is a photo of what I have left.
Admittedly, they do taste like grocery store tomatoes since they were picked before they ripened, but they are all mine and all local.
The Black Plum Paste tomatoes (the darkest ones in the photo) went into a crock pot meal--tossed in for the last 1/2 hour of cooking. This was probably the best way to use them.

This has me even more excited to start planning this year's garden.

No comments: