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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I'm Done, I Think



I think I might be done with the summer garden harvest! I spent all day yesterday processing this 49 pound pumpkin, the last of 3 from our garden. The chickens liked the others and after discovering this, I put a cage around this guy.

First thing to do was get hubby to set this thing on the counter, then I pushed it over the sink so I could give it a good scrubbing. I sure love my Moen faucet with the pullout. Makes pumpkin scrubbing easy.

Then I had to get out the big knife and hammer. I didn't have to use the hammer at all. It cut pretty easy, it was just cumbersome. After all was finished, I ended up with 17 2-cup packages and 3 1/2 quarts of juice from straining the pulp. Most went into the freezer. The scraps went to the chickens.....they sure do like pumpkin. They proved that by pecking 3 others. Next year, the pumpkin patch will have a fence around it!

Today I am going to bake cupcake/muffins and maybe custard. We'll see. After yesterday, I'd rather sew.

2 comments:

Dena said...

That is one huge pumpkin! What do you do with the pumpkin juice? Do you roast your pumpkin before putting it in a blender or food processor and then freezing it? I'm getting my list ready for next year's harvest since my ankle will be all healed and can actually have a garden. lol

Judy S. said...

Wow, that is some pumpkin, Judy! I need to make some pumpkin bread. All these blogs with pumpkin pictures have made me hungry for some.