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Ladybek9756
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Rebecca
Linneus Maine
USA
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Posted - Feb 04 2018 :  07:32:55 AM  Show Profile  Click to see Ladybek9756's MSN Messenger address  Send Ladybek9756 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Background Information
August 2016 we purchased a farm of 17 acres. We have always wanted one and finally we found the perfect piece of property in Maine. I looked forward to putting in my garden and preserving food for the winter. Since I was limited in health because of cancer, the lateness of putting the garden in, and also being new to this type of life, our garden did really well for us.
Beginner Level
This badge consisted of freezing three different types of fresh produce The items that I chose were pumpkin cut up for later use either as soups, pie, roasted veggies, etc. Zucchini for soup, roasted veggies, and making bread. Soups made from the harvest for winter time when I was lazy and really didn't want to cook. Finally, we harvest a yellow squash where the skins were to hard to eat. I cut them in half and stuffed them with a meatloaf and froze them for baking during the winter. The stuffed squashes were very tasty and we enjoyed them with some of the other canned goods from our pantry.

Intermediate Level
This badge consisted of dehydrating three different types of produce. For this badge, I chose tomatoes, apples, and herbs. The tomatoes I use in dishes when I want just a little tomato instead of a whole jar. The apples we use for snacks and the herbs I use for flavoring my cooking dishes.

Expert Level
There are two different canning methods. Water-bath and pressure canner. Depending on the acid level will determine the method used. This was my first year canning and was successful in putting up our entire crops. I can green beans, corn, pumpkin, tomatoes, pickles, relishes, vegetable soup, brandied apples, green leafy veggies (Collards, endive, beet tops, carrot tops, kale, etc.) We also dehydrator beef jerky for snacking.
The dish I made consisted of butternut squash from my freezer, collards from my pantry, tomato sauce also from my pantry, and herbs that I had dried with the dehydrator. I made a layer dish, baked it in the oven and with the various flavors and textures it can out pretty good and filling. I took the left overs and used our freeze dryer to preserve them for another meal.

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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Feb 05 2018 :  3:10:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Way to go Rebecca! That is some amazing and hard work you have accomplished. There is nothing better then having foods from your own garden all year long! Keep up the amazing work!

Krista
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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

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Debbie
Madras OR
USA
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Posted - Apr 20 2018 :  6:07:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rebecca, you have been busy and I admire that you got so much done even when you weren't feeling 100%. Your recipe of meatloaf stuffed into yellow squash sounds delicious! I am working on this badge right now and it was nice to read what you put away yourself!

Debbie Klann
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Red Tractor Girl
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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Apr 21 2018 :  1:29:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rebecca, you have done great work here on all levels of this badge. Congratulations!! I also love the many creative ways you came up with to use your garden ingredients to make delicious and healthy recipes! I hope you are feeling better these days too.

Are ups planning any new veggies to try this year for fun?

Winnie #3109
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marjean
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Marsha
Deltona FL
USA
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Posted - May 20 2018 :  10:47:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good job! I am hoping my garden will actually grow this year. I buy fresh organic produce in my area in the meantime.

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