Thursday, August 25, 2011

Recycled freezer bags

Recycled freezer bag
Tomatoes have started coming in the CSA box. My own tomato plants are producing whoppers, especially my yellow low-acid tomatoes, which you see here. (I've also picked a couple of Brandywines that were size of softballs too, though.) All this combined with the bumper crop of blackberries means I'm freezing a lot. And that means that today I ran out of freezer bags AGAIN!

But it occurred to me that some food, like Trader Joe's sugar, comes in really nice ziplock bags. Why not just rinse them out and use those? Not only are they free, they're actually thicker than the bags you buy, which means you don't have to double them to avoid freezer burn.

No, they're not quite as big as the gallon bags I've been buying but that's OK. This is Smalltropolis after all.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

What to do with Pluots.

Pluot Crisp
Pluots are a hybrid fruit that are part plum and part apricot. Sounds interesting. But what do you do with three pounds of them that come in your CSA box?

Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone has a recipe for plum crisp so I tried it with my pluots. (I reduced the sugar a little and upped the oatmeal.) Wow! With cloves, orange peel, cinnamon, and nutmeg, this is an amazing mix of flavors. Maybe I'll explore freezing some pluots so I can make this for Christmas...