Weekend Project: Dealing With The CSA Surplus

Weekend Project: Dealing With The CSA Surplus

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Cambria Bold
Oct 13, 2009

We love our CSA. This is the 2nd year we've done the CSA in our Brooklyn neighborhood, and it's been great. But over the last few weeks, it got a little out of control. I think we were busy, and maybe not eating at home as much, but before we knew it, our fridge was exploding with late summer produce that desperately needed to be dealt with. So, this past Sunday afternoon we unloaded it all onto our counter, pulled out the knives, put on some music, and got to work...

The most pressing issue were the onions, corn and beans. There were at least 20 onions, 10 ears of corn, and a few pounds of green and wax beans. So, over the course of three hours, we chopped onions (and believe me, you haven't really cried until you've chopped 20 onions one after the other), shucked and zipped the corn, and blanched the beans. Then we measured out individual portion sizes (about 2 cups each) and put them in the freezer. Whew!

While I'm certainly not an urban homesteading aficionado like my friend Amber, I dream of being like that some day. The truth is, I'm just not very experienced in the kitchen, although I love fresh, local food. So, I felt very proud of myself for hunkering down and preserving all these veggies for the winter to come!

How have you fared with your CSA or garden produce? Gotten overwhelmed at all? What have you frozen or preserved for the winter?

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