Carrot Juicing

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Carrots make a very unique juice that deliciously blends with apples and ginger. It’s important to note, however, that they are on the drier end of juice-able produce, so today’s harvest of three large and one medium carrot made about three ounces of straight carrot juice, and a lot of pulp. Luckily, the dog dances around me in the kitchen waiting for his share of the “waste.” Some pulp could go into baked goods, although I haven’t found the perfect muffin recipe yet. It definitely can go into the compost with the worms. Why not make their lives easier by pre-chewing?

So we have learned two things: Plant waaaaay more carrots than you think (in nice fluffy soil) in succession, so you can keep harvesting for months, and blend carrot with other, juicier ingredients to stretch the beverage to a less shot-like quantity.

Processing Peaches

Now that we’ve harvested over 100 peaches, what can we do with them?

1. Eat fresh (over a sink.)

2. Slice and dehydrate.

3. Peel, pit and purée for smoothies, bellinis or baked goods.

4.  Dice and combine with other ingredients for Peach Salsa.

5. Barter, or just plain share!

 

Peach Harvest Day 2014

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After pricing orchard ladders, considering that we would only need for a few hours, and looking at rental companies that would still require a way to transport said ladder home & back, I crossed my fingers that the local hardware store would just *happen* to carry a fruit picker on a stick. I still can’t believe it. These things are awesome. Why extend your legs with a ladder, when you can extend your arm? Why pay upwards of $250 when you can get a fruit picker for under $40? AND it fits in the sedan! Bonus!IMG_5431 IMG_5442 IMG_5447 IMG_5457 IMG_5458 IMG_5459

Now for the sorting – we lightly scrubbed the peaches of excess fuzz, then sorted them into piles of super ripe (and lightly bruised,) perfectly ripe, mildly firm, and firm. Peaches that were about the texture of a ripe apple were easiest to slice, so they went into the Excalibur dehydrator. Slightly more ripe would hold shape after dicing, so they went into the salsa pile. Perfectly ripe went to neighbors, coworkers, friends and our bellies. Super ripe went into the Nutribullet. IMG_5460 IMG_5462