When Roland and I were on welfare, and we would get food from the bishop’s storehouse, I would bring home several bell peppers as Roland likes to cook with them and Jenna loves to eat them raw. But there were times when I sensed that the peppers might spoil before they were used.
Our Relief Society president (at that time) was among the best (if not the best) cooks in the ward. I remember asking her if we could freeze peppers. She said I needed to cut them into strip and blanch them first. There must have been a puzzled look on my face as she continued with a definition of blanching.
I am to place the pieces in boiled water for three minutes and then lay them out singly on top of a paper towel (she lines them onto a cookie sheet) before packing them up for the freezer.
So a couple of nights ago, I noticed several small peppers (some honestly so small they may have passed for jalapenos or chilis) and so I blanched them according to my understanding (the way I had done it before) and ended up with three sandwich bags full which I put into a quart sized freezer bag.
The next morning I noticed another batch of peppers on the machine – as though I hadn’t done anything. There were probley about the same amount and sizes. I started boiling water and cutting the peppers. Jenna asked if she could assist. Of course.
Jenna started slicing the peppers in round circles. I explained to her that dad had taught me to cut them the long way. But she’s got selective hearing and listening – like Tinkerbell does (see the end of this post for further clarification)
Would you believe that I came home (from picking up Jenna) to find even more peppers? Are you kidding me? Jenna asks if she can slice them up. I remind her to do it the long way. For the most part the cuts have been made into circles. I know Roland is going to ask me about it. Oh, well
We still have several green tomatoes. I had picked many and placed them in a bag. Only a few have turned. The majority remains green. And we still have several green tomatoes on the vine. It's too bad I don't have all the ingredients I need to make a fine salsa. I once tasted a salsa made from green tomatoes. It was delicious! Perhaps one of the best salsas I've ever tasted.
Summer’s over. There’s been a chill in the air. It’s my favorite season!