Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Garden Fever!

Not much time to blog...working 12 hour shifts. I picked up some oyster shells for the chickens yesterday and this afternoon the kids brought in 4 eggs, yeah! It may be coincidence or just plain luck because I have done some research on-line and many sources say get rid of the egg eaters. They must have overheard me tell John to send them to death row.

Goats are doing great, almost 4 weeks old. We are down to 3 -9 ounce bottles per day. This weekend we are going to work on an outdoor pen, we have decided to make use of some chain link fence we have, it is free and in the way laying on the barn floor. On-line resources say it is a good alternative for goats as they are sneaky little buggers and have a way of finding an out but because of it's high cost it is not always practical.
Check out the new glass bottle I found that fits onto the prichard teets. (nipple esp. for goats) instead of the plastic pepsi bottles. 5 more weeks of bottle feeding with milk replacer. We have been using Sav-A-Kid $32 for a 8lb bag and they are on bag #2, closest supplier is 20 miles away. Costly adventure!

Below is a recipe I wanted to share. I made a few batches of these last year and they were unbelievable!!

Zucchini Pickles

  • 2 lbs. sliced zucchini
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1-2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed
Place zucchini in a large pot. Add salt and enough water, cover and let stand for 2 hours then drain well. Combine remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Have glass jars prepared filled with the zucchini and oils then fill jars with boiled liquid, seal jars and boil jars for 10 minutes.


Anonymous said...

My sister is a RN in Labor & Delivery so I know how you feel on the 12 hour shifts:)
Sounds like you have quite a plan in place for the weekend. Good luck building the pen.
We are so excited to get the kids goats at the end of the month. We are anxiously awaiting:)

Paula said...

I compared this to the recipe I got from an elderly lady at our church, and they sound almost identical, Kim!
The only difference is mine calls for 8 cups of zucchini and 2 cups of peppers, which is optional, and your recipe calls for tumeric (I don't know what that is...)
The little lady I got the recipe from brought them to a dinner we were having at the church and I went NUTS over them they were sooo good. I hope mine turn out half as good as that!
By the way... did you use pint jars, and how many did you wind up with?