Friday, July 11, 2008

While waiting on the rinds

The watermelon rind pickles are taking a while, first had to cut away the green and the red. Next let them sit in a salt water brine for 3 hours, then cook for 10 mins. Mix 9 cups of sugar, 3 cups of water and 3 cups of viniger together and bring to a boil for 5 mins. After they are both done cooking pour the water off the rinds and pour the mix over them. Let sit over night in a refrigator. That's where I am now. Nothing hard about this it just takes a while. Oh well, I guess I have more time than I do money, or atleast I hope I do. hehe!!Sitting in the brine, also had to add 2 trays of ice. They look alot like apples.Maters are realy getting big just not red. Come on guys Turn, Turn !!
This picture is for Marie over at Food Storage. She was interested in the taters that I have growing in totes. I am growing taters in several places to see what works best for me.
Now that's a pretty nice size bean. I have picked from these small rows ( 2 at 25 ft. ) 5 times so far and they keep on coming.

Just a picture of the hen house. All from scrap out of the Lowes dumpster.
Inside where the girls do their thing.
Some of the corn. It seems to be doing pretty well.

Zucchini are coming on strong.

A few more rows of corn about 8 or 9 I think. Notice how the corn in the center is much larger. I had a compost pile there last year before we plowed it up this spring. Guess it was pretty good stuff.

Peppers are recovering from the duck raid.


Marie said...

Thanks for including pictures of the potato plants--having some of those planted is on the to-do list for next year. It looks like the totes are a good place for them--they are thriving, as is everything else in the garden!
I can't recall ever having watermelon rinds, but that is a great example of using everything and wasting nothing--one great definition of success when it comes to food storage!

The Scavenger said...

Marie, I hope the picture helps. Potatos are doing really good in them. About the rind pickles, I found the recipe on and thought we would give it a try. We had the watermelon and the rind ofcourse and everything else so why not. As you said this is usually just thrown away. Who knows we may love it. I'll finish them up tommorrow and post pics. Picked more blackberries today and froze them. Got 2 acorn squash, 2 zucchini and 8 cuke's from the garden today. Yee-Haw!!


Nita said...

Wow your garden looks great! Curious to see how the watermelon pickles turn out - I've never had them.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great pics! Everything looks so good--the squash are quite big! You got more blackberries, too?!! Yum! Guess I should check ours pretty soon. Can't wait to see the results of the rind pickles! Gen--IL Homesteader