Saturday, July 31, 2010

Easing the pain

Food processing season is upon us. Lately, I've been making pesto, dehydrating and freezing peaches, and freezing chopped okra. Yesterday I attempted sun-dried tomatoes in the Tulsi Sun Oven and baked banana bread in the Global Sun Oven. The sun-dried tomatoes didn't dry quite evenly, so I popped them in the Sun-Oven-cooked ratatouille for dinner (delicious). Those Sun Ovens came through for me yesterday!

But getting to my point: I don't necessarily like spending hours in the kitchen chopping and processing food by myself. I'd much rather be reading a book or taking a walk or cruising the Internet. Luckily, I've discovered a solution that makes food preservation much easier, virtually painless, almost....enjoyable?

It's simple. My solution is: listening to Peak Moment Television while I work. I like to hear about positive actions that people all over the country and world are implementing: permaculture, urban homesteading, and building community, and I enjoy listening to interviews with our beloved peak oil authors and activists. Time, which might otherwise crawl or limp, just flies by. And I feel rather virtuous for accomplishing something rather than just sitting in front of the computer. So go on - get started on that applesauce, tomato canning, or pesto! Peak Moment TV is standing by to keep you entertained during your labors.


Sharlene T. said...

One always forgets just how much focused time goes into putting up food (and how quickly folks disappear!)... great suggestion for whiling away the time... I like to practice my presentations... and I suck at it...

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Meadowlark said...

Just touching base. It's been ages. Never seen the site you suggested, so will go check it out.

Peace to you my friend.

Betsy said...

I found my Sun Oven a great way to process tomatoes. Put a batch in unpeeled, even cherrys. Cook them for 2-3 hours to draw out some water; pour off water and save for soups. Puree them in the blender (I used a VitaMix) and then put them out in the Sun Oven again, this time with the glass top propped open a bit. After about 4-5 hours you have tomato sauce with no slaving over a hot stove.

Peak Oil Hausfrau said...

Betsy - great tip, thanks!!

Meadowlark - Hi there - hope you are doing well!

Shamba said...

I haven't tried dehydrating fruits this year but dried peaches, apricots sound really lovely.

thanks for the recipe, Betsy. I'll have to try that with my solar ovens.

peace to all,