Monday, November 14, 2016

Putting the Garden to Bed

In the fall there was a lot of leaf raking! 
Those big old maple trees had a lot of leaves. 
And the scent of burning leaves filled the air. 

 The Old Farmer would glean the vegetable garden (ie.clean picked). 
There might be some root vegetables to salvage. Old corn for the pigs.
Tomatoes! Yes, we love tomatoes in all their seasons, 
the green ones would be turned into green tomato mincemeat.
Then all the dead plants are plowed under for the winter to self compost.  

The flower garden was supervised by The Old Farmers Wife.
Dead foliage removed or pulled out. Mums were cut back.
Irises separated and replanted.
There would be a little burn pile at the corner of the
big garden for the plant waste, this would be added
to the soil when it was turned under. 

Soon a blanket of snow will cover it for the winter...

I will preface this by saying many people have a bad feeling for mincemeat.
They have mistaken conceptions that it contains meat! 
Some recipes have a strong flavor, this is usually cloves. 
Our recipe leaves out the cloves or only uses a touch. 
Give it a try, with raisins and citrus it smells heavenly while cooking down.

3 lbs green tomatoes, cored
3 lbs apples peeled and cored
2 oranges, with rind
cup of suet
2 lbs raisins
4 lbs brown sugar
1 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbs salt
2 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs nutmeg 
Pinch or two of ground cloves

Put first 4 ingredients through coarse food grinder or mill.
Add everything to large pot and cook on low heat,
stirring often until thickens. Can to preserve.

The Old Farmer's wife was flexible and if there was a lime
or lemon around the house she might throw that in too. 
Makes great pies or turnovers or filled cookies.
Some people will mix them into muffins. 

If anyone has a recipe of green tomato pickles...?

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Eldon Mains said...

I love mince pie but confess that I am the only one in my family that does. My Mom and Dad liked it too and I can remember on Thanksgiving having mince pie and pumpkin pie. We would have a smaller slice of each on the same plate and of course the whipped cream went on both!

Jens Mains said...

I love it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! I make filled cookies with a sugar cookie dough and call them raisin cookies to get people past the stigma of mincemeat, usually works : )