Prepping for the week
Every Sunday I cook the Sunday chicken and usually I dig vegetables for the week too. Just before Christmas my old roaster crapped out and sprung a leak. I can’t blame it – I purchased it second-hand at an estate sale, along with a sewing machine and some quilt tops. The vintage quilt tops got squirreled away to a trunk, but the Singer and the roaster have not had such a respite. The sewing machine has sewn miles of thread for new quilt tops I have made, and the granite roaster pan has turned many a chicken into countless meals. I seized the opportunity to get a larger roaster this time – I roast the chicken with water for my weekly broth making, and a larger roaster gives me more leeway. Now instead of two quarts of broth a week, I can get three from the first cooking.
While the chicken was roasting, I went to the garden to dig roots for the week.
Since the actual thaw, it has been apparent that the vegetables in one garden that is cooler had suffered some damage from freezing without snow cover. I always plant extra, and usually end up not eating them all by spring. But even with that being said, I still don’t like to lose any… .
It’s helpful to have stock, any damaged vegetables are readily consumed by the hens, dogs, or Della the milk cow.
Once the dirt is washed away, I can inspect for damage from rodents, freezing or digging. Some go to the kitchen and some to the barn.
The celeriac at the top of the photo shows more damage from freezing than the other two, you can see the discoloration on the bulb as well as the dark green stalks. It will go to the chickens, but I can glean a few stalks for tonights soup.
Some of the carrots have split or have soft spots from freezing, mostly from the main garden. Della won’t care, so these will go into her root bucket. The carrots planted in the “new” garden have fared better. That garden receives a little breeze, it is warmer in the summer, and in the winter too, even though the gardens are less than a 100 yards apart. Gives a whole new meaning to micro-climate!