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  1. w_r_ranch

    w_r_ranch Master Gardener Moderator

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    Preparing them is simple... just throw the pods in boiling, salted water for 5 minutes & then into ice water to cool them down. You can eat edamame hot or cold. To eat edamame which is still in the pod, bring the pod to your lips, then squeeze or bite the beans will pop into your mouth... discard the pod & grab another.

    Today I will harvest more & hull them prior to freezing/vacuum packing. Hulled edamame is great for adding to green salads, making edamame salads, or adding to rice dishes. We now have 10 - 8 ounce bags in the freezer.

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  2. ksk

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    Could you post your Salsa Verde recipe?Also,could one use green tomatoes to make it ? Thanks...
     
  3. w_r_ranch

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    I imagine that you could use green tomato, however I doubt that it would taste the same... The recipe is now posted.

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  4. w_r_ranch

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    Harvested tomatoes for canning. Got 9 quarts, not a bad start, given that 95% of them are still green.

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    Also harvested another big bowl of green beans (we'll process them tomorrow).

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  5. ksk

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    What is your process for canning the tomatoes? Thank you...
     
  6. w_r_ranch

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    Harvested another 5 lbs of green beans, 6 cucumbers, 5 lbs of tomatillos/tomatoes & some peppers for our mail lady.

    Then picked 14 more jalapenos for stuff japs to go along with of beef fajitas that will be served for supper tonight.

    When we got a break in the rain, I ran out to pick more jalapenos so I can make a batch of 'Holy Jalapeno Sauce'. Bear in mind, this is a 15" bowl to give you a perspective of the size of the peppers this year.

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  8. w_r_ranch

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    Harvested more jalapenos for supper tonight (and no, I never get tired of stuffed japs).

    The 2nd wave of eggplant is maturing, so I harvested a 5 gallon bucket full. These were prepped & put in the dehydrator for later use. We'll vacuum pack them upon completion.

    Then I picked another tub of tomatoes. Tomorrow we'll start roasting the 'Health Kick' romas for spaghetti sauce & then can the 'Heatmasters'. You Texas boys really need to try these 'Heatmaster' tomatoes, the flavor is fantastic!!!

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  9. w_r_ranch

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    Harvested about 4 gallons of green beans, another tub of tomatoes & 4 more cucumbers. Most will be given to our friends...

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    A couple of days ago, I harvested half the soybeans. This morning I did the rest of the soybeans, pulling up the plants as I went. Then processed & vacuum packed/froze them.

    Harvested another 2 tubs of tomatoes, green beans, eggplant & some cucumbers. At this point I only need to make 1 more batch of spaghetti sauce (which we will can) so the remaining tomatoes/stuff will be given to friends for their use. This has been a very good season for tomatoes & half are yet to ripen!!!

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    Yesterday I roasted the tomatoes & this morning I finished the last batch of spaghetti sauce. This batch was canned & yielded 12 pint jars (one jar lid didn't 'plink' so Mrs. Ranch froze it)...

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  12. w_r_ranch

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    Harvested the green beans for the last time, then pulled up the plants.

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    Harvested a couple more cucumbers & the 1st spaghetti squash (there are a number of them that will be ready within a week).

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    Harvested another 1 1/2 tubs of tomatoes. I'm going to dehydrate a batch & then give away the rest.

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    The tomatoes were finished dehydrating yesterday, so we vacuum pack/freeze them this morning. We'll start another batch tomorrow, because Dieter likes them as well!!!

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    After that, I picked 25 jalapenos. 18 will be stuffed as a side dish for tonight's supper & the remaining will be used in Mrs. Ranch's 'pico de gallo' & the pinto beans I'm doing.

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    Lastly I picked another tub of tomatoes.
     
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  14. Mr_Yan

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    So I am a few weeks behind the times but the easiest way I found to shell edemame was to use a pasta roller. Feed the pods into the roller stem side first and the beans just pop out the other end.
     
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  15. w_r_ranch

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    Me & Mrs. Ranch do the de-shelling by hand... It's easy & gives us time together!!! Even 'Dieter' helps, he gets any that miss the bowl & hit the floor... he seems to like them, as he will mooch them if it doesn't occur often enough, LOL!!!
     
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    Harvested 18 more jalapenos to accompany our supper tonight,

    I also harvest the first cantaloupe & it's almost a biggie!!!

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    Harvested 7 more cantaloupe this morning & put them in the dehydrator. Candy from the garden!!!

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