Friday, September 11, 2009


Joyful Bounty

Everyone here has been very gracious in sharing the bounty of the field and gardens as well as preservation of the harvest. That is the reason for this blog entry.

I have learned some excellent ways to quickly pick and freeze crops for later use of all this natural goodness. The key word here is quickly , because in the past some of the harvest has been wasted if there is a build up of some garden items.
Thanks to our relatives, I am able to share these tips with you, so I'm anxious to pass them on while they are fresh in my mind.

Jims sisters, Carolyn and Rita drove out from the Rapid City, South Dakota area on September 9th, 2009, to spend that day and the 10th, which was Jim's 67th birthday with us. They brought
some wonderful canned goods as gifts, which included, (from Carolyn) Rhubarb Strawberry Jam and Rhubarb Raspberry Jam, and Refrigerator Pickles, and (from Rita) Buffalo Gap Honey (from the Baker Ranch), Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Apple Plum Jelly, Grape Jelly, Squash Relish, (which is sweet and some-what like pickle relish, and cherry rhubarb jam.

Here are some tips from Carolyn (Brockamp) O'Meara


Pick tomatoes fresh from garden. wash, dry well, and freeze whole with skin on in freezer bags. When ready to use, remove from freezer, rinse under hot water and skin will easily pop off. The Brockamp family loves garden tomatoes in Homemade Tomato Soup. Recipe follows. Carolyn gave this recipe that Grandma Mary (Crain) Brockamp made for the family. This is the one that Jim grew up on and loved. He found it very comforting when his mother brought it to him when he was sick. This alone is a family heirloom, so prepare it with love darlings, and think of your father and your grand-father, and grand-mother Mary Elizabeth. Can't you feel the love?

Homemade Tomato Soup

1 quart tomatoes
Heat to boil in pan
Add 1 teaspoon baking soda
Add 2-3 Tablespoons butter
and 3 tablespoons flour and combine to make a roux.
Add 2 cups half and half to roux; heat and add to tomatoes.
Carolyn 'OMeara

Another family favorite is Home Made Tomato Juice

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