Feast or Famine

Everything seems to happen at once. We’re overloaded with fruit and nuts and then it’s over and there’s nothing – unless I dry or freeze some of it.

I thought I would show you about a third of the hazelnuts and filberts I’ve picked up and de-husked this fall, so you can see why I’m late getting anything posted on my blog lately. One problem is finding the space to dry the nuts. I used to put them on window screens balanced on my clothes drying rack and the contraption would stand in front of the woodstove downstairs until the nuts were dry. Since we have a lively puppy in our house, that option doesn’t sound so wise anymore. One bounce too many and there would be nuts all over the place, including the nuts who had to pick them up. You would have to be nuts to take a risk like that with a rambunctious puppy in the house.

So I’ve usurped the dining room table and any other surface I can find. Sorry, dear, no cookies. The cookie sheets are all in use.DSCN3826

The plums, apples, and pears are not there to dry, but only for showing off what is taking up the rest of my spare time. Washing and pitting plums, peeling and cutting pears and apples, and bagging everything in ziplocs for making cakes, muffins, and desserts later on.

Below is a photo of my favourite fruit of the whole yard, a red anjou pear. Mouthwateringly sweet and juicy!

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What a shame that with fruit it’s always a case of all or nothing. I’d love to be able to pick a pear off the tree at all different times of the year.

33 thoughts on “Feast or Famine

  1. Impressive Harvest. Where were the squirrels? All those filberts and no squirrels?
    The anjou pear would win 1st Prize blue ribbon at the Fair. I am Inspired me to make a anjou pear crisp.

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  2. Wait, did I miss it? Did you say where you ended up putting all those nuts? I see they are in cookie sheets, but where to you lay them out? Do you do any canning? Sounds like you’ve got a lot of juicy fruits to savor for some time. I wish I knew how to can, but I don’t.

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    • Canning is so much work. I freeze the fruit in ziplocs and use it for desserts (crumbles, etc.) but the nuts…I’ll put them in cardboard boxes if I can’t get burlap bags. We use them mostly for snacks and for granola (I like to make my own). I just put them on cookie sheets for now so I could put them on the sunny deck during the day and bring them in at night when it’s dewy, but I don’t put them in the oven. Ideally, they would be spread out on a screen of some sort and suspended so the air can dry them, but this year there were so many, I didn’t really know what to do!

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  3. Your nuts look wonderful, Anneli. Quote an undertaking yet a blessing to have such abundance of nuts! I wish I had one of your fresh, delicious and beautiful pears. Mmmm! Makes my mouth water. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. I somehow had not pressed Like so I got fooled, thinking I had forgotten to comment on this. I like expressions that are common bur were passed down from earlier generations. “Feast or famine,” reminds me of when my Mom was a teacher and Dad working long hours, too. My brothers got creative with after school snacks. They liked peanut butter and jelly usually but if out of ingredients we would make oatmeal or cream of wheat. Toast was always an option. “Feast or famine” described our fridge at different times of the month. Not broke (like I was as a single woman) but just too busy to shop. ♡ Anneli, just stopped by to “talk a bit,” dear.

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    • Funny you should say that about tomatoes. When we left for Montana Oct. 1, there were still a few green tomatoes on my three plants. When we got home (on the 26th) there were enough ripe tomatoes on those three plants to cover a big meat platter. Nice surprise! That’s it for the year now. I don’t have a greenhouse.

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