BOTTLING BEETROOT AND FREEZING COURGETTE SOUP – FIRST WEEK IN SEPTEMBER 2009

Last chance before political work takes over to store up the beetroot and courgette crop. I need the ground where the beetroot has been growing to plant autumn onion sets. It suits me therefore to harvest the lot, boil and bottle them in vinegar with some onion and herbs from the garden in each jar. After giving away some beetroots at the Cool Earth exhibition in Dun Laoghaire last weekend, I have enough to make 14 jars full. I shall see how they keep in the cool athmosphere of the attic in the months ahead.

The glut of courgettes growing on my patio requires them to be cooked and stored also. The simplest thing for me to do was just make soup. Again the onions from the garden came in handy and the soup is tasty. The bulk I will freeze for re-heating during the colder days of winter ahead.

Even though the days are drawing in, there is still good light for sowing  my weekly few radish seeds alongside the autumn lettuce I planted out. Meanwhile, I’m on the look out for the Radar variety of onion sets which are specifically for autumn planting. I have covered the former beetroot patch with old carpet to keep the soil weed free and warm in readiness for the trusty Radar sets when I can get some.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by tom nolan on August 8, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    what type of vinegar do you use for bottling beetroot
    would appreciate reply very much
    many thanks
    tom nolan

    Reply

    • Hi Tom,
      I used malt vinegar last year but I thought it was too vinegary in flavour so I’m on the look out for a better more flavoursome recipe this year. Meanwhile baking the beetroot fresh in tin foil is the best flavour by far but I have a plan to bottle any I don’t eat in November.
      Le meas glas.
      Trevor

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  2. Posted by Maire Jones on August 15, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Trevor,
    Just wondering how you bottle your beetroot, do you have a recipe you follow? Hope the lemon balm seedling grew you got at Skerries GIY meeting is growing well for you.

    Reply

    • A Mháire, a Chara,
      I found the recipe for bottling beetroot last year too strong on the vinegar front. I’ve tasted better so I’m on the look out for one which does better justice to the beetroot flavour. Meanwhile, they are still in the ground and I pull them as needed for baking in some tin foil which ensures the best flavour I think. I’m interested to learn more about preserving fruit and veg in general so anything you find let me know.
      Le meas glas,
      Trevor

      Reply

  3. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 30, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Aww, sorry your long comment evaporated! Anyway, glad you like the kitchen gardening blog. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Kind regards,

    Trevor

    Reply

  4. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 30, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your comment and encouragement,

    Good luck with growing some food.

    Trevor

    Reply

  5. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 30, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Hi there,

    Thank you for the encouragement. As long as I see more people taking part in growing more local and organic food, then I am happy.

    Kind regards,

    Trevor

    Reply

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