Browsing Archive: September, 2009

Drying Serrano pepper

Posted by Misty Montano on Thursday, September 10, 2009, In : Drying 

I picked almost all the Serrano peppers to dehydrate. They're so little to work with I find drying them is the easiest way to preserve them. When It's time to use them I crush them and toss them in whatever I'm making.

I have a Nesco Dehydrator that I use for everything from making jerky, to drying fruit, to making fruit roll ups. (Although now is the time my husband would object to tell you I am not telling you the truth. The truth is I haven't used the dehydrator in over a year and he just ...

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Freezing crushed Roma tomatoes from the garden

Posted by Misty Montano on Thursday, September 10, 2009, In : Freezing 
The tomato plants are coming back to life after the hail beat them down! Among the dead leaves these Romas are ripening nicely!

I decided there weren't enough tomatoes to go through the entire canning process. I chose to stew and crush the tomatoes and to freeze them.

I first peeled the tomatoes.

1. wash the tomatoes and make a tiny slit with a paring knife going under the skin slightly

2. put the tomatoes in boiling water for about 1 minute

3. remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and plung...
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Roasting peppers to freeze for use through the winter

Posted by Misty Montano on Thursday, September 10, 2009, In : Roasting 
I love growing an abundance of various peppers so I can can, freeze and dehydrate them for use through the winter. This week I picked an abundance of hot banana, sweet banana, mammoth jalepenos, big jim, poblano, and anaheim to roast and then freeze.

I love the smell of roasting peppers so I roasted them in the oven. I lined cookie sheets with aluminum foil for easy cleaning. Then I laid out all the washed peppers on the cookie sheets.

I roasted the pepper at 450 degrees for 20 minutes then fli...
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About Me: No I'm not a mystic

I answer to many names Misty Lou, Misty Jean, Mistycal and even Extrafancy are just a few of the nicknames to which I answer. The most important names though are Wife, StepMom and Mom. With all these names it's sometimes hard to know who I am! This blog started as a Nebraska girl learning, trying, succeeding and failing at gardening in Colorado. Along the way in growing my garden, I grew my family too as I married a wonderful man and became StepMom to two precious Boys. Now our family grows more as we have a Baby Girl. So here is all of me as I share my family, home and garden. BTW my middle name is Jennifer; my name is Misty Jennifer Montano.