Saturday, August 25, 2012
The Fruits of our Labor - 2012 (Harvests #3)
"There is nothing more exciting and happy moment than when you see your plants growing and bearing fruits after lots of hard work everyday in our country living."
THE CORN FIELD (before)
THE CORN FIELD (now)
THE HARVEST TIME
It’s harvests time. The Great Gardener has decided to harvest the corn. We are really excited to harvest our fruits of our labor. It’s a lot of job, but it’s worth it.
THE GREAT CORN HARVESTS
We were able to harvests 3 wheel barrows full of corn. That’s a lot for us to save food for the coming winter. Last year, our corn field was damaged and it was really devastating for the Great Gardener that no corn was harvested. This year is really a blessing, an overflowing abundance of God’s goodness and mercy to us. Thank God!
THE CORN FIELD (after the harvests)
After the harvests, another lot of work has to be done. We piled up all the corn stalks in one area and saved them. The Great Gardener will use them as compost for the next planting season .
THE GOOD CORN ON THE COBS
We separated the good ones from the bad ones. Some were infested with worms and we have to save what we can save. Next year, the Great Gardener is going to find ways how to control these ear worms. Though it’s not 100% good harvest, we still feel blessed and happy that we harvested something this year than nothing at all. *Corn has high level of antioxidants that actually increases when you cook it, but it loses its Vitamin C rapidly. Its antioxidants come from ferulic acid which has been linked to cancer prevention. It is high in niacin and potassium and also a good source of magnesium and essential fatty acids. Its lutein and beta carotene levels have been linked to cognitive brain function retention.
It's really very useful to have a Food Saver Machine because we use this to store these corns on the cobs after blanching them. In this way, they can be stored in the freezer for longer period of time. They still remain as fresh as it was initially harvested even when cooked in a microwave. So sweet taste, "you've got to have it"- is the name of this corn variety we bought.
*Nutrition Reference: http://www.gardeningchannel.com/health-benefits-of-corn/
HARVESTING THE CORN FOR CANNING
THE CANNED WHOLE KERNEL CORN
It's canning time! Out of the harvests we got, we were able to can 18 quart jars of corn. We used the raw pack method of canning these corns. It’s a lot of job, but we have to do it. We don’t want to waste these corns. But in due time, if we have a good and bigger harvest than this year, we will try to sell them in the market. We had a taste of our corn cobs during our dinner last night. It was so sweet, juicy and delicious especially with butter, salt, and pepper. We still have 77 pieces of corn cobs left that we blanched and kept them in our chest freezer. Please don't forget to write the date on top of the lid when you can your own whole kernel corn.
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