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We gardeners end up with way too much stuff. It's always tricky deciding what to do with it all once you run out of neighbors. What do you do?

So our veggies are coming in fast and furious now. I'll show you a quick trick to save some of your bounty once you've run out of neighbors to give it to.

Right now our Eisley Peppers are ready. But like most things, it's all ready to pick at once. I want to share a very, very simple way to save them for future use. This is my quick, safe and fool proof canning method.

Normal canning takes planning and effort. You have to make sure the jars you use are sterile which requires placing them in boiling water for 20 minutes if you want to be 100% sure all bacteria and any bacterial cysts (some bacteria do that) are killed. Once your canning jars are sterilized you need to get to canning in a hurry. Seasoned canning pros usually have a whole strategy for a lengthy canning session lasting hours.

Well, there is a way to can veggies of all sorts without that hassle. How? You pickle them in vinegar. This doesn't require sterile jars...just clean ones are fine. No need to boil them prior to canning. Let me show you what I do.

Here are some Eisley Peppers growing. There are at least 10 or 11 peppers in just this one area! I picked all the ripe ones three days ago...and now I'm getting more ripe ones as you can see.

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Here is what I did with the ripe peppers I picked three days ago. I had enough to fill two quart-sized canning jars. I washed the jars then dumped into each jar 1 tablespoon salt, 1 tablespoon black pepper and 1 tablespoon minced garlic from a jar of the stuff I buy at the supermarket and always have on hand.

Then I pack the jars with the peppers and fill them up with vinegar. I use regular white vinegar for about 2/3rds of the volume and rice vinegar for the remaining 1/3rd. Another option is to just by 4 Monks brand vinegar. It's this simple. And you will not have to worry about it spoiling or becoming toxic. You can also keep adding more stuff into the jar as you eat your way through what's in it. The vinegar will keep pickling whatever you add.

Wait for three weeks...longer is just fine...and they are ready to eat. You need to shake the jars up every few days and turn them upside down to sit...then right side up the next time you shake them.

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You can add any stiff kind of veggie you want...cauliflower, green beans, small onions, carrots, celery, etc. You can also add different fresh herbs and other spices to change the flavor of your pickled veggies and peppers.


Now another simple thing to do is blend up veggies or fruits to make amazingly nutritious smoothies. I am a big fan of blending ALL of the fruit or veggie to get all the fiber and all the vitamins in the skins and seeds.

Juicers are fine, but you then get all the pulp left over and usually cleaning the juicer itself is a hassle. Why not consume the pulp?

We don't juice...we super blend. We bought a super powerful blender that pulverizes everything you put into it into you drink it all and just rinse the blender out...done! A regular blender won't do this however. There are two blenders on the market I know about that can do this. The Blend Tec brand blender and the Vitamix brand blender. We have a Blend Tec. It can blend anything we throw into it...including all skins and seeds. We put avocado pits in it for instance.

The micro-nutrients you get from drinking ALL of the fruit or veggie is vastly better than throwing out the pits and fibrous pulp. Using a super blender is a great way of making sure you can use your abundant summer harvest daily. We make breakfast smoothies that have several things blended together. You can get really creative and add some lemon juice, fresh ginger, cilantro or anything to your mixture.

Here's a picture of ours right after I used it before I rinsed it out. Below that is a video of the thing blending 50 marbles just to show you this sucker can blend any fruits or veggie to liquid smithereens.

blend tec

Healthy snack food

A quick way to make nutritious snacks are bake 1) kale chips and 2) crunchy garbanzo beans.

For kale chips heat your oven to 275. Cut or rip kale leaves into 2 inch pieces...coat in olive oil or avocado oil...add salt and pepper to taste...cook until crispy on a baking sheet.

For crispy garbanzo beans (way better for you than cheetos) heat the oven to 400. Rinse the bean and rub off any loose skins...coat in olive or avocado oil...add salt and pepper to taste and bake on a baking sheet until golden brown...a little longer if you like them crispier.

What do you do to make full use of all the stuff you grow?

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California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
nhox42 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Admins: Catte Nappe and dalfireplug. Please contact them to join the group. An Event Organizer needed.

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Dave in Northridge  

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

Southwest Ohio Kossacks - Formed: May 10, 2013, Organizer: Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

Northern Arizona Kossacks - Formed:  Jul 5, 2013, Organizer: Sam Sara

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SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite.

New York City Founded by Eddie C - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks, Event Organizer: Azazello

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011

Nashville KosKats, Founded by ZenTrainer Formed: Jan 30, 2012

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente Formed: Aug 29, 2011

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

:: Events Currently on the Books for ALL Kossacks ::
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Sunday, August 4th

SFKossacks Meet BeadLady and the Okiciyap Quilt!

TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen
1475 Shattuck Ave (at Vine)  • Berkeley

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

1. BeadLady
2. navajo
3. Catilinus
4. dharmasyd
5. norm
6. Lorikeet

Sunday, August 4th

NYC Kossacks Meet-up

TIME: Noon
LOCATION:  Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC

ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP.

1. joanbrooker
2. mconvente
3. belinda ridgewood
4. Yasuragi
5. sidnora
6. Its the Supreme Court Stupid
7. blue jersey mom
8. kathny
9. ask
10. rubyr
11. plf515
12. thankgodforairamerica
13. No Exit
14. gchaucer2
16. andgarden

Ollie Garkey
Ian Reifowitz

Latest diary: NYC Meetup 8/4: Beat the Dog Days!

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Saturday, November 2nd

SFKossacks BBQ in the Wine Country

LOCATION: Andrew McGuire's home in the Wine Country
Address to be given privately to RSVPs • Windsor

ORGANIZER: Send navajo a kosmail to attend.

Andrew McGuire is Executive Director of California One Care

1. Andrew McGuire
2. navajo
3. Shockwave
4. Hunter
5. elfing
6. Hunter/elfling offspring
7. smileycreek
8. paradise50
9. dharmasyd
10. maggiejean
11. norm
12. Lusty
13. dksbook
14. Mr. dksbook
15. kimoconnor
16. jpmassar
17. side pocket
18. Mrs. side pocket

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