Pat Shingleton: "From the Garden to the Freezer"
Recent wet weather has slightly delayed our sugarcane harvest. The purchase of the "deep-freezer" by my dad in the 1960s became a storage locker for the fruits and vegetables from our garden in Ellwood City, PA. As noted in a previous column, fruit trees included: apple, pear, peach, plum and a grape arbor; producing enough fruit for jams and jellies and an apple pie throughout the year. Our family garden provided tomatoes, beans, potatoes, carrots, lettuce and rhubarb. In September, tomatoes were "pureed," complimenting a recipe my brother Kevin still uses in his famous spaghetti sauce. The sweet corn harvest initiated our family "assembly-line" process of ears being blanched, cut from the cob, packed and loaded into the "deep freeze.