Sometimes I end up with an unexciting glut in the garden. Recently it was silverbeet.
A silverbeet glut is not like a tomato glut, or an apple glut – where your friends will get excited and happily take bagsful off your hands or you can make bulk delicious things like ketchup and apple sauce.
I tried giving away some of my silverbeet and got either screwed-up faces or ‘No thanks, I’ve got lots of my own in the garden.’
Poor old silverbeet.
While it does freeze well – in the Manawatu I can grow silverbeet twelve months of the year, so I didn’t feel especially motivated to freeze what I know I will have on hand fresh. However, if you live somewhere with a snowy winter – there is an excellent photo-tutorial of how to prepare greens for freezing over on TEND BLOG HERE.
I am, however, thrifty to the core and wasn’t going to let it go to waste – so I picked it all. It was a green supermarket bag absolutely chocka. Once cooked down, it was about twelve cups. That’s a lot of silverbeet.
I love silverbeet, but it does have a strong iron flavour – so I thought, right, I’ll do something with it which will temper the iron flavour.
I made a huge mixture of egg, strong cheese, fried onions, chopped olives and chopped sundried tomatoes – I figured the cheese and olives would be a good accompaniment to the strong flavour of the silverbeet. Then I made pies. And pies. And some more pies.
I made four full sized pies and two dozen mini-pies. We ate one that day, and the rest I wrapped and froze. The mini-pies have been great for taking to work for lunches.
& that is the story of the great silverbeet glut of ’11.
4 responses to “unexciting gluts”
You are very clever, making all those pies. Loving your blog, and loved the photo of your hemline!!! hope to meet in person, one day.
Thank you 🙂
That all looks super yum!