298: Let’s lay this one to rest

Queen Anne’s Lace getting ready to bloom

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of hits on my blog as a result of this search:  Freezing broccoli without blanching.  I have become the expert (heh) on this subject ever since I posted Freezing broccoli back in 2008.  Every year around this time, people who want to freeze broccoli without going to the trouble of blanching it start searching around for someone to tell them it’s okay to do that.

Well.

Today’s hot, hazy, and humid look at the pond.

It is NOT okay to do that.  Never.  Ever.  Unless, of course, you want your broccoli to acquire some off flavors and colors during the freezing process.  The post I referred to at the beginning of my little rant tells you how to prep it, how to blanch it, and how to freeze it.  If you decide to freeze it without blanching anyhow, I cannot be held responsible because I did warn you.  Blanching is not that difficult.  Really.  I used to blanch and freeze 17 lbs. of broccoli every year around this time.  The only reason I’m not doing it this year is because Hilgert’s closed and I haven’t found another good source.  I am, however, trying to grow my own so maybe, someday, I’ll be my own source.

An overexposed kind of day

We are experiencing the 3 H’s of summer here in the Bogs.  Hot.  Hazy.  Humid.  Bleh.  This is the kind of weather that, for me, gives summer a bad reputation.  I am grateful for air conditioning, and a basement that retains a cave-like temperature of 64 degrees.  I don’t run the air conditioning throughout most of the day if I can spend time in the basement.  My computer lives in the basement.  Our basement has big, picture windows, and it is a walk-out (meaning there is a door you can use to walk outside).  It’s really not very cave-like at all except in terms of the cool temperature.

A dragonfly in the Future Woods

How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and the heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Rain in Summer

We have a 60% chance of rain today.  After looking at the radar, including what might happen over the next six hours, it seems unlikely we’ll get any.  The earth here needs it.  Badly.  I took a walk in the woods today and the ground there is hard, dry, and cracked.  That’s a sight we usually don’t see.  The woods tend to stay damp throughout the year.  Not this year, though.

Will the creek dry up?

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.

~ John Updike

I’ll keep doing my rain dance today in hopes that the forecast for our area is wrong.  Perhaps Mother Nature will have pity on the plants and trees, and bring them some much-needed water.

This is what we’d like to see. Water pouring down on the trees and earth.

Everywhere water is a thing of beauty gleaming in the dewdrop, singing in the summer rain.

~ John Ballantine Gough

Mushroom and mosses in the woods.

I was surprised to find a small patch of mushrooms thriving in the woods.  I’m guessing there is still some moisture in the old logs lying around on the ground.

Oh Lord, grant that in some way it may rain every day, say from about midnight until three o’clock in the morning, but, you see, it must be gentle and warm so that it can soak in; grant that at the same time it would not rain on campion, alyssum, heliaanthemum, lavender, and the others which you in your infinite wisdom know are drought loving plants — I will write their names on paper if you like — and grant that the sun may shine the whole day long, but not everywhere (not for instance, on spiraea, or on gentian, plantain lily, and rhododendron), and not too much; that there may be plenty of dew and little wind, enough worms, no plant-lice and snails, no mildew, and that once a week thin liquid manure and guano may fall from heaven.  Amen.

~ Karel Capek, The Gardener’s Year, 1929

Maybe not the thin liquid manure or the guano.  But I will take the rain.  🙂

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35 Comments on “298: Let’s lay this one to rest”

  1. My initial question would be “Why would anyone want to freeze broccoli”… Lol.. Surely their are much nicer things to eat… 😉
    Always love the shots you include in your posts robin… You live in a real nice area for sure.. with or without rain…

    • Robin says:

      lol, Brian! Well, strange as it may seem, there are some who actually likebroccoli. It’s one of my favorite veggies. But the farm I used to get it from grew some of the best tasting broccoli I’ve ever had. The stuff in the stores isn’t nearly as good.

      Thank you. 🙂

  2. Kathy says:

    tee hee. I love some of these search engine results! My big one lately is “Wild Animals”. We have tons of brocoli right now, too. Trying to eat it like crazy~~to avoid blanching and freezing. By the way, this blog should give you more hits!

  3. Hallysann says:

    I hope your rain dance works for you, it’s such an amazing picture you’ve just put into my head you well and truly deserve the rain to go with it 🙂

  4. How wonderful that your basement stays so cool with no air conditioning. That’s incredible!

    Also, the dragon fly photo is spectacular. Do you use a tripod?

    Hope you get some rain!

    Kathy

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. We did get some rain (yay!), and for the dragonfly shots I do not use a tripod. It would be too much trouble to drag it around the pond (although I ought to do so just for the exercise and calorie burn).

  5. Kel says:

    isn’t it funny what our blogs become famous for
    and how kind you are to add further community service announcements to a topic of interest in the community 😉

    how bout I send you some of our rain, we’re in a wet week and if it continues I might even have to find my gumboots

    • Robin says:

      lol, Kel! Between Wal-Mart and broccoli, I’ve got quite the following. 😉

      I’ll take any rain you want to send. The garden will love it.

  6. Well I don’t want to blanch or freeze broccoli but I love the post!

  7. elmediat says:

    Some people blanch at the thought of broccoli . Try to make them eat it and their mouth freezes shut. I did try to bbq broccoli. The technique needs improvement. Great post and photos.

  8. eof737 says:

    Great pictures as always and I hope the broccoli blanchers will heed your warning. 🙂

  9. Living by the old adage ‘If you water, it will rain…’ around here.
    Didn’t work yesterday….
    I don’t have much luck with cole crops, so I really want to hear how growing broccoli goes for you!

  10. penpusherpen says:

    Um…Robin? can you stop doing the rain dance? ‘cos it’s working, we’ve got it here.. Can I send it right over? Pretty Please? 😉 … right then … I’ve got it..Broccoli, blanch then freeze… I bet it was those pixies doing a few searches you know? They’re always trying to cause trouble…
    Fantastic detailed photo of the Dragon Fly, in fact…. he looks as if he’s made of gold.. Gorgeous fella.. xPenx

  11. ladyfi says:

    Here’s hoping you get some of that well-needed rain!

  12. Hazy, hot, and humid is RIGHT!! Seems like we haven’t had a summer this cruel in a long time – or maybe I just block it out of my memory every year. One summer I won’t forget, is the summer of ’88 – the big drought!! That was the year my parents finally broke down and got central air.

    • Robin says:

      I think I block out the memories of hot summers, Holly. I’m guessing that if I went back and looked out my blog posts from the past few summers, I’d find I was complaining about the heat and humidity all along and that it’s no worse this year than it was last.

  13. tedgriffith says:

    Robin, if you figure out how to get the rain dance to produce, let me know!! We haven’t had any real rain (other than a 5 minute sprinkle) for over 2 months. Lovely images, I especially like the water falling on the tree! 🙂

  14. Karma says:

    Yep 3H’s seems to be the theme these days!
    Love your dragonfly – it is so sharp and clear.
    You should show us the view from your basement window sometime!

  15. jenna says:

    My site gets at least 5 hits a day from people in search of a recipe for rabbit skin glue. Before I migrated to WordPress and lost all my comments, I had a bunch of comments telling me it was the clearest, most helpful info they could find. I had no idea I was providing such a service!

    This broccoli post reminds me of your Wal-Mart post, which never fails to crack me up.

  16. Funny tidbit about the “freezing broccoli” post getting lots of hits. Mine would be the Lone Star Aluminum Boat which gets all the hits! Hey, love the perspective on the Queen Anne’s Lace–you made an ordinary flower look like fireworks!

  17. Your basement sounds heavenly! It’s not even 6:30 am right now, and it’s already 82 degrees outside! Our 3H’s are Hot, Hot, Hot!

    • Robin says:

      That’s why I could never live in the southern (or southwestern) U.S., Michaela. That kind of heat would kill me. I might be exaggerating a little. Just a little. 😉

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