Onion Harvest

Stur BC onions
Stur BC onions

The Grand 2015 Onion Harvest

What a cracking year for the onions and shallots! Two red onions (Karmen) can easily weigh in at 500g each, or around 1 pound in old weights! Luckily we had lots of help getting them in – the younger ‘bowerites did a grand job, and we ended up with a day of sunshine to begin the drying process – though they’ll have to stay on the garage floor for the next few weeks to finish off. My promise to myself is to get as many of the shallots (Picasso) pickled as is humanly possible – we’re about to finish off the final jar from last year!

All of them are picked for their storage qualities, though we tend to munch our way through the red onions quicker than the others as they don’t seem to store quite as well.

When it comes to storage, we tend to store the onions and shallots in blue plastic trays, which are used to deliver mushrooms in to takeaways – we know someone who knows someone who needed to get rid of them! Around half of the shallots are pickled, but we could up that number easily, and the garlic is strung up – although another post will show you that this year we actually plaited them! Unfortunately I didn’t video it, but I’ll put a video together for next year’s harvest – it’s a cinch, looks decent, and makes it convenient to hang them all in the house, ready for use.

Plum Jam Recipe

2015 Plum JamWith our small tree absolutely full to the brim with Victoria plums, Suz turned to the jam pan to help us preserve some of their plummy goodness 🙂 These are 500ml jars – enough for a while! I’ll post the recipe in a while…