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    Green Newb Guest

    Default My first ever crop: Leeks - Hoping to Pressure can them

    I'm so amazed I actually grew something you can eat! . I made potato and
    Leek soup, gave some away. Gave some nice big Leeks away, so other people
    can make some nice soup. I was hoping I could Pressure can the rest of the
    crop, for some nice all year round soups. Trouble is I can't find any info
    on how to do so.

    I don't have a dehydrator which was recommended and freezing turns them to
    slush. (googling on web). Ooooh what shall I do? Anyone have any ideas?
    Would love to see them in the pantry, I'm so proud of them


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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: My first ever crop: Leeks - Hoping to Pressure can them

    Green Newb wrote:
    > I'm so amazed I actually grew something you can eat! . I made potato
    > and Leek soup, gave some away. Gave some nice big Leeks away, so other
    > people can make some nice soup. I was hoping I could Pressure can the
    > rest of the crop, for some nice all year round soups. Trouble is I
    > can't find any info on how to do so.
    >
    > I don't have a dehydrator which was recommended and freezing turns them
    > to slush. (googling on web). Ooooh what shall I do? Anyone have any
    > ideas? Would love to see them in the pantry, I'm so proud of them


    A quick look at the UGA food safety site doesn't show any way to
    preserve leeks other than keeping them in a cool dark place and, even
    then they won't last more than one to three months. Some things just
    don't can well.

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: My first ever crop: Leeks - Hoping to Pressure can them

    In article <VlTGm.51161$[email protected]>,
    "Green Newb" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I'm so amazed I actually grew something you can eat! . I made potato and
    > Leek soup, gave some away. Gave some nice big Leeks away, so other people
    > can make some nice soup. I was hoping I could Pressure can the rest of the
    > crop, for some nice all year round soups. Trouble is I can't find any info
    > on how to do so.
    >
    > I don't have a dehydrator which was recommended and freezing turns them to
    > slush. (googling on web). Ooooh what shall I do? Anyone have any ideas?
    > Would love to see them in the pantry, I'm so proud of them


    I think if you can't find any info on pressure canning leeks there is a
    reason for it: It is not a recommended way to preserve the vegetable.

    The Ball Blue Book recommends dehydrating them.

    So Easy to Preserve doesn't mention them.
    The Complete Book of Home Preserving doesn't mention them.

    You could slice and cook them in butter and then freeze them for later
    use in soup. I've done that‹actually I may have done that and added
    some chicken broth to them before freezing with a note to finish the
    soup with the thawed mixture * potatoes and dairy added at that time.
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller - Yes, I Can! blog
    Welcoming the arrival of Emma Kathryn on 10-22-09;
    she is great-grand-niece/-nephew #8.

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    Dave Balderstone Guest

    Default Re: My first ever crop: Leeks - Hoping to Pressure can them

    In article <VlTGm.51161$[email protected]>, Green
    Newb <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I'm so amazed I actually grew something you can eat! . I made potato and
    > Leek soup, gave some away. Gave some nice big Leeks away, so other people
    > can make some nice soup. I was hoping I could Pressure can the rest of the
    > crop, for some nice all year round soups. Trouble is I can't find any info
    > on how to do so.
    >
    > I don't have a dehydrator which was recommended and freezing turns them to
    > slush. (googling on web). Ooooh what shall I do? Anyone have any ideas?
    > Would love to see them in the pantry, I'm so proud of them


    My copy of "Preserving the Fruits of the Earth" (1973) says to use dry
    storage "stand them upright in a box, and pack soil around the roots
    and white portions of the stalks. Store in a root cellar at 40° or
    below" or freezing "Freezing leeks is easy and preserves the stalks
    more reliably than dry storage. Cut off roots and trim the stalks to 8
    - 12 in. lengths. Wash thouroughly. You may have to peel off several
    layers of flesh to remove all the little pockets of dirt. Follow
    standard freezing procedure. Blanch for 4 min. Package in small bundles
    in aluminum foil. Store for 10 - 12 mo. To serve, cook for 8 - 10 min."

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    Green Newb Guest

    Default Re: My first ever crop: Leeks - Hoping to Pressure can them

    Hey thanks everyone for trying. Guess I will go with the freezing idea,
    sounds good. Just hope the freezer doesn't break again :-O. Unfortunately
    most houses in Australia don't have cellers. Would love one for cold
    storage options. Hopefully I will get a dehydrator for Christmas, but have
    no idea of what quantities a dehydrator can cope with. I think I have 30 or
    so Leeks.

    I'm new at everything and haven't frozen vegies before. I was suprised to
    see that you left the Leeks in long peices. Oh I see, easier blanching.
    Also suprising to see that you wrapped them in foil. I was going to use zip
    lock bags or glad wrap. Is there any reason for the aluminium foil? Thanks
    for the instructions, now they won't go to waste .


    "Dave Balderstone" <dave@N_O_T_T_H_I_Sbalderstone.ca> wrote in message
    news:311020090908411227%dave@N_O_T_T_H_I_Sbalderst one.ca...
    > In article <VlTGm.51161$[email protected]>, Green
    > Newb <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> I'm so amazed I actually grew something you can eat! . I made potato
    >> and
    >> Leek soup, gave some away. Gave some nice big Leeks away, so other
    >> people
    >> can make some nice soup. I was hoping I could Pressure can the rest of
    >> the
    >> crop, for some nice all year round soups. Trouble is I can't find any
    >> info
    >> on how to do so.
    >>
    >> I don't have a dehydrator which was recommended and freezing turns them
    >> to
    >> slush. (googling on web). Ooooh what shall I do? Anyone have any ideas?
    >> Would love to see them in the pantry, I'm so proud of them

    >
    > My copy of "Preserving the Fruits of the Earth" (1973) says to use dry
    > storage "stand them upright in a box, and pack soil around the roots
    > and white portions of the stalks. Store in a root cellar at 40° or
    > below" or freezing "Freezing leeks is easy and preserves the stalks
    > more reliably than dry storage. Cut off roots and trim the stalks to 8
    > - 12 in. lengths. Wash thouroughly. You may have to peel off several
    > layers of flesh to remove all the little pockets of dirt. Follow
    > standard freezing procedure. Blanch for 4 min. Package in small bundles
    > in aluminum foil. Store for 10 - 12 mo. To serve, cook for 8 - 10 min."



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    Dave Balderstone Guest

    Default Re: My first ever crop: Leeks - Hoping to Pressure can them

    In article <hu3Hm.51284$[email protected]>, Green
    Newb <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Also suprising to see that you wrapped them in foil. I was going to use zip
    > lock bags or glad wrap. Is there any reason for the aluminium foil? Thanks
    > for the instructions, now they won't go to waste .


    Keep in mind the date of the book... 1973. I was just quoting.

    Personally, I'd use freezer bags (zip or other) and evacuate as much
    air from them as possible.

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    jimnginger Guest

    Default Re: My first ever crop: Leeks - Hoping to Pressure can them

    On Oct 31, 3:11*pm, "Green Newb" <n...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > Hey thanks everyone for trying. *Guess I will go with the freezing idea,
    > sounds good. *Just hope the freezer doesn't break again :-O. Unfortunately
    > most houses in Australia don't have cellers. *Would love one for cold
    > storage options. Hopefully I will get a dehydrator for Christmas, but have
    > no idea of what quantities a dehydrator can cope with. *I think I have 30 or
    > so Leeks.
    >
    > I'm new at everything and haven't frozen vegies before. *I was suprisedto
    > see that you left the Leeks in long peices. Oh I see, easier blanching.
    > Also suprising to see that you wrapped them in foil. *I was going to use zip
    > lock bags or glad wrap. *Is there any reason for the aluminium foil? *Thanks
    > for the instructions, now they won't go to waste .
    >
    > "Dave Balderstone" <dave@N_O_T_T_H_I_Sbalderstone.ca> wrote in message


    No need for the foil if your freezer wrap is indeed pretty air proof.
    If the leeks "freezer burn"
    from air leakage, or even air presence, they will probably not be as
    yummy.
    In the States I regularly use a vacuum sealer kitchen appliance that
    sucks all excess
    air out of a special heavy plastic bag. In that manner, I can keep
    things much longer
    in the freezer and no ice crystals will form inside the bag.
    Jim in So. Calif.


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