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Lettuce Soup.


I am just using up my summer 2011 punnets of Lettuce Soup. The flavour has kept well, its as good as when I made it. Lovely reheated, sprinkled with Nutmeg.
Method is to save small plastic food containers now.
Sow a pinch of Lettuce seed every 10 days for a continuous crop, using 2 metres of the row. They tend to mature in a glut July/ August.
If you get too many make the surplus into soup,
using some previous year’s Onions from the freezer to make space for incoming crops.
My 2011 Turbo Maincrop are just beginning to shoot in the shed, so need chopping up and tray freezing to use until early June when the overwinter crop will be ready.
Allotment Gardening is all about Planning, Harvesting,
Cooking, and Using the Freezer space.
I never buy vegetables.
I never give surplus vegetables away.
Try not to grow a surplus, and use crops efficiently.
Its Spring, so here I go again !

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Diane, what method do you use for freezing onions? I tried just chopping and freezing, as recommended by a neighbour, but after a few months they were pretty unuseable - just a frost-bitten mush. Do you blanch yours before freezing? I tried drying and hanging all our onions from beams in the cellar last year, and they burst into pale, etiolated growth, so I lost loads, which I hate. My bietola (a kind of Italian spinach beet) froze beautifully after a few minutes' steaming, but wasn't so good after about 3 months. General freezing tips for ALL types of vegetable would be invaluable. Could you write a book, please?

5 Apr, 2012


Hoping you have another successful year Diane, Mother Nature permitting of course and stop mucking us about as is her wont at the moment....
Don`t think I`ve ever had lettuce soup..

5 Apr, 2012


I've never made lettuce soup but will definetly try it I reckon as I really don't like waste!Here's to a good year :)

5 Apr, 2012


Wearing an old pair of large frame glasses to protect my eyes, I peel the Onions, chop in half vertically, then lay flat, cut each half vertically whilst flat, then cut crosswise. This produces small pieces without causing eyes to water. (Well, not much anyway.)
Place these in a large plastic (microwaveable) bowl. When bowl is full, add half a pint of water and put a knob of butter/olive oil spread on top. Cover bowl with clingfilm, make one steam hole in, and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Allow to get cold. Spread on tray.
Place in freezer. Next day remove, and put into bags.
Will keep for years.

6 Apr, 2012


Thank you, Diane! I shall enjoy doing that. Sounds so simple. Here's to freezers full of onions.

6 Apr, 2012


Correction Gattina. Its a year since I prepared the left over Onion crop for the freezer. Just did a bowl full.
Realised it should be 10 minutes on High.
Microwaves vary, so best would be to just squeeze one piece, if its soft, its ready to cool off.

6 Apr, 2012

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