27 November 2007

Freezer Project

Sometimes it's a disadvantage not being a girly girl. Take for instance the distinct lack of pantyhose in my house yesterday evening when I desperately needed some to strain the seeds and stems off my gallon of frozen wild chokecherries. A woolen sock just wouldn't do. Instead I had to fashion something using a sterile gaze bandage pad from my first aid kit and a bit of twine. Well, it's not as neat as the pantyhose would have been but it will do as I'm certainly not about to go out and buy pantyhose. I plop the bundle into hot roiling water and muse whether or not I should add more cranberries to my hot cider. I should be sleeping, trying to overcome this nasty cold I've come down with, but instead I'm trying to bake the contents of my freezer.

Since there are no jobs to be had in this Small Town South of the Permafrost in the winter at all, as the whole thing has more or less shut down, and won't be any jobs in my field any time soon here in particular, I've decided to move. I've brought up the subject rather tactfully among friends here who all immediately respond that staying in Small Town South of the Permafrost without a job would be, well, suicide. I hadn't wanted to point that out but it seems that everybody comes to the same conclusion. Darkness, wetness, and isolation have a negative impact on the mind without a compelling distraction and I can't exactly afford the rent and the heat in this place without an income. So I'm off to, er, somewhere. The current plan is to schlep all my stuff to storage in Los Anchorage and then fly to my parents' in the Western Lower 48 (USA) with both of the Disreputables for x-mas as planned long ago. After that I'm not really sure. One thing is for sure, both Los Anchorage & Parents' Town in the Western Lower 48 both have more winter job opportunities to tide me over until I get a REAL job (i.e. in my field) then my current location.

Which leads me to my freezer. I've decided I'm going to try and use up and eat as much as I can of it's contents. Which may prove to be a challenge. In between hacking, chest-searing coughs I rummage through the contents: huckleberries, low-bush cranberries, high-bush cranberries, blueberries, nangoon berries, raspberries, bear berries, chokecherries, puffball mushrooms, lentil soup, mushroom soup, rhubarb, bean soup, jalapenos, stacks and stacks of halibut & salmon, clams, Bing cherries, red cabbage, a lone package of moose burger. The only thing in there I didn't harvest myself are the jalapenos & the Bing cherries. I'm not worried about the fish, anything I don't manage to eat I'll just take with me which will delight my father & sister. But the berries! I think there is going to be a lot of baking around here in the next few weeks along with packages showing up on the doorsteps and desks of friends and aquaintences.

17 comments:

  1. Do you have a dehydrator so you can dry the berries? Then you can ship them to your parents house at least...or other people/friends/bloggers who might want them...I'm just sayin'

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  2. Thank you for walking with me.

    Send a few virtual berries my way and I will send three wolf kisses, bright golden sunshine and more green than I have ever seen before.

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  3. Well, doll--you always have a warm (and free) place to crash in San Jose. :-)

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  4. wow, that's some freezer you've got. i hope there's room for ice cream too. sounds delicious there, i'm sure your neighbors are going to be happy. hope you feel better!

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  5. Do puffballs freeze well?

    Sounds like the makings of some excellent smoothies in your freezer (minus the fish, unless you've got a handy feline friend who might enjoy a halibut shake...)

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  6. wow. those berries all sound incredible!

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  7. you know you're more than welcome to ship anything you can/need to (food or otherwise) to me for holding/freezing/eating. Like qt said, that dehydrator of yours is gonna be busy!

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  8. Yes, but consider the advantages of not being a girly girl, that you don't own pantyhose, which are a tool of the devil.

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  9. damn, woman. you are one sexy chick. all that hunting and gathering.

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  10. Like but why, I immediately imagined smoothies. It sounds like you'll be eating well and saving money for your transition. You can't beat that.

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  11. Berry party!!

    How did you harvest the moose?

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  12. I'll trade you pantyhose for some of those berries! Good luck with the freezer clearing-out and hope you feel better soon!

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  13. I enjoyed the berries almost as much as your company.

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  14. Dried fruit, smoothies, and SCONES - that's what I'd do with them if I had your stockpile! If I had hose, I'd trade them too :-)

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  15. Belatedly sorry about your transitional status and about your cold. I hate moving more than the flu. Glad you will be landing with family in the SW. I will miss the stories from the tundra but will remain a loyal bloglodite.Safe travels and Happy Berries!

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  16. currently wondering how long it would take to get some berry baked goodness flown in to GA....

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  17. Laugh! It seems like I need to issue you all an invitation to join my eating frenzy! I indeed have a dehydrator (but I already have gallons of dried fruit do I may not go that way) and have made the following with berries: scones, chocolate chip cookies, nut bread, smoothies, and of course, hot cider. Ya'll are welcome to stop by for a taste. And thanks for the well wishes for my cold (all that viatmin C oughta help don't you think?).

    elizabeth, awww...thanks for the offer. So sweet of you.

    but why, the puffballs were already run through a blender and they freeze perfectly for soup making purposes. Puffballs, I must say are my least favorite wild mushroom as there isn't a lot of flavor. I've also got 6 gallon jars full of other species dried! Oh and yes, I do believe I have a feline who would be happy for a salmon smoothie...and a dog too.

    doris rose, thank you. And have no fear, I'm sure tundra stories won't dissapear entirely. And who knows? Maybe I'll be back here in a flash (well, somewhere in the state).

    matte, oh, that's what the other freezer is for, things like ice cream ;)

    pilgrim/heretic, there are 3 ways to harvest moose in this state 1) roadkill (the police actually phone you if you're on the list) 2)yourself 3)in trade. I think this was a roadkill one but I'm not sure anymore.

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