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Christmas Veg

Postby Gruney » December 17th, 2019, 11:36 am

I asked this last year, or maybe the one before, but alas I cannot find the responses. It's a very quickie, please. I'm seeking to avoid the loathesome supermarket crowding and parking nearer the day, and get all the bulky stuff as early as possible. Is it too early to be getting potatoes, root veg and Savoy, for storagein the garage?
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Suelle » December 17th, 2019, 11:45 am

I'm buying mine tomorrow, so I hope it will be OK. ;) Actually, I'm sure it will!
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Herbidacious » December 17th, 2019, 11:48 am

There were no parsnips in the supermarkets on Sunday. I should probably get some asap. The one thing my mother has requested.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Gruney » December 17th, 2019, 11:48 am

Thanks Sue - that's a big help.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby MagicMarmite » December 17th, 2019, 2:03 pm

It should be fine bought now.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby MagicMarmite » December 17th, 2019, 2:05 pm

I buy frozen parsnips now, they are actually very good.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Seatallan » December 17th, 2019, 2:18 pm

I think it'll be spot-on Gruney. I've a delivery tomorrow with all the Christmas veg. It'll be fine in the garage.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby karadekoolaid » December 17th, 2019, 2:41 pm

It´s only 8 days to Xmas. In the cool English climate, you´d be just fine buying your veg today.
When I cook them here, I actually prep all the veg (apart from the roast potatoes) a few days before, and stick them in the freezer. Peel the carrots, cut into what ever shape I want, ziploc bag, freezer. No blanching. The same with the sprouts ( and no, I don´t cut an X in the bottoms!)
One year I did a roasted sweet/sour beetroot for Xmas as well. I partially cooked the beets beforehand, then just finished them off before lunch.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Badger's mate » December 17th, 2019, 3:04 pm

My spuds and root veg are in the shed anyway, they'll be fine for months.

Greens last less long, although solid white or red cabbages and sprout stalks will last weeks in cool weather. Cut leafy greens are less long-lived but a week or two will be fine. At worst they'll have slightly brown or soft outer leaves that can be removed (you might well have removed them in any case). Ditto leeks.

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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby MagicMarmite » December 17th, 2019, 3:32 pm

You can't have sprouts without an x in the bottom!
It was my job growing up and now it's Dd's job.
They'll be served with our New year's steak pie though, no traditional dinner here this year.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby wargarden » December 17th, 2019, 4:18 pm

though know not tradition veg.
I will have a classic veg for christmas
green beans
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Oat » December 17th, 2019, 4:33 pm

My other half will be having marrofat peas :sprout: He insists!
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby earthmaiden » December 17th, 2019, 8:35 pm

The important thing is that people have what they like! My share of the parsnips and marrowfat peas will be going begging!
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby northleedsbhoy » December 17th, 2019, 9:56 pm

wargarden wrote:though know not tradition veg.
I will have a classic veg for christmas
green beans


I only eat green beans whilst in season, and it's not now.

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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby wargarden » December 18th, 2019, 9:42 am

northleedsbhoy wrote:
I only eat green beans whilst in season, and it's not now.

Cheers
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I grow my own green beans. so I can freeze,jar and dry the surplus;
so i can eat them all year round.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Seatallan » December 18th, 2019, 11:29 am

wargarden wrote:
northleedsbhoy wrote:
I only eat green beans whilst in season, and it's not now.

Cheers
NLB :tu:

I grow my own green beans. so I can freeze,jar and dry the surplus;
so i can eat them all year round.


Tell you what wargarden, you'd be my husband's best friend :D . He adores green beans of any description. Typically, green beans are the one vegetable I struggle with a bit (especially broad beans and runner beans). I grow them every year so Mr S can indulge himself but tend to use the surplus in Piccalilli and other chutney type things.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby suffolk » December 18th, 2019, 11:42 am

We grow broad beans, runners and sometimes climbing and/or French or borlotti beans . We freeze some of the runners as they are so prolific, but we tend to eat most of the others as they are ready ... we like eating seasonally ... our menu changes with the seasons :D
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Badger's mate » December 18th, 2019, 1:15 pm

We eat seasonally but there are gluts and therefore surplus produce is preserved. It lends variety through the year and something home grown during the 'hungry gap'. There's plenty of fresh seasonal veg at Christmas in the UK, but some people just like peas and sweetcorn.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby suffolk » December 18th, 2019, 2:09 pm

I've just discovered one last bag of this year's runner beans in the back of the freezer. Think I'll save them to have with a fish pie.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby aero280 » December 18th, 2019, 3:21 pm

Depending on your view, some people may have been saved from some unloved veg this Christmas... :D

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... e-50811266
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby earthmaiden » December 18th, 2019, 3:26 pm

That is so sad when you think of all the efforts to grow and pick. I wonder if they are able to save any.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Seatallan » December 18th, 2019, 4:17 pm

aero280 wrote:Depending on your view, some people may have been saved from some unloved veg this Christmas... :D

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... e-50811266


Oh no!!! :o :( ... Honestly, I'm seriously tempted to get on the next Edinburgh train with a couple of carrier bags. I'd hate to see those lovely sprouts go to waste...
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby PatsyMFagan » December 18th, 2019, 8:16 pm

Seatallan wrote:
aero280 wrote:Depending on your view, some people may have been saved from some unloved veg this Christmas... :D

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... e-50811266


Oh no!!! :o :( ... Honestly, I'm seriously tempted to get on the next Edinburgh train with a couple of carrier bags. I'd hate to see those lovely sprouts go to waste...


Surely they won't be wasted :rolleyes: :(
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby suffolk » December 18th, 2019, 9:31 pm

They may be rejected for humans because of a risk of contamination ... they may be sent for stock feed or to a bio-digester to produce ‘green’ energy.
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Suelle » January 15th, 2020, 8:48 am

I thought I'd report on the fact that I bought my Christmas sprouts on 18th December. They were dated Best Before 20th December, but went straight into the fridge when I got home. I'm still using them, 3 weeks after the BB date. I needed to peel off an extra layer of wilted leaves, but underneath that the sprouts are still firm. There's at least one more meal to go!

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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby suffolk » January 15th, 2020, 9:14 am

:tu: We frequently buy sprouts on the stalk and just leave them outside, propped up between the back wall and a water butt ... they keep out there for weeks ... even months :D
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Re: Christmas Veg

Postby Herbidacious » January 15th, 2020, 2:37 pm

You've just reminded me I have some, but htey are in a bg. Maybe worse for wear. The cauliflower I bought just after Christmas was alright the other night though. Possibly won't stir fry the baby Brussels, as was my original intention, though, assumign they are edible...
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