And here they are, all dried and in jars. I will add them to soups throughout the winter months. These were 2 good sized zukes. The jars are small. Both smaller than pints.
And here is a picture of the basil that I had previously dried. This is 4 racks of basil, condensed down to one spice jar.
Fall is also the time when I dust off the crock pots. Here I am making some split pea soup. Before cooking for 10 hours.
And after. Errol and I are the only ones in the family who love this stuff. More for us!
1 lb split peas (washed, picked over, and drained)
2 smoked ham hocks with lots of meat
2 quarts water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 dried red peppers (optional)
Combine in the crock pot and cook at low for 10 hours. Remove ham hocks, cut meat from bones and chop into pieces. Return meat to soup. Serve and enjoy!