Pa Dutch Country Insider August 2010 Summer Edition issue #004
Here in Pennsylvania August is all about the Produce. 3,000+ fruit and vegetable growers across PA will be producing a wonderful bounty of fruits and vegetables this month. There is a reason Lancaster is called the Garden Spot. Come see and taste for yourself all the wonderful produce of Lancaster, York, and the surrounding PA Dutch Counties have to offer. Make sure you take some home to share with your friends and family. I have even included a recipe at the bottom so you can dry some of that wonderful sweet corn to have all year long. Great to use in all the PA Dutch recipes that you see that call for dried corn.
Also in this issue are some great places to beat the heat and other fun activities.
So, it's the heat you want to avoid? I know me too. No better way to cool off then to go deep underground. Why not visit one of Pennsylvania's most popular natural attractions and head to Kutztown and visit
. Crystal Cave is Pennsylvania's oldest operating cave. And bonus, its a cool 52 degrees. They offer a restaurant where you can Pa Dutch specialties or other fast food items. And they also offer an ice cream parlor, yum!
Still want that fun in the sun and stay cool too? Then take a hop on over to the sweetest place on earth,
! Not only can you catch a cool breeze on the coasters but they have plenty of water rides to keep you cool.
Looking for the slow calm pace of days gone by? Then take a trip back to the 1700's. Visit
The Strasburg Creamery
Their ice cream is homemade and made fresh daily. And they also feature homemade waffle cones. Sit back, relax, and watch the Amish buggies stroll by while indulging in this cool treat.
How about dinner and a movie? Every Thursday in August you can eat dinner in downtown Lancaster and then catch a free movie in Binn's Park. Go to the website for restaurant coupons and the movie schedule.
Now that you have all this produce what are you going to do with it? Well, you could can some, dry some, and freeze some. You don't know how to you say. That's ok, because below I shared some simple tools and a book that will help you get started. Just click on the Amazon widget to find out more about canning and preserving all your goodies.
Blanch corn in boiling water for about 5-10 minutes
Cut sweet Corn from the cob or use tip of spoon and go along the rows and push under the kernels to pop kernels from the cob. Then spread it in pans and dry in a warm oven no less then about 150 degrees for about 2 - 3 days. Cake pans work good, spread about 1/2 inch thick. Make sure you stir the corn occasionally.
Take out of oven when corn is thoroughly dried.
Corn is thoroughly dried when you can squeeze between two fingers and nothing comes out and it is hard. Store in containers such as glass jars.