What to do with your harvest this fall

The growing season is nearly finished, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy delicious veggies, fruit and herbs from the garden. Rather than letting excess produce go to waste, use these storing methods to preserve your fall harvest and continue cooking with home-grown vegetables and fruit for months to come! 

Freezing

Freezing is an easy way to store your harvest and many different foods freeze well, ranging from beans to blueberries. Be sure to put foods in airtight containers or bags. For your convenience in the future, pack in small quantities that can easily be defrosted. Before you begin the freezing process, search online to learn whether certain fruits and vegetables need to be blanched first. 

Canning

Canning is a great solution if you want fresh produce to last for up to a year. You can can vegetables like tomatoes or make soups and jams. This article from Serious Eats provides great tips on how to properly can your food.  

Pickling

To enjoy a tangy treat, try pickling beets, shallots and cucumbers. Each vegetable follows a different set of instructions, but when finished you should always place foods in a sterile jar and cover with pickling vinegar. Pickled foods typically last for several months. 

Drying

You’ve enjoyed chewy, flavorful sun-dried tomatoes in restaurants and purchased from the grocery store, but have you ever made some yourself? Drying fruits and vegetables gives each food a new taste and a different texture. If you’re tired of eating the same fresh produce day after day, drying your harvest is a great way to change things up. 

Why waste food when you can continue to save money and enjoy delicious fruits and veggies by storing the produce you’ve grown? Try one or more of these preserving methods to keep your harvest healthy and ready to eat. 

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