Five Ways to Preserve the Summer Harvest

It’s easy enough to eat local in spring and summer. Your garden is booming, CSA’s are in full effect, and farmers markets abound! So how can you make that bounty last into the winter, when fresh produce is a little more scarce? Here are some DIY solutions!

  1. Over at Crafting a Green World, I found some resources to help you get canning!
  2. If you’ve got bunches of extra fruit (even tomatoes!) try this fun tutorial from The Tangled Nest on dehydrating fruit…in your car!. (via CRAFT:)
  3. Turn that abundance into convenience! Patrick Donnelly talks about making your own fast food.
  4. Garden Guides has a great list of guidelines for freezing your veggies.
  5. Get pickling! Just a warning: I did some pickling of my own and am finding that I now look at every food item and wonder if it can also be pickled.

What I love most about things like pickling and canning is that feeling that I’m taking part in food traditions that have been around for almost as long as people have been preparing food. It makes you feel really connected to the food and to history. So what do you guys do to make that great spring and summer produce last a little longer?

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  1. I’m glad you mentioned this! I haven’t checked out those sites before; my bible was the Ball Blue Book to canning, freezing, and dehydrating. I’m surprised and delighted to see more and more people try their hand at food preservation!

  2. It is a lot healthier eating seasonal foods and next to that they are often cheaper and tastier as well! Therefore, next to thinking of your wallet you can also help the environment by eating healthy, tasty seasonal products.

    For more info on healthy environmentally friendly food, have a look at this website.

    Many thanks

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