Preserving Your Harvest

How to Store Summer Vegetables

When your summer harvest starts coming in fast and furiously, it can be a little overwhelming. While your first instinct may be to just put it all in the fridge and hope it’ll last until you can eat it, the average refrigerator temperature is simply too cold for many warm-weather crops.

Easy Strawberry Puree

Looking for a way to preserve strawberry flavor in its purest form? We’ve got two words for you: strawberry puree. It’s about as close as you can get to the flavor of biting into a fresh berry, minus the actual berry.

How to Store Veggies Without a Root Cellar

While your grandmother’s house may have had a root cellar to keep her produce fresh for months, most homes today do not. But you can find similar cool conditions in places around the house where produce will be slow to spoil, lingering in a state of very, very slow ripening.

No-Canning Ways to Preserve Your Harvest

Have an overabundance of vegetables and herbs from your garden, but an underabundance of time to try to preserve it? No problem! There are many simple ways to save your bounty — no canning required! — for the winter and beyond that don’t require you to give up huge chunks of free time. This e-book from garden and lifestyle expert (and Bonnie partner) P. Allen Smith offers lots of options, and walks you through the steps needed to freeze, dry, pickle, or ferment veggies, herbs, and fruit.

How to Pickle Your Harvest

Simply put, pickling is the practice of preserving food in a high-acid solution. The process involves adding vinegar and/or salt to vegetables to create the acidic solution vital for successful pickling. This is a simple, effective way to preserve your harvest.

How to Can Your Harvest

Canning preserves summer’s garden-fresh flavors well beyond the harvest season. The result not only tastes great, but can also trim your grocery bill, especially when you grow the food yourself.

How to Dry Your Harvest

Drying is one of the oldest food preservation methods, since the simple act of removing the moisture helps keep decay at bay. There are some definite benefits to this method: Dried food doesn’t have to be kept cold (thereby taking up valuable freezer space) and it requires minimal real estate in your cupboard.

How to Freeze Your Harvest

For simplicity and speed, it’s tough to beat freezing for preserving your garden’s homegrown goodness. Frozen vegetables, fruits, and herbs boast fresh-picked flavors long after the growing season ends.