4 Ways to Preserve Fruits & Vegetables from Your Home Kitchen
One of the joys of summer besides planting and harvest time is preserving those veggies and fruits. Preserving your garden produce is a great way to have a lot of extras or and an almost endless supply of edible foods at your fingertip that will save a few extra bucks which is a winner.
If you love spending time in your garden growing edible foods and are looking for ways to preserve some of those foods then continue readings as you learn of ways to preserve your fruits and veggies for future use.
4 Proven Ways to Preserve Your Vegetables and Fruits
This way of preserving fruits and veggies may not be new but there are ways to freeze fruits and vegetables to get the most use out of them. When freezing fruits and vegetables it’s best to store them in clean plastic bags such as ziplock.
Once veggies and fruits are washed and dried thoroughly, place in a ziplock bag removing the air. Once the air is removed seal the bag. Fruits and vegetables should be bagged according to use and place in the freezer.
Thawing and then freezing again can cause fruits and veggies to become soft and mushy losing their flavor along with encouraging a build-up of bacteria. To have success store enough fruits and veggies per bag to be thaw and used only for each setting.
Another way to preserve your edibles is by a process called pickling, what you do is to make a solution with salt, vinegar, and water. Bring this solution to a boil in a pan.
Vegetables and fruits are then placed in airtight jars, pour your solutions in each jar until fruits and veggies are submerged. Once this is done seal the jar and store it.
The method of drying involves the removal of water from your fruits and vegetables with a dehydrator. Once your fruits or veggies are placed in the machine select the setting and you are good to go. When the drying process is completed your fruits and veggies should be dry to the touch, if there is a feeling of sponginess or stickiness foods must be returned to the dehydrator until dried. Once dried, fruits and veggies can be stored.
We all know that salt preserves and can be used on our edible foods, in fact, the use of salt as a preservative has-been practice way back in biblical days which is a very long time ago.
Place your veggies on a large baking pan sheet and submerge them in water followed by adding salt to the water until it begins to cling or attach to your veggies.
Once your veggies reach this process keep your veggies in this water and store them for about a week and a half in your refrigerator. Once this is done drain your veggies and cover them with more salt. Store your vegetables in a place that’s cool and dry to complete the drying process.
- Winter squash
- Green beans
- Sweet potatoes
The final word on preserving fruits and vegetables
The use of these various methods is a great way to have success in seeking to preserve and store your foods for future use. I believe by investing your time with these practices can and will save you a few bucks. Give these methods a try and take advantage of preserving and storing your edibles.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.