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Simple Ways to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables

Canning, Freezing, Drying and Pickling Your Harvest

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  • I do pickles and a lot of freezing from the garden. The single point of failure is a multi-day power outage. It happened once, and we moved the food from the freezer to a snow bank. It worked long enough to replace the freezer and reload it. - 5/31/2016 2:34:49 PM
  • i make jelly and jam, as well as can fruits and veggies. I also do stock for soup (after Thankgiving when we have that turkey carcass). I guess I grew up doing it. When you parents were children of the Depression old habits die hard. - 5/31/2016 6:57:11 AM
  • I love my pressure canner and use it frequently. - 5/31/2016 12:41:12 AM
  • I have never canned before. I did watch my mother when I was a child, but never really canned myself. Perhaps I'll give it a try!!

    Thanks:D

    Nola - 4/14/2016 6:10:18 PM
  • It's very expensive to begin canning. Canners and jars are not cheap but they can be reused year after year making it cheaper every year. - 7/15/2015 8:34:16 AM
  • BMARCOS4
    These tips take me back to my high school days when my mom used to can all the time. She used to do can a lot of strawberries and cherries from our garden out back. Now that I am an adult I want to begin to can my own food. I think it will be good to be prepared for any disaster.

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  • I do all these food preservation activities except the pressure canner. Simple? Not hardly. There's a lot of work in all the prep! - 6/20/2014 2:28:54 PM
  • I have a glut of food from my garden this year. so now I have pickles, salsa, tomato sauce, soup, peaches canned and enough frozen zucchini to last until spring. - 9/20/2013 1:14:53 PM
  • BRENDAKAYTOEWS
    If you're new to canning, you might be confused by the sentence stating that if you've done it correctly, the lids will be sealed and concave. They probably won't be that way when you take them out of the canner. They seal as they cool. That's why it's important to leave them undisturbed for a few hours. Each lid makes a "plink" as it seals, a most rewarding sound! - 7/19/2013 9:42:03 PM
  • HILLSLUG98239
    I'm curious about this "fuse" that pressure canners supposedly have. There's no electrical parts within the canner. My canner has a pressure relief valve and an overpressure plug, but no "fuse." - 5/20/2013 4:17:04 PM
  • I have a smoothie every morning for breakfast. It contains milk, sugar substitute, chocolate protein powder. and frozen fruits and vegetables from my garden. I freeze my fruits and vegetables on a cookie sheet in ice cube size chunks. They are so easy to use that way and most mild flavored vegetables can be use that way as the chocolate powder hides the vegetable flavor. I am running out of the produce from last year's garden now. Just in time for this year's crop! I find this an easy way to use up my garden excess and also the bananas that get too ripe for my taste. - 5/20/2013 1:29:14 PM
  • you still incur costs for the canning, freezing, and drying. If you buy your fruits and veggies, then I find it hard to believe you would save money. It's still a great idea if you can get produce at peak times locally. - 5/20/2013 9:57:14 AM
  • I love canning. Can't wait for my garden get ready now. I can every year. - 5/20/2013 9:39:22 AM
  • Just a thought... I remembered that there is a publication called "Mother Earth News" that was first available back in the 60's or early 70's, if I recall correctly... They are still in business today, I've seen copies at the library a time or two. I know the older issues had a lot of this sort of information--directly from people who used these methods regularly. So, if you're looking for more information on DIY preservation of foods, or anything related to sustainable living, you might want to check it out... - 5/20/2013 8:40:39 AM
  • I've never tried canning. I freeze everything. My inlaws canned everything, but my parents only did it once in a while. Maybe I'll try it some day, bu up to now far I like the ease of freezing. - 5/20/2013 6:32:40 AM

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