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Simple Ways to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables

Canning, Freezing, Drying and Pickling Your Harvest


    This is only cheaper if you can grow your own fruits and vegetables and if you plan on doing this every year to make your investments work out. We live in a climate where it is almost impossible to grow the fruits and vegetables we would use and if you buy those items you will pay much more than if you just buy it at the store. the biggest benefit to doing it yourself in this situation is that you can adjust your sodium and sugar levels (especially jam) - once you get the hang of it. So, I'd plan to freeze the majority of items in our situation, which is what I do with any extras of any sort as it is. - 8/7/2012 12:15:36 AM
    I'm really disappointed in this article for one reason: drying was the method I was most interested in, and it's the one with no information. If you're only going to put in two lines about it, just skip it. - 8/6/2012 5:28:39 PM
  • I've had so much fun recently experimenting with fermenting vegetables, nuts, and fruits. It brings out all the important nutrients that otherwise would not be available. It's almost like an art form now because it's rarely done. Fermenting bread is a little more difficult but I like the challenge. - 8/6/2012 12:43:48 PM
  • FURY58
    I live in the rural cincinnati area and have been canning for as long as Iremember. my Grandmother did so it was just in me I guess. canning is very easy & fun just make sure that you can for the correct amount of time weather it be by water bath or pressure. if not your food will spoil. just made bread N butter pickles and dill. tomatoes glore Ill be making salsa this week sometime too. - 8/6/2012 9:55:00 AM
  • Canning is one of those things I miss about living in New England! We had a huge raspberry patch in the backyard along with a wonderful garden! Knowing we picked and canned all those home grown veggies/fruits is beyond compare! I miss having home made raspberry jam on my homemade toast or homemade English muffin...I live in S. FL, so canning fresh berries of any kind is pretty much no existent..someday I will be able to do it again! - 8/6/2012 7:49:09 AM
  • Please note, it's important to have a rack in your pot to avoid breakage of the glass jars on the bottom of the pot. If you don't have a canner, you can create your own rack by tying lid rings together with twist ties to cover the bottom of the pot. - 8/2/2012 9:24:45 PM
  • Mmmm homemade pickles (not sweet), jelly, cinnamon apples, pickled okra, etc.

    When we first moved into our house we had an arbor with grape vines. I made jelly 2 or 3 years, but then the grapes started dying. All of our grape vines have died and I need to replant. I never had a chance to make plum jelly. The birds always beat me to the ripe plums. That is okay though… I don’t like plum jelly as much.

    I helped my grandma with canning when I was little. We would use our own cucumbers to make pickles. If they were large cucumbers we would slice them. Smaller ones we left whole. I don’t remember cutting off any part of the smaller cucumbers like is mentioned in the article…
    “Another tip: If using cucumbers to make your own pickles, you must remove and discard a 1/16-inch slice from the blossom ends of each cuke. (Blossoms may contain an enzyme that causes excessive softening of pickles.)”
    - 6/8/2012 11:34:09 AM
  • At a garage sale I found a small food caner. I can cane 6 jars at a time .The jars do not touch the bottom of the pan . if using a pot put a folded tea towel in the pot. to make the jars not touch the metal of the pan. - 6/8/2012 9:25:00 AM
  • It's been a while since I've had science class, but I think we've got acid/base balance backwards here. But good ideas. Now, if I could find some good veggies... - 6/8/2012 9:22:14 AM
    I recently started lacto-fermented "pickling" of vegetables. (Think sauerkraut like your grandmother made it.) The food needs to be refrigerated at the end of the fermentation period, but you do have a probiotic food that lasts several months in the fridge. Like yogurt, these foods are easier to digest. - 1/25/2011 11:28:36 AM
    You can get lots of really good, reliable information about canning from your local Extension service - even if you are a city dweller. Check your state's agriculture department to find your local office. - 5/1/2010 4:15:42 AM
  • I had a nutrition class where we were told it's not recommended that you can your own food unless you really know what your doing due to the risk of bacteria. So if you do it, be very careful! - 4/29/2010 9:03:08 AM
  • I freeze quite a bit of fresh produce from my garden and farmer's markets or when things are in season and cheap. Thanks for sharing the link to pickyourown...some really good information there as well as this article. - 1/7/2010 7:58:31 AM
  • We had a large garden this year, and I'm a fan of U Pick farms and the farmer's market.
    My freezers are full of fruit, homemade soups and vegetables. I've canned green beans, apple sauce, apple butter, salsa and sugar-free jam. I've dried many kinds of herbs and tomatoes and peppers. I am definitely ready for winter! Besides getting fresher, healthier low-sodium food, I have lowered our average monthly grocery bill by $70! - 11/5/2009 11:27:49 AM
  • Hi I had the Privildge of growing up with an Italian GrandMother that was a super gardener. We grew 500 tomato plants and canned our own sauce, juice and paste. We also, "put up" jellies, relishes and pretty much, anything that could fit in a jar. When we got some money, Mom & Dad bought a freezer. Needless to say, we didn't starve...As I grew up and moved on my own (appt then condo) I had no room for a garden nor an extra freezer. No big deal...NOT ! ! ! I so missed my FRESH, NO Chemical, Knew What Was In It FOOD...I bought a home with a yard and have been canning and freezing on my own for 40 years. I wouldn't have it anyother way.
    The link in the article... is FABULOUS. - 8/7/2009 9:01:10 AM

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