My garden is starting to burst with fresh vegetables and fruits. We’ve already gone strawberry picking, and the raspberries are coming in daily at this point. In a few weeks the blueberries will be here, too. As tomatoes ripen, I know I’ll have to have a few ideas for getting those on my shelves or in my freezer because I just won’t be able to eat them all before they go bad.
This isn’t a bad problem to have, and living in a cold climate, access to fruits and vegetables in the winter is completely different than in the summer. The farmers markets close, and the fresh produce that is available consists primarily of stored apples and squash and things that are trucked in. Putting up produce at its freshest helps preserve the summer harvest for enjoyment all year round.
Here are a few recipes and different ways you can make the most of the season:
1. Pickled Green Beans
2. Peach Raspberry White Wine Jam
3. Whole Plums in Honey
4. Homemade Tomato Paste
5. Amaretto Cherries
6. Basic Lacto-Fermentation Salsa and Pickles
7. Dill Pickles
8. Freezing Vegetables Guide
9. Dehydrated Tomatoes
|Shaina Olmanson is the home cook and photographer behind Food for My Family and the author of Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine. She is a contributor to Babble.com’s Family Kitchen Blog and the food channel on Lifetime Moms. Shaina can usually be found cooking, at the computer or behind the camera.