Friday, March 22, 2013

Video - Storing & Preserving the Food You Grow

This video gives you some ideas for storing and preserving foods from your organic garden. From freezing, to canning, to pickling or drying, there are many different methods of preservation that have been used for decades to keep foods fresh for the colder seasons. Some foods may also keep well for many months even without any advanced preservation techniques - all they need is proper storage. Potatoes, beets, cabbage, carrots, and winter squash are some things that will keep well for many months if properly stored. Berries freeze well, and apples keep well in cold storage.

A couple of notes on the video/podcast: I love freezing tomatoes - I have had no problems with this method at all, and it's super easy. My preferred way to freeze tomatoes is to just wash and dice them and freeze them flat in freezer bags. (You can also blanch and peel them before chopping if you don't like the skins.) They are great for winter stews and sauces!

Also, you do NOT need to blanch peppers before freezing. In fact it can make them more mushy, so it's not recommended. Peppers freeze great when just sliced or diced and stored in freezer bags. They keep their color well, and you can just dice them up frozen and add them to soups, sauces, chili, etc. when cooking.

Check it out and see how you can feed yourself year-round with your own organic food!

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