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Yes, our house is on the market and yes I still have a producing vegetable garden! After all I have no idea how long it will take to sell our home and I still believe in having a well-stocked pantry. Plus, I don’t want any of the harvest to go to waste! So how do I preserve our harvest? Here are a few ways.

Garlic: I just pulled our garlic and it is currently drying for a few days before I make garlic braids. I grow just enough to get us through until next summer!Garlic braids

Zucchini – There are many ways to use up zucchini. Two favorite ways are;

Zucchini CakeChocolate Zucchini Cake

Zucchini RelishZucchini Relish

Tomatoes – I have already been enjoying the gold cherry tomatoes, which haven’t made it up to the house yet! When we have too many to eat I often will dehydrate the cherry tomatoes. I also make a terrific Tomato Basil Sauce and an amazing Salsa. Another favorite is my Oven Roasted Pizza Sauce, nothing tastes better on one of my husbands amazing pizzas!Sausage and Pepper PizzaHerbs: I often dry herbs and as a result I have an abundance of dried herbs in my pantry!fresh herbsHerbs can also be frozen and used during the winter.Freezing herbs in an ice cube tray.

Beans: I love fresh garden beans and usually we eat most everything I grow but if there is an abundance I will either can or freeze the excess.Beans for the freezer!Apples: We don’t have apple trees, but there are numerous orchards nearby. I love picking apples and every year will can up enough applesauce to see us through the winter. Homemade applesauce does not compare to the store bought version!canning, prudent pantry

Leeks: I don’t grow leeks every year but when I do they usually do very well in our garden. There are several ways I preserve the leeks, either by dehydrating or by freezing.freezing, prudent living

Kale: Kale can also be preserved much like the leeks.greens, freezing, prudent living

Peppers: If you have excess peppers in your garden or even if you don’t you can buy them during the summer months for much cheaper than in the winter. Buy them now and freeze them to enjoy this winter!prudent living

In addition to these methods of preserving the harvest I also do a lot of canning, both with a water bath and a pressure cooker. Check out my Top 20 Canning Posts for more ideas.rhubarb, cannin

Whether you use your pantry or your freezer take advantage of cheaper prices during the summer months and preserve the harvest!

It’s hard to have a house on the market as I am really trying to eat from the pantry so I don’t have to move it all. At the same time it could take several years for us to sell out home and I don’t want any of that harvest to go to waste! Best way to avoid waste is to preserve the harvest! What are your favorite ways to preserve your harvest?Autumn Harvest

10 comments on “Preserving the Harvest

Nancy on August 24, 2016 6:45 pm

I like making a few fermented items, great for your tummy!

Nancy Wolff on August 24, 2016 9:53 pm

Nancy,
Fermenting is a great idea, I haven’t tried it yet, it’s on my “to do” list!

Margy on August 24, 2016 10:57 pm

I made a small batch of relish for the first time this year. I am so pleased with the taste. Like you mentioned, we plant small amounts so that we aren’t overloaded with extra produce. I am hoping for some more green beans so I can make some spicy pickled beans.

Nancy Wolff on August 25, 2016 1:04 am

Margy,
I planted a second batch of beans in the hopes of making some dilly beans and I got one from being away to find that the chipmunks had eaten them all!

JM Illinois U.S.A. on August 24, 2016 11:50 pm

Enjoyed this blog….with a whole lot of preserving the harvest going on. Good job!

Nancy Wolff on August 25, 2016 1:01 am

JM,
So glad your enjoying the blog!

bettyl - NZ on August 26, 2016 2:49 am

How wonderful it must be to grow so much that you use! I’m sure it takes a lot of time for all that you do but it’s so well worth it. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy Wolff on August 26, 2016 10:13 am

Bettyl,
I would love to grow and raise everything we eat but that’s not possible so I do what I can! 🙂

Leigh on August 31, 2016 11:15 pm

Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Living Link Party, Nancy! I’ll be featuring your article this week!
Blessings, Leigh

Nancy Wolff on August 31, 2016 11:45 pm

Leigh
Thank you so much for the feature!

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