Right now winter is probably the last thing we want to think about, but a bit of foresight now will help preserve?literally?the summer harvest we’re enjoying on our tables. Hit up the farmer’s market, gather your supplies, and stock your pantry for the colder weather!
Savour the Flavour
Fresh herbs add incredible flavour, but you can get pretty close to that during the off-season if you dry or freeze herbs in preparation for the winter. This article, from Vegetable Gardener magazine, includes videos on drying and freezing herbs?as well as tips on the best time to harvest herbs for maximum flavour.
Want to try canning this year? Mother Earth News offers a free canning guide in app format, available for Apple and Android smart phones and tablets. It explains the types of canning and includes instructions, charts, recipes, and safety tips for preserving several different vegetables and fruits.
Many people are afraid to try canning because of the risk of botulism. If you practice safe methods of canning, though, you’ll avoid any problems. This HealthLinkBC fact sheet tells you what you need to do and what you need to watch for to keep your food safe.
If You’re not ready to take on canning this year, try making freezer jam?It’s simple, safe, and will deliver sunny flavour months after the fruit is out of season. The Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen demonstrates the process.