With the garden in full swing, many people are looking for new ways to preserve their harvest. It’s next to impossible to use up all of the tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and green beans that our gardens produce. When I have too much garden produce, I can and preserve some of our harvest so that we can enjoy it during the winter. In the winter, the produce prices generally go up. I would much rather take a jar of green beans out of our pantry than have to purchase them from the store at higher prices.
There are a variety of different ways you can preserve your harvest. You can water bath can fruits and vegetables. You can make jam, jelly, marmalade or preserves. You can make pickles, relishes or salsas. For those that are new to canning, you can also freeze your excess fruits and vegetables. If you have a food dehydrator, you can dry fruits, vegetables, and even herbs for use at a later time.
I have done canning, jams and jellies, freezing, pickles, relish, and a little bit of dehydrating. I want to try dehydrating some of our herbs this year but I need to unpack my dehydrator and look through the manual again. It’s been a few years since I have used it.
Have you tried canning and preserving your harvest? What types of canning have you tried?