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 Monday, July 23rd, 2018

November 15, 2008

Storing Your Own Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter

Remember canning saves money. If you have a vegetable garden that produces more then you can eat during the growing season, a pressure canner would be a wise investment.

Although initially expensive, it will more than pay for itself over the next few years. And pressure canning kills organisms that cause food spoilage, and is much safer then canning by the old-fashioned boiling water bath or open kettle method.

Storing The Canned Produce

If you use those old-fashioned glass jars with the metal lids, do not store them in a damp basement or root cellar because those lids will rust and come loose and the food will spoil. So when storing home goods on shelves always put the newly prepared jars near the rear of the shelves so the older jars get used. And remember freezing is a very easy way to keep your fruits and vegetables, many of them may be frozen without blanching and boiling water; you just wash, bag, and freeze. Try a sample of each kind and see if you like it.

When freezing in bags, use smaller bags, such as sandwich bags, and slip as many things as possible so it’s very tight, no air in it and seal it up. Then put an extra bag over it and put in the freezer. And no more hide-and-seek, be sure to label those containers before you put them on the shelves or in the freezer, and remember to date the labels so you can use the older food first and don’t keep anything more than a year.

Make a Miniature Root Cellar

Use a garbage can to make a miniature version of grandma’s root cellar; you just bury the can in your own backyard. Leaving the rim about 6 inches above the soil level to prevent water from getting inside. Store your apples, carrots, or other favorite fruits and vegetables, in layers of clean straw between each layer, then put the lid on the can and cover with a thick layer of straw or leaves to prevent freezing, lay a few bricks or other weights on the straw so it won’t blow away.

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