For those of you lucky to have a farmers market in your local neighborhood, know that the season is coming to an end and most markets are closing shop until next year(that means backyard gardens as well). It’s time to shift gears into the fall and winter season varieties. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of the summers bounty all year round.
Whether you make a last minute run to pick up your final fix or you’ve already prepared ahead, there are many ways to get your extras to hold you over. Some of the ways are canning, freezing, dehydrating and pickling. All work great depending on the equipment you have on hand. And of course, some methods are better suited for different things.
This year, it will be a test of dehydrating fruits. Peaches, apricots, and we’ll probably throw on some apples, bananas, and pineapple for good measure. Hey, if you are going to go through the trouble of setting it all up, you may as well make a big batch right? Other things to try, perhaps this time around, are fruit leathers. Strawberry, peach, berry, you name it. Those are great fresh snacks and you know what went into making them which means no high-fructose sweeteners or preservatives. Just thinking about that makes the mouth drool. Maybe something like that will be thrown into the mix.
Now if you’re not lucky enough to have access to a food dehydrator, there are other ways like low oven temps and sun dehydrating(great for tomatoes), which won’t be discussed this time but there are options available. You can even pair up with another family or group of friends and dehydrate a bunch of stuff together.
The list goes on. And the best part is you get to eat it all. It’s the best so resist the temptation to eat it all in a week.
What do you do to preserve for the months you don’t have fresh supplies? What are your methods and what works best for you? Of course all comments are welcome.