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There are many methods to food preservation and I use a lot of them but mainly I do canning and freezing. I also do some dehydrating, juicing, and cold storage. Here are the things I preserved last year and the methods I used.
Canning- salsa (lots!), green beans, pickles, and zucchini relish.
Freezing- corn (off the cob), peppers (both sliced and diced), tomatoes (diced in juice just to throw in chili and vegetable soup in the winter), I make pesto for the year and put it in jars and freeze them, black raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. I use the fruit in cobblers and smoothies all year. Using a food saver really increases the length of time you store your frozen food and protects it from becoming freezer burnt like nothing else I’ve used.
Dehydrating- herbs (basil, cilantro, comfrey, lavender, & lemon balm) and halved cherry tomatoes are so sweet when they are dehydrated it’s a sweet treat that is healthy. On the more unhealthy side, I usually will make and dehydrate “zucchini candy” and we enjoy eating that as well. I also did some kale for smoothies.
Juicing- I just got this steam juicer last year and I really like it. I haven’t got to use it much yet but I used it a few times with apples and it worked great. I expect to be absolutely over run with fruit from our home orchard in the next year or two so I got this to be able to master using it and be ready when the fruit starts pouring in. My boys love fruit juice but unless its organic I don’t like giving it to them but organic is very expensive so I am hoping to load my shelves for the year in the future with all sorts of fruit juices. That will be an amazing feeling to give them organic homemade juice. The awesome thing with juicing apples is you get apple juice and the leftover apple is your apple sauce, two products in one process. That’s a homesteading win in my book.
Cold food storage- We have a cellar but it is too wet to use as a root cellar. We have a basement I have used for storing bulk amounts of spaghetti squash in. I have actually used underneath our bed before also for squash in an under the bed storage container because we like a cool room for sleeping, under the bed were it is cool and dark worked great.
What are your favorite methods of preserving your bounty?