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Friday, May 4, 2012

thinking ahead to the harvest

I have been thinking a lot about what I plan to grow in the garden this year.  It doesn't help that I have read so many other posts about how well their tomatoes are coming along, when I haven't even thought about putting a tomato in the ground yet!  Tomatoes are by far my favorite thing to grow, I never can enough of them, and I hope to have a lot more this year.

Today, I would love it if you would share with me your favorite thing to preserve from your own harvest.  I would really like to get some ideas on what other people want to keep through the winter.  Obviously, our choice to not do a CSA this summer has put a lot more pressure on me to get my garden producing, but I am also thinking ahead to next winter, and what I want to have available for me and my family.

Any thoughts and ideas would be appreciated!

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  1. Oh my goodness, this goes right along with something I am planning...a kind of preserving to last through the winter challenge. I haven't posted it yet but it will be in the next few days if you might want to come along and participate.

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    1. Oh! That sounds like a great challenge! It is something that I have been working towards for several years - having enough to last us through the winter. I never seem to have enough. I take a little help from an awesome winter CSA too...but I would love to have more of my own. :-)

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    2. My introduction to that challenge is up...not necessarily to last through the winter, but to have SOMETHING through the winter...would you like to come over and see what it is about?
      http://plain-jane-remembrances.blogspot.ca/2012/05/challenge-want-to-play-along.html
      I would love if you want to participate on any level.

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  2. I am thinking about that as well! My favorite things are my salsa and herbs. Nothing like fresh pesto in the darkness of January or salsa at superbowl time. Definetely going to do more this Fall - along with the tomatoes....lots of canned tomatoes!

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    1. As soon as you mentioned pesto, I realized that I still have some in my freezer! I guess I know what will be on my pizza tonight :-)

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  3. I put up everything I can put my hands on, tomatoes, jellies and jams, salsa, pickles, beans, squashes, carrots, onions, herbs, corn, spinach, well you get the idea as the list does go on. I have learned over the years to can enough of one thing for two years so I can alternate items. This year I need to put up tomatoes, but not pickles because I still have plenty. Helps cut down on my kitchen time and allows me more time in the fields!

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    1. That's a great idea Tracey! I never thought to can more than a year's worth of food. Although, a couple years ago my mom and I picked enough strawberries for about 2 1/2 years worth of strawberry products :-) I don't know if I could ever can enough tomatoes...unless I get some help!

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  4. Lots of salsa, which can also be used as a base for soups and chili. We have alot still in the pantry from last year, so I don't think we'll be canning tomatoes -- but if our peaches come through, I'll be canning those. :)

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  5. We normally use a lot of cabbage in winter, also sun-dried tomatoes and pickled lemons.
    love
    jutta

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  6. I'm a tomato fan, too---but i also love zucchini!! I mainly freeze it (what doesn't get eaten--or put in zucchini bread or cake). I know some people who have tried to sneak their excess zucchini into people's cars during church---I leave my doors unlocked!

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  7. I'm chuckling to myself when I read your post Steph. Last year I had so much zucchini left over that I actually shredded and pureed some to can in hopes of figuring out different ways to use it. Our family dog LOVES veggies which helps..but..she's starting to get sick of it too! LOL!

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