The most popular time to look for
food preservation ideas is during the height of the garden season.
However, just because it’s not the main garden season doesn’t mean you can’t preserve food.
In fact the off-season is an ideal time to prepare items such as breads, pastas, desserts and use up those little bits of fruits, meats and vegetables in your
This is done by dehydrating, turning that excess food into soups, stews or adding it to recipes that you can eat right away or preserve for later use.
Advantages Of Food Preservation During The Off Season
I like off-season food preservation because I don’t feel as rushed.
I can enjoy the process, take in the smells and be a bit more creative.
The key to making the most of this process is to properly dehydrate or freeze the foods during the height of the garden season.
This gives you a quality product to start with.
Food Preservation Ideas For Pasta
This past week I made up several types of
pasta, dried it and froze it.
pasta must be dried before you freeze it – and this can be done with a dehydrator or by laying it out to dry.
Be sure to turn it over at least once during the drying time.
Once it is dry, gently put it in
freezer bags or better yet, freezer containers so it doesn’t get crushed.
pasta preserved in the freezer is good for six months, but unless you make a lot it won’t last that long.
Other Food Preservation Ideas
Other foods I process during the off-season is sweet and savory cooking cubes.
Fresh herbs and fruit mixed in
butter then frozen are favorites at my house.
I also chop up fresh herbs and top off my trays with olive oil or
water then freeze them.
I add these cubes to many recipes throughout the year.
When I make
bone broth or meat the the grease drips off of I freeze the grease to use as cooking oil.
I also freeze leftover heavy whipping cream so I always have cream cubes on hand for gravies, mashed potatoes, etc.
This would work for milk and many other liquid items as well.
Don’t Forget To Stock Up On Baked Goods
I challenge you to look in your
freezer and pantry to see what items you have that need used up and come up with some creative food preservation ideas.
Be sure to take inventory while you are at it so you know if you need
breads or desserts.
Now is a great time to prepare or bake and preserve those as well.
Preserving your own food means trying new recipes, such as this
red hot apple wedges canning recipe
. While it is true, it is a good idea to stick to recipes you know you and your family will eat, it never hurts to branch out a bit.
A great way to preserve raspberries is to make raspberry vinegar. Its delicious on pork chops! Best of all you can preserve it for winter use by canning it.
how to make homemade ketchup
right in your own kitchen using tomatoes you grew in your garden. This recipe works with fresh or frozen tomatoes!
homemade bbq sauce recipe
uses fresh tomatoes and is perfect for canning. Use it as it is or as a base sauce to create different types of BBQ sauces.
how to make homemade honey
right in your own kitchen using a mixture of water, sugar, red clover, white clover and fireweed!
how to make rose petal jelly
using fresh rose petals from your favorite organically grown roses. Try different roses for unique flavored jelly.
Understanding the four factors that affect food storage is essential for keeping your food safe, especially if you intend to store it long term.
Learn if canning food at home is really worth the time and effort involved as well as about some of the supplies you need to get started.
Preserving citrus fruits
is something you want to know how to do if you grow your own, buy in bulk or have citrus fruits given to you.
Get out of the grocery store and into home-canning fresh green beans. Experience the symbiotic relationship of land and food security.