How to Grow Runner Beans

How to Grow Runner Beans

Actually, runner beans are very easy to grow. Summer is incomplete without the runner beans for many people. Many people love to garden as a favorite pastime.  

Runner beans are very nutritious and healthy. Runner beans are good to eat and can be used and preserved in all the ways you can use string beans. If you wish to use runner beans as green or string beans the younger you pick them the more tender they will be.

The seeds from the older pods can be harvested and eaten or dried stored for later use. This is an opportunity most American gardeners miss, but will to the store and by Cannellini beans.  Cannellini beans, as it happens, are variety runner beans.

I once had a friend (knowing that I would not mind) who would come over and raid my runner beans when it looked like I was too busy with the day job to keep up with the harvest.  Both our families cook and use runner beans like lima (Butter Beans). 

 It does not need a proper place to grow up. It can grow among flowers and all. It can reduce the risk of heart disease. It can also prevent the chance of colon cancer. It can control diabetes. It can boost your immunity. For the good eye health, runner beans are very good. It can also help you to improve the bone health of your body. This vegetable helps you to keep your stomach working properly.

Runner beans can grow in a container. The container can dry out easily. So, you need to water them frequently. According to the size of the container, a very small amount of runner beans can grow in a single container. Pots can also restrict the growth of the plant.

Direct Sowing:

  • Direct sowing is an easy process. It can be done at any time of the whole year. This process means to plant the seeds directly into the soil of the garden. There are actually three main parts of direct sowing such as preparation, sowing the seeds and taking care of it.

Soil Preparation:

  • It is important to set the bed for the seed. It should be done before a couple of weeks of sowing.
  • Amend the soil means to add valuable and vital nutrients to the soil. The soil analysis is very much needed in this stage.
  • After the amending part, you will have to wait for a few days for the weeds to sprout and after that remove them with the use of a small hoe.
  • Then layout your bed.

Sowing the seeds:

  • Before doing the direct sowing, you will have to decide how the vegetables will grow and use for. You should have to give water to the soil before the day of planting. After the sowing procedure, you will have to provide the seeds with enough water to drink. Seeds basically need three valuable things to germinate such as moisture, light, and temperature.

Care:

  • Caring for runner beans after sowing consists of weeding the bed, re-sowing and weather protection for the crops and plants.

Growing seedlings:

  • Seedlings need more micro-climate to grow than older plants. If you are planning to grow seedlings of runner beans, then you will have to take some special care.

Transplanting seedling:

  • To transplant seedlings, you will have to fill each new container with the moist planting mix. You will have to loosen the soil around the seedlings by using a kitchen fork. You will have to take special care of handling the seedlings by their leaves to avoid the damage.

Succession Planting:

  • Succession planting is a very efficient way to grow runner beans and other vegetables. The methods of succession planting increase the availability of crops.
  • Insect and Pest Control: For any kinds of sowing, it is essential to do insect and pest control. By controlling the pest, you can ensure the growth of the crops. You can use many DIY methods to control the pest and insects. You can also hire pest control to remove and kill them.
  • Controlling Diseases and Problems: By using proper medicines, you can control diseases and other problems related to this. Fungi used to take their energy from the growing plant. These fungi are mainly responsible for the damage of the crops and plants. You will have to identify the problem that causes hamper to your plant and solve it accordingly.

When are bush beans ready to harvest ripe?

  • Generally, bush beans should be ready in 50-55 days. The maturity time depends on the variety of its growing.
  • Green beans: Green beans are tender and tasty. Your plants provide a continual production all the seasons.
  • Dry beans:
  • These beans are ready for harvest in 70-120 days. Dry beans are actually growing to full maturity.

Harvesting:

  • Weeding, watering, and mulching are essential until the runner beans are harvested. You will have to apply an occasional liquid to fertilizer feed them. This procedure will begin in the mid-summer and continue to the first frosts. Runner beans actually crop just after the French beans. It is a very productive, beautiful and delicious vegetable to grow. You will have to pick the beans regularly to encourage future production.

Storing Runner Beans:

  • Runner beans are actually prolific. You can store it for a long time depending on the method used.
    • Blanching, then freezing the runner beans as green beans is an easy option. Once frozen runner beans can be safely stored up to nine months in an ordinary freezer, and fourteen months in a deep freeze in a vacuum-packed bag. 
    • You can keep fresh runner beans in the salad drawer of the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. You will have to use the oldest beans at first.
    • It takes a week actually to dry runner bean seeds at home, but once dry and stored the dry beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot, runner beans can be safely kept for up to five years, then cook much like dry lima beans.
    • Young Runner beans can also be dried as leather breeches beans (dry green beans) a heritage method, which is nearly forgotten, then rehydrated and eaten for up to two years.

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What is Dried Fruit?

Dried fruit is a fruit in which the vast majority of the water has been removed. The drying fruit can be accomplished through a variety of techniques, such as sun drying or through the use of specialized equipment such as dehydrators or dryers.  Dried fruits are portable and last longer than fresh fruits. In addition to that, they are also very convenient meaning that you can store them in your bag and carry them with you as long as you want without worrying that they will get crushed or spoiling. The idea of drying fruits is believed to have originated in the middle east and the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. Today this technique is widely used across the world to preserve fruits.

Is dried food healthy?

YES, dried fruits are healthy. Most people usually think that dried fruits are not nutritious like fresh fruits, but that is not true. Dried fruits contain all essential minerals and nutrients that fresh fruits have. The only difference between the two is fresh fruit contain water content while dried fruits have very little water content. Multiple studies have revealed that dried fruits are packed with vitamin, fiber, minerals, and phytochemicals that can enhance your overall body health and wellness. Many dried fruits are high in high-quality fiber that helps to prevent obesity and heart-related diseases. They are also packed with antioxidants such as phenol that has been clinically proven to help lower the risk of diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer.

Most common methods of drying/dehydrating fruit at home

Nowadays, most people prefer to consume dried fruits because they are highly nutritious, very delicious, easy to prepare, and also easy to carry. Dehydrating is also a preservation technique because it helps to remove moisture from the fruits, thus preventing molds, yeast, and bacteria from attacking and spoiling the fruit. When drying fruit at home, three things are required. They include low heat to allow the moisture to evaporate, low humidity to let moisture to leave the fruit to the air, and proper circulation of air to accelerate the drying process. In this section, we are going to discuss the most common methods of drying/dehydrating foods at home.

1. Sun drying

Drying fruit in the sun is not only safe but also an economical way to perverse fruit. Sun drying is one of the oldest fruit drying techniques, and it still used to date by many people across the globe. To use this technique to dry fruit, you need to plenty of sunshine, low humidity, and a steady breeze. Fruits have high acid and sugar content, which make sun drying an ideal drying method. To successfully dry fruit in the sun, you need good air flow and warm temperatures (minimum of 85 degrees). The high temperature will help extract moisture content from the fruit while good airflow will help to disperse the moisture to the surrounding air. Low humidity is also crucial for successful drying. Experts recommend that humidity level should not exceed 60%.

There is no doubt that sun drying is a slow process of drying fruits because it is dependent on whether which is highly unpredictable. Achieving an ideal mixture of proper air flow, humidity, and the temperature is always very difficult, making this process unreliable and time-consuming.

2. Dehydrators

A dehydrator is a device that helps to remove moisture from the fruits to prolong its lifespan. The use of dehydrators to dry fruits is widely used because it is efficient, reliable, and predictable. Most pundits say the dehydrators produce the best quality of dried fruits compared to other drying methods because they help to dry fruits evenly, thus them to retain their nutritional content. The drying process can take 8-24 hours depending on the thickness soft the slices, amount of water content available on the fruit, humidity, temperature, and altitude. Dehydrators are very easy to sue. All that you need to do is wash the fruit, cut it into small pieces, place them in a tray, then put them in the dehydrator to dry. Once the drying process is complete, allow the fruit to cool then touch it your fingers to feel if it is dry. If you are satisfied that the fruit is dry, remove them, place them in packed jars then store them in a cool, dry place.

3. Oven Drying

Another way to dry your fruit is by using an oven. However, this process is usually slower than using a dehydrator because the oven doesn’t have a built-in fan to aid in air circulation, which is a crucial component that speeds the drying process. In addition to that, they also use more energy to dry fruits when compared to dehydrators. However, drying fruits using an oven is better than using other conventional methods such as sun drying. It is also a simple and straightforward process. All that you need to do is place the fruits in baking sheets then place them on the oven, set the required temperature then give it time for the fruit to dry. The time taken for the fruit to dry will depend on its moisture content, size of the slices, among many other factors. Once they have thoroughly dried and cooled down, remove them from the oven for storage.

Conclusion

In conclusion, drying fruits is highly recommended and can make them last for long. Contrary to what many people think, dried fruits are not harmful to your health. Dried fruits are very beneficial and have essential nutrients and minerals that can help enhance your overall health and wellness. However, if you want to get the nutritional value of dried fruits, then you need to ensure that the fruit is well dried. As discussed above, there are many methods that you can use to dehydrate your fruit at home. We recommend that you use a dehydrator, which is simple, straightforward, and reliable.

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How To Dry Apricots In A Dehydrator

Apricots are a popular fruit that is consumed by millions of people across the world. They are not only yummy, but they are also very nutritious. A recent study revealed that just 100g of fresh or dried apricots can enrich you with 12% of vitamin A and C and 6% potassium, a vital mineral that helps to enhance your overall health and wellness. Apricots are also rich in fiber which helps to lower bad cholesterol, high in antioxidants which helps your body to get rid of toxins and calcium with helps in the formation and development of bones. Unfortunately, apricots are highly perishables and fresh apricots can only last for a few days when stored in a refrigerator. If you want this highly nutritious fruit to last for long, then you need to dry them. Dried apricots can last up to 2.5 years and still maintain their nutritional value. But the big question is, how are apricots dried? In this article, we are going to give you step by step process on how to dehydrate apricots at home.

1. Ensure that the apricots are fully ripe

  • One of the biggest mistakes that people make is dehydrated under-ripe apricots. If you do so, then you will not enjoy them because they will be bitter. Therefore, before you start the dehydration process, ensure that they are fully ripe so as to enjoy their delicious taste when they are dried.

2. Wash the fruits thoroughly

  • Before you start the drying process, ensure that you wash each fruit thoroughly with clean water to remove dirt, debris, insects, and dirt that have mounted on its outer skin. Experts advise that you should only wash the apricot if you want to use it. This is because once this fruit is washed, water usually gets inside core making it rot. Therefore, you should not wash them if you are not planning to use them immediately.

3. Cut the apricot along the seam

  • Cut the apricot along the seam with a sharp knife to split the fruits into half. Remove any bad spot then place them into the dehydrator sheets. If you are not planning to consume your apricots within 2-3 months, then we recommend that you should pre-treat them before dehydrating them. This will help to prevent browning. This can be done using lemon juice. Also, make sure you remove any bad spot on the fruit.

4. Turn the apricot halves inside out

  • Take each half of the apricot then press them up with your thumb to turn the fruit inside out. This will help expose the interior of the fruit to the heat for even drying. Gently place the apricots on trays and ensure that you leave space between them so that they can all dehydrate properly. We recommend that you place at most 10 apricots per tray and they should be evenly spaced.

5. Dehydrate the apricots

  • Before you start dehydrating the apricots, make sure the dehydrator is placed in a well-ventilated area with plenty of space. This will help prevent your house from getting too hot. Gently place the dehydrator sheets with apricots to the dehydrator. Dehydrate the apricots for a period between 16- 20 hours while rotating the trays after a few hours for even cooking. Once the apricots have fully dehydrated, unplug the dehydrator then allow the dried apricots to cool down completely before removing them from the dehydrator.

6. Store the apricot

  • The place where you store the dried apricot is very important. We recommend that you store the apricots in mason jars or a resealable jar. Make sure that you remove as much air as you can to prevent moisture or mold build up. Place them in a cool dark place like the pantry. Place them in the refrigerator if you to store them for a long period of time.

Where should you place the dehydrator to avoid overheating your home?

  • Because the dehydrator produces a lot of heat, where you place this machine is very important. Experts recommend that it should be placed in a well-ventilated place because it will get hot when you switch it on.  There should not be anything behind or above the dehydrator to block airflow.  If you live a warm dry area, then you could place it outside or in the garage with the door partially open or on the patio to prevent overheating the house. However, if you keep it outside or on your patio then you should watch out for insects such as ants which are usually attracted by the smell of food.

Should apricots be peeled?

  • Not for drying and most recipes don’t require you to peel off the soft skin. The only time when you may be required to peel the skin if when you are using apricots as an ingredient to prepare baked foods. In this case, the skin needs to be peeled off because it can change the appearance and texture of the end product. If you have to peel the skin off, then all that you need to do is place the fresh apricot in boiling water for about 20 seconds then drop them immediately into ice water. This will make the skin to peel off easily.

Do apricots need to be pre-treated?

  • It is not a must to pre-treat apricots before storage if you are planning to consume within a short period of time (less than 2 months). However, if you want to store them for a long period of time (more than 2 years) then pre-treating is necessary.  Also, pre-treatment generally improves the appearance of dried apricots and will help to prevent browning of fruits prior to dehydrating. If you pre-treat the apricot, then it should be stored in freezer bags or in airtight containers. If you are using freezer bags, then you should ensure that all air is removed before sealing the bag. This will help to keep mold and moisture away.

How to Dry Apples at home in the Oven

A bowl filled with dried Apples
A bowl filled with dried Apples

Are you bored of eating the same apple pie again and again? Or have you ever dried apples in your life? If you haven’t, then you have been missing many useful benefits of dried apples. When you Dry apples, you increase their taste and portability. They are a healthy snack, in the lunchbox, perfect for after school, or to curb that late afternoon or morning hunger. The fresher and flavorful the apples are, the more delicious the dehydrated version will be. You can use any apple variety which you prefer, but I would consider the types of apples your family generally prefers to eat.

How to make dried apples

Making oven-dried apples needs a few steps, but it requires several hours of time in a very low oven. So, if you need a nice activity for a cool fall day, try this. Inspect and wash your Apples first First; you should start by:

  • First, inspect and then dispose of any damaged or spoiled apples from no part can be safely salvaged.
  • Make sure you Wash the apples thoroughly, gently towel or air dry.
  • Then, look for any damaged parts and remove the damaged areas carefully with a paring knife.Peel carefully and Core the Apples.

Cook’s Note:

To Peel the apples can be an option and not peeling your apples does several things:

  • Add nutrition in the form of added vitamins and fiber
  • Make your chips a bit chewer, which personally I like
  • this allows you to get a more dried apple from your harvest or purpose.

Once you start rinsing your apples, you should peel and core them nicely. To remove the skin, you should use a vegetable peeler. Though you may opt to skip this step if you are pressed for time, the peels will be tough when dried and sharp-edged.

The next thing cut off the cores. This can be done either by slicing the apples into quarters or simply with an apple corer and then cut off the tough edge of every piece.Do not discard the peels or cores! Utilize them to make apple scrap jelly; homemade apple pectin and apple scrap vinegar.

Slicing A Peeled Apple
Slicing A Peeled Apple

Slicing the Apples

To achieve best-dried apples, you should thinly sliced. With a sharp knife to cut the apples into slices that are approximately a quarter-inch thick.

To Prevent Apple Slices from Browning

When slicing the apples, drop app pieces into acidulated water in order to prevent them from browning or burning. To make an acidulated water, you start by adding lemon juice or one and a half to a quart of water tablespoons of vinegar. Keep the slices soaking in acidulated water as you finish slicing the remaining apples?

Drain the Apples

When you sliced all of the apples and soaked them in the acidulated water, then drain them in the colander. Let the app stay in the colander for around two to three minutes in order to drain off the water completely as possible. In case the apple pieces are very moist, you should steam them instead of drying in the oven.

Dry the Apples

In order for you to dehydrate apples properly, you have to arrange in a certain way suitable for the purpose. Put cooling racks in the baking sheets and your apples on a rack so that none of the slices are touching each other.

Set your oven to the lowest setting, which is between 140° F / 60°C  and 150° F / 66°C.

Prop the door of the oven open (this is not necessary when you are using the convection oven).

Place the apples with baking sheets in the oven. Leave the apples to dry until when they are ready leathery to crisp, which can take you anywhere from six to ten hours. In case the oven is hotter in some parts than others, you have to turn the baking sheets around after some time to allow pieces dry evenly.

Cool the Apples

For you to be completely sure when the apple pieces are completely dehydrated, you have to cool them. (You have the knowledge on how cookies the crisp up after taking them out of the oven, that’s what happens with dried fruit.) Get the trays out from your oven and allow the apples to cool on the trays for around twenty minutes.

After the period of cooling off the apples, tear up one of the pieces of fruit into half. The moisture should have dried up, and there shouldn’t be moisture that is visible along the surface. If it happens that the apple is still soft, return it to the oven for some time for the moisture to dry up completely.

Condition the Apples

Dehydrating the apples doesn’t completely remove all the moisture there may be some residual moisture left in the fruit that you can’t see or feel. This should not be enough to stop the fruit from being mold-free or safely preserved when you do what is known as “conditioning” the dried fruit. You will be a better and a tastier product.

Put the cooled and the dried apple slices into glass jars, just fill the jars about two thirds full.

Shake the jar a couple of times while uncovering every day for seven days. This will redistribute the pieces of fruits and any moisture that may still contain in it. In case any condensation occurs on the sides of the jar, your fruits are not dried well enough yet, and you need to return them to the oven on its lowest setting for around one to two hours.

Storing Dried Apple Slices

After conditioning your dried apples, store them away from direct heat or light in airtight containers. It is good to fill the jars fully at this point; the two thirds full was only for the conditioning phase when you require shaking the pieces around. Dried apples are one of the easiest recipes liked all across the world. This is an extremely authentic and traditional recipe that is appreciated for simple cooking process and very delicious taste.

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How to Dry Strawberries in a Dehydrator

Slices of strawberries on dehydrator tray
Slices of strawberries on dehydrator tray

Have you ever tasted a dehydrated strawberry before? If yes, you know how delicious and amazing they are. Dehydrating strawberries is one of the ways you can enjoy their delicious taste.

Thus, in this article, I’m going to share with you tips on how to dehydrate strawberries using a dehydrator. Continue reading and get the concept of dehydrating strawberries at home using a dehydrator.

Freshly harvested strawberries
Freshly harvested strawberries

Ingredients

• One (1) pound strawberries. However, this will depend on the size of your dehydrator; you may opt to work in smaller batches

Directions

  • Wash your berries well and dry them.
  • Removed the leaves and the green parts being careful, not to waste too much of the berry.
  • Slice your berries in 1/8 inch thickness. Put all effort to make sure your slices are as even as possible to ensure they evenly dry
  • If you care about the color of your dried strawberries, you may want to toss them in some lime juice.
  • Once you are done with slicing the strawberries, arrange them well on dehydrator trays. Ensure none is touching the other. This will help airflow as well as allowing them to dry in a proper way.
  • Turn your dehydrator on and set its temperature to about 135 degrees F. (However, this may depend with the instructions from the manufacturer of your machine).
  • They may take about six (6) to fifteen (15) hours to dry.
  • Make sure you’re rotating the trays to ensure they evenly dry, and it will also help in speeding up the process.

How to dry apples in a food dehydrator

Dried Apples
Dried Apples

Dried apples are great, and one of my favorite ways to store the fall harvest. I find dried apples useful in so many ways; among my favorites are as a snack or included in an apple pie, or as a treat for the dogs. I’ve never had a dog that didn’t like a dried apple something about the chewy sweetness of them that they seem to appreciate, not to mention it doesn’t hurt of any.

I like dehydrating food for long-term storage so much, I have two food dehydrators with multiple shelves.

Ingredients to dry apples

  • fresh apples
  • A solution to prevent browning (if desired). A homemade non-browning agent is a mixture of lemon juice and pineapple juice or

Instructions

  • Cut apples into thin slices.
  • Soak in a non-browning solution.
  • Distribute on dehydrator shelves
  • Dry until apples are leathery, dry, and almost brittle crisp.

How to Make Dried Apples

Wash apples.

  • Wash your apples thoroughly
  • and identify any damaged portions for later removal.

Prep the apples for drying.

Coring and slicing the apples.

  • Moving the core and slicing the apples can be done in more than one way:
    • I just use a knife and quarter the apples, cut the apple core out, remove any damaged bits, and slice the quarters to the thickness desired. Usually, the slices are a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
    • However, some folks prefer to use an Apple core to remove the apple core and then to slice the apples.
    • Others prefer to use some form of an apple peeler/slicer.
  • No need to peel the apples. Leaving on the peel adds a little flavor, nutrition, and character to the dried apples.

 Pretreat for drying.

  • Dip apples the apple slices in a solution to prevent them from browning.
  • There are both commercial and homemade solutions which work perfectly fine to prevent your apple slices from browning.
  • Your apple slices need to be thoroughly coated with an acidic solution to stave off the browning process. Some folks like to use bottled lemon or lime juice mixed with water at a ratio of approximately 1-part lemon juice to 4-parts water, which makes it handy for volume work. To make it sweeter, you can add a little pineapple juice or honey.
  • A commercial alternative would be the use soda water, which requires no mixing, or
  • You can use a solution made from 2 tablespoons of ascorbic acid and 1 cup water.

Arranging your apple slices for drying.

  • Place them single layer directly on the dehydrator shelf without overlapping the fruit and without a liner to allow for maximum air circulation.
  • Repeat the process for each shelf of your dehydrator keeping in mind the maximum effective height of the dehydrator brand you have.

How long to Dry Apples?

  • The drying time will vary depending on which method you use, the moisture content of the apples, and how thick the apple slices are.
  • Drying apples in a food dehydrator will take between 12 and 24 hours.
  • The number of total shelves you have in the dehydrator may extend this time somewhat.

How to Know When Dried Apples are Done?

  • Your apples are sufficiently dried when they feel leathery and dry, almost crisp, but not quite. If you like your dried apples to be crispy, you can dry them longer until you achieve the desired result.

How to Store Your Dried Apples

  • once your dried apples have cooled, you can store them in glass jars, plastic containers, or in sealable plastic bags.
  • I usually put a small quantity of dry Rice in the containers to soak up any excess moisture that might still be there.
  • Then place the dried apples where they are easily accessible but in, a cool ( about 45 degrees Fahrenheit) dry place.

What Is The Shelf-Life Of Home Dried Apples?

  • If properly packaged a and stored in a cool ( about 45 degrees Fahrenheit), dry place, dried apples should keep 6 to 8 months. Enough to get you through the  To extend their shelf-life, freeze them.  Storing them in multiple family size (for the way your family will use them) packages will help to reduce the scale of loss due to spoilage but will also make them easy to use.

How Many Dried Apples Will Fresh Apple Yield?

  • Honestly, I never worried much about this, I usually store all the apples I can get in as many forms as possible. With that said, the yield will vary upon how dry you make the apples, how much of the apple you peel and/or remove during preparations, and the apple you choose to dry.  With that said, five pounds of fresh, high-quality apples, should yield about two cups.

Which Apples Are best for Drying?

  • Nearly all eating and cooking Apples dry well. Personally, I lean toward the Granny Smith cooking apple, but you can use your families’ favorite or whatever variety you happen to have in abundance.

Top 5 Ways to Preserve and Store Your Garden Harvest

Garden Vegetables
Garden Vegetables

There is always a special feeling attached to planting in a garden, seeing it grow, harvesting, preserving, storing, and then enjoying the fruits of your hard work. The periods where you have more great yields from your garden harvest are indeed a blessing, but for you to enjoy your garden produce all year round you need to learn to preserve them. Food Preservation and storage is fast becoming somewhat of a lost art, and it is quite embarrassing. Our great-grandmothers and grandmas all witnessed the basic economic movements and placed real value in learning and teaching food preservation to their daughters to take similar actions.

Some may be of the view that such skills are not as significant in this modern era, but I believe self-sufficiency is at all times very important. What necessary actions you take when you see an excellent deal at farmers marketplace or the grocery store? What is your response like when you get offers for agreement on a bushel of the harvest that always gets your attention in one way or another? What steps do you take when you get a bountiful harvest of green beans, berries, and others? There is only so much of any one food you can eat before you start losing your appetite or it begins to go wrong. If you know much about preserving your garden harvest, you can apply it and use your preserved produce all year round. Learning to protect and store your garden harvest is a practical skill we all need to utilize.

Dry Pack Frozen Strawberries
Dry Pack Frozen Strawberries

Freeze your Harvest

An excellent place to begin preserving and storing your garden harvest is by freezing it. Freezing is a unique way of storing fruits such as berries and peaches that have short lifespan especially once they are ripe. It is quite comfortable and straightforward, and anybody can do it. All you need do is cook your harvest into some preferred freezer friendly meals, or wash and blanch them before preserving them by freezing. Blanching veggies are essential for the reason that it stops enzymatic action (preserving color, flavor, texture) and eliminates bacteria.

The only real drawback of freezing is that you have a limited amount of space in your freezer. You can also develop the habit of placing labels (with dates) on frozen food as well. By taking this step, you would know the content before pulling it out to defrost and how long you preserved it in there. The following fruits freeze particularly well:

  • Blanched apples and beans (including runner and French)
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Peas
  • Rhubarb
  • Raspberries

Homemade Jam
Homemade Jam

Can your Harvest

Canning is amongst the most useful ways to preserving food. Most of us still have memories of our grannies canning fruits and vegetables. It is almost a lost skill that needs reviving. There are two known canning approaches:

  • Pressure Canning. And
  • Water Bath Canning.

The water bath canning is safer for most produce like fruits and jams. Nevertheless, if you wish to can meat or low-acidic veggies like green beans, you will be required to make use of pressure canning to make sure the preserving is safe. If you live in areas with considerable altitude, you also are expected to pressure can.

Everything you make can be canned, from chili and green beans to peas and pie filling too. Canning is feasibly most splendid due to its zero-space requirement in your freezer or fridge. You can also store canned foods in your basement, pantry, root cellar, or on kitchen shelves. Heck, you can preserve canned foods underneath the spare bed if you do not have enough space! Properly canned food lasts a lot more than any other means of preservation or storage.  Canning offers a great way to preserve your garden harvest and feeding your home.

If you have not done the canning process before, it is best you learn from trusted guidelines available. One of the things to bear in mind with the canning process is that higher levels of heat can affect part of the nutritious content of your canned food. So, it is worth discovering other food preservation and storing types.

Jars of Dehydrated Fruit
Jars of Dehydrated Fruit

Dehydrate your Harvest

If you lack enough space for storage, you can also consider dehydrating your food. You even can begin by making use of your oven pre-configured to its minimum level. Try drying some slices of apple, cereal, or any other food type you use in baking all through the year. You can make further exploration and make fun finger food like fruit leather, kale chips, and even dried vegetables that you can use in making soup.

Pickled Vegetables
Pickled Vegetables

Pickle  your Harvest

Another old-fashioned favorite, this method preserves and stores food by pickling it. When you hear somebody say “pickling” veggies, it at most times often implies they are keeping the vegetables in vinegar. Due to vinegar’s acetic acid constituent (should be no less than 5%), several sources say that produce conserved in it do not require to be chilled. Pickling involves dipping them in salt water made from salt, sugar, water, and other pickling spices. You also can make use of fresh leaves by inserting them in vinegar, then letting them stay close to 2 months in the dark. At this stage, you can strain them out and leave a pleasing flavored vinegar which you can use in dressings and other things.

The most frequently pickled item is obviously pickling, and it is an exceptional place to begin. But do not stop there. You can also pickle cabbage, carrots, okra, peppers, and a wider variety of other fruits and vegetables. Play with it and discover more choices you might like. Pickled plants make an excellent addition to snacks and salads all through the year. Once you begin pickling, you might just resolve to try fermentation on a bigger scale. It is a slippery slope, and you have been cautious.

Dry Beans Stored in Pantry
Dry Beans Stored in Pantry

Cold Store your Harvest

Another excellent method is the least Cold Store. It is the most straightforward means of preserving and storing food. Fruits like apples, cabbages, and root vegetables can be stored well in a cold, dark, and dry place. This storing option is the reason most houses have root cellars. Nowadays, your pantry might also be an excellent location for storing and preserving this type of product. If you are lucky to own a basement, you could smartly arrange some shelves around to keep loads of food for the coming months.

CONCLUSION

Learning a preservation and storage process for your garden harvest is vital to enjoying your hard work. Preservation and storage process for food during the harvest months are created to make your produce last long into the winter periods. Although some means might best be suited for some garden produce, you would always find a method to meet your demands. They are lots of information online relating to how to safely and adequately preserve and store your harvest. You can learn and apply such steps towards self-support and economic freedom. Learning new ways is always fun, and I can assure you would enjoy the processes involved in each of the techniques mentioned above. Yes, practice makes perfect, so whenever it is time to enjoy your garden harvest, always remember to set some aside and apply these storage techniques.