Part I- Family Gardening- Preserving foods grown in a family garden. It’s good for Mother Earth! Why preserve fruits and vegetables? To eat healthier, more natural foods. To save money. To carry on family traditions. Howare foods preserved? Foods may be frozen to preserve their freshness.
Preserving foods grown in a family garden.
It’s good for Mother Earth!
To eat healthier, more natural foods.
To save money.
To carry on family traditions.
Foods may be frozen to preserve their freshness.
Foods can also be canned in glass jars by using hot, boiling water and a pressure canner or cold water canner.
Pressure canner or cold water canner
Freezer bags or containers
Glass jars (quart and pint sizes), lids, and rims
The pressure canner is a cooking pot that gets very hot and preserves the food through high heat and pressure.
Here are jars inside the canner. You must use a jar lifter to take them out of the pot because they are very hot.
The cold water canner does not build up pressure. Instead, it preserves the foods through the heat of boiling water.
Stove, canning jar, measuring cup, funnel, jar lifter, rims, lids, and salt.
This picture shows the outside of an upright freezer. It looks a lot like your refrigerator. Wait until you see what is inside.
The inside of the freezer holds all of the vegetables that were preserved from the garden.
You can see corn, squash, October beans, tomatoes and green peppers.
Always wash all foods that come from the garden because they will have dirt and fertilizer on them. Fertilizer is used to help plants grow.
Cut off all bad places that have spoiled.
When preserving green beans, always remove the strings.
When preserving corn, always remove the husks (outer covering) and the silks (inner covering).
Wash the squash, then remove the ends before slicing and freezing.
To prepare corn, remove the husk and silk and wash the cob. The corn can be stored whole or scraped from the cob as kernels. Then put it in bags or plastic containers to be frozen.
Making pickles follow some important steps:
Pick and scrub cucumbers and put them in jars. Pour boiling brine over the cucumbers to pickle them and add sprigs of dill, an herb, to flavor the pickles.
Lots of vegetables, including beets, peppers, and tomatoes. Some canned vegetables, such as green beans, can stay fresh as long as 4 years.
Families can preserve their garden foods by freezing or canning them.
All kind of foods can be preserved, including summer squash, green beans, October beans, green pepper, and corn.
Cucumbers can be made into pickles.
Garden food offers families a healthy alternative for meals.
Garden foods often cost less than grocery store foods.
Vegetable pickles from Asparagus ….. to Zucchini!
To make relishes, mixtures of vegetables and/or fruits are chopped, seasoned, simmered in a sugar and vinegar solution, and then packed and processed. YUM!
When it’s hot outside, store fresh-pack pickles in the refrigerator w/out heat processing.
Choose freezer pickles for a cool, tasty treat.
Homemade pickles and relishes:
1 year under proper storage conditions