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© 2015 Shanna Lea
You’ve spent time, effort and hot hours in the sun growing your garden and now you have a bountiful harvest to put up. What do you do with it all? Depending on the size of your harvest of fruit, there are several ways to use up your bountiful harvest.
Eat it Immediately
There are lots of recipes for fresh fruit on the Internet. Fruit salads, cobblers, pies, ice cream, with yogurt, juice, apple cider and applesauce.
Barter or Give it Away
Make up a personalized fruit basket for family, friends or neighbors. Or barter and trade your excess fruit for other produce you didn’t grow, or for homegrown eggs or milk. Or you can make the pies and cobblers to trade.
Preserve Your Harvest
There’s nothing like opening up a jar of garden preserves or jam from your homegrown garden during the cold winter months. It’s summer in a jar during those bleak cold months. Here are some ways to preserve your fruit:
- Jams, jellies, preserves, marmalades, chutneys
- Dehydrate—I use my Excalibur dehydrator for bulk dehydrating and efficiency. If you are dehydrating small batches, then I recommend the smaller Nesco dehydrator. It comes in both round and square shapes now.
- Can the fruit, applesauce, apple butter, etc using a water bath canner
- Freeze as popsicles, or freeze the fruit in slices. Strawberries can be frozen whole for smoothies
You’ve worked hard all season. When it comes time for harvest, preserve it to enjoy the fresh taste of summer all year long.
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