Fresh seasonal food has maximum flavor and nutrition. My goal is to eat as much garden food as possible while it’s in season and with the excess preserve for when there isn’t as much abundance. This year, I’ve been working extra hard to meet my goal of a year of homegrown vegetables. It’s had me thinking of all the ways I need to preserve for winter, my hardest season to complete 100% vegetables from my backyard garden.
I wanted to give you some ideas on how to preserve what you have right now. In some parts of the US you may already be done with your spring harvest and others are just beginning. I’m right at the tail end of these early crops.
This list is meant to be a wide range of things so you can mix and match based on what you like and what is in your garden. It isn’t a comprehensive list of all spring preserves merely a list to spark some ideas and help you get started!
I also made a printable list at the end if you would like to check off things or maybe just have it on your fridge as a reminder. I’m a list person so the visual reminder really works for me.
Make dandelion Jelly
Dry dandelion leaves and roots
Can or Freezing Strawberry Jam
Make Strawberry Fruit Leather
Can Strawberries in Syrup
Can Pickled Asparagus
Make Fermented Asparagus Pickles
Freeze Snap Peas, Snow Peas, or English Peas
Dehydrate Snap, Snow, or English Peas
Pressure Can Peas
Pressure Can Beets
Dehydrated Beets and Powder
Canning Pickled Cauliflower
Dry Lemon Balm
Pack herbs in oil and freeze
What are your favorite things to preserve in Spring? Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear about it!