35 Ideas For Preserving your Spring Harvest

35 Ideas For Preserving your Spring Harvest

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.

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9 Benefits of Dehydrating Food that May Surprise You

9 Benefits of Dehydrating Food that May Surprise You

#1 Maintains More Nutrients Than Other Food Preservation Methods

There are only small amounts of nutrient loss in comparison with other food preservation methods like canning and freezing. I found a chart HERE that compares nutrient values. It says that dehydration has a 3-5% nutrient loss after preservation. Freezing has a 40 - 60% nutrient loss and canning has 60-80% nutrient loss.

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Top 9 Favorite Books for Preserving the Harvest

Top 9 Favorite Books for Preserving the Harvest

There are many ways to preserve the harvest and having a guide on how to do it is key! Personally I am a huge lover of books! I’m old school and really love the tactile version.

Since I love books and I love to read, I have tested a lot of books on preserving. These are my favorites from canning, dehydrating, cold storage and fermenting. For these books to make it to my top favorites they have to have some amazing recipes and/or really important information.

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