Today on our In the Home and Garden Segment we are talking about Preserving your Harvest. 

About this time every year gardens are overflowing with sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and various other vegetables.  Like most people you find yourself eating sweet corn with every meal, and finding recipes that call for tomatoes in order to keep using them up.  You give some to neighbors, take some to work to hand out, or anyplace else you can think of where people might want some produce.

Tomatoes from the Garden on Griggs Dakota

But there are some ways to preserve your food in order to enjoy it outside the growing season.  Just think how good sweet corn will taste come January or green beans in February.  You can freeze it, pickle it, dehydrate it, or can it.  And some of the Farmwives almost make a hobby out of “putting up” produce.

Lana from Walking the Off Beaten Path gets her whole family involved when freezing sweet corn.

Cris from Goodeness Gracious is freezin’ up a peck of peaches!

Ott, A dehydrates tomatoes to use in pastas, pizzas, soups and salads.

And Jen over at From Mess Hall to Bistro is canning up a storm of everything she can find.
Jen and Ott, A are hosting a canning week blog party this week on their blogs.  They plan on sharing lots of recipes and tips on how to can along with giving great step-by-step instructions so you try canning on your own.  Or, sign up for their give-a-ways and win some canning products for yourself!

So do you “put up” your own produce?  How do you do it and what do use?  We’d love to hear about your food preservation teechniques and how our readers savor the flavor of homegrown gardens all year long!

Ott, A from "a Latte' with Ott, A"

Author of the blog; a Latte' with Ott, A drinking farm girl, baker, canner, gardener, home decorator, shoe lover, boilermaker fan and lOTTs more. Married to Ott, E and a mom of two.


  • Sarah

    This is something that I need to learn how to do. I know how to freeze but I am going to learn how to can this year – I am so excited for canning week so I can get some tips and recipes!

    Sarah from The House That Ag Built