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Keeping the Harvest: Preserving Your Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

  • Enjoy your abundant harvest of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year with these simple, yet satisfying home-preserving techniques. For fresh-off-the-vine flavor and a full payload of vitamins, you can’t beat the fruits, vegetables and herbs preserved from you own garden. For more than 25 years, countless gardeners and cooks have turned to Keeping the Harvest for complete, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to save some of the homegrown goodness of summer. Now this classic handbook has been entirely updated so you can take advantage of the latest techniques and most up-to-date equipment. Furthermore, all directions in this new edition follow the USDA’s most recent guidelines for home preserving.

    In this updated edition, you’ll learn new timesaving methods such as using a microwave oven to blanch vegetables and quick-dry herbs, as well as venerable tricks of the trade, such as adding a little salt and vinegar to keep preserved fruits from losing their vivid color in the jar. Each chapter is packed with important technical details - for example, how much headroom is required when freezing fruits and vegetables, or how to keep liquid from boiling out of the jars. The authors have also included a host of simple, down-home recipes for making tasty pickles and relishes, delicious jellies and marmalades, and even your own ketchup and chili sauce.

    Ranging from advice on the optimal time to pick your produce to what equipment you’ll need to how to maintain an accurate inventory so nothing goes to waste, Keeping the Harvest teaches you proven methods so you can enjoy your garden’s abundance all year long.

    Learn All About:

    - Canning
    - Jams & Jellies
    - Freezing
    - Pickling
    - Drying
    - Curing
    - Cold Storage

     




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