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September 14, 2023
As cooler days arrive, there’s no better time to harvest and preserve your edible garden. From vibrant tomatoes to flavorful herbs and all produce in-between, preserving and using your harvest year around is one of the best rewards for seasons of work.
Find step by step guides below for harvesting and preserving your harvest:
The timing of tomato harvest plays a pivotal role in their taste and texture. To identify the ideal moment:
When plucking tomatoes, use clean garden shears or scissors to snip the stem just above the calyx, minimizing potential damage and reducing the risk of introducing diseases.
Preserving tomatoes ensures that the taste of summer lingers long past its departure. Among enthusiasts two popular preservation methods stand out:
Like Tomatoes, knowing when to pick cucumbers is essential to their taste and flavor, here are the best practice tips for picking:
Ensure you use garden shears or a sharp knife to cut while leaving a small portion of the stem attached.
There is one main way to preserve cucumbers and that’s to pickle them. Find our blog How to Make Pickles at Home.
Picking corn at the right moment is key to experiencing its peak sweetness. Here’s how to determine when your corn is ready for harvest:
When harvesting, grasp the ear firmly and snap it downward, away from the stalk. This ensures a clean break and prevents damage to the stock.
Freezing corn allows you to capture its sweetness and crispness, making it a versatile ingredient for various dishes. Follow these steps to freeze corn:
To harvest and maximize flavor, pick herbs in the morning after dew evaporates. Snip healthy stems just above a leaf node using clean, sharp scissors or shears. This encourages new growth and helps maintain the plant’s shape. For woody herbs like rosemary and thyme, trim the tips of the stems.
Drying herbs is a time-honored method to preserve their flavors. Tie small bunches of herbs together and hang them upside down in a warm, well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight. Once dry and crumbly, remove leaves from stems and store in airtight containers in a cool, dark place. A food dehydrator can speed up the process. Either keep herbs in their original form or crumble for cooking!
Freezing herbs retains their fresh flavors and vibrant colors. Blanch herbs briefly in boiling water, then in ice water to preserve color and flavor. Finely chop or keep them whole, then place in ice cube trays with water or olive oil. Once frozen, transfer the herb cubes to a resealable freezer bag. Drop a herb cube into your dish while cooking for an instant burst of fresh flavor.
Whether dried or frozen, these methods allow you to carry the essence of your garden into the colder months, infusing your dishes with the taste of the growing season.
Your gardening journey has transformed into a flavorful adventure as you master the art of harvesting and preserving. From pickled cucumbers and frozen herbs to dried tomatoes and preserved corn, each method encapsulates the essence of your garden for months to come.
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