Food Preserving

Most farmers and gardeners are in love with winter squash. They love to plant and grow winter squash because it can be easily stored and it can last long even during winter. Winter squash just like the summer squash are planted and grown from spring until the summer season. The only difference is that, winter squash takes more time to mature compared to the summer squash varieties. While summer squash is harvested during the summer, the winter squash varieties are harvested during fall.

Here are 5 Tips in Storing Your Winter Squash

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1. Curing  

If you want your winter squash to last through the winter, then, it must be properly cured. To do this, you need to make sure that your winter squash will have the right water content value before it is stored for the winter. You can easily achieve this by putting your freshly harvested squash in a dry and sunny area for about a week or two.

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Growing herbs in the garden is fun! But growing and harvesting your herbs is just half of the job. Knowing how to preserve these harvested herbs for longer shelf life will be the key in getting you the most of your herbs from your herb garden.

Here are 5 Great Tips for Preserving Your Summer Herbs:

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1. Drying

The most widely used method of preserving herbs. Lavender, rosemary, and oregano are best preserved by using this method. After harvesting your herbs, just cut off the long stems and hang them to dry. You can also make use of food dehydrator if it is available for much faster result.

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Since the 1850’s, the practice of preserving food by way of canning was already a popular practice in the United States. Food preserved by using the methods of canning can last for more than a year if it is done properly. There may be more than a thousand food recipes in North America alone that can be cooked and preserved thru canning, but for a beginner, making his very first canned recipe can be a great achievement in itself.

Here are 6 Easy Recipes for Beginners in Canning

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1. English Marmalade

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Seville or bitter oranges
  • 1 large lemon
  • water
  • 8 cups sugar

Preparing an English Marmalade needs time. Three days to be exact. Here’s how to do it.

  • On the first day, prepare your oranges and lemons by removing their ends and cutting them in quarter length sizes. All of the seeds should be removed and the fruits should also be sliced as thin as possible. Next, put everything in a large kettle and add cold water. Mix everything, cover, and leave it overnight.
  • On day two, take your kettle and bring it to boil. After finish boiling, remove it from the heat. Again, mix everything by stirring then cover your kettle. Leave it again for 24 hours.
  • On the third and final day, bring your kettle again to boil then add sugar. While simmering, continuously stir your jam for two hours. When you notice that the peel is already soft and transparent, bring it again to boil, cooking it for about 30 minutes. Finally, let your jam settle for a few minutes then seal it in your sterile jars.

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The most common problem that can be encountered after crop harvest is storage and preservation of our crops. There is nothing worse than seeing your harvested crops being destroyed due to improper handling. How to preserve our crops to last longer after harvest should be the main concern of every gardener once he starts to cultivate and plant crops in his land.

Here are 5  quick and easy tips in making your harvest last longer.

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1. Research is the Key

In order to successfully store and make your harvest last longer, research on the expiration dates of your vegetable and fruit harvest is important. Putting vegetables and fruits in the refrigerator makes it last longer. But we should also consider the different vegetables and fruits varying storage temperatures for a more successful storage and preservation of crops. A quick Google search about storing and preserving your crops to last longer will also help.

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Parsley

source: tcpermaculture

The best job in  growing parsley is harvesting and drying them for future use.

Here are the steps on how to harvest  your parsley

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  1. When the main stems of your parsley branches out into three segments, your parsley is ready for harvest.
  2. Using a sharp trimming tool, the matured stalks at the outer perimeter of the parsley should be cut first. Before harvesting your parsley, the newer parts of the plant should also be allowed to mature. But if you want to harvest the parsley as a whole, just cut the entire plant.
  3. If you want  your parsley to grow continuously during its planting season, then the stalks of the plant should be cut to the ground. It is advisable to severely prune your parsley when harvesting.
  4.  After harvest, just leave your parsley in your garden. It will be killed of by the cold during winter. By spring, their roots will regrow and it can be used again for the next planting season.
  5.  When you notice that your parsley has grown a tall, woody flower stalk, then its time for you to stop harvesting your parsley.

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