MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR HARVEST
The autumn season is upon us, which means that you’re likely enjoying your harvest. If you’ve been using Rooster’s Organic Compost, you might be experiencing a very successful harvest and wondering how you’re going to eat all of your hard-earned, home-grown fruits and vegetables before they go bad. Here are a few tips on how you can make the most of your harvest:
- Celebrate with Friends and Family
There’s nothing better than sharing your hard-earned harvest with loved ones around the dinner table. Take some time to prepare a few dishes with your homegrown fruits and vegetables, invite your friends and family over and pass the plate.
- Save Your Seeds
If your harvest was successful, be sure to save some seeds to use for next year. It’s especially easy to save seeds for your self-pollinating plants like tomatoes, peppers, beans and peas. Do some research to find out the best ways to preserve seeds for your specific crops.
- Canning and Pickling
With a little online searching, you can find all kinds of instructions on how to pickle or can your harvest. This process helps preserve your harvest so you can keep enjoying it through the winter months.
- When in Doubt, Freeze!
Freezing is the perfect low-maintenance and low-effort method of preserving your harvest. For some fruits and vegetables, the process is as simple as cutting them up, storing them in an airtight freezer bag and placing them in the freezer. Depending on the crop in question, you might need to add the extra step of blanching it before freezing. For all of your frozen fruits and veggies, be sure to list the date frozen on the outside of the bag so you can gauge how long they are good. When ready to enjoy, simply defrost and prepare as usual.