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Preserving the Harvest

This category is a wide range of tutorials on preserving food, whether it comes from your garden, the farmers’ market or the grocery store.

It covers how to dehydrate fruits and vegetables, how to pickle, preserve or can fruits, how to make herbal compound butters, how to make herbal salts, and how to make vinegars.

It also includes methods of preserving food to use as shrub syrups (aka drinking vinegars) for craft cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.

Videos are included with some of the tutorials. Here are some of the most popular videos:

Pickled Beet Eggs

Preserving Tomatoes as Dehydrated Tomato Powder

There is no comparison between the sad tasteless grocery store tomatoes of winter and the fresh summer tomatoes which are packed with umami, a bit of sweetness and a touch of acid. There is an option however for that fresh tomato taste in winter. Dehydrating mid-summer tomatoes in their peak and then grinding them to …

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Preserving Fresh Herbs as Herbal Infused Salts (includes DIY video)

Summer offers an abundance and variety of fresh herbs that are not readily available in the Winter. There are many ways to preserve fresh herbs for year-round cooking, and making herbal salts is one of the easiest preservation methods. A step-by-step video is included in the recipe card. How to Use Herbal Infused Salts It …

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Preserving Fresh Herbs as Herbal Compound Butters

Dried herbs can’t compete with fresh herbs when it comes to cooking with flavor. If you have a garden, a nearby farmers market, or a good grocery store, preserving fresh herbs as herbal compound butters is my favorite way to ensure fresh flavor year-round. It’s very easy, you can create wonderful blends, and they’ll last …

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Kosovar Ajvar – a Red Pepper Eggplant Spread

Ajvar is a red pepper spread popular in the Balkan region.  This recipe is a particularly robust version enhanced with a Peruvian hot spice. The video that accompanies the recipe demonstrates a quick and easy way to roast and peel peppers. Author: Tesla Stainbrook What is Ajvar? Ajvar is a condiment made from red sweet …

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Salt & Vinegar Cucumber Chips – Baked or Dehydrated

You can make these chips in a dehydrator or in your oven set at low. They are a truly easy low carb snack which satisfies the cravings for those salty, crunchy high-carb chip options! By Dorothy Stainbrook, with video by Tesla Stainbrook. This post may contain affiliate links. See Disclosure Dehydrator vs Oven-Baked The dehydrator …

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30-Minute Pickled Onions for Mexican Dinners

Pickled onions are a tart and slightly sweet accouterment to a wide variety of dishes (a favorite with Mexican cuisine).  The cool, pungent crunch adds a crisp breath of freshness to carnitas or fish tacos in particular. They take 30 minutes to make and keep in the refrigerator for many weeks. Pickled Onions for Mexican …

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