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Preserving the Summer Harvest

The kids are back in school, the public pools are closed for the season, Halloween decorations are already on the store shelves, and our gardens are still busy pushing out a plethora of veggies and goodies for us to enjoy. Most of our grandparents would already have a cellar full of canned goods to get them through the winter, working through their gardens in batches, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, corn. A mere two generations ago, they canned just about everything. Nowadays, very few people have the time or equipment to can, let alone the space for either a large enough garden or a place to store your canned goods. But fear not, there are options for those who cannot can. You can freeze many items from your garden. With minimal prep, you can save your summer bounty in the freezer, to bring a warm reminder of the summer months during our cold and dreary winters.

From a culinary perspective, fresh herbs are always the preferred choice in the kitchen. But if you grow your own herbs, you know that they are overflowing during the summer months and most herbs do not do very well indoors. So how can you save those herbs to use all winter long? Here are a few tips for how to enjoy your garden fresh herbs throughout the year.

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Angela and Carolyn Linton-Canfield
After 18 years working in the food and beverage industries of Chicago and San Francisco, Angela and Carolyn started a private chef and catering company, Life’s a Feast, in the tri-state area. They embrace their passion of cooking, entertaining, and creating one-of-a-kind experiences for their clients. Carolyn and Angela now share their passion with viewers on their cable show Life’s a Feast, available on Mediacom and their YouTube channel, Life’s a Feast LLC. Both share their expertise on food and wine on our website, their website, as well as their Facebook page. Recipes and photos are the copyrighted and intellectual property of Life’s a Feast, LLC.

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