Keeping Summer Fresh in the Fall
Don’t want to let go of the taste of summer just yet? Try out some of these food preservation methods.
Pickling: Pickling is the perfect process for your freshest vegetables. After cleaning your pickling jars, prepare the vegetables by washing, peeling, and cutting them into short spears. Pickling brine can be made from a combination of equal parts water and any basic vinegar. Simply place the brine mixture in a saucepan and bring to boil, adding a little sugar and salt. Then pour the brine over the vegetables in the jar and cap it tight. Store everything in the refrigerator, and you are all set!
Drying: Dried foods make terrific lightweight, nutritious snacks. Just wash, peel, and cut your fruit or vegetable (thinly sliced pieces will dry faster), and then spread all of it out on a baking sheet. The Kitchen recommends putting your oven on the lowest possible temperature before placing the sheet in it for 6-8 hours and watching for signs of shriveling or brittleness.
We hope that your kitchens end up well-stocked with summer flavors! Happy preserving!
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