Preserving the Harvest
Tips and advice on how to store and preserve home grown, fruit, vegetables, and herbs to enjoy through the winter months.
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Apple jelly is a delicious spread for toast, a topping for yogurt, and a sweet treat. If you have a bumper crop of apples this year, don't be afraid to experiment with them! Try this spiced apple jelly recipe with some traditional flavorings including lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Apple juice is made by cooking apples with water and straining it to separate the juice from the solids. You can then enjoy it fresh, freeze it, or preserve it in jars with a water bath canner. Learn how to make apple juice, and how to home can apple juice.
This small batch chokecherry jelly is made with foraged fruit. You'll love this delicious spread on your morning toast, biscuits, and swirled into yogurt. Chokecherry jelly is a delicious and easy to make spread that can be enjoyed on toast, biscuits, or even used as a filling for pastries. Learn how to make chokecherry jelly from foraged fruit, plus tips to identify chokecherry trees in your backyard.
Grape juice is a healthy drink that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Making your own grape juice is a fun and easy way to enjoy one of nature's sweetest fruits. Not only is it tasty, but grape juice is also a good source of antioxidants and vitamin C. Learn how to make homemade grape juice and preserve it using a water bath canner for shelf-stable jars.
Home canned beef stew is a hearty and filling meal that can be enjoyed year-round. When things get too busy to cook, or the refrigerator is bare, it is handy to grab a jar and heat it up for a quick and tasty meal. This recipe and tutorial will teach you how to pressure can beef stew with ease.
This sweet cucumber relish is a delicious way to preserve an abundance of cucumbers from your vegetable garden. Homemade cucumber relish is perfect for serving with sandwiches, burgers, or hot dogs. Learn how to make relish and preserve it using a water bath canner.
Grape jelly is a classic American spread. It is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. The end result is a delicious spread that can be enjoyed on toast, bagels or even straight out of the jar. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make grape jelly and preserve it using a water bath canner.
Who doesn’t love a tangy, crisp pickle straight from the jar? If you’re new to canning and don’t know where to start, this is a perfect recipe. Bread and butter pickles are easy and everyone loves them. They go well with just about any dish, or just eaten by themselves for that ultimate crunch. Visit to learn how to preserve pickles with this home canning tutorial.
There are many reasons to can apples. Maybe you have an apple tree in your yard that produces more fruit than you can eat. Or maybe you want to make sure you have plenty of apples around for the winter. Canned apples are a great way to preserve the flavor of fresh apples and they make a delicious addition to any meal.
This zesty salsa is packed with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and just enough spicy tingle to tickle your taste buds. Preserve your garden harvest with this salsa canning recipe. Open a jar any time and enjoy with tortilla chips or with your favorite Mexican inspired meals. Visit for the full recipe, plus tips to prepare and safely home can salsa for your pantry shelves.
When the tomato harvest comes in all at once, one of the best things to do is preserve it as canned tomato sauce. Jarred tomato sauce on your pantry shelves will come in handy to help you get dinner on the table quickly. Visit to learn how to can tomato sauce at home with this easy recipe and tutorial.
Biting into a perfectly ripe peach is one of the most satisfying moments of summer. You can capture summer in a jar by preserving fresh peaches to enjoy all year long with this easy recipe for canning peaches. Visit for a step-by-step tutorial on how to can peaches, plus tips to choose the best peaches for canning.
Turning that big zucchini harvest into zucchini relish is a great way to preserve it to enjoy all year long. You'll be happy to open a jar later to add flavor to sandwiches, topping to fish, and as a side dish to roasted meats to help balance the richness of the meal. Learn how to make and home can zucchini relish for long-term food storage!
Canning tomatoes when fresh and at peak flavor are a great way to preserve them to enjoy all year in your favorite recipes. Use this recipe for preserving whole or halved tomatoes packed in water and processed in water bath canner for shelf stable jars. Learn how to preserve tomatoes with this step-by-step home canning tutorial.
Dilly beans are a tasty pickled snack or side dish that can be served with almost any meal. They are simple to make and can be preserved in shelf-stable jars by processing in a water bath canner. Visit to learn how to preserve pickled dilly beans with this home canning recipe.