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Dried Pineapple Zucchini - The Free Range Life. One year my kids gave me a zucchini for my birthday.

Dried Pineapple Zucchini - The Free Range Life

And this wasn’t an ordinary zucchini but the monster of all monster zucchinis. They secretly worked together to keep me away from a particular plant in the garden to see just how big it would grow before my birthday arrived. The Groundfridge: the best solution for off-grid food storage. Nowadays people have become overly dependent on modern appliances and would probably find it hard to imagine that they can refrigerate food and beverages without any electrical power.

The Groundfridge: the best solution for off-grid food storage

Floris Schoonderbeek is a designer and entrepreneur originally from the Netherlands. He developed the Groundfridge which is an underground storage unit under his brand Weltevree. This brand also sells outdoor products such as ovens, hot tubs, and furniture. There is an article published in The Contemporist website which gives more details about the spherically-shaped cooling unit. The whole design was inspired by the root cellar, being isolated underground, where the groundwater provides a cooling effect.

How to Store Veggies Without a Root Cellar - Bonnie Plants. Image courtesy of iStock.

How to Store Veggies Without a Root Cellar - Bonnie Plants

By Julie Martens Forney While your grandmother’s house may have had a root cellar to keep her produce fresh for months, most homes today do not. But you can find similar cool conditions in places around the house where produce will be slow to spoil, lingering in a state of very, very slow ripening. Of course, it’s easiest to store veggies without a root cellar in cooler northern regions. In zones 7 and warmer, you’ll need a refrigerator for long storage of some veggies. Gör grönsakspulver av resterna. Features - Home Canning and Botulism. 33 Canning and Preserving Tips from Experienced Home Canners. Nearly a decade ago, I arrived in my grandparents’ kitchen with a pound of beets, some apple cider vinegar and a craving to learn how to can.

33 Canning and Preserving Tips from Experienced Home Canners

My interest in sustainable food had grown while studying the environmental and health problems of our industrial food system, and had led me to a simple solution: Harvest beets from my organic garden and pickle them in my own kitchen. After a couple of hours with my grandparents, I had safely preserved my ruby gems. The pings of the lids sealing fed my desire to produce healthy food for year-round meals, and to continue the multigenerational tradition of canning and preserving. Newbies often approach home preserving with trepidation and no grandparents to teach them. As long as you follow a recipe and safe canning methods, you’ll be able to preserve all sorts of foods. I turned to our readers, book authors, our editorial team, and, of course, my grandparents, to compile these pro canning tips. Planning Canning Ideas 1. 2. Basic Canning Methods 3. How To Harvest and Preserve Your Garden Herbs. For those of you who grew herbs in your garden this year, you may be wondering what to do with them!

How To Harvest and Preserve Your Garden Herbs

What do you do with that much sage, after all? 13 Root Cellar Alternatives. Healthy News and Information. If you’re like many, a plethora of knowledge which should have been passed down from your grandmother was replaced by the refrigerator and freezer.

Healthy News and Information

These are very recent inventions that most people take for granted nowadays. Now you may be wondering, how did my ancestors preserve a whole winter season worth of frost-intolerant produce? Fyll flaskor och burkar med sommarens sprittande läkekraft! 4 smarta metoder! Så bygger du en enkel jordkällare. Så här gör du: 1.

Så bygger du en enkel jordkällare

Rätt storlek Välj inte en större diameter på cementröret än vad du tror dig kunna fylla upp. I ett alltför stort rör kan det vara svårt att hålla plusgrader när kylan kryper under nollstrecket. 2. Se ut en torr och väldränerad plats i trädgården, gärna nära husets grund, för att ta del av spillvärmen som letar sig ut från grunden. 3. Tänk på att förvaringsutrymmet inte bör vara djupare än 100-120 cm. 4. När du väljer lock behöver du hitta ett skydd som inte bara skyddar från nederbörd uppifrån. 5. När allt är på plats är det bara att fylla upp förvaringsröret med trädgårdens godsaker. Bortsett från ren vinterförvaring kan du också använda cementröret som extraförvaring under sommaren. Nyhetsbrev från Över 26.000 läsare! När jag fyller i formuläret godkänner jag LRF Medias regler om lagring av uppgifter. Everything You Need to Know About Storing the Food You Grew. Preservation Guide: How to Freeze Herbs.

Cut Off Long Stems The little stems between the leaves are fine to chop up.

Preservation Guide: How to Freeze Herbs

Chop With A Mezzaluna If you have one of these handy chopping devices, chopping fresh herbs is all that much easier, but a regular chopping knife will work just as well. Spoon Into An Ice Cube Tray Once everything is chopped up, spoon the herbs into an ice cube tray, making sure to distribute evenly. Pack them in pretty tightly. Top Off The Tray With Water Pour the water in slowly. Too much water pressure has the tendency to send your chopped herbs all over the place. Put The Cubes In A Freezer Bag After the cubes are frozen, pop them out of the tray and stash them in a freezer bag to keep them tasting their freshest. 10 Easy Ways To Preserve Herbs. Enjoying a big bounty of herbs from the garden this year?

10 Easy Ways To Preserve Herbs

Fresh is best when it comes to cooking with them, but here are ten easy ways you can preserve them for year-round use (along with a nifty tip at the bottom of the page for crushing them fast). Air/Hang Dry Method: If you have the space and the time, you can tie small bunches together (about 4 or 5 cleaned stems) and hang them upside down in a dark, warm, well ventilated area. The drying time is about 2 to 4 weeks – you want the leaves to be crispy and easily crumble between your fingers before you pack them for storage. If space is tight, here’s a clever project you can make using old frames, fiberglass screens, chain and S hooks (for hanging in tiers): Hanging Frames Tutorial.Oven: Arrange cleaned stems in a single layer on a cookie sheet with temperature set at 180° F. Heat for about 4 hours, keeping the oven door open the entire time (to let moisture escape). *First published December 19, 2006. 13 Things To Know Before You Dehydrate Food. Garden Crops: Cold Storage Ideas & Root Cellar Tips.

Growing your own food can be very rewarding, especially during the summer months when veggies can be washed, cooked and on the table the very same day they’re picked (nothing fresher than that!).

Garden Crops: Cold Storage Ideas & Root Cellar Tips

If you plan ahead and plant more than your family and friends can consume during the growing season, you can still enjoy your bumper crop over the long, cold winter months. First up, how much to store? Here’s a general guideline for a family of 4…(Source: Apples: 5 bushels Carrots: 40 to 60 pounds Cabbage: green, 20 heads; red, 10 heads Beets: 20 pounds Celeriac: (celery root, use instead of celery) 10 to 20 heads Leeks: 40 plants Potatoes: 100 pounds or more Jerusalem artichoke: 10 pounds Onions: 40 pounds Garlic: 10 to 20 pounds Winter radish: 10 Parsnip: 20 pounds Squash: 40 ‘Delicata’ and 30 pounds butternut Pumpkin: 5 to 10 Turnip and rutabaga: 10 or more Next are several projects and tips for both indoor and outdoor storage. Food Storage: 20 Crops That Keep and How to Store Them.

Related Content Fresh Storage of Produce For the past few years, we've experimented with different ways of storing food fresh and now we're e... Here in southwest Virginia, my partner and I take pride in growing and storing most of our fruits and vegetables. Knowing where our food comes from gives us confidence in its goodness, plus we save about $5,000 a year through our gardening and food storage efforts. There is another benefit, which is the utter convenience of having a self-provisioned home.