If you are trying to make do, summer/fall is an important time of year. Now is the time to visit your local growers, including farmer’s markets, orchards and pick-your-own places. Proverbs 10:5 reads “He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.” Tomatoes, zucchini, peaches, apples, beans and many other fruits and vegetables are ripening.
If you want to save money, visit your local growers, and learn how to preserve the bountiful harvest that is available now, but soon will be gone. We enjoy dried apples all winter long. Canned tomato sauce is a welcome addition to many wintertime meals including lasagna and spaghetti. Frozen corn is one of our favorite vegetables to enjoy when the snow is flying. If you can or dry your food it takes no additional energy to keep it preserved. Freezing food means keeping a freezer running all winter but is often easier to do.
A simple way to preserve spices from the garden is to freeze them in ice cube trays. For instance you pick the basil and rinse the leaves with cold water. Place an empty ice cube tray on the table and cut the leaves up with a scissors above the tray and allowing the small pieces to fall into the tray. When you have cut up all the leaves or the tray is full, cover the pieces with water and freeze it. Dispose of the stems. When the cubes are frozen solid, remove them from the tray and place them in a marked bag. Immediately replace them in the freezer. In the winter when you need the basil, take the one or two cubes out of the bag and place them into your soup or sauce.
Harvest is a very important time for people that are trying to make do. Be diligent. Preserve as much fruits and vegetables as your family needs to make it through the winter and a little extra to help others or for gifts.