How Does Your Garden Grow?
It’s the gardener’s favorite time of year; Harvest Season! Not to mention its Raw Foodist’s favorite time of year with all the plentiful fresh foods in season and most likely on sale depending on where you shop. Farmer’s Markets are in full swing and have a surplus of food just waiting to be snagged by us! It is time to take FULL advantage of all the fresh veggies and herbs in abundance around us; especially before old man winter comes knocking!
We encourage you to check out your local farmers markets as much as you can right now; this is the time when the Best selections are available and most gardeners and farmers have so much they don’t know what to do with it all; so you’ll also probably be getting it for a bargain price as well.
We really wanna know what kinds of veggies and herbs you like to grow in your own home garden; and
What do you do with your surplus to keep it over the winter?
Do you freeze it? Dehydrate it? We wanna know!
Drying Fresh Herbs:
You can hang fresh herbs to dry them out: Not all herbs can be dried this way, but many can (such as rosemary, tarragon, basil, oregano, peppermint, catnip, etc)
Most fresh herbs, such as tarragon, should be cut at the base of the stalk, and hung upside down in an open area to dry. In a few days, your herbs should have completely dried out, and you can either crush them into a container or leave them hanging in a bunch in your kitchen for decoration.
Some people have also suggested covering the herb bundle with a paper bag with a few wholes poked in it. I have tried both and have found that in my home it didn’t really make much of a difference if I used a paper bag or not.
Ideas For Freezing:
Here’s a Tip:
I like to chop up fresh raw garlic and put it in little ice cube trays with a VERY small amount of olive oil and freeze them; Not only does it keep the garden grown garlic fresh over time but it also saves on cooking/ preparation time in the kitchen! I just pop a garlic ice cube out of my freezer whenever I need it and its already chopped and ready to go.
There are a variety of garden fresh veggies and herbs that can be frozen, depending on what you want to do with them. In the past I have taken fresh kale or spinach and blended it with a little water and froze it in small portions to use in the future for my green drinks.
We’d also love to hear from you your favorite recipes for your garden harvest. Do you have a favorite pesto recipe for all your basil? Or perhaps a tomato sauce recipe?
Send in your recipes!
WE REALLY WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!
Let us know what you like to grow in your garden
AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU LIKE TO DO WITH YOUR SURPLUS VEGGIES AND HERBS!