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I was at the Farmer’s Market this morning just blown away by all the fresh produce and I thought this would be a great time for a post on home preserving.
As the colder weather starts to move in, home preserving is a great way for us in the Ann Arbor area to store something tasty for a snowy winter’s day.
And apparently, there are lots of folks taking up home preserving out there. I recently heard that canning supply sales are up 40% at the Ace Hardware store on Stadium.
So here’s a rundown of where to go and what to do related to home preserving in Ann Arbor. I hope this post becomes a place for others to share what they know as well.
If you want to buy canning books, Downtown Home and Garden has a great selection.
Good things to can this time of year
Apple Chutney is also a great thing to make this time of year. I like adding chutney to a wrap filled with grilled onions, peppers, cheese and some form of protein (seitan, chicken, or otherwise). And what’s great about this dish is that all of the items can be purchased locally.
Pickled peppers are also a favorite of mine, as well as salsa and tomato sauce.
Good things to Freeze this time of year
With all of the great pumpkins and squash at this time of year, nothing is better than making up a batch of roast pumpkin soup to freeze for later. Or just freeze some pumpkin or winter squash puree for sauces, to add to pesto, etc. during the winter.
Also try grabbing some greens, onions and garlic from the Farmer’s Market, beans, stock and protein from the Co-op, and make up a batch of soup for now and to freeze for later.
You can also slice up peppers, set them on trays to freeze in the freezer, and then store them in freezer bags to use in dishes later in the year.
Think home preserving is too much work? Well, just think of this. You come home on a blustery January evening, open the freezer, take out a bag of pasta sauce, thaw it on the stove and cook some pasta. And you’ve got a great, local meal in about 30 minutes. That’s what I love about preserving. Another idea is to hold your own home preserving party to help spread out the work among friends.
Please share your thoughts on home preserving in Ann Arbor.
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