5 Ways to Preserve the Harvest

carrying harvest in crate

Here in Ohio, we’re knee-deep in yellow squash, cucumbers, green beans and all the deliciousness of a summer garden. My family’s sugar peas were some of the best we’ve ever grown, so good it’s tempting to eat them right off the vine (though, we recommend a good washing first). But we did get a little carried away with some of our planting. We have more cucumber plants then family members. And somehow, we always overestimate how many tomatoes we will eat. (Spaghetti sauce, anyone?)

The wonderful part is that there are many ways to preserve the harvest for later enjoyment, long after the warm summer season has disappeared.

Keep reading below to discover five ways to preserve your harvest now. (We even included some helpful resources to get you started.)

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DIY: Start Dehydrating Food with These Simple Tips

diy dehydratingA valuable food preservation method that has been used for generations is dehydration. By removing the moisture from veggies, herbs and meats, it preserves foods for winter consumption. Because minimal heat is used in the process, only a small amount of nutrients are lost (some sources claim about 5%) using this method. Continue reading

DIY: Fermenting Basics to Get You Started

DIY FermentingWelcome to the first post in Lehman’s food preservation series!

The year 2020 brought a bumper crop of new gardeners to the scene, and in 2021, we’re watching for the food preservation trend to gain speed. Both of these skills are tasks many of our great-grandmas were very familiar with, and in reality, we are simply returning to the “old ways” but with the advantage of modern tools and information to get the job done. Lehman’s is committed to helping your revive these valuable skills in your home so that your family is well fed and prepared for whatever may come.

Today’s topic is fermenting. So, pull up a chair and get ready to learn about this age-old food preservation method. Continue reading

The Family Larder: Why It’s Still Important

canned food in jarsLarder may not be a familiar word in our modern times, but it was a very important thing in your great-great grandma’s day. It was the stash of food that families pickled, smoked, salted and preserved for the winter months ahead. A well stocked larder was often essential for survival for the pioneers since many times they lacked the luxury of a grocery store they could frequent if their supply ran short. Continue reading

Canning In A Small Kitchen

Enamelware CannerAt the point when you have (almost) eaten your fill of fresh produce, but still see tomatoes coming off the vine or onto the tables of your local farm stand, it’s probably time to consider putting some up for the cold season. There are no shortage of articles, books, and personal advice on how best to put food by, and I am nary an expert. Rather, I am a mother and a home cook who prefers to use seasonal ingredients year-round. In summer it’s easy to eat seasonally—corn on the cob is a meal in its own right! But when we are deep into February and I have exhausted every potato recipe I know, it pays to have cans of bright red tomatoes tucked away for just such an occasion. If it feels too cumbersome to can tomatoes in the heat of summer, remember: come winter, you will thank you. Continue reading