Preserving without a Garden

Not everyone has a garden. Space can be a limitation as can time or energy. Does that mean preserving fresh produce is out of the picture?

Certainly not!


Prepping a few pounds of Jonagold apples that were on sale at Fairway. These beauties are going to make some fantastic dried snacks!

Even if you have a garden, it doesn’t mean you have easy access for what you need for some recipes. (Marmalade, anyone? As much as my husband and I may wish it, oranges are not native to Iowa. But they do go on sale!)

One great way to preserve is to shop seasonal and local. For instance, during the fall, apples often go on sale for less that a dollar a pound in many stores in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Local orchards may also host deals towards the end of the season. It’s easy to find fresh, economical produce with a little know-how.  Invest in bulk, and you can preserve to your heart’s content and feed yourself, your friends, and your family wholesome produce any time of the year!

Check out this link where you can search for orchards in Iowa: Click Here.

Whether you freeze, dry, or bake apples, here’s a handy tip to keep them fresh.

Crush 1 Vitamin C tablet per every 4 cups of water. Soak the chopped apples no longer than 30 minutes. Use, preserve or freeze after draining. (Lemon juice is a good substitute at well. Anything with citric acid keeps apples from browning.)

Do you have a favorite preserving recipe that uses store bought produce? (Mine is marmalade!)


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