How to Store Fall Vegetables for Winter Meals


Jars of Canned Vegetables

You can enjoy your favorite fall vegetables and herbs year round if you know how to preserve them properly. Vegetables can be canned at home following the USDA's clear, helpful instructions on home canning; alternatively, you can store certain vegetables in your freezer, refrigerator or underground root cellar.

Pickling fall vegetables is yet another good way to preserver your vegetables year round. It is not hard to pickle one particular vegetable or fruit or a combination of various vegetables or fruits. What is more, you can easily buy the supplies you need for this at a local brick and mortar store or online.

To start, sterilize your clean jars and sealing lids in a pot of boiling water. Remove these items with sterilized tongs when they are ready. Next, dice up the vegetables you intend to pickle and start boiling your pickle marinade liquid. Once the liquid has begun to boil, place the vegetables inside, pushing them down with a spoon as they rise to the top. Remove the pot from the stove once the vegetables have boiled for about three minutes.

Use a skimmer spoon to scoop the vegetables from the liquid and place them into your sterilized jars. Once you have done so, add some marinade liquid, seal the jars and store them in a cool, dark place. Your pickled vegetables will be ready to eat in a couple of weeks.

Eating fruit and vegetables year round provides your body with the nutrition it needs and helps you to stay in shape. While it may take time to pickle, can or find appropriate storage space for your fall vegetables, it is more than worth the effort as your fall vegetables will add variety and important nutrients to your diet throughout the cold winter months.

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