Using Excess Garden Produce from Your Summer Garden

Sometimes the garden can put out more food than you know what to do with. Find ways for using your excess garden produce from your summer garden here. 

Sometimes the garden can put out more food than you know what to do with. Find ways for using your excess garden produce from your summer garden here. 

Knowing what to do with excess produce from the garden is a great skill to have. There are so many things you can do with the extra produce such as canning, dehydrating, freezing, and so much more. And finding new recipes to use for your harvest surplus is great too.

Using excess garden produce from your summer garden

Learning to grow great amounts of fruits and vegetables is a wonderful self-sufficiency skill. You can feed yourself and those around you in any circumstances if you can learn to grow food. But some plants and under some conditions can put out so much produce you don’t know what you’ll ever do with so much food.

tomato vines loaded with tomatoes

What plants can grow a glut of food that is hard to use up? Tomatoes, especially determinate varieties that put off all of their harvest around the same time can overwhelm with a big excess tomato crop. Okra produces like mad in the hot months of the summer. This can give you a ton of excess okra to figure out what to do with. Bean plants can produce an overwhelming amount of excess green beans all at once.

okra piled on the table fresh from the garden



Garden harvest

Fruit trees usually ripen all of their harvest in a short amount of time as well. This can give you excess apples or excess peaches or other fruits to preserve for later. Bushes and plants like strawberries and blueberries can as well.

Hot peppers can sometimes produce in infinite amount of product, but they are one of those things that is super tough to use up in bulk. You can’t just eat a plate of excess hot peppers to use them up. Or at least I can’t. I love to dry, and freeze them to use in small amounts. Herbs can be overwhelming in the summer as well. I love having fresh herbs year-round, but how can I make sure I always have that fresh taste?

dried herbs hanging in the window

What about excess cucumbers? Is there really a way to save them for later that is actually good? Another great garden harvest producer is sweet potatoes. Many people don’t know what to do with a bunch of excess sweet potatoes. They store well for several months, but if you have enough to eat year-round, how can you keep them delicious?

Garden fresh produce

Eating food fresh from the garden is my favorite way to enjoy it, but we can’t always consume everything while it’s fresh, so we need to learn the best ways to store it that makes it last the longest. There’s nothing I hate worse than wasting food.

Greens are something I like in small quantities, so I love to preserve them for later use. But how do you store a bunch of excess greens so they are easiest to use throughout the winter or non-gardening season? I love to make green powder to hide in my daycare kid’s food. Sprinkle it on and it looks like herbs they are used to and you can’t taste it. This is a great way to add nutrients to your family’s food without them having to eat things they really don’t like. There are so many other ways you can preserve greens so check them on by clicking on the highlighted link above.

 

Vegetable storage

Vegetable storage is an important skill to learn. This will help you have better quality produce to enjoy for longer. For instance, tomatoes should NEVER be refrigerated. It ruins the texture and gives them a sour flavor. Garlic and onions don’t belong in the fridge either or sweet potatoes.

Carrots, onions, and potatoes last longest if they are stored not touching is a cool but not cold environment. Root cellars are perfect for them.

Find out more about how to store fruits and vegetables to get the most life out of them here.

How to preserve food

For more information on how to preserve food, check out these articles. Beginning guide to canning, how to freeze fruits and vegetables, dehydrating food, and drying food without a dehydrator.

I hope these articles will help you get the very most out of your garden produce this year and for years to come.

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Sometimes the garden can put out more food than you know what to do with. Find ways for using your excess garden produce from your summer garden here. 

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