Can It! Great Ways to Put Up Your Crops

From drying to freezing to canning, find ways to preserve your harvest.

It's that time of the year for many of us: time to literally reap but we've sown. My garden is cranking out tomatoes and peppers with a vengeance and okra is on the way.

Low acid tomato sauce needs a boost of acid to be considered safe for water bath canning.

Low acid tomato sauce needs a boost of acid to be considered safe for water bath canning.

Low acid tomato sauce needs a boost of acid to be considered safe for water bath canning.

Jarden Home Brands (you know them for their iconic Mason jars) recently released some interesting statistics after surveying over 500 growers of various ages about their gardening habits. For instance, they found that, not suprisingly, top gardener picks for growing are:

  • Vegetables 86%
  • Flowers 86%
  • Herbs 60%
  • Fruit 50%

The survey found that ghost, habanero and purple bell peppers were some of the more unusual picks for home gardens, but that—this is a bit of a surprise—millennials are more interested in canning than older gardeners. So hand over that Mason jar, Nana, because we're about to put up some kohlrabi!

While I don't have quite enough of a harvest to can, there are plenty of ways to use, for instance, a surplus of tomatoes, in sauces and salsas and other recipes that use up a lot of produce quickly.

But for those with more than they can handle, check out your endless options for putting your garden harvest to good use or even sharing it with friends and family (it's never too early to start thinking about the holidays, after all).

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