Preserving Fruits and Vegetables

Preserving Fruits and Vegetables

Preserving Fruits and Vegetables

PRESERVING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

In this blog series, we embark on a journey back to our roots, embracing the wisdom passed down through generations, my parents, Harry and Rosalie Espe, and rediscovering the art of preserving nature’s seasonal treasures. Canning and preserving not only allows us to savor the vibrant flavors of freshly harvested vegetables year-round but also empowers us to nourish our bodies with wholesome, chemical-free delights.

Living in beautiful Upstate New York meant being surrounded by an abundance of fresh, homegrown produce during the harvest season. While enjoying the seasonal bounty is a delightful experience, it’s essential to make the most of it by preserving the flavors and nutrition of the vegetables for year-round enjoyment. Canning and freezing vegetables were a staple in our house. My Dad grew up to 6 gardens each year. He would start his seeds in a handmade hotbed that was beautifully engineered. He then planted those plants in beautifully straight rows in his garden. Often, people would pull off the road to look at his garden. It was truly a work of art. We lived with the principle of food preservation that would allow you to savor the taste of summer long after the growing season has passed. We truly lived off the land.

Transforming farm-fresh vegetables into jars of healthful goodness is magic. Being able to have a taste of summer in the winter is such a blessing. I will share the most coveted recipe from my Mom and Dad, Rosie and Harry’s Homemade Pickles. (see handwritten recipe below in my Mom’s writing)
Friends and family can tell you, these were the very best. It is important to note, there is a lot of sugar and salt used in this recipe. Feel free to make this your own by using alternative ingredients. I plan to adjust 😄 I have listed some basic information if this is all new to you. Feel free to scroll if this is second nature to you.

Why Preserving Fruits and Vegetables?

Preserving fruits and vegetables through canning and freezing offers several advantages. First and foremost, it allows you to extend the shelf life of fresh produce, preventing spoilage and reducing food waste. It also enables you to enjoy the nutritional benefits of garden-fresh vegetables even during the winter months. Additionally, by preserving your own vegetables, you have control over the ingredients, ensuring a healthier and more sustainable food source for your family.

Canning Vegetables:

Canning vegetables is a time-tested method of preservation that involves heating food in jars to kill bacteria and other microorganisms, creating a sealed and shelf-stable product. Choose a cool dark place to store your treasures. We kept them in our basement. Beautifully lined shelves of Jams, Sauces, and Vegetables, were a visual thing of beauty.

Here are the key steps to canning fruits and vegetables:

  • Prepare the fruits and vegetables: Start with fresh, high-quality vegetables. Wash, peel, and chop them as needed, removing any blemishes or tough parts.
  • Choose a canning method: There are two common canning methods: water bath canning and pressure canning. Water bath canning is suitable for high-acid vegetables like tomatoes, while low-acid vegetables like green beans and corn require pressure canning.
    Sterilize jars and lids: Clean and sterilize canning jars and lids by boiling them in water or using a dishwasher. This ensures a safe and sanitary environment for your preserved vegetables.
  • Pack the jars: Fill the sterilized jars with prepared fruits or vegetables, leaving appropriate headspace according to the canning recipe. Add any desired seasonings or brines.
  • Process the jars: Follow the recommended processing time and temperature for your specific vegetables and canning method. This step ensures the preservation of vegetables and creates a proper seal.

Freezing Vegetables:

Freezing vegetables is another popular method of preservation that preserves the texture, color, and nutritional value of the produce.

Here are the key steps to freezing vegetables:

  • Blanch the vegetables: Blanching involves briefly boiling the vegetables, then immediately cooling them in ice water. Blanching helps preserve the vegetables’ color, texture, and nutrients.
  • Package for freezing: Drain the blanched vegetables and pat them dry. Package them in freezer-safe containers or freezer bags, removing as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
  • Label and freeze: Label each package with the vegetable type and date of freezing. Place the packages in the freezer, ensuring they are stored in a flat position for efficient use of space.

Tips for Successful Preservation:

Choose fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables at their peak ripeness for the best flavor and nutritional value. This is the most important part of this whole process. 

  • Properly sterilize canning jars and lids to ensure food safety.
  • Use appropriate equipment, such as a pressure canner for low-acid vegetables, to ensure proper processing.
  • Label all preserved vegetables with the name and date to keep track of storage times and maintain optimal quality.

Whether you choose to can or freeze your fruits and vegetables, these preservation methods offer practical solutions for extending the enjoyment of seasonal produce. So, roll up your sleeves, embrace the abundance of the harvest, and embark on the satisfying journey of preserving your own vegetables. With careful planning and proper techniques, you can create a pantry stocked with flavorful, nutritious, and homegrown delights that will warm your kitchen and nourish your body during the cold winter months.

DID YOU KNOW?
Eating pickles, particularly those made through the process of fermentation, offer several health benefits:

  • Probiotic Boost: Fermented pickles are rich in beneficial bacteria, often referred to as probiotics. These probiotics help support a healthy gut microbiome, promoting digestion and aiding in nutrient absorption. Consuming pickles can contribute to balanced gut flora and overall digestive well-being.
  • Improved Digestion: The fermentation process involved in making pickles can increase the bioavailability of nutrients, making them easier for your body to digest and absorb. The enzymes produced during fermentation can aid in breaking down food and supporting optimal digestion.
  • Source of Antioxidants: Pickles, especially those made from cucumbers, are a source of antioxidants like vitamin C and other beneficial plant compounds. Antioxidants help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases and supporting overall health.
  • Hydration Support: Pickles made with salt and water can contribute to hydration due to their electrolyte content. Electrolytes help maintain proper fluid balance in the body, making pickles a hydrating snack, especially in hot weather or during physical activity.
  • Potential Blood Sugar Regulation: Some research suggests that consuming fermented pickles may have a positive impact on blood sugar levels. The fermentation process can lower the glycemic index of foods, potentially leading to more stable blood sugar levels after consumption.
  • Low-Calorie Snack Option: Pickles can be a satisfying and low-calorie snack choice, especially when compared to other processed snacks. They are generally low in calories but still offer a burst of flavor, which can help curb cravings and promote healthier snacking habits.
  • Source of Vitamin K: Pickles made from cucumbers often contain vitamin K, a nutrient that plays a vital role in blood clotting and bone health. Including pickles in your diet can contribute to meeting your vitamin K needs.
  • Flavorful Addition to Meals: Pickles add a tangy and refreshing flavor to dishes, enhancing their taste. They can be used as toppings for sandwiches, added to salads, or enjoyed as a side dish alongside various meals, providing an exciting and flavorful element to your culinary creations.

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Natural Bug Repellents

Natural Bug Repellents

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Natural Bug Repellents: Enjoying the Outdoors Without Harmful Chemicals

As the warm weather of summer beckons us to spend more time in nature, pesky bugs can sometimes spoil our outdoor adventures. You don’t have to resort to chemical-laden repellents to ward off insects. Nature provides us with a range of effective natural bug repellents that allow us to enjoy the outdoors without exposing ourselves to harmful substances. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of natural bug repellents and discover effective alternatives that keep bugs at bay while keeping our bodies and the environment safe.

Irish Spring: A Surprising Natural Bug Repellent for Outdoor Adventures

Known for its refreshing scent and cleansing properties, Irish Spring has been found to have a surprising ability to repel certain insects. Irish Spring contains several ingredients that may contribute to its insect-repelling abilities. One of the key ingredients is the fragrance, which combines essential oils like lavender, geranium, and citrus. These scents deter insects such as mosquitoes and flies due to their strong odor. Furthermore, Irish Spring contains ingredients like sodium tallowate and sodium palmate derived from animal fats and vegetable oils. While the exact mechanisms behind their insect-repelling properties are not fully understood, it is believed that the unique combination of fragrance and soap composition creates an environment that insects find unfavorable. Irish Spring offers a natural, inexpensive, and accessible option that can be incorporated into your outdoor adventures. This is something I discovered this summer. My husband is a magnet to mosquitos. I read earlier this year about Irish Spring’s natural repellent properties. I took the bar of soap and shaved it using a vegetable peeler. I walked the perimeter of the space and then left the bar on the table we were sitting at. Success! Not a one. This lasted about a week. I will try the method of hanging the soap next. I am going to use some netting that limes and lemons come in and hang it in the tree above our outdoor living space to see if that is as effective. 

  • Use in the Shower – widely used men’s scent
  • Hang the bar soap in your outside living space (Be sure to put it in a sealed container while not in use)
  • Shave the soap with a vegetable peeler and sprinkle it around the parameter of your space (behind furniture, pillows, etc)

Essential Oils:
Various essential oils possess insect bug repellent properties. Some popular options include lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass, and tea tree oil. Create a natural bug spray by diluting these essential oils in water or carrier oil. Not only will they repel insects, but they also put pleasant aromas into your space.

Herbal Repellent Plants:
Many plants naturally repel insects due to their strong scents or chemical compounds. Consider planting repellent plants such as marigolds, catnip, rosemary, basil, and mint in your garden or keeping potted versions near outdoor seating areas. These plants not only beautify your space but also deter bugs.

It is important to note that Neem Oil is another natural bug repellant, however, the smell is not something I can recommend.

Spending time outdoors should not be hindered by bothersome bugs, nor should it require exposure to harmful chemicals. By embracing natural bug repellents, you can ward off insects effectively while keeping yourself and the environment safe.

Embrace the power of nature and savor the beauty of the outdoors without the worry of pesky insects.

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Healing Foods of Summer: Nutritional Delights for Wellness

Healing Foods of Summer: Nutritional Delights for Wellness

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THE HEALING FOODS OF SUMMER
“Discover the Healing Foods of Summer: Boost Your Health Naturally!”

Summer brings with it an abundance of fresh and vibrant produce that not only tantalizes our taste buds but also nourishes our bodies. From succulent fruits to crisp vegetables, the season offers an array of healing foods that promote wellness and vitality. In this blog post, we will explore the nutritional delights of summer and how they can contribute to your overall health. So, let’s dive into the world of healing foods and discover the benefits they bring to your well-being.

Berries:
Berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. These colorful gems protect against oxidative stress, support cardiovascular health, and promote healthy digestion.
Add them to smoothies, salads, or enjoy them as a refreshing snack.

Watermelon:
Juicy and hydrating, watermelon is a quintessential summer fruit that boasts an impressive nutrient profile. It’s rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Watermelon also contains high levels of vitamins A and C, which support immune function and promote healthy skin. Enjoy it chilled or blend it into a refreshing watermelon cooler.

Leafy Greens:
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy an abundance of leafy greens like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard. These nutrient-dense greens are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They support detoxification, promote healthy digestion, and boost energy levels. Incorporate them into salads, smoothies, or sauté them as a side dish.

Tomatoes:
Tomatoes are not only a versatile ingredient but also a nutritional superstar. They are rich in lycopene, vitamin C, and potassium. Lycopene has been linked to reducing the risk of certain cancers, while vitamin C supports immune function and collagen production. Enjoy fresh tomatoes in salads, make a gazpacho, or add them to your favorite dishes.

Cucumbers:
Cooling and refreshing, cucumbers are excellent for hydration during hot summer days. They are rich in water content and provide essential electrolytes like potassium. Cucumbers also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that promote healthy skin and aid in digestion. Slice them up for salads or make a refreshing cucumber-infused water. See Our Preserving Vegetables Blog for Pickle Recipes.

Herbs:
Take advantage of the bountiful summer herbs like basil, mint, cilantro, and parsley. These aromatic herbs not only enhance the flavor of your dishes but also offer numerous health benefits. Basil supports digestion, mint aids in soothing the stomach, cilantro helps remove heavy metals from the body, and parsley is rich in vitamins and minerals. Use them in salads, dressings, or make flavorful herb-infused oils.

Bell Peppers:
Colorful bell peppers are not only visually appealing but also a nutritional powerhouse. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins A and C, and fiber. Bell peppers support eye health, boost the immune system, and have anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy them raw in salads, grill them for a flavorful side dish, or stuff them with nutritious fillings.

Summer Squash:
Zucchini, yellow squash, and other summer varieties are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes a healthy gut. Summer squash can be sautéed, roasted, or used as a substitute for pasta in healthy veggie-based dishes.

Embrace the vibrant and nutritious foods of summer to support your well-being. Incorporating healing foods like berries, watermelon, leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, bell peppers, and summer squash into your diet can provide a range of health benefits. These nutritional delights offer a delicious way to nourish your body, boost your immune system, and promote overall wellness. So, head to your local farmers’ market or grow your own garden to enjoy the bounty of summer and experience the healing power of nature’s harvest. With the abundance of nature’s healing foods at our disposal, this summer is the perfect time to embark on a journey of holistic wellness and vibrant health.
Fill your plates with the colors of the season and enjoy the gifts of nature’s healing touch! 🌞🍉🌿

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Summer Detox: Cleanse and Rejuvenate with Nature’s Gifts

Summer Detox: Cleanse and Rejuvenate with Nature’s Gifts

Summer Detox: Cleanse and Rejuvenate with Nature's Gifts

Summer Detox: Cleanse and Rejuvenate with Nature’s Gifts

With the arrival of summer, it’s the perfect time to embrace the beauty of nature and revitalize your body and mind. The warm weather and abundance of fresh produce offer an excellent opportunity for a summer detox. By harnessing the power of nature’s gifts, you can cleanse your body, boost your energy levels, and rejuvenate from within. In this blog post, we will explore how you can embark on a summer detox journey, using natural remedies and wholesome foods to promote overall wellness.

Hydrate with Infused Water:
Start your summer detox by hydrating your body with infused water. Simply add slices of fresh fruits like lemon, cucumber, or mint leaves to a pitcher of water. These infused waters not only provide a refreshing taste but also offer vitamins, antioxidants, and hydration that promote detoxification and help flush out toxins.

Include Detoxifying Herbs:
Incorporate detoxifying herbs into your diet to support your body’s natural cleansing processes. Herbs like dandelion root, burdock root, and milk thistle aid in liver detoxification and promote healthy digestion. Enjoy them as herbal teas or add them to your meals for a cleansing boost.

Embrace Fresh and Raw Foods:
Summer is the season of abundant fresh produce, making it easier to incorporate raw and nutrient-rich foods into your detox plan. Load up on colorful fruits and vegetables like berries, watermelon, leafy greens, and cucumbers. These foods are high in fiber, antioxidants, and enzymes that support digestion and detoxification. Check out your local farmer’s markets

Prioritize Green Smoothies:
Kickstart your mornings with a nourishing green smoothie. Blend together leafy greens like spinach or kale with fruits, such as pineapple, mango, or banana. Add a tablespoon of chia seeds or flaxseeds for added fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Green smoothies provide a powerful combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to fuel your detox journey.

Sweat it Out:
Take advantage of the sunny weather and engage in activities that make you sweat. Whether it’s a vigorous workout, a hike in nature, or a rejuvenating yoga session, sweating helps eliminate toxins through your skin. Remember to stay hydrated and replenish your electrolytes with natural beverages like coconut water.

Try Dry Brushing:
Incorporate dry brushing into your daily self-care routine. Before showering, use a natural bristle brush to gently exfoliate your skin in circular motions, starting from your feet and moving upward. Dry brushing stimulates the lymphatic system, improves blood circulation, and helps remove dead skin cells, promoting detoxification and leaving your skin glowing.

Practice Mindful Eating:
During your summer detox, cultivate a mindful eating practice. Slow down and savor each bite, paying attention to the flavors and textures of your food. Chew thoroughly and avoid distractions like screens or eating on the go. Mindful eating allows you to connect with your body’s cues, promote digestion, and prevent overeating.

Herbal Teas for Detoxification:
Incorporate herbal teas known for their detoxifying properties. Nettle tea supports kidney function, while ginger tea aids digestion and reduces inflammation. Sip on herbal teas throughout the day to stay hydrated and support your body’s detoxification processes.

Journal and Reflect:
Take time for self-reflection during your summer detox. Journaling allows you to explore your thoughts, emotions, and intentions during this transformative process. Write down your goals, experiences, and any insights gained along the way. This practice can help deepen your connection with yourself and enhance your overall well-being.

Embrace the beauty of summer and embark on a detox journey that harnesses the power of nature’s gifts. By hydrating with infused water, incorporating detoxifying herbs, enjoying fresh and raw foods, and engaging in mindful practices, you can cleanse and rejuvenate your body and mind. Remember, a summer detox is not about restrictive diets but rather embracing wholesome, nourishing foods and holistic self-care practices. Listen to your body, honor your needs, and let nature’s gifts support your journey to wellness and vitality.

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10 Healing Herbs to Embrace This Summer

10 Healing Herbs to Embrace This Summer

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10 Healing Herbs to Embrace This Summer

As the warm and vibrant days of summer approach, nature blesses us with an abundance of healing herbs that can enhance our well-being. From soothing sunburns to boosting our immune system, these natural remedies are not only effective but also readily available. In this blog post, we will explore 10 healing herbs to embrace this summer and discover their remarkable health benefits.

Aloe Vera:
Known as the “plant of immortality,” aloe vera is a must-have herb for summer. Its gel is a soothing remedy for sunburns, insect bites, and minor skin irritations. Applying aloe vera gel helps cool and heal the skin while reducing inflammation.

Peppermint:
Peppermint is a refreshing herb that offers multiple health benefits. Its cooling properties make it ideal for relieving headaches and soothing digestive issues like bloating and indigestion. Enjoy a cup of peppermint tea or use its essential oil for a revitalizing and uplifting experience.

Lavender:
Famous for its calming aroma, lavender is a versatile herb that promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety. Its essential oil can be used in aromatherapy, added to bathwater, or applied topically for soothing sunburns and insect bites.

Chamomile:
Chamomile is a gentle herb known for its calming and sedative effects. Sip on chamomile tea to relax and unwind after a long day. It also helps alleviate digestive discomfort and promotes better sleep quality.

Calendula:
Calendula, also called marigold, is a vibrant flower with potent healing properties. Its petals are often used in ointments, creams, or infused oils to soothe and heal skin irritations, cuts, and minor wounds. Calendula is a true ally for your skin during the summer months.

Lemon Balm:
Lemon balm, with its citrusy scent, uplifts the spirits and aids in stress reduction. It also possesses antiviral properties, making it a great herb to combat cold sores and other viral infections. Enjoy it as a tea or use its leaves in homemade salves and balms.

Rosemary:
Rosemary not only adds flavor to your culinary dishes but also offers several health benefits. It supports cognitive function, improves digestion, and has antioxidant properties. Its uplifting aroma makes it a perfect addition to natural bug repellents.

Echinacea:
Echinacea is a powerful herb that strengthens the immune system. It helps combat common summer ailments like colds, sore throats, and respiratory infections. Consider taking echinacea supplements or drinking herbal teas containing this herb to boost your natural defenses.

St. John’s Wort:
St. John’s Wort is known for its mood-enhancing properties, making it a valuable herb for managing symptoms of mild depression and anxiety. However, consult with a healthcare professional before using it, as it may interact with certain medications.

Yarrow:
Yarrow is a versatile herb that aids in wound healing and acts as a natural styptic, helping to stop bleeding. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a compress for bruises, sprains, and muscle aches.

This summer, embrace the healing power of nature by incorporating these 10 herbs into your daily life. From soothing sunburns and promoting relaxation to boosting your immune system and enhancing your well-being, these herbs offer a natural approach to healing and maintaining optimal health. Remember to consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are on medications. Embrace the wonders of nature and experience the transformative benefits of these healing herbs this summer.

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Sun-Kissed Skincare

Sun-Kissed Skincare

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Sun-Kissed Skincare: Protect and Nourish Your Skin Naturally

Ah, summer! The season of sunshine, beach days, and that irresistible sun-kissed glow. But let’s face it, while we all love basking in the warm rays, our skin needs a little extra TLC during this sun-soaked time. Fear not, my fellow sun-worshippers! In this article, we’ll dive into the world of sun-kissed skincare and explore delightful ways to protect and nourish our skin naturally, so we can rock that summer radiance with confidence. Get ready to glow and let your skin shine like the star it is!

Show the Sun Who’s Boss: Sunscreen Superpowers!
Who says you can’t have fun while protecting your skin? Discover the superhero powers of natural sunscreens that shield your skin from harmful UV rays without the greasy, ghostly residue. Let’s slather on the SPF and show the sun who’s boss!

Hydration Station: Sip, Sip, Hooray!
Summer heat can be a real dehydrator for our skin, but we’re not going to let that happen! Explore delicious and refreshing ways to keep your skin hydrated, from sipping on watermelon-infused water to indulging in hydrating fruits like juicy cucumbers and succulent oranges. Cheers to hydrated and happy skin!

Glow-Boosting Goodies: DIY Face Masks and Body Scrubs
It’s time to whip up some magic in the kitchen! Uncover the secret ingredients hiding in your pantry that can transform your skincare routine. From avocado face masks to coconut oil body scrubs, get ready for a homemade spa experience that will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and radiantly glowing.

Stay Shady, Stay Cool: Fashionably Fabulous Sun Protection
Fashionistas, listen up! Let’s turn sun protection into a fabulous fashion statement. Discover trendy wide-brimmed hats, stylish sunglasses, and flowy cover-ups that not only shield you from the sun but also make heads turn. You’ll be the coolest (and most sun-smart) fashion icon at the beach!

After-Sun Soothers: Calming Care for Sun-Kissed Skin
Oops, got a little too much sun? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Explore natural remedies to calm and soothe sun-kissed skin, from aloe vera gel to cooling cucumber slices. Embrace the healing powers of nature and give your skin the TLC it deserves.

Eat Your Way to Radiance: Nutrient-Rich Foods for Glowing Skin
Who knew that glowing skin could be so delicious? Discover a rainbow of fruits and vegetables bursting with antioxidants and essential nutrients that promote healthy skin from the inside out. Get ready to feast on nature’s beauty buffet!

Summer is all about embracing the sun-kissed life while taking care of our precious skin. With the power of natural skincare, you can protect, nourish, and enhance your summer radiance while having a ton of fun along the way. So, slather on that sunscreen, sip your way to hydration, indulge in DIY beauty treats, rock your sun-smart style, soothe your sun-kissed skin, and nourish your body from the inside out.

Let your skin shine with confidence and enjoy the sun-drenched days of summer like the glowing superstar you are!

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