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Day 18 – Expert Tips for Long Term Food Storage

It happens to all of us.

    • You make a great purchase at a farmer’s market for a bushel of vegetables
    • A friend calls begging for you to come harvest the fruit off her over-burdened tree
    • You have a crop in your backyard go all “crazy” with produce.

Each of these situations leave you with an abundance of produce that you either have to eat, put up or store. At times like these, we certainly can’t eat it all. And sometimes, we don’t have time to put it up. But we certainly should be able to store it!

Tips For Storing Extra Produce:

I have discussed long term storage of apples here before and I was going to do a simple post here of other storage tips when I stumbled upon a great video that covers it all in a short, neat package.

This video from Cooking Up A Story, interviews Janice Gregg from the Oregon State University Extension Service. In it, she shares the different storage requirements for different types of produce. In just 3 minutes, you have enough info to get started.

My one complaint is that at the end she says, “you should look up” more details. But where?!

Since she didn’t offer up that answer, I will give it to you!

The National Center for Home Food Preservation is one of my go-to resources for detailed, safe canning/preserving info. I’d start there.

Here is the video:

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

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