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 Co-Executive TV Producer and the On-Air Canning/Homesteading Expert for the national PBS gardening TV series, Growing A Greener World. She is a lifetime canner and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program. She studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts and she is a wrangler of chickens and two teenage children. (Not necessarily in that order.) Click here to download her FREE CANNING RESOURCE GUIDE of favorite must-have sources for preserving the harvest.

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