Category: preserving

Preserving Surplus Crops

Much of what we grow is best eaten fresh. I’m sure that many a pea doesn’t even make it as far as the kitchen and ripe sweetcorn cobs will have gone straight from the plant to the BBQ. The end of the growing season is the perfect time to invite friends for seasonal feasts of veggie soups and light stews. But much as fresh is best it’s also good to squirrel certain crops away, preserving them for enjoying over the winter months.

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Preserving culinary herbs and edible flowers

A sun-drenched corner in the herb garden at Upton House, Warwickshire

A sun-drenched corner in the herb garden at Upton House, Warwickshire

If you grow culinary herbs, it is presumably because you love to cook with them. Apart from growing them to eat, they enhance any garden, and look marvellous when grown to perfection, and the scent as you brush past them on a summer’s day is sheer delight. They are the simplest of plants to grow (being closer in nature to ‘wildlings’) and easy to preserve in a number of ways. Yet I wonder how many shop-bought jars languish on larder shelves, purchased because one needed a pinch of this or that in some recipe. They soon lose their savour.

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