When October rolls around on the Homestead, food preservation becomes a priority. Crop harvesting before the first threat of frost usually happens sometime between late September and eary October, which creates an over-abundance of ripe, ready to eat, veggies. To combat food waste we utilize three forms of food preservation:
1-Canning: Without a doubt, the most time consuming form of food preservation, but also our favorite and most used form. There are soooo many recipes to try.
2-Freezing: A great form of food preservation for all sorts of crops, but not all veggies are created equal and therefore, some veggies dont freeze as well as others. Plus, you need a REALLY large freezer (thanks to my In-Laws for ours!).
3-Dehydration: Our least utilized form of food preservation on the Homestead (mostly because I havent taken the time to look up recipe ideas) and because cleaning the dehydrator is UGH, so painful. But I am hoping to try out a few dehydration methods next Fall with some new crops that we plan to try in 2018. Can we say FRUIT TREES!?
The winner of “most productive crop of 2017” was the Heirloom Tomatoes. You will hear no complaints coming from any of us though, as heirlooms are also the most coveted crop for our entire family. We gave away a few handfuls in late August to a few special family and friends but the rest we kept hostage for ourselves and our pantry shelves.
Before we make specialty items like Salsa’s and relishes, we make sure to pack away enough canned tomatoes for sauces and pasta. Once we have our quota on canned tomatoes, the yummy fun begins for our mexican dishes with homemade salsa-two ways.
1-Fresh Salsa: A tried and true recipe that has withstood the test of time and tastebuds alike.
2-Zesty Salsa: A crowd pleaser that has people saying “Thats got some bite to it.”
Both recipes come from our most used and abused book on the Homestead: Complete Guide to Home Preserving.
For our tastebuds and personal preferences we have altered the recipe for our own personal use, but decided to let you guys try out the original recipes and see what you think. You might even alter the recipe in your own special way.
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