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The Best Vegetables to Grow and Preserve for Winter


Best vegetables to grow and preserve for winterBy A. Page

You’re probably thinking, why start thinking about gardening when winter is just around the corner? Well, because you have plenty of time to decide what vegetables you want to grow and how you can preserve them for next winter.  Canning isn’t for everyone, but there are various vegetables that can help you and your family out during the next winter season. Whether you use them from pickling, relish, soups, or just want to freeze them for later use, these vegetables are sure to make the long run.

Spinach

Spinach has always had a reputation for being incredibly be good for you.  Its an early garden vegetable that comes packed with nutrients that keep you going.  Best of all, its easily preserved and frozen.  All you need to do is boil your spinach in salter water until it becomes tender.  After that, drain it and put it in freezer bags.  If you can seal it or can it, better yet.  Even if you just stick it in the freezer, spinach will keep for up to an entire year.

Cucumbers

Who doesn’t love a classic pickle?  You can make them sweet, sour, or both.  They’re a treat all year round for people everywhere.  If you’re planning to pickle some cucumbers, make sure you do so shortly after you pick them.  Cucumbers have a tendency to get mushy during temperature changes, and a little time sitting on the counter could ruin the process entirely.

Tomatoes

There are many methods for the storage of tomatoes.  You can plan when they’ll ripe, or can them.  Regardless of your method, tomatoes are a great staple for stew and pastas no matter what time of year it is.  You can even make some recipes before hand and freeze the finished product.

Green Beans

Beans are full of protein and easily stored.  Whether you freeze or can them, they will maintain the same great taste no matter how you store them.  Your first harvest will be plentiful, and production will slow down from there.  Keep that in mind when setting away your stock.

Carrots

Carrots are another one of those vegetables that grow and store easily. Can or freeze, carrots are a crop that will last you the entire winter.  You can cut them however you please, just keep in mind that the smaller they get, the more juice they will absorb and less time they’ll need to spend on the stove top.

Planning ahead now will make for a great harvest next year.  Sometimes the hardest part of gardening and preserving, is getting started.  Take the time while your trapped inside this winter to think about the coming season.