Harvest Time!

harvest.jpgThis past week has found me harvesting many different items from my garden and the gardens of others.  I have preserved green beans and I have made several jams.  This week I will be making and canning salsa from the many yummy things that I have grown in my garden.  Soon after that I will be freezing corn for the winter.

I love the satisfaction that I get when I preserve foods.  I feel I have accomplished something great for my family because I am putting to use the things we have grown in the garden.  I also know exactly what we are getting when I can the items and I know exactly what is in them.  I love having that control.

I have several favorite recipes that I use when I am preserving foods for the winter.  Whether I am freezing items or processing them in jars, I have definite tastes and likes and dislikes.  I have found that I like to have green beans both canned in jars as well as some frozen on hand.  I use them for different meals and I prefer the differences in texture and taste in different meals.  Variety is good for the soul and the pantry.

Since I didn’t get very many zucchini recipes, I thought that perhaps I would try again with a collection of recipes from all of you.  I will again compile the recipes into a downloadable FREE e-book.  I will also include the small number of zucchini recipes and ideas that I received in the book.  We are just going to expand it a bit.  So here is what I would like for you to do:

Leave a comment below this post with your favorite HARVEST recipe.  This can be anything that you like as long as it uses items from the garden.  You can even include canning and freezing recipes for inclusion in the e-book.  I am looking for recipes for breads, muffins, jams and jellies, beverages, relish, salsa, skillet dinners, casseroles, side dishes, main dishes, desserts.  If you can think of a recipe that includes garden items, then leave a comment with the recipe and your name so I can credit you properly.

I can’t wait to see what we can create from the Harvest of our gardens!  

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  1. Hi There, I dont have any great recipes myself but a family member of mine grow the majority of fresh fruit and veg herself and it always seems to taste that much better. I will try to get her to submit one for you.

  2. Oh Brenda! You just reminded me that I did not send you that zucchini bread recipe. A zillion zucchini apologies!

    Here is what you need to make 2 loaves of flavorful zucchini bread.
    2 c. sugar, 1 c. vegetable oil, 3 eggs, 2 c. vanilla, 2 c. shredded zucchini, 1/2 c. applesauce, 1/2 c. orange juice, 2 t. baking soda, 3 c. flour, 1/2 t. baking powder, 3/4 t. nutmeg, 1 1/2 t. cinnamon, 1 t. salt, 1 c. chopped walnuts.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then beat together the sugar, vanilla, oil and eggs. Once is well mixed add the zucchini, applesauce, and o.j., and stir. In a separate bowl mix together salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Then add that mixture to the zucchini mixture and stir. The last thing to go in is the walnuts, just stir then in gently.

    Pour it all into a greased, floured loaf pan. This recipe makes to pans if you are using a 9 inch loaf pan.

    Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, and cool for 10. Yum!

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  6. I personally don’t have any preserving recipes but I love the taste of fresh veges out of the garden and homemade jam is the best! I always look forward to my grandparents hamper at Christmas time with all the homemade goodies!

    Good on you for submitting a free e-book. It is great to know that people are still passionate about things without money having to become an issue.

    Cheers :)

  7. I love jams! I don’t have the recipe on me right now but my grandmother has some excellent ones! Her old fashioned jams really are the best!