How To Store Your Garden Produce Long Term?
The best way to preserve your garden produce is to freeze it. However, freezing will not work if you don’t have enough space or time. You need to make sure that you are going to have sufficient room for the fruits and vegetables that you want to keep for a longer period of time. If you don’t have any freezer space, then you can use plastic bags instead.
You can also put the fruits and vegetables into a large container like a glass jar or even better, into a big Tupperware container. You can place them inside the container so that they won’t get damaged during transportation.
If you are going to buy some fresh produce at the supermarket, then it would be good if you could freeze some of it first before buying it. Then, when you are ready to eat it, just thaw it out again.
It’s always good to have some fresh vegetables on hand. They taste fresher and healthier than frozen ones.
But, there are times when you simply cannot afford to freeze all your produce because of the high cost of doing so. There are other times where you might not have enough money for freezing everything that you want to keep for a long period of time.
In those cases, you can purchase a large container at your local supermarket or hardware store. These containers are made of thick plastic and are often seen on the sides of roads during bulk trash pickups.
Before you put your fruits or vegetables into the container, it is best to wash them first. If you want, you can include some ice inside the container first before loading it up with vegetables.
This will keep them fresher for longer periods of time.
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