Interested in learning traditional methods of food preservation? Check out this roundup of must-have tips from 20 experts!
Now that you are harvesting loads of veggies, fruits, and herbs from your kitchen garden, it is time to set some aside for winter meals!
Maybe you are a farmers market shopper and just brought home an entire bushel of some seasonal delicacy. This post will give you plenty of ideas for various traditional ways to preserve your bounty.
Check out the expert round up below!
What is food preservation, exactly?
Food preservation, any of a number of methods by which food is kept from spoilage after harvest or slaughter. Such practices date to prehistoric times. Among the oldest methods of preservation are drying, refrigeration, and fermentation. ~ Britannica
Why do I need to know how to preserve food?
Knowing and mastering traditional food preservation techniques is a radical act of self-sustainability.
Modern homes rely on supermarkets and restaurants to enjoy tasty meals in winter months. This is a costly and unsustainable practice. Winter foods from these sources have less nutrition and high carbon footprints.
Mastering traditional food preservation techniques allows you to create a seasonal kitchen that offers locally sourced meals every month of the year.
Who preserves food?
Do you fall into one of these categories of food preservationists?
- Seasonal Cooks and Chefs
- CSA Members (farm shares)
- Farmers Market Shoppers
- Environmental Activists
All kinds of people preserve foods for all kinds of reasons! Better flavor and nutrition, lower carbon footprint, affordability…these are just a few of the reasons. Consider yourself a part of a growing interest in traditional methods of food preservation.
I’m glad you are here!
If you want to learn even more, why not join the FREE 5-Day Food Preservation eCourse? It includes 5 lessons with recipes on food preservation delivered right to your email inbox! Click here to sign up!
Budgeting and Meal Planning with Preserved Foods
Budgeting and meal planning with preserved foods is a frugal act of self-care. I’m a firm believer in using preserved foods up within one year. This helps keep my kitchen safe and ensure the greatest nutrition from my food stores. Plus, it keeps me from having to organize my pantry by date label.
In winter months I’m often planning meals based on what’s in my pantry, freezer, fermentation closet, and root cellar. To help you be a little more organized than that, I am recommending this article from Prepared Housewives. It is a meal planning encyclopedia!
Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments thread below.
Just want to jump right into food preservation? Click the image below to learn how to ferment dilly beans. They are addictive good!
Traditional Methods of Food Preservation | 20 Experts Advice
Traditional Food Preservation Techniques and the Seasonal Kitchen
So now you have it! A comprehensive list of traditional food preservation techniques explained by 20 experts.
In the kitchen, we clean, store, prepare and preserve, but mostly we learn. The kitchen is the place to learn about the foods we grow. What makes them sweet? How do I bring out their colors?
The seasonal cook is skilled and curious. She has the basic skills to create weekly meals and meal plans with what the garden and farmer’s market provides. She’s smart enough to put up extras for winter meals. And, she’s frugal enough to eat well on a budget.
Having a reliable store of preserved local vegetables, fruits, herbs, and meats allows the seasonal kitchen to flourish every month of the year.
Don’t be a slave to the local supermarket. Don’t give away all your hard earned cash to restaurants! Preserve food and conserve your cash, all while eating more healthy and nutritious meals!
Quick Guide to 6 End-of-Summer Food Preservation Techniques
The Quick Guide to 6 End of Summer Food Preservation Techniques with Recipes from Lorrie Season and Stony Ridge Farm is a 14 page eBook with 6 DIY kitchen projects to preserve the best of summer flavors for winter meals. It is a seasonal living must-have resource.
The Quick Guide to End of Summer Food Preservation includes 6 recipes using each of the basic techniques described The Traditional Methods of Food Preservation post. Lorrie Season is a learn-by-doing resource. The best way to practice traditional food preservation is to begin using the techniques at the end of summer when food is so plentiful and affordable using these safe and simple techniques. Get the eBook and use the recipes to learn how to:
- Acidify with Vinegar
- Use Oil
- Make Alcoholic Cordials
You’ve worked hard all summer in your garden, with your farm share, and managing all those farmers market hauls! Now, make sure you get to enjoy the results with these simple and safe food preservation techniques!
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You should always use tested recipes from trusted sources when preserving foods with a hot water bath.
Fermentation is the safest of the food preservation techniques.
When preserving foods in oil, they should be refrigerated and used within the first 3 months.