Cooking Tips

Preserve Your Farmers Market Haul at Peak Freshness

We’ve all been there. You went to the farmers market and were so excited by the beautiful, healthy produce that you bought way more than your family can consume right away. If you’ve captured too much of the season’s bounty, follow these tips for preserving your fruits and veggies to enjoy throughout the year.

  1. Freeze your fruits and veggies. Freezing produce isn’t as hard as it sounds. Spread vegetable or fruit slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer these goodies to a freezer bag, labeled with the date. Beware: Some foods freeze better than others. If your produce has a high water content, like watermelons, cucumbers or lettuce, freezing will change its texture.
  2. Make a jam or sauce. It’s no secret that we’re big fans of jams and spreads here at No Taste for Waste. Start with these slow cooker apple butter and cherry jam recipes from Washington state apple and cherry farmer April Clayton. Delicious!
  3. Dehydrate fruits for a tasty snack. You don’t need a dehydrator for a tasty dried fruit snack. Simply spread thin slices of fruit in a single layer on a baking sheet. Set your oven to 150 F and let them roast for about two hours until they’re completely dehydrated. Then, seal up in a bag or snack away.

Now you can enjoy your next trip to the farmers market and make snacks to last the summer. For more ways to use up your farmers market haul, check out these delicious and healthy recipes from Better Homes & Gardens. With these tips and tricks in your back pocket, you’ll be noshing on healthy fare all through the season and into the fall!