Make your preserves for the winter! - 01. September 2021

Your kitchen will be full of fruit and vegetables almost on a daily basis. But abundance will soon end when autumn arrives. Stock up on vitamins and avoid food waste with our useful tips to make your preserves!

Freeze

Freezing is one of the easiest and most versatile methods for preserving fruits and vegetables. Many varieties can be kept in various forms for several months. To preserve colour and taste, it is often advised to blanch your vegetables. It is very easy: Immerse them in boiling water and then cool them in ice water. Here's our video:

 

Store in the cellar

Blessed are those who have a “real” cellar with optimum temperature and humidity. You can store almost all root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions, turnips, beetroot, or even apples and squash.

Dry

Ideally, you will want to dry with a ‘Dörrex’ type dehydrator, but the oven also does the job. Be careful not to reach too high temperatures as this could impair the taste of your lovely vegetables. But at the same time, it is necessary to dry relatively quickly in order to avoid mould. In very sunny places, you can dry peppers and tomato halves in the sun.

Preserve in vinegar

Previously, vinegar preserves were one of the most effective methods, or even the only one available to conserve crops; vinegar was also very cheap. Today, we know only gherkins. And yet it works great with beetroot, carrots, cabbage, asparagus, beans, and peppers. You may want to blanch your vegetables beforehand.

Sterilisation

The good old mason jar can be prepared for a multitude of preparations, whether vegetables or fruit. It’s simple, but first and foremost it’s necessary to keep it clean to avoid contamination

Fermentation

Fermentation is really fashionable at the moment, as the craze for the Korean dish kimchi shows. In principle, it’s easy, but you have to follow certain steps to avoid unpleasant surprises like food poisoning!

Other recipes

Being able to keep food for the winter was not just a matter of survival long ago. This explains the creativity and the various methods that have been developed over the course of history. Use your creativity and make jams, pesto, chutneys, and other sauces!