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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Ways to use rather than waste food, especially if you have a glut of fruit or vegetables

 Gardeners who grow their own fruit and vegetables can often find themselves with a glut of one type of fruit or vegetable. Years ago our grannies would have reached for the preserving pan and set about making jams and bottled fruit and pickles, we can still resort to that, but only if we have the time. Sometimes such lengthy processes to preserve food seems like a luxury and spending lots of time when we are short of it, to save money is not always realistic.  In that case, what we need to use up or keep the foods we want to avoid wasting in quick and easy ways.

There are two different ways to tackle this and to save on wasting food one is to freeze the fruit or vegetables down to use when we no longer have an adequate supply.  This can involve just prepping   them prior to freezing them or turning them into a cooked version and freezing that. The other is to use  the glut by turning it into tasty meals or treats.

If you want to turn fruit into a tasty compote to use on toast or as part of a dessert here is a recipe-
Simple Recipe for Fruit Compote

If you want to turn a glut of tomatoes into pasta sauce - see this recipe -
An easy to make Pasta Sauce

If you want to make a chunky or smoooth soup here is a recipe -
Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe

Vegetable Risotto is a good way to use vegetables in your cooking -
Vegetable Risotto Recipe

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote