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Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Recipes and Tutorials to Keep You Busy Until Thanksgiving


Preserving season is in full swing! I’ve taken a brief break from it myself the past couple of weeks, after a busy bout of preserving in July. Now it’s time to jump back in with both feet, as I get set to tackle pears, peaches, tomatoes, pickles, herbs, apples and probably more.

Wanting to provide you with a very extensive resource for all your real food, summer preserving, I scoured the web so that you don’t have to. These recipes are made with whole foods, natural/wholesome sweeteners, and give you a wide variety of different ways to put up local and seasonal foods to feed your family throughout the rest of the year.

With that, I give you…

The Real Food Preserve-Till-You-Drop Resource Roundup:


Image by goodncrazy [3]


Canning 101- The Basics [4]

Canning 101 [5]

Canning Basics for Preserving Summer Produce [6]

Tomato Canning Tutorial [7]

Canning Pears [8]

Homemade Salsa Tutorial [9]

Sweet Cherries for Winter Days [10]

In the Pits: Canning Stone Fruits [11]

Garlic-Dill Pickles [12]

Canning Peaches [13]

How to Make Sweet Pickle Relish [14]

Awesome Easy Tomato Soup [15]

Canning Tomato Juice and Tomato Sauce [16]

How to Make and Can Applesauce [17]

Canning Peaches [18]


Image by vieuxbandit [20]


Dehydrating Tomatoes [21]

Drying and Grinding Herbs [22]

Dehydrating Blueberries [23]

Drying and Freezing Fruit [24]

How to Dehydrate Vegetables [25]

Homemade Fruit Leather [26]


Image by epSos.de [28]


Freezing Raspberries and Strawberries [29]

Blanching and Freezing Vegetables [30]

Freezing Blueberries [31]

Freezing Spinach [21]

Freezing Garlic [32]

Go Bananas Preserving [33] (freezing bananas)

Freezing Broccoli [34]

How to Freeze Sweet Corn [35]

Preserving Produce by Freezing [36]

Freezing Peaches [18]

Putting Up (Freezing) Green Beans for the Winter [37]

Putting Up Corn for the Winter [38]

Image by llsimon53 [40]

Jams, Jellies, Syrups and Butters

How to Make Homemade Jam in 30 Minutes (With No Special Equipment) [41]

“Raw” Berry Freezer Jam (Honey Sweetened) [42]

Fruit Butter (Recipe- Rhubarb Pear Butter) [43]

Freezer Jam (Recipe- Nectarine-Raspberry Freezer Jam) [44]

How to Make Your Own Blueberry Syrup [45]

Chunky Spiced Pear Jam [46]

Raw Naturally Sweetened Berry Freezer Jam [47]

Peach Pit Jelly [48]

Rhubarb Rose Jam [49]


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Lacto-Fermentation and Other Traditional Methods

Pickles- Dill and Bread & Butter [52]

Lacto-Fermentation: An Easier, Healthier and More Sustainable Way to Preserve [53]

Preserve the Bounty (blog carnival of traditional preservation methods- still happening!)- Week 2 (Fermentation) [54], Week 3 (Vinegar Preservation) [54]

Lacto-Fermented Dilly Carrot Sticks [55]

Cultured Salsa [56]

Dill Sun Pickles [57]

Other References:

Heavenly Homemaker’s Guide to Gardening and Preserving [58]— A wonderful, affordable ebook ($7.95) to get you started, full of helpful photo tutorials.

Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation [59]— I am LOVING this book this year!

Putting Food By [60] — An excellent, basic guide to canning safety, times, headroom, acidity, etc. I reference this multiple times every year for all the important details that I forget, like how long I need to process a quart of peaches, or a pint of diced tomatoes

Putting It Up With Honey: A Natural Foods Canning and Preserving Cookbook [61]— Perfect for those who prefer to use honey as a natural sweetener.

Do you have any more real food preserving recipes or tutorials for me to add? What do you usually preserve each summer?

Top image by thebittenword [62]