Whether you live in a rural community with plenty of land to grow your own produce, or you run an indoor garden with the help of some clever technology, there are plenty of ways to make use of fresh produce that you’ve grown over the years.
One of the most enjoyable features about moving to the countryside is that you get so much space to start your own growing projects that you can end up with too much produce and not enough things to do with them. This article will show you how you can turn your home-grown produce into wonderful recipes and delicious treats that you’re bound to love. They also make great gifts for friends and family members, and you’ll score some bonus points with your partner when you present them with something delicious.
Chutneys and Jams
Grab a couple of mason jars, some fruits, spice and wine, and you’ll have all the ingredients you need to make some delicious chutneys and jams. The main ingredient of a chutney or jam will be the fruits you add into it. That will give most of the flavour because you don’t want to add too much sugar or additional ingredients. The joy with freshly grown fruits is that they haven’t been transported for long distances and, picked at the right time, they taste noticeably different from anything bought in a store or market.
One of the easiest ways to use up extra vegetables you’ve grown is to make a stew. All it takes is some meat (unless you’re vegetarian or vegan), spices, stock and your home-grown vegetables. Throw it together into a slow cooker and within a few hours, you have a deliciously hot home-made stew to share with your family and friends. Serve it up with some rice or bread, and you have a fulfilling and hearty meal that can even be saved for later. If you need some inspiration for recipes, head over to SlowCookerKitchen.com for plenty of fresh ideas that’ll make use of your home-grown vegetables.
If you love a bit of sauerkraut or Korean kimchi, then you can use up all of your vegetables and pickle them with ease. Get some large jars to store the vegetables and your pickling mix, and within a couple of weeks or months, you’ll have a huge jar of delicious, sour and crunchy pickles that will add some amazing texture and taste to all of the food you cook. Even if you can’t eat it all, they make brilliant gifts to give to friends and family members and they’ll be delighted at how wonderfully fresh and great tasting your home-made pickles are.
Just Eat It!
If you love the taste of raw fresh fruits and vegetables then there’s no need to dress it up or cook it in a fancy way. Shred some fresh carrots and add some cooked potatoes with a bit of mayonnaise to create a quick and fresh-tasting potato salad, or pick some fresh fruits in the morning to take with you to work.