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Re: Preserving the Harvest A-to-Z (WIP)
« Reply #150 on: January 10, 2017, 06:24:39 PM »
Posting to follow. Starting to prepare for the upcoming season now.

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Re: Preserving the Harvest A-to-Z (WIP)
« Reply #151 on: January 15, 2017, 06:54:50 PM »
This year I decided to make mint tea bags for holiday gifts, and they were a hit.  Simple enough, too:  cut mint in late fall, dried on screens for a day or two, then stripped the leaves from the stems.  Took a kitchen scissors to the dried leaves to make the pieces more manageable for bagging.   Bought a pack of unbleached paper tea bags from Amazon (cheap) and filled them.  I could fit two or three of these into an envelope with a holiday card for small gifts, but for bigger gifts I turned a couple of storebought paper tea cartons inside-out, then decorated the boxes as I liked.

I was inspired by this thread to not let the mint go to waste again at the end of the growing season.  Thanks, fellow Mustachers!

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Re: Preserving the Harvest A-to-Z (WIP)
« Reply #152 on: January 16, 2017, 05:38:18 AM »
This year I decided to make mint tea bags for holiday gifts, and they were a hit.  Simple enough, too:  cut mint in late fall, dried on screens for a day or two, then stripped the leaves from the stems.  Took a kitchen scissors to the dried leaves to make the pieces more manageable for bagging.   Bought a pack of unbleached paper tea bags from Amazon (cheap) and filled them.  I could fit two or three of these into an envelope with a holiday card for small gifts, but for bigger gifts I turned a couple of storebought paper tea cartons inside-out, then decorated the boxes as I liked.

I was inspired by this thread to not let the mint go to waste again at the end of the growing season.  Thanks, fellow Mustachers!

Very cool. I need to dry my mint for the winter next year as even my kids like mint tea.
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Re: Preserving the Harvest A-to-Z (WIP)
« Reply #153 on: February 04, 2017, 04:36:45 PM »
I discovered lactofermented veggies and I truly want to preserve more of my garden this year. I canned a lot of tomato sauce and applesauce and I don't regret it as we are eating through my pantry a lot. I'm trying to sow under protection this year to get ahead as I'm in zone 5 and we have a short summer.

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Re: Preserving the Harvest A-to-Z (WIP)
« Reply #154 on: February 04, 2017, 05:47:50 PM »
This year I decided to make mint tea bags for holiday gifts, and they were a hit.  Simple enough, too:  cut mint in late fall, dried on screens for a day or two, then stripped the leaves from the stems.  Took a kitchen scissors to the dried leaves to make the pieces more manageable for bagging.   Bought a pack of unbleached paper tea bags from Amazon (cheap) and filled them.  I could fit two or three of these into an envelope with a holiday card for small gifts, but for bigger gifts I turned a couple of storebought paper tea cartons inside-out, then decorated the boxes as I liked.

I was inspired by this thread to not let the mint go to waste again at the end of the growing season.  Thanks, fellow Mustachers!

Very cool. I need to dry my mint for the winter next year as even my kids like mint tea.

I dried a bunch of mint (air dried, then fished in low, low, low oven). I just use it bulk for tea (mixed with other tea right now).

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Re: Preserving the Harvest A-to-Z (WIP)
« Reply #155 on: February 05, 2017, 05:07:42 PM »
Not sure if you have touched on this, but in the first post when you say dried blueberries are disappointing; you mean the American type? The European is a different species, and has much more flavour. It is also known as bilberry.
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Re: Preserving the Harvest A-to-Z (WIP)
« Reply #156 on: February 07, 2017, 07:10:08 AM »
Not sure if you have touched on this, but in the first post when you say dried blueberries are disappointing; you mean the American type? The European is a different species, and has much more flavour. It is also known as bilberry.

American, yes. Don't think I've ever seen the European species here.
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Re: Preserving the Harvest A-to-Z (WIP)
« Reply #157 on: February 07, 2017, 07:42:48 PM »
Started some carrots and cabbage for lactofermentation this week. If I like the taste of them and if they preserve well, I'll probably try a few pounds of each next autumn. :)

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Re: Preserving the Harvest A-to-Z (WIP)
« Reply #158 on: April 13, 2017, 10:02:17 PM »
I made a couple of herb-salt blends last year as Christmas presents, and am still getting compliments.  Lemon zest dried into the herb-salts works great.  Another use for citrus peels is to make your own lemon or orange extracts (easy recipes on the internet). 

My first garden-yield project this year will probably be sorrel pesto.