Although it is a little past time to be putting up food for the winter, I’ll finish with preserving food. Canning is probably the least desirable way to preserve your harvest. It requires a lot of special equipment and if you don’t do it right you can even get food poisoning. Nutrient-wise it usually has less nutritional value than either drying or freezing. For many this is still their preferred method.
First thing is, you have to have special jars and [...]
Freezing is a good choice for preserving your harvest. It is second in preserving nutrients, to low temperature dehydrating. There are some drawbacks. First you need a freezer big enough to store your goods. Second, many foods need to be flash blanched, which destroys some of the nutrients and all of the enzymes. Also, the consistency of defrosted foods can differ substantially from the original. Although frozen foods never go bad, after a while they get freezer burn and become [...]