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Fall Seasonal Food Preservation Tips

Posted by Ron Wolford -

It's apple season in much of the country! We can offer several ways to preserve your apple bounty. Our Seasonal Tip for apples lists many links of interest.

With the weather getting cooler, interest has seemingly turned to making and preserving soups. See our directions for canning or freezing soups. Not all types of homemade soups can be successfully preserved for long-term storage; we cannot offer you options for canning soups thickened with flours or cornstarches, or containing rice, pasta or cream.

Home canning for pumpkin, sweet potato or other squash butters is not recommended. You can still preserve your pumpkin; try pieces or freezing.

Salsas are on everyone's mind and a great option for spicing up meals, whether they be tomato-based or fruit relishes. Look at our canned salsas listing for the recipes we can recommend for canning. Many vegetable relishes use end-of-season produce and make good salsa options, too!

What to do with all your tomatoes? Can them, or try them pickled.

Source: National Center for Food Preservation



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