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Putting it up: Easy ways to preserve produce

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Sound Consumer | September 2010

by Bill Thorness

Freezing and dehydrating are easier than canning and a great way to preserve some of our favorite summer foods that have a short season and seem to disappear all too soon. Freshness is key to the preserving process; be sure to choose produce at its peak.

Here are food preservation ideas, with tips from two local experts, Lorene Edwards Forkner, co-author of “Canning & Preserving Your Own Harvest” and Carey Thornton, educator at Seattle Tilth and Master Food Preserver.

Freezing

Dehydrating

Other methods

Final thoughts

Bill Thorness is the author of Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden (Skipstone Press, 2009).

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