I have been preserving my excess produce for the last 2 years by freezing, dehydrating and bottling (canning) and wonder do any other members preserve their surplus fruit and veg and if so, by which method. Also what type of fruit and veg you preserve and what type of preserving equipment and jars you use as well as labelling methods. It would also be interesting to hear your experiences with preserving - both successes and failures (I've had some of those).
Below is a list of some of the fruit and vegetables that I have preserved as well as some homemade edible gifts.
As well as having this bounty year round for our personal use I also create labels for the "canned" goods and add them to Christmas and Birthday gift hampers for friends and family. To make the hampers extra special I also create nice gift boxes and packaging and surround the hamper with heat shrink wrap topped off with a nice bow to add a professional touch. For the last 2 years I have given these gift hampers in place of store bought gifts which has saved me considerable money and at the same time given something which all my friends and family love and appreciate.
You've done it again, you've knocked my socks off with another inspirational how to, & a refreshingly different perspective for others to think about.
I can also attest that giving from the heart, means more than store bought presents.
Those beautifully presented baskets look sensational, I can tell they were made with love, & I'm sure the recipients look forward to them.
Another standing ovation from me.
Thanks @Andy_Mann - now you know why I am so busy from the time I get up to the time my head hits the pillow.
@Jason - I haven't grown or pickled jalapeño but I will check my pickling recipes to see if I have one and pass it along to you.
Good Luck with your bumper crop.
@BIM_Engineer I don't think so but I will put together a list of the sauce recipes I have and see which ones you might like.
Do you preserve olives @Annette? There's an olive tree in a park near us that is teeming with olives and they are just going to waste. But I wouldn't know the first thing about what to do with them...