Small Harvests

Quite often when you start growing food in your garden you wonder if you will ever get enough from the plant to do something useful with. Berries in particular have this annoying habit of not all ripening at once! My first resort was to eat the berries because yum! but it kind of defeats the purpose of growing your own food so you don’t have get it from the supermarket if you are just continually grazing so what do you do?

I have found this is where my freezer or dehydrator come into play. The freezer is an easy option as you can put the berries (or other produce) into a snap lock bag and add to your stash over time as the fruit ripens. Eventually you will get enough to do something with. You can use frozen fruit in jams, smoothies, icecreams and sorbets.

Depending on what fruit or produce you are talking about, if I happen to have the dehydrator going I will add things to the trays if there is space but you do have to make sure that what you are drying will not taint anything else that is drying – onion flavoured strawberries are not a winner! Similarly, I find the dehydrator is a great way to deal with citrus when a recipe calls for only the juice. I pop the rind in the dehydrator and add to my dried stash that I use for spice mixes and general flavour boosts.

How do you deal with your small harvests?