1. Stockpile Your Fruit for the Long Winter
I enjoy turning the bounty of my garden and local farms into food to enjoy later and give as gifts, and it gives me a wonderful sense of thrifty satisfaction that warms my nickel-pinching heart. Some early apples have started to fall that, along with my frozen blackberries, will go into apple-blackberry jelly. And a storm lent me a helping hand by knocking a few pears out of the tops of the trees, where I couldn’t reach them, to use in pear butter.
If you plan on doing some canning and preserving yourself, stock up on these reusable lids and rubber seals. They’re free of hormone-disrupting BPA, which is used to line the bottoms of standard metal canning lids. They cost a bit more up front but will pay for themselves in a few seasons and work with standard canning jars and rings.
For more preserving ideas, see:
Try Canning to Turn Summer Fruit into Preserves and Jellies
Holiday Gifts From Summer Gardens
Keep Cool with Easy Fruit (Un)Preserves