In this episode of Simple Homemade Life, we're sharing some ways to deal with the vegetables coming in at the end of the garden harvest season and how to easily preserve as much as you can, as well as farmhouse tiling updates.
Preserving the fall harvest is so popular right now that the top three blog articles are all preserving! I'm sharing my top five tips for easy preserving, things that will save you lots of time and ensure you can enjoy your produce year-round. Plus don't miss the update on saving thousands on bathroom tiling!
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In The Kitchen
First we talked about the three most popular articles on the website during August and September, which all happen to do with preserving:
- The number one article by far is How to Freeze Corn Three Ways: Blanched, Unblanched, and Whole.
- Next up is another on freezing vegetables, How to Freeze Green Beans the Easy Way without Blanching.
- Finally, it's all about salsa (one of the best reasons to grow tomatoes!): My Favorite Thick Salsa for Canning.
Top 5 Preserving Tips for Season's End
Here are the tips I shared, with all the links, to dealing with all the final produce from the garden (or farmer's market):
- Easiest Ways to Freezing Tomatoes (whole!)
- Home Canned Pizza Sauce From Frozen or Fresh Tomatoes
- How to Easily Ripen Tomatoes at the End of the Season
- Green Tomato Salsa Verde (canned)
- Freezing Basil Leaves 6 Ways: Which is Best?
- Easy, Frugal Pesto to Freeze
- 22+ Ways to Preserving Basil (and Pesto isn't one of them!)
- Roasted Garden Tomato Sauce to Freeze
Here are a couple of my favorite supplies I used in making the roasted tomato sauce:
- The over-sink cutting board that you see in the video is SO much cleaner - just catch cuttings in a bowl in the sink and the juices can run into the sink! It's PERFECT for tomatoes and other veggies.
- An immersion hand held blender is a LOT easier than transferring to a blender (which can spew hot sauce if you're not extra careful).
- Boiling Water Canning Step-By-Step Tutorial
- Essential Canning Supplies (plus a few nice to haves)
- Garlic Spiced Pickled Beans
And if you haven't downloaded it yet, be sure to get your FREE Preserving Notebook where you can keep track of all these recipes as well as what you make each year!
In The Farmhouse Bathroom
We have finished tiling the shower - happy dance - though we still need to grout it.
We did completely finish tiling and grouting the bathroom floor though, and I go on record as saying I'd do it again in a heartbeat to save the $1600 we were quoted for our small 60 square foot floor (yep, you read that right - $1,600!!).
Using the 6x6-inch tiles was WAY easier than the smaller tile we used in our cottage bathrooms. Brian and I did all the tiling in less than six hours (I laid, he cut) and I grouted in less than two hours another day.
And it feels GOOD to have saved all that money. 🙂
We're going to check in one more time in the garden to see what it looks like in early October. We'll talk about what tasks you can do and how the fall vegetables are doing.
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