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How to Can and Ferment Vegetables and Fruits from Your Garden

Sept. 5, 2023

When you grow an edible garden, you likely end up with a surplus of fresh produce at the peak of each growing season. Rather than letting those precious veggies and fruits go to waste, consider preserving them through time-tested techniques like canning and fermenting. These methods allow you to safely store your garden harvest so you can enjoy homemade jams, pickles, sauces, and more throughout the year! In this episode, you'll learn the basics of canning and fermenting from renowned homesteader, canning expert, and author Stephanie Thurow.

In this episode, we learn:

  • [06:06] How Stephanie got into canning and fermenting
  • [07:42] What's the strategy behind the timing of canning? 
  • [09:53] Difference between canning and fermenting
  • [11:53] Is fermentation a shelf-stable process like canning, or does it require refrigeration?
  • [13:37] Why is it advised to consume a spoonful of fermented food each day, such as sauerkraut?
  • [14:31] What is the storage setup for Stephanie's canned and fermented goods?
  • [15:22] Materials you need for water bath canning
  • [16:43] Why is a rack required when using your 4th burner pot for canning?
  • [19:00] Where can you find premium, handcrafted wind chimes that are perfect for gifting?
  • [20:32] Where can you find potting mixes, composts, and fertilizers for indoor and outdoor gardening?
  • [23:05] Steps to prepare for a canning session
  • [28:28] Common mistakes beginners make when canning
  • [31:11] What are the basic requirements for fermenting vegetables?
  • [32:16] Why "The Cottage Garden" is your ultimate resource for understanding the history, evolution, and stunning modern interpretations of cottage garden design
  • [33:47] Difference between dry salting and brining in fermentation
  • [35:44] Are there any precautions or cleanliness practices to follow during fermentation?
  • [36:25] What do you need to know about fermenting basics?
  • [38:31] What is the recommended timeline for fermenting different types of foods?
  • [39:36] Common troubleshooting tips for fermenting to avoid issues like mold?
  • [40:24] Should you follow recipes?
  • [41:01] Where can you find trusted online recipes for fermentation and canning recipes?
  • [42:15] What are Stephanie's favorite fermentation and canning recipes?
  • [46:12] Unique or unusual items Stephanie has tried pickling
  • [49:12] Where can you find Stephanie’s books online?
  • [51:30] How do you break the seal on the tightly sealed jars?
  • [52:35] Where can you find Stephanie on social media?

Mentioned in our conversation:

For Stephanie's go-to recipes,

check out the full show notes and blog here!

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