Keeping a Modern Root Cellar

By Meg Cowden — It’s simple, really. I prefer the easy road. Grab a carrot, a couple potatoes, maybe an onion or garlic and cook a simple family dinner. Whether it’s August or the middle of February, I like my vegetables homegrown and fresh. And that’s why my family built root cellars to help store…

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Preserving Herbs: Ideas and Infusions

As we get to the end of the gardening season, herbs become more precious than ever. By now, many basil plants will have been nipped by frost and what was not harvested for pesto is looking brown and a little gross. The great thing about pesto is that it freezes beautifully, and can be stored…

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Book Review: Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen

This review originally appeared in the Hot off the Press column in the September/October issue of Northern Gardener. For those of us who are willing to skip lugging bushels of tomatoes, apples and corn into our kitchens and then melting in the steam of a day-long, hot water bath-canning session, the authors of Savory Sweet…

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Raspberry Memories

August always reminds me of picking raspberries for my grandma when I was a little girl. She had several rows of raspberry bushes in her garden, and I was small enough to maneuver deep into the growth. Two raspberries would go in the little green berry basket, and one would be popped into my mouth,…

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How to Cure Winter Squash

Most Minnesota gardeners have already harvested their winter squash — the goal is to get them out of the fields before there is a hard freeze. But how do you cure winter squash and store it? Squash are a great vegetable to grow, if you have the room for them. They can be planted as…

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Preserving the Harvest: Recipes from Our Contributors

Our Northern Gardener writers and photographers are all very good at what they do, and many of them are also really good cooks. If you check out their personal blogs, you’ll often find a few recipes worth trying. In our week of harvest recipes and ideas for preserving the harvest, we just have to share…

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Preserving the Harvest: Spicy Sauce with Yellow Tomatoes

While this year’s tomato harvest is slowing a bit, I’m still pulling lots of yellow pear tomatoes out of the garden. You can only eat so many salads, and it’s wonderful in winter to enjoy the taste of summer produce. That’s why this is a great way of preserving the harvest. Recently, I came up…

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Preserving the Harvest: The Options

With many garden crops ripening two or more weeks later than usual, the frenzy of preserving and storing has moved from August into September this year. For many gardeners, the tomatoes are just barely slowing down and we heard from an orchard owner recently that most apple varieties are about 20 days later than last…

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Low-Sugar Applesauce

This is the time of year when Minnesotans love heading to their local orchard or (if they are lucky) harvesting the last few apples off the tree for eating and preserving. One of our favorite ways to preserve apple deliciousness is by making applesauce. Here’s a recipe from Northern Gardener editor Mary Schier for a…

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Best Thing Ever to Make with Red Peppers

If you are lucky, your vegetable garden is bulging with colored peppers. If not, local farmers’ markets have plenty, and this recipe for red pepper relish is one of the best things ever to make with red peppers. It’s sweet, tart, spicy and it pumps up the flavor of almost any bland dish — cheese…

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