In the summer especially, I love seeing what other people are doing with their gardens and what they are preserving. Even if I get a little property envy from time to time (I wish we had room for huge crops of potatoes, carrots and other “one-time harvest” vegetables!). Here are five sites I’m referencing nearly daily lately, as I preserve summer’s bounty:
Broken Plow. Cassie (also of Back to Her Roots) and Craig have been homesteading since 2012, on the property Cassie grew up on. I love their weekly food tallies and their gardening updates, and it is fun to see what they’ve been preserving. I am now inspired by their food tallies to track every little thing I harvest from the 2014 Savvy Garden — I’ve only been tracking the big things (cucumbers, beans), but not every handful of greens or herbs I pick.
Food in Jars. If you’ve ever Google anything related to canning, you’ve probably stumbled upon Marisa’s blog. She is my go-to resource when I can’t find the answer to a canning question or recipe in any of my cookbooks.
Local Kitchen. Kaela not only takes gorgeous photos and makes adorable labels for her preserves, but her recipes are super-creative as well. I have so many things from this blog bookmarked to try: smoky chipotle cherries; blueberry, lemon & chile jam; plums in wine & honey…yes to all of the above, please!
Simple Bites. Aimee and her contributors have tons of great tips and recipes for canning and freezing food. I’m particularly intrigued by the brilliance of the stir-fry vegetable freezer packages and the whipped raspberry honey butter.
Well Preserved. This site is new to me, but I’m loving all the informational posts, like “Canning Salsa? 3 Things You Must Know,” and “What is Syphoning.” Plus, Dana and Joel have some great-looking recipes!