What do you do with a large crop of vegies?

Australia
February 18, 2007 4:51pm CST
If you have ever had a crop in your garden with too many fruit and vegies,what do you do with them? Do you freeze them or give them away? maybe you might do a lot of cooking or sell them. Or do you store them in cool dark spot somewhere for use in the winter?
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6 responses
• United States
20 Feb 07
I freeze them most of the time. With tomatoes I make salsa, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce or just bottle them up to make stuff later. I love to grow a large garden and have my results last well into the winter months. Most things freeze well and are great to use later. If you are concerned with the produce being great, put them in a stew, you can not taste a difference.
• Australia
23 Feb 07
Thats great, freezing them and using them later. sounds like you do a few yummy things with tomatoes. well done.
• United States
18 Feb 07
Whenever I've had a vegetable garden (now I only do flowers), I always shared with everyone who would take some. I would give them a grocery bag and let them help themselves. Always made me feel good to be able to do this.
• Australia
18 Feb 07
Thats a very nice way of using up those vegies. Its like people come to your garden to do there grocery shopping, but they pick the fruit and vegies off the bushes rather than off the shelves at the supermarket. Glad it made you feel good too. thats excellent.
18 Feb 07
If I have a surplus from the garden I usually frezze them. Last Christmas morning we had strawberries for breakfast, I had frozen them in the summer. I have pickled beetroots, tomato chutney, frozen vegetables and have jars of jam too.
• Australia
18 Feb 07
Strawberries for breakfast, that sounds yummy. Jars of jam is a good idea.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Has anyone ever thought to donate the surplus veggies to your local food pantry? I do after my neighbors take what they want and I have enough put up for the winter months.
@lilaclady (28245)
• Australia
18 Feb 07
Give them away to friends and neighbours and some to the local op shops especially lemons, they sell them very cheap.
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Once when living in Colorado I had a huge amount of squash which I had to freeze some and give away some. For some reason that year the squash wouldn't stop growing. I got so tired of eating squash that I didn't eat it again for a few years.