10 Reasons I Preserve My Garden Harvest

There’s nothing like fresh veggies and fruits that have been preserved for winter use.  Gardening is hard work, but oh so worth it.  I just chopped 2 quarts of belle peppers for the freezer.  Yes, you can freeze peppers.  Here’s how:

  • Wash peppers thoroughly and dry.  
  • Remove the core and seeds.  
  • Place peppers in a quart freezer bag and freeze.  

Some gardeners place the peppers on a cookie sheet and freeze the pieces before placing them in the freezer bag.  I don’t bother.  I just give them a good whack with a kitchen mallet to break them apart when I need them and than take out what I need.    

Gardening gives me a sense of fulfillment.  Being able to serve organic, fresh veggies and fruits to my family is a blessing.  Each each year I preserve herbs, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, corn, green beans, peaches, apples, jams, applesauce, and cobbler filling.  Here’s why: 

  1. Fresh vegetables and fruits are more flavorful than grocery store purchases.
  2. I have fresh tomatoes for chili, pasta sauce and salsa during the winter. 
  3. I have fresh peppers available for omelets, meatloaves, spaghetti sauces and casseroles.
  4. I have fresh garlic available for spaghetti sauce and other dishes.
  5. I have fresh apples and peaches available for warm cobblers during the winter.  
  6. My vegetables and fruits are all organic.  I don’t know what’s on the vegetables and fruits in the grocery store or where they were grown.     
  7. I save hundreds of dollars on my grocery bill.
  8. My family raves about my dishes. It’s the herbs and other fresh vegetables and fruits, but don’t tell them it’s a secret. 
  9. Fresh vegetables and tomatoes make the best soups on those cold winter days.  
  10. Nothing like fresh herbs to toss in dishes during the winter.    

Do you preserve fresh fruit and vegetables for winter use?  If not, would you be interested in gardening with me next season?  Nothing big unless you want to, but fresh herbs in your window sill is a good start.  A tomato plant on your deck or patio so you can freeze them for winter use. You decide.  Not interested in vegetables, how about a sunflower challenge?  

Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re interested.  It’s more fun if you have someone to exchange tips, idea, successes and failures with.    




  1. You are such a wealth of knowledge and inspiration! While I don't can and probably never would, I should freeze more fruits and vegetables when they are in season. I am big on buying meat on sale and freezing it but I need to take a lesson from you!

    • There's nothing better than fruits and vegetables during the winter that taste just like they've been plucked from the vine.  I save on my grocery bill too!