At the peak and end of the season, there is more than I can use or give away. I bought a pressure canner, but I haven't had the nerve to try it out yet. I don't grow 100 different kinds of tomatoes or much of anything else in quantity. I would like to know simple ways to deal with extras in smaller quantities and also how to use them.
Right now I have extra tomatoes, peppers, citrus (meyer lemons, persian limes, calamondin), bilimbi ( I am giving these away). Bitter melon is a weed but the leaves and fruit are edible. Wild bitter melon has the most bitter fruit.
I could use recipes for any of the above for fresh or preservation.
Citrus fruits: I use them fresh and give or give them away or trade for other things.
Fresh citrus peels spread around the garden is a non-toxic way to deter pests and keep cats out of the plants.
Freeze citrus juice in ice trays
My grandfather used to keep a jar of lemons in a jar on the roof for sore throats. I know it had salt and lemons in it, but I don't know what else was in it?
Anybody know how to dry citrus peels? I love li hing mui and lemon peels, but I don't know how to make it.
How do you dry or preserve tomatoes in oil and more importantly. How do you use them later?
Got a good recipe for tomato paste I can keep in the freezer?
Eggplant recipes? We grow and eat a lot of eggplant here, but I have more eggplant than recipes.
Pepper recipes and ways to preserve them.
I like to grow a lot of different kinds of peppers from not to blistering heat, but I use just a few. I give away a lot of them.
How to preserve peppers? Need recipes for dried peppers. ( I use the car to dry the peppers. It works well.) , hot pepper sauce recipes. ( I only have 4 hot pepper sauce recipes. Chili pepper water, Hot peppers with garlic in fish sauce, fenadeni, and salsa.)
Recipes for Asian greens?
Recipes for freezing vegetables. Carrots, beans, squash, leafy greens (spinach substitutes). Which ones freeze well, which ones don't.
Zucchini does not freeze well, so I make zucchini bread and freeze it instead.
How do you freeze fruit? Which ones freeze well? I am thinking of using them for sorbet's or smoothies. I freeze bananas and mango, but they have to be either cooked, blended or eaten frozen. They aren't good once they are defrosted and mushy. It is actually hard to eat a black banana in the first place even when I know the inside is still good.