You’ve been gardening for a while now and as much as you are thankful for the zucchini and squash and tomatoes, you are so ready for them to be done producing! You’ve made every fresh veggie dish that you can think of and your fridge is still overflowing with an abundance of produce. And of course you don’t want to let it go to waste! So what’s a person to do? Here are some great ideas that you can try to use up all of your extra produce!
Freeze or Preserve It
Almost all vegetables can be frozen, dried, or preserved in some way. If you have an abundance of zucchini you can always shred and freeze it in freezer bags for later in the winter (when another batch of zucchini bread will actually be welcome!). Tomatoes can be dried and ground into a powder that you can add into soups to give them an extra burst of nutrition and flavor. Check out my tips on How to Freeze Fruit and How to Freeze Vegetables.
Find a New Recipe
Even though you think you’ve made it all, you probably haven’t! Here are some unique recipes you can try with some of that leftover produce.
Inspired yet? If none of these recipes will do it for you just do a quick Google search for “Unique ____ Recipes” entering whichever veggie you need to use up.
Create Some Throw-Together Dishes
If you want to use up the produce but don’t really want to make anything special, or you have too small of amounts to preserve or make anything significant, you can always make some throw together dishes! Throw bits and pieces of veggies in soups, smoothies, or stir fries. Since it will be smaller ends and pieces you won’t even really notice that it’s going into your meals, but it’s still getting used up! Here are some tips on a few Freezer Meals and Snacks that you could throw together as well.
Find Someone who Does Need It
If you can’t find a use or don’t want to find a use for leftover produce from your garden, someone else you know, or don’t know, might be able to. Ask your friends if they would like any of the produce. If they don’t, ask your local soup kitchen or food bank if they can use it. Chances are they will be more than grateful to accept your donation.
What are your favorite options for using up the end of the year harvest? What do you plan on doing with your produce this year?