Top 5 ways to preserve your harvest

Don't let your hard work go to waste this season with our top 5 ways to preserve your harvest.

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1. Drying

Dried tomatoes are a delicious addition to salads or pasta dishes. Simply slice each tomato in half, spread them across a rack and set your oven to its lowest temperature for 10 minutes. Once they've cooled, store them in a jar of seasoned oil.

2. Pickling

A traditional technique that's making a comeback, pickling keeps your veg intact and lets you add your own flavours for a savoury treat. From onions to garlic and beetroot, there's plenty of options. Kick off the process by personalising the pickling vinegar with your favourite spices plus salt and sugar to taste before adding your vegetable to a sterilised jar. Leave it to mature for a couple of months before tucking in.

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3. Jam

Saving your summer and autumn fruits from their perishable fate - its jam to the rescue. Making your own also means you can keep those pesky sugar levels to a minimum. From strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and more there's plenty of options to spruce up your morning porridge, toast or teacake with the goods of your crop. Check out our full guide to making blackberry jam for some inspiration.   

4. Syrup

Bring out your sweet side and preserve extra fruit in syrup for a homemade sauce you can drizzle over pancakes, add to sponges and decorate ice cream with.     

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5. Drinks

With craft breweries and micro distilleries back in fashion, why not take things into your own back garden? Add a fruity twist from your own patch to your favourite spirit for an infusion your taste buds will love. Spruce up your house gin with sloes, or add cherries, raspberries or rhubarb to a good vodka. Whatever your tipple, fruit infused spirits are perfect for adding a special touch to dinner parties as a home-grown aperitif.

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