Another great way to make the most of your CSA experience and lessen the amount of food waste is to learn some preservation techniques. We listed freezing as one of our exit strategies because it is one of the quickest and easiest ways to deal with excess produce. But that is not the only method of preservation! On the next page you will find a few other CSA member's favorite preservation techniques.
CSA Member Preservation Tips
- Save your scraps for Veggie Stock. Don't toss your scraps! Put them in a gallon-sized bag in the freezer and keep adding until full. Then in the fall or winter, add the veggies to a full pot of water, bring to a boil and let simmer at least 45 minutes and strain. Keep the liquid, toss the solids, and then you have delicious homemade vegetable stock for soups which you can freeze!
- Play with other, simple techniques like fridge pickles or salsa.
- Experiment with Kimchi, krauts and other fermented products. A lot of our CSA members swear by fermentation. One of our favorite recipes is on the next page!
- Batch cook and freeze half. Take advantage of the abundance by making double batches of things and freezing half. It's so nice to have those meals prepped and ready for a busy night.
- Experiment with canning.