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Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic comes from my friend, Bev, and I think it’s both timely and interesting. About this time in the season we’re all inundated with tomatoes and zucchini and cucumbers, right? So, let’s talk about 10 Ways to Deal with an Overabundance of Produce.
- Eat as many as possible while they are fresh. I’m about to mention several ways to do other things but eating them fresh out of the garden is still the best way to enjoy all those yummy veggies.
- Can them. I’ve had good luck with tomatoes and have made spaghetti sauce and salsa in the past. I’ve had minimal luck with pickles, it’s been kind of hit or miss on that one. I’d like to try making dilled green beans at some point but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
- Freeze them. I understand that fresh corn and green beans can be frozen very well. This doesn’t solve my squash problem, though. I tried freezing zucchini and summer squash once and it was inedible.
- Bake sweet bread. There are loads of recipes that use grated squash to add moisture, texture, and flavor. I’ve made zucchini bread many times but haven’t tried summer squash bread just yet.
- Pasta salad. Chop chop chop, mix with cooked pasta and a bit of salad dressing and you’ve got a big bowl of pasta salad that is great for lunches or sides with dinner.
- Sneak the vegetables into regular recipes. This works particularly well with grated zucchini. I’ve added it to hamburger when making sloppy joes and no one even noticed. I got to use 1/2 the amount of burger and added loads of fiber while cutting out the fat and calories. I’ve also made chocolate cake with grated zucchini and that is delicious.
- Make soup. This is a great way to use lots of vegetables but the problem is that soup isn’t very appealing in the middle of August. My advice is to make soup and freeze it.
- Unless you make gazpacho, of course. That will use up your tomatoes and so much more and it’s cold and refreshing and healthy. Win-win-win.
- Make stir fry. Or kabobs. Mix all those vegetables with a bit of protein and you’ve got a quick and delicious dinner.
- Share! Lots of people don’t have gardens of their own or CSAs so sharing is a great way to spread the veggie love around. Bring them to work, bring them to your family members, leave them on a porch after dark!