Preserving the summer harvest

16:00, Dec 02 2012

Summer is here and that means oily rag gardeners can look forward to an abundance of produce from their garden. The challenge is to find ways to extend the availability of delicious fresh fruit and vegetables into the chillier times of the year. This is a matter of dollars and sense for the frugal family because fruit and vegetables are cheapest when they are abundant. Serious savers will be making the most of this opportunity, and even non oily rag gardeners should be making the most of the season's harvest by buying cheap or better still receiving free fruit and vegetables from neighbours, friends and relatives.

There are many different ways to store your abundance, but freezing is the most common way of preserving food - so common that many people don't really see it as a form of preserving. We reckon having a decent sized freezer is essential for those feasting off the smell of an oily rag.

Here are some freezing tips from readers.

Do you have a favourite preserving tip that you would like to share with others? If so, please send it to us at or write to Living off the Smell of an Oily Rag, PO Box 984, Whangarei.


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