Category Archive: Fruit

  1. Tomatoes: You’ve Outdone Yourself, Again!


    Tomatoes are a staple in most gardens. Usually you have so many that you can’t use them fast enough!

    Sliced tomatoes and fresh basil
    Of course we want to can as many tomatoes as we can in salsa, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce and the like for our food storage, but we love to eat them fresh too!

    Tomatoes have always been used as a side on sandwiches, salads, in soups etc. It’s time for tomatoes to step up and take their rightful place as the main dish!

    Are you ready for the most scrumptious open faced tomato sandwich you have ever tasted? I made up a simple recipe using fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden! Here you have it! Enjoy!


    Fresh tomatoes
    Fresh basil
    Cream cheese
    Mozzarella cheese
    Garlic Parmesan french bread
    Olive Oil


      1. Preheat oven to 425.
      2. Slice french bread about 1 inch thick and spread them out onto a cookie sheet.
      3. Spread with as much or as little cream cheese as you would like.

    Garlic Parmesan french bread with cream cheese spread on top on a cookie sheet

      1. Gently wash then thinly slice fresh tomatoes and place 2 or more on top of cream cheese.

    Sliced tomatoes on top of french bread and cream cheese

      1. Gently wash fresh basil then lay out a few leaves on top of the tomatoes.

    Fresh basil on top of french bread with cream cheese and tomatoes

      1. Pile a handful of mozzarella cheese on top of basil.

    Mozzarella cheese on top of cream cheese tomato basil open-faced sandwich

      1. Moving your hand back and forth lightly pour olive oil on top of sandwich.

    Lightly pour olive oil on top of cream cheese tomato basil open-faced sandwich

      1. Place in oven and bake until cheese is melted!

    Baked open-faced tomato basil sandwiches with cream cheese and mozzarella cheese

    I used other fresh foods that I either got out of the garden or that I had prepared previously for my side dishes with this meal. They were absolutely delicious and hit around the table! (That’s saying a lot because I have a 3 year old that won’t eat anything called “dinner.” Even he ate this!)

    I cut up fresh cucumber out of the garden and place them on the plate next to some carrots that I already had in the fridge and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. Then I made a fruit cocktail with green grapes, leftover blueberries from making fresh peach and blueberry cobbler the other night, and combined them with some strawberries that I had sliced and frozen for food storage!

    Open-faced tomato basil sandwich with fresh carrot, cucumber, and fruit coctail including grapes, strawberries and blueberries

    This dinner was so delicious! We all loved it and I hope you do to! Be sure to tell me what you think! If you make modifications I would love to know what they are!

    What are other things you do with fresh tomatoes from your garden?

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  2. Recipe for Fresh Peach and Blueberry Cobbler!


    Is there anything more comforting than the smell of fresh peach and blueberry cobbler baking in the oven? It’s the fresh aroma of love, selflessness, family and fun!

    When I saw beautiful, bigger than fist size peaches ripening on my tiny peach tree I just knew I had to do something special with them! Of course we ate them fresh like an apple, sliced up and sprinkled with sugar! But I knew I needed to make cobbler out of them, and I wanted it to be fAnTaStIc! I decided to make up my own recipe and it was DELICIOUS! Is that bragging? Oh well! πŸ™‚


    4 large fresh peaches (if your peaches are small use more)
    1 C fresh blueberries
    1 stick butter
    1 C flour
    1/2 white sugar
    1/2 C rolled oats
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 1/2 Tbls brown sugar


      1. Wash fresh peaches, peel, de-pit, slice length wise, place in bowl.
        *A super easy tip to pealing peaches is by blanching them. To blanch bring a pot of water to a boil, drop peaches into boiling water for just a few second, like 30, then take them out and the skin will be so soft that it will just peel off in your hands!
      2. Wash fresh blueberries and put them in the bowl with the peaches.

    Fresh peaches and blueberries prepared for peach and blueberry cobbler

      1. Preheat oven to 375
      2. In a medium sized mixing bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, white sugar, rolled oats, salt, baking powder. Stir.
      3. Melt butter either in the microwave or on the stove. Pour into a 9X9 inch baking dish. Pour fruit on top of butter. Pour batter on top of fruit.
      4. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top of everything.

    Peaches, blueberries, batter and brown sugar all mixed up and ready to go in the oven

      1. Bake uncovered for about 30-40 minutes. Keep checking it until it passes the toothpick test! *Toothpick test: where you insert a toothpick in the center of the cobbler. When it comes back out batter free, it’s done!

    Delicious baked fresh peach and blueberry cobbler

    Can you make this dessert with dehydrated fruit from your food storage? You bet! If you are itching for some fresh peach and blueberry cobbler, but don’t have any fresh peaches or blueberries, don’t worry! Dehydrated peaches and blueberries can work as well! Re-hydrate the peaches and blueberries in your food storage then follow the instructions above.

    Re-hydrating fruit is simple. There are usually instructions on the can with the fruit to water ratio. You leave your fruit to soak in the recommended water amount for the time suggested on the can and you’re ready to go!

    Other recipes I’ve seen for peach cobbler use 1/2 C more sugar than I do. I just didn’t think it was necessary so I left that 1/2 C out…. Look at me being all health conscious! I figured, the chances of my family devouring this cobbler with good ol’ vanilla ice cream are um… 100%! So they wouldn’t even notice the reduction in sugar. Sneaky? No. Wise? Yes!

    It was so much fun creating this recipe. I hope you enjoy it! If you make adjustments that you prefer, let me know what they are! I’d love to know!

    What are some of your favorite desserts to make using your food storage?

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  3. 5 Easy Steps to Freeze Strawberries!


    Cartons of fresh strawberries

    Throw strawberries in to smoothies, pile them on top of your angel food cake, add them to your ice cream, sprinkle them on your oatmeal, cereal, salads, mash them up to make jam, fruit leather mmmmmmmm my goodness what CaN’t you do with strawberries!?! Strawberries are so delicious! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have access to them all year long?!

    I love to freeze my strawberries and I use them all the time! They are a great item to keep in your food storage in the freezer. They last about 3-6 months in the freezer and 6-12 months in a deep freeze!

    We suggest stocking up on foods for your food storage when they are in their season and you can buy them for a great price! Different fruits and veggies are for sale for great prices right now. Strawberries are at their cheapest! In my opinion, if you can buy a carton of strawberries for $1.50 or less you have found a slammin’ deal! Stock up! Buy a ton! Make strawberry jam, dehydrate them, eat em fresh, or freeze them!

    To freeze strawberries you need:
    Strawberries (of course)
    Quart size freezer zip lock baggies. (You could use gallon size too. I use quart size because I don’t like to have to thaw out more than I need at once.)
    Lemon juice
    Large bowl
    Measuring cups
    Large spoon

    *Notice: I use sugar in this recipe. You don’t have to use sugar, I do because it tastes FaNtAsTiC! (I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… there isn’t a set in stone recipe you HAVE to use to freeze strawberries shhhh, I know, right? You add lemon to keep the color and sugar (or not) to have some saweetness!) – That being said, I’ll tell you how I do it and you can adjust from there!

      1. Wash em: gently under cold water
      2. De-stem em: cut off the green and toss it in the trash, compost, or to the chickens or goats πŸ˜‰
      3. Slice em to your desired size and keep them in a large bowl.
      4. Dress em: For every 3 cartons of strawberries that I’ve prepared I stir in 1/2-1 C of sugar and about 3 Tbls-1/4 C of lemon juice. So delish! Add as much or as little as you want!

    Sliced strawberries prepared with sugar and lemon juice ready to put in bags to freeze.

    1. Bag em: Use your 1 C measuring cup to scoop up your strawberry mixture and put them in your quart size zip lock baggies!

    Be sure to label them with the date on front so you know how long they’ve been in that freezer! “Ooops! My strawberries have been in the freezer for 3 months! Guess I better open up a bag of them after the kids fall asleep, sit on the couch, turn on the tube or cozy up with a book and spoon the whole bag into my belly before they go bad!” πŸ˜‰ mmmmm rotating our food storage can be so delicious!

    Strawberries in bags labeled with date they were prepared.

    I LOVE using freezer bags! They stack so nice and flat in the freezer and you can store a ton of them!

    Bags of strawberries stacked flat in the freezer

    What are some of your favorite things to do with strawberries for your food storage?

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