Seasonal Recipes for Summer Produce

July 7th, 2010

When food is “in season” it’s fresh, in abundant supply, cheap and it tastes the best it’s going to taste all year, so gobble it up! We also offer freezing, canning and dehydrating options for long-term storage. Dehydrating is useful since most commercially available dried fruits contain sulfites.

TIP! There is a great site at PickYourOwn.org that has photo-guided recipes, canning, freezing, drying and picking tips. If you grow anything in bulk, or love to cook in bulk, visit this site! You can also visit www.canningusa.com for great canning information!

Here you will find recipes for popular seasonal foods:


Apples

Freeze: Yes
Can: Yes
Dehydrate: Yes

Here are some basic characteristics of some common apple varieties:

Red Delicious: Large, firm red apple with a sweet flavor.

Yellow Delicious: Large, firm yellow apple with a sweet flavor.

Jonathon: Medium, crisp semitart apple, with red near the top, descending to green lower down the fruit.

Granny Smith: Medium/small, crisp, tart apple with green color.

Gala: Medium, crisp semitart apple with yellow skin blushed with orange to red tinge.

From old-fashioned American apple pie to applesauce, apple chips, cinnamon apples and apple cider, apples come in many flavors to delight everyone.  Here are some of our favorites.

Dried Cinnamon Apple Chips

Cinnamon Apples

Apple Sauce

Apple Sauce recipe for canning

Apple Butter recipe

Giant Apple Crisp

Apple Cider

More recipes at BestApples.com

Artichokes

Freeze: Yes
Can: Yes
Dehydrate: No

BBQ Artichoke

Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Artichoke freezing instructions

Berries

Freeze: Yes
Can: Yes
Dehydrate: Yes

Most recipes for a berry dish can substitute other berries – raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, etc. and it’s perfectly fine to mix them.

Berry tips

  • You may freeze or can jams.
  • Don’t wash berries until just before you are going to use them.
  • To freeze whole berries, lay in a single layer in a sheet cake pan and freeze overnight.  When frozen, vacuum-seal or drop into Ziploc bags, removing as much air as you can.
  • Blackberry is particularly good to use with game meats.

Berry Sauce

Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Berries

Blueberry Muffins

Berry Syrup

Lots of jam recipes

Lemon-Nut Torte with Summer Berries

Berry Ice Cream

Blackberry Dressing

Corn

Freeze: Yes
Can: Yes
Dehydrate: No

Corn can be parboiled and frozen for later use. I use frozen corn all year long, on or off the cob. Corn can be added to soups, chowders and stews, enchiladas or other vegetable dishes. For salad dishes, fresh is best.

Corn, Basil and Tomato Salad

Traditional Creamed Corn

Creamed Corn

Coconut Creamed Corn with Cilantro

Corn Soup Topped with Roasted Corn Guacamole (adapted from “Simply Mexican”)

 

Cucumbers

Freeze: No
Can: Yes
Dehydrate: No

Because a lot of retail pickles contain gluten, here are recipes to make your own.

Pumpkin

Freeze: Yes  Can: Yes  Dehydrate: No

Seeds, soups, puree, muffins and pie, pumpkin is cheap, flavorful and very nutritious.

Lynne’s AMAZING No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Muffins

Make your own pumpkin seeds

Please note you should not can pumpkin puree or pumpkin butters, but you may freeze them. You may can pumpkin cubes, just not in a puree form due to bacteria.

Peaches

Freeze: Yes
Can: Yes
Dehydrate: Yes

Grill them, poach them, freeze them, can then, cobbler them or sauce them, peaches are naturally sweet and great all year long.

Peach Cobbler

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Sugar

Peach Ice Cream

Honey-Lavender Poached Peaches

Peach Puree

Peach Butter

Peach Salsa

Frozen Peaches

Measurements – About 2 medium to large peaches = 1 cup sliced peaches. About 4 medium peaches = 1 cup pureed peach

Tomatoes

Freeze: No
Can: Yes
Dehydrate: Yes

Tomatoes are very versatile and can be cooked and canned to last many months.  I can vast quantities of marinara sauce, tomato sauce and whole tomatoes for use throughout the year.  To serve fresh, they are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Confit of Tomatoes

Marinara Sauce

More recipes for canning, freezing and drying tomatoes.

Zucchini

Freeze: Yes
Can: Yes
Dehydrate: No

Stuff it, fry it, sauté it, bake it, grill it or freeze it; zucchini goes everywhere!  Bake it into cakes, breads and muffins, tuck it into soups and sauces, fry it up or let it stand alone, zucchini is one of my, and my kid’s, favorites!

Squash Stir-Fry

Potato and Zucchini Latkes/Pancakes

Zucchini Bread

TIP! When I have a large batch of zucchini, I prebag the cut squash, onion and garlic into dinner-sized portions and freeze in Ziploc bags. Later, defrost and add the remaining ingredients for a quick side dish, soup vegetable packet or pasta topper.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,