Growing a garden this year? While you wait for all those beautiful fruits, veggies and herbs to start rolling in, spend a little time planning how you’ll use your harvest. Because too much zucchini is only a thing, if you don’t have a plan for it.
Flip through recipe books, and trawl the Internet for new recipes to try. Then, make a list of what you plan to make with all the foods that you’re growing, or intend to buy at your local farmer’s market.
Include dinner recipes that you can enjoy right away, as well as recipes that you can enjoy throughout the year. Then, track down all the canning recipes, freezing instructions and drying instructions you’ll need, so you’ll be ready to put up your harvest as soon as it comes in.
And be sure to keep an eye out for some giftable recipes, too. Having ready-made gifts on hand makes Christmas and other gift-giving occasions much easier.
Here’s a free printable that you can use to jot down your plans. Just list a different fruit, vegetable or herb in each box, and list the recipes you plan to make in the space below. There’s even a spot to note the source of each recipe, so you don’t waste a bunch of time hunting down your recipes later.
I tucked my harvest planner in the front of my recipe book, so it’ll be easy to reference and add on to. I stuck them in page protectors, so they’ll stay clean.
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Recipes You Have to Try:
Here are some of the recipes that I like to make with my harvest. I’ve shared some of these here on My Frugal Home, and I’ve shared some of them over on About.com.
- Crockpot Applesauce
- Crockpot Apple Butter
- How to Make Fruit Leather in the Oven
- How to Make Fruit Leather in a Dehyrator
- How to Make Crushed Pepper Flakes
- How to Make Ground Hot Pepper
- Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
- Homemade Chili Powder
Need More Help Organizing Your Recipes?
Use my printable family recipe book to get all of your recipes in one place. You can even customize the cover with your family’s name.
Here’s an editable recipe card template that you can use to type up your recipes.
And here are some handy reference pages that you might want to include in your recipe book: