Summer Veggies for #SundaySupper

I don’t know about you but I’d like to hold onto Summer as long as I possibly can. I truly feel like we were cheated with our Summer here in New England this year. It was cool and wet all the way through June and even July was on the cool side. Though I do miss cooking stews, chili’s and those delicious Fall dishes I’d still like to preserve my Summer food so I can enjoy it all Winter long. Today the Sunday Supper tastemakers are talking about everything from canning, freezing and dehydrating to infusing and pickling! Todays event is being hosted by Stacy of Food Lust People Love and Heather at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. We had the same theme last year too and it’s one of my favorites. Last year I had a lot of Rosemary so I made Rosemary Butter that I used in skillet meals, pasta dishes and even soup.  These Summer Veggies that I worked on this past week are so perfect for this theme. I’m a HUGE squash lover! Yes give me zucchini and summer squash all year round please. Summer veggies are the best in soups and stews, I sneak them into chili too. My kids love zucchini (yes they think it’s cucumbers cooked and cucumbers are all they will eat this summer) so I’m all about preserving it and making it last as long as I possibly can.

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For my birthday my sister gave me a package of mason jars. I know what your thinking, what an odd gift. However, my foodie friends will agree with me on this one. It was a fantastic gift! My sister knows that I love making my own sauces, stews and dressings. I’ve never put a gift to such good use before. I decided to pull out these jars and preserve my favorite Summer Veggies in sizes that worked for my family and I. Freeze them for a later date, thaw, and pour into dinner!

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I went to the Farmers Market and stocked up on plenty of zucchini and summer squash. I cut them into bite size pieces for soups, I cut some up into slices for a night that we just want something different for a veggie side and then I also decided to julienne a few to put in soups and other dishes throughout the winter. I got a pretty neat julienne tool a few years so it took me no time to slice and dice these beauties. I also sautéed some garlic and shallots in a frying pan to add to some of the jars to add some additional flavor. I figured this was a fantastic way to throw together a vegetable soup, chicken soup or even a hearty chili this winter without going through some of the hassle of chopping and dicing. I’ll just pull out a can of veggies and stir it into whatever I’m making or pull out a can and sauté it for a nice veggie side dish this winter!

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Have the comforts of Summer all Winter long by preserving your zucchini and summer squash in mason jars! Perfectly measured and chopped for easy cooking.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Ingredients
  • Zucchini
  • Summer Squash
  • Shallots
  • Garlic, minced
  • Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Slice the shallots and sauté them in a few tablespoons of olive oil on low heat for 10-15 minutes adding the garlic the last few minutes.
  2. Dice the zucchini into rounds. Put some rounds aside and cut the remaining rounds in half and in half again making 4 pieces to each round. Julienne one zucchini and one summer squash.
  3. Open mason jars and fill them to the top leaving a little room on top. Place a few tablespoons of the sautéed shallots and garlic on top. Close the lid tightly and mark the date and what is in each jar on the cover.
  4. Freeze!

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Are you ready to start preserving your Summer? Below you will find plenty of recipes, ideas and tips on making Summer last all year long!

Canning

Dehydrating

Fermentation

Freezing

Infusing

Pickling

Preserving in oil or butter

And for even more help and support: 5 Food Preservation Tips from Sunday Supper Movement
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