While most people who are into stockpiling and preserving vegetables utilize pressure canners and food dehydrators (for good reason), there are other ways of preserving veggies that have been used during times when such convenient appliances were not present. The old-timers had their ways of prepping also. When it comes to eating your greens, as they would say, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Here are three solid ways to preserve your vegetables that don’t require are electricity.
Pumpkins are a great source of nutrition. While most folks only think of this vegetable as a once-a-year, Thanksgiving treat to accompany turkey, pumpkins are rich in vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants that prevent loss of sight and potassium that has a positive effect on blood pressure are just a few of the benefits to eating pumpkins. To preserve these nutrient-dense veggies, slice the pumpkin around in circles. Take the seeds out and peel the pumpkin. Then, hang the slices over sticks the way you would a fish fillet in a smoke house. Let the pumpkin slices hang there until dry. Then store it in burlap sacks. It will take a while to cook but it will keep for a season.
Leather Breeches Beans
Tender green beans can be easily preserved by hang drying also. This is an old-school technique used by farmers, long before electricity became a staple in modern kitchens. Rich in vitamins A, C, K, B6 and folic acid, green beans are also a great source of calcium, iron, copper, manganese and potassium. There’s no reason you can’t string some up and pack them away for a rainy day. Simply take a long needle with a long strong thread, push the needle through the center of the green bean, ensuring that you can push the green beans together at the end of the threat. You should fill the thread from the knot end to the needle. Now, hang the string up by one end in a warm environment, but not in direct sunlight. Let the beans hang until they are all visibly dry. Store in burlap sack in a cool, dark place.
Sweet potatoes are another easy and nutritious veggie you can preserve very simply. Rich in Vitamin A, C, Manganese and B6, sweet potatoes are not only tasty, they are known to stabilize blood sugar and enhance the immune system. While this old-timey process of preserving sweet potatoes requires some boiling, it does not necessarily require electricity, making it perfect for preppers. Boil the potatoes until they are done, slip off the skins and slice the potatoes into rounds. Place the potatoes on a clean white cloth and put them out in the sun each day. It shouldn’t take more than a couple days, depending on your share of sunlight. Then stack up your sweet potato rounds, they should keep through the winter.