Homemade Veggie Scrap Broth

Three mason jars of brown broth

In Top 5 Things to Keep in the Freezer, I introduced the idea of keeping a veggie scrap bag in your freezer, which is how you make my sixth top frozen staple item—homemade veggie broth.  If you have a compost program in your community or a backyard compost, most of your food scraps probably end […]

Slow Roasting Roma (Plum) Tomatoes

slices of roma tomatoes on cookie sheets in the oven

Roma tomatoes, a variety of plum tomatoes, are dense in flavor and best known for making sauces and pastes. When I have them in abundance, I love to slow roast them to concentrate their flavors even more and then freeze them so I can enjoy the taste of fresh tomatoes all winter long. These little […]

Freezing Bell Peppers

Slices of red, yellow, and green bell peppers on a baking sheet with frsty coating from being frozen

Take a few minutes to freeze fresh bell peppers at the end of summer, and you will thank yourself all winter long. Use your frozen bell pepper stash in soups, curries, pasta dishes; you name it. If you’re cooking something that calls for sautéed onions and peppers, just pull out the quantity you need, dice […]

Storing Fresh Basil

Lots of leafy basil in a jar on a counter

When you’re lucky enough to have a big batch of freshly harvested basil, I recommend storing it uncovered on your countertop.   Trim the ends and drop the basil in a jar or vase with some water. Place near a window if possible so it can get sunlight. Change the water as needed and use within […]

Storing Fresh Rosemary

Baggie containing a rolled towel with a sprig of rosemary peeking out

I love getting fresh herbs in my CSA. They’re always bigger and more impressive than the herbs I grow and, because they’re freshly cut, they inspire me to use them up quickly. Depending on how hot the weather is, most soft-leafed herbs can do fine in a cup of water sitting out on the counter […]

Garlic Scape & Kale Pesto

Overhead shot of a food processor with partially blended sauce and leafy greens.

Garlic scapes are the stocks that grow from bulbs of hardnecked garlic plants. They could easily be overlooked, but I love that some resourceful cook figured out that they make delicious pesto.    This recipe is cheese-free and, though I’m not a vegan, I like to make it this way because I can serve it […]

How to Manage Your Strawberry Bounty

Bright red strawberries in blue cartons on a white background

Yay! Strawberries! Now what? Because strawberry season only lasts a few weeks, many of us will suddenly find ourselves with more than we can eat before they spoil. Making strawberry jam is a great option, but there are other simple things you can do to ensure you enjoy every precious strawberry. They’ll do fine sitting […]

Prepping & Storing Carrot Tops

Bundle of carrots on a wood background

When you are lucky enough to get freshly harvested carrots, with carrot tops still attached, use the greens as you would fresh parsley.  As soon as you get them, cut away the tops, give them a rinse and shake them out or spin them in a colander. Loosely wrap them in a clean dish towel […]

Top 5 Things to Keep in Your Freezer

Overhead shot of bags and containers in a freezer drawer

If I had to choose between owning a dishwasher or a freezer, I’d definitely choose a freezer. It helps us be more resourceful, minimize food waste and enjoy seasonal foods year-round  — what Vinegar Home is all about!  I’ll write another post at some point with tips for organizing your freezer, but the most important […]

Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Overhead shot of a canning jar with pickled red onions with whole spices visible on top

Quick-pickling or “quickling” is a fast, simple way to pickle vegetables. You can whip these onions up at the beginning of cooking dinner and enjoy them with your meal. They are great on Mexican food, but really can go on anything that would benefit from a zesty tang. Try them on tacos, sandwiches, burgers, eggs, […]