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Supplies help save, store bounty of produce

Another year, another miracle: All those tiny seedlings — and all those teeny, tiny seeds — that
you planted months ago aren’t so small anymore, and they’re producing fruits and vegetables like
crazy. • Retailers offer a cornucopia of supplies to help you process and preserve the bounty. •
For produce lovers who want to keep some of everything, plastic freezer storage containers from
Lehman’s (starting at $4.95 for a multipack) bear little similarity to flimsy disposables.

Designed to be used repeatedly, the heavy-duty workhorses — which are microwave- and
dishwasher-safe — range in capacity from 1 pint to a half-gallon.


If your little patch of Eden is morphing into herb-a-

palooza, scope out some handy-dandy gadgets from Ball, the company known for canning
supplies.

Stainless-steel herb scissors ($11.95), for instance, boast five parallel blades and make quick
work of mincing basil, parsley and other leafy delights.

Once you have snipped them into submission, preserve the aromatic tidbits with Ball’s Frozen
Herb Starters ($15.95).

The flexible silicone trays, which resemble those for ice cubes, mold frozen cubes of your
recipe-ready mixture of herbs blended with, say, oil or butter.

Fancy yourself more of a dryer than a freezer?

An herb-drying rack ($19.95) from Gardener’s Supply cleverly combines utility with style.

Hanging from the ceiling, a 15-inch steel ring features hooks from which to suspend fresh herbs
(or flowers or garlic); then air and natural breezes do the rest.

Hold on a minute; what is that racket coming from your kitchen counter? Your beans, tomatoes and
other progeny are clamoring for something more elegant than typical canning jars?

Perhaps it’s time to splurge on shapely European glass jars with glass lids from Lehman’s
(starting at $21.95 for six one-fifth-liter jars).

Of course, no discussion of harvest preservation is complete without mentioning pickles — and
room-

temperature fermentation is all the rage among do-it-yourselfers.

Perfect Pickler Fermenter kit (starting at $21.95) from Lehman’s provides an easy way to get
started. A set includes an airlock lid and tube with rubber gasket, along with recipes and other
accessories.

Your resident mad scientist will be eager to help.

To make pickles, sauerkraut or other fermented dishes on a larger scale, consider a 3-gallon
Fermentation Crock Complete Kit ($119) from Gardener’s Supply.

Or maybe you just need a cheap, low-tech way to store onions.

One word: pantyhose.

It’s stretchy, it provides ventilation, and an extra pair might be waiting in a drawer.

Slip the onions into a leg one by one, tie a knot between each bulb, and hang your masterpiece
of culinary upcycling in the pantry. When a recipe calls for onions, simply cut the pantyhose below
a knot.

Diana Lockwood is a freelance writer covering gardening topics.

cdecker@dispatch.com

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