How to Preserve a Bumper Crop of Carrots

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the pictures of my carrot harvest already! We had a bumper harvest of carrots this year – the best harvest I’ve ever had. I didn’t have a clear cut plan of what to do with all of those carrots, so I had to take to the internet. Here are a number of ways I’ve found to preserve a bumper carrot harvest!

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How to Preserve a Bumper Crop of Carrots

1. Freeze –

Freezing carrots is really easy and is the first thing I do. To freeze, simply slice the carrots, then blanch them for 1-2 minutes, shock with cold water, pack and freeze. Easy peasy. Especially since I used my 11 cup Cuisinart Food Processor to do the slicing. If you’d like a more in-depth tutorial, PickYourOwn.org has one I recommend. I froze mine in 2 cup portions and they’ll be great for winter soups or quick side dishes! They’re so sweet and tasty!

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BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Cole Slaw Recipe

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BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Cole Slaw. Easy slow cooker recipe #WeberBBQSauces #ad

Summer is the perfect time to pull out the BBQ and grill up some fabulous food. Unfortunately, my husband is seriously busy this summer finishing our house and doesn’t have time to grill. I’m definitely not the grill master in this house, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy delicious BBQ.  I pulled out my trusty crock pot the other day and made fabulous BBQ Pulled Chicken using newly reformulated Weber BBQ sauce – sauce that contains no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives – three very common ingredients in most store-bought BBQ sauce.

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Homemade 100% Fruit Popsicles – Fla-Vor-Ice Healthified

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Homemade 100 Fruit Popsicles - Fla-Vor-Ice Healthified #ad #ALDI {from SimplifyLiveLove.com}

I know you guys have seen them because they’re everywhere in the summer. Fla-Vor-Ice Popsicles and their counterparts like the Kool Pops pictured below. Dreaded by health conscious moms across the country, these “popsicles” are what I called artificial sugar and artificial color bombs in a tube. But my goodness. My kids love them. WHHHHYYYYYY????? They are so nasty. In an attempt to get my kids to eat something a little healthier, I decided to make my own, homemade 100% fruit popsicles – that look like the unhealthy fla-vor-ice varieties, but are made out of 100% fruit instead.

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Making these homemade fla-vor-ice popsicles is seriously easy, y’all. Head to ALDI and buy yourself some fruit. I opt for organic strawberries, blueberries, and apples, and conventional pineapple, mango, and watermelon.

Homemade 100% Fruit Popsicles – Fla-Vor-Ice Healthified

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Homemade Strawberry Syrup Recipe & Canning Instructions

Last week, we headed south to my parents’ house in Central Missouri. We needed to help out with my ailing grandpa while my parents attended a wedding in Colorado. But I was also motivated by my dad’s garden. He has the most gorgeous strawberry patch this year and I L.O.V.E. fresh strawberries! I was surprised to find there so many strawberries that we couldn’t eat them all, and so this Homemade Strawberry Syrup recipe came to be to keep the berries from going to waste.

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Using the strawberries from his patch, we made the most delicious Strawberry Syrup you can imagine, and today I’m sharing with you how to make your own! But first, the back story on getting to the strawberries is in order…

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