It’s harvest time, and while our garden didn’t produce any of these, we are overloaded with these.

Like squirrels who fill their dens with nuts to get them through the winter, humans have come up with many ways to preserve their home-grown bounty. Although there are some reasons to fear home canning, safer methods abound. While you won’t be enjoying juicy tomato sandwiches in January (unless, of course, you live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case you actually will be enjoying juicy tomato sandwiches in January), you can check out one of many newspapers this month that are cranking out articles on how to freeze or dry this season’s crop. Even if you’re already off the grid.

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