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Conserve those left over vegies don't waste anything

Updated on March 16, 2011

Potatoes and Onions

Cucumbers for pickling

Conserve your extra vegetables

How many times have you stocked up your fresh groceries and find you have too many. Or you have planted your own vegetable garden. For a while they stay stagnant so you go out and buy a few more plants, then suddenly they take off and you are inundated with stacks of tomatoes.

Never panic help is at hand. There is always a way around anything. While travelling across the Nullabor a few months back, we found ourselves with too many potatoes, onions and a cucumber. We were reluctant to have to give these up at the fruit fly check point, so by doing the following, we did not waste anything.


We could not take them through the checkout so we stopped on the side of the road and sliced all the onions, put them in sealed plastic bags and froze them.


Slice these and put on the gas to par boil. We rinsed in cold water, (as did not have any ice) then we bagged them up and stored in freezer.

Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoe

Keep by doing the same as for Potatoes


This was simple. We found an empty glass jar in the cupboard and sliced the cucumber. Placing the cucumber in the jar we added a teaspoon of sugar, filled it with white vinegar (you can use brown) added a few spices (you can add what you like depending on your taste buds). Then screw lid on tight and place in the fridge.

Too much Bread

If you bought a few loaves on special, dont wast them. Divide up into 3-4 slices and put into plastic bags and freeze. If the bread is a few days old, put into the oven on low heat until it light brown.

Put into plastic bag, then squash with a rolling pin until resembles bread crumbs. This can then be stored in sealed jars. Use as stuffing for chooks or sprinkle on top of puddings.

Use up those Tomatoes


This is a great way to use up all those not so good overripe ones up.

You will need a large saucepan, tomatoes, onions, garlic, hot sauce, chilies, and whatever spices to suit your own taste buds.

Slice up the tomatoes, put in pot. Slice and chop a few onions, (this will depend on size and amount of tomatoes). Place them into the pot. DO NOT ADD ANY WATER. Stir the mixture and put on very low to heat. The liquid in the tomatoes will give this enough moisture. Stir occasionally. Now chop or crush whole garlic (depend on choice) add to pot and stir. Now add whatever seasoning or spices you wish. If using large pot, I split the mixture it into two dishes and add different spices in each to make a change.

Now if you like you can mix some instant gravy mixture into one of these and stir to thicken. Let it cool and place in sealed plastic bags. Make sure to remove the excess air. Lay flat so it takes less room in freezer. These are great for spaghetti bolognaises, soups, stews, or to add extra to a meal when that unexpected visitor arrives.

Freezing Green Peas and Beans

  • Peas- Choose the fresh young tender peas. Shell, wash, and blanch for two minutes. Chill in ice water, drain, and freeze immediately.
  • Snap peas - Choose fresh unblemished pods. String and blanch for two minutes. Chill in the ice water, drain, and freeze immediately
  • Snap beans - Choose the fresh young beans. Wash, top and tail and cut into 1-4 inch pieces. Blanch for three minutes, chill in the ice water, drain and freeze immediately.


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      Abhinaya 9 years ago

      Once again a very informative hub from you Eileen.I always wanted to know how to go about with those over ripe and under ripe tomatoes.Thumbs up from me for this....and thanks.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      No probs. glad to help you from throwing them all out.

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      stevemark122000 9 years ago from Southern California

      This is all helpful information, thanks.

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      starrwriter 9 years ago from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

      Thank you for the great tips. I always have so much extra from my garden each year and the neighbors can only take so much.

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      Laura Schofield 9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing!

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago

      Thanks Ischofield for stopping by

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Starrwriter , thanks, yes our neighbors get too many too. So had to find a way of using things.

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      cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

      Eileen, great hub, I just have flower plants, but when I move to a new home I will be having more of these plants. I am interested in knowing more about this canning and preserving procedure, hope to do this later. Thanks.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thats great idea, you need to grow fresh vegies, not flowers (weeds) you cannot eat flowers. At least not most of them. Yes give it a try, they taste better if you make them yourself.

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      Stephanie Hicks 9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Super Hub! If my grandmother was Internet-savvy, she would give you a thumbs up too!

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      The How To Hub 9 years ago from Australia

      Wonderful idea's : ) Can we come to your house for dinner?

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      RUTHIE17 9 years ago

      Good Hub!  It really doesn't take that much time to blanch and freeze or even to can using the waterbath method if you don't have a pressure canner.  It's a great money saver and everything you put up in the summer tastes soooooo good during the winter months!

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      How to hub, Sorry going away for two weeks, haha. Thats good trick. dinkum though. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Steph, Grandmas were great for all those tips and tricks.

      Ruthie, I have never liked pressure cookers because I saw one blow up and just didnt want to risk that. Being silly I know. Beer bottles blew up and didnt stop me making home brews. And yes great for out of seasons stuff. Thanks for that

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great hub, Eileen!

      A couple of years, I froze the tomatoes whole (after washing and coring). The skins come off easiily when you thaw them, too.

      Thx for these pointers....I was just complaining the other day about the veggie waste when cleaning out the fridge. I'm going to try some of these.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Go for it I believe we as a society waste far too much. Should do that meal planner in here.(forgotten her name) It would save us on overspending and waste too. We give ours to the neighbors but still too much.. I think the problem is that you buy punnets of things and they all grow at same time. I have started planting half the punnet out and leave the other in container for another week, to slow its growth.. Thanks for stopping by

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      Pat Merewether 9 years ago from Michigan

      Some good ideas - I had SO many bell peppers last year - I froze quite a few, but many beautiful peppers languished in my fridge and finally spoiled. My only consolation was that they went into the compost pile.

      Thanks for this post!

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      yes I know how you feel. You can only do so much thats for sure.

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      senfunn 9 years ago from India

      Simple but efficient Ideas !!!

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      thats what its all about. Simple and easy ideas.

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      Blogger Mom 9 years ago from Northeast, US

      Great tips, Eileen. I hate throwing out food that's gone bad - I try to avoid it when I can, but sometimes I'm too late. Never thought of freezing onions. Thanks for the great tips! - Deb

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      Frank 9 years ago from Montana

      I remember canning 24 quarts of hot sauce on year.

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Blogger mom. yes its hard to keep an eye on the bottom of the fridge. thanks

      Firead45. That would have been a lot of work then thanks.

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I really enjoy reading all your helpful tips. Thanks for sharing.

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      Woody Marx 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great information. It is one of the hardest things about staying vegetarian, that is not wasting stuff or finding stuff has gone off so quickly. These tips are sure to help.

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      eileen hughes 8 years ago

      Thanks sweetpie and Woody glad if it helped you.

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      commentonthis7 8 years ago

      thanks for the info great hub

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks for stopping by

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