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How to Use Your Garden During The Holidays

December 01, 2022

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If you plant your fruits and vegetables, you probably want to use them for your holiday meals too. Regardless of the fruit, you want to ensure that you can comfortably use it for a meal. But first, you need to ensure you keep your garden well-kept for when you need them. 

Some fruits and vegetables you need to use from your garden can be included with late fall foods and canned foods. Below are some ideas for your garden produce for the late summer and early fall foods in combination with the fruits. 


One of the most convenient ways you can use fruits from your garden during holiday meals is for dessert. You need to be creative coupled with homesteading supplies about how you add fruits to your meals, but generally, fruits can please appetites after big meals. 

You don't have to go for a fruit-filled dessert fully; you can also add a few of your favorite holiday desserts to the mix. For example, you can have crumble, ice cream, and pie served with fresh fruit from your garden.

Fresh Produce-Filled Soup 

You probably don't only have fruits in your garden, but you can also have vegetables to help you with your holiday meals. Some of the winter veggies you can serve as part of your soup menu include cauliflower, onion in savory, and butternut squash. 

Each one of the options will bring up a creative meal for a holiday, and the freshness of food from your garden only makes it feel and taste better. 

You can also opt for some veggies to help with your appetizers, as they produce the ideal placement beside your holiday food. You can opt for pepper, spiced olive, spinach dip, or stuffed mushrooms, as they blend with most meals. 

Add Your Vegetables and Fruits to Side Dishes

When you have plenty of ripe fruits and wondering what to do with it, you can simmer it with water to create a sauce. You'll be killing two birds with one stone here as you will prevent your fruits from spoiling and add some nutrition to your meals. 

The fruit sauce can be used over cooked meats and added to ice cream or even pancakes. If you get the right apple sauce, you can serve it with pork chops. 

Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes – if you are still going for that nutritional value, you can go for a savory side dish like this. All you need are the sweet potatoes and dice carrots, which you will boil with. The carrots will add sweetness to the meal once you mash them up after boiling. 

Use the Produce as Entrees

There are several ways you can create great entrees from your garden produce this holiday, especially if you have visitors. Some ideas include: 

  • Salad – This is the way to go when you are looking for that light meal to help create more space for dessert for your guest. Since you probably have all the other ingredients for your salad, you can add beans or meat to it to create the perfect entrée. 
  • Spinach-stuffed Chicken – If you want more color for your entrée, you can mix some white, green, and red to make the guests whet their tongues before they even taste the meal. This is one of the easiest meals you can make for the holidays. 

Try Something New

You don't need to keep with the normal food ideas for a holiday; homesteading supplies can help you create more. Here, you need to have veggies like Brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, and potatoes. You can add a drizzle of vinegar and use them for a meal with pasta or pot pie. 

If you like to grow your food and rather not grocery shop, there's no rule where you can't add veggies and fruits to your holiday meals. These are some ways you can make great use of your garden during the holiday.