Gardening in Your Family Child Care: How to Maximize Your Tax Write-off

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Gardening in Your Family Child Care: How to Maximize Your Tax Write Off

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Reflection Activity: After viewing this webinar you will need to submit information on how you have used information shared in the webinar, Gardening In Your Family Child Care: How to Maximize Your Tax Write Off. Examples:

  • Documentation, showing how you are tracking your non-reimbursed meals
  • Pictures of how you are storing your gardening surplus or great deals you purchased at the store!
  • Write a brief paragraph about something you have been inspired to set up from the material and resources provided through this webinar to improve your program.

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Tomatoes ~

  • I have used this recipe with both fresh tomaotes, and I have made it with my freezer tomatoes.
  • I only tried freezing my cherry tomatoes, literally just rinse, pat dry, freeze on a baking sheet, once frozen transfer to a bag
  • I didn’t have a recipe for my tomato sauce, I just washed and quartered and placed it in my crockpot. I added several garlic cloves and a splash of olive oil, and some Italian seasoning mix (1-2 tablespoons, depending on how many tomatoes you have.) I let it cook on low all day. A few hours in I added 2-4 T of rice. This will help thicken your sauce.  At the end of the day, I pureed using a hand blender right in the crock pot.

Freezing Zucchini ~

  • I shredded, placed in a container and froze raw. Label container with amount and date.
  • You can steam and then puree. Again, make sure you label the container with amount and date.
  • I made these with fresh zucchini, baked and then put in the freezer.
  • I have used this recipe with pureed zucchini. I mixed everything without the applesauce first. If the batter is too thick, add applesauce as needed.

Cucumbers ~

Blueberries/Cherries/Blackberries ~

  • Rinse berries in a strainer, place on baking sheet, pat dry. Put the baking sheet in the freezer, once berries are firm (about 2 hours) place in a freezer bag. Always label your bag with contents and date prepared.
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