I’ve been working my way through a book entitled Self-Reliance: Recession-proof your pantry. It is a short book from Backwoods Home Magazine that a friend of my let me borrow. Wow– is it amazing. Amazing how ignorant I am when it comes to knowing about building a real, well-rounded pantry that will last longer than a week.
Ideally, I would like to stock my pantry with lots of my own food that I grew on my own land…that I canned myself. It’s easier to dream than make those dreams become reality sometimes. I tried canning last month. I loved it. However, I also am smart enough to realize that I am in a very busy baby season of my life. My babies also seem to inherit our overdrive, high-gear, no brakes, unlimited fuel gene which makes life even more interesting. Ohhh Joy, I love it! Which means that some of my ideals have to go out the window. Canning all my own food is not my goal this year. Learning how to can is one of my goals. For now, I’ll grab the sales at the store, keep reading and learning and dreaming of the day when I can “Can” big time batches of food. I’ll admire my small canning jobs in the mean time.
I spent a lot of time canning applesauce and apple butter. It’s all gone now, but we sure enjoyed every bite and it was well worth the time and effort! I do have every intention of working small canning batches into this years gardening. Green beans, tomatoes….meat! Canned meat??!! Yeah…my friend was telling me about it the other day. She discovered how easy it is to can barbeque pork and I am anxious to see her new trick in action. We were throwing around the idea of having a canning party– you know, a get-together with the ladies to can! That sounds like a great time to me!