Food was a national concern in the United States during Second World War years.”Make Food Fight for Freedom by Eating Wisely” was the title of a booklet prepared by the War Ad Council around 1944. Citizens were encouraged to cooperate with rationing efforts and to grow Victory Gardens . The bounty produced from a plot of land was too valuable to waste. Not to grow a garden or care for fruiting shrubs and trees was considered unpatriotic. To fail to preserve its bounty was downright un-American. One 1946, Department of Agriculture poster carried the message, “Am I Proud — I’m fighting famine . . . by canning food at home.” – Courtesy FruitfromWashington.com
To preserve the bounty of your Freedom Garden this year — after you eaten all that you can, can what you can to extend the harvest.
In our kitchen cupboards here on the urban homestead you’ll find an assortment of colorful jars from fruit jams/butters made with homegrown fruits (fig, orange, peach, apple, elderberry, guava), sliced homegrown peaches, salsa made with homegrown tomatoes and onions, basic tomato sauce made with homegrown tomatoes and herbs, marinated homegrown peppers, homegrown grapes leaves in brine and more.
Every year, as the harvest from the garden increases so does our canning efforts. This year I hope to even do a better job at preserving the harvest using new recipes which I hope to share with our readers.
There’s something empowering (especially for us women!) when canned goods surpass store bought canned goods 10 to 1 (well in our case here at the urban homestead) – you know you are the path to self sufficiency. It’s also a link to the past. A past where folks didn’t rely on frozen foods or store bought items to feed their families. Home food preservation is a necessary skill for for these modern times and offers us a solution to the ensuing food crisis.
Canning is a safe and easy way to preserve the bounty of your garden. We use a simple water bath method to seal our canned goods.
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Here some some helpful resources I’ve gleaned from “Grandma Google” that have helped me in my canning adventures.
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