As summer approaches and the onslaught of garden harvests is about to descend on gardeners across the nation, planting gives way to preserving. Fellow Freedom Gardeners and those who’ve joined the Harvest Keeper Challenge will be stocking up their homegrown harvest for the fall and winter months ahead.

Now, more than ever folks are relearning back to basics skills by taking steps back to their grandparents days. This time around, fighting for food security! Victory gardens are sprouting up and home preservation efforts are taking precedent over supplies from the grocery store.

The Peddler’s Wagon has stocked up on “Urban Homestead Approved” goods for your home preservation needs.

New Items

Home Canning Kit

The Ball® Home Canning Basics Kit will give you all the basic utensils you need to start preserving the bounty of your garden or market.

Water bath method is a great way for newbies to start canning. With this simple kit you can preserve tomatoes and sauces, fruit, jellies, and pickles. The included book covers not only water bath but pressure canning and dehydration.

More about the product

An Urban Homesteader’s Testimonial: I’m often asked what canning method do you use. Here on the urban homestead we use a simple water bath method. We’ve preserved everything from apple butter, salsa, peppers, tomatoes, peaches, fruit jams and more. – Anais

Food Pantrie Dryer

After the manufacturers long production hiatus, we are excited to now stock the worlds only non electric dryer and sprouter. Enrich your family’s diet with a hanging, natural food garden -in your kitchen.

It’s amazingly simple to use. There are no fans. No electric cords. No noise. The Food PANtrie uses foolproof methods for preserving and growing foods perfected thousands of years ago. And, this unique food system does it year round, even in your kitchen.

Sprout wheatgrass, alfalfa, mung beans, lentils, and your other favorites. Dry jerky, apples, apricots, onions, mushrooms and more!

More about the product

An Urban Homesteader’s Testimonial: We purchased a couple of FOOD PANTRIES back in 1999. They really came in handy here on the urban homestead to dry vegetables and herbs (even homemade soaps!). I like the fact that the dryer is compact. I can hang it outside on the clothesline for solar drying purposes or even indoors. – Anais

Also on the Peddler’s Wagon you’ll find helpful books and kitchen tools and even more food preservation supplies

Happy growing and preserving!

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  1. Fern says:

    Anyone have experience with this in really humid areas? The area I live in used to be a swamp, and I’m afraid to try no-heater dryers for fear of mold/mildew.

  2. Anais says:

    Hello Fern

    Thanks for your comment.

    Here’s perhaps a helpful link


    ” disparaging comments about solar food drying, such as “solar dryers are not suitable for humid climates,” or “solar dryers won’t work in areas without lots of sunshine.” A good solar dryer will work well in most of the world and anywhere in the Lower 48 states where you can get two days of sunshine in a row with some regularity. In fact, just about anywhere you can grow a successful outdoor vegetable garden, you can use a solar dryer. Outdoor temperature and humidity levels have only minor impact on solar food drying. You can successfully dry foods in the muggiest climates and at outdoor temperatures down to about 45°? F.Clouds, however,will diminish drying quite a bit. An overcast day will leave your solar dryer sputtering. For this reason, a backup electric heat option is a good idea to protect against unpredictable weather changes. “

  3. Ariella says:

    Hi Anais,

    I have canned before, and I think it’s a great way to preserve summer’s harvest, but I read that canned food loses something like 60% or more of it’s nutrients. Do you know anything about the nutritional content. I could freeze it, but I hate to run the standing freezer if I don’t have to.

  4. Anais says:


    Can anyone weigh in on this issue of nutritional loss?

    Isn’t there a difference between commercial canned food and homegrown/homepreserved food. I would think so?

    Here’s a quote from an article:

    Preserving nutritional value
    In addition to the pleasure putting up fruits and vegetables provides, the idea is also to preserve the nutritional value of the ingredients while guarding against the development of naturally-occurring micro-organisms and germs. Although a slight loss of nutrients will occur, the nutritional value of canned foods is comparable to that of fresh foods.

    If possible, keep the skin on the fruit if it is in good condition. The skin contains a large amount of vitamins which will then be transferred to your preserves.

    There is minimal spoilage and loss of nutritional value when preserves are kept at a temperature ranging between 13° C (55° F) to 21° C (69° F) and used within a year.


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