PRESERVING FOR FOOD SECURITY

Growing up, I remember looking through my father’s old Reader’s Digest’s  Back to Basics book (still have it!) and drooling over the photo of a lady putting up her canned goods.  I so wanted to have a pantry like that!  This year, I pretty darn close to rivaling the lady in the photo.

From Hippie to Hip

In those days, canning was considered practical art,  appealing to those yearning for a simpler, more self-sufficient and economical way of living .   These days,  canning is now considered the hip thing to do —  touted a proactive revolutionary act to reduce food miles and footprint. This recent and informative article came to my attention since Peddler’s Wagon is proudly part of Co-Cop America – thought I’d share it.

Don’t forget Peddler’s Wagon has some supplies and books for your canning pleasure.  Already canning all you can, then join our Harvest Keeper Challenge.

Think Globally, Can Locally

Canning local fruits and veggies will tantalize your taste buds and reduce your carbon footprint all year round.

Even after you’ve bitten into the last ripe peach from the tree in your backyard or the last strawberry from the farm on the outskirts of your town, realize you don’t have to say goodbye to those succulent local favorites at the end of summer. By canning and preserving local produce, you can enjoy it out of season, stretching an abundant harvest to nourish you year-round. Cannercopia

Why not just go to the store and pick up more peaches and strawberries during the winter? Because they likely came from a warmer climate thousands of miles from where you live, and transporting them from the tree to your fruit bowl has environmental costs well beyond the price you pay at the store.

Eating local produce—either from your own garden or a nearby farm—helps limit your “food miles,” or the distance food travels from the farm to your plate, thereby cutting CO2 emissions. Buying from a local farmer also supports your community’s economy.

Perhaps best of all, preserving fresh produce by canning it allows you to enjoy the freshest-tasting peaches, berries, tomatoes, and green beans long after the summer farmers’ markets close up shop. Here’s what you need to know. …

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Comments(14)

  1. GarlicMan76458 says:

    Dear Anais,

    Thank you for posting this article. I went to the website and printed it for keeping in my FOOD folder. I’ve never canned before and this article is perfect timing to get me started.

    Sincerely,
    GarlicMan76458 at FreedomGardens.org

  2. GarlicMan76458 says:

    Dear Anais,

    Thank you for posting this article. I went to the website and printed it for keeping in my FOOD folder. I’ve never canned before and this article is perfect timing to get me started.

    Sincerely,
    GarlicMan76458 at FreedomGardens.org

  3. Andrea says:

    I remember standing in my grandmother’s “Summer Kitchen” as a little girl, looking at the shelves of canned food thinking “We’ll not go hungry this winter.” Canning was an integral part of our summer vacation and I loved the time I spent helping to make tomato juice and canning peaches. I hope my kids grow up with the same happy memories.

  4. Andrea says:

    I remember standing in my grandmother’s “Summer Kitchen” as a little girl, looking at the shelves of canned food thinking “We’ll not go hungry this winter.” Canning was an integral part of our summer vacation and I loved the time I spent helping to make tomato juice and canning peaches. I hope my kids grow up with the same happy memories.

  5. Gen says:

    My grandparents handed down their copy of ‘Back to Basics’ to us and we read it often! It is great fun reading about your canning enterprises out west while we, out east, are plugging along at it, too:-). Your site is one of our inspirations.

    thyhandhathprovided.blogspot.org

  6. Gen says:

    My grandparents handed down their copy of ‘Back to Basics’ to us and we read it often! It is great fun reading about your canning enterprises out west while we, out east, are plugging along at it, too:-). Your site is one of our inspirations.

    thyhandhathprovided.blogspot.org

  7. Janice Kubo says:

    Hi Anais! You are amazing! Your pantry looks amazing too, from the earlier pictures. I put up my very first batch of Pasta Sauce from our homegrown tomatoes and basil! Boy, that was a lot of work and made tons of dishes! It took us the whole afternoon. My husband helped out. Do you do this all on your own? Because we were both exhausted by the end of it. The recipe called for 45lbs of Tomatoes, I only had 13.5lbs so I spliced up the recipe. It made 3 pints. I followed the instructions to the “t” but the 3rd jar was about 1″ headspace instead of the 1/2″ they required…I wonder if that will affect it? I’ll post the pics on my blog later! I’ve gotta made Grape Jam later, I crop swapped oranges for Concord Grapes!

  8. Janice Kubo says:

    Hi Anais! You are amazing! Your pantry looks amazing too, from the earlier pictures. I put up my very first batch of Pasta Sauce from our homegrown tomatoes and basil! Boy, that was a lot of work and made tons of dishes! It took us the whole afternoon. My husband helped out. Do you do this all on your own? Because we were both exhausted by the end of it. The recipe called for 45lbs of Tomatoes, I only had 13.5lbs so I spliced up the recipe. It made 3 pints. I followed the instructions to the “t” but the 3rd jar was about 1″ headspace instead of the 1/2″ they required…I wonder if that will affect it? I’ll post the pics on my blog later! I’ve gotta made Grape Jam later, I crop swapped oranges for Concord Grapes!

  9. Susy says:

    My parents just gave me that book. I remember looking through it when I was little.

    My mom and grandmother have always canned (even when it was so uncool and only for “poor” people). I don’t can much, we try to eat more seasonally. But this year I have been canning tomatoes for the winter and I’m doing elderberry jelly tonight (from free elderberries) and pears & pear butter later this week (from free pears my mom gave me about 120lbs of them).

    Happy Canning to all!

  10. Susy says:

    My parents just gave me that book. I remember looking through it when I was little.

    My mom and grandmother have always canned (even when it was so uncool and only for “poor” people). I don’t can much, we try to eat more seasonally. But this year I have been canning tomatoes for the winter and I’m doing elderberry jelly tonight (from free elderberries) and pears & pear butter later this week (from free pears my mom gave me about 120lbs of them).

    Happy Canning to all!

  11. Maggie says:

    My husband and I were just commenting on this. Five years ago, canning was thought to be a country thing but now it is very hip to be canning especially with the recent trend towards going “green”. We have in the last month put in our garden and am hoping for a good harvest. Can’t wait for the pickles. There is nothing like homemade bread and butter pickles.

  12. Maggie says:

    My husband and I were just commenting on this. Five years ago, canning was thought to be a country thing but now it is very hip to be canning especially with the recent trend towards going “green”. We have in the last month put in our garden and am hoping for a good harvest. Can’t wait for the pickles. There is nothing like homemade bread and butter pickles.

  13. Jeph Cater says:

    My Grandmother cans once a year. My favourtie thing that she cans is beans and she pickles them. i exspecially come over and help if i got a cold and i put my face over the pot of vinegar and it clears me up. she gives us a couple of jars and i enjoy them. By the way did i mention that the beans are straight from there garden. thought that might be good to know

    -Jeph 😀

  14. Jeph Cater says:

    My Grandmother cans once a year. My favourtie thing that she cans is beans and she pickles them. i exspecially come over and help if i got a cold and i put my face over the pot of vinegar and it clears me up. she gives us a couple of jars and i enjoy them. By the way did i mention that the beans are straight from there garden. thought that might be good to know

    -Jeph 😀

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