The Wartime Pantry
During the two world wars, despite the increased availability of canned goods, American women were called upon to put up their own food as part of their patriotic duty. Available tin was used for some commercial canning but most tin was used in the war effort. By this time, hot pack canning was considered the most reliable and, with “two hours from garden to can,” the rule to follow. Around World War I, canning clubs were encouraged and fostered by such groups as the Department of Home Economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Farm women and their teenage children were also encouraged to start canning businesses from their farm homes.
A 1942 article detailed the effort: “This year, American homemakers are canning at home as a patriotic duty, for it is especially important that no food be allowed to go to waste during the summer and fall . . . From the standpoints of family health and economy, the canning of vegetables from Victory Gardens, and homegrown or locally-gathered wild fruits, and also reasonably priced fresh products on the market is one of the homemaker’s important contributions to the wartime nutrition program.”
Back to Basics
Across the nation, folks are down on their knees, hands dirty, seeds and trowel clench firming in hand determine to grow their own food Though some crops may fail miserably others crops may step in and take up the slack. With hard work, effort and patience this hearty lot of homegrown soildiers will be blessed up to their eye balls in produce.
Home preservation, canning is rising trend and “mainstream” amongst city dwellers who are searching for something purposeful and tangible in an uncertain world. As the summer harvest season is upon us we figure it’s high time we revisit and relaunch an old challenge we hosted a few years back.
You’ve taken steps to GROW YOUR OWN, now onto the next phase of the homegrown challenge — extending your garden’s bounty by preserving the harvest.
Stockpiling your pantry
Sharing your bounty – trade, barter, exchange with your neighbors.
Keep track of your preservation and harvest efforts. Tally up how much you’ve harvested and preserved during the course of the growing season. Recording keep is essential if you want to know how well your growing efforts were for the year.
Start by keeping a daily journal with records on how much eggs, produce , etc were harvested, what you preserved that day and even jot down favorite recipes.
If you like to take part in this challenge, post in comment box below.
Participating on the Internet?
Feel free to use the ‘Harvest Keeper Challenge’ image on your blog/site if you are a taking part.
PLEASE REMEMBER when you use this image to “SAVE AS” to avoid using our bandwidth and LINK the image to the challenge here (http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/2010/08/09/put-em-up-harvest-keeper-challenge/ )
And if you are a blogger who already participated in this challenge a few years back, don’t forget to update your links and images!
Spread the preservation movement: share, email, post this challenge – the more people participating the better.
By being a HARVEST KEEPER you are
– Providing nutritious food for your family
– Ensuring food security
– Improving quality of life
– Saving money
– Reducing food miles, fuel & energy dependence
– Reducing waste with excessive packaging
Enjoy the fruits of your labor!
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