I have a new best friend. It is my pressure canner. I was given one by my mother before she passed away, but never used it. I guess I thought "what is the use? I can just go to the store." Well, now I use it!
Yesterday was a busy day for me: I canned 7 pints of beets (some red and some candy), I also canned 7 pints of carrots. I made 2 loaves of pumpkin bread and 2 loaves of wheat bread. I also flash froze a bunch of veggies.
It feels great to know that I have all of this food available now and that I will be able to feed my family throughout the year with foods that are locally grown.
The other day I walked to the store (yes, another effort to start labor). We had some people over who were helping us with some projects. These are picky eaters, so J and I decided that brats were a safe choice. Well, as I was in the store I realized that it was the first time I had been in a grocery store in about a month! I have become so accustomed to purchasing foods from the farmer's market or getting items out of my own food storage or garden, that it felt odd to purchase food at the store! Actually, I loved the fact that I have not been in a grocery store. Between bulk beans and wheat and fresh or home canned foods, I have it made!
The other day I received an email from the 100 mile food group. The email asked about plans for Thanksgiving. Actually, it was a challenge to come up with a menu based on local foods. At first I thought "I can't do that." Then I thought a little more. Of course I can! I have a freezer full of only local foods, I have started to can foods, there are local farmers from whom I can get a free range turkey. Wow! I CAN do this! It may mean planning in advance (which is fine). There are sooo many local foods to choose from. I will be canning some squash and pumpkins soon. I do already have some frozen. I am looking forward to this challenge.
Want to join me? Make your Thanksgiving meal using only (or mostly) local foods. Menu ideas?
On another note, no baby yet.