I have been spending more and more time learning to can, water bath can and pressure can.
I started with jams and conserves. So far, I am too impatient for jellies.
I am pressure canning veggies and meats.
I canned corn, organic, freshly grown, harvested and shucked corn for the first time last summer. There will definitely be more of that!
My goal is to fill up a pantry with two years worth of food while I learn to grow it.
I am looking for wholesale sources now, since I am buying in bulk.
I am also learning how to dehydrate. So far I have done it in the oven and in the solar oven and in a hooded grill.
I have yet to build my outdoor dehydrator, but it will happen.
We moved to our land in Missouri last June, 2014, stayed there for five months before returning to the DFW Metroplex for my husband’s seasonal business.
I am continuing to can while living here. I have canned 15 pints of pinto beans, a couple of cases of stews and soups.
I am getting ready to order cheese-making supplies.
The more food preparation I learn, the more I will free myself to learn more homesteading skills.
I am having the time of my life!
© 2014 Kathryn Hardage