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Let's Talk Canning!

2119 Views 10 Replies 10 Participants Last post by  IngaLisa
There is a lot out there about laying back soup mix, dried beans and rice, emergency food packs, and MRE's. These portable emergency rations are important for preppers who are planning to bug out. But there are other options too. plenty of folks are buying canned vegetables as a critical part of their preps. But how many of you using traditional canning techniques?

I would like to know how people are preserving the vegetables they are growing themselves and how this affects their preps.

The reason this has come up is because my thinks I am absolutely crazy for thinking about prepping, but she loves her garden and she loves canning her veggies. So she is engaging in a hobby that makes her happy, saves the family money, AND contributes to our preps. That's what I call a win-win!

She has been doing this for several years and we have eaten through what she put back every year. This spring I doubled the size of her garden plot and she has broken her own records this year. She has put back more than 50 quarts of green beans and dozens of pints of pickled peppers and spicy jelly.
People say that home canned foods won't last as long as store bought.
Betcha they will!

Let's talk about it!
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I suggest you purchase reusable canning lids. Lids would be hard to come by if SHTF. Another good way to preserve food is drying. We grew a lot of soup beans and dried them in the shell on the plant. Sunflower seeds are good too. Corn can be dried for cornmeal. We bought a rocket stove in case we ever had to can without the benefit of a gas or electric stove. It's great your wife loves canning! We usually can hundreds of jars of fruits and veggies, but it is very time consuming and very physical work. I'm getting kind of old to do it in the scale we have been doing it for the last decade. I think I will take a break next year.
Yep, I bought 120 or so of them. I don't use them now, they are stored for when SHTF. Darn things are pricey. :/ I would like several hundred more.
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