Sunday, April 10, 2011

“H” Is for Huge

For the A to Z Blogging Challenge, my letter for today’s post is H. At first I was daunted by this but then it came to me. Preserving your own food stocks is huge, huge in many ways.
Huge Investment of Time
This is especially true if you grow much of your own food. Even if you buy the produce or meats, you are still investing a good deal of time in the selection, preparation, processing and storing of the food. While dehydrating foods takes very little time and freezing often even less, canning can take wole days or weekends to complete.
Huge Amounts of Love
You cannot be interested in food preservation without loving both the activity and those it serves. Many people love the idea of having done it themselves, being self-sufficient. Others are motivated by the fact that they know exactly what went into each container. They are satisfied knowing they are serving the freshest healthiest foods they possibly can to their families.
Huge Cost Savings
You buy supplies, for the most part, just once. Dehydrators, canning equipment, even bag sealers are bought once and used over and over. The only consumable items are the lids for the canning jars and freezer safe bags. And the food of course! Plus, by buying foods when they are in season instead of when you want them and they are out of season, you are saving money. Buying in bulk for processing large batches can save you even more.
Home food preservation is a huge world of opportunity to learn and grow while providing for your family.


Marie Anne said...

I'm all for the huge fun and the huge savings, but the huge work I could do without!

Popping in by way of the A-Z Challenge. I’m blogging at:
Write, Wrong or Indifferent
Marie Anne’s Missives
In the Garden With Sow-n-Sow
Every Day Crochet

Theresa Wiza said...

I would need to hire somebody to do that for me. Just can't seem to find enough time. Maybe you could sell yours on Etsy? ;) If you would like to read my latest post for the A-Z Challenge, just click and look at the top blog.

Snakesmom said...

A HUGE accomplishment too! I loved your "H" post and think that is is also very gratifying to grow your own and food and preserve it too. Great job! :)

Kathy said...

That would be a very Huge accomplishment. I tried blanching and freezing our own home grown veggies when the children were small.....and the dog ended up with most of it. Maybe I did something wrong...who knows, but I figured it to be too much work for and under appreciating dog!! I envy folks who can do this.

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