I know what you are thinking. This goes against much of the self reliant frame of mind, being organic, and not enabling corporate farms, etc. But my argument is that the vegetables purchased are still fresh, “sort of,” and the goal is to can/jar them for storage anyway. Now, I am not advocating
We were talking about canning the garden harvest this time of year, and something hit me like a ton of bricks. With the advent of the suburban farmers market, you could literally can and jar all year long, less expensively than you could if you went to Stop & Shop, or any of the other places around here. In fact, I have a friend that drives out of NYC almost weekly to go to the farmers market so he can load up on fruits and vegetables because it saves him a bundle. I can easily save 30S% — 50% and sometimes more over the traditional grocery stores here in northern NJ.
Would the canned veggies be as tasty. Probably not, but they would still have nutritional value and could be stored in a cool environment for up to five years. That goes a long way, especially if a schedule of canning every few months for a couple of days could happen. It is an interesting thought. I have never canned / jarred anything yet. I have thought about giving it a shot, but I need to find the time, or make the time to stay motivated to do it. I wouldn’t get hung up on organic vs. factory farm either. This is your future during hard times we are talking about.
Doug also brought up canning meats. I know that can be done, I have seen it done before, and I think it is a great way to store game or other meats for long periods of time as well. You get some liquid out of the jar too, that can be used for cooking and/or a sauce/gravy I would imagine…
Great idea. A lot of towns in my area have farmer’s markets and I’ve stopped in from time to time and you are right about the prices being better. Plus, the stuff is grown locally and not shipped in from California or wherever. Buying local is cool!
Canning meat (including fish) is VERY DANGEROUS compared to canning veggies or fruit!!
If you know what you are doing, it is not so bad. My mother and grandmother did it for years, with no issues… It is certainly more work, but worth it for the storage, for sure.
Going to the farmer’s market would be worth it just for the savings alone. If you are able to can those fruits and veggies then even better, since you will have “fresher” produce on hand. Canning is also on my list of things to try out, just have not gotten to buying the equipment; we also have space issues on where to store the equipment.