Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Putting Food By

I've learned a lot living our Log Cabin Life...but I have to say that learning how to preserve the foods we have grown in our garden and the wild edibles we've found (purchased produce as well) has been one of the more rewarding things I've done here.  Old timers called it putting food by...long ago folks grew and raised almost everything they ate (traded some too)...nothing was wasted, and they put food by to ensure they could eat throughout the winter months.    

My most recent attempts have been Pear Preserves (from the vintage Ball Blue Book, a perfect book for beginners)...
 ...and Dilled Beans (from the Preserving book by Pat Crocker I mentioned a few days ago)...




...we haven't tried either yet, but they look good...can't wait to try them.

I canned so many things that I asked Johny to build me a shelf we could put in the basement (they need to be stored in a cool dark place)...it's great and I can store all the empty jars still to be filled with goodness, and my canning pots...pretty nice, huh?  When we talked about how big I wanted it to be, I thought this would be big enough...perhaps I should have thought further ahead, I might need another one!
I've made pickled beets, canned carrots, French beans with tomato sauce (click the link to learn more about them...they are quite good but I don't think I'll be canning those again, too much work, I could just make the recipe when we want to eat them and skip the canning...I'd also skip the French cut, LOL!), my cinnamon applesauce, canned green beans, Dilled green beans. 

I've also blanched and frozen more green beans, strawberries, blueberries and roasted green peppers.  I'll be freezing fresh tomatoes from now on too as an alternate to canned...too easy not to!

And I've made lots of jams and leather britches....you can see the beans hanging and how they've begun drying since I made them, click on the link to see them when I started...

What do I appreciate most about putting food by?  So much to share with family and friends...so much to enjoy as the winter months make us yearn for freshness...so much satisfaction when eating things with no preservatives...so much fun sweating in the kitchen (well, that's sort of true...I don't like the sweating, but I really enjoy the process)...


Do you put food by?  Do you enjoy it? 

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Lise


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9 comments:

Ann said...

Several years ago when my tomatoes had a good year, I put up marinara sauce. I've also frozen strawberries, but we usually eat them up to fast to save any. Your shelf looks great but it does need to double at least. Your food looks wonderful.
Ann

Betty Luckhurst said...

Good on you! I can imagine that it's quite a proud accomplishment to finish. We used to 'can' (in jars) fruits and vegetables that we bought by the bushel--beans, tomatoes, peaches. That's a job well done!

photowannabe said...

I have only done freezer jam.
Your things look so good and fresh. I admire people who have the food stuffs and the patience to do it.
Love your photos.

Roger Owen Green said...

Must say that's a quaint PHRASEOLOGY, putting food by. And I knew straight way what you meant. My wife has done a little of it, but not in this volume!
ROG, ABCW

Dad/Pepere said...

Looks to me like Mountain Man needs to build another shelf! Hugs!

Lise said...

Thanks Ann, I do enjoy the process. Marinara sauce sounds like an awesome idea!

Thanks Betty, I'm looking forward to finding u-pick places where we can buy by the bushel...I'm ready!

Thanks photowannabe, I've never made freezer jam though I've eaten it. Good stuff!

Thanks Rog!

Seems to be the consensus dad! Another shelf indeed...good winter project:) Hugs back!

Susie Swanson said...

Good for you my friend. It all looks so good. Yes the old timers really believed in putting it up. they canned everything they could get their hands on.. I sent you a reply on your email. Hope you got it, if not it's 15.00 and I'll need your address. Happy Halloween.

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, yes, I put food by -- mostly freezing but some canning. Such a pleasure to see all those jewel colored jars in a row!

Powell River Books said...

I love the leather britches idea. I'm going to try it next year and see how it works with my extra green beans. Plus, I like the look of the hanging beans. Wayne didn't like my garlic and chili pickled beans. Good thing I started with only one jar. But on the other hand, I love them - so it's more for me to enjoy. - Margy