Every little bit counts.
A while back I started following a challenge I saw on Instagram, the #everybitcountschallenge and I have found so many fantastic blogs and You Tube channels this way. Seeing jars full of produce on shelves always did make me happy! Some even have jars full of dried and freeze dried flowers. Their shelves look like a florist shop in jars. 😍 It has given me so many new ideas!
Jessica from Three Rivers Homestead started this challenge. You can watch her recent update here at Preserving Food Everyday. Jessica has seven children and a big garden so doing a little each day helps her keep up with the produce coming in and managing homeschooling as well. Her videos are just lovely.
I like to preserve in small batches as I have found myself in messes I might never get out of when I attempt too much at the same time! There have been days though that more than one thing needs doing immediately or fruit will be lost.... on those days I will just keep going to get it done. We each have our own circumstances and we soon figure out what works for us but overall I think consistency, taking every opportunity and keeping at it really add up in a remarkable way!
We are at the end of winter. I have been able to grow quite a bit and have Spinach, Chard, Silverbeet, Broccoli, Parsley, Celery and Beans all to harvest. The main growing season though is Spring and Summer which I am getting ready for. I also have eggs coming in every day. Some of you are at the end of summer going into Autumn and are very busy with produce. Growing is not our only source of food to preserve or put away though! As Patera says (on Appalachia's Homestead with Patera) there is no shame in the game! A good deal, a trade, foraging, gleaning, a farmers market... whatever, it doesn't matter! It all adds up. It all gets you ahead. And there are many reasons to want to be ahead right now. My friend was telling me about the power prices in the UK and what they think it will cost to heat their home this winter. The prices are completely daunting and happening at the same time as food prices are also really high. This is also the case in much of Europe. The Guardian had a headline last week "When food shortages bite. What to eat and drink in the age of empty shelves." Here the electricity prices are so high at the same time as the food. Wherever you look the warnings are there but now even main stream media are saying something. How good a well stocked pantry would be to fall back on in these times... or in any time of illness, job loss or financial emergency. The ultimate difference is when we can take care of ourselves we can help others. Because you were busy as a bee you are not worried you are prepared!
It does not matter how you preserve your food. It can be purchased canned or dry goods. You might can, dehydrate, freeze dry, freeze, pickle, ferment or a bit of everything. Sometimes the work will be in repackaging and portioning. It all counts!
I will meet you back here next Monday and I hope to have preserved something every day. If you wish to join in you can in anyway that works for you. Maybe weekends are your only time. WHATEVER works for you is just fine! I am just motivated by a challenge and it is fun to work along side friends. xxx