It's not like I learned it from my elders or anything. I grew up gardening and preserving but never really the idea that you need to prepare for the day when you wont be able to enjoy fresh food. We were poor and my mother was a single parent who needed to feed 2 children. Government cheese, macaroni and cheese and hamburger helper were normal to us. But my mom preferred the taste of fresh and if there was a way to get it she did it. She grew up in a family who grew their own food because its what you had to do. Long before the days of prepared prepackaged foods you actually had to grow your own food. Yes that was life back in the day. Oh how I dream of those days and wish I could have my own little house on the prairie or live a Amish lifestyle.
As the saying goes where there's a will there's a way. We didn't own a home but rather lived in apartments. This meant no soil to grow food and we needed to look elsewhere. My grandmother lived in a old farm house with property and always gardened. So many weekends were spent out at grandma's house helping her with gardening, yard chores, canning, preserving, and in trade we would get garden goodies. Tomato sauce, pickles, and zucchini relish were just a few things we looked forward to eating. So maybe this is where my urge to amass the yield comes from.
And here is where I go crazy. Lots of jelly I made, lots of veggies from the garden I froze, and lots of other goodies. Bagged peas are a downer for me. My girls love the peas from Schwan's so I caved in and purchased some. I also have a soft spot for fresh pasta but it's not usually budget friendly unless its found on sale. When I do find it I buy a bunch and freezer it for later use. I am proud to say its made by a local Portland company near me. At $1.99 that's a steal. I also have vintage Tupperware containers (don't hate me!) with shredded zucchini or squash. I do not ever microwave these containers, hand wash them in warm water and only use them in the freezer. These are slowly replaced when I find deals on glass smaller containers. I also keep our large packs of chicken in here so I only have to buy it once a month. We feed our dog a raw diet and you can find meat cheaper in larger quantities.
So are you a freak like myself?
Do you feel the need to gather food?
Does your freezer look like mine?
Share your ideas and stories!