I started this post earlier this week and never quite got it finished. I’ll blog more in depth about the process next week, but today I want to talk about preparedness. This linky is hosted by Homestead Revival (a SERIOUSLY fabulous blog which I have come to adore in the past few months!)
Now, before you go thinking I’m turning into some off grid crazy hermit who explodes grenades at the “perimeter” just for fun, let me correct that now lol. Over the past few years I’ve begun to feel like this country is headed in a BAD direction, which the recession then proved. I naturally tend towards stockpiling food and such due to past experiences, but now I feel it’s time to do it right and well.
A big part of being prepared for what is referred to in some circles as TEOTWAYKI (The End of the World as we know it-which always makes me think of Tom Petty lol), is learning new skills and honing new ones to be used not only for your family, but in situations of bartering with others (which you already know I’m a huge fan of!). That’s one reason I’ve started learning to can produce. Yes it still scares me to even think about.
Despite the fact I was scared to death to start, and after MUCH research, I finally took the plunge. I’m happy to say no one was injured or broken in the makings of these pickles. It’s a wonderful feeling to see jars lining up on my shelves of produce grown by our hands, and preserved by our hands. I ordered a pressure canner earlier this week (thanks to Swagbucks!), so we’ll see if I can carry over the success to that; or if I just sit and look at it in fear and apprehension lol.
Do you can? Have any tips for this newbie canner? Hop on over to Homestead Revival for more posts about homesteading and prepping!