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A Little Peace of Mind

I’ve been canning for about three years now. During that time, I get looks of puzzlement when people ask me what my hobbies are and I reply “canning”. People tend to relate canning to frugality and most of them have decided that canning just doesn’t save enough money for the time and effort it takes.

I don’t do it for the frugality, though I think I actually spend less on the actual ingredients and tools than I would on buying the equivalents, I do it for a number of reasons.

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Preserved food in Mason jars

I’m a freely admitted control freak. Not in every way, but in a very important way.  I want to know and control where my food comes from.  The more I learn about the food industry and what they actually sell as “food”, the less and less I choose to spend my food dollars there.

About 3 years ago, I decided to embark on an experiment, to see how well I could do buying and eating foods that were local and seasonal.  I decided this in the winter, after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  I knew that in order to conduct this experiment, I would have to preserve foods during the summer for winter as well.  I wasn’t going to go as whole hog as the people who wrote the 100-Mile Diet.  I wasn’t going to give up coffee or chocolate and if I couldn’t buy locally, I would try buying seasonally (which meant that winter, I ate a lot of turnips, rutabagas and chard).  I found farms where I could buy grass fed meats, chickens and eggs as well.  I also signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).  Most of this however wouldn’t happen in the spring. (more…)

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