The hubs went with me on my weekly grocery shopping this past week. I headed out to a big store that I don’t normally go to as I wanted to ‘expand’ the possibilities of finding good food at a good price.
When you aren’t the one in charge of the grocery shopping you are painfully unaware of pricing. Needless to say with all that’s going on these days, with shortages, and price hikes it isn’t necessarily easy to stay within budget while still finding good priced goods.
He was shocked. Shocked at the price of meat mostly! The cheap hamburger, meaning 30% fat was $7.48 a pound and it went up from there. Items that we normally pick up were either average priced or up a bit. We didn’t buy a lot but it sure opened his eyes!
Hopefully you’re finding what you need as you go out and about while practicing safe distances and wearing that mask.
For those of you that are more preparedness minded you’ve probably also started a garden. The initial outlay ‘can’ be pricey but almost always pays off in the end. Even if you’ve a black thumb the planting/growing and harvesting will teach you a few things so that, in time, your black thumb can turn green.
Maybe you went overboard with the plantings. Did you plant an entire row of tomatoes? What WILL you do with them all? You can’t possibly eat that many fresh! Sure, you can give many away but the steward in you tells you that you should prepare for the future. This means putting up all the produce that you grow, and don’t eat fresh, for later use.
So how do you do that? You do that by freezing fresh produce, dehydrating and canning.
So what will you need to accomplish this?
If you’re planning on freezing a lot of your bounty you’ll of course need a deep freeze and freezer containers. If you’re planning on dehydrating you’ll need a dehydrator and a vacuum sealer and food storage bags or a jar attachment and canning jars.
Whatever method of preserving you ultimately choose you’ll be able to put up your garden bounty in anticipation of future meals. It can be a great relief to just open the pantry and know you’ve put back food that you grew yourself and are able to feed your family in the event of a future or prolonged crisis.
Any skillset you can hone during this time at home will better prepare you for the future.