I grew up in a family that canned and froze lots of veggies and fruits for the winter. Every summer we would put up dozens and dozens of jars of jams, jellies, applesauce, beans, corn, beets, carrots, pickles, sauerkraut, berries, and juice. I’d go on excursions with my Gram to pick blackberries, or out to the garden with Dad to harvest baskets of vegetables at the peak of perfection. Then the whole family would pitch in and work on washing, slicing, packing, and canning the bounty.
My parents are a very ‘well preserved’ couple. Even with all of us ‘kids’ out of the house and on our own, they still put up more food in a summer than most people do in a lifetime! While we were back to visit this summer Mom and Dad loaded us up with jams, jellies, beets, applesauce, and dilly beans they canned. We were also the happy recipients of gallon bags of frozen black raspberries, blueberries, and black berries my Dad picked for us.
I am so thankful that my parents taught me how to preserve foods for the winter, find foods in the wild, raise a garden, and harvest produce for my table. Having that experience as I grew up instilled a sense of self sufficiency before it was the ‘in’ thing to do!
Did you learn to can food when you were growing up? I love to hear how others got a start in this lifestyle!