Yesterday Vince and I were talking and, since he never knew his grandparents, he didn’t grow up with a big garden and lots of canning going on, but we were wondering if, during the pandemic, a few more people have learned the value of keeping a bit of shelf stable food on hand. My guess is that some will always keep a supply of food on hand and never go back to where they only had food for one or two meals on hand; some won’t change anything and will go back to living life just the way they were before all this . . and then there are some at every point in between.
Vince was talking about how much he loved the plum jam. I told him I would make more. We were talking about how much it will take to get us through next year’s plum crop. A one-half pint jar of jam could last us just one week but we’ll have other jams and we really don’t eat that much jam. 26 jars would mean we could use a jar every two weeks, except I’ll give some of it to Chad so . . do I make 39 jars? No! I’ll make 26 (two batches of 13 jars), give probably 6 or 8 jars to Chad. I’ll probably make some peach jam and I’m going to make jujube jam this year too.
Then we were talking about the onions I’m freeze drying.
Yesterday the freeze dryer finished up a load of onions and squash. It came out to 4 quarts of onions and 2 quarts of squash. I loaded it up again with onions and squash and it will probably be the same thing – 4 quarts of onions and 2 quarts of squash.
Depending on what I cook each week, I’m sure I’ll use at least one pint of onions per week. Of course, I’ll give Chad some of those too. They get some of everything I preserve. So, in theory, 26 quarts of onions would last me a year.
Same with squash. I’d be pretty happy to have enough squash to have it once a week. I doubt I’ll ever get nearly that much from the garden.
The point I’m trying to make (yes, I am trying to make a point) is that when you think about how much food you need from one year’s garden to the next, it’s a LOT! I’m thankful for grocery stores!
We don’t eat out much so I count on cooking every day. Vince asked if I wanted to go somewhere or get food out for my birthday. I though . . maybe . . but then decided no . . I’d rather eat at home.