Several people have asked if we REALLY eat that much okra. I think it looks like a lot to those who don’t try to store food from one season to the next but here’s how I look at it. With 52 weeks in a year, by the time the okra for this year stops producing, we’ll probably have 40 or 42 weeks until next year’s garden starts producing.
If we have okra just once a week, I need at least 40 jars of okra to last us til next year’s crop. If we eat it twice a week, I need at least 80 jars of okra.
Let’s say we eat five meals at home per week with two veggies per meal and because we don’t grow everything we eat so a lot of it is storebought, I’m just going to calculate 5 (days per week) x 52 (weeks per year) x 2 (veggie servings per meal). That’s 520 different vegetable dishes we need per year. Of course, we don’t grow that much and I don’t can or freeze that much. The veggies are often potatoes, carrots, dry beans, fresh things like kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts and things like that.
Freeze dried foods will supposedly last 25 years. I doubt we put anything to that test and almost all the okra I’m putting up is freeze dried so I don’t feel like it’s a waste to put up as much okra as I can get my hands on!
Since I’m fairly confident we’re never moving again and IF we do, it will be to a place where I’m not the one cooking the food, and since I enjoy canning and freeze drying, I don’t think I could ever have too much preserved food on hand. If the need ever arises, I’d be happy to have enough to share with family and friends.