It’s a good thing I can laugh at myself but as I was sitting and peeling 50 pounds of potatoes, I stopped to see what a can of potatoes costs at Walmart. 78 cents for a 15 oz. Great Value can and $1.32 for a 14.5 oz. Del Monte can.
I paid $1.37/pound for the potatoes plus Azure Standard’s 8.5% transportation add on so that makes them $1.49/pound. They are organic so that counts for something.
Say there’s 60% potatoes and 40% water in the Del Monte can. I haven’t weighed the contents of a Del Monte but this article talks about the amount of weight of food vs. weight of water. My calculations seem to indicate that I’d be paying about $1.45 per pound for the potatoes in that can so that makes the contents of their can and my jars about the same per pound so long as my labor is worth nothing and propane is free. I’m ok working for free but the propane costs are real and we’re about to find out how much propane is in this area. We want to fill the tank in July but we haven’t used enough to meet the minimum required for them to come out.
I’ll gladly pay more and work for free to have home canned foods in the pantry. By the time I’m done, my legs and feet may be saying something different.
We were so lucky to have a cool day. I think our high today is in the upper 70’s so I worked hard to get all the potatoes canned today. The second batch is in the canner now and the third batch is ready to go when that one is done. Whatever doesn’t make it into those three loads, we’ll just eat over the next few weeks.