for a busy weekend.
I have been watching the reports of storms and flooding across the country. Here in Minnesota a couple of thunder storms rolled through last night with high winds and rain, knocking out power in some areas. Thankfully my town was on the edge of the worst of it and power remained on.
Farmers here and in many other areas are behind in planting due to the wet weather. Many of those who did get their crops in the fields have had them drowned out. And many along the rivers have their entire farms under water and have lost everything - their homes, their crops, their livestock. Our hearts go out to those farmers who are struggling against the forces of nature. And I am sure this will have an adverse effect on prices at the grocery stores.
As for me, I feel like now is the time to kick my prepping into high gear. My grocery order to be delivered Thursday includes bacon and chicken breast to can. I have also ordered 5 lbs. of green grapes to can. I saw a video on how to can grapes and thought that might be something that would give me more of a variety of fruit for my food storage. The person who did the video said the grapes turn out like those included in a can of fruit cocktail, and I like those, so it is worth a try.
I guess most of the elderly who use the same grocery delivery service as I do, order in small amounts. I don't, and that sometimes befuddles those who do the actual shopping. I don't always receive food in the amounts ordered. I suppose that is because the shoppers don't think a gray-haired granny type would actually order 10 lbs. of cabbage, as I have this time in order to make my relish/slaw recipe to can. The lady who takes my order gets it, so she has added notes to the order saying that yes, the amounts are correct. We shall see...
Yesterday I opened a jar of butter that I had canned 6 years ago. I wanted to make sure it was still good after all that time on the shelf. It tasted as fresh as the day I canned it. So when I go to Sam's Club in a week or so, butter is at the top of my list. I am also considering canning lard. Mother made the best pie crusts using lard and she used it for other dishes as well. I think in this time of dieting and calorie counting, we forget that fats are an important part of our diets. Oils will go rancid after a while, but canned butter and lard will last a good long time.
And now I'm off to wash canning jars and assemble the ingredients needed to can up the food I have ordered. Each grocery order from now on will include items for food storage, for I just can't see that prices will go down, but likely will hit new highs.
Whatever I buy today will cost less than if I wait until tomorrow.
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