So here's the deal. I talked with Youngest Son last evening. He has been scouting around for a new pressure canner for me since a part on the lid of mine broke. He has found none. He says there are no canning jars or lids to be had, either.
I could go online and order all the supplies. Thing is, when you are on a fixed income, choices have to be made. I am not destitute. I can pay my rent and my bills, pay for groceries and meds, do what I need to do to live relatively comfortable. But I have just so much cash set aside for extras. And at this point, I have decided that the extra cash needs to be spent on food.
Things are getting dicey out there, folks. Weather destroyed a good bit of the corn crop in Iowa. Many migrant farm workers are now being tested for the virus and when the tests come back positive as they all do, farms are being shut down. China is in the middle of a food crisis which then has an effect on our food supply. Ice Age Farmer has several good videos out about these things, but I have also seen other similar reports.
Now maybe these reports are all just fearmongering hype. But then again, maybe they aren't. The question is, am I willing to listen to those who think I have taken a swan dive off the edge of sanity with my preparations, or do I pay attention to my gut instinct that tells me I had better kick it into high gear because time is running out.
Bottom line. I will not risk the welfare of my family by doing nothing.
So onward with Plan-B.
I like having home canned meat in jars because it is fully cooked and often it makes meal preparations easier for me due to my physical limitations. But there is no reason I can not have the same product in my freezer.
I have a FoodSaver. Oldest Daughter is picking up several rolls of FoodSaver bags for me at Target this week. The plan is to cook up the pork that is in my freezer along with what comes on my grocery order this week and what Youngest Son is picking up for me at Sam's Club next week. All of that can be divided into meal sized portions, vacuum sealed and frozen.
My grocery order this week includes lots of frozen vegetables that can be dehydrated. There is a sale on fresh vegetables, so I am ordering cabbage, carrots, celery, bell peppers and onions. I am not sure yet what I will do with those. I am still able to water bath can, so I might can some relish or pickle some of the vegetables or some can be dehydrated. It is all food to add to the stores. It is all food that will sustain my family if things really do get bad.
Flexibility is necessary in these uncertain times. If Plan-A doesn't work, move on to Plan-B. Or Plan-C or Plan-D. Whatever it takes to do what we need to do.
Maybe everything will work out. Maybe the rioters will go back to their Mama's basements and play computer games again. Maybe those governors and mayors who are drunk on power will back off from their virus mandates and defund the police initiatives and be sensible again. Maybe life as we knew it will come back.
Or maybe not.
Pray and prepare, my friends. Right now, that's all we've got.