Those of us who for whatever reason can not raise a garden, look for alternate methods to acquire vegetables. Farmer's Markets are a good option. But if that venue is not available, we watch the sale ads for our local grocery stores.
The store that my delivery service uses ran an ad for fresh veggies. And I took advantage of it. Yesterday 6 cabbage, 8 lbs. of carrots, 2 bunches of celery, 5 lbs. of onions and 6 very large green bell peppers were delivered. And I had no real idea what I was going to do with them, but they are food. They will feed my family.
I also ordered 4 lbs. each of frozen corn, broccoli, peas and mixed vegetables.
After thinking about my options, I decided to dehydrate everything. I have lots of home canned vegetables on the shelves and those are good for meals. Many dehydrated vegetables will rehydrate well for meals as well, but they are also good for soups, stews and casseroles.
Onions and peppers don't need to be blanched before drying. Those I will dice and dry. They can be used as is or turned into powder for adding flavor to various dishes.
After doing a bit of online research I found that the other vegetables that need to be blanched can be done so in the microwave. That appeals to me because I have a smoke alarm in my apartment that will go off when I just boil water. Cabbage, carrots and celery are shredded or diced, placed in a 2 quart casserole dish, adding a few tablespoons of water, cover and microwave at one or two minute increments until their color turns bright. Then they are plunged into ice water to stop the cooking and patted dry before going on the dehydrator trays.
The frozen corn and mixed vegetables are drying. I am off to shred and dice the fresh vegetables and get them ready to dry.
Food shortages are on the horizon due to weather events, civil unrest and widespread pandemic panic. Every bit of food we can put back now will insure our families are fed no matter what happens next.
Pray and prepare, more now than ever.