I managed to disappear for a while. I'm sorry. No excuses - my bad.
I have been adding to my stores. My son did a Sam's club run for me. I canned 10 lbs. of boneless chicken thighs and froze 10 lbs. of apples. My grocery order arrives tomorrow and there should be some canned goods included for my food storage.
Some of you are of retirement age. I think whoever coined the phrase "Golden Years" must have been in their 20's and never had to deal with all the fun - and often painful - stuff that comes with old age.
I mention this only because I completely understand the frustration that goes along some of the 'delights' of old age. My arthritis flare-up doesn't seem to be going away this time. I tell you this not to whine or feel sorry for myself, but to illustrate the fact that sometimes we need to adjust how we do things.
I am pretty much done canning unless there is an emergency reason for doing so. Lifting a heavy pressure canner isn't working for me. But I have other options. I can freeze or dehydrate most fresh foods. And so far, the stores in my area don't have much for bare shelves, even if their prices have reached ridiculous heights. So I am buying more canned goods.
For some products that have outrageous prices, making my own is an option. I like to have boxed scalloped potatoes on hand for an easy meal. But not at the price they want now.
Scalloped Potato Mix
Sauce: 1/3 C. + 2 Tbsp. dry milk - 2 Tbsp. each flour and cornstarch - 1 Tbsp. crushed dry onions - 1/4 tsp. pepper. This equals one batch.
The dehydrated potatoes are thicker than the ones in store bought mixes, so cooking works better in a crock pot.
3 C. dehydrated potato slices - 3 Tbsp. butter - 3 C. hot water - one batch sauce mix.
I just let it cook on 'medium' all day and about an hour before supper I might toss in a cup of either diced ham or cooked and crumbled bacon. With a vegetable or a salad, this makes an easy meal.
Here's the thing. Don't give up. There are some who are in far worse shape than me and yet are able to carry on. Nobody said life would be easy. We just do what we can, which is more important than ever these days.
Pray and prepare, my friends. Pray and prepare.