I have a vision. An image in my mind’s eye of how next winter’s pantry will look. It will glimmer a little with glass and metal. It will hold much promise. It will provide for my family. I will feel accomplished and domestic. It will be filled with rows of canning jars twinkling and inviting with the harvested treasures tucked away for future consumption.
But this dreaming involves a bit of planning, which I heartily welcome during the late winter months.
First, supplies. I just discovered that our local agricultural co-op has the most extensive, comprehensive canning section I have ever seen. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before – but it has jars, lids, grabbers, pectin, citric acid, etc. Hardware stores can also be a very good resource for these supplies. (Now is a good time to stock up, before spring hits and everyone is buying supplies for jams and jellies.)
If you have a nice sized-freezer, freezing is another super-fast way to keep things. I always have a few boxes of freezer bags in our house when the growing season is in full, coming-at-you-from-all-sides swing.