We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Until there is nothing to purchase. As a little funny, look on Amazon for the cost of Jars or Lids. What last year for 12 pints ($8.99) is now $24.99 at minimum. And that is now they are again available.
Supply line interruptions happen and Government Cheese as we have seen doesn’t get/go as far as one might think.
I have done many jars. In the past few years I have only done berry preserves, orange marmalade. But, I do plan to start my own beans--so cheap to do from scratch and so dang expensive when bought by the can ! I have also tried refrigerator pickles and pickled onions--still searching for the perfect recipe for those! I just paid nearly $10 for jar of sauerkraut at Costco! One head of lettuce is a$1.50 and the vinegar maybe $1. I could have 3 times that much sauerkraut for the price. It would however take a special crock :-)
After last Thanksgiving Walmart had Turkeys on sale for about $2 apiece. I bought three and we canned them. There is a method to cook from frozen so cooked the first one on day one. Second day I cooked turkey two and canned turkey one. The bones and extra parts were cooked into 8 quarts of broth. I got seven quarts of turkey with broth and three quarts of broth from each turkey.
This makes a turkey dinner simple. The broth is so rich I usually add some water and with flour turn it into a delicious gravy. The turkey and gravy are perfect to serve with mashed potato or stove top stuffing and a veggie. I can literally come home at 5 pm and have a turkey dinner by 5:30 pm.
I can home made marinara sauce too. Another quick and delicious meal that can be ready in 15 minutes. I do put meat (half ground beef and half ground sausage) in my sauce which isn't traditional but works out better at meal time.
I can stew and soup as well. And I can meat when I find a good bargain at the store. Meat is canned as a cold pack. Cut into bite sized pieces and pack the jars add water. I prefer to make a broth to add instead of water because this makes it easier to use when you prepare it for a meal. It gives you a base for gravy or for a soup/stew.
I can most everything that I see at bargain prices. Oddly no tomatoes this year. The price never got low. hmmm!