Why We Should Return to Doing up Preserves

Here are just a few of what my wife does up every summer.

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I had an email the other day asking me if I had any way of easing the grocery bill a bit. Well, here is what I came up with.

Back in the day, folks like my lovely wife and I relied on preserving our own food to get through the long winter months. My wife would pickle, can, and ferment fruits and vegetables, so we could enjoy them all year round. And let me tell you, it saved us a lot of money. But not only is preserving your own food a great way to save money, it’s also good for your health.

Because when you make your own preserves, you’re in control of what goes into them. That means you can avoid all the extra salt, sugar, and preservatives that are often found in store-bought canned goods. Plus, you can make sure you’re using high-quality ingredients, like fresh, organic produce that is grown right here in Canada. This can help you maintain a healthy diet and reduce your risk of health problems down the road.

Preserving your own food can also help you reduce food waste, the reason being that when you have an abundance of fruits and veggies, it can be tough to use them all up before they go bad. But by canning or pickling them, you can extend their shelf life by months, or even years. This means you can enjoy your favorite foods all year round without having to worry about them spoiling.

And let’s not forget about the satisfaction that comes with making your own preserves. There’s something special about filling up jars with your own homemade jams or pickles. It’s a great way to connect with your food and appreciate the effort that goes into growing and preparing it.

So if you’re looking for a way to save money on food and eat healthier, why not consider making your own preserves. Not only will you be getting back to your roots and embracing a bit of country living, but you’ll also be doing your body and your wallet a favor. So go ahead and give it a try – you might just be surprised at how easy and fun it is! GW

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