I don’t have time to fully learn about preserving yet, still learning about planting, but it seems worth getting supplies in now as they will be scarce later and prices are already getting inflated.
We’ve got about 28 square meters of beds now for a family of 2 adults and 3 kids under 11. From what I gather this wont be enough for self sufficiency ever for an experienced grower but I’m expecting partial shortages to hit next autumn/winter not the summer so we can eat some as we grow to supplement what we can buy and preserve some when we get some in excess. If it looks like fruit imports are getting scarce we can also start preserving some store bought fruit. So far I’ve bought:
- 112x 380ml jars with lids for £55 (still available on amazon) - Seemed expensive but I couldn’t find cheaply even in quantity.
- 5KGs of preserving sugar for £2.39 (price is now that per KG) - Its just chunky less refined sugar so can be used for anything but allegedly easier to use for jam making.
- Bag of pectin
- 4x 5L of white vinegar for £14 (Prices doubled or more now, a few 2x5L packs on Amazon for about that)
- 25KG of food grade PDV salt for £12 (still available on Amazon) - mostly used for Koi ponds in the UK but in the USA I found talk of it being used for preserving. An incredibly cheap price compared to when its called table salt, 25KG probably way more than I need but there aren’t in between sizes. I could share with neighbours later.
- I bought a second under-counter freezer for £100 new (No cheap ones are available now, dearer models around £300-400 are and maybe second hand) but its not entirely secure being reliant on a pretty much uninterrupted power supply.
- 4x 30L food grade air tight barrels for storage, still at same as pre-crisis prices on ebay. £18 for one, £66 for 4.
Is there anything else useful for different methods of preserving that I’m not aware of that we should think about now?
Now my dream is I can made some brine for a 30L barrel and casually plonk vegetables in as they are picked, but I suspect it will be more complicated than that