Loading the Larder

Anyone who is trying to make do should be loading their larder right now. What is a larder? A larder is another name for a pantry closet or a place where food is kept.
Frost is right around the corner, then all this bountiful harvest will be gone. Visit your local growers, dust off the dehydrator and get to preserving food for the winter.

Proverbs 6:6-8 reads “Go to the ant , you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, Which having no captain, Overseer or ruler, Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest.”

Canning, freezing, and drying are the three main ways to preserve food for the winter. Grab a book on preserving from the local library and start putting away food for the winter.  Applesauce is fairly easy to make, you could start with it.
Tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onions and vinegar can be combined to make a delicious concoction called salsa. Salsa not only helps feed your family inexpensively through the winter, if it tastes good, you can give it as gifts to cut down your Christmas budget. Salsa is great to serve at parties. Salsa needs to be canned not dried but it is an awesome way to use the abundance of the harvest to save much money. Make salsa as a family and save money as well as draw the family closer together.

Red raspberries are ripening for the second picking. Apples and pears are ripening as well. Canning some applesauce or pears is a great way to preserve this year’s bountiful harvest for enjoyment this winter. To preserve berries for the winter: pick them, rinse them in cold water, put them in a freezer bag, remove excess air, and freeze. You never know what you can do unless you try! Load up the larder now so you can gaze at those pretty jars when the snow is falling and begin to make do!

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