Saturday, September 12, 2009

Eat Locally Grown Food All Year

Some people have wondered how I can cook a healthy meal EVERYDAY and not feel tired. The truth of the matter is that on some days, I am tired and I need something quick.

After keeping track of my illness for a little while, I realized that on some days I'd have a ton of energy and could be productive all day long. On those days, I'd spend my reserve energy preserving food. It made sense to me to prepare extra home cooked food for the days I just couldn't do it.

I use many methods for preserving, but canning is one of my "new" favorites. I used to watch my Grandmother do it when I was younger and that gave me the confidence to try it for myself. Canning is not that hard and despite popular belief, you don't need fancy tools for it-- just the Mason jars.

Frankly, if you have a big pot to boil things in, the Mason jars, a set of tongs, oven mitts, and the internet, you have all you need. I have found tons and tons of preserve recipes on the net and have had no need to buy a recipe book. I have found several recipes for berries, peaches, and even, clam chowder.

You can get fancy, of course, and buy a pot that will put pressure on your cans while boiling them, but it's not necessary. The only reason why you need to boil them is to remove enough bacteria to be able to preserve what you are canning. A stock pot can do that for you.

The mason jar tops will flatten over a period of time while you are boiling them. The seal can be checked by pressing the middle of the lid with your fingers. If you here the metal move, it hasn't sealed just yet. It will seal over a bit of time and with my experience, I've found that it seals within the first couple of hours.

Mason jars are easy to find in stores right now because farmers are starting to preserve their summer crops. I found mine in a local supermarket, as well as, Walmart. They are fairly inexpensive and can be stored in the fridge, freezer, or in some cases, a pantry shelf (depending on the recipe).

This article below shares one person's experience with canning and I hope it gives you the encouragement to try it for yourselves. It's really fun and is a great way to help you feel fabulous all winter long.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

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