This post is for canning nerds - you know, people like me who think that the retro activity of canning and preserving foods is really neat and fun (tongue in cheek)
If you enjoy canning but are afraid of the dreaded pressure canner - let me be the first to tell you that PC (pressure canning) is really easy! Almost easier than boiling water canning. It definitely is less burney on your fingers than boiling water canning - that's for sure.
Anyway, I find that I have been spending these winter months stocking up my pressure canning stores - like refried beans, white (cannelli), kidney, and black beans. I've been PC lots of chicken, beef, and ham stock.
And it's all organic and how local can you get - I do it in my kitchen - okay that is not what is meant by local, but I still love the fact that I spend $2.50 on a 2 lbs of dried beans and in return I get 7 cans of organic beans. How's that for frugal?
We recently just popped open the LAST JAR FROM SUMMER'S PRESERVES! That's right - all my 28 jars of various jams GONE, all 20 quarts of applesauce GONE, all 55 pints of various tomato products GONE. All that is left is some apple pie filling and some pickles. So it makes sense to stock up on other items that I can pressure can for the time being.