1. Preserving one food a day. By this time of year, gardens can seem to be too much trouble, the harvest too much to handle. Besides heaping garden fare on dinner plates, one way I have helped our family use what we grow but not overwhelm myself is by tackling whatever food most needs to be preserved. Yesterday, that was apples (dehydrated), today it is okra (to batter and freeze), and tomorrow will be tomatoes (salsa time!)
2. Learning to use the pressure canner. After a little research, I discovered that my pressure cooker is the right size for canning, so I ordered a rack for the bottom, free with my Swagbucks. The gianormous amount of water to bring to a boil in the water bath canner not only used up much gas at the stove, but also heated up the house, causing the A/C to run all day. I got over my fear of pressure canning to save the sweat!
3. Shopped the local orchard for seconds. Frost ruined the looks of the apples, but lowered the price, so we will enjoy apples all winter once my canning is done.
4. Purchased local honey from my neighbor. Hopefully, regular tastings throughout the year will help us purchase less allergy medications.
5. Inherited several items from my grandmother, who passed away this summer. Not only will we enjoy sentimental items that bring back memories of my childhood at her home, but also several useful kitchen items.