A modern and convenient way of preserving food is using the freezer. Over the harvest season we fill our family freezers with an abundance of veggies, fruits and meats for the winter in addition to what is dehydrated, fermented, on the canning shelf and in the root cellar. Although freezing is a very handy method, it does require having a freezer(s) and a reliable source of electricity. I’m always a tad nervous about power outages when our freezers are full, but we do have a generator for short term back up. Continue reading
Continuing in our food storage series, we are going to look at some of the easiest options for keeping food for the winter months. The “easy” part is that there is zero processing necessary for the produce – it is just a matter of creating the perfect storage environments. Continue reading
A valuable food preservation method that has been used for generations is dehydration. By removing the moisture from veggies, herbs and meats, it preserves foods for winter consumption. Because minimal heat is used in the process, only a small amount of nutrients are lost (some sources claim about 5%) using this method. Continue reading
Welcome to the first post in Lehman’s food preservation series!
The year 2020 brought a bumper crop of new gardeners to the scene, and in 2021, we’re watching for the food preservation trend to gain speed. Both of these skills are tasks many of our great-grandmas were very familiar with, and in reality, we are simply returning to the “old ways” but with the advantage of modern tools and information to get the job done. Lehman’s is committed to helping your revive these valuable skills in your home so that your family is well fed and prepared for whatever may come.
On the homestead, everyone in the family needs to chip in to get things done. There are chores suitable for children of all ages from feeding chickens and taking out the compost to weeding the garden and harvesting fruit. Work doesn’t need to be drudgery but can be an enjoyable thing that the family works at together. Continue reading
Larder may not be a familiar word in our modern times, but it was a very important thing in your great-great grandma’s day. It was the stash of food that families pickled, smoked, salted and preserved for the winter months ahead. A well stocked larder was often essential for survival for the pioneers since many times they lacked the luxury of a grocery store they could frequent if their supply ran short. Continue reading
When life brings uncertainty, it motivates people to make their food supply as secure as possible. This was true when Victory Gardens sprang up during both World War I and World War II, where it is estimated up to 40% of the nation’s produce came from backyard gardens. We are seeing this trend playing out again in our current COVID-19 age with a huge influx of new gardeners and overwhelmed seed companies. With many folks staying at home, it is also a perfect time to be planting and tending a garden. Continue reading
Here on the homestead we love giving gifts. Most of our gifting happens spontaneously throughout the year as we share fresh picked bouquets or extra veggies with friends and family. It seems we seldom leave home without something to drop off along the way. Continue reading
In the spirit of the first Thanksgiving, this is an ideal season to celebrate using the best of local bounty for your big meal. Food coming out of jars and cans from the store shelves simply weren’t options when that inaugural three day feast happened in 1621. Everything was by default hyper local. Foods were hunted, foraged or harvested by hand and every delicious dish was made from scratch and eaten with thankful hearts. Sure sounds like a celebration worth repeating in our day of fast food and grumbling. Continue reading
October is when we are near the end of gathering and preserving food for the winter ahead. In olden days, this cache of food squirreled away was sometimes called a larder and had enough sustenance for a family to stay well fed till spring. In our modern times, many folks depend on the super market to be their sole larder and expect the shelves to always be full. However, in the event of a political crisis, natural disaster or other disruption that might not be the case. When preparedness guru Kathy Harrison visited Lehman’s this fall, she shared that we are 9 meals away from anarchy if a disaster would hit because people today simply do not have that amount of food stored at home. Financial advisors often suggest keeping a 2-3 month emergency cash fund and perhaps everyone should wisely consider having a 2-3 month supply of food on hand for their family. Continue reading