Whether living off-grid, growing your own, frequenting the farmer’s market, or hitting the supermarket; preserving the harvest is paramount to eating well and eating frugally. When we lived on-grid we had a small garden, made friends with plenty of great farmers, and picked peaches and various types of berries to fill our larder.
Now we’re the ones growing the food, slowly at least. We’re not growing enough to meet our needs year round yet but every once in a while a crop comes in from our own garden or from the gardens of our generous neighbors that needs preserving.
I’ve water bath canned tomatoes and fruit, frozen oodles of berries and vegetables, and even pressure canned green beans and a few whole (or half) animals. After all of that, though, I still come back to fermenting and dehydrating our produce for the health benefits as well as the sustainability.
Living off-grid with minimal solar power, I can’t run a big dehydrator. Thankfully, we’ve found another option that gets the job done and looks pretty cool hanging up in our kitchen. It’s called the Hanging Food Pantrie.