Since moving to Colorado, I have learned to can and learned more about freezing. I have invested in a water bath canner and a dehydrater. I haven’t done any pressure canning. I had a friend that helped me learn about canning tomatoes and peaches and I have gained alot of information from online sources and great books.
I have canned peaches, tomatoes, salsa, tomato soup, apple jelly, peach jelly, peach salsa, dill pickles, bread and butter pickles and more. I have frozen corn, beans, peppers, and more. My pantry reflects the storage of various grains as well.
I didn’t know much about any of this before I moved here but I had always wanted to do this type of thing. I admired my grandmother and my great grandmother who “put up” food every year and who seemed to instinctively know when different produce would be available to “put up”. Living in a rural setting where I can’t just slip out to the store on a whim, it’s been great to have a well-stocked pantry.