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Old 08-07-2014, 11:07 PM   #1
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Why do you prefer home food preservation?

Since we're in the heavy canning, dehydrating, and freezing season, I thought it might be fun to ask everybody. Why do you chose home preserved foods over store bought? I think it's higher quality, better tasting, we're helping the little businesses and, as one person said on the venting thread; it keeps me sane. To me canning isn't just food, it's a work of art. Which is why it's appropriate to give home canned jellys, jams, and butters as a gift but not too many give the store bought variety unless it's very high quality. Like from a gourmet business or an Amish type establishment. Just my two cents.

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Old 08-08-2014, 12:09 AM   #2
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I make most foods at home. I haven't eaten at Mc Donalds in years. Most everything is homemade. Taste better, I know whats in it, seasoned my way & on & on! Cook at home.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:11 AM   #3
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Forgot to say that I do can.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:29 AM   #4
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Why do you prefer home food preservation?

Had lunch the other day with a couple friends. One is a farm wife and the other is a "first lady" whose husband is a bigwig. Farm wife and I were describing our pickle projects, and First Lady asked, " Can't you just buy pickles? What's different?"

There's something about home canned stuff. My sibs always want my dilly green beans, and call them " sinkies" as they slurp them up over the sink. We all remember Grandma's pickled green beans.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:57 AM   #5
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Oooh I love home canned green beans! Pickled or otherwise!
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:01 AM   #6
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I can control the salt, etc. in what I "put up" as my grandma described canning season. When you can grow your own veggies, it doesn't make sense to buy pickles, canned tomatoes, frozen beans, etc. I do it because otherwise everything would go to waste and what would be the sense in that?
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:19 AM   #7
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My mom would can lots of vegetables from our garden, but I've never canned vegetables myself.

I have made jam, I really enjoy doing that. To me the stuff in the store is good, but homemade jam just seems to have a "brighter" flavor. Even though I'm putting a ton of sugar into my jam, the fruit flavor is usually a bit more prominent that the sugar flavor, you don't always get that with the store bought stuff.

Our circle of friends are in their 30's and 40's, and tend to be very crafty and interested in making their own foods, which is fairly unusual for our age bracket. I love giving jams as gifts and they really do appreciate them. Our holiday get together usually has lots of knit and homemade things exchanged.
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:25 AM   #8
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Why? No particular reason beyond the fact it's something I enjoy doing.
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Old 08-08-2014, 11:27 AM   #9
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When I canned it was more about preserving memories than preserving food.

I still get the urge to "put up" chili sauce, corn relish or bread and butter pickles.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:37 PM   #10
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When I canned it was more about preserving memories than preserving food.

I still get the urge to "put up" chili sauce, corn relish or bread and butter pickles.
+1 Glad to know I'm not the only one who understands the term "put up" to mean spending hours in the garden and kitchen making pickles, etc.
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