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totoro

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eating and money and health and canning
« on: September 03, 2012, 10:28:50 PM »
I'm trying to decide whether to can peaches and tomatoes tomorrow and make apricot fruit leather.  I did not grow them but they are really affordable.  The area I live in has loads of orchards and farms.  I can get 20 pounds of peaches for 15 dollars, 30 pounds of tomatoes for 15 dollars and 10 pounds of apricots for $6.

If it was only a financial decision I suppose that I would decide not to can or freeze.  I can buy fruit like apples, oranges and bananas year-round fresh and inexpensively.  I can buy canned tomatoes in the store for pretty cheap.  I'm not sure my own tomatoes and canned fruits are healthier: I just like that I have made them for my family and I like the idea of getting them from local farms and orchards.  There is quite a bit of enjoyment in seeing the canning jars stacked on shelves - like a pioneer or something.

I guess the real issue is instinct satisfaction.  I get a lot of happiness from basic hunter gatherer activities like fishing and gardening and canning.  I enjoy eating wild food and feel better about it overall, but it is not really cheaper.  I suppose it goes along with paying more for organic food.

So, maybe I will can those peaches, although I could earn more doing something else :)

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Re: eating and money and health and canning
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2012, 06:32:33 AM »
I think home-canned peaches taste better than store-bought -- you can start with better, riper fruit.  But then, perhaps I'm just nostalgic for my mom's canned peaches and applesauce.  This year I considered canning my own, but I had a lot of house projects going on.  Next year I'll be more on the ball.

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Re: eating and money and health and canning
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2012, 01:33:36 PM »
I would try the fruit leather myself (in fact I'm going to, since I have a bumper crop of peaches & pears this year), but that's because I don't really like canned fruit.  The leather would be handy to have as snacks while out hiking &c.

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Re: eating and money and health and canning
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 08:50:28 PM »
home canned taste better

And if you can local tomatoes, you are avoiding the shipping costs/ damage, not to mention the aluminum cans.  You can recycle them but Reuse comes before Recycle.

I had this convo with my sister years ago "I'm not sure it's cheaper to can my own."  No, but it tastes better, you are getting local tomatoes that are ripe and not shipped from all over, and you aren't throwing away cans (there is no recycling where she lives).

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Re: eating and money and health and canning
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2012, 08:26:29 AM »
I definitely want to try this. Haymarket near downtown Boston is supposed to have really low prices, especially near closing time.

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Re: eating and money and health and canning
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2012, 08:39:39 AM »
The reuse aspect of canning jars is persuasive for me.   Canning itself is very easy and there are lots of online tutorials if you are a doing it for the first time.