This is how we prepare for the winter months in our house. I like to have the pantry in the basement packed full of homegrown veggies, fruits, homemade soups, chicken stock, potatoes and meat.
Years ago a stock pile was the only way to survive the winter months as you could not get to the local merchant. Generation to generation the stock pile need has become a thing of the past. I do not want my children to rely solely on stores and buying food they truly have no idea of the ingredients. I want them to have the life skills to pass on to the next generation. That is all part of my reason for continuing traditions from my past.
Both sides of the pantry are packed and we have some other staples we keep also.
The freezer is loaded with homemade soups, chicken stock, flash frozen tomatoes, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherry pies, blueberry pies, and meat from the butcher. In the next few weeks applesauce, apple pies, cranberry sauce, peas and brussel sprouts will be added as well as a string of homegrown onions.
This is what living this life is all about. Keeping the traditions and sharing them with the next generation of our family 🙂