Does anyone else do any canning?
I just started recently - and I put up 36 pounds of pears yesterday! It was a bit of an up front investment to get all the canning supplies I needed, but I got all those pears for $18 which I know was a fantastic deal. I also have 25 pounds of tomatoes to process today. I haven't actually done the math yet to figure out how much I am saving, I figure it isn't the cheapest way to feed us, but I like high quality produce and jams and treats all winter. So although the nectarine jam I made probably cost me more than the $1 Smuckers at the store, it is so much healthier and tasty I think it is worthwhile! And its a heck of a lot cheaper than the $8 half pints that are made locally.
We also got a chest freezer recently and I'm considering 1/4 grass fed beef. Again a big up front investment, but I think it would ultimately save money. Right now I am using the freezer to store breads that I get on sale, and homemade frozen meals like lasagna and pear crisp, yum.
So how do you preserve and store food? What are some of your favorites? Do you think it helps save money?