This summer I am working on "storing provisions in Summer". This Bible verse keeps running through my head as I work on canning and freezing:
Look to the ant, you sluggard, consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8.
This verse teaches us that we should be wise and plan for the future. Not everyone has access to a garden or have produce given to them. But everyone can make the best of their own situation to provide food for themselves and their family. It doesn't mean that you have to have a pantry full of home canned goods.There are many ways to be wise with planning our food for the future.
There is also the Bible verse: She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. Proverbs 31:14. In our day, "afar" could be the Kroger or Food Lion across town.
"Summer" could be anytime that there is a good sale or its the time of year for a certain food to be plentiful. It could be a farmer's market or the local produce stand.
Even the person who lives near a store and purchases food daily or weekly as needed can plan menus and shop wisely.
I have been learning about canning this summer and so far have canned 20 quarts of sweet pickles. I have plans for canning more items such as jelly and tomatoes.
Saturday I tried my hand at pickled squash. I will only put up a few jars of these as a trial to see if they are something we would really make use of. So far, hubby loves them! If our squash supply holds up I will try to put up 8 more pints.
They are pretty to look at!
Pickled squash are easy to make. You layer squash and onions with pickling salt and ice for 3 hours.
The liquid is made up of vinegar, sugar, celery seeds, mustard seeds and tumeric. Add the rinsed squash and veggies to the liquid and bring to a boil. Add them to the jars and process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes.
My new favoritte sound? The sound of a canning lid going "PING"!