Jess has been stressing food storage to me but for obvious reasons I haven't done a lot with it this year. I am however happy (and proud) to say that I have added to ours in the last few days. I bought a bushel of apples at a local orchard stand and made 12 quarts of applesauce and 5 pints of apple butter with it. This being my first canning experience, I was also pleased to find out that you get apple juice along with your applesauce. It made a good 3 pitchers full. The bags are filled with pumpkin which I got from cooking our 2 Halloween pumpkins that the girls drew on. The 2 pumpkins yielded 12 cans worth of puree. Of course food is always better tasting when made yourself, but I wondered how economical it was. So here is the breakdown.
1 bushel of apples = 23 dollars
2 pumpkins = 6 dollars
applesauce jar - 2.69 X 12 = 32.28
apple juice concentrate - 1.49 X 3 = 4.47
apple butter - 3.89 X 5 = 19.45
can of pumpkin - 1.49 X 12 = 17.88
It's good to know that canning and preserving food is not only better tasting but better on your wallet as well.