I don't know what it is about me moving to Utah, but I have definitely turned into a Molly Mormon. Since I have lived here I have learned how to quilt, how to make bread and how to can.
Canning has definitely taken over most other hobbies this year and I am trying to figure out why. Every time I get finished filling another 20 jars I think to myself, it's worth the extra money to not have to do this myself. But then I hear another lesson on self reliance, hear Jess talking about how health care reform will usher in the Second Coming, and read how bad processed food is for you and I pull out my canner again.
On Friday chicken went on sale, we ran out of our beef I canned last March and so out came the canner. We canned some of each as well as some new recipes. We are trying out beef stew, chowder and refried beans. (I will let you know how they turn out.) Really, as I was canning this time I thought about what it is that keeps me doing it. I think in the end it is a great thing to know that I don't have to rely on Walmart if anything really bad were to happen. That fact, combined with the knowledge of what we are actually eating, makes canning kind of comforting.
For those of you who are like me, check out this link to a cool blog I discovered.