Another aspect of buying in bulk is preserving (saving) that food. Whether from the farmers’ market, grocery store, or your local farmer food in bulk needs to preserved until you’re ready to use it. The two methods of food preservation we will discuss here are canning and freezing.
Canning is a great way to preserve food as canned goods can simply stay fresh on the shelf for many months. Examples of canning projects at home could include: jam, pickles, tomato sauce, salsa and much more. There are many books on canning that can be found at any local library or among the Queen Street Commons’ Books for Sustainable Living.
Freezing food is one of the easiest and quickest ways to preserve. It really can be as simple as chopping vegetables, tossing them in a ziplock bag and then into the freezer. Here are the basics and here is a more in depth look at the nuances of freezing food.