Have you been trying to figure out how much produce you will need to harvest in order to have enough to make a batch for canning? Hobby Farms.com has done the work for you! They have a beautiful graphic available to use as a guide to calculate how much produce you need to harvest in order to make a successful batch.
Here is a link to the chart: Info-graphic: Produce Preservation
If one of your goals is to feed your family with foods you have preserved, then a plan is definitely in order. First, you need to know how many fruits and vegetables you need to harvest in order to prepare enough food for your family's needs. Afterwards, you can calculate how much to plant in your garden, or how much to pick from the you pick farms, or purchase from the farmer's markets.
After cleaning out my pantry last week, I realized how grateful I was to have so many jars of tomatoes that I canned last summer. When I open one of the jars I smell that familiar tomato smell that only comes from a home grown tomato, and I feel pride in the fact that we grew these tomatoes right here and preserved them for our family to enjoy.
This year I have plans to preserve peaches, sweet pickle relish, dill relish, tomatoes, pizza sauce, salsa, spaghetti sauce, and plenty more as my time and energy allows.
What plans do you have for your garden and preserving this year?
© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2012.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”