I like to stay stocked up on certain items that I feel we would need in an emergency and I rotate so that the food is always edible and usable. I had gotten a little behind. It's awfully easy to go into your emergency stockpile and grab stuff and then NOT put that on your grocery list to buy the next time - way too easy. Today I played catch-up. It's more economical for me to do this now because we have so much garden produce canned up or still in the frig ready to feed our hungry bellies, thereby allowing me to use my grocery money for catching up.
Boy, I was in for sticker shock though! The cost of food has a tendency to tick me off anyway because I'm one of those in particular that you can hear saying, "I remember when that only cost . . . " !! Like, remember when turkey was on sale for $.19 cents a pound or chicken wings were only $.09 cents a pound? I get so mad when I shop I can't see straight but I keep telling myself to "maintain - maintain" my cool, that is! LOL!! Who would have EVER thought that vinegar would be the price it is?!?! Oh well, it is what it is - geez!!! Don't you just hate that saying? It all begs to question, "When and where will it all end?" Let me know what has caused sticker shock for you in your area here lately. Share your shopping experiences with me if you like. Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one and I'm being silly. I'm all ears!!!
I then went to our farm market and bought some pears. I couldn't control myself - I love pears. I love them chopped, roasted, as preserves, made into pear sauce . . . you name it I love pears. I got there and they quoted me a price of $8 a peck and asked me how many I wanted. I told them 3 pecks and she said she had some in the back that were still a little hard (meaning not quite ripe) that she would sell to me for $15 a bushel. My, my!!!! I just had to have them. I'm terribly excited now because I've found some killer recipes and am looking forward to playing with the pears. I'm going to can pear halves, regular pear sauce, and regular pear preserves but I've found this luscious Pear-Vanilla Preserve recipe that I just have to try. I'm also going to fix us some poached pears and pear clafouti too. LOVE PEARS!!!
So, ya see? I just keep going! One of these days it will snow and maybe I'll just have to stop canning! TeeHee!!