Homesteading is defined, in part, as a lifestyle of self-sufficiency characterized by subsistence agriculture and home preservation of food stuffs. It’s a big job – where do you begin? The annual ebb and flow of homesteading life can feel a bit like playing a game – you keep going around the board (hopefully) making small gains as you move forward. It always helps to get a strategy together before you start to play for the win.
When it comes to stocking a pantry, homesteaders definitely have a head start. There are a couple of things that tend to happen to us tho. We either get tunnel vision or become a bit impractical at times. There have been years when I worked diligently all summer long, canning every ounce of garden produce, only to find in the middle of winter that all we really had to eat were jars of carrots, beans and salsa – and a lot of them! I have a tendency to grow what’s easy for me and stay in my comfort zone. But that doesn’t work very well to satisfy expanding taste palates. Sometimes we literally dig right in without thinking through what we truly need.