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4 Moms Discuss Food Preservation


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This week The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids [3] are discussing food preservation.

For a large family, finding a big sale on a favorite food is both exciting and challenging.

I usually try to buy enough of the item to feed our family immediately and enough to freeze, can, or store in the pantry without clearing the shelves. I want to leave enough for others to enjoy while thinking of my family's immediate needs and in the days to come [4].

One option for preserving foods is canning.

In this How to Can Strawberry Jam [5] tutorial, I show step by step photos of the canning process.

You can find canning basics for preserving all kinds of food [6], which can come in very handy if you have an abundance of garden produce or find a sale on perishable foods.

If you have extra freezer space, another way to preserve food is freezing.

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If you know how to flash freeze [8], you can preserve bananas and other foods, like I did when I made these frozen chocolate banana pops [9] with bananas I found on sale for only $1 a bag. I bought several bags and set to work preserving them before they went bad.

One way NOT to preserve food is to leave a 25 pound bag of flour in the sack it came in so it can get wet and moldy when there is a water leak in the room it is stored in. I definitely need to invest in some large food grade storage containers to put my bulk staple items in.

Do you buy sale items in bulk? Do you have food preservation tips to add? Help us out and leave them in the comments!

And then check out what the rest of my 4 Moms team shares about food preservation: