Another Important Way to Become More Self-Sufficient

Great Man by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Want to be more self-reliant? Then it’s time to learn how to be more self-sufficient. The more things that you can learn to do for yourself means that there are fewer things that you have to have others to do for you. As you learn new skills that allow you to become more independent, you will find yourself relying less and less on other people. As a result, your internal self-reliance will grow with your confidence in your innate ability to get things done. So, it’s time to adopt a do it yourself lifestyle fueled by a positive can do attitude and learn about another important thing that you can do to become more self-sufficient.

Preserve Your Own Food

We already talked about how growing your own food is an excellent way to become less dependent on the food supply chain and its problems. However, growing your own food is only one step in becoming food self-sufficient. Once you have your own homegrown food you need to be able to preserve it so that you can enjoy its nutritional benefits at a later date.

Food preservation techniques have been around for thousands of years. Prior to advent of refrigeration just under a century ago, these techniques were the primary ways that everyone used to preserve the food they had. Luckily, these techniques are still available for each of us to use in our search of greater self-sufficiency.

The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Canning is an excellent way to preserve food. All that is required are canning jars and lids, along with a pot large enough to hold the jars. You simply place the food you want to preserve in the jars, seal the lids and place the jars in a hot water bath in the pot. As the jars heat in the water they expand, forcing out the interior air and causing a vacuum. This vacuum seals the lid, keeping the interior contents oxygen free. Canned food will keep safely for up to a year when properly stored in a cool dark place.

Another even more ancient way of preserving food is drying and/or smoking. The idea behind both drying and smoking is to remove water from the food item being preserved. The only difference between them is that smoking removes some of the water, while drying removes nearly all of the water. Smoked foods will last for weeks. Dried foods will last indefinitely and simply need to be reconstituted with water in order to be edible.

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