Episode 180 | Getting Started with Food Preservation: Freezer Meals, Grocery Sourcing, Stocking the Pantry | Becky Jones of Acre Homestead

In the homesteading world, we place a lot of emphasis on sourcing food well and producing it at home when possible.  With all of the hard work we put into obtaining high quality food, we have to have a plan for what to do with it!  In today’s conversation, Becky shares about her process of preserving food using various methods: freezing, freeze drying, canning, etc.  She also shares some practical tips about planning for and executing a successful freezer meal preparation day.  We cover plenty of simple and attainable ideas in this episode; you don’t want to miss it!

In this episode, we cover:

  • Quick meals you can throw together without much planning or preparing
  • What to consider as you are planning for large batch freezer cooking
  • Finding the right containers for your freezer meals
  • Suggested methods of preserving for various foods
  • Pantry staples every from-scratch cook should keep on hand
  • Figuring out what your family eats most and stocking up accordingly
  • Ideas for sourcing food: what we buy from local stores vs. large bulk orders
  • Deciding what preserving method fits best with your tastes and lifestyle
  • Recognizing what parts of homesteading you want to prioritize

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About Becky

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and love everything about it! Although I spent the majority of my 20s working as a dental hygienist, my passion has always been in the kitchen. I love learning how to cook as many things from scratch as possible.

While working as a dental hygienist, my passion for scratch cooking grew into a passion for knowing where my food comes from. I started sourcing my meats, produce, and dairy from local farmers. I learned how to preserve local foods and build my pantry over five years while we lived in a small suburban home. A couple of years ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to buy a home on a small one-acre parcel of land. This is where I started my homesteading journey and where I decided to grow as much of my food as possible! 

In January 2021, I started the Acre Homestead YouTube channel. My initial motivation for the channel was to document my second year of gardening. I never expected the channel to grow as quickly as it has—what started as a personal project grew into a full-time job within a matter of months! I am honored that I get to share my passion for homegrown, homemade, and locally-sourced food with this amazing homesteading community!

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