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Before I sit down and write out seed orders, I take a trip downstairs to do a Cold Room inventory. There is no point in taking up space planting a wide row of beets, if I still have 5 dozen jars of them waiting to be eaten. So, yesterday I spent half an hour down in the Cold Room, writing down everything we had canned and stored away.
Here’s my Cold Room Inventory:
Chicken Broth – 38 quarts
Tomato Sauce – 46 pints, 4 quarts
Beets – 32 pints
Pizza Sauce – 8 half pints, 3 pints
Applesauce – 3 quarts
Beef Stew – 21 pints
Pickled Beets – 25 pints
Sauerkraut – 13 pints
Salsa – 24 pints
Pickled Garlic Scapes – 7 pints
Canned fruit – (Pears & Cherries) – 10 jars
Taking an inventory is a good idea before you get too carried away with planting in the garden. From spending the time to count and note everything, I now have a good idea of what to plant and what not to plant.
You can see Green Beans didn’t make the list above. That’s because we ate them all! So, this year, I am going to have to try to get a lot of beans planted, harvested and then canned.
From looking at the list, we may not go to Lilloet for our annual tomato picking and saucing. We’ll see – it depends on how many more jars we use up. We both really like tomato sauce, so maybe we will need to put more jars by.
It seems to me that we need to get more apples this Fall, to make more sauce. I also slice them up and store them in the freezer/ We make pies and crisp over the Winter. We have our own apple trees, but I think we will need far more than we can harvest from our two trees. For beets, I may just put in one row and can up the harvest to give us a few more jars than the 32 we already have.
How has your Cold Room fared over the Winter? Do you still have a good amount of food there or are you going to have to refill your shelves this year?
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