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Homemade, home grown, home canned are not free

July 27th, 2020 at 10:26 pm

I apologize in advance for this rant. I'm tired and hot and frustrated.

I enjoy either crocheting, loom knitting, or doing embroidery. Many of the items I make take time and materials. Materials that are not cheap. I try to make individual gifts for people that I think might like them. I also work on hats and scarves and dish cloths for my church's knitting group that we donate to area nonprofits.

My husband took up vegetable gardening late in life. He has always loved gardening, but never thought he could grow vegetables. I suggested he start with a couple of tomato plants, then he would get onions, then bell peppers, and herbs. We don't grow our own from seeds, so most of the stuff we have to buy as plants or in the case of onion sets. The only thing we do get from year to year is garlic; a friend gave us some starts a few years ago and when we pick it, I save enough back to plant more. As many of you know, a garden is not free food. You buy the seeds or plants, you spend a lot of time working the soil, you fertilize and water and weed. You worry about too much sun, too little sun, too much rain, too little rain, too much wind, hail, and varmints eating your stuff. It's a lot of industry, but for some, it is worth it.

I started canning tomatoes a few years ago because DH got a good crop. I had to buy jars, rings, lids, as well as the canning supplies. As DH has started planting more plants, I had to buy more supplies. Granted, I haven't bought many new jars as far as quarts and pints because I have really stocked up on them, but I do have quite a bit of money invested because I can a lot of things besides tomatoes.

I am absolutely shocked when someone claims that the tomatoes I canned were free. I asked what do you mean, free? He said that they came from your garden. Yeah, the garden DH spent lots of time working on not to mention the water, fertilizer as well as tomato cages and the cost of the plants themselves. I said canning them wasn't free either, and it was hot, messy work. It means bleaching my sink before I start, bleaching it after, and washing and sterilizing jars that I have washed before, but you can't be too careful. Then this person whom I had stupidly given some jelly I made said well, you didn't spend much on the jelly. I said, have you priced what goes into jelly. He had no idea. And I had to beg this person to return my jars because he didn't think they cost that much and felt he could just pitch them!

DH planted lavender and I made some jelly. Not a ton, but I wanted to try the recipe. One gal who has culinary training and is always throwing in my face she's a chef said she'd take a jar off my hands. I wasn't offering her any. I was making conversation that I had tried a new recipe.

Last year I canned so much, I ran out of room for storing, so I emptied shelves and stacked up dishes and stuff to put the stuff away. I can't say we would have had the best and most varied diet, but when the grocery stores had empty shelves, we had plenty of applesauce, green beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and jellies.

So, I wonder why people think homemade, home grown, or home canned are free?

6 Responses to “Homemade, home grown, home canned are not free”

  1. Lots of Ideas Says:
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    They think it’s free because they never did the work.
    My mom had a huge garden in a community plot.
    She really enjoyed both the gardening and the canning and got a great deal of satisfaction from it.

    I helped because I was a good daughter, but I knew in my own life I would never put in that kind of effort because I didn’t enjoy it.
    The food I buy is neither as fresh or as delicious, but I know the time and effort it takes to grow and can, and I am grateful to not have to do it.




  2. Wink Says:
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    People who don't garden or can, really have no idea how much work it is. My dad had a pretty large garden when we were growing up and while he loved it, it required a lot of labor. I can understand your frustration. It's like when my cousins wife tells me that I'm "lucky" that my condo and car are paid off. Um no, I worked my butt off, luck had nothing to do with it!

  3. rob62521 Says:
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    Yes, Lots of Ideas, you know how much work.

    Wink, exactly -- this same guy thinks that I got lucky to have a 403B. I said no, not lucky, just had money taken out every pay check. He claims he doesn't need any investments, but has to get loans to take vacations or do anything of any circumstance.

  4. Lucky Robin Says:
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    It's because they place no value on the work of others, only value on their own work. There are a lot of selfish, thoughtless people out there. I don't give away the food I grow and can. I just don't. Well, other than a little produce to the next door neighbors if I have more than I can use or put up, but they don't expect it, ever. I don't give out anything in a jar. The jars never come back and they are getting very costly to replace.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:
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    Yes it beggars belief but that’s the disposable nature of our society - if you didn’t buy it from a shop then it didn’t cost anything other than blood, sweat & tears! The same people who say these things to you would also say that you are wasting money on jars and other required materials because they don’t understand that you are investing money in doing something that gives you joy. These people just think differently to you so explain your point but don’t waste too much time on them.

  6. rob62521 Says:
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    Thanks, everyone for the kind words. I believe you are right, people who don't garden, craft, or can, don't realize or value the work put in.

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