Thursday, 8 November 2012

Winter Stocks.



Seeing pictures of snow from north of the channel has made me even more conscious of building up my winter food stocks.

Above is just a small part of our conserves from the summer (the jars marked 'rat', do not actually contain any 'rats'). The rest is distributed between cardboard boxes, under beds, in the studio, on shelves, or in the freezer.


I always keep a reasonable stock of all the usual tins, bottles, and jars (above), and there are also several large boxes filled with walnuts, butternuts, home-made paté, onions, and potatoes. I think we have enough to see us through.

So, it can now snow and freeze to its little heart's content, and with any luck we'll survive. We'll close the doors, wrap ourselves in sheepskins, and sleep with our feet towards the fire. And other than a well trodden path to the wood pile, you probably wouldn't even know we were here. Bring it on!


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20 comments:

  1. Your cupboards are so neat and organised, unlike your desk! I am still in the process of increasing my stocks - hope the weather holds off till I'm ready.

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  2. Come now good fellow, surely you must stride forth once or twice into the woods in winter? Or is it Lady M who chops down trees for kindling and checks the traps for squirrel and beaver from which to forge new hats?

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    1. I've just seen her through my telescope, axe over her shoulder, bear trap under her arm. She must be getting in some practice!

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  3. Wow, super organised shelves. You could hold out for months. (Thank you Owl Wood, you always make me chuckle.)

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  4. You've just reminded me - winter socks and beaver traps.

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  5. You are well-provisioned. I love to see a full larder!

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  6. I'm not a hoarder or survivalist, but I certainly keep a healthy stock of food in the house. To me, it just makes good sense. (And I'm terribly glad there are no rats in those containers.)

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  7. That is something I am very dedicated to, making sure we have enough food, just in case. Must be in my genes from my Russian grandfather. Their storage brick house always had lots of jars of food.

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  8. I could tell by a glance that 'rat' meant ratatouille. Quite a long title on a small tin top.

    I was just thinking this very thing as i got in a supply of goods yesterday. Snow today, so i made it just in time.

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  9. Impressive canning abilities Cro. What's the yellow stuff in the big jar with the red lid in the top photo?

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    1. It's a mix of pickled carrots and green tomatoes. Very good too; both were first time attempts.

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  10. Sounds like things are all under control there.We have already had 2 days of 38c and it is early November!..the cold sounds very good at the moment lol.However our season of preserving etc is ahead of me,the Tomatoes are fruiting up and cucumbers etc so I will be able to replace what the family raids when they visit,and that is the whole idea of it for me.

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  11. I agree with Elaine - the difference between the neatness of the larder and state of the office is huge.

    That stock of food sounds great though.

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  12. All your preserves look very impressive - can we all come round for tea?

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  13. So impressive, Cro. I have larder envy!

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  14. I always think that a well stocked larder and a well stocked wood store are at least as good, nay, better, than money in the bank to generate that winter feeling of comfort..

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  15. Wow, yes very impressed. It all looks and sounds delicious. I love the idea of being snowed in . . . Maybe the reality would not be so good. Maybe you'll let us know x

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  16. Wow what very neat cupboards you have! I'm betting that rat smells gorgeous too!

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