Embracing the Limits of Our Solar System
Wow wow wow! This is SO cool! I'm always blown away by how many things can be freeze dried.
Way more power than my system can handle, but maybe someday!
NOTE TO READERS: I made an error on my original version when I mentioned freeze drying egg YOLKS. I freeze dried whole eggs. The post has been updated and is now correct.
I'm surprised to learn that food preservation isn't a thing in the UK, especially since WWII basically leveled so much of the country no so very long ago. Wow - amnesia is universal.
I don't think I'd attempt canning on a wood stove, either. Can you get propane there? If so, is converting a natural gas appliance to propane an option? Not sure about laws in the UK. Our stove runs on propane:
Harnessing the Sun: https://loveoffgrid.substack.com/p/harnessing-the-sun
There are many other ways to preserve food besides canning, too. Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers, for instance, and vacuum sealers. I hope this helps:
Food Security: https://loveoffgrid.substack.com/p/food-security
Oh, and BTW, "Lil' Chuckwagon" is the nickname for my freeze drier. When John and I moved here, I transported jars and jars of canned food from our other house, gaining my vehicle (a mini at the time), the name "Lil Chuckwagon". The name stuck. :-)
Wow, I didn't even know this was a thing, thank you. Most helpful. We actually spent the bucks (er, excuse me, pounds) to have an All American pressure canner shipped over here, since food preservation is all but unknown here, apart from the odd jar of jam. But it's been sat untried for several months, because I'm leery of trying to use it on a woodburning stove. The ball book is VERY CLEAR that the temperature has to stay completely stable throughout the whole canning process, which is pretty hard, using wood as the heat source. I will look into these Chuckwagon fellows, and see if anyone's doing something similar over here.