For most of us gardener’s around the country, we’re currently sitting in that honeymoon phase. It’s that time where everything is starting to grow and looking beautiful, but nothing is ready to harvest. However, before we know it the time will be upon us.
In this season of the Old Fashioned on Purpose podcast, I’m going to make sure you are able to maximize your bounty while discussing one of my favorite topics in the world; food preservation.
Today I’m thrilled to be joined by an expert in colonial food preservation methods, my good friend Jonathan Townsend. Jonathan is the owner of Townsends, a website featuring quality reproduction 18th and early 19th Century clothing and personal accessories.
In this episode, Jonathan discusses a wide range of techniques including many you’ll already be familiar with, but he also dives into some very interesting methods like potted meats and smoking.
Tune in to find out how you can integrate some of these colonial practices into your modern homestead in order to enhance your preservation methods and better prepare yourself for those long winter months.
Podcast Episode Highlights
- Trends in time in the interest of old-fashioned activities
- Types of people interested in colonial history & actions
- Food preservation: 18th century methods vs. today’s methods
- Primary methods of food preservation in the 18th century
- Colonial cold food storage options
- Colonial Salt: access issues, use, & alternatives
- Colonial Sugar: options & history
- History of pemmican
- Potted Meats: the precursor to canning
- Food safety: then and now
- Preserving cheese
- Colonial food storage in the winter
- Best lessons modern folks can learn from colonial food preservation
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More Food Preservation Tips:
- Check out my Canning Course to learn how to can (one of the best preservation methods!)
- My Heritage Cooking Crash Course will help you learn how to ferment food, bake bread, and more heritage tips.
- My Favorite Ways to Preserve the Harvest
- Best Tips on Cooking With Salt
- A Guide to Quick Pickling Vegetables