Five weeks on the road, and we are still eating food from our garden. In the fall we harvested, canned, dried and froze a lot of food to take along on this trip. We had over a hundred heirloom tomato plants so after the farmers market ended, we started drying and canning the tomatoes.
We made roasted heirloom tomato sauce which we have brought about 30 pints.
Also apple, green tomato chutney x 12 jars (great on rice, easy dinner). We dried tomatoes as well and put them in oil in a jar for putting on pizzas and stir fries.
We put the dried tomatoes into olive oil to reconstitute them and keep them in the fridge then.
We also brought several winter squash, spaghetti and delicata.
Ken was adamant this year that we were not going to waste any fruit, so took on the huge task of peeling, coring and slicing (we have a gadget that does this), and drying all of the apples, pears, peaches and we even dried raspberries.(and some grapes)
We also have dried beans that we have grown called calypso beans.
I also made 2 types of pesto and froze it, Basil, parsley (italian and curly)
I did a lot of research last year about crossing borders and food and found that essentially preserved food is allowed. (not meat). Of course there are always border crossing workers who opt to write their own laws, as many of the Canadian citizens with coloured skin were not allowed into the US with the recent border changes.
But last year we brought canned tomatoes etc and were searched (as we often are being a motorhome) and all he was looking for was sheep or goat meat.
Why do this? Well one this is cost, organic food is expensive especially produce, and having all of it at home for free. At home we also work hard at achieving the 100 mile diet. Eating foods that were grown within 100 miles is an environment choice. They say that the food in the grocery store has travelled further than the average person travels on vacation. We also do this for political reasons, why buy food that is from half way around the world, when you can support local growers?
We also buy our own locally grown grains, such as rye and fife, and grind them with a stone grinder. Have ground a few large bins of flour for the trip, for the pizzas and breads along the way.
Then for fresh produce we have a map of all of the trader joe stores along the way and stop there once a week.
We have a great system for composting, an IKEA rack attached to the wall, and we fill up biodegradable bags with compost and then bury them out in the desert. I am sure that some poor tomato plants will start growing in spring only to look around and say, WHAT AM I DOING HERE?… and then quickly die in the heat.
OH and we are growing mung beans to have for dinner once a week.
We are pretty conservative with our water, so head to a sani dump every 5 days to fill up and dump the tank, but usually we have 3/4 of a tank of water left, so we could likely last for a few weeks without more water etc.. The solar panels in the day are enough to run the LED lights and the furnace and other devices for the evening.
So we are pretty self sufficient.
And while we are traipsing around the desert we have our 3600 garlic planted and protected (back home) , hopefully our biggest garlic ever. (perhaps enough to fund next years trip)
and DID I mention we are finding rocks, perhaps I need to write a blog one of these days to show all the rocks we have found once I figure out for sure what they all are.
And them great sunsets just keep coming
Much love to all and merry christmas.