Preserving food is an interesting subject to me, especially in the historic periods. From personal experience, I know it's a lot of labor and time. As a young mother, I preserved crops by canning and freezing. When we moved to Virginia, I haven't preserved anything but drying some herbs, mostly because we didn't get much sun in the yard, so I really didn't think I could have a garden. Now that we have trees down from our yard and the neighbors, more sunlight is available. It's been a process for me over that last three years to prep the ground and determine what grows well in my part-shade garden. Removing the Virginia blue clay soil was a chore. It can be as hard as cement, not good soil for a garden. I've incorporated my own compost into the soil, and that has been really good for growing things. We still have a lot of neighbor trees around the property and some shade, but I think preserving might be an option again. I had such a good harvest of tomatoes this year, much of it we shared with others., and maybe next year, I might give a hand to preserving again. It's a great way to control the quality of the food we eat!