|My Homegrown Basil|
One way to become sustainable is to grow your own produce.
I grow my own basil in the backyard. It is incredibly easy to grow...literally grows like a weed. You know those expensive herb pastes that you can buy in the fresh herb section? I made my own by blending fresh basil and olive oil. I froze the paste flat in a plastic freezer bag and it is still soft so I can just chip off what I need for a recipe. It is still green too. I also preserve guacamole this way for quick defrosting and sometimes grass fed ground beef if I buy it in bulk. Whoo hoo! It isn't a stock pile but it is preservation. I'm also planning on preserving strawberry jam and a few crock pot freezer meals later today.
I found a fantastic new blog called Homestead Revival! She has great advice and opinions about sustainability and storing food. You may want to check it out.