With bushels of tomatoes, I forced myself to learn to can and freeze food. My grandma gave me her genius insight and additional inspiration came from A Latte with Ott A (she is a fellow blogger of Real Farmwives of America). Both helped me get pushed over the edge to not only grow our own food but to can and freeze it to feed my family in the dead of the prairie winter. It saves on our family food budget and the whole gardening, canning and freezing process was therapeutic for me.
A little of it is to grow our own food. Some of it is to save on our family food budget. The other part of it is forcing me to have time to dig in the dirt to grow vegetables that I can and freeze. It unwinds me.