Wind Haven followers are interested in learning the canning process. I grew up where my mother still did alot of canning, but the next generation did not learn that skillset, so I am happy to share what I learned for simple food preservation.
One of the biggest challenges of living off grid is the refrigeration. The solar system here is just not big enough to run a regular electric fridge, and the budget just doesn’t allow for purchasing a propane fridge right now.
The vegetables can be stored in cold storage until it gets below freezing temps here in Alberta, and the solution for dairy is to keep an ice block in the small freezer to keep food cold (but space is limited).
One of the solutions for minimizing the need for refrigeration is to limit your frozen foods. You can purchase or prepare canned vegetables and fruit, and a variety of chicken and fish are readily available in stores, but you can also can your own meat ready for stews, soups, or stir fries.
Canning meat is very touchy and people often shy away from it – if not done properly bacteria will form.
See below video giving simple canning technique using chicken.