I love having the freezer full, but fully recognize that the loss of power can make it dangerous to keep all things in the freezer. I love canning and having things on the shelf. However, I grew up believing you shouldn't put all your eggs into one basket. This weekend I took advantage of a sale on bell pepper.
12 large bell pepper yielded me enough bell pepper pieces for a full quart jar
These will be easy to toss into soups, stews, casseroles, etc.
I can choose to rehydrate them first, or just let the cooking liquid do it.
Since I already had the dehydrator out and on the counter, I decided to dry some mushrooms, too.
Dried mushrooms are my preference over canned.
They seem to add a depth to dishes.
(However, I will eat either and keep both on hand.)