What did we do before the advent of freezers? I'll tell you .... we bottled and preserved our food! What a mega effort to produce bolognese sauce and ratatouille. Hats off to all those who run any food associated cottage industries! My precious stock of French tinned ratatouille and bolognese has finally run out and with a potentially long sea passage with Cuba as our destination I decided I had to get some supplies on board, especially as we are not great lovers of beans - the staple diet in Cuba! Here's hoping the shopping, chopping, cooking, sterilising and potting are worth my labours. Looks good now, but what about 2 months' time? However, my sister-in-law's tip to pour whisky (used rum) on the top and set fire to it while putting the lid on should do the trick!!!