Anyone who loves to garden, especially those who wish to be able to provide wholesome foods for themselves and their families and live independently enough to survive economic or natural disasters will need to know what to do with all of the surplus from the summer. It’s great to be able to eat vegetables right out of the ground, but it is just as important to have good food all winter long. There are many methods of preservation. The way you store each vegetable will depend on its needs and its hardiness. Here are ways to keep all of your produce, and especially the root vegetables, in great shape for the long winter months. . . . Read More
Shocking news! Building an emergency food supply can be one of the easiest activities on your prepping agenda. Now that I have your attention, let me explain. Consuming food is something every human on the planet does on a daily basis. The content of our daily diet may differ, along with the source and quantity of food, but we all eat. What that means is that we already understand the dynamic of shopping, storing, and preparing food. What is left, in prepper-speak, is what at first appears to be an overwhelming task of acquiring food for storage purposes. The reality, however, is more like kicking your routine food acquisition plan up a notch. It really does not get more complicated than that and in this article, I will show you how. . . . Read More
Purchasing food in large quantities is certainly economical but not always convenient. Not only are there issues with finding adequate and temperature controlled storage space, but If you are like me, you struggle with setting aside an appropriate amount for daily use.
In keeping my commitment to respond to reader questions, today I share thoughts on the following question that was asked back in April. Although the question is specific to tubs coconut oil, the answer applies to other food products as well.
I have questions about how you use and store your coconut oil since you buy the larger tubs from Tropical Traditions. So here goes.
How much do you keep out for daily use and what do you put it in?
Do you leave the remaining oil in the . . . Read More
Coming to terms with a realistic food storage strategy can be tough. Everyone seems to have an opinion whether it is to focus primarily on store-bought canned goods, commercially packaged freeze-dried products, or food that is preserved at home using a pressure canner. Each has advantages and disadvantage in terms of space, cost, portability, and convenience.
Regardless of your stand on food storage, there is a common thread among all preppers. We want our food storage to remain viable and nutritious for the longest period possible. The very last thing we want is to be in a situation where our stored food is no longer palatable or worse, spoiled.. . . Read More
A pressure canner can be a prepper's best friend, especially if there is access to home grown fruits and veggies, or a local farm community that will sell you "less than pretty" items for a song. On the other hand, mention the phrase "pressure canning" to someone who has never canned and they will start to shake and shiver with fear.
I know, because I did. The reality however, is that canning using modern methods is very safe. With a modicum of diligence, there is no need to be afraid and a lot to be gained in the process. Heck, my good friend Daisy Luther is a canning maniac and cans for relaxation. She even wrote a book about it.. . . Read More
A few months ago, Mountain House sponsored a freeze dried food giveaway and the giveaway question asked you to submit a question to Mountain House. Today, Mountain House is back to answer a number of your questions, and, no surprise, offer another giveaway to Backdoor Survival readers.
This time around, the giveaway will be for their "Just In Case 4 Day Emergency Food Kit".
Before we get started, though, I want to share with you two of their newest products: Chicken and Dumplings with Vegetables and Cheesecake bites.. . . Read More
Do you ever watch those programs on television about extreme couponers? I am not much of a TV-watcher, but I've seen a couple of these. It is astonishing to watch people load up a heaping grocery cart, then give the cashier a thick wad of coupons and walk out of the store paying $3.11 for everything.
I imagine you could build an enormous stockpile of goods this way, but is it really the best way to build a preparedness supply?. . . Read More
When I first started prepping, I was totally engrossed in learning as much as I could about survival tactics from the Great Depression. For one reason or another, I have renewed this interest and have been spending my spare time reading books as well as watching some of the classic films and documentaries that depict the era.
Something I have learned is that women of the era were creative in the kitchen and took dibs and dabs of this and that and in order to create tasty meals as best they could. That said, it wasn’t until the 50’s that the ubiquitous tuna casserole came into prominence, most likely due to the ease of preparation using pantry staples. On the other hand, meals created from pasta or potatoes plus a vegetable and a scrap of meat were quite common during the . . . Read More
Why store wheat? That was always been a question rolling around in my head. After all, I had never eaten raw wheat and to the best of my knowledge, wheat had to be milled, ground, and otherwise processed before it could become usable.
On the other hand, my education in all things preparedness had taught me that wheat – or more specifically wheat berries – were one of the cornerstones to serious long-term food storage. Basically every preparedness author out there recommends the storage of hundreds of pounds of wheat. If all of the pros were recommending it, there had to be something to it.. . . Read More
Something that has been troubling me lately is rumor that some freeze dried products are produced from ingredients that are sourced in countries whose standards of wholesomeness and cleanliness are less than what we are accustomed to in North America.
As I rebuild my own food storage from scratch, this has become a major consideration. Do I want my precious food storage to come from China where standards of sanitation and quality in food processing are lax? I think not.. . . Read More
Have you ever been rooting through your pantry and come across a package that is well past its expiration date? Despite our good intentions, attempts at organization, and careful rotation of supplies, it still happens from time to time. What about a really amazing sale on a packaged food? Sometimes that good sale is a last-ditch effort to clear out the product before the date. Should you still buy it? When sorting supplies for my recent relocation, I discovered to my dismay that a couple of items had passed their expiration dates. I was determined to find out whether I needed to throw these items out, or whether the expired food could still be safely consumed. . . . Read More
Given the price of food these days, I take proper food storage techniques seriously. That being said, I have learned over the years that practices for storing bulk foods vary widely, with some methods being both cumbersome and confusing. Trust me, I have been there and done that. With only two hands and two arms, there is just so much juggling of bags, buckets, and beans that a gal can do singlehandedly.
Today I am going to demonstrate how I package my own bulk foods and in addition,tell you about some of the best Mylar bags out there. Coupled with a fantastic giveaway from Discount Mylar Bags let me tell you; food storage does not get much better than this!. . . Read More