- True unemployment is in the 20% range and there are no jobs
- Droughts have resulted in poor crop yields
- Seed production is greatly reduced due to hybridization and the failure of such seeds to accurately reproduce themselves
- Meat and vegetable supplies are plagued with e-coli and other diseases
- Food banks that in the past would serve 300 families a week are now serving 1000 families a week and most are out of food by mid-week
Welcome to Clara’s KitchenQuite by accident, I stumbled upon “Cooking With Clara”. Clara is a ninety-something dynamo that lived through the depression and upon the encouragement of her grandson, became a celebrity chef so to speak on You Tube. I would like to introduce you to her by way of one of her videos:
The Final WordBeyond the recipes, this small book is full of memories, photos, and recipes from the 1920s and 30s. It is a peek into a slice of time when the economy was in the dump and people struggled to simply get through the hard times, one day at a time. It is about hardship as much as it is about love and about strength. And of course, it is about the food and about cooking techniques required by the era and the times. I would like to recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to get by, and more specifically, how to eat well with less. Pick a recipe or two and give them a try. See if you like the results and adapt if need be. The time to learn is now, while we still have choices and luxury of time. Whereas we may never have to make a satisfying meal out of old, hardened bread and olive oil, wouldn’t it be nice to know you could – just in case? Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation! Gaye If you have not done so already, please be sure to like Facebook which is updated every time there is an awesome new article, news byte, or link to a free survival, prepping or homesteading book on Amazon. You can also follow Backdoor Survival on Pinterest. In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. Spotlight Item: Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: The book is about $15 and a true treasure. Recommended not only for the recipes, but for the heartwarming anecdotes that fondly recall memories of life when all you could count on was yourself and strength of the family unit. Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself. Growing your own food, cooking and building stuff are all essential. Here are some of the top sellers from Backdoor Survival readers. Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: My readers love cast iron and so do I. Also at the top were Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers and the Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make. Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients: Ditto. How to Live on Wheat: Everything you need to know about wheat. Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): For less than $8, this pack of 10 is a great deal. Free shipping too. Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: The Fiskars products are easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10. Kaito Voyager KA500 Solar/Crank Emergency AM/FM/SW NOAA Weather Radio: A lot of different hand crank radios were sold but this was by far, the most popular. Sabre Compact Pepper Spray with Quick Release Key Ring: The portability of this pepper spray adds to its appeal since it can be easily carried on a key ring or in a handbag or backpack. The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster: Written by Bernie Carr at the Apartment Prepper blog, this is highly readable guide to all things preparedness. Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord: As far as I am concerned, paracord ranks up there with duct tape and zip ties. I wish I had know about this stuff years ago.
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