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Free Food Friday: Win an Emergency Food Supply Kit from Survival Based

Free Food Friday: Win an Emergency Food Supply Kit from Survival Based

It has been a little over a year since I confessed that the ongoing joke among my family and friends is that I talk about food all of the time…

Slow Cooking with the Amazing Wonder Oven

Slow Cooking with the Amazing Wonder Oven

In the pursuit of self-sufficiency, Prepper’s are always looking for innovative ways to cook food. Part of that comes from our desire to eliminate our dependency on fossil fuels and…

Spring 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Cookbook

Spring 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Cookbook

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival. Today I welcome Tess Pennington, the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook. As…

Off-Grid Cooking with the Amazing HERC Tea Light Oven

Off-Grid Cooking with the Amazing HERC Tea Light Oven

One of the challenges during a power outage is cooking meals. While there are many options, most require cooking outdoors using stove-type methods such as a rocket stove, BBQ grill,…

BDS Book Festival: Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

BDS Book Festival: Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

The Backdoor Survival Book Festival continues. With so many great authors and great books, I simply had to bring in another entry this week. Today Stacy Harris, the author of…

Cooking Lessons From the Great Depression

Cooking Lessons From the Great Depression

Some of the most popular freebie eBooks that I share on my Facebook page have to do with cooking on a budget or with limited supplies. That may be because…

Is Cooking From Scratch Worth It?

Is Cooking From Scratch Worth It?

One of the dilemmas we all face from time to time is deciding when is it worth it to buy something instead of making it from scratch. As preppers, the…

Survival Basics: How to Build a Fire in a Rocket Stove

Survival Basics: How to Build a Fire in a Rocket Stove

There comes a time when every prepper will say enough with all of the food and enough with all of the gear. Preparing a survival pantry, first aid kit and…

Meals Ready to Eat – Not!

Meals Ready to Eat – Not!

The concept of a meal in a pouch is not new. For years, military organizations have contracted to have “Meals Ready to Eat” (or MREs) made for distribution to hungry soldiers in the field when a mess kitchen was unavailable.

The evolution of military grade MREs from the 1960’s era to now has resulted in light weight pouches that contain a complete meal sealed into a tidy packet. A typical MRE contains a main course, side dish, bread, dessert, and flameless ration heater. There will also be a napkin, eating utensil and condiments such as salt and pepper. True U.S. military MREs are well marked with the designation “U.S. Government Property, Commercial Resale is Unlawful” although this is a misnomer since there are no laws that forbid the resale of MREs.

Growing, Grinding and Cooking Wheat

Growing, Grinding and Cooking Wheat

When I first started prepping, I was befuddled about wheat. I just simply did not understand why the heck anyone would want to store wheat for survival purposes. After all, you don’t eat it in its raw form? Or do you? And what about cooking with it? Being a bit naïve at the time, I assumed that you had to turn the wheat berries into flour and then the flour in to baked goods. It sure sounded like a lot of work to me..

Today we talk about growing, grinding and cooking wheat.

Bug Out Bag Basics: Cooking Outdoors Using a Solo Stove

Bug Out Bag Basics: Cooking Outdoors Using a Solo Stove

Today I am going to share with you the results of testing the amazing little Solo Stove and offer up some suggestions for including such a stove and some related gear in your bug out bag.

How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven for Now and When the SHTF

How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven for Now and When the SHTF

Rocket stoves and outdoor grills are great for cooking in a pot or skillet when the power is down or non-existent following a disaster or a worst case SHTF situation where fuel is either flat-out unavailable or intolerably expensive.

How to build a mud oven for use now and when the SHTF.

Baking from Scratch is a Skill You Need: A to Z Bread

Baking from Scratch is a Skill You Need: A to Z Bread

More and more these days I find myself baking from scratch. There are the artisan breads, the automatic bread maker breads and more recently artisan pizza. All of these hand baked items are far superior to store bought – no sneaky ingredients or preservatives that I can not pronounce – plus, they cost pennies to make. (Actually, about 50 cents which is still far less than $4 or more for store bought in my my neck of the woods.)

And then there are sweet breads or loaves. Not quite cake but not quite bread either. These are the banana breads and zucchini breads that are favored as a breakfast treat or bed time snack.

The Bite of Survival: Creamy Comfort Food

The Bite of Survival: Creamy Comfort Food

Ready for something new from my kitchen? Sometimes I put together something that falls into the genre of “survival food”. The reasons may be many but for the most part, to qualify the food stuffs in question need to be something that is easily prepared using store food products and can be cooked indoors in a conventional manner or outdoors on a rocket stove, grill or campfire. Sometimes, I also “practice” making things from scratch to decrease my reliance on store bought products.

I have decided to name these little adventures of mine “The Bite of Survival”. Today I provide just a snippet – a taster so to speak.

Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen

Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen

Depression cooking is a skill that we all should learn. Come in to Clara’s kitchen to see how to eat well when food and money are scarce. You will become both motivated and charmed!