Growing your own food is an empowering experience. You nurture a seed or small starter plant into a tasty meal. You remove a bit of your dependence on grocery stores while enjoying a fresh harvest free of pesticides. Many people dream about growing their own food, but few turn it into a reality. Anyone can grow food with the right supplies and knowledge. Even if you live in a small space, you can always grow herbs! Herbs are a great choice for starting your garden (or adding to your garden). They take up less space than fruits and vegetables. They can be pretty hardy and easy to grow. Plus there are many uses for them, from adding to drinks to spicing up a dish. If you live in a small house or apartment, it is easy to buy the myth that you cannot grow your own food. Growing herbs . . . Read More
This post is part my wandering thought process about food production/distribution during a large-scale societal collapse and part a request for feedback/ideas. This is one of the benefits of writing to an audience such as this - free advice. I'm generally more of an opinion and thought-based writer than I am an advice-giving writer. For that reason, I'm quite comfortable asking for help. Help? I'm writing a book, you see, and while I like to think I know something about prepping on an individual and familial basis, I'm not going to pretend I have an understanding of large-scale food production and distribution. This is the area I could use reader help with. Readers of Backdoor Survival, it seems, trend toward homesteading as much as they do prepping, so I think I'm asking . . . Read More
Survival gardens are difficult to define. In this blog, the focus is on garden foods that offer extra benefit as emergency food or in a survival garden. The benefit might be higher amounts of protein and/or carbs. The blog carries forward the concepts of year-round gardening as a means of creating a stable food supply and increasing the opportunity to grow food you can store. Root Vegetables for Every Garden The benefit of root vegetables is that you can extend your harvest by only picking what you need. Thus, your food supply is available, fresh, and nutritious. To succeed, gardeners need to balance planting time with harvest time so that there is always something in the garden that is ready for harvesting.
Beets: Both the tops and the beet are edible. The greens are . . . Read More
Today I’d like to discuss cooking pots, specifically cooking with cast iron cookware and why you should not only get some now but learn to use them properly. Your life could very well depend on it! Planning your strategy for long-term survival after the end of the world should begin well before the actual end of the world. This being the case, your kitchen should be a priority focus. I’m talking about going beyond MREs and herb gardens here. Why Choose to Cook with Cast Iron Cookware Long-lasting Generations of women have been using cast iron cookware primarily because of its durability. Cast iron will last for decades if properly maintained. So even after all the stores close and zombies are running amok in the streets, your cast iron will still be going strong. . . . Read More
Mountain House offers one of the longest product shelf life ranges in the industry. Their food is guaranteed to delight your taste buds even after it sits on a shelf for 30-years. How we cook food, is one of the key factors that impact taste and quality. At Mountain House, they use a home cooked style which enhances the flavor of food naturally. Beyond tasting good, emergency food should be healthy, nutritious and satisfying. This blog focuses on Eight of the best Mountain House meals to consider including in your emergency food stash. Special Note: Part of the inspiration for this article is that Mountain House is temporarily offering a 20% off coupon . . . Read More
One of the greatest food assets a prepper can have is a year-round garden. Yet, gardens do not grow well in all locations. To help extend the growing season, this blog article looks at some of the tools that preppers can use to grow more productive gardens wherever they live. Gardening Techniques that Shorten the Time-to-Harvest The time-to-harvest is the amount of time it takes for a seed to grow into a plant and then grow to harvest. You can find the time-to-harvest on the back of seed packets or sometimes on the back of the plant stake that comes with a seedling. Tools including:
When it comes to preserving eggs there is a lot to know. Powdered egg products are nice to have during survival situations and long emergencies but they are quite expensive to purchase. Fortunately there are ways to preserve eggs and maintain their nutritional value for an extended period of time. Understanding Preservation Chicken, duck, and goose eggs are likely what you will be preserving. To understand how preservation works you need to realize that an egg shell is porous. There is an oxygen exchange going on from the time an egg is laid until it is used or goes bad. Preserving eggs in the shell means stopping the air exchange. If you hold a flashlight up to an egg that was laid a week ago and one that was laid the same day you will notice that the air space is bigger in the . . . Read More
Grain stores much longer than flour, so its natural for many preppers to prefer to stock up on years worth of grain over the flour itself.
By doing this, you also save a pretty penny. But, when SHTF and it is time to open up your five-gallon buckets of grain, you aren’t ready to cook. You need to grind the grain into flour, or crack it open, at least, if making soup or alcohol.
Chances are, if you’re in the position where you have to mill grain for flour the grid is down and even if you have your own supply of power, you need a way to mill the grain if that fails. Luckily, there are still a wide variety of hand-powered m . . . Read More
Legacy Food Storage has earned itself a spot in many prepper’s pantries, and the reasons are simple. Their food options are robust, offer great variety, and have a 25-year shelf life. I received a sampler from Legacy that contained six four-serving packs: pasta alfredo, potato soup, enchilada beans and rice, a meatless stroganoff, oatmeal with brown sugar, and pancakes. I was very impressed by the amount of food t . . . Read More
There is a lot of buzz around freeze drying foods at home. As a primer, be sure to check out the "prequel" on the Pros and Cons of freeze drying here.
Full Disclaimer up Front: One of the major drawbacks at the moment is the high cost of such a device. At the moment, home freeze dryers are going to be out of a lot of people’s budget but some may want to keep up with what is going on with this technology. Undoubtedly the price will drop as time goes on. Remember when a new basic computer was $2000 instead of the $400 it is today?
As of now your main choice is . . . Read More
Home freeze drying has a scientific term – Lyophilization. The process is complex, but the results are worthwhile. Freeze drying involves three steps, and it requires a special vacuum unit to complete the process.
The first step is to freeze the food.
The second is sublimation or drying of the food.
The third step is desorption which is a second form of drying the food.
Sublimation is a chemistry term that means a substance passes from a sold to a gas without ever becoming a solid. Water, for example, is a solid when frozen, a liquid when melted, and gas when heated. Under the properties of sublimation, water would go from its solid or frozen state to a gaseous state without passing through the . . . Read More
Special Guest Contribution from longtime BackdoorSurvival reader Donna Have you heard of the great new grocery market where all of the food is fresh, organic and free? This survival food does not come with fancy packaging nor is it advertised in weekly flyers. There is one open very close by your home. This is not a gimmick or a joke. It’s too good to be true you say? By now you have probably figured it out. This is your “backdoor grocery”, your foraging specialty market and it is packed full of healthy, luscious, tasty food, ripe for the picking, especially at this time of year when you can literally step into the land around your home, whether city, suburb or country and find the makings of a meal. The trick is learning how to shop. In this article we will . . . Read More