This is the time of year when friends and family gather around the table to share a holiday meal. The Survival Woman shares tips for keeping holiday leftovers safe..
Interested in Food Supply?
Food is one of the most important parts of any plan to get through short and long term survival situations. You may be thinking where do I start? Or “I want to learn how to can foods”. Well we have all that and more. Let us help you get started by figuring out how much you need and strategies to help get you there no matter what your budget is. There are a lot of things you can put back with just a few dollars a month. Over time it can really add up! That $20 a month you budget can buy a lot of flour, oats, salt, and more!
Not all situations are the same. While some of you may just want to know how to buy what you need over time, others may want to try their hand at some indoor or outdoor gardening while others are interested in what they may be able to forage off the land. No matter what your food concerns, we are sure there is something in the posts below that will help you towards a more secure food future for you and your family. The team at Backdoor Survival is so glad that you have decided to share this journey with us!
Starting your plan is a big step. Check out these posts on how to get started and how to learn not to repeat the mistakes other preppers have made before!
Some areas have more to forage than others but we are sure these posts will be encouraging in your quest for being aware of what you have at your disposal in the great outdoors!
There is nothing like the food you grow yourself. Gardening can help you build a healthy food supply and reduce your grocery bill so you have more to dedicate to other important areas of your life. Our articles provide guidance for those dealing with spaces from apartments up to big parcels. No matter what space you have, there is probably some type of gardening you can do. Check out our post on growing sprouts for an easy greens solution open to anyone that has space for a mason jar and some refrigeration.
Mushrooms & Fungi
Ever wanted to know how to grow your own gourmet and medicinal mushrooms? Our extensive guide will show you how and what you need every step of the way!
There are some definite advantages to drying your own herbs, veggies, meats, and more. The first step is finding the right dehydrator but soon after you will be amazed how much you use it and the time and money it saves you when it comes to putting back nutritionally sound survival foods!
Vacuum Sealing & Mylar Food Storage
Protecting your harvest and your store bought foods is a lot easier with the use of a quality vacuum sealer, oxygen, and moisture absorbers. From mylar bags to choosing the best vacuum sealer to suit your needs, you will find it right here!
Canning & Food Safety
Canning is a skill a lot of preppers seek to hone. Learning to can safely is not as hard as it might seem when you are first starting out. At Backdoor Survival we are big on safety, shelf life, and proper canning methods. From picking the right pressure canner for your needs and budget to overcoming fears about pressure canners and then getting that first batch of meat canned, we are there for you every step of the way!
Fermented foods have an amazing amount of health benefits and they are so easy to make at home even in a small space. These posts are all you need besides the crock and the food to get started!
Meat & Egg Preservation
Protein is important and raising your own meat and eggs or finding ways to value add to what you buy is a great addition to any survival food supply.
The home dairy doesn’t have to be complicated. Making your own yogurt can save you a lot of money and allows you to customize the sugar and flavor however you want.
Powdered milk is a great thing to add to your dried food stockpile. Even if you are lactose intolerant their are dairy products that you can use to complete your diet during an emergency or survival situation.
Coffee, Cooking and Recipes
Roasting your own coffee can allow you to keep green coffee beans in long term storage and it can save you a lot of money. In fact you can drink coffee for about ⅓ to ½ the price you can get it for at the grocery store.
Cooking with the types of foods that preppers put back is a bit different than the cooking you are probably used to. Check out our posts on spices and herbs you should put back and our extended article with some delicious and satisfying recipes that can be accomplished with the food you have put back.
Poultry and Birds
Keeping some birds around your places for meat and eggs is something a lot of people are doing both in the city and in rural areas. We can help you find the right breed and get started producing your own meat and eggs ASAP.
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One of the dilemmas every prepper faces is how to derive the most value out of their food storage budget. None of us want waste and none of us wants stuff that tastes bad. Of course the easiest and most economical thing to do is to stock up on the proverbial beans and rice, adding supplementation with oatmeal, powdered milk and a variety of condiments. With these few items, delicious meals can be prepared simply and there will be adequate nutrition to sustain oneself especially if garden fresh fruit and vegetables are also available.
So what about pre-packaged meals? What is the value propositon?
With all of the publicity given to the California ballot initiative on GMO labeling, I have seen little if nothing mentioned about an initiative in my little community that would ban GMO crops on our island county. And the truth is, while there are few places in the world that could remain effectively GMO-free, the San Juan Islands in Washington State is one of them.
If passed in November, an initiative measure in our county will prohibit the cultivation of crops, livestock and other organisms that have had genes intentionally modified in a way that did not occur by mating or natural recombination. We would essentially become a safe zone for non-GMO crops which in term will preserve our ability to grow and control our food supply for years to come.
So why is this important and why is this being shared on a website that promotes prepping?
If asked about comfort foods, many will say that pizza is number one on their list. And sure, waist line and health considerations not withstanding, I am human too and I do love pizza. But there are issues with both store bought and take-out pizza: chemicals, preservatives, processed ingredients and of course, cost. Now the greasy mess we typically sure does go down nice but the next day or even the next hour – well, it’s not so good.
As a big fan of Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois and their Artisan Bread in Five books, I was absolutely thrilled when they published Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day. I purchased the book in early June and since then I have been perfecting my own DIY pizza from scratch. In fact, I have been so busy making pizza that I have not had time to write about the it.
But today is the day. I have gathered all my notes and all of my photos and will share with you the secret of making pizza at home, the Backdoor Survival way.
How do you keep food safe when the temperature is 90 and the power grid is down for longer than a few hours? Nine tips for keeping food in your refrigerator and freezer safe in the refrigerator and freezer when the power goes out.
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.
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.
Some of the most popular web articles on emergency preparedness have to do with food. This is also a widely discussed topic in print and on forums. And it is no wonder. In today’s society eating is no longer just for sustenance. It is a social form, a source of family bonding and togetherness and for many, a hobby. And, with rising costs, it is a significant part of almost everyone’s household budget.
Today I would like to share ten tips for securing your food supply so that in the event of a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, or civil disobedience on a massive scale, you will be able to eat and to thrive – no matter what.
Buddha (c. 563 BC to 483 BC) is credited with saying: “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
Now it seems to me that if the world were to drastically change in a TEOTWAWKI situation, having a strong and clear mind would be paramount to survival. And yet, as we plan for such an event, how much of our effort is spent on the matter of good health in the here and now? Not as much as we could and should I say.
The reasons are simple. It is just easy to continue to do things the way we always have. Some chips with our burger, a nice piece of pie for desert, and oh yeah, what about the can of soda to wash it down?
I have always been interested in diet and nutrition, most likely because I was an overweight child and have struggled to maintain trim my entire life. For the most part I have won the battle but now I also face the dreaded prospect of aging, and am acutely aware that what goes in can materially affect both how I look and how I feel as I get older.
Antioxidants – What are they?
Mention pinto beans and most people simply shrug their shoulders with disinterest. Even I used to do so. After all, when you walk down the supermarket isle and browse in the bean section there are all kinds of neat beans with far more exotic and enticing names. How about Cannelli, Anasazi, Adzuki or even those sexy Black beans. So many really neat beans – why settle for the pinto?
The pinto bean is typically the cheapest bean on the shelf, whether in the traditional dried form or in cans. Does being cheap make it less attractive? I think not. Because when it comes to beans, cheap, or shall I say thrifty, is a good thing. And not only the that, the pinto is sturdy enough to withstand inexact cooking methods without turning to mush in an instant.
Let me describe these little fellas for you. The Pinto bean is light beige in color with added reddish brown splashes of color. They are kind of cute in as much as a bean can be cute. The name “pinto” comes from the Spanish term for painted. Like magic, when the pinto is cooked, it becomes a nice pink color, almost like the blending of the beige the red on a painters pallet. Neat.
At one time or another, every prepper will ask him or herself: could I become 100% self-reliant in terms of proving food for myself and my family? And most of us will say, no, that is not possible. Today I would like you to re-think that proposition because, with time, planning and a bit of luck, that is possible if not always practical. But let me start at the beginning.
A few weeks ago I invited some like-minded friends over for a survival meal made from my items in my food storage and a viewing of the DVD: Food Production Systems for a Backyard or Small Farm. The four of us watched the DVD from start to finish with many pauses for discussion points and to take notes. So what did we think?
Everyone has their own way of dealing with the close of one year and the start of another. For me, the end of December signals the beginning of crunch-time, work wise and so, in these last few days of the year, I try to take some time out to reflect on matters that are important to me. After all, come January I will be a slave to my job with little time to ponder the bigger and perhaps more important issues in life.
If you read my article a few days ago (What is an Activist? One Woman’s View), you will have learned that in my view, everyone that embarks upon the self-reliance journey is an activist. The qualities of an activist as I have described them are not only necessary to change the world, per se, but also to affect change within our own personal life and sphere of influence.
And so, as I continue to ponder, I share with you some thoughts on the coming year as it relates to our health and the food supply.