When people think of edible plants, trees and bark are probably not very high on the list of what comes to mind. Sure, using bark as a major food source … Read More
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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Editor’s Note: This is a special contribution from longtime BDS reader Donna. Since it’s flu season, we resurfaced this one! Making real homemade bone broth is a fantastic way to … Read More
I have never met a potato I did not like. Seriously. There was period during the 80s that I refer to as my potato years. I shunned meats of any kind and pretty much subsisted for weeks at a time on baked potatoes, asiago cheese, and apples. That, plus my morning latte, was it. I would go weeks and weeks subsisting in a diet of potatoes.
Somewhere along the line, I gave up such foolishness and started eating a bit more normally. Well, maybe not normally but certainly with a lot more in the way of variety and protein foods.
I wrote about my teensy weensy garden in Getting Prepared Week 6: Planning the food garden. Back then, I promised a progress report but to tell the truth, there just isn’t any progress to report yet. My seedlings are scrawny and barely alive. Too cold and not enough light would be my guess. I am going to start anew when the weather dries out a bit and yes, I am going to have to purchase some starts.
But in the meantime, I bought a couple of small seed potatoes (40 cents worth to be exact – the clerk thought I was nuts, only two?) and set my sights on growing a few taters in a tub.
Part of great cooking is using herbs to accentuate flavors in meats, pastas, vegetables and soups. Many home chefs have a gardens filled with a variety of fresh herbs. Dehydrating … Read More