Cooking With Backdoor Survival: Download a FREE Cookbook

Let us pretend that for one reason or another, we are taking refuge in our home, with little chance of getting to a supermarket anytime soon. Perhaps the power is out, or the streets are icy, or a sick family member needs attention.  Or something worse has happened and you are in the midst of a major disruptive event.

Whatever the reason, when we shelter in place, we still need to eat.

In cases like this, your prepper’s pantry can come to the rescue with enough food to keep you well-fed and happy for awhile to come.  If you are lucky enough to have a bounteous garden, even better.  Who needs the supermarket?

Cooking With Backdoor Survival: Five Ingredients or Less

Survivalist Preppers Can Cook

If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that survivalist preppers (that’s us!) know how to cook tasty meals from the ingredients in their pantry and garden. Because of that, I recently put out a call for pantry recipes that could be cobbled together using five ingredients or less.  Here is a link to that post.

I asked and you came.  In a break from our usual prepper fare, today I share with you a compilation of your recipes.  What follows is a booklet that includes those recipes along with a hat tip to each submitter.  How cool is that?

Click to Download the Backdoor Survival Five Ingredient or Less Cookbook

As I was compiling this eBook, one thing came to mind: a print version of this collection would come in very handy if I had to pull a meal out of thin air following a disruptive event.  For that reason, have left this little booklet plain and simple, with no fancy graphics other than a cover page.

Most of the recipes have been copied as shared, with just a few minor edits for spelling and formatting. That being said, if you see a goof, let me know and I will make corrections to what I hope to be the next version and the next round of prepper pantry meals.

And if you have a recipe to add? Go ahead and send it via the contact form here: Contact Me!

The Final Word

This is a booklet that you can download and keep.  You can use it, share it, and give it away.

Lest I forget, a huge thank you goes out to the readers that submitted their recipes so I could share them with the world.  They may be simple, and easy to put together, but rest assured, your mouth is going to water!


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Bargain Bin:  Below you will find links to books and supplies to get you focused on frugality.

Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.

Growing Up in the Great Depression: If you liked Clara’s Kitchen, you are going to love this book.  Written by 93-year-old Delores Mixer, learn about her life growing up during the Great Depression.  The ways that she and her brother contributed to the family “kitty” are ingenious.  (Going to the Ice Warehouse, picking up pieces that fell off the ramp, then selling them to neighbors for a few cents a chunk – that is just one example.)

The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price BudgetWritten by my friend and colleague, Daisy Luther, Pantry Primer is a detailed compendium of all things food storage. It is written by a prepper, for preppers.

The Penny-Pinching Prepper: Save More, Spend Less and Get Prepared for Any Disaster:  There is nothing not to like about this book.  Written by Bernie Carr, is packed with inexpensive DIY projects for keeping your family safe in any worst-case scenario.

Make the Bread, Buy the Butter:  A fun book that will make you feel a teeny bit less guilty when you buy instead of making it from scratch.

Coloring Books for Grown-Ups:  This is the latest addition to my list of comfort items.  I hope you don’t think I am being silly because there really is something quite relaxing about coloring books. Don’t forget the crayons or Colored Pencils.

Ticket To Ride: What can be more ordinary than playing a family board game?  This is my favorite board game, bar none.  Family friendly, you will spend hours in front of the fireplace playing Ticket to Ride with your favorite people.  This is worth the splurge.

The Prepper’s Financial Guide: Written by Jim Cobb, this is the book you want to learn about a  disaster-proof investment strategy to ensure stability and security before, during and beyond a marketplace meltdown.  Read more in the Book Festival article Prepper Book Festival 8: Preppers Financial Guide.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): I do believe in helping my neighbors in the community so a supply of these will be handy to hand out to those in need. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency. About $7 for 10.


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Preppers know how to cook tasty meals from the ingredients in their pantry and garden. Here is a compilation of recipes, using five ingredients or less.

  1. There are a lot of old cook books on Pinterest. I have gathered war time, depression era, military, different states, Gold Medal, Sugar Companies, desserts, preserves & jellies, candy, canning, family,church & business, etc. Some of these cookbooks go back into the 1700 and 1800’s and up into the 1960’s.

  2. Hi Gaye – Thanks for the cookbook! I will be sending you other recipes as will others. I do see an error between Poor Man Stroganoff and Biscuits from Barbara. They have merged together.

  3. Thank you Gaye, and all the contributors! Some tasty sounding dishes to try! I will be sending in a recipe to add to the list!

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