When it comes to my own preps, food ranks right up there at the top of the list. Those that know me find this hilarious because they think I never eat. The truth is that yes, of course, I eat, and eat well. In my home, you will find foods that are healthy – meaning lots of fruits and veggies – as well as foods that are both easy to prepare and tasty.
I hope you caught the tasty part of the food equation because survival or not, if something does not taste good, I will typically pass it up. In the interest of not going hungry following a disaster, I have stocked away a significant supply of tasty food products including a variety of condiments to kick them up a notch. Bulk foods, packaged items, freeze dried tins, and canned goods all make up a part of my survival food pantry.
The one item that is missing from my personal survival food panty is a variety of canned meats. Oh how I envy those of you that have well stocked pantries with home canned chicken, pork and beef. Perhaps someday I will have the time to start canning on my own but for now I am going to have to rely upon commercially canned meats.
Free Food Friday: Meat and Pasta from the Survival Pantry
Survival Cave Canned Meats from LPC Survival
A few weeks back, Jeff from LPC Survival approached me about another giveaway. You know me and giveaways – how could I say no? When it came time to select the just-right giveaway product, I suggested food. Yes, another free food giveaway for Backdoor Survival readers. More about the giveaway in a moment; first I want to tell you about the product: Survival Cave Canned Meats.
Survival Cave canned meats are 100% meat – not broth, water or filler. The stated shelf life 12-15 years but the reality is, who really knows. I always rotate my canned goods so chances are they will not last 15 years anyway. In addition, I actually use my food storage for everyday meal preparation. There is no waste and a trip to town is 20 miles. Who needs that?
But What About the Taste?
What better way to tell you about these canned meats than to use some in one of my favorite meat and pasta dishes? I chose to use canned ground beef but you could easily substitute chicken, pork, or turkey. Here is the basic recipe.
Meat & Noodles From the Survival Pantry
1 pound Pasta, cooked
1 onion, sliced or chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 pound canned ground meat
3 to 4 tablespoons barbecue sauce or pasta sauce
1 can (14½ ounces) tomatoes (I used freeze-dried)
4 to 6 drops (or more!) of hot sauce or your choice of spices
Salt to taste
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté for about a minute then add the Worcestershire sauce, and cover. Cook until the onions are tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
Re-hydrating the FD Tomatoes
Uncover the skillet, add the canned beef beef, barbecue sauce and tomatoes. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt, hot sauce (Tabasco) or other spices.
Add the pasta back into the skillet and toss everything together. Serve it up and eat.
Variations: Add some garlic, or some canned corn or pretty much anything else happen to have handy. This is a very basic recipe with endless possibilities.
The Finished Dish
Here is the part you have been waiting for. LPC Survival is giving away one full case of canned meat to a lucky Backdoor Survival reader. The winner will have a choice of chicken, turkey, pork, beef or ground beef.
Here is today’s giveaway question:
What is the most memorable skill that was passed down from your parents?
To enter the giveaway, you need to answer this question by responding in the comments area at the end of this article. The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz. He or she will have 48 hours to claim the prize.
Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article.
The Final Word
I will not get into a debate as to whether eating meats is healthy or not because honestly, that is a personal decision. Shelly and I are meat eaters and for us, the convenience of having canned meats to supplement our freeze-dried meats is enormous.
We plan to add canned meats to our long term storage but are not giving up on home-canning! To that end, this weekend we are both attending a local hands-on class on canning and will be learning to put up some dilly beans and kraut. No silly, not together but as two separate types of canned items.
As with all things preparedness, having redundancy as well as variety in your food pantry makes sense. I encourage you to enter the giveaway and also to give canned meats a try. You will not be disappointed.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: When it comes to cooking, cast iron rules. Have any doubts? Read Fall in Love With Cast Iron. Here are some of my favorite cast iron items.
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: This purchase changed the way I cook. I use my cast iron cookware for everything from salmon, to bacon and eggs, to biscuits. Don’t forget the Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers, a must have for cleaning those food bits from your cast iron cookware.
OXO Steel Dish Brush: I use this brush exclusively for cleaning cast iron. It has never seen soap and I plan to keep it that way.
Lodge Dutch Oven/Camp Stove: I originally purchased this Dutch oven because it was so darn cute. But over time, I have learned to love it for its versatility. Remember, a camp stove is designed so that you can bake with it by arranging charcoal on top of the lid as well as underneath the Dutch Oven itself.
Ove’ Gloves Hot Surface Handler: I cannot say enough about these hand and arm protectors. I have permanent scars from hitting my arm on the rack of my oven. I can only imagine what I would look like if I did not use these with my cast iron cookware. Forget the colorful silicon hot pads. These are 1000 times better!
US Forge 400 Welding Gloves Lined Leather: These well-priced gloves provide complete heat and burn protection. They are made of soft and supple top grain leather for comfort and pliability, plus they have an internal liner gives more comfort and durability.
Four Silicone Brushes: I call these”mop thingies”. Great for layering a nice thin coat of oil on your cast iron pans.
Lodge 5-Quart Double Dutch Oven and Casserole with Skillet Cover: This is another cool piece. This Dutch Oven does not have legs and is designed for indoor use – but it can be used outdoors too. Just don’t forget the Ove Gloves.
Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more. This month is no exception with a couple of my favorites on sale.
This month the Freeze Dried Tomatoes are on sale for 50% off. How do they do that? I called and asked – inquiring minds and all. Emergency Essentials purchases in huge quantities so when one of their suppliers comes up with a deal, they purchase 100% of the stock and pass on the savings to us.
Another food item to consider this month is the Red Feather Butter which is on sale for $6.99 a can. This is good stuff!
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