Free Food Friday: Meat and Pasta from the Survival Pantry

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Free Food Friday: Meat and Pasta from the Survival Pantry

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.

Meat Pasta Survival 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.

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 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.

Freeze Dried Tomatoes

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.

Meat and Pasta

The Finished Dish

The Giveaway

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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203 Responses to “Free Food Friday: Meat and Pasta from the Survival Pantry”

  1. It’s not exactly a survival skill, but the most memorable was learning to make homemade noodles–probably because we got to play with the dough, make a mess in the kitchen, and all the noodles hanging and laying all over the kitchen and dining room waiting to dry.

  2. One key thing I learned from my mother was how to setup and manage a garden — it has stayed with me for 60 years.

  3. Critical thinking, by far! While helpful in everyday situations, it’s vital in times of high stress, emotion, or emergency. My parents taught us kids how to take a step back from any situation – whether a romance or tornado – and assess it with our head and our heart, analyze pros and cons, and take action based on information not just emotion.

  4. The most important things taught to me by my parents (and subsequent supervisors) has always been to do what needs done now because you never know what might happen later. Sounds VERY much like a prepping attitude!!

  5. The most memorable skill that was passed down from my parents is washing clothes by hand and hanging them on a clothes line. It was labor intensive
    but the clothes were clean and sunshine fresh.

  6. My mom was a single mom simce I was the age of 2. Perseverance! Keep trying and it will work or you’ll find a better way!!

  7. besides all the regular skills like gardening, canning, sewing etc. I use the ability to make do the most. Even in entertainment–this week I am with my grandkids and we are building rock sculptures like like footprints of giants around the garden.

  8. my mom taught me to use what we had and to can extra in season food to have in the winter my dad taught me gardening is fun

  9. That is hard to say — in general, cooking and self-reliance. However, I was very active in Boy Scouts, including 12 days on the trail in Phimont New Mexico. I carried a large dutch oven on my back and it was used for a whole lot of things. We traded for cans of fruit with other groups, and made a fruit (cherry, apple, peach, blueberry) every night for dinner. Two of us had been to the Nation Training Camp in NJ, so we were well versed in cooking on fire. I have not lost that ability, and would easily be able to survive today.

    So, my skill? cooking over an open fire (using coals) and how to clean up and be able to move on and survive.

  10. My father taught me to hunt, deer, squirrel, and rabbit. His brother, my uncle, taught me to can chicken. Easy peasy. He taught me the advantages of having my own chicken broth, and the difference between the “All American” pressure cookers and the “Mirro and Presto” pressure cookers. I no longer use a pressure cooker with a replaceable rubber gasket.

  11. Something that has always stuck with me is what my mom said to me roughly 36 years ago: “Depend on no one. You can share what you like with whom ever you like, but soon as you depend on them, you are a slave…” Wow.

  12. Q) What Is The Most Memorable Skill That Was Passed Down From Your Parents ?

    A) The Most Memorable Skill Handed Down From My Parents Was To Always Work Hard,Harder Than The Day Before And No Matter What Life Throws At You “Never Give Up” Under Any Circumstance !

  13. Don’t just accept what people say or write as absolute truth. Research it for yourself. Try many ways to do things. There is often more than one right way to do something.

  14. Home Canning. My parents were of Italian decent. They had immigrated in 2 waves…one side before the great depression and the other side in the 1950’s. We canned Tomatoes, because my dad didn’t like the “crap” in the can,and didn’t trust commercial canned goods, cause you don’t know if the tomatoes were washed properly or if they were “really” ripe when canned. We also, canned peaches, pears, pickles, onions, and mixed vegetables. Also, we always made wine, ~ 100 gallons every year. These skills I will take with me to the grave…life skills.

  15. Gardening, cooking,and sewing are all useful and were taught to me by my mother and grandmother. The most useful skill I learned was how to be creative and take any ingredients that were on sale or in the garden and combine them to make a delicious meal.

  16. It’s hard to pick just one. My parents grew up during the great Depression, and I was the last of 8 kids, so my mom really knew how to stretch groceries, my mom & dad were great at gardening, my mom home canned or froze everything garden and forage (berries), my dad taught me how to use a scythe to cut tall grass to feed the horse, how to compost to feed the garden the next year, how to repair minor (and sometimes almost major) things on my car, change a tire, fix a tire, the list just goes on and on. My dad showed me how to never quit working in life, even if you didn’t have a job, you could always find something to do to make money, and to keep physically fit.

  17. Fly fishing! It is my favorite way to fish, and is, in my opinion, a real art form. Done right, you present that little tasty looking bug to the fish so that he can’t help himself. Definitely a great survival skill if you are patient enough to master it.

  18. My Mother taught me the importance of raising a garden and storing enough food until the next harvest season. That was our main source of food for the year, as we didn’t have a car (or the money) to go to town to buy food.

  19. Mom, who passed away recently at the age of 95, taught me how to darn socks. Taking good care of your feet is crucial if you have to move out!
    At age 75 I still mend my own clothes, darn my socks! And I can tell you I know why the process of mending socks is called ‘darning’. Those darn socks!

  20. The importance of saving money ea paycheck no matter how small the paycheck. Spent a lot of time with Grandmother growing up and she was a avid gardener so I learned things about gardening and importance of composting.

  21. Raised by Grandparents – The most important thing my grandfather taught me was to plan ahead – save anything that can be used later. If broken try to repair it before you store it…

  22. My most memorable skill passed down to me was how to camp in the woods and live off the land.

    dad was big on taking us out in the middle of no where and all we had was the clothes on our backs, a knife, and the woods.

    he showed my brothers and I how to make a shelter, start a fire, find things to eat find water sources to drink and all that good stuff.

    we spent one summer in the woods and we had a great time doing it!
    Thanks to dad- i know i can survive just about anywhere at any time.

  23. It’s hard to pick just one skill, but learning to sew own clothes is probably the most important skill I learned from my parents.

  24. The most important thing that I was taught was how to cook with whatever it was that you had available…. growing up poor we didn’t have a lot, but my parents always made sure whatever food we had it tasted good and was appealing to eat, so I learned that a person could make do with very little and not waste anything and appreciate what you have

  25. The most important thing my parents taught me was to work hard and do the best job you can. 63 years later, I’m grateful for that and know I am where I am in life due to it. Have instilled this concept in 2 of 3 of our children, but one became a democrat and lives off the government.

  26. My parents taught me all of the basics like gardening, cooking, cleaning, general carpentry & mechanics, and faith in God, forgivenes, love, a sense of right and wrong, (even though I made many, many mistakes, at least deep down I knew the truth) as well as adaptability and life long learning.

    Long answer to a seemingly simple question, mea culpa.

  27. Confidence in myself that I can do or accomplish anything with the proper application of effort and intelligence. As a Scout, my father (a Scout leader) was always increasing the challenges we had to overcome on outings. We learned that most of the limits that stop us are limits we place on ourselves.

  28. Growing up poor (nine children), my most memorable lesson was to accept what we had without complaining and to remember to look for ways to help someone who had greater needs than ours. I remember staying up really late at night with my family to pressure can on a wood stove because night-time was cooler. My mom believed in tithing, but with no money to spare she gave of “the works of her hand”. I remember her going through the canning pantry each fall and taking a tenth of each kind of goods, putting them in crates, and delivering them to the pastor of our little country church and his family. He then distributed it anonymously to others in the church who were needing assistance. Mama didn’t ever want anyone to know the goods came from her; however,I am sure some figured it out. Irregardless, we never missed a meal.

  29. Many things, but sewing would be my favorite. My Mom was an amazing seamstress. She made all our clothes as well as our Barbie doll clothes, so we would have matching outfits. School shopping meant heading to the pattern counter and picking our designs , and then our fabrics. It was creative and fun. I never felt deprived of not having the ‘latest fashions’. Mom could modify as necessary for our short, curvy figures as we matured. She could even make jackets and blazers. I now have her sewing machine and sewing box, and cherish them as my most loved hand-me-down prepping items.

  30. The most memorable lesson I learned from my parents was perseverance.
    That just because something is difficult or uncomfortable or different than the norm, keep at it until you’ve mastered it. You get to experience the joy of overcoming….which leads to self confidence and the willingness to take on ever more challenges!

  31. My dad taught me how to camp and fish. 2 skills that I will value forever. My Grand-Parents (depression survivors) taught me to always have a little put aside, money, some store able food, LOTS of extra toilet paper! Baking from scratch was another big thing to my Grand-Mother. Helping her bake for the holidays was not only fun, but tasty and a good learning experience.

  32. My father taught me to be frugal with my resources, how to make do with what I have on hand, and to rely on my God given skills to survive.

  33. My mother died when I was 6, and my father was not around. Subsequently, I was passed from relitive to relitive. My lesson? Flexibility, I learned that things can change in a second and you have to be prepared to adapt, adapt and survive.

  34. I grew up poor- dirt poor. Often no heat, lights or water, oatmeal and jello for days. My parents taught me that I am small but tough and can handle anything. Instilled in me was a survival spirit, an appreciation of frugality and not taking anything for granted. Most importantly, keep God in front and realize I am second.

  35. Camping and finding resources in all terrains: desert, mountains, seaside, plains. At age two I hiked to the top of Mt Timpanogos in Utah without assistance!

  36. I learned so many things from my parents and grandparents. To pick one is impossible. But the one thing at the root of them all is the ability to adapt and overcome. And that you can I do anything I set your mind to. None of them were Marines but the concept is universal. My Grandfather was a WWII vet from Alabama who never worked for another man other than Uncle Sam. But, he hunted, grew massive gardens, raised basic livestock, and could build absolutely anything. My Grandpa always said “If your having trouble making both end meet. Make one of the vegetables. And my Dad always told me “It doesn’t matter if you think you can or you cant. Either way you’re right”. I know he didn’t coin that phrase but he was the first on I heard it from. So, the ability to overcome and adapt is my answer. And I think its the most important skill of them all. Now pick me, I’m hungry.

  37. Well, my mom taught emergency first aid classes and she included my brother and I so that is our most unusual skill. They also taught me to cook on a tight budget and how to do basic clothing repairs.

  38. The most memorable skill was learning that God is in control of everything, that we must trust Him in all things. In addition, we learned how to garden, and to keep things neat and orderly.

  39. Ironing the cloth napkins, that was one of the first chores us girls learned. We use the hand iron or the mango.
    Embroidery, my Granny taught us. It was a highlight of our weekend visit with her, picking out a pattern, ironing it on, picking colors and learning new stitches.

  40. Mom and dad both taught we kids to do what needs done when it needs done because you never know what is going to happen. At the time it wasn’t known as prepping but sure sounds right nowadays!

  41. My parents both, being Marines from WWII, gave me the attitude of how to fight and overcome obstacles, to persevere in the face of overwhelming odds and I thank them for it

  42. One of my favorite skills passed down from my mother is gardening and the many different uses of Herbs. Very easy to grow plants that can make any survival meal taste delicious!

  43. Being raised by a single mom, I was always taught to be self sufficient, build it yourself and be tough. If I had a hard time putting something together or opening a jar, I didn’t have a man if the house to rely on, so I got tougher and smarter about how I did things. And another gem came from my grandpa who always said, “if you’re going to do a job, you may as well do it right.” That sticks with me every day, especially if I feel like slacking on something.

  44. My mom taught me to cook, to love and care for plants, and to care about health. My dad taught be about what it means to be loyal.

  45. My father was taught to shoot in the military. Although he was personally against firearms ownership for himself, he bought me a .22 rifle when I turned 11 and taught me to shoot. I have many happy memories of Sunday afternoon coaching sessions with Dad.

  46. Frugality, not taught but inculcated into me by the way my parents lived. Jim touched on it when he said, “Repair – repurpose – make do – or do without.” That is me. But frugality is much broader. Edna Fields covered another part of frugality with, “to accept what we had without complaining.” Don covered an important element with, “being punctual” that is being frugal with the time of others.

    Frugality is all those things and more: Making your own choices, not living to keep up with the Joneses, or herded lemming-like into every fad that comes along. Jim F said, “Confidence”. That comes with making your own choices. Again, not taught but learned, that if you waste not you will want not. Think about it; If you waste nothing, (time, skills, things, opportunities, drive etc) then everything you have you deserve, and you do not deserve what you do not have, this means you will not envy, which translates into “want not”.

    K K said, “Nothing in life is free.” It is the exact opposite. Everything in life is free. We TRADE everything we are, which we got for free, as we have prepared ourselves using the time we got for free, for the money to buy the things we want. Mike said, “These skills I will take with me to the grave.” Not likely mike, you and all of us will pass the very best of what we are along to the next generation.

  47. My father taught me “If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing right” and “If you make a promise, KEEP IT.” Along with hunting and fishing skills and my mother taught me how to sew, knit, and crochet. She taught me how to take care of myself, cooking and cleaning. There are many more but what my father taught is the best basic skill I have learned.

  48. The most memorable skill that was passed down from my parents? “You are what you live.”, has taught me to have many essential values as an adult. My mother also taught me everything about cooking and baking, how to live on practically nothing in the house to eat, and how to turn a flopped recipe into a delicious main dish! I miss my parents…..

  49. Most memorable skill. Wow, well, I would have to say experimentation. I have watched and learned from my mother to experiment with foods, recipes, canning, baking, gardening, and the such. This skill has allowed me to face the unknown with a bit of confidence in my ability to adapt and overcome.

  50. The one more memorable lesson/skill for me was to know the plant life, what is edible, what is medicinal, what is both. I also learned the best times of the day to use plants for medical purposes as well as the benefits of eating in season and why it’s beneficial to do so as well as planting in season and why…

  51. Not from my parents so much, but my grandma taught me that there is always a way to salvage a seeming disaster-a burned dinner, a disappointing change in plans, a broken ‘treasure’-it’s all in the attitude and resourcefulness.

  52. Today prepares us for tomorrow.

    If today is a good day, savor it so the good memories can give you strength when times are hard. If today is a tough day, take comfort in knowing that no matter how tough it is, things will be better tomorrow.

    My mom was the toughest person I’ve ever known!

  53. My parents passed when I was very young but my grandmother taught me to sew and my grandfather taught me how to skin an animal and tan the hide. I still sew a lot but have little opportunity to hunt or tan hides.

  54. What is the most memorable skill that was passed down from your parents?
    Actually it wasn’t that long ago and I’m over 50. While visiting my folks we were fixing up some fish my parents had canned. Basically dump the fish into a large stainless bowl and mix in crushed crackers and spices. The thing I remember most is dad telling me to keep my hands wet so the mix doesn’t stick to my hands while making patties to drop in the frying pan.

  55. I guess the most important skill taught to me by my dad was how to process livestock from our Homestead. He taught me to process chickens, fish, wildlife, and even a whole hog.

  56. The most memorial skill passed down from my parents? it is hard to pick just one skill as growing up on a farm with nine siblings we all had to pitch in and help. The MOST important: that I can be or do anything that I really want.

  57. What memorable skill did I learn from my parents? Very hard to pick just one,from my mother I learned to feed 8-10 people with a pound of meat and have them NOT go away hungry. Stretch the food but still be nutritious
    From my dad how to scrounge items for repurposing and from both of them to prepare (for”an emergency” as mom would say) before prepping became popular.To respect others and to see beyond the exterior of a person. Both of them were born in the depression and made sure ALL of us were self sufficient,boys and girls alike. I learned to fix cars for example and my brothers learned to sew,knit etc.

  58. Dad and Mom both came from Greece,they both had Prepper Skills, and I was raised as a Prepper, back in the 50’s. They came to America for a better life. My Father taught me how to live from the sea, how to prepare sea urchins, octopus, smelts, how to locate mussels,what’s the safest way to catch crabs, and many more skills…how to forcast the weather, how to melt lead tire weights/balancers down and make weights for fishing, I would find them in the street and take them home to him. He taught me how to garden. They both taught me to live within my means, always have extra items set aside because you never know what might happen. Anything we couldn’t grow, we would go to the local farms and pick bussels of food, they taught me to can. How to make bread by hand, how to make fresh yogurt, how to cook from scratch, how to butcher a lamb, how to take the gamey taste out of squirrel, when picking out fish how to tell if it’s fresh or not, how to burn pin feathers from fresh butchered chickens. But one of the most important things they taught me was that food is all around you, if you only know what to look for. We would stop the car and walk into open fields with bags and knives in hand and pick bags and bags full of dandelion leaves, which were free. I learned how to prepare them. How I could make wine from the dandelion and from tomatoes. How to spot wild grape leaves,we would blanch them,freeze them,and use them to make stuffed grape leaves, the leaves were free. How when others were picking only the zuchini at the farms we were also picking the flowers, which the farmers allowed us to have for free, because you can stuff them *like cabbage* and eat them. I learned how not to waste things, which has made me a great prepper, ready for what ever might come my way. I know how to wash clothes by hand,use a wringer, and hang them out to dry, and how to use a treadle sewing machine, darn a sock, patch clothing, and so many, many, more things too numerous to mention. Skills that have been lost along the way from generation, to generation. I thank you Mom and Dad for teaching me how to be prepared, I miss you and love you.

  59. How to cook. Our pastor said something the other night that really made an impression on me-he said even the squirrels know enough to hide nuts for the winter and the dogs know enough to hide bones for later so why don’t we as humans know we need to put things back for the future as we don’t know what the future could bring.

  60. What my parents taught me was to say Yes when I meant Yes and No when I meant No and to keep my agreements. When asked if I liked what was prepared I risked and was rewarded in positive ways. Some times and not always a different choice or how to make some alternative for myself.

  61. My parents had 9 children, I was #2. We learned to LOVE one another, and we worked together to do amazing things! My job was to help cook, and take care of the babies. We had so much fun growing up, we didn’t miss all the THINGS kids have today, we played games, camped out, and did so many things together!

  62. My parents, young adults during the depression, taught me to 1)garden and grow your own food and 2)
    never run out of anything (ie, do not wait until you run out of something before you go to the store to get

  63. This question is very broad and thus yields many answers. Cooking and gardening are of course one answer. Shooting for the stars (quite literally as an astronomy student) is of course another. But the most memorable thing was attitude. With the right attitude, things become that much more doable.

  64. My parent taught me young to have a pantry full of staples. From there meals were always available with a little creativity

  65. I was the oldest of eight children and was born in the latter days of the Great Depression. It is hard to decide the most important thing I learned from my parents. I suppose among the most important was how to survive and to find ways to provide food for the family. We children learned to forage for wild plants, learned to identify what was safe for consumption, learned how to track the wild ducks to their nests along the creek banks and gather their eggs, how to set up rabbit “gums” to trap the rabbits, how to shoot squirrels with the 22 rifle, how to clean, dress, and cook all kinds of wild game. We were taught how to find the right kind of ‘cane’ to make the best fishing pole with. We learned how to garden successfully and to put food away for the winter. Mom taught us to sew, knit, crochet, and grandma taught us how to tat lace.
    Our parents taught us that the best way to prepare for our future was to get a good education. Although we grew up extremely poor, we all were fortunate enough to graduate from college, some of us with a Master’s Degree in our chosen field.
    I will always be grateful to my parents for all the hard work and effort they expended to get us children raised.

  66. The two most important things my parents taught me are my faith in God and my love for my Country. My father is a Korean War vet who instilled the values of our Country. When I grew to maturity, he was there to support me when I served in Desert Storm. My mother’s faith and insistence in parochial school served me well and gave me the foundation of the faith I have today.

  67. What is the most memorable skill that was passed down from your parents?

    Wow with parents like I had this is difficult to answer because both Mom and Dad loaded me down with incredible life enriching skills and lessons that have an continue to enrich my life.
    The MOST important “SKILL” my folks gave me was the ability to feel compassion for my fellow human beings, in fact for all living spirits that I encounter as I trek through this life. This sensitivity has enriched even the most mundane of daily experiences.
    Now my Mother taught me to cook and showed me how to turn the least of ingredients into delicious meals and to do this quickly.
    My Father was in the US Army Corp of Engineers under MacArthur during WWII in the Pacific. He had to endure conditions that most people could not imagine. He taught me about camping and getting along in the field with little to no supplies other than a blade.
    My folks were the best from a great generation and my Father is probably rolling over in his grave to see what this country that he fought for in WWII is turning into.
    Dad, if you can see/hear me, I love you so very much and miss you more than I ever thought possible. GOD rest your soul Dad!!!

  68. The most memorable skill passed down from my parents to me would have been to live an Honest, respectable life. To treat everyone as if you were treating yourself. I come from a large family, the oldest girl, with 5 other siblings. We lived on a large farm, so I was able to learn many handy skills. I’ve recently started canning, and gardening. The memories of my parents doing these simple, but time consuming chores, swim though my head every time I am busy doing the same.Living off the land was a necessity back then, and a skill I am eternally grateful for in these trying times.

  69. Learning how to shoot. It then extended into hunting and, of course, fishing. I must admit I’m not that good at fishing.

  70. I noticed that a lot of people on this blog are not reading the question correctly. They are saying things like, the most important skill etc. Or they are saying – the best skill they taught is my faith in God. Faith in God is good but it is not a skill, and the original question was not the best, or most important skill, but the most memorable skill. So I thought I would clarify it more clearly for the others coming here.
    For myself the most memorable skill my parents taught me was how to use a wood cook stove. I am from Maine where the winters are cold and harsh. Many times ice storms will cut the power off for days. So it is very important to know how to start a fire in a wood burning stove and keep it going without smoking the house up. Cutting wood, staking wood, kindling, adjusting the damper and air vent to get the optimal heat in your home. I have learned many skills from my parents, but to me the stove is the most memorable because it saved our lives many times by not freezing to death, and we cooked on it as well to have nice warm meals and coffee. By the way, my Dad gave me the stove when I grew up and I still have it to this day. And last winter the power was out for a week and it saved my life again. Actually the skill my parents taught me about the stove saved me. If you have a wood stove and do not know how to use it then the stove is of no use at all, except for decoration, Fire and heat are a must when the temperatures fall rapidly. I an truly grateful my parents instilled this in me when I was young, for it is a skill I will use my whole life here on planet earth.

  71. My dad owned a grocery store and we were raised on over ripe fruit and veggies, and what came out of bent cans. I learned that you can make a wonderful meal, even if you don’t have the best or the freshest. Waste not want not was our motto.

  72. I learned to never waste anything, especially food. There’s always a way to incorporate any leftover food into another meal. Learning to sew, whether it was by machine or hand, clothing wasn’t wasted. Along with knitting, embroidery and crocheting to expand sewing skills.

  73. My ole pappy taught me to trust everyone but cut the cards. A popular president updated this to trust but verify. It has sure kept me out of some bad situations.

  74. Working as unto the Lord and not for man. Not to expect anything from anyone and to appreciate everything we receive.

  75. How to make up a budget and live within your means. My Dad wouldn’t let me move out until I gave him a written budget. My husband and I have lived like this for 30 years. We have always had an “allowance” and saved for everything we bought. We finally became debt free a few years ago (after the kid moved out) and own our home free and clear. I even lost my job/career due to illness 10 years ago. We downsized and adjusted.

    My background was banking, mortgage lending and credit counseling. I loved working with people and helping them budget so they could buy homes.

    I started a prepping goal a year ago and now have enough supplies for 9-12 months. It’s all about how you want to spend your money. We still have fun and (paid for) toys. It can be done. Thanks Dad!

  76. I would have to say fishing. The rule in our house was you catch ’em you clean ’em and you eat ’em. So all of us had to learn how to rig our own pole, bait the hook and learn how to catch them. Anything we caught we had to clean and we had to eat. So if it was something we weren’t willing to eat it had to go back in the lake. That played a big role in my learning to do other things myself and to not be squeamish about it.

  77. It’s so hard to choose just one thing. So much of who I am now I can trace back to my parents and grandparents. Dad taught me to be comfortable around firearms. I can shoot and clean what I kill. He was also the gardener and I can raise my own food. Mom and Mamaw taught me how to can veggies from the garden and not to waste anything. Grandpa taught me no matter how hard life was, to never give up and never stop working and trying to make the best of what I am given.

  78. My parents and grandparents taught us so many things–cooking, sewing, woodworking, canning, gardening. I guess you could say they taught us to learn what we could and to use it.

  79. To garden, can and raise animals (sheep, chickens, rabbits) and to always do what needs to be done when it needs to be done and not put it off.

  80. My Mom was very frugal and came up with creative ways to save money. With the money I save on the day to day expenses l use to prepare and become more self reliant.

  81. Dad always talked to me honestly. Told be to be strong inside and to trust my instincts. That to never take anything for granted and that God never puts more on our shoulders than we can carry.
    As a child I had a knack for learning quickly and taught myself to sew. So now I make quilts, pillows and pajamas for Xmas for the grandchildren and you would of thought I gave them a million dollars. Brings a big smile to my face.

  82. My folks have never been “outdoor” people. But the taught me how to eat healthy and exercise that I try to practice today.

  83. I grew up in a large family. Dad always had a garden, chickens, cows, and pigs. These were all to feed us. All of the garden was canned, frozen or eaten right way. I loved the carrots. We made butter from the milk, whipped cream and of course ice cream. Loved the fresh milk. My parents taught me to be self reliant. I can and do grow our food, Can our food and am so grateful for the lessons learned.

  84. My mom taught me how to cook with a cast iron skillet. I still use that same skillet today. Also, darning socks is easier if you put a light bulb inside the sock!

    • Dale, my grandmother taught me how to darn socks also. She would hold a sock with a hole in it over the trash can, drop it in and say “darn”.

  85. Most memorable skill my mother taught me was to stay calm in a crisis….not that I have accomplished that by any stretch of the imagination, but I try to remember it, and work on it.

  86. My parents instilled responsibility and my mother constantly nagged at me to be more observant. This has made me become acute at noticing changes in my environment and I believe this has served to make me and my family safer with regard to this awareness.

  87. The absolute greatest skill that my parents handed down to me is my work ethic. Not the “best” at anything I attribute my successes to hard work. I hope this work ethic will be accepted by my kids as I accepted it long ago.

  88. The best skill I learned from my Mom is how to can fruits and veggies. I love canning my own jars of fresh food! I still haven’t learning to grow my own veggies yet, but I can preserve all I want.

  89. Other than my mom teaching me how to make homemade noodles she taught me how to plant and keep a garden and to can what we grew. In fact one of the first gifts my husband and I received when we got married was our first canner and some jars. My husband and I have been married for 38 years and we are still canning and making our own noodles.

  90. Gardening and in addition my folks canned foods, I have not done much canning myself except for pickles and picante sauce but I helpedd my mom can vegtables and fruits as well as pickles. In addition we froze all the vegtables we ate throughout the year.

  91. My Mom passed on her “Depression Era” style cooking. I am so greatful I had the opportunity to learn from her because her recipes fit in so well with prepping. Little could my Mom have realized she was teaching me some fundamental survival skills! LOL! :0)

  92. The lessons I learned and still use are save and reuse. My dad made up notepads at work using the blank backs of paper. My mother used cereal boxes for sorting papers, bills, and such. My wife claims I am a descendent of Fred Sanford.

  93. I’m not sure how memorable this is, but my mom taught me how to sew (and darn, like a previous commenter mentioned, although I haven’t darned socks in a long time). I haven’t had time to do much sewing since my kids were little, but I did make 3 of the 4 bridesmaid’s dresses for my daughter’s wedding, including one for an expectant brides’matron’, and one for a very busty lady, both of which needed pattern alterations. I was very proud that my dresses turned out nicer (just a little!) than the 4th one, sewn by a professional seamstress!

  94. The work ethic of doing what needs done, no matter the cost or effort. A good work ethic will help get you through hard times.

  95. I learned from my parents the importance of honesty, fairness, frugality, working, kindness, generosity, saving and paying your bills. The man I fell in love with and married had all theses traits that both my parents had, all rolled up in one package!

  96. Growing up on a farm was so memorable, from milking the cows to raising a garden. As a kid, my dad to me to a survival training class, and we learned together. So many memories

  97. “Shoot to kill; kill to eat.” For us, hunting was to feed the family. It’s not for sport or trophies.

  98. I grew up on a dairy farm, so I learned tons! But my favorite skill (the one I use the most, too) is canning food. I spent long hours in the kitchen every summer and fall helping my mom prepare and can food.

  99. The most memorable skill that was passed down from my parents is fishing. I’d spend hours with my dad and he was a busy man so this time was so special to me.

  100. What is the most memorable skill that was passed down from your parents?

    Either how to garden, from prepping raw earth to canning and storage, or how to camp. I hated the gardening, but camping was like breathing to me. I can be loaded and on my way in 30 minutes to camp indefinitely in most any condition.

  101. Watching my Mom fix the family car, sew, can food, camping and fishing, slaughtering the chickens and turkeys, plumbing, electrical, building. She did not let her gender stop her from doing any job or work that need to be done. She rather learn how to change the oil on the car than let my Dad take it to the oil change place.

  102. The best skill I learned from my mom. She said always have your own equipment. I see many people who always borrow everything. Having your own equipment teaches self reliance.

  103. My parents taught me how to live independently, having learned how to cook , hunt, do laundry and manage a budget.

  104. Growing up our family would go camping. My dad showed us how to start a fire and to keep ourselves warm..

  105. my parents taught me self sufficiency. I grew up in a small 18-acre mini farm we raised pigs cows chickens and ducks and had a large garden that we would normally can 3 to 400 canning jars of meats and vegetables every year.I have kept up on these skills over the years and in today’s environment I am very happy my folks were this way while I was growing up. Bill B

  106. hard work, dont waste, and use what you have (invent-use what you have to make what you need/dont have!), hoarding, and keep the family together (stick together)! we had a large family for growing up in a city!

  107. My mother passed down a positive attitude regardless of life’s circumstances or how people treated you. She taught us about the importance of leadership and looking for solutions to problems. She also taught us how to value people and not judge a book by its cover. Those skills can help anyone be successful.

  108. There are so many valuable skills the both my parents have passed down to me i would say the will to survive is the most valuable skill they have taught me.

  109. From my Mama I learned to make bread, to can from the orchard and garden, and to sew. From my Daddy I learned to milk a cow , to garden and raise chickens and rabbits. From both I learned that there was nothing I could not learn to do if I only tried.

  110. I am the fourth child and only daughter. From my father I learned that I was as capable as my brothers and what I couldn’t do then use my female charm. As a result I am a very independent female with a pioneer spirit. Sometime I think I was born in the wrong era.
    From my mother I learned the basics of food preservation, cooking, sewing and all around general homemaking; making due with what you have and being creative in re-purposing.

  111. I would have to say how to get along with people. Other than that, something more tangible, if that’s what your are seeking in an answer, is they taught me to have a garden. Thanks! Diane

  112. As my mother was a great baker and included me in her endeavors, I would have the say the most memorable is how to make tender melt-in-your-mouth shortbread.

  113. My Mother was raised during the depression years and learned a lot about how to get by. I think the most valuable thing she taught me is not to depend on other people to help you. Prepare to help yourself. Things happen. That is just life. Sometimes times are good, sometimes not so good. Prepare during the good times and maybe the bad times won’t be so bad.

  114. My mother(single parent) taught me to drive her old Packard. I was also taught manners, to be fair, to be considerate.

  115. My parents taught me to be willing to listen and learn !They are both gone now, but I have continued to listen, read and gain all the knowledge I can in order to be prepared for hard times (and even harder times to come). I have learned gardening, soap making, sewing, canning and dehydrating foods, living frugally and not letting food go to waste, distinguishing between wants and needs. My parents taught me the value of hard work and to not shirk responsibilities. I, in turn, have taught my own children the same, and they are now becoming good examples for their children.

  116. Wow so many comments on this one. My Dad always said ” Do not be so quick to judge others.” and ” If in 30 years you still have the same freinds as the ones you have in high school than you will be lucky indeed, If you have just 5 people that you can truely call true friends than that will be amazing. Friends come and go.” Mother said ” You are free to choose your own actions, however choose wisely because you will not choose the consequences of your actions…those will be chosen for you.” Looking back my father would have been called a prepper if he was still alive today ( he died at age 51), he took out half of the living room to make a larger pantry

  117. Stand up for what you know is right.Never start a fight,but you have the right to protect yourself.My dad was also the one,who got me interested in fishing/hunting.Both my parents were city folks,but they made the effort to take me out to the country side every chance they could.

  118. What is the most memorable skill that was passed down from your parents? My mom taught me how to cook and stretch a dollar.My dad taughtme how to shoot a gun,drive a stickshift and camping

  119. I started thinking, my mother didn’t teach me a thing, she didn’t have time. She was a single mom who ran a daycare, pretty much 24/7. But then I realized, she led by example. She worked so we could have what we needed, and we never had more than that, really, but it was ok. So I learned how to be self-sufficient, how to live with what I need and no more. Which are basic prepper skills, really. I have more money now, obviously, but I still tend to not buy things my family and I don’t need. And I still know how to repurpose and recycle things so that I get way more use out of them. And I know how to store up for the lean times, and use my things carefully. I learned a lot from my mom. Oh, and also we are expert campers, because that was the only vacation we could really afford. So I can cook and clean without electricity, which was a good thing this last winter!

  120. the most memorable skill (or maybe it’s an attitude) my parents taught me was to never assume that i (or someone else) is too old to learn something. they both went back to college in their 50’s; mom finally to finish her bachelor’s degree and dad to get his master’s and phd. then they both started new careers. now that i’m middle-aged, that attitude is more important than ever. as for actual skills, they taught me to find uses for old or leftover things and innovate with whatever materials are at hand, and he taught me to find something humorous in any situation! boy, does that come in handy.

  121. My mom taught me to sew, bake, & cook; Dad taught me how to take care of mechanical things & figure out how to fix things when they break…but probably most important was that they both taught me to not be wasteful and to not assume that someone else will take care of you!

  122. I was taught early on to not be afraid of trying – quite often you will succeed but always you will learn something worth while.

  123. my dad went thru the great depression and he taught us how to hunt , fish and grow a garden. My mom taught us how to can everything that we were able to grow or gather (this includes what we hunted and caught fishing. they also taught me to never give up and to have faith in god.

  124. We were poor growing up, but we never really knew it. My parents taught me that happiness does not depend on what you have.

  125. My grandma taught me how to kill and prepare a chicken when I was 6. Being a city kid, I was mortified by the experience but now I cherish the knowledge she gave me.

  126. My mother taught me to be frugal. By being frugal a person would have the funs to purchase items they needed, otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

  127. i was raised by a mountain woman, and was taught any skills. i know how to fish, garden, sew , wash clothes by hand, to thank my GOD for everything i have. That meat and pasta dish you made looks really yummy!

  128. I learned “do the best you can with what you got” Which taught me a lot about improvising, creativity and making do.

  129. My most memorable skill passed to me by my dad was hunting only the amount we would eat, Safety, and being prepared for my familyy.

  130. The most important skill passed down to me is actually a two parter…..”honor yourself and tell the truth”….can’t think of anything more important!

  131. Although not skills, the most important qualities that I feel my parents instilled in me were to be self reliant and to keep a positive attitude. As for a skill, my mother passed onto me the ability to cook tasty and healthy meals.

  132. It’s hard to choose. My grandmother taught me to fish, my great-grandmother taught me to can, my mother’s example was to read for entertainment. They all taught me to make do with what I have and to be careful with my money.

  133. learning to garden and can or dry the produce i am still not great at gardening but i keep at it i do have canning down pretty well

  134. My parents taught me lots of skills like how to cook from scratch and how to clean fish and doves but what I value most are the values they taught me. Hard work,be honest,and treat people like you want to be treated.

  135. I’m a new prepper and though I just got this msg I have a feeling im late. But I’ll still share because after all that is what my parents tought me. But even though im a city woman I can laso a cow luckily they don’t move much. I can milk it and make fresh cheese. I also killed a chicken that I let go of to fast and it ended up chasing me . True story but it still ended on my plate.

  136. My dad taught me how to use tools. He didn’t consider it something a girl would never need to know and for that, I am thankful! He also taught me to think outside the box. If something couldn’t be fixed the conventional way, there was often a quirky but operational alternative that was possible! He was very creative!

  137. How to manage livestock, how to hunt and fish and then how to butcher and prepare the meat we hunted and raised.

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