Today I share the next author interview in the Backdoor Survival Winter Book Festival. Anne Lang, the author of The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage shares her answers to my questions and is also providing one of my readers with a free copy of her book.
AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .
Before we begin, I would like to announce the winner of some of the recent giveaways. “Helen” has won a copy of James Talmadge Stevens Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook. Her question for me was”:
“Have you begun cooking with your long-term storage food yet? I have been buying monthly for 1 1/2 years, but have not started to use any of it. My concern is that when the SHTF I won’t know how to use what I am storing up. It kind of scares me.”
I plan to answer all of the questions that were asked but Helen’s was especially timely given today’s interview. Here is my answer:
Yes, absolutely. I do cook with my long term storage food items. Some products I use day to day (the butter powder and the freeze dried ground beef especially) while others I try out then reseal in a Mylar bag with a fresh oxygen absorber. Of course most of my long term food storage investment is in bulk and canned foods – items I cook with an consume frequently such as beans, rice, oatmeal, and canned fruits and veggies.
But there is more. “Julia” has one a copy of George Ure’s How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less. Her question for George (which will be answered in a subsequent email is this:
“I’m new to all this and feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the stuff out there. One thing I do have is combat boots, I’m a medic.
I don’t have a lot of money and I never will, so money and a good lawyer aren’t really possible. Here’s my question: If the shit really hits what are the odds that anybody will be worried about house, land, car payments? If the infrastructure falls apart will things like this even matter?”
Congratulations! I have contacted each of you by email with instructions for claiming your prize. Stayed tuned for the names of some additional giveaway winners next week.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ANNE LANG
Tell me about your book, The Prepper’s Pantry. What is it about?
The Prepper’s Pantry is half how-to set up a long term food storage and half cookbook with over 200 recipes which can be made from food storage.
What type of research did you have to do while writing The Prepper’s Pantry?
I researched the shelf life of various foods, the best ways to store food, and the best and most economical ways to build a long term food storage pantry. I also created a collection of really delicious recipes for families to enjoy together in times of plenty or of want.
How long did it take to write?
About a year.
Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading The Prepper’s Pantry?
I want people to have the information they need to figure out how much food they want to store and the best and most economical way to do that. I also want them to be able to have delicious food on hand to feed themselves in case of crisis.
You know, commercially prepared meals usually only plan about 1200-1800 calories per person per day, and for active men and teens, that is not enough calories to fuel their bodies. Also, some of the commercially available foods to buy are at great prices and quality and others are MLM schemes. I hope they plan to buy what they really need and don’t pay more than they have to.
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
Sure, I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and daughter. I have a grown son and we are considering adopting another older child from foster care. I have an online dinner planning website. I work in IT and participate actively in my church. I love teaching people about preparedness and food storage.
I have another book due to be published in March of 2013, and a third book in-process which will be 101 Easy Steps for a Fully Prepared Pantry. I am loving the new book which breaks food storage in manageable steps anyone can do. I know the topic can be overwhelming so it provides a clear roadmap. My book to be published shortly is all about Meals In A Jar. It is full of recipes for both dehydrated meals as well as pressure canned braised dishes which are big on flavor and wonderful to have on hand.
Do you have plans for another book?
Yes! I have The Preppers Pantry now. Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes will be available in March. Next up is the 101 Easy Steps to a Fully Prepared Pantry, which I have to hurry and finish, because I have my next idea and I am really excited to get started
Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?
Just my sincere hope that they will create a food storage pantry for their families so when disaster strikes, either small or large, they will know they can feed their families. I wish them that peace.
THE BOOK GIVEAWAY
A copy of Anne Lang’s book, The Prepper’s Pantry has been reserved for one lucky reader. You know how I like to make things easy so all you need to do to win is reply below in the comments area with one of two things:
- A favorite recipe using food storage items, or
- A recipe request
The deadline is 6:00 AM Pacific next Friday. A winner will be selected next Friday at random using tools on the random.org website.
THE FINAL WORD
You are going to love this book. As you know, I love to eat and I love to cook so finding new ways to cook my stored food items has become a fun hobby. In closing this week, I echo Anne’s sentiments. It is my sincere hope that all of my readers will create a food storage pantry for their families so when disaster strikes, either small or large, they will know they can feed their families.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight Item: The Prepper’s Pantry explains the “what” and “how-to” of food storage from root cellars to Mylar bags, and also includes over 200 recipes for preparing hot, delicious meals from food storage including fresh baked bread. No matter what the disaster; job loss, earthquake, pandemic, power outage, terrorist attack, the end of the world as we know it, you can be prepared to feed your family.
Also look for Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes. Using this book you can stock your pantry with homemade meals – with real food, made from scratch. Meals in a Jar is packed with step-by-step instructions for natural breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts that allow even the most inexperienced chefs to make scrumptious, nutritious dishes. Not only are the recipes in this book perfect for carry-along camping fare as well as for times of disasters like fires, blackouts or hurricanes.
Bargain Bin: Listed below are all of the books in the Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone. Also, some of these books are Kindle e-books but you do not need a Kindle to read Kindle e-books. Simply download the free Kindle app from the Amazon site and you are good to go.
The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Non-Fiction
The Prepper Next Door: A Practical Guide For Disaster And Emergency Planning (Author Charlie Palmer)
Rapid Fire!: Tactics for High Threat, Protection and Combat Operations (Author Max Velocity)
Lanterns, Lamps and Candles (Author Ron Brown)
An Operations Manual For Humankind – The Complete Compendium Of Natural Health: (Author: Paul Patrick Robinson)
Understanding the Use of Handguns for Self-Defense (Author David Nash)
Where There Is No Doctor (Authors David Werner, Jane Maxwell, Carol Thuman)
Making the Best of Basics – Family Preparedness Handbook: (Author James Talmadge Stevens)
How to Live on $10,000 a Year – Or Less – Newly Revised for 2013 (Author George Ure)
The Prepper’s Pantry: Building and Thriving with Food Storage (Author Anne Lang)
The Truth About Simple Unhooked Living (Author Estar Holmes)
The Backdoor Survival Winter Reading List – Fiction
Preppers Road March (Author Ron Foster)
BUG OUT! Preppers on the move! (Author Ron Foster)
The Light In The Lake: The Survival Lake Retreat (Author Ron Foster)
Patriot Dawn: The Resistance Rises: (Author Max Velocity)
Holding Their Own: A Story of Survival (Author Joe Nobody)
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