Are you a frustrated home canner wannabe like I am? Whether that describes you to a “T” or whether you are an experienced pro, home canning is one of those skills where you can never have too much knowledge and reference material at your fingertips. Let me rephrase that: you can never have too much credible knowledge at your fingertips.
With that introduction, let me re-introduce you to Daisy Luther, the author of The Organic Canner. You might remember Daisy from a previous Book Festival when I introduced her book, The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. This time around, in The Organic Canner, Daisy raises the bar on what a home preservation book should look like and include.
This is a big fat, easy to read, 8 1/2 x 11 illustrated book that is going to make you want to go out and purchase a canner and start building up a pantry filled with wholesome, organic goodness right now! An lucky for you, one reader is going to win a copy of The Organic Canner for free!
More about that in a moment, because first, I want to share the highlights of Daisy’s “Canning Manifesto” with you and of course, a set of BDS Book Festival Interview questions.
The Organic Canning Manifesto
- I don’t want to serve food-like substances, concocted in a factory after being created by chemists who throw around words like “mouthfeel” and “sodium ethyl parahydroxybenzoate”.
- I don’t want to serve genetically mutated organisms that were begun in a petri dish at the labs of Monsanto.
- I don’t want to serve items processed from the genetically modified corn and soy that infects more than 80% of the food in the grocery store.
- I can’t afford to hit the health food store for every bite we put in our mouths.
- Eating seasonally provides nutritional benefits.
- I refuse to consume the growth hormones, antibiotics and other medications that are given to factory farmed meat animals.
- Home-canned food is the fastest “fast food” around.
I don’t know about you, but I believe Daisy nails it!
An Interview with Daisy Luther, Author of The Organic Canner
Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?
A friend of mine has it summed up: You need the ability to “produce” whether it’s food or another vital item like shelter or hygiene supplies. You need the ability to “preserve” and to keep the food you raise or the items you create good for as long as possible. And finally, you need to have the ability to “protect” what you have produced and preserved.
This might mean stashing it where no one can find it or all out defense strategies.
What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?
Oh, that is a tough one. I have to lean towards seeds, ammo and a bunch of Tattler reusable canning lids. I’d recommend a Presto pressure canner (it’s the best price), a Nesco dehydrator, and all the rest on a shelf stable food supply.
Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?
I don’t think anyone ever feels totally prepared, and if they do, chances are, they’re actually not because they’re overlooking something, but complacent because they THINK they have everything.
I live in California, up in the mountains, and my biggest concern is water. I have an awful lot stored, but when your natural resources are so low, it definitely causes some prepper anxiety.
To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?
My kids are very involved.
My youngest daughter has been learning to can over the past year and made a few of her own concoctions that turned out wonderfully. She checks over the get-home bags before a long road trip and has a small kit in her purse everywhere she goes.
My older girl is away at college and is now in charge of her own preparedness. She does well, even on a student’s budget, and has food and water stashed away for an emergency. I think for both of them, they’ve lived this way their entire lives and it would be difficult for them NOT to be prepared.
What is your favorite survival or pepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)
My favorite fictional book, and the one that really woke me up and got me to up my preparedness efforts, was the classic, “One Second After” by William Forstchen. If a person can read that and not feel moved to prepare, I can’t even understand that person.
My favorite non-fiction book was written by my good friend Tess Pennington, and it is called “The Prepper’s Blueprint”. It’s a thorough compendium of absolutely everything a prepper needs to know, and is for the person who is just getting started all the way to the person who has been at it for quite a while.
And you didn’t ask this, but for older kids, a must-read is “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” by Stephen King. It’s not a gory, creepy paranormal book. It’s about a girl, about 10 or 11, who gets lost in the woods for a week by herself. It talks about the nitty gritty of survival – sanitation, fresh water, food, and safety from the elements. My kids both really enjoyed it and became much more capable in their outdoor skills because of it.
What about your survival favorite movie?
This is hard because I like nearly ALL of them. So I’ll try to pick something different because sometimes people don’t consider it a survival movie, specifically.
My recent favorite is “Contagion”. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Ebola over here in the US, and I like how this movie so clearly shows the transference of a virus, the importance of a family going into lockdown to stay safe, and the vital necessity of having enough supplies to do so. The dad has to venture out from time to time for supplies, but a well-prepped family would be able to get by on their own. It also gives an interesting look at how those in charge try to avoid a panic by keeping things quiet, but actually just make the whole thing worse as more people become exposed.
Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?
This is going to be a busy year for books. I have two more titles just undergoing the publishing process now, and a 3rd one planned for late summer. I also have a new website with some partners called Nutritional Anarchy (//www.nutritionalanarchy.com/). Melissa Melton, Aaron Dykes, Lisa Egan, and I started a site that is all about freeing yourself from the grocery store. We talk about the dangerous toxins in processed food, growing your own food, shopping locally, preparing the food, and the healing qualities of whole food.
Thank you so much for inviting me to join your book festival, Gaye! You have such awesome readers and it’s nice to reach an audience that is so serious about their preparedness!
Here is the part you have been waiting for because I know you are going to want to have a copy of the print version of this book.
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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
The Final Word
Something I haven’t mentioned about The Organic Canner is that the recipes are not only easy to follow, but they are accompanied by personal anecdotes, do’s and don’ts, and notes that will make you believe that Daisy is looking over you shoulder, offering friendly guidance every step of the way. And the titles? How about “We be Jammin” for the chapter on what else? jams. Or “The Meat of the Matter” for the chapter on meats.
The Organic Canner is not only useful, it is also a fun book and I just know that it is going to set you on a path to can up a storm!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: The Organic Canner
From time immemorial, preserving the harvest was a vital preparation to face the barren winter months ahead. Different methods have been used throughout the ages and many of them, although modernized somewhat, are still used today.
Canning is the perfect solution for those seeking natural food sources, for gardeners, for those seeking a more self-reliant life, and for those interested in preparedness. Declare your independence and free yourself from the toxic grocery store items that are masquerading as food. Learn to preserve the bounty from your garden and local farms, savory hormone-free meats, and nourishing meals created from your own carefully selected ingredients.
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced home canner, you’ll love the easy-to-follow instructions, delicious recipes, and directions for safely preserving your own creations.
For your convenience, here are items suggested by today’s author, Daisy Luther, plus a list of all of the books in Prepper Book Festival 8.
One Second After: For many, the novel “One Second After” was a game changer that convinced them of the need to be prepared. If you have not read this book, you really should.
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster: There have been many great books released recently but I favor Prepper’s Blueprint because it represents a soup to nuts approach to preparedness while at the same time sets aside both fear and panic.
Presto 23-Quart Pressure Canner: Presto pressure canners and well priced. Just be aware that it you have a built in microwave/hood combination, measure the distance between your burners and the top of the hood. The 23-quart Presto was too tall for my gas range but the 16-Quart Presto fits fine.
Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator: This is the #1 best selling food dehydrator and I know from reader emails that it is your favorite as well. I tried one of the big, brand “E”, units but had poor results. A Nesco is on my bucket list because I know it is simple to use and besides, you have told , it works great.
Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage
No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage. The eBook print version is available.
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