How Much Water For Freeze-Dried vs. Dehydrated Food

How Much Water For Freeze-Dried vs. Dehydrated Food

Freeze-dried foods have 98% of their water removed. This reduces the food’s weight by about 90%. Dehydrated foods have 95% of their water removed for vegetables and 80% for fruits. Freeze dried foods retain their original color, form, size, taste and texture. Dehydrated foods will shrivel in size as the moisture is removed. How is…

Making Cheese

Making Cheese

Preserving Milk by cheese-making….. Colby Cheese Guest post: by Christine Coburn Cheese has been around for centuries as a way of preserving milk without refrigeration. The starters will last several years in the freezer and the rennett tabs also have a super long shelf life if kept cool. It can be made with raw milk…

Solar Oven Bread

Solar Oven Bread

We just made solar oven bread, so I snapped a few pictures and thought I would share this simple bread recipe we used today. 1 cup milk 1 egg 1 Tablespoon butter 3 cups freshly milled wheat flour 2 Tablespoons sugar ¾ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoon yeast 2 Tablespoons wheat gluten Mix together and knead…

Solar Cooking Helpful Hints…It’s Easy!

Solar Cooking Helpful Hints…It’s Easy!

Spring is here! That means the nicer weather is also here. Time to start using the solar oven. We have gotten so many nice responses to Ken’s recent solar oven post, I thought I’d elaborate some more and share with you some of my tips. First of all, using a solar oven is very easy….

Cookie Recipe With Cacao Powder

Cookie Recipe With Cacao Powder

Since I just recently discussed our Cacao powder and it’s benefit as a ‘superfood’, I thought I’d share this yummy Cacao Cookie recipe with you. For this recipe, we will be using quite a few of our food storage ingredients. This is another reason that I thought you would like this recipe. These cookies with…

A Last Run To Buy Grocery Store Food Items

A Last Run To Buy Grocery Store Food Items

What will be the first grocery store items to disappear during a SHTF scenario when all of your neighbors are rushing out to the grocery store down the street? Will the items they purchase be the items they really should be purchasing? Maybe, but then again, maybe not. For the purpose of this scenario, let’s…

Cooking With Your Stored Food – Mexican Casserole

Cooking With Your Stored Food – Mexican Casserole

Many (most all) preppers have extra food stored in their home. I would say that if you are buying freeze-dried size 10 cans, you may have never eaten some of your stored food. The reason that I say this is because many of you may have things like, TVP, powdered butter and eggs, and other…

Decade Old Beans – OK To Eat?

Decade Old Beans – OK To Eat?

Reader Questions: I have some pintos and lentils that I put away over 12 years ago that are in their original bags inside of Rubbermaid containers. They look like the day they were purchased. There are no bugs or moisture. However, they have not been stored in ideal temperatures. They have been in garages over…

How To Make Your Own Buttermilk and Sour Cream

How To Make Your Own Buttermilk and Sour Cream

  How to make Buttermilk and Sour Cream A lesson in Kitchen microbiology Guest post: by Christine Coburn Have you ever tried to make something and it called for buttermilk? Of course there is the old standby of adding vinegar or lemon juice to regular milk and letting it clabber. That just isn’t as good…

Survival Food, Creature-Critter Soup

Survival Food, Creature-Critter Soup

Guest post: by Christine Coburn Scenario: The SHTF 3 months ago and the grid has been down with no end in sight. You had 3 full months of canned food put up for your family which now you are down to items like vegetables, barley, flour, etc. All of the Vienna sausages, tuna and canned…