Food & Kitchen

4 Things That Affect Your Food Storage

4 Things That Affect Your Food Storage

Food storage and its shelf life is affected by temperature, moisture, atmosphere, and the container itself. Here’s more detail about it…

Pros – Cons of Freeze-Dried, Dehydrated, Canned, Grains, Legumes

Pros – Cons of Freeze-Dried, Dehydrated, Canned, Grains, Legumes

A pros and cons list of the various methods and types of food for deep pantry storage that you may consider in your overall diversified preparedness plan.   Freeze-Dried Food Pros Long shelf life. Very lightweight. Very low moisture. Reconstitutes quickly. Best...

Dehydrate Strawberries with Excalibur Food Dehydrator

Dehydrate Strawberries with Excalibur Food Dehydrator

When strawberries are in season, take advantage of it! Buy on sale when the market is flooded with fresh strawberries and use a food dehydrator to preserve them for later! Strawberries are a great 'sweet tooth' addition to your preparedness deep pantry. When...

Whole Wheat Homemade Bread Recipe & Tips

Whole Wheat Homemade Bread Recipe & Tips

Making your own wheat bread from scratch can be so much healthier than processed bread. You will control and know every ingredient that goes into making a loaf, without any of those unpronounceable ingredients listed on store-bought loaves... There are countless bread...

Food Storage – It’s NOT Just For the End of the World

Food Storage – It’s NOT Just For the End of the World

A deep pantry of food storage for survival & preparedness' is more than just a backup plan for 'the end of the world'. In reality, there are other practical reasons to have so called survival food on hand - reasons that may actually be put to use! After all, 'the...

White Sugar Clumping – Why, How to UnClump, & Prevent

White Sugar Clumping – Why, How to UnClump, & Prevent

We try not to consume too much white sugar. But it's a good food storage prep to have in bulk. It will last indefinitely. However, there is a problem I've had... I have stored white sugar in a 5 gallon bucket (actually we had two). We had bought bulk bags and dumped...

Sourdough Starter Recipe Without Yeast From Scratch

Sourdough Starter Recipe Without Yeast From Scratch

Here’s how to make a good sourdough starter from scratch and how to keep it alive (feeding it). No added yeast. Sourdough bread baking instructions. Sourdough Starter Recipe 3 tablespoons whole rye or wheat flour. Enough water to make what looks like a “thick pancake...

Foods That Will Last Forever – Indefinite Shelf Life

Foods That Will Last Forever – Indefinite Shelf Life

Which foods will last forever? Okay, maybe some of them won't actually last 'forever', but maybe 'almost' forever! When we're talking about decades, that's almost forever, right? Here's a starter list to get you thinking about naturally long lasting foods for...

How To Make Self Rising Flour & Biscuits Without Yeast

How To Make Self Rising Flour & Biscuits Without Yeast

Self rising flour does not require yeast. So lets make some biscuits... (recipes below)   Baking Powder For Self Rising Flour Baking powder is the key ingredient for self rising flour. Rumford (Aluminum-free) Baking Powder It is a leavening agent that releases...

Cast Iron Cooking & Cookware Tips For The Beginner

Cast Iron Cooking & Cookware Tips For The Beginner

  Guest article by 'Old Chevy – on a rustic road' My intention for this article is to post a few tips for the cast iron cook wanna-bee. This is for beginners, or for those who have only thought about using a Dutch Oven and are intimidated by trying something new....

Top 20 Foods Wasted – Thrown In The Garbage

Top 20 Foods Wasted – Thrown In The Garbage

In the U.S., almost half of our food — 40 percent of what we grow — ends up in the garbage. It's pretty amazing when you think about it. Today's modern world is overflowing with the availability of food. There's apparently so much of it, that lots get thrown out. We...

Long Term Storage Food For 1 Year – How Much Food Is That?

Long Term Storage Food For 1 Year – How Much Food Is That?

Guest post by 'Anony Mee' Ken’s recent post “15 Reasons Why You Need Food Storage” called to mind an earlier post “Bare Minimum Food Storage List For One Year” which was based on the LDS recommendations for one person for one year of 755 total pounds of various...

Food Price Inflation Hidden in Packaging

Food Price Inflation Hidden in Packaging

Food Price Inflation Examples How long can they continue to hide food price inflation? Can you say, "Food packaging schemes"? I often notice that while food prices in general continue to creep higher, the packaging is cleverly shrinking or hiding the fact that there's...

Bleach – Water Ratio For Drinking Water Purification

Bleach – Water Ratio For Drinking Water Purification

If your water source is uncertain, you should treat it first before drinking it. One way to treat water for drinking is to add a small amount of Regular Bleach (chlorine). Here's how much regular bleach to add: (details below) One best way to purify water for drinking...

Favorite Spices – Long Term Storage ‘Must Have’ Spices

Favorite Spices – Long Term Storage ‘Must Have’ Spices

We all have our favorite spices. Mrs.J and I have several drawers in the kitchen with nothing but spices - all sorts of flavors. We also buy some of them in bulk - vacuum sealed bags for long term storage. When a spice jar is getting low, we'll open a bulk bag and...

How To Fix Pressure Canner Problems

How To Fix Pressure Canner Problems

A list of troubleshooting tips for your pressure canner. How to fix problems and things to watch out for while pressure canning.

What SPAM Is Made Of

What SPAM Is Made Of

Have you ever wondered what SPAM is made of? I know I have... SPAM is a relatively inexpensive meat product that stores very well. It lasts forever, right? (UPDATED) (I couldn't resist posting this again with a few updates)   SPAM is a canned precooked meat...

DIY Long Term Food Storage

DIY Long Term Food Storage

You might say there are three methods to securing long term food storage. 1. Buy ready-made packaged for long term food storage. 2. DIY long term food storage. 3. A combination of both. DIY or do it yourself, is probably the most popular method for most...

You Won’t Be Eating Much (or any) Meat After SHTF

You Won’t Be Eating Much (or any) Meat After SHTF

I was out watering the garden this morning when I was thinking about a topic for today. As I was watering, thoughts entered my head once again as to what I'm trying to accomplish this year of gardening. This year's gardening experiments are entirely to do with the...

5 Methods of Home Food Preservation

5 Methods of Home Food Preservation

The following five methods of home food preservation will enable you to not only be frugal (obtaining and preserving bulk foods on sale) but will help you build a food storage inventory (along with your dry goods and other foods).   CANNING 'Canning' is a process...

Solar Cooker, All American Sun Oven

Solar Cooker, All American Sun Oven

This post originally aired years ago when we lived in 'sunny' California. I wanted to re-post it and discover if any of you currently have a solar oven or live in a climate where it would be useful more than just a few months a year 😉 We will be taking ours out...

LOCAL Foods – 5 Reasons To Buy Them

LOCAL Foods – 5 Reasons To Buy Them

Local Foods: Better Nutrition Typically the local produce that you buy locally (farmers markets, etc..) will have been recently picked or harvested. Fruits and vegetables start losing vitamins and other nutrients from the minute they're picked. That short (local)...

Make A Food Storage Inventory To Know What You Have On Hand

Make A Food Storage Inventory To Know What You Have On Hand

One problem that developed after I began storing extra food for preparedness - was inventory control. Actually knowing what we had in food storage. Whether it be the variety of canned food, home canned foods, dry goods, long term food storage, freezer items,...