Food Preparedness

Shirley J's, Thrive Life Freeze-dried proucts
17 Jun 2016 by filed in Food Preparedness
I'm always getting asked "when will you make more preparedness videos?". Well today I was working on that and I found that there were some videos that I made but that I never published for some dumb reason! Doh!! (Although it's certainly not the most earth shattering worthy video I ever posted. Perhaps that's why it was missed by me...or it could be that I made it right before I moved into the RV. Oh well. Here it is nonetheless.) In this video I just share a simple little tip that I use to...
No fail pie crust
03 Mar 2016 by filed in Food Preparedness
A great pie crust recipe is a must. But I've been on a quest to find a good recipe that I can make without my food processor in the event I ever need to.  So, I've finally found one that I've made enough times to KNOW that I love it. So I thought I'd share it with you all.  By the way, I've made two pies this past week in my solar oven even though it's been cold. As long as I have good sunlight for a couple of hours, the solar oven still does a beautiful job!!  Enjoy!!! No Fail Pie Crust--No...
food storage mistakes
16 Feb 2016 by filed in Food Preparedness
I hate to break it to you, but it’s very likely that you’ve rendered your food storage completely useless by ignoring this one, critical consideration. So take a deep breath…be ready to learn… and then repent. *grin*   If you know nothing else about me, know this: I believe wholeheartedly in approaching preparedness with an “everyday focus”.  I believe firmly that if you prepare for the everyday types of scenarios, then you’ll be prepared for the more extreme crises scenarios that may come up...
hand operated adapters for grain mills
10 Nov 2014 by filed in Food Preparedness
Question: "Kellene, how do I know which manual grain mill to buy? I'm so confused?!"   Answer: There are THREE key considerations to choosing a grain mill that you'll be operating manually.  I'll provide you with these three highlights and let you choose for yourself from there, but I'll also share with you what I've chosen as a result.   Three Considerations for Choosing a Hand-Operated Grain Mill   1) Energy Expenditure: You want one that will require the least amount of physical energy per...
09 Oct 2014 by filed in Food Preparedness
Is raising quail a realistic livestock project for you?   So, you want to live more self-sufficiently but your city ordinances won’t allow chickens or big gardens?  You live in an apartment which limits your “self-sufficiency square footage,”  or is limited to your balcony.  These conditions are deal killers. They just need a little more knowledge thrown at them in order to overcome them. Let’s go to work then today as I share with you a way to raise some of your own self-sufficiency in the...
Use the FoodSaver to preserve Panko crumbs long-term so you never go without
07 Jun 2014 by filed in Food Preparedness
A reader asks a question about preserving candy without a FoodSaver:   Question: "Hi Kellene, Your site helps me so much, thank you. I know you preserve chocolate and candy. Can I do that with oxygen absorbers in mason jars? if so, should they be unpackaged, like M&Ms? I don't have a foodsaver. I also would like to preserve hard candies. How long will they last under the right temps/conditions? just approx...thank you so much!"   Answer: Yes, in the absence of a FoodSaver you can still get...
Bunny in Cage
27 May 2014 by filed in Food Preparedness
Backyard Hunting--By Guest Contributor Sharon Cundiff   My husband and I enjoyed the festivities for opening day of the Cincinnati Reds, walking through the park that parallels the river with my sister-in-law and her niece.  The path wanders through and around trees, bushes and flowers, when suddenly a darting object caught my eye as it seeks refuge under the bushes.  I froze as the others continued walking ahead. A fat bird starts to dart out from under the bush, suddenly it spotted me, and...
Dry Canning Jar
01 May 2014 by filed in Food Preparedness
Ah, yes..."oven canning"...Hate is such a strong word that I don't care to use much, but when it comes to the "oven canning" method that some choose to use to preserve their dry foods long-term, it definitely conjures up a strong opinion in me.  But I'll tone it down today and use the word "loathe" instead, because I truly do loathe the whole notion of oven canning.   Oven canning is the process of canning dry goods such as flour, beans, oats, and even nuts in a 200 degree oven. The standard...
01 Apr 2014 by filed in Food Preparedness
As I was doing some research today on something I was writing, a headline caught my eye and I decided to take a look at a do-it-yourself website.  I confess, I did get lost in its pages for a bit, but as I ran head on into another one of those gossipy, homespun silliness theories, I was quickly brought back into reality.   Today’s ninny of a notion goes as follows, as stated by the author, while discussing how to properly render lard. She says: "bits of meat can contaminate your lard."  When I...
freeze dried fruit
16 Jan 2014 by filed in Food Preparedness
Tired of feeling like you're wasting expensive freeze-dried food? I’ve heard it a hundred times. “I hate seeing all of those crumbs at the bottom of my cans. It's so much waste!” This is the standard concern that a lot of good boys and girls have who actually USE their freeze-dried products instead of just storing it in some deep, dark corner.   “Why would you use it?? It’s expensive!” you say? Oh, horsefeathers! You need to actually use what you have so that you’re completely familiar working...
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