Food Preparedness

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...
raw pork chops
10 Jan 2014 by filed in Food Preparedness
This was one of my first ever recipes that I discovered as a teenager. When I started dating, I'd frequently make this recipe to impress the boys and it worked! It's still a favorite of mine today but I make it with either fresh or canned boneless pork chops. I can the pork chops raw, in a wide mouth quart mason jar, with all of the pieces cut as large as I can keep them and still get them to fit into the jar. I just stack the pork chops on top of each other and separate each one with a piece...
Announcement New Retail items available at LDS Canneries in #10 cans or gallon bags.
28 Oct 2013 by filed in Food Preparedness
  Breaking News! More dramatic changes for LDS Canneries nationwide!   As you may recall, earlier this year I broke the news  initially about the big changes that were made by the LDS Church amongst their Canneries (aka Home Storage Centers). If you aren't aware, these facilities have been an excellent way for members of the LDS Church, as well as non-members, to obtain premiumn quality food at rock bottom prices. Well, unfortunately, I’ve got even more breaking news to share with you today in...
27 Sep 2013 by filed in Food Preparedness
by J.C. Martin, Guest Contributor Preparedness Pro Notes:  Firearms and other weapons aren’t just to ensure safety and security. They are also necessary to provide food for the table. Additionally, this is sound advice for every person who's trying to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. While his suggestion is budget friendly, in my opinion it's sound advice regardless of your budget. My friend, J.C. Martin, has written this nice article for us that sheds some light on a firearm option that...
13 Sep 2013 by filed in Food Preparedness
It's been a while since I've shared some quick tips on video. I'm finally getting around to rendering and posting some of what I recorded earlier this year. So this week I wanted to just post a couple of quick videos that will help you in your prepping efforts. One is just a simple strategy for easier access and inventory of your freeze-dried items AND WHY to use freeze-dried foods--they aren't anywhere NEAR as expensvie as you think and their a big time saver. The other video is simply...
Minimal fuel required to boil water
31 Aug 2013 by filed in Food Preparedness
My mission: To ensure that I had a reliable cook stove that met the following criteria: Doesn’t require the storage of highly flammable fuel Relatively portable Doesn’t require sunshine Sufficiently heavy-duty and durable to handle heavy amounts of daily cooking for at least a year Won’t compromise my security such as broadcasting smoke signals to attract unwanted guests Uses a minimal amount of readily available, accessible, CHEAP fuel Sophisticated enough that I can easily regulate the...
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