5 Methods of Home Food Preservation

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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 in which foods are placed in jars or cans and heated to a temperature that destroys microorganisms and inactivates enzymes. The heating (and subsequent cool-down) forms a vacuum seal against the lid which prevents other microorganisms from contaminating the food within the jar or can. Most popular pressure canner: Presto 23-Quart Pressure Canner Acid

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4 Ways How To Tell If A Dented Can Of Food Is Safe To Eat

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If a can of food is dented, it may be unsafe to eat its food contents, and may need to be discarded. But not all dented food cans are ‘bad’ – some of them may be perfectly safe. Here’s how to tell the difference if a dented can of food is safe to eat or not…   Tip: Knowing how to tell the difference between a safe or otherwise unsafe dented can of food may even save you money by purchasing these (dented) cans which may be on sale for a fraction of the price. There are four simple ways

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Solar Cooker, All American Sun Oven

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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 pretty soon and start using it again… Here’s the original article:   I enjoy experimenting with all things related to harnessing energy from the sun. Living in a part of California where the sun shines all summer long, I use solar energy to produce electricity, heat water,

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LOCAL Foods – 5 Reasons To Buy Them

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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) travel time is important to their overall nutritional impact. They haven’t had a chance to start losing nutrients, so they are actually healthier for you than they would be if the foods had to travel for a week or more to reach you. Local Foods Taste Good! Locally grown fruits and vegetables generally end up in your hands at their peak

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Choosing a Hand Grain Mill (Flour Mill) That’s Best For You

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(UPDATED)   Which Hand Grain Mill Is Best For Me? There’s quite a range of prices for various hand grain mills (flour mills) and it may seem challenging to choose one that’s right for you. If you will be milling wheat to make flour for bread, you will want to be sure that the grain mill (flour mill) will grind the wheat berries into fine flour. Many cheaper models apparently are inadequate when it comes to fine flour, although many claim that they do. Read the product reviews and they will usually get to the truth. If you will be

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

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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, dehydrated, freeze dried food, etc.., the problem was knowing exactly I had on hand. Here’s what I did:   Excel Food Storage Inventory Spreadsheet I inventoried what I had. Sounds simple right? Not everyone wants to get into the detail of inventory. However it’s worth the effort to know what you have, especially when you’ve built up

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All American Pressure Canner That Will Last Forever…

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We have had this ‘All American Pressure Canner’ for a number of years and I just wanted to post about it because it’s so awesome. And before you panic at the price tag, remember this, you get what you pay for. And this one is no exception. While it’s different for everyone, there are certain things that I’m willing to pay for the best. Why or what? For the things that I plan on using for the rest of my life, only have to buy it once. Also for particular things that I feel are essential or very important to

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Favorite Bread Recipes – Homemade

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Okay all you homemade bread lovers out there… Let’s see your favorite bread recipes! I’m sure that most everyone will agree that there’s nothing quite like the smell of breadmaking, from the rise, to the baking, to the table! And there’s nothing like the taste of fresh, warm, homemade bread. I’m getting hungry just typing this! I think it will be fun to share our favorite bread recipes. And it will be equally fun to try one that we haven’t made before… Baking homemade bread is good practice Whether you’re using store bought flour or milling your own flour, baking

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Food Dehydrator

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A food dehydrator is essentially an oven. However unlike a conventional oven it’s a low temperature oven. Why do they call it a food dehydrator? Because it’s designed to draw out the moisture from food. To dry it out. Why would you want to dry out your food? Because certain foods that have been sufficiently dried out will be able to preserve without freezing or refrigeration. Foods that have been properly dried with a dehydrator will retain most of their nutrients. How does a food dehydrator work? It’s an enclosed space that typically contains food trays, a heater, a circulating

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Round Out Your Long Term Food Storage After Basic Goods Are Laid In

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“Once you have the basic dry goods laid in, how should you approach the rest: meats, vegetables, vitamins, i.e. the things that help round out the diet.” ? That’s an excellent question and one that should inspire some good comments! For long term preparedness there is often focus on dry goods and foods that are specifically processed for long shelf life (rice & beans, freeze dried, #10 cans of ‘xyz’, etc..). That’s all good! (and important). But what about rounding one’s food storage (for the long term) but with other items that will compliment the diet? Who wants to eat

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Small Cooking Pot For Camping & Kit

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A small cooking pot is a desirable and important item for camping or a kit (survival, backpack, bug out bag, 72 hour kit, etc..). A compact camping cookware set or an individual small cooking pot will enable: – heat up a can of… – boiling water to rehydrate a freeze dried meal – hot coffee or tea – boiling water for drinking – storage space within while backpacking – clanking together to scare away that bear! Tip: How Long To Boil Drinking Water   There are some pretty nice camping cookware sets with various nested pots within. They’re small enough

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Favorite Freeze Dried & Dehydrated Foods and Brands

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A recent comment here on MSB: A few weeks ago, someone (I think new) had asked about which brands of freeze dried/canned food were the best. Several of us threw in our two cents worth about Mountain House, Emergency Essentials and so on. Thought about other factors since then. For example, the OvaEasy eggs are a little better than other brands, but more expensive. With items like bananas, found the freeze dried were better than the dehydrated. Red Feather canned butter is really good, and so on…. Hey Ken, how about doing an article where we can all chip in

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Cacao Powder – A Mayan Super Food Packed With Antioxidants

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I just made a cacao powder blended smoothie (I threw in a banana too). For the sake of modern survival I thought that I would share with you a ‘not-so-well-known’ ingredient, high in antioxidants, that we have in our pantry: Pure organic Cacao Powder. We have been enjoying it’s antioxidant value for a number of years. For those of you who don’t know, organic cacao is considered a Mayan ‘super food’. In ancient Mayan culture cacao was revered as the drink of the gods. Only the elite of Mayan society could afford to drink it as the seeds were used

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Why You Should Mill Your Own Flour From Wheat Berries

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The benefits of milling your own flour are as follows: 1. Enables long term storage of wheat. 2. Self reliance and homemade bread making skills. 3. Health benefits. 4. Frugality.   Long Term Storage of Wheat Berries Since we’re a preparedness blog, one very good reason why you should be milling your own flour is to enable long term storage of wheat! More specifically, wheat berries. A properly sealed and stored bucket of wheat will last for decades! Wheat berries will not begin to lose nutrients until you actually mill it to make flour, making it a great choice for

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Fire Extinguisher For A Kitchen Fire

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Kitchen fires are most often started by a grease fire. Cooking oil catching on fire. Oils have a “smoke point” and they have a “flash point”. As you heat a given type of oil, it will eventually begin to give off some smoke when it gets too hot. This is the smoke point. As it continues to heat, there is point at which it will catch on fire (flash point). A grease fire is typically caused by excessive splash over of oil onto the heat source. If this happens in your kitchen, either on your stove top or in your

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Canned Food For Your Deep Pantry

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Canned food may fill a big gap in food storage preparedness because they have a number of good attributes: – They come in a wide variety of food groups. – Available at all grocery stores. – Easy to store on your deep pantry shelves. – A pretty good shelf life. – None of them technically need to be cooked prior to consumption. This makes canned foods one of the quickest and easiest ways to store some food ahead for preparedness. I am not discounting OTHER foods and their own unique packaging & processing, rather I’m saying that canned food is

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Food Storage Mistakes To Avoid

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Food storage mistakes are more common than you may think, especially for newbie preppers. While it is one of the first things that most preppers initially set up and acquire regarding their family preparedness, there are mistakes to avoid. Food storage is easy to do, it has a big impact on general preparedness, and it doesn’t cost too much money to get started. There are a number of ways to go about acquiring food storage. However there are also a number of food storage mistakes and pitfalls to avoid.   Food Storage Mistakes Here are a few to consider:  

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Pounds of Flour or Wheat for Preparedness Bread

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Yesterday we polled our audience to discover how many loaves of bread are consumed every week in their household. Based on the results we can work out a few things for survival & preparedness. 1. How much flour storage to make your own bread 2. How much wheat storage to make your own bread From those who responded to our poll question, the majority go through 1 loaf (or less) of bread each week. 1. up to 1.0 loaf (64%) 2. 1.5 loaves (19%) 3. 2.0 loaves (8%) 4. 2.5 loaves (5%) 5. 3+ loaves (4%) The following data (pounds

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How Many Loaves of Bread Every Week in Your Household?

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POLL question: How many loaves of grocery store bread do you go through each week in your household? Just for fun, let us know your favorite bread too in the comments. Why do I ask? It has to do with preparedness. You’ll see (later). Participate in our anonymous poll below: This does NOT include hamburger buns, hot dog buns, any kind of rolls and/or buns. Only loaves of bread. If you make your own bread rather than buying grocery store bread, go ahead and count that too…     What do you use the bread for mostly? Toast? Grilled Cheese

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THE Best Bread Machine For Bread Lover’s

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I have no doubt whatsoever that this ‘Zojirushi’ is absolutely the best bread machine for the bread lover’s kitchen. Remember, you get what you pay for. Despite the higher cost of this bread machine, trust me – it’s worth it! Why do I say that? I have one… I have been completely satisfied with it’s outstanding performance for years. Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Breadmaker I recently made another delicious bread and just had to post about the attributes of this particular bread machine and why I like it. While there are lots of good bread machines to choose from, many are less

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Complimentary Foods For Main Course Meals

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A recent comment on Modern Survival Blog had some great insight regarding complimentary foods for one’s long term food storage or deep pantry. The topic is related to food items you might add to your deep pantry. More specifically foods that would complement primary ‘bulk’ foods for the “main course”. Comment from “So Cal Gal”:   …took a hard look at my food inventory. This time, instead of just listing items, I listed about 20 main course meals I could make with the foods I usually stock, and the alternative cooking sources we would have in a SHTF scenario. Then

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Kale Chips: Dehydrate & Make Your Own

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Kale chips (dehydrated), especially when sprinkled with spice during dehydration, are delicious! Kale, as many of you probably know, is very good for you. It’s a dark green veggie loaded with nutrition. I’ve read that it’s the most nutrient dense food on the planet. Here’s how to make Kale chips: The other day Mrs.J went out to the garden and came back with a bunch of Kale. I said to her, “There’s no way we’re going to eat all that tonight…”. She replied, “We’re going to make dehydrated Kale chips”. I like Kale and this sounded like a great idea.

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Make Soda Yourself With Yeast, Sugar & Bottles

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Make soda yourself. Did you know that you can do it yourself? People have all sorts of skills and abilities for the sake of preparedness. But I found this one to be interesting when one of our MSB readers emailed me this: How to Make Your Own Soda for TEOTWAWKI.   Guest article by ‘Peanut Gallery’ Several months ago I embarked on a journey to make soda. After my first failed attempt to make soda, I spent many, many hours in research. I have concluded there are three ways to make soda. -with CO2 -with yeast & sugar in 2

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When Strawberries Are In Season, Get Out The Food Dehydrator

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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’ addition to your preparedness food storage supply. Here’s how we dehydrate strawberries:   We use the Excalibur Food Dehydrator. It’s […]

Home Canning Tips And Lessons Learned

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Looking for home canning tips? I thought one of the best ways to discover some of the lessons learned would be to hear it straight from others who have some experience with home canning and their own trial-and-error discoveries. Recently someone on the blog wrote the following comment, “Literally, everything we’ve ever canned is in […]

Choosing a Hand Grain Mill

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How to choose which hand grain mill to buy? There is quite a range of prices for various hand grain mills (flour mills) and it may seem challenging to choose one that’s right for you. However you can narrow your choices by considering two basic questions… 1. Do you intend to grind/mill into fine flour […]

Spices, Herbs, Seasonings With Your Long Term Food Storage

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Spices and seasonings added to a long-term food storage (deep pantry) will enhance what otherwise might be dull and mundane (with some of your ‘staple’ foods such as rice & beans, etc..), enhancing flavor and edibility. Spices may consist of dried seeds, fruit, roots, or bark of plants. Herbs are considered leafy parts of plants […]

Best Canned Meat For Your Deep Pantry Food Storage

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The RDA (Recommended Daily Allowances) for daily intake of protein is 56 grams for men and 46 grams for women. In other words that’s approximately several ounces per person per day. Note that these min. requirements do not factor laborious working conditions. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends that 10–35% of your daily calories […]

Homemade Dehydrated Chicken Strips – Shelf Life Report

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Two years ago I happened to make a particular batch of dehydrated chicken strips. The other day while defrosting one of the chest freezers we discovered a jar from this particular batch. Being two years old, I thought it would be helpful to be the ‘guinea pig’ and sample it, and report whether or not […]

Calories Per Pound Of Rice, Beans, Wheat

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The most common ‘staple’ dry foods for preparedness and long-term food storage are rice, beans, and wheat berries. You yourself may have some of these in your deep pantry inventory. In order to fully grasp how much you actually have with regards to calories and ‘survival day’ equivalent, the following information should quickly help you […]

Dehydrated Food versus Freeze Dried Food

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Are you curious to know the basic differences between dehydrated food and freeze dried food? Lots of preparedness-minded people who have a so called ‘deep pantry’ and will often have a variety of foods for longer term storage including dehydrated foods and freeze dried foods. Here are the basics regarding each process:   DEHYDRATED FOOD […]

Ordinary Canned Food For Preparedness

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So often when considering long term storage of food for survival preparedness, people think of bulk rice & dried beans, buckets of wheat berries, and other such dry goods. Another additional consideration should be ordinary ‘canned food’ from your local grocery store. Why? Because they don’t ‘expire’ as most people think they do, they’re easy […]

Dehydrated Onions For My Food Storage

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some of my Vidalia onions During the time of the year when the harvest is plenty, it’s time to preserve the bounty. I have preserved batches of (Vidalia) onions with my dehydrator for my food storage, and here’s why and how I do it…   (UPDATED and re-posted for your interest, since we recently processed […]

How To Keep Your Kitchen Cutting Boards Safe From Contamination

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Every kitchen likely has several or more cutting boards and they are probably used fairly often for the task of cutting or chopping all sorts of foods. A concern though is that of food-borne illness and/or cross-contamination on these cutting boards which can occur as a result of one or more ‘bad practice’ techniques. Here […]

Dandelions For Dinner

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Dandelions are considered a nuisance by many, but to those in-the-know regarding foraging, the dandelion is a source of free food. Did you know that dandelions are edible? Dandelions are probably the easiest plant to identify, and are quite widespread. The entire dandelion is edible, from the root to the flower, and they can be […]

How To Make Your Own Condiments

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I’ll bet that some of you make your own condiments – things like ketchup, mayonnaise, relish, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, etc… Basic ‘know-how’ in the kitchen is valuable for general preparedness – the skills of how-to make, prepare and cook foods from ‘scratch’. Not only does this skill set include basic abilities like making your […]

10 Foods That Last Almost Forever

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Which foods will last forever? While ‘nothing lasts forever’, some foods and ingredients will last almost ‘forever’ – a really long time… Here’s a list to get you thinking about naturally long lasting food storage preparedness:   SUGAR White sugar will store indefinitely. It will last forever. Sugar has an indefinite shelf life because it […]

How To Store Baking Essentials For Longer Shelf Life

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The basic baking essentials used to make bread from your stored grains (e.g. wheat berries) include baking powder, baking soda, salt, and yeast. Some people (e.g. Mrs.J) also keep a supply of vital wheat gluten (or bread enhancer) for their bread making. The question (and answer) for today is, How do I store these baking […]

Turkey Cooking Time

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How Long Do I Cook The Turkey? The turkey cooking time depends on the oven temperature, whether the turkey is stuffed or not, and how many pounds the turkey weighs. The following cooking time chart is for an oven temperature of 325 degrees F. Cooking the turkey low and slow (325) results in a more […]

How To Make Your Own Homemade Baking Powder, And Why…

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Among other uses, baking powder is used in recipes to make biscuits, muffins, or even ‘bread without yeast’. Baking powder is used as a leavening agent – enabling baked goods to ‘rise’. When baking powder is combined with water, a chemical reaction occurs which enables its ingredients to produce carbon dioxide – which is then […]