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Dehydrate Vegetables for Your Storage this Summer

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The Excalibur dehydrator

Every year about this time, my wife and I plan what we are going to plant in our summer garden.  Now one of the things that we take into consideration is how easy it is to preserve any extra food that we grow.  Dehydrating vegetables is one of our favorite methods.  It is easy to do and doesn’t take a lot of effort.  We always plan to dehydrate vegetables and properly packaged it can last for years in our storage.  So we plant extras of the vegetables that are easy to dehydrate.

The following list shows the best-dehydrated vegetables.

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Confederate Recipes from 1863, Preserving Meat Without Salt

preserving meatI recently found an old book of Confederate recipes dated 1863.  Because of the shortages that the South was suffering, these recipes were modified to use the available ingredients.  The book covered a number of things including cooking, recipes for treating the sick, preserving meat and other miscellaneous suggestions.

The following two sections are exact copies of articles I found in the book.

Preserving Meat without Salt.

We need salt as a relish to our food, but it is not essential in the preservation of our meats. The Indians used little or no salt, yet they preserved meat and even fish in abundance by drying.  …

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Canning Pork, While the Price is Down

canning porkMy wife follows  food prices very closely and always knows the most economical foods to buy for storage.  Today she was telling me that the time for canning pork is now, the price is down. Every year she cans different types of meat and we use it during the coming year.  Pork cans well and is easy to use in many dishes.

Meat as a whole is easy to can.  The secret is that you need a good pressure canner.  My wife uses the Model 930 All American.  It will can 19 pints or 14 quarts at one time.

The instructions for canning pork are as follows

  • Get all your jars, lids and rings washed and together.
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Food Preparation Skills That Preppers Should Have

The following is a guest post from a friend on food preparation skills that all preppers should have. This post covers information on various methods of raising or hunting meat, cooking and preserving it.

A major, if not the most important part, of being a self-sustaining prepper or homesteader is having the skills and knowledge of how to prepare food. That includes how to raise, catch, and cook and preserve your own food.

Everyone has to eat!

As a prepper, you should be ready to be involved in the process from start to finish — so understanding the different ways to put and keep food on the table is essential.…

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Here is an Excellent Graphic on Pickling

I am starting to feel better and hopefully next week the blog will be back up to normal.  This experience has taught me some new things which I will share with you in the near future.

In the meantime enjoy this graphic on pickling.



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How to Dry and Smoke Meat and Fish for Storage

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The Teepee style smoker from the US Military Survival manuals

Whether you are smoking or drying large quantities of fish from a fish wheel or the meat from a large animal, like a moose, elk or cow, or a couple of rabbits the method is the same.  It is just a matter of scale. In Alaska, they often dry and smoke meat and fish in large quantities. A good source of information on this is Village Science.  They explain how the native Americans in the small villages smoke and dry their food.

First understand that smoking and drying fish and meat does not have to be very complicated.  …

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Olives are Easy to Preserve in Salt Brine


I put the olives onto a cutting board and whack them with an old rolling pin

The area where I live was once a large olive growing area.  As the olive farmers have moved lots of the trees have continued to thrive.  There are olives all over the place and mostly they end up on the ground.  With a bit of effort it is possible to get free olives just for the picking.  In the past, I have preserved olives in a lye solution and they have been nice.

However, for some time I have wanted to experiment with preserving some in brine. …

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Fermented Vegetables are Healthy and Delicious

fermented vegetables If you have never had fermented vegetables, you don’t know what you are missing.  I have a Harsch Crock and love to use it to make things like sauerkraut, and other types of fermented vegetables.  The Harsch Crock is from Eastern Europe and my wife loves it. Once you put the veggies in the crock and put the lid on you fill a gutter with water and that seals the crock and keeps the odors down.  My wife likes the finished product but not the smells it gives off while being made.

What actually occurs is Lacto-fermentation. Bacteria are responsible for lacto-fermentation.…

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The Problems of 30 Year Old Wheat and Mold.

wheatRecently I spoke with a friend who had been given some wheat that had been stored in metal cans and plastic buckets in the 1970’s. Luckily because of the age she was feeding this to her pigs. She found a black mold in the bottom few inches of several of the containers. The wheat looked good on top and she didn’t find the mold until most of a can had been feed to the pigs. The pigs did not suffer any ill effects from the mold.

This brings up the question, where did the mold come from and what type is it.…

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Water Bath Canning from Beginning to End

water bath canningHere is the list of items you will need for water bath canning.

Canner with insert.
Canning funnel for filling jars
Magnetic stick for removing lids from boiling water
Jar grabber for removing jars from water bath canner
Canning recipes.  I suggest the book So Easy to Preserve

Now just follow the simple instructions

1. Wash your jars and check for any chips or cracks around the rim and bottom of the jars

2. Put your jars in the water bath canning pan, making sure they are filled with water, so that they don’t float.…

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