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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

smoke meat

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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An update, Using a FoodSaver to Extend the Shelf Life of Food


A FoodSaver with the attachments for sealing mason jars

Well, It’s been some time since we have written about the FoodSaver. I have had a lot of fun with mine and all the things you can seal. My goodness I think of all the food I could have saved if I had been in to food storage sooner. I can think back to when my grandma was canning and storing items for winter and never really thought about it being food storage.

FoodSavers are really handy for extending the shelf life of crackers, noodles of all kinds, candy, spices, cereals, dried fruit and vegetables, plus matches, medical items sterile, cotton balls, Q tips, toothbrushes (new), razors, medicine, storing oxygen absorbers and all kinds of others things you will need.…

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Mason Jars, 20 Different Ways to Use Them

mason jarMason jars are another one of those things that we take for granted.  They are easy to get and always seem to be available.  Yet they have so many uses I can’t think of them all.  So I have made a list of the ones that immediately pop into my mind.  After you start thinking about it I am sure you will add many ideas to this list

  1. Canning is the most obvious one. It is the reason that they were developed in the first place. Have lots of jars on hand and don’t forget the lids and screw rings.  Store lots of extras, they will always be good for trade.
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A Recipe for Making Desiccated vegetable Rations

Desiccated vegetable

This is the only picture I have been able to find of it.

A while back I wrote a post on Desiccated vegetables as used During the Civil War.  Desiccated vegetables were used as rations by both side during the civil war. Ever since I have been meaning to try and make some.  Yesterday I received this comment with a recipe for desiccated vegetables. This recipe sounds like it is close to being authentic.  I haven’t told my wife yet, but I plan on trying to make it next week.  This will be a surprise for her.  This is a great comment and written with a lot of humor.

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