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Why a Dutch Oven Should Be Part of Your Survival Kit

If you’re one of those folks without power, heat, or warmth because of the recent snow storms, you probably know that you need a cooking tool that can bake, boil, fry and saute. It should also be able to function with a variety of heat sources, since you don’t know when the electricity might come back on.

My nomination for this wonder implement has been around for hundreds of years. It’s easy to find, cheap and effective. Go get a cast iron Dutch oven. This cooking tool has a proven track record, and it can use virtually any heat source.…

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The Annual Solar Cook-Off

The Annual Solar Cook-OffEvery year about this time, a group of us get togeather for a solar cook-off. We all bring our solar ovens to someplace like a local park, along with any other means of alternate cooking we feel like. Most of the day is then spent cooking and experimenting with various ideas. At the end of the day we have a big meal and get to evaluate how each oven performed.

solar cook off

The stoves that show up include both commercial and homemade ones. Two that have been successful for my family are the Solavore (read the review here) and the well-known Sun Oven.…

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The Importance of Multiple Fuels in Your SHTF Cooking Plans

Fuel SHTF Cooking Heating Plans (1)In our household, we have a Sun Oven and a Solavore, SilverFire and StoveTec rocket stoves, and a dual-fuel Coleman stove, which uses both unleaded gasoline and Coleman fuel. I have the supplies for putting together an improvised cement block rocket stove, and a backyard full of trees, pinecones, and leaves. We purposely chose a gas stove for our home in order to have the ability to cook in a power outage.

In the emergency cooking department, we have numerous bases covered. Looking at these different types of stoves, it’s not enough to just have alternative cooking methods. You also need to make sure each one uses different types of fuels.…

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Cooking with Your Long-term Stored Foods

Cooking with your stored foods is different from your everyday cooking.  It will take more time and effort.  You will probably be handicapped by not having your normal cooking stove.  Your available ingredients will probably be limited.

We all have favorite recipes many of which will be hard to use when you are cooking with your stored foods.  But with a bit of preplanning you may be able to modify some of these recipes so that they still work.  Here is a chart that was published by Brigham Young University showing some possible substitutions.

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All dried fruits and vegetables are generally hydrated in double the amount of water.…

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Cooking with Your Food Storage

cookingCooking with your food storage for many people will be a new experience.  They purchase and stock many foods that they do not use on a regular basis.  The old adage store what you eat and eat what you store is not followed by many preppers.

Part of the reason is because of the cost of freeze-dried foods.  I have encountered a number of people who have purchased large amounts of freeze-dried or dehydrated foods.  Because these are expensive and have a long shelf live, they are reluctant to open a can or two and experiment with them.

Now for many who are homesteaders and live off what they produce this won’t be a problem. …

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A Free LDS Recipe Book that Will Help You Learn to Cook from Scratch

free LDS Recipe BookOne question that seems to come up regularly is how to cook from scratch with only very basic ingredients.  This is a hard one particularly for younger preppers.  Home making classes aren’t taught in school anymore and too many people rely on frozen or other types of prepared meals.  Over the years, I have posted quite a bit of information on the LDS (Mormon) Dry Pack Centers.  They have very reasonable prices and are open to everybody, but the choices are somewhat limited.  So here is a free LDS recipe book from Mormon Share that addresses this subject.

The book Food Storage Recipes  can be downloaded for free. …

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How to Cook Strange Foods

Today I am going to discuss some information that is taught by the U.S Military about how to cook wildlife in emergency situations.  Most of us have a pretty good idea on how to cook deer, elk and other common game.  But what about the unusual animals you may have to eat when food is short.

Scavenger birds like crows, vultures and buzzards should be boiled for at least twenty minutes to kill the parasites, before cooking.  Save the feathers of all birds, they can be used for insulation.

When cleaning game save the blood, boil it thoroughly.  It is a good source of food and salt.…

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Comments from Preparedness Mom

Just wanted to let everyone know how much we appreciate all of our readers. Thank you for all your comments and suggestions. The more comments and suggestions you make, the more information we can give you. My husband loves to do research and try various preps and pass the information on to you. I love to cook. I look up different recipes in all kinds of books and then change it to my liking, or for the cooking materials we are using. With everything I have done, it’s hard to describe some of them. But am working on it, hopefully in the future I can put up more recipes for different methods of cooking.…

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Solar Oven Cooking Tips

This is a solar oven, I built out of junk. I found in my yard. The ground was damp so i set it on a old tire. It worked well.

Cooking with a solar oven is different than cooking with your kitchen range.  For instance most kitchen ranges cook from the bottom up.  A box type solar oven cooks from the top down.  This is one of the reasons you need to experiment with your solar oven.

If you are cooking bread or muffins, try putting a heat sink under the pan.  This will help make sure they are not too moist on the bottom. …

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WONDER BOX OVEN/COOKER

Materials needed
You will need 2 ½ yards of material from a 52 inch bolt, 3 ½ yards if the bolt is narrower.
Soft cotton or broadcloth material is best.
Use a 20 gallon plastic container with lid.
And filler, about 3 cubic feet of Polystyrene Beads (I got mine on line at Wal Mart $19.)

Lay out your material and pin your pattern on. You will cut out four pieces for each cushion.

To make the bottom, sew two of the four pieces together along the longest side. This is from point A to B on the diagram. Now sew the other two pieces together the same way.…

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