Category: Food

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When we sit down with the goal to be prepared and self-sufficient, we have to balance a lot. We already walk tightropes between work and home life in many cases. Adding a pursuit that could really be its own full-time job only makes things harder. The self-sufficiency arm alone could occupy a full work week, and for some, the future looms as a period when we may have to increase our physical vigilance on top of producing our own food, medicine, and supplies.There are methods we can use to make g ...
Many people that find themselves in the woods with no edible resources other than mushrooms may be tempted to give them a try. It’s not easy to know exactly which species of mushroom is safe to eat, and which ones can kill you. Making a mistake can kill you, so you really have to know what you’re doing.On the other hand, you won’t be hurt if you burn the wrong type of mushroom, but knowing what to choose to start a fire will help you for sure.Take a moment and get a few tips on how to recognize ...
We’ve talked at length about the most nutritious vegetables to grow, and about how to choose seeds and save them for the next year.We’ve also talked about how to build a compost pile, and do container gardening, and just about every other gardening topic that you can think of, but what about what’s just plain easy?Now you need a list of the easiest vegetables to grow, so this is for anybody trying to make a successful first attempt at gardening.PotatoesPotatoes are probably the easiest vegetable ...
Deer is one of the most commonly hunted animals within the United States. For good reason too, they’re the smallest and least elusive of the large game animals and the tags usually aren’t going to break the bank.It’s not quite as simple as sitting in a stand waiting for them to walk under you though, many of those who oppose hunting have no idea just how much goes into properly filling the freezer with venison.So let’s talk a little about some of the lesser known practices that can help you bag ...
Most crops take an awfully long time to grow, however not Microgreens (see Nutritional Analysis). Most varieties are ready to eat in a week or two. Researchers at the USDA have determined that the cotyledons, or “false leaves” that are the first to pop out of a seed are a concentrated storehouse of nutrition designed to feed the new plant until the roots can grow and take over.Broccoli microgreens have been shown to contain as much as 40 times the vitamins & minerals as an equal weight ...
Practically everybody loves it: that rich, delicious, sticky manna known as maple syrup. It graces our pancakes and adds distinctive flavor to recipes. It’s an all-natural sweetener that keeps for a very long time, especially if you refrigerate it after you open it.Unopened, it will last for years if it was sealed properly. But how do you extract maple sap from trees? Actually, it’s not as hard as you may think, though it is a bit labor-intensive.The History of Extracting Sap from Maple TreesThi ...
Vinegar: the delicious, magical, germ-killing cleaning agent and wondrous elixir that cures what ails you.Since you’re a smart prepper, you may have plenty stockpiled, but wouldn’t it be much easier, and prepper-friendly, if you could just make vinegar at home from ingredients that you already have on hand? Well, you can. As a matter of fact, it pretty much makes itself if you just combine a few basic ingredients and leave it alone.You can make vinegar from just about anything that has suga ...
The great thing about modern technology and food industrialization is that there are now all types of food commercially available.That’s great news for those of us who aren’t exactly spring chickens anymore because it makes building a diverse stockpile extremely simple.What to Stock?When you’re making your list, be sure that you include the following groups in order to have a full supply of foods that will meet your dietary needs:Vegetables: These are most easily bought canned. If ...
If you truly want to be prepared for a real SHTF scenario, you will need to learn how to depend on others less and less for basic necessities such as food. Some of us still rely on companies to provide us with our food.However, you could learn useful skills that would reduce this dependency such as growing your own food. Don’t worry about not having an open space for a garden. There are many plants which will thrive indoors.Indoor gardening comes with several benefits. First, you don’t have to w ...
Remember when Mom or Grandma would send you to the pantry or down to the basement to grab another jar of pickles or peanut butter? There were probably at least a couple of extra jars behind the one that you grabbed. That’s because they lived through times when having backup food meant the difference between eating and going hungry. They had it “just in case.” Do you practice this? If not, you should. We live in unsure times. The United States economy is by far the largest in the world; more th ...
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