So far, our focus for getting prepared has been on preparing to live without electricity or contact with the outside world for 30 days. This most likely would only occur if there were a major storm or other natural disaster, since most power outages are only for a few days. But, there are a lot […]
Awhile back, I wrote an article on stocking a pantry one month at a time. Since then, I have had a chance recently to inventory my family’s own level of preparedness. Using The Food Guys’ chart, I am well prepared to live off-grid, with no access from the outside world, for 2 months. I thought you […]
The last two years have shown us major, nationwide droughts. That translates into rising food costs and the possibility of food shortages. Temporary layoffs and disabilities could also make it necessary to live out of your own pantry. And as always, there is the possibility of a major power outage lasting two or three weeks, […]
Canning cherries at home is easy to do—a small batch can be finished in about an hour or two. The reward comes in both saving money (buying fresh cherries on sale is cheaper than buying canned cherries on sale) and in having delicious, healthy fruit to eat during the winter months. Here’s my tips and […]
In case of an ice storm, a tornado, or a major power outage, how long could you go without going to the grocery store? What would you cook? If you were to go shopping to stock up, what would you purchase to make cooking without electricity as easy and flavorful as possible? Assuming you are […]
It doesn’t take much to render us powerless . . . that sounds deeper than I mean. I am talking about electricity. One ice storm, one tornado, one well-placed lightening strike, and we are thrust back to pioneer life, possibly for several days or a few weeks. Here are some ideas to prepare you […]
A great portion of my emergency food preparedness plans relies on my pressure canner. I can everything! Of course, I have to keep doing it because we also eat what I can . . . and that is because I hate to cook! I like the convenience of open and heat, but doing it the […]
According to the Survival Spot, sweeteners will be one of the top ten things that will disappear during a national disaster. I don’t know about you, but I am NOT going to go through hard times without sugar!!! But it does seem to be something that I have a hard time keeping stocked up (probably […]
What does the future hold? Hopefully sunshine and lollipops! But have you watched the news lately? While I always hope for the best (who doesn’t?) I am also preparing for the worst. At the Survival Spot, they have a list of the Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Disaster. Generators is number […]
With summer coming to a close, so many of us are working on preserving the last of the vegetables for winter. Many of these may be low acid foods. Low acid foods, when it comes to canning, include: Meats Poultry Vegetables Dairy The trick with canning low acid foods safely is to use a pressure […]
If you have root vegetables in storage, integrate them into your seasonal meals.
Want a root cellar? You don’t need to buy an old farm house. Build your own root cellar in your home or in your yard.