Tag Archives: Food Preparation

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

February 13, 2012


The benefits of coconut oil

There have been fads in cooking and diet for decades.  There was the cabbage soup diet, the oat bran craze of the late 80’s, carbophobia from the Atkins Diet, and so on.  But the element of the American diet that seems to have had the most swings in it over time is the question of […]

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Baking Soda: Another Wonder Substance

January 13, 2012


uses of baking soda

A while back, I wrote a piece extolling the virtues of vinegar.  I want to focus some attention on another inexpensive multipurpose agent-  sodium bicarbonate. Nearly everyone has a box or two of this humble stuff hanging around.  You probably have one in the pantry and maybe another in the fridge to keep it from […]

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Gift Idea: Meal in a Jar

December 22, 2011


Making a preppers christmas present

I think a lot about ways that I can make steps to preparedness look “normal” and “doable” for the doubters in my life.  Also, I have been thinking about alternatives to MREs.  Those two things collided in my mind when I saw a display of cookbooks in an Amish store.  They all featured Meals in […]

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The Three Pan Method Of Washing Dishes

December 16, 2011


How to wash dishes during a survival scenarios

The power is out and there’s no indication that it’ll be back on anytime soon. The storm that blew through your slice of creation has left a wide swath of destruction in it’s path. The local utility crews are working as fast as they can, but it looks like you’ll be roughing it for several […]

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Squirrel Extraordinaire : A Delicious Recipe

October 26, 2011


As you may have guessed by now, Laura and I are proponents of trying new things, especially when it comes to potential food sources. Should things go awry and the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) happens, we’d like to know what plants and animals may become a viable source of nutrition […]

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Beans, part 6 (Beans- they’re what’s for breakfast…)

October 14, 2011


Delicious Coffe Cake with Great Northern Beans

If you’ve read this blog long, you know I enjoy practicing cooking using storage-friendly foods while also improving our overall diet with less processed, healthier ingredients.  Beans are one of my favorite things to re-invent in unexpected ways. So, we’ve had beans for many main courses and a couple of desserts now.  What’s left?  Oh […]

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Shelf-Life: What Do Expiration Dates Really Mean?

September 30, 2011


What do food expiration dates mean?

You’ve probably noticed that nearly every food has a date on it these days.  It may say “use by,” “freshest before,” “expiration,” or “best by,” but essentially you get the impression that most grocery items won’t do you much good for long-term storage. Is there a maximum amount we can store? One of my main […]

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The Spices of Life: Turmeric

September 20, 2011


Keeping spices in your prepping supplies

Those of us who advocate preparedness often focus largely on accumulating staple items like wheat and beans, but often give inadequate mention of flavorings that make those foods appealing. As you store away those bags and buckets of food, are you also stocking up on spices to make all those storage-friendly foods palatable?  If not, […]

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The Spices Of Life, Part 1: Cinnamon

July 29, 2011


As you work on storing up food for the future, it is important not to overlook a very important aspect- spices!  It’s all well and good to have a quarter ton of wheat, stacks of buckets containing rice and beans, and mylar bags full of oatmeal, but won’t that be mighty bland by itself? The […]

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Beans, Part 5

July 27, 2011


So, have you made a sincere commitment to incorporating more nutritious, inexpensive, meal-extending beans into your diet yet?  Have you been practicing rotation of your food storage?   No? Okay, I understand.  But I defy you to find ANYone who would not like this recipe!!  It is a new family favorite.  Please try it and then […]

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