Category Archives: Food Storage

How to Fry and Fix Your Morel Mushrooms

Morel mushrooms are a delicious outdoor delicacy. Fry them up for a tasty meal that you won’t regret. If you haven’t had fresh fried morel mushrooms in the spring, you just haven’t lived. From all the natural organic meals I have throughout the year from my adventures and hunts, mushrooms is always the ones I look forward to the most. Unfortunately, I don’t find near as many as I would like, but thanks to

5 Brilliant Homestead Hacks Grandma Never Taught Us

If your grandmother was anything like mine, it seemed like there was nothing she couldn’t do. She could sew just about everything, grow just about anything, and seemed to know just about everything! This is because my grandmother raised children during the Great Depression. She learned to make things herself … or do without! She passed some of these skills on to my mother, and I picked up a few myself, but I wa

8 Insanely Fast Vegetables You Can Harvest In One Month

Let’s face it: gardening can be challenging. The idea of waiting weeks and weeks for produce to be ready seems disheartening. This is particularly true if you live in a suburban area, like I do, where the nearest grocery store is less than a quarter-mile away. If I want fresh tomatoes, the expansive produce department at my favorite store has an ever-present supply. Why go through the trouble of waiting so long f

How to Make German Bacon

I cook a lot of German and Scandinavian food. It fascinates me how little we Americans really know about this food, or at least its potential. Neither cuisine is necessarily heavy, brown and boring. But they do rely heavily on smoked meats, like bacon. I looked around for an “authentic” German bacon recipe, but came up short. While I suspect that most bacon in Germany and thereabouts is simply cured with salt a

5 Root Cellar Alternatives That Are Low-Cost And Easy-To-Make

During the summer there is nothing better than picking fruits and vegetables from your garden and then enjoying them at your dinner table that evening. The taste, freshness and convenience cannot be beat. But how can you continue to enjoy fresh homegrown produce when they’re not in season? One way is with a root cellar. It is with the use of root cellars that our ancestors provided nutritious food to their famili

5 Old Wives’ Tales That Are Actually True (Yes, Green Potatoes DO Kill)

For centuries, grandmothers everywhere have given us advice on what is good to eat, what isn’t good to eat, when it will rain, and even what sex your baby will be. In the same way that your grandmother passed on to you the family’s best biscuit recipe ever (and we don’t doubt that it is excellent), some well-meaning advice also gets passed down from generation to generation with no questions asked. Often, suc

How To Make Delicious Wine, Coffee And Even Bread From Dandelions

Dandelions may seem like a nuisance in the yard, but before you mow over the little yellow flowers, pause to consider all the benefits the “weed” can provide. The dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) can be used for both natural remedies and as an ingredient in a plethora of recipes. Dandelion Greens The “young leaves” of a dandelion, after being blanched, are excellent for use in salad. The leaves of a mature

4 Forgotten Meat-Preservation Methods Of The 1800s

The struggle to keep and store enough food is not a new problem, and as far back as 12,000 B.C., there is evidence of food preservation. The greatest tools to the ancients would have been sun and wind. Of course, we also can look to the Native Americans to learn how food was preserved. They smoked and salted meat to make it last longer. Or we can look to the classically trained chefs of the 1800s. Their stories may

Study: Manuka honey kills more bacteria than all available antibiotics

Not all honey is created equal. While the benefits of raw, unprocessed honey have been well-documented over the centuries, Australian researchers have found one type of honey, called Manuka honey, to be better than all known antibiotics. Manuka honey is produced by bees that forage on the nectar of Leptospermum Scoparium, or New Zealand’s Manuka bush, as well as tea trees, native to Australia and New Zealand only

Prep Blog Review: The Good & The Bad Food In Your Pantry

You probably already have a well-stocked pantry for survival, but have you checked the foods lately? While some foods from are a bless and you can use them for several purposes in a survival situation (e.g. honey), there are other foods that you are stockpiling without knowing how dangerous they are. Since there are good foods and bad foods in your pantry, for this week’s prep blog review I’ve gathered four art

Off grid living: Grow 25 pounds of sweet potatoes in a bucket

Although sweet potatoes are an important staple food for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, this versatile, orange root tuber can be added to many other meals all year round. While sweet potatoes have been used for ages by many cultures around the world, until recently they weren’t a regular sight on American kitchen tables outside of the Holiday season. In the past decade, however, the sweet potato has found it

How to Make Your Own Bacon (Step by Step Guide)

When I sat down to write this, I found myself questioning why I ever endeavored to make homemade bacon in the first place. But then I realized…duh, it’s bacon. My whole family loves bacon, but of course it’s not the healthiest thing for you, nor is it cheap. Upon doing some research, I came to find that making your own bacon can turn out to be tastier, slightly healthier, and much cheaper than the store-boug

How To Build A 6-Month Food Stockpile On A Super-Strict Budget

Despite what you often see on TV and in the movies, stockpiling food is not only for those with conspiracy theories or living through a zombie apocalypse. It is now a part of life for those of us who are “what if” people or those with very strict budgets. Let’s face it: It’s not easy getting by in today’s economy. If we can save a little money on what we need to live by building a stockpile, then that’s