People in this great country of ours are storing and even hoarding food in case a disaster strikes, and going to the grocery store is no longer an option. Many folks who stockpile food just load a pantry with rice, beans, and canned items and call it a day. However, that’s not the smartest way, and there’s more to prepping your pantry than just storing rice and beans.
You’ll need to preserve the results of your labor if you want to make wonderful meals all year. But you don’t want to plant ten pounds of carrots and let them go bad, or can a few dozen Mason jars of wild strawberry preserves without a place to keep them.
Long before refrigeration kept our food fresh, people depended upon root cellars to secure their food for the long winters. Although they’re not as common now, in a time when panic shopping can clear a grocery store, this is just when you could use one.
Now that it’s the peak of the summer growing season and you can find watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydew melons at nearly all supermarkets, curb markets, and roadside stands, you can pig out on the juicy delights. And each taste is made a little sweeter by the realization that within a few weeks, there will be no more melons for months and months.
Scientists now agree that cartoonist E.C. Segar chose spinach as Popeye’s secret weapon not because it was high in iron—as most of us thought—but because it was high in vitamin A. To be fair, spinach is higher in iron than most vegetables, although plant-based iron is not well absorbed by the body.
One of the most versatile of root crops, carrots (Daucus carota ssp. sativus) are delicious raw or cooked and deliver an impressive list of nutrients, especially beta-carotene, in colorful packages—from the familiar orange to purple, crimson, pink, white, and yellow as well as two-tones such as purple with an orange core.
My years in the kitchen have taught me to have fun with the old standards. With 3 children, it was a sure thing that I had to put up lots of jelly and jam, so I found and worked out a few recipes for pleasure. These do not use standard fruits.
In these days of uncertainty, it makes sense to prepare for the worst and be pleasantly surprised when the worst doesn’t happen.
On the homestead, fruits and vegetables are abundant each year, and every homesteader has to figure out ways to preserve their produce and to make sure nothing goes to waste. If you have plenty of fruits and you don’t know how to preserve the harvest, how about making jam? This article will share some tips to make sure you succeed in making jams.
Man has been eating sausage since before the ancient Greeks began to record history. And for a good reason, sausage, made correctly, cannot only help to preserve meat but is one of the finest meals you can put on a plate.
Curing ham with salt is a food preservation skill that came to North America with the arrival of the first European pioneers. Born from the need to cure and preserve meat without refrigeration, dry salt curing was an old-world method already familiar to these pioneers.
Every homestead exploits various techniques for preserving homegrown produce since having a well-provisioned home is a fantastic convenience. In the winter, when your pantry is stocked, and your freezer is full, you won’t have to go to the grocery store to buy organic produce.
Learning freeze-drying food at home is one of the best things that any prepper can do. As we have said in many articles, food should be a last resort of anyone who is in danger. However, if you have already thought about it beforehand, you will not need to think about it at all. Dehydrating your food is one way to keep food in long term storage, but in this article, we are going to look at how and why you should be freeze-drying food at home.