I don’t know about you but I would be hard-pressed to think of any meal that didn’t make use of some form of seasoning to enhance the often bland flavor of a base meal. Think about everything you eat and I’m willing to bet the vast majority of it has been seasoned, from soups and stews to your grilled steak and even eggs.
Obviously, nearly any meal you make can be eaten without seasonings and I’m willing to bet that if you had to you would–well, maybe not–but if you
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Can you guess what this is?…
I’ll give you a hint, it’s edible and normally thrown out.
Give up or already know?
Ok, it’s simply leftover juices from an assortment of canned foods–such as beans and corn–when I made a meal a few weeks back. Though I’m not sure why, instead of draining the juice right down the sink like I always do I decided to capture instead. I thought to myself, “I wonder how much juice I’m throwing out here?” And, to my surprise, it was three cups… all
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Many people, me included, recommend vitamin supplements in your long term preps. Then, as I often do, I got to wondering how important they really were and if they’re possibly not needed at all. So, I figured the easiest way to decide this is to compare the numbers. Therefore, I looked for an easy to reference chart that listed the major vitamins and minerals as well as the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). According to the chart, the following major vitamins
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We’ve all heard the “rule”- the human body can survive for roughly thirty days without food. Our individual metabolism and body fat percentages can cause a shift of a few days in either direction, but at some point a caloric deficit will lead to the shutting down of organ systems and death. Given that fact, it is easy to see why having the skills to procure food in a long term wilderness survival situation or post-event world is critical. You must have a working knowledge of the edible plants in your area and be able to identify them without hesitation.
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The other day I mentioned that I’d run across a thread that mentioned retort canning. Since this seemed like something new, I was intrigued. After all, I’ve obviously heard of water bath canning and pressure canning, why not retort canning?
So, I quickly looked it up. I found out that retort canning is the same idea as pressure canning (uses high heat and pressure to kill bacteria) except that instead of using glass mason jars you would use special flexible retort pouches (similar to mylar bags). In fact, the flexible pouches of foods you buy at the grocery store (like
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As much as we like to live well as preppers and maybe even cook the occasional gourmet food storage meal, there’s also plenty of room for making your life as easy as possible when times are tough. In this case, it’s about food that can be eaten without much–if any–work whatsoever.
This list of no-cook foods may be obvious to most but it never hurts to have a reminder as to what can be eaten without any additional effort. After all, if you’re truly trying to
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I thought I would try my hand at making “bread in 30 seconds” which is something that Steven Harris says can be done (I ran across a link to his video about it). I figured that was easy enough so I quickly retrieved my small propane burner and gathered the ingredients to make it, which include:
Last week I got into a short, yet friendly, comments discussion with HealthyPrepper (one of my recent favorite YouTube channels by the way) on one of her videos regarding the storage of crackers for the long term. Suffice it to say, that I suggested there’s more to consider when storing crackers (she was storing regular Ritz in the video) than just placing the crackers in a foodsaver bag with oxygen absorber and calling it done.
Granted, it’s always
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I finally found a bottle of mineral oil at my local Walmart. I had been looking for the better part of month at Walmart and Target without any luck. I was beginning to wonder if everyone else had the same idea in mind, though, that’s probably not the case.
Anyway, if you’re unaware, the idea is to coat eggs with mineral oil to act as a replacement for the bloom that normally
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It’s been quite a while since I’ve dehydrated anything (many months, in fact) so I figured I would pick up some broccoli and carrots while at Walmart the other day. This time I decided to dehydrate 16 pounds of broccoli and 8 pounds of carrots. I choose these numbers because
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