How To Wax Food For Long-Term Storage

wax food

You’ve probably noticed how shiny your cucumbers, apples, or other smooth produce looks when you buy it. That’s because it’s coated in a wax.

Though they pretty appearance is one of the benefits of waxing food, the main reason for waxing food is for preservation. Wax is also used for jellies and cheese. [Read more…]

Pioneer Recipes We Will All Be Eating Again After Doomsday

Pioneer food

When we talk about the pioneers, it is usually as people who sought out a better life where they could exercise their religion in freedom. In focusing on their pursuit of freedom, we often gloss over the fact that the early pioneers were incredibly brave… [Read more…]

How To Build A Portable Power Generator (For Under $200)

generator

Have you ever gone on a camping trip with non preppers?

This project was born from a camping with my better half and a group of friends. These friends are not of our prepper mindset and as such had no way to recharge their phones, batteries or run any kind of device that required power. [Read more…]

Traditional Method of Preservation – Preserve Food Without Refrigeration –

Preserve Food

In the past, the arrival of fall meant a scramble to harvest and preserve as much food as possible before the cold weather set in. Most families would spend many long hours working on this enormous task because their year-round access to food depended on it. Only in recent decades have we become reliant on the convenience of refrigerators, which are wonderful for keeping food fresh — until the power goes out. Then a mad scramble of another sort ensues – trying to eat as much of the food before it goes bad within a day or two. [Read more…]

Why Should You Eat Edible Weeds – An Abundance of Nutrition From “Common” Weeds

Edible Weeds

Wild edibles exist almost everywhere and are in abundance if you feel like foraging for them. Edible wild food has existed in almost every corner of our planet for tens of thousands of years. Edible weeds, flowers and wild herbs were foraged and used as food (as well as medications); and they provided all the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients required for the human body to maintain good health. Foraging for food used to be the way to survive. [Read more…]

How to Keep Eggs Fresh for a Year with Isinglass

 Eggs

There are many ways of preserving eggs when you’re fortunate enough to have a glut of them, but by and large, each one has its shortcomings.

Pickling eggs when all your girls are laying in the summer gives tasty and reliable results, but the eggs are cooked and the strong pickled flavour isn’t ideal for lots of dishes. [Read more…]

How to Make Your Own Bouillon Cubes at Home

Bouillon Cubes

No one likes bland food. That’s why herbs and spices and things like bouillon cubes exist. But, have you looked at the sodium content in bouillon powders?! Yikes! Just 1/2 a tablet (950 mg of sodium) accounts for 40% of your daily value (and that’s calculated on a 2000 calorie diet). Health Canada recommends a sodium intake of 1500 mg/day. [Read more…]

How to Bake Bread the Really Old Fashioned Way (Without a Bread Machine)

Bread

Crusty, sweet, chewy bread. Who doesn’t like ciabatta lightly grilled and spread with tapenade, or French toast made with challah, sautéed in butter, dusted with sugar, and covered in pure maple syrup?

While it’s been a staple of human consumption for thousands of years, most modern recipes for bread call for flour, water, salt and “active dry yeast.” This type of yeast is made of single-celled living organisms named saccharomyces cerivisiae. Like humans, yeast cells consume oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. When mixed with gluten, a type of protein found in wheat, rye and barley, fermentation begins and the cells expel carbon dioxide, creating bubbles which make the dough rise and give it texture. Without it, you typically end up with unleavened bread, aptly called ‘flatbread’. [Read more…]