Smoking Meat and Fish – Keeping Food Edible For Months And Even Years

Food

Across the ages, in every survival story, a disaster of some sort plays a prominent role. Sometimes the part is played by the government, sometimes it is played by Mother Nature, and other times, the role is taken on by a random mishap. If we have learned one thing studying the history of disasters, it is this: those who are prepared have a better chance at survival than those who are not. [Read more…]

Salami Recipe – How to Making Salami at Home

SALAMI

I’ve often thought that I could live on beef tartare and cured meats alone. But the true testament to my obsession is that I still think that after trying 20 of the country’s most highly rated salumi. In one sitting.

With the possible exception of a whole dry-aged ham, to my mind salami is the highest form of the butcher’s art.

The careful crafting of raw meat, salt, spices and time create something very different from a fresh sausage. It is not crazy to call it alchemy. But making salami is no joke. It takes time, an attention to detail (and sanitation), plus a careful eye to troubleshoot problems. Doing this at home is not for beginners. [Read more…]

CANNING YELLOW WAX BEANS & BAKED BEANS

canning

Home canning is like baking: it’s far more a science than an art. There are some basic rules to learn and follow in order to be successful. The good news is, the rules aren’t that hard to learn, and with everything online today, it’s easier to learn than ever before.

More good news: we’ve summed up all the basics you need to know as an overview to get a good foundation as a beginner. [Read more…]

Old-Fashioned Recipes Your Grandma Knew By Heart ( BEST SWEET POTATO RECIPES )

SWEET POTATO

Some of the delicious old-fashioned recipes are now arcane knowledge that probably your grandma knew by heart .

My grandma grew up cooking from scratch. It’s all she knew because convenience foods weren’t an option. She learned how to cook from her mother by handfuls and pinches instead of cups and tablespoons. She cooked by memory and by feel. I bet your grandma or someone you know is the same way. These women carried around a vast amount of knowledge with them that is sadly becoming lost in today’s culture. [Read more…]

DIY Feta Cheese: Homemade Fresh Cheese is Easy to Make and Better than Store Bought

cheese

Of all the recipes in my DIY arsenal, homemade cheese has perhaps the greatest reward. While I still stick with the experts when it comes to cheddar, blue, and Parmesan, I prefer to make fresh cheeses at home. Why? Most of the simple cheeses I make at home take little equipment, and their pure, sweet flavor is far better than most feta, cream cheese, and chèvre I buy at the store. [Read more…]

Living Off the Grid: How to Generate Your Own Electricity

 Electricity

Have you ever noticed how many things we tend to take for granted? When we wake up in the morning and head to the bathroom to get ready for school, we don’t give much thought to how we’ll see in the dark. We just take it for granted that we’ll flip the light switch and, like magic, the lights will come on!

But have you ever thought about how many things have to happen for those lights to come on when you flip that switch? For starters, you have to have electricity flowing to the outlets and switches in your house. [Read more…]

How to Preserve Meat During Warm Months Without Electricity

Meat

It’s so easy to preserve food with a fridge. But if you don’t have electricity, because of some big disaster or resource depletion, how would you handle preserving meat?

In winter it is relatively simple, because your whole environment is one big fridge. But what to do to prevent meat from getting rotten during warm months? What would you do to store a meat for at least one year? [Read more…]

Clever and Easy Gardening Hacks are so Useful That Using Them can Change the Way you Garden Forever

Gardening

Inspiration and usefulness often comes from strange and unusual places. Gardening is no exception to this. Over time, gardeners have dreamt up a weird array of garden hacks that actually work really well, as strange as they may seem.

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