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

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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…]

CANNING YELLOW WAX BEANS & BAKED BEANS

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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…]

Learning Basic Home Canning Methods Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes

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Learning basic home canning methods can give you a lifetime of independence and self sufficiency. Canning food yourself can reduce your food budget, and provide your family with a healthy alternative to fast foods. Canned food for the most part IS fast food. You can open a jar of vegetables, meat, soup or stew, pour the contents in a pan, warm it up on the stove, and it’s ready to eat. No thawing, no muss, no fuss. [Read more…]

Canning Your Own Meat Is A Skill You Need To Have

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How to Canning Meat

 There are any number of good reasons to can meat. For one thing, doing so can save a lot of future cooking (for those times when you need to prepare a meal in a hurry), and it’s also a practical solution to the “overstuffed freezer” problem (which faced the author of the accompanying sidebar). Many people, though, hesitate to go this route, because they think it might be dangerous. However, that simply isn’t so. Canning meat is as safe as is processing any other low-acid food in the same manner. You just have to follow the correct procedures.

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Doomsday Survivalists: Paranoia or Preparation?

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Doomsday Survivalists: Paranoia or Preparation?

With the Mayan calendar predicting that the end of the world is near, many doomsday survivalists have been preparing for the worst.  With more and more doomsday predictions being released on a daily basis, determining which predictions are possible and which are simply designed to cause panic in the population can be difficult.  There is a major difference between being prepared for doomsday and being paranoid.  If you let your survivalist preparation take over your life, you very well might be paranoid.  If you simply take time to prepare for an emergency regardless of whether or not the emergency happens, this is a different story.  Learn how to be a prepared doomsday survivalist without going overboard and becoming paranoid. [Read more…]

Survival Gear List: The Top 50 Things You Need to Stock

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Survival Gear List: The Top 50 Things You Need to Stock

A hundred posts could be written about each and every item you need to stock (and we’re working hard to do just that!) but sometimes you just need to know what you need to get and have it on hand without a lengthy explanation. This post is for just that situation, as we list the top 50 survival items that you need to have stockpiled for a future SHTF situation.

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Off-Grid Canning Techniques

iStock_000008637205XSmallCanning is a valuable skill because it’s completely low-tech.  If you have a way to boil water, you have a way to preserve food.

Learning to use the two different types of canning methods, water bath canning and pressure canning, and familiarizing yourself with those techniques, means that you will have a different comfort level when attempting them over an open fire in the back yard, for instance.

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Consider some different ways that you might be able to bring a large pot of water to a boil.  If you are lucky enough to have a woodstove with a flat surface in your home, you will easily be able to can your harvest.  However, in the middle of summer, when harvests are coming in, a blazing fire inside your home is likely to make the environment nearly unbearable.

Another option is to construct an outdoor fireplace.  The grill or cooking surface must be sturdy enough to hold a heavy pot full of water and at least half a dozen jars full of food or a disaster of broken glass and ruined food could occur.

Some options for outdoor canning are:

  • A brick of concrete fireplace with a fireproof cooking surface
  • A fire pit with a grill over the top
  • A Mexican style “beehive” oven

Whatever method of outdoor canning you use, make sure you have plenty of wood to burn in order to keep the heat high enough to maintain the pressure in a pressure canner or to maintain a hard boil in a water bath canner.  Your method should allow you to tend the fire without moving your canning pot.  You should also have plenty of heavy towels and heat protection for adding and removing your jars from the canner.  Extreme caution should be used when cooking over an open fire.

Stock up on your basic supplies (lids, rings, jars, pectin, vinegar, salt and sugar).  Tattler is the only company that makes reusable lids – the rest of the snap lids on the market must not be re-used.  The Tattler lids are pricey but they do pay for themselves after a few seasons.

Learning to can now, in a more ideal environment, means that you will be able to adapt your methods better in the event that the grid goes down.  Personally, my first two attempts at jam-making resulted in….well, let’s call it syrup, or perhaps ice cream topping.  I was able to figure out how to improve my process and stock up on a type of pectin that works better for me.  However, if my first attempt at jam-making had occurred after a long-term disaster, the supplies I had on hand would be all I had available with which to work.

The key to survival is versatility.  Being able to adapt your current canning methods to techniques that do not require the grid will allow you to thrive by preserving your harvests and your game in the same way our ancestors did.

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Do It Yourself Canned Beef and Broth

The richest beef broth is the one you make yourself, and it makes the most savory soups and sauces you ever tasted. And since you’re already making broth, you might as well can some meat too. After discovering how ridiculously easy it is, if you’re like me you’ll make your own from now on. There’s just no down side. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it tastes better than anything you can buy.

Plus, it’s an excellent addition to your emergency food supply.

Beef Broth Recipe

Don’t worry about the lack of specifics — I’ll explain quantities in just a moment.

  • Beef Shank (“soup bones” with meat still on them)
  • Salt
  • Water

Yes, it’s that simple. No spices, no herbs, no vegetables, no worries. Just meat, salt, and water. [Read more…]