Food Preservation for Beginners
The turbulent nature of our times has made our culture much more aware of the importance of emergency preparedness and particularly in regards to food storage. There are now plenty of places to turn to in order to get help in acquiring a good store of emergency food. Although the competitive nature of the industry has driven prices down and made food storage more affordable than ever before it still requires an investment (both financially and in terms of effort) so it is important to learn how best to preserve the food you are purchasing. There are plenty of ways to stretch the shelf life of food storage items and doing so will help you save a lot of money while still maintaining the peace of mind that comes with a full supply of food storage. The two basic areas that should be considered are processing methods and storage.
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The way that a food is processed has great impact on the length of its shelf life. (Read More....)
Author and food blogger Marisa McClellanwas initially drawn to canning and preserving because it produces something that endures – there’s a finished product that you can enjoy over time. Her mom taught her the basics but it wasn’t until she started shopping at farmers’ markets that she realized she could buy produce in season and make it last throughout the year. Her book Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round offers year-round canning tips
Popular food blogger Marisa McClellan takes you through all manner of food in jars, storing away the tastes of all seasons for later. Basics like jams and jellies are accompanied by pickles, chutneys, conserves, whole fruit, tomato sauces, salsas, marmalades, nut butters, seasonings, and more. Small batches make them easy projects for a canning novice to tackle, and the flavors of vanilla bean, sage, and pe (Read More....)
Erin Steiner is a freelance writer and web content producer from Portland, Oregon.
Obviously you want your water to be as clean as possible. Nobody wants to drink water that will make them sick. Unfortunately, not everybody lives in an area in which drinking clean water is as easy as turning on a faucet. Sometimes you need to install a water purification system to make your water healthy for drinking.
When you first start looking for water purification supplies, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much those supplies cost. Before you panic, don’t forget about the greatest shopping resource ever invented: the Internet! Shopping online is great—you can compare prices and brands without a sales person hovering over you. You can use whatever payment method is most convenient (pretty much every merchant who sells these supplies via the web (Read More....)
By Stacey Thompson
Modern civilization has agriculture as its foundation. The nomadic lifestyle of hunter-gathering gave way to settling down and growing food on the land, opening the possibility of permanent dwellings, real estate ownership, a lot of extra time to think and invent stuff, and so many other breakthroughs that led us to where we are now.
Considering how relatively short a time it has been since humanity has gained dominion over the earth (a mere bat of the eyelash, given how old the planet is), it still surprises me how much humanity has achieved, markedly so in the recent five hundred or so years that contained the Renaissance, the Industrial Age, the Atomic Age, and now, the Age of Information.
Contrast that with the collective disappointment of all of us who are witnessing a decline in our world today, how the value of fertile land, a human life, clean water, and healthy food have taken a backseat to the gadgets and gizmos we intended for the improvement of the human condition, and not to supercede it in priority.
At the risk of sounding alarmist and reeking of doomspeak, I think we have quite a ways to start r (Read More....)
By Stacey Thompson
As it stands, individuals have very little power to stop a calamity, especially one caused by nature. Disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions leave the land scarred and momentarily unusable; this includes its capacity to provide life giving nourishment to the creatures that live on it.
Humanity is no less reliant on the earth than the rest of the biosphere, but thanks to our race’s penchant for innovation and tool use, we are able to fare much better than the rest of them despite the trials that the natural world puts us through. Our knowledge and technological advances allow us to tame the wilds and reap bigger yields from it, often times to the detriment of the environment and the other living beings that inhabit it.
Focusing back on the present situation, the planet has become a tad more inhospitable; the global warming proponents are not exactly too happy that their projections are being realized. Of all the problems generated by this phenomena, flooding has ta (Read More....)
With all that is going on now, it brings to mind something I was told by a friend 15 years ago: when you see a kitchen sink fly by your face you'll know that the end is near. What brings it to mind is that I could swear I just noticed a kitchen sink fly past my face.
This friend is the same person who introduced me to William Cooper so many years ago. What he said in full was “When they are ready to collapse the economy and bring us to the predicted WW3 (See Pike, Manzinni) they will come at us on all fronts.
and TPTB's favorite, War!
The reason for the all fronts in this war against us is that we are in the process of being liquidated, and just like the pick-pocket uses distraction to lift your wallet out of your pocket, TPTB are now in the process of using distraction to pick our pockets one last time. While some of us may notice TPTB picking our pockets, that too is only a distraction. The real end game is the upcoming WAR!
While most people ar (Read More....)
When it comes to food storage, shelf life can be tricky. How can you know when your items have expired or if they are still good to eat? Experienced food storage individuals know that it is important to continually rotate your storage in order to effectively use your food and eliminate, or at least reduce, waste. However, sometimes it just seems impossible to use all your storage in a timely manner, which can leave you uneasy about what to eat and what to throw out.
It may surprise you to find that many items last longer than you might expect. For example, did you know that honey, corn syrup, and sugar can store indefinitely if stored correctly in tight containers and a dry, cool environment? Of course, storing all items in a food supply this way will ensure safer, quality foods. Unfortunately, all items don’t have quite as long of a shelf life. If you’re looking for answers on specific items that are often found in food storage, take a look at the list below.
- Dry cereal, unopened: 1 year (for best quality) / Opened: 3 - 4 months
- Uncooked Oats: 1 year in pantry or freezer
- Whole Wheat Flour: 6 - 8 months in fridge / 2 years in freezer
- All-Purpose Flour: 1 year in pantry / 2 years in fridge or freezer
We probably all have recipes that are passed down from generation to generation and we do not really have a clue where they originated. I have some recipes that are old standbys for those days when I am in a hurry or tired but I still want to please my family. These are recipes I can always count on them enjoying even if they have had them a hundred times before. I thought I would share some of these with you today.
The first one is one that many people may not like and even if they do like tuna they will most often groan when tuna casserole is mentioned. But I have to say that this tuna casserole is well received even by one of my children who can not stand tuna. The tuna quite frankly loses its “fishiness” when it becomes a part of this casserole and let’sface it, anything with cheese covering it has got to be good.
8 to 10 ounces of medium egg noodles cooked
2 small cans of tuna drained
½ cup of mayonnaise
1 cup of sliced celery
½ cup of chopped onion
¼ cup of chopped green pepper
¼ cup of chopped canned pimento (optional)
½ teaspoon salt
1 10 ½ ounce (small can) of condensed cream of celery or mushroom soup
½ cup of milk
1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese o (Read More....)