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Could You Stomach These Great Depression Meals?

With all the talk about food storage and growing our own food, I did a little digging around to find out what some people ate during America’s Great Depression of the 1930’s.  What were the most popular Great Depression meals of that era? Surprisingly, a few of these were made by my mother and grandmother, traditions, I’m sure, from those frugal years. Cookbooks like this one, document many of these meals. I still have a soft spot in my heart for …

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10 Unusual Foods You Should Have in Your Pantry

Modern Americans probably have more food choices than any other group in the history of the planet Earth. I was told about a Japanese student who went to an American grocery store for cereal. Seeing the selection in the aisle was so overwhelming they went home without it that day. For people used to such plenty and variety, beans and rice alone is clearly not a long-term menu plan. But keeping that much variety in one home (or even one …

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A Survival Guy’s First Steps to Preparedness

I love getting emails from readers and listeners to my radio show, and I try to answer them all.  This week I received an email from an unexpected source: a single guy!  Now, I’ve always suspected that about 25% of my readers are men, based on their comments here on the blog and from email I receive, but this email was especially meaningful.  The concept of preparedness was new to the writer, D.F., and I’ll let you read his letter …

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The Quick Start Guide for Getting Prepared

There’s just no telling when Armageddon will occur, nor is there a date scheduled, yet, for a zombie invasion. However, all this talk lately about the debt ceiling and a looming financial apocalypse has scared a lot of people. Many of them have done very little about getting prepared and are wondering, “Is it too late?” You’ll know it’s too late when your pantry is empty, right along with grocery store shelves, no water comes from your tap, there’s no electricity, and …

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The 6 Enemies of Food Storage

Stocking up on food gets expensive, and every frugal bone in my body shudders at the thought of anything going to waste. I try to store everything in the best possible conditions and watch out for these six enemies. Depending on your storage conditions all, some, or none of these may be a concern. Watch out for these 6 enemies of food storage 1. Heat  The longest possible shelf life is attained when food is stored somewhere between 40 degrees and …

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The Power of Comfort Foods

Imagine that you have six full month’s worth of food stored up.  You have ample water and supplies set aside.  You’re ready for anything. Now imagine that you actually have to rely 100% on what you’ve stored.  No more trips to the grocery store.  Restaurant meals, and even fast food, are out of the question.  It’s you, your family, and your stored goods. Consider the events and circumstances that have caused this to happen.  A total collapse of our economy, perhaps?  A horrific …

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The Survival Mom’s Food Storage Pantry

In case you missed it, my pantry played a starring role on The Today Show’s segment about preppers. Camera angles can do amazing things, but I have to admit, I’m fortunate to have a spare bedroom for our food storage and we have about 8+ months’ worth of food.  I thought you might be interested to know what’s in there, so today I took a partial inventory of the foods that were purchased from the grocery store. However, as I …

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How-to: Storing food in buckets

One of the top categories of questions I get via email has to do with storing food.  For the beginner, storing food in buckets sounds bizarre and mysterious. This updated article gives instructions for repackaging foods and how to do it so your stored food has the longest possible shelf-life. Here are a few tips to de-mystify this process along with a video that provides a nice explanation as well. 1.  Storing food in buckets is smart because the heavy-duty …

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How to Sprout Seeds!

I know.  I know.  I’m just a tad late launching our new Skill of the Month.  Chalk it up to the pressures of writing a book and a case of spring fever.  Sprouting seeds is a great skill to learn this month because many of you already have seeds on the brain.  Perhaps you’ve already started your own seedlings or are planning your spring garden.  Even if your garden is nothing to brag about, and mine wasn’t last year!, anybody …

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A Dutch Oven Cooking Primer, Part 1

By Archie and Linda Dixon, authors of Just Dutch It! Have you ever wondered how you would cook when there is no gas or electricity for any length of time? There is a real possibility that this could happen. For instance, ice storms can take out power lines for weeks.  Tornadoes do the same, and earthquakes break natural gas and electrical lines.  Another possibility is a virus in the computer system of your power company. Any of these emergencies could …

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