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08 Nov 2012 by filed in Food Preparedness
How long can I store flour? What's the shelf-life of freeze-dried strawberries? Can I preserve meat in some way other than smoking or drying it?   I’d have to say the most common question I get asked as the Preparedness Pro is asking me how long something will store of what the shelf-life is of a particular product. I feel kind of badly for these persons because I know that the answer I give them isn’t the response that they are expecting to receive. The truth is there isn’t a hard and fast...
17 Aug 2012 by filed in Recipes
When I make cornbread, I always make extra and then I’ll make cornbread croutons for this particular salad. It’s a nice twist on the same old boring side dishes and it’s got a little bit of a spicy, sassy kick to the flavor as well. The recipe is even better when I’m able to quickly make it from my freeze-dried produce. I also like how it uses herbs and spices that I can have on hand in my indoor herb garden or freeze-dried. This recipe does taste better with fresh ingredients, but I've used...
30 Mar 2012 by filed in Food Preparedness
Having sufficient food for a weekend full of house guests may be a bit overwhelming. So when it comes to attempting to have a year’s supply of great food on hand, one might start thinking about taking psychiatric medications in order to measure up to the task. But I assure you, not only can a year’s supply be accomplished, but it can be accomplished with fabulous taste and most importantly, nutrition. Today’s article will just be a sneak peek into an example of how this can be achieved. I...
29 Oct 2011 by filed in Food Preparedness
Frequently I’ve written on this blog as to how simple it is to make delightful dairy indulgences such as yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, ice cream, cream cheese and other cheeses. So today I’ve decided to share with you just one of the many scrumptious dishes you can make—preferably from whole milk. After trying this yourself you might catch the same bug that pesters me—the one which entices me to move to big, green pastures where I can drink all of the raw milk I want, enjoy fresh eggs, and...
12 May 2011 by filed in Financial Preparedness
You know. One of the most consistent battles we have to fight in our pursuit of self-reliance is misinformation. There’s always plenty to mislead us, cause us unnecessary heartburn, or make us worry. I believe that allowing ourselves to be swayed by misinformation actually diminishes us of our real capability and value in our lives. Take couponing for example. It’s one of my most important strategies in my preparedness efforts because it impacts so many of the Principles of Preparedness.  But...
11 Mar 2011 by filed in Food Preparedness
We’ve received a LOT of new readers lately and as such I’m hearing a lot of questions that are also covered in articles in the past. So today I thought I’d help someone find an article on the use and selection of powdered milk that I swore I had written at one time. But I gotta tell ya, I’m not all that impressed with the search features of Wordpress. I figure if I can’t even find the dern-blasted article, then how can I expect anyone else to. So, I’m going to provide some basic powdered milk...
26 Jul 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Many moons ago (I think nearly 11 years) my hubby and I decided to go to Walt Disney World for a delayed honeymoon. As a part of our Land/Cruise package, we were given about $300 in the form of a gift card that we could purchase any of our food with as well as any items that the restaurants sold.  We did such a good job in budgeting the use of this card while we were there that we found ourselves still with about $100 left the night before we were to board on the cruise ship. In essence, our...
17 May 2010 by filed in Preparedness
Well, folks. It was bound to happen. After driving non-stop for nearly a full day to Kansas City, teaching two classes, trying to sleep in a foreign bed at night, helping to take care of two sick kids with strep throat, enveloping myself in lots of stress and then driving back to Utah for a full day, I was bound to try and get a spring cold.  I knew that with my travels, I would be taken out of my normal modus operandi of cold prevention and catch some pesky little bug.  *sigh*  But the good...
17 Nov 2009 by filed in Preparedness
If you think beans are gross, you're in for a surprise! Photo c/o wiredrive.com Having beans in your pantry isn’t appealing to a lot of people. Mostly though it’s because the thought of eating them exclusively long-term causes them to prefer death. So allow me to fill you in on some of the basic information about cooking with beans, storing them, sprouting them, etc. Believe it or not but beans can be a comfort food. A study conducted at Weber State University showed that when eaten in a...
27 Oct 2009 by filed in Preparedness
Today I’m going to give you an easy way to cook in a do-it-yourself solar oven. Understand that I do so only in the name of independence as circumstances may prevent you from having access to a commercially made solar oven. However, if I had a choice between using my own homemade solar oven and a commercial one, I would go commercial any time. Why? Because the commercial solar ovens I recommend are specifically made to handle rugged third world conditions. They are intended for cooking...

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