If you live in an area where the fall and winter are cold, you might want to consider a root cellar for storing some of your garden produce, such as, potatoes, carrots, squash, pumpkins, and other root vegetables.
Fruits like apples and pears can also be stored this way; plus it's a good place to keep all your canned foods if you don't have a basement.
An 8-foot by 10-foot root cellar will hold about 60 bushels of produce. That's more than enough for most families.
If building a root cellar in your basement, try to use . . .Continue Reading...
Who knew freeze-dried foods could be be less expensive? Only those "geeky" kind who love to do the math (that would be me). But to be clear here, I'm only talking about produce — freeze-dried fruits and vegetables. (I haven't done the math on items like butter powder, dry milk, etc. — yet.)
We all love fresh produce!
How many times have you thrown out spoiled fresh produce before you had a chance to eat it? How old is that "fresh" produce by the time you bring it home from the store? 1 week? 2 weeks? More?
And how was it grown? And where? Did they use pesticides (which will go into your body)? Is it truly organic (meaning, hopefully, no pesticides)?
We usually don't know the answers to these questions, so we take our chances. But seriously, the best time and place to buy fresh produce is from your local farmer and farmer's markets — at the peak of their harvest season.
That way, you know it's fresh and you can ask how they grow their fruits and vegetables (pesticides, organic, etc.)
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There are SO many reasons why we should learn to can/bottle our own food, such as:
Dehydrating foods at home can be a fun and rewarding skill. Save money by buying fruits and vegetables in season and in bulk and dehydrate them yourself. Or, even better, grow them in your own garden.
When you dehydrate your own foods, you will know for sure what goes into them - no chemical preservatives or fillers and more nutrition.
Have you ever heard the story of Kokopelli? He may well have been the first to barter as well as the first salesman. One legend describes him as a trader who traveled from tribe to tribe bartering and trading trinkets and foods from all the varied Indian tribes around the country.
Fruit and vegetable storage not only adds variety to the basics of wheat, oats, and rice, but provides the nutrition needed for a well-rounded food storage program. Fruits can also satisfy that sweet tooth without the calories and sugar contained in most desserts.Continue Reading...
It is always nice to have recipe ingredients on hand whenever needed. If you are working on your 3-month pantry supplies, these ingredients will round out your menus.
These are recipe ingredients that you will use on a daily basis as you prepare meals from scratch. Using them regularly will keep them rotated.Continue Reading...
Every day there are headlines in the news that should motivate each of us to prepare as quickly as we can. Unemployment, hurricane season, floods, and other disasters happen fairly often somewhere in the world.
How long do you think it will take for the grocery store shelves to become empty?Continue Reading...