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Comments Off on How to Cure Meat in the Field

When most people go hunting, they are able to quickly field dress any animals they are able to kill, and either take them home or to a processor to be properly butchered.  For many people, especially those in survival situations, this is not an option.  Being able to properly cure your meat in the field will allow it to last for significantly longer without going bad, which could be life saving. In order to properly preserve meat, you need to act as quickly as possible after a successful hunt.  You need to have raw meat either frozen, smoked or dried so that it won’t go bad.  During the winter months, it is possible to allow the meat to freeze without […]

Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs were first developed for the United States Military in the late 1970’s, with the first pack being delivered in 1981.  The military was looking for a solution to the problem of keeping solders fed in virtually any situation.  Whether on the front lines of battle, or stationed in a remote area, having a food which could be stored for years, air-dropped in or just carried conveniently was extremely important for the survival of military personal. The History of MRE Meals The first version of the MRE’s were given to the 25th Infantry Division in 1981.  This division lived on this food for 34 days, consuming nothing but these MRE’s.  While the troops rated the […]

Comments Off on Solar Dehydrator

This is the new Indirect Solar Dehydrator I finished last week.   The windows off to the side collect the heat, the metal plates inside the windows heat up and put out more.   There is a screened hole going into the cabinet and a DC fan pulls the heat up and through the Dehydrator. The fan is powered by a small solar panel sitting on top of the Cabinet.               I needed the space to dry all the herbs the wife is growing. Then we bottle them and sell the herbs. Pretty cool hu? Thanks for stopping by.    

Comments Off on Dutch Oven Cooking with Food Storage

Dutch Oven Cooking with Food Storage Have you ever wondered how you would cook your food storage 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 that take out power lines for weeks, tornadoes that do the same, earthquakes breaking natural gas and electrical lines, or a virus in the computer system of the power company. Any of these emergencies could happen to us today. Think about it. There’s not always sun to use your solar oven, the barbeque doesn’t bake bread very well, and that camp stove is going to run out of fuel if you have to use it for very long.  […]

Comments Off on Preppers Emergency Food Supply

The Importance of Emergency Food Supply When a disaster strikes, you will lose some of your essential facilities. You will more than likely lose electricity, hence no refrigeration and even in some cases no gas may be available. This state may last for a while depending on the extent of the damage caused so does that mean that we do not eat during those times? Of course not! This is where emergency food supply comes in. During those trying times we need strong high – energy, non – perishable, no – preparation food for short – term aid. Likewise if you require this same type of non –perishable food for long periods or even if you are just a big […]

Comments Off on No Yeast? No Problem!

So what happens when SHTF and you run out of yeast? Well there is yeast in the air we breathe all around us as well as in the flour we use to bake bread. All you need to do is set out a bowl of food to capture and grow it. This is called sourdough. To make sourdough bread, you need a sourdough starter. Here is what you will need… Flour Water A glass bowl to keep it in…clear glass with a lid will be best as you can use this to keep your starter in. Yup, that’s it. In your bowl, mix · ½ cup flour · ½ cup water Day 1 Combine the flour and water in the […]

Comments Off on Preppers Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch Oven Cooking with Food Storage   By Archie and Linda Dixon Have you ever wondered how you would cook your food storage 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 that take out power lines for weeks, tornadoes that do the same, earthquakes breaking natural gas and electrical lines, or a virus in the computer system of the power company. Any of these emergencies could happen to us today. Think about it. There’s not always sun to use your solar oven, the barbeque doesn’t bake bread very well, and that camp stove is going to run out of fuel if you have […]

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I just completed the little Smoke House this weekend. I have been racking my brain for some time now on a design that would fit the Mini Farm. Most designs I have seen are simple wood or brick boxes with the fire box buried a small distance away from it. I decided to go with the water tower look.                                                 This is not a cooker, just a smoker. After sugar curing the hams, sausage and bacon in the house, the meat will then be placed in here for a few days to give it that wonderful smoked […]

Comments Off on Use and Re-Use – Mason Jars

     I think most of us have heard of mason jars. They are mainly used for canning to preserve food. Here are a few uses for empty jars sitting on the shelf waiting to be used for next years harvest: * My favorite, Store emergency water, you can never have too much emergency water. * Use them for leftovers. * Use as drinking glasses. We have been doing this for years. I think most of my friends think that we can’t afford drinking glasses. * Useful when making homemade sour cream. (Recipe on our Chuckwagon ChowPage ) * Useful when making homemade butter. * ½ pint wide jars can be used to start your vegetable seeds indoors then transplant your […]

Comments Off on Underground Root Cellar Cont

Howdy, I wanted to share with you and your readers how I built an underground root cellar in my backyard. First I marked out a rectangle on the ground measuring 8’x12′.  Then I set to work with my post hole digger and dug a 6″ wide trench 6 and a half feet deep all the way around.  Next I tied re-bar mats and slid them down in on all four sides.  I used 8′ chain link posts as digger handles after about 4′ of depth. Then I lined the inside of the trench with 1/8 inch Masonite paneling and poured the trench full of concrete.A couple of weeks later I had a friend come over with his backhoe and dig out the […]