5 Ways Your Great-Grandparents Stockpiled Fresh Produce

Written by: Daphne Cybele Van Schaick Can you stockpile fresh produce? Yes! You can integrate your extra garden and orchard produce (or weekly specials from the supermarket) into a well-planned stockpile that includes fresh produce, just like your great-grandparents did. Fresh items can be preserved for longer storage, and you can grow fruit trees, nut-bearing …

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10 Survival Skills Your Great-Grandparents Knew (That Most Of Us Have Forgotten)

[repost: http://www.offthegridnews.com/extreme-survival/10-survival-skills-your-great-grandparents-knew-that-most-of-us-have-forgotten/%5D Written by: Rich M Our modern society is highly dependent upon we’ll call the “system.” Not only do we rely upon utility services to bring us electricity, water and natural gas, but also on an incredibly complex supply chain which provides us with everything from food to computers. Without that supply chain, most …

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Preserve Your Harvest : Freezer Friendly Fruit & Veggies

Because we are homesteaders, we are always looking for: 1. Ways to Preserve Food and 2. Meal Time Savers! Here is a how to properly freeze your fruit and vegetables for use during the winter and when you are just to busy to do all that prep work. Freezer Friendly Fruit Prepare, peel and slice …

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What Is The True Shelf Life Of Store-Bought Canned Foods?

Written by: Steve Nubie Have you ever wondered how long store-bought canned good will last in your stockpile? Professional food processors and manufacturers have both the equipment and knowledge to properly preserve food — plus the tests and inspections from the federal government. However, most canned foods are packed in water. That makes a big …

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7 Ways The Pioneers Preserved Food Without Electricity

Written by: Steve Nubie The pioneers knew more than a few tricks to preserve food for the long-term. Any form of food preservation was designed to kill and inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungus and other micro-organisms. It also was designed to prevent the oxidation of fats which could lead to rancidity. Our pioneer ancestors …

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5 Forgotten Ways To Keep Food Cold Without Electricity

Written by: Rich M We have a hard time even thinking about living without electrical power. We use it for everything, from powering our cell phones to running our factories. Without it, modern life, as we know it, would cease to exist. That’s why the loss of the electrical grid is one of the most …

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10 Survival Tips That Kept Your Great-Grandparents Alive

Written by: Kathy Bernier Extreme Survival [ repost: http://www.offthegridnews.com/extreme-survival/10-survival-tips-that-kept-your-great-grandparents-alive/  ] Unless you are fairly young, chances are your great-grandparents already have passed on. But if they were around in today’s tenuous times, our great-grandparents might have a few words of advice for us. Survival was something most of our ancestors did well, and a few …

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Best Pickled Beets

(makes 8 pint jars) 2 c sugar, honey or maple syrup 2 c white distilled vinegar 2 c water 1 tbsp allspice berries 1 tbsp whole cloves 5 cinnamon sticks -------------- 24 allspice berries 24 whole cloves 8 small sticks of cinnamon 2 tsp pickling salt 4 lbs beets 1.  Prepare beets.  Cut off beet …

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Canning 101 : You Can… Can!

Canning is a brilliant way to preserve foods you love so that you can enjoy them year-round. You might be hesitant to try canning; don’t be! From jams and jellies to all manner of pickles, water-bath canning is a simple and safe process. Here is a quick walk-through, which includes the equipment you will need, …

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65 Pieces of Survival Wisdom From the Great Depression

It was the best of times, it was the very worst of times. America’s Great Depression of the 1930s was a time of starvation and subsistence survival for many families. Decades later, many survivors of those years hold on to the survival lessons they learned, from hoarding pieces of aluminum foil to eating lettuce leaves …

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