Category Archives: Food

All things food related, production, storage, use. Generally things could go in several categories, however here is always a main area for it. Example a cooking fire would fit in both FOOD and FIRE.

Sausage Wheat Chowder

We hear about food storage all the time but most folks fail to learn HOW to use it. In addition to being able to eat healthier as well as cheaper so that you have better use of your money.

Sausage Wheat Chowder

1 lbs pork sausage
1 ½ tsp salt
4 cloves garlic minced
4 cups water
½ tsp thyme
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups cooked whole wheat kernels
2 ½ cups chopped tomatoes
¼ tsp black pepper
½ green pepper chopped
1 cup chopped potatoes

In a large cast iron kettle, brown the pork sausage. Drain off fat and save for later. Add all ingredients except potatoes and green pepper. Simmer covered 1 hour. Add potatoes and green pepper and cook covered an additional 15 minutes until potatoes are tender. Serve hot. Makes 8 servings

note that you can also cook this faster in a pressure cooker.

This can be made totally from food storage items.

Cross ref —

Corn Bread

Corn bread

If you have access to a grinder you can widen your diet a lot. If you don’t have one it would be a good idea to get at least 1 hand-grinder.

1 cup corn meal
¾ cup whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ cup molasses
1 cup milk
1 or 2 eggs beaten
2 tablespoons oil

sift together corn meal, flour, baking powder and salt; add remaining ingredients. Mix with a spoon. Bake in a 9 inch round non stick pan at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes.


Mexican corn bread

1 cup yellow corn meal
1/3 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
½ cup vegetable oil
1 can [9 oz] cream-style corn
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

preheat oven to 350 degrees F. in a mixing bowl, combine first six ingredients. Combine remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir only until moistened. Pour into greased 9 inch baking pan
OR 10 inch heavy skillet. Bake 30 – 35 minutes or until bread is golden brown.


1 cup yellow [white or blue would work too] corn meal
1 cup whole wheat [all purpose would work too] flour
2 tablespoons sugar [brown sugar or honey would work too]
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda [if you don’t have baking soda you can up the baking powder to 3 teasons]
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup buttermilk [whole milk will work too]
½ cup vegetable oil [olive oil works as would ½ lbs bacon minced, fried reserving the grease]
1 can [9 oz] cream-style corn
½ cup chopped onion [if green tops are available add them too]
¼ cup finely chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine first six ingredients. Combine remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir only until moistened. Pour into preheated greased cast iron Dutch-oven OR 10/12 inch heavy skillet. Bake 30 – 35 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

Serve with butter, jam/jelly and or honey. A variation which enhances the nutritional value is to substitute up to half of the wheat and or corn meal with bean and barley flours.

Black Friday

A Big Box store commercial promoting the specials on Black Friday showed a blond woman discovering a deal.

She screeched in the most neurotic way imaginable. It was creepy.


the ad was prophetic because news reports from Black Friday showed shoppers practically rioting over $2 waffle irons. A man apparently dropped dead and feverish shoppers simply stepped over him in another headline. And then there was the woman who maced other shoppers when pushing and shoving resulted from ‘deals’.

Not to be left out, Occupy Wall Street attempted to block shoppers but were over powered by the mayhem and rampant consumerism.


If you thought perhaps Americans are beyond tearing each other apart, think again. If a $2 waffle iron results in riots, wait till these folks are fighting for the last can of tuna on the grocery store shelf! Which is why I urge you to get prepared now and skip the madness in the fear and confusion of a real crisis… ###

While you are out and about looking for other gifts I strongly urge you to consider camping or preparedness items for your loved ones. There are many things that can double as ‘stocking stuffers’ such as match cases, pocket knives, fire strikers and compasses.

Food storage packs such as one month kits are great too!

It IS about peace of mind.

If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear

BTW, this works great for birthdays also!

Cross ref

slow roasted turkey 2016

slow roasted turkey

I have used this fashion of roasting turkeys for many years. It consistently produces fall off the bone moist turkey every time AND it is hard to over cook or burn it. ;]

Pre-planning the feast. Start a few days ahead of when you plan to have your turkey / meal. How big is your turkey? For this discussion we will say that it weighs 20 pounds and is still in the deep freeze. Do you have a roasting pan that will comfortably hold the turkey? Assemble everything that you need for the meal. Write down everything that you are missing and go buy it.

A day or 2 before the meal bake whatever pies you want. The day before make the bread, I would suggest Ezekiel bread. 21 hours before you plan on sitting down for the meal take the turkey out of the freezer. Dice 2 or 3 large onions and make a bed in the roaster pan for the turkey. Release the turkey from the wrapping while it is still frozen and put it on the bed of onions. Coat the turkey with olive oil apply seasonings which will follow. Add 1 cup of water to the pan. Cover & place into the oven. Set your oven to 200 degrees F [no preheating required] set an alarm for 20 hours from starting the oven. Here is the hard part…. Leave it alone, no peaking!

By taking the bird straight from the freezer and cooking it this way germs do not have time to multiply as the turkey spends very little time in the danger zone of 40 – 140 degrees F.

At the end of the 20 hours [1 hour per pound at 200 degrees F] remove the cover and turn the heat up to 350 degrees to brown your turkey. Carve and serve.

• 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
• 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
• 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried rosemary leaves
• 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
• 1 teaspoon rubbed sage (crumbled between your fingers)
• 2 teaspoons coarse salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
One year the stores had whole turkeys 20 pounds for $5.00— that year we put up [canned] 150 pounds of turkey [after skinning and de-boning] .

What are your recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals?

Election 2016 FU

Good morning everyone… Election 2016 F/U [follow up]

As I type this at 2146 on election night Tuesday, Donald Trump is at 254 electoral points and Hillary Clinton is at 209 electoral points. The night is still young I would NOT count the chickens YET.
There is nothing more that I can do about this tonight so I am going to bed and get some sleep as soon as this posts.

EITHER way that this election goes there most likely will be trouble with half the country happy and the other half mad. BTW they just played One Tin Soldier – the legion of Billy Jack… great song and fitting for this topic. [listen to the song and watch the movie, it is WELL worth it]

While there is still time tonight or first thing in the morning top up your fuel tank in your vehicle.

Basically cut more wood and carry more water until this thing shakes out.

Will stuff happen this week? Heck if I know, BUT it is best to be ready and not need it than not be ready and have something go wrong.

I am going to repeat recent advice….

Did you vote yet??? IF you have not and you are just now reading this it is TOO late for this cycle, get it in gear next time…… ;] No matter who won this election WE WILL SURVIVE.

With all the unrest in the world over the last few years (9-11-01, Iraqi war, economic recession, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and others) it is a good thing to be ready for anything. Here are some items that may help.
* 1 gallon water per family member or pet per day for two weeks.
* a way to purify even more water in case you must go without fresh water supply for a period of time.
* 6 months (or more) food in your pantry. Include your pets! They need to be accounted for and fed too.
* 6 months (or more) salary in savings. You can do this slowly, no need to panic and save it all at once. Just $5.00 per week in a savings account will add up quickly. Keeping some of this savings in your house is advisable in case of continuing decline in economy or power outage in your area (power is out, the ATM isn’t going to work). Keep it in your kit, this way if you have to evacuate it’s available to you.
* 1 month supply of all medications (6 months supply would be even better).
* camping cook-stove in case of power outage. Remember to use this in a well ventilated area.
* fuel for stove.
* easy to prepare foods, such as un-condensed soups and cans of fruit and such that will be very quick to prepare or can be eaten from the can.
* keep your car above 1/2 tank of gas at all times. This will help if you ever need to be evacuated from your residence. Above 3/4 would be better, but it would be more trips to the gas station.
* phone book in print format of all friends and relatives. Keep a copy of this in your kit so you don’t have to hunt for it if you evacuate.
* evacuation plans so you do not have to be dependent on a shelter if you have to evacuate your home.
* Remember your pets! If you do need to evacuate, shelters will not let you bring them. Check with your local shelter or vet to see where you can take them if you can’t bring them with you.
* Keep your dishes and laundry done. In winter or during an emergency there could be power outages that keep you from being able to do either of these simple chores easily.
* Keep appropriate clothing for each season on hand. If your area gets very cold during the winter, keep enough clothing on hand you can go from 2 weeks to one month without doing laundry in case of power outages.
* Paper goods, such as paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery and plastic cups will truly help during a time of no power. No washing, you simply deposit them in a trash bag for either garbage collection or, if you are in the country, burn barrel. Non-coated paper plates, bowls and cups may also be burned in a fireplace.
* Keep oil, water, and a shovel in your vehicle. Depending on your area you may also want to keep a few rugs or some kitty liter as well for traction in case of ice or sand. This can be very helpful during winter driving or summer cruising.
* Think about getting a passport. It’s accepted in all places as picture ID. Even when a drivers license is rejected or expired. A passport generally has a 10 year expiration date.
* Scan all important pictures and either save them on disk, or have someone do it for you. Then keep this disk in your kit, then you will never be without those memento pictures that are so important to us.
* Scan all important paperwork. Titles for cars, homes, birth certificates, marriage certificates and the like should all be scanned onto disk and also kept in your kit. These scans are not legally binding, but at least you have the information this way in case the original in your possession is destroyed.
* Keep a kit! Do not store it in your car, but keep it with you at all times in your house. In the living room when you are awake, or other easily accessible spot, and in the bedroom with you when you are asleep. Keep the spots routine, so that even in a “just woke up” state you can find and grab your kit if you have to leave the house in a hurry. If you travel somewhere more than walking distance from your home, take your kit with you.
* Keep your vehicle maintained. Change oil, flush and fill the radiator, flush and fill the transmission and do all recommended maintenance on a regular schedule. Manufactures, put out a recommended schedule that you will find in the owners manual online, or by contacting them. Keep to it. It would be a shame if you had to evacuate and your vehicle broke down at a key time. Not to mention, it could cost your life. Many people have frozen to death in winter when their car has broken down just when they needed to get somewhere.
We can all take care of ourselves and each other if we just think ahead and be ready.
Please share with your friends

All Hallows Eve 2016

All Hallows Eve 2016

Here we are getting ready for all the ghosts and goblins of Halloween. Decorations are fun and do not have to cost an arm and a leg. The attached picture is a wreath that Lorane did using stuff she got at Dollar Tree for around $8.00. it just takes a bit of time and talent to make it yourself V about 4 times the cost to buy ready made decorations.

Most places will put their Halloween candy on clearance tonight or first thing in the morning. NOW is the time to stock up for the year at half or better price. The kids both little and big will thank you for some candy during stressful times to come and if you are lucky you can just use it as a weekday treat.

These same concepts work for the other holidays during the year.

Ref earlier posts for other thoughts.


Ezekiel Bread field rations 3

Ezekiel Bread


2 1/2 cups wheat grains red or white
1 1/2 cups spelt *** if you do not have spelt use the same amount of wheat OR if you have a problem with wheat use all spelt so that you still end up with 4 cups of this grain.
1/2 cup pearled barley
1/4 cup millet
1/4 cup dry lentils – green, red, brown or what ever color combination
2 Tbs. dry northern beans
2 Tbs. dry kidney beans
2 Tbs. dry pinto beans
4 cups lukewarm whey (or water/milk -you can add powdered milk to boost the flavor and nutrients)
1 1/8 cups local honey – any honey will do BUT local honey helps your local economy.
1/2 cup oil such as olive oil, melted butter can work too both add flavor
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. active dry yeast (2 packages)
2 eggs

the following are optional
1/2 cup milled flax seed
½ cup whole sunflower or sesame seeds to mix in the bread
½ cup raisins or other dried fruit for added flavor and nutrition
the types of beans listed above and the millet can be adjusted to what you have on hand, just adjust the amounts to compensate. Amaranth, chia or alfalfa can replace the millet too.
1. Grind in a flour mill each of the grains and legumes separately. This makes about 9 cups of flour, be sure to mix the flours well to combine evenly and mix in the dry yeast
2. In large bowl mix whey (or water), eggs, honey, oil, salt and the dry fruit if any.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir or knead 10 minutes either by hand, dough hook, or mixer (given that this is a batter bread, it will NOT form into a ball)
4. Pour dough into 2 (10×5) greased pans or 2 9×13 pans
5. Cover with towel and let rise in pans until dough is about 1/4 inch from top of the pan, [about an hour] but not much higher or it most likely will overflow in the oven
6. Bake at 350 degrees 30-50 minutes until thermometer reaches 190F or a toothpick comes out clean (smaller pans takes less time – 30 minutes; larger pans take longer -close to 50) all ovens are different so you will have to check more often until you learn how this reacts in YOUR oven
7. Remove pans from oven and place on cooling rack
8. Run a knife or spatula around the edges and remove the loaves from the pans immediately
9. Let rest on it’s side but do not cut into the loaves until they have cooled at least 30 minutes
10. This concoction does not survive well on the counter as it is so packed with nutrients and mold will start growing in 72 – 96 hours. *** This IS a good thing ;] Compare this mold to regular store bought bread that has molded, This mold will be a vibrant green V the sickly color of the mold on the store bought bread or cake.

Please share your experiences and thoughts with the rest of us.

Field rations 2

Fresh IS best …. most of the time. Eat the fresh stuff first before it spoils. Forage or hunt for more before you run out of food. Listed under the fresh field rations section [but yet kinda shelf stable] would be eggs, summer sausage and cheeses. Eggs can be shelf stable for up to 6 months if they are kept at least as cool as you are comfortable living. Store bought eggs are most likely a couple of months old before you buy them. Historically summer sausage and cheese was a mainstay with most cultures especially for field work or war.

Jams and jellies occupy that area between fresh and long term food storage. Depending on how they are packaged [glass, metal, plastic] dictates how well they will travel. I like them better for field rations in the individual serving size as there is less waste or contamination chances. Less mess too.

Dehydrated ‘back packing’ meals are good as they are portion controled. They have a longer shelf life but are more expensive than many other options.

The Knorr side dishes are a great option as they are more economical, are portion controlled and something most of us are used to using. You can experiment and make your own similar side dishes / main courses for way less money.

Along this line in history the Indians used parched maze [corn] as a trail food which could be eaten out of hand or mixed with pemmican and reconstituted.

A more modern rendition would be the ‘instants and flours’

Instant potatoes [and pearls] ARE great in the field, just add to hot water and eat. Also, make flour or meal from beans, barley, corn, carrots, rice and wheat and do the same. it cooks faster and you get more nutrients out of it than whole. Prepare it as bread or soup and mix in whatever extra you find ei herbs and meat. For storage / transport you can either premix it and then put in coke bottles or keep the types flour in their own coke bottle and mix it in the field. Look up Ezekiel 4:9-13. We have used this system for many years and it has worked well. IF you can not have a fire for whatever reason you can mix with cold water and drink it down rapidly before it sets up… think Metamucil texture.
Store bought examples of some of this would be cream of wheat [which does NOT come with dairy mixed in so the cream of wheat is referring to the texture being smooth] and grits. A more economical form of these 2 is whole wheat flour and corn meal.

Please share your experiences and thoughts with the rest of us.

Field rations 1

Field rations

There are a lot of conversations going on about field rations, which ones are best and what ‘systems’ are more appropriate or BETTER.

MREs are the best because our military uses them, they are the coolest and most ‘sexy’ foods to eat out on maneuvers. They have a LONG shelf life and are lite weight. MREs also COST a lot more than most other foods of the same calorie count. IF cost is not a factor for you, great, go get a ton of them.

MREs weigh less…. the actual food content is the identical weight per serving as fresh made, frozen or canned. The packaging may weigh less than the metal can and when you are talking about shipping the amount needed for 500 people that IS a factor. In the amount per person for 3 days most people will not be able to tell the difference between a pack with MREs in it V an identical pack with the same amount of food that is packed in metal cans. If you think you can you are delusional and have never done a double blind test of it. BTW the component that adds the most weight to either is the water content.

MREs have a LONG shelf life…. yes they do.. WHEN properly stored. The cooler that they are stored equals longer shelf life. If you store your MRE in the trunk or passenger areas of your vehicle during the summer the temperature can get over 200 degrees F during the day in direct sunlight. It gets so hot that you can bake cookies or bread on the dashboard – or cook your kids / dog to death, but that is another story. The rated shelf life of an MRE over 140 degrees is under 3 months. SAME story for canned goods. Some friends and I when we went through basic military training were eating the old C-Rats which were 40 years old and some of them was just as bad as the day they were packaged, some we liked a lot, it all depends on your tastes and how hungry you are. ;]

canned goods…. as noted above … and they have at least 3 added benefits compared with MREs. 1. we are more familiar with eating them as there is most likely not a week go by that we do not have food from a can. 2. canned goods are more likely to be rotated in part due to the economical cost. 3. you end up with cans to use for other survival projects such as cooking, treating water and they can be used as part of an alarm system.

[ What other uses can you come up with? Please share your thoughts with the rest of us in the comment section of this post]

Milkweed seeds

Milkweed seeds

As previously written Milkweed is good eats. Few plants reproduce without seeds. Now is the time to be collecting the seeds to be able to establish a crop or several crop beds of this delectable wild food. What you are looking for is the span from when the seed pods first start opening until they are nearly empty as long as there are seeds to be harvested. The fluff of the milkweed which is attached to the seeds is there to facilitate the spread of seeds via the wind.

The day [s] that you collect the seeds you can carry them in whatever you have available including plastic bags from Walmart as long as you can transport it. Once you are done collecting for the day transfer the seeds and fluff into PAPER bags so that the seeds can finish drying. IF you leave the seeds in plastic or other occlusive containers as they will mold and rot.

Store the bag with the seeds in a warm dry space out of direct sun light. While the seeds are drying you can be scouting out the areas you plan to establish your crop beds. Look for areas near your home territory that is similar to the spots you found the plants in, undisturbed, mostly sunny, perhaps near a fence line.

How to plant, as closely as possible mimic nature. Scratch up small areas to drop seeds and cover lightly and firm the soil down over it. Scatter leaves, grass and twigs over the spot to capture snow which will later melt and water the seeds in the spring. The seeds will sprout better if they winter over outside in the spot they will be growing in.

A second way to ‘plant’ the seeds is to mix the seeds with damp potting soil and form it into shooter marble sized balls. Place the seed balls in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze at least over night. Once solidly frozen the seed balls can be placed into a plastic bag until you are ready in early / mid winter to seed your food plot. Well what do you do with them now? Keeping the seed balls hard frozen take them to the area you have selected along with your sling shot and liberally & randomly launch the seed balls out into the area. The seed balls will sit over winter and during the spring thaw they will start to sprout and grow.

Once the milkweed seeds have sprouted and become established this type of food plot is hardy and should produce food for you and your family for MANY years.