Category Archives: Food preparation and preservation

Nettles – read this before you poison them

Last year, I was on a friend’s farm here in Baker, and walking around, discovered nettles!  Since there is none on my property, I asked if I could dig some up and take them home to transplant.

Detailed photo of the little spring green nettle

Detailed photo of the little spring green nettle

The response was initially surprise, then, sure, but get them soon before Bill hits them with Round-up.

That will teach her, she got a 15 minute lecture on the nutritional and medicinal values of this lovely jewel.

This article below is from Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy, a website you should all know about and spend some time on.

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Thriving, not just surviving

Many of the articles posted here have been about storing the basics for survival. Survival is good. Now let’s concentrate on not merely surviving, let’s work on ways to thrive, and enjoying our survival pantry. Hopefully, I’ll get around to posting recipes for tasty food made with shelf stable foods over the next few weeks.

Baking will be something you will have to learn to do if you don’t know how already. Storing baking supplies is a very good idea, although you most certainly could just grind some wheat, mix with water and salt, and bake on a heated flat rock.

Storing baking powder and baking soda, along with salt is an excellent idea. Because there is some link to aluminum and Alzheimer’s syndrome, I quit using it some time ago, and no longer purchase anything stored in aluminum, nor use aluminum pans. Some of the commercial baking powders contain aluminum, and some do not contain aluminum.

You can purchase and use baking powder, remembering it add more than the recipe calls for if it is out of date, or deal with slightly flatter baked products. But you can make substitutions, and you can make your own.

Homemade baking powder


  •   1/4 cup cream of tartar
  •    2 tablespoons baking soda

Sift cream of tartar and baking soda together three times.  Transfer mixture to a clean, tight-sealing jar.  Store at room temperature, away from sunlight, up to 6 weeks. Read the rest of this entry »


Finding Ways to Afford Your Long Term Food Storage

Affording your food storage

I know people who eat lunch out every day at work. For fast food, it will likely cost you between $6 to $8 per day or more. My husband tells me it is likely more than $8, but at Dairy Queen, I could get the $5 lunch and upgrade my Sunday to a small Blizzard for $6.

Taking your lunch for just 1 week at $6 savings (at over $8, this even allows for the cost of the food you bring to work) would be $30. $30 will purchase, from the Mormon Home Storage Center, 25lbs pinto beans, 25lbs rice or oats AND 25lbs wheat. That is 75lbs of food! Taking your lunch for 8 weeks would save you $240, almost enough to buy nearly 1 year of the basics ($287.43).

Another way to save money for food storage is to remember when you are going to purchase something you do not really need or could be substituted; think about how much that is in terms of food storage items.

For example, a $3.00 cup of coffee at Starbucks (and it is sometimes MORE than $3) is the equivalent of ½ of a 25lb bag of wheat (12.5lbs). Over 2 days, that IS a 25lb bag of wheat. Read the rest of this entry »


Food Storage on the Cheap

Bulk food purchases can really add to your larder – and fast.  It is usually cheaper to buy in bulk as well.

The LDS Home Storage Centers have many bulk foods at incredibly cheap prices. They sell to Mormons and non-Mormons alike, and are very kind and knowledgeable people.  We are lucky enough to have two in this general area, one in Kennewick, WA and one in Boise, ID.

The Kennewick Home Storage Center is at: 6501 W Deschutes, Kennewick, WA 99336, and the phone number is:  509-735-6455.  The Kennewick warehouse does not carry large bulk bags, only #10 cans.

The Boise Home Storage Center is at:  604 E 46th St., Boise, ID 83714 and the phone number is:  208-375-7893

Make sure you call before planning your trip, they use volunteers to run the warehouse, and so days and hours are limited.

Prices are very good.  An example is 25 lbs of beans for $15, 25 lbs rice $9, 25 lbs hard red wheat $6, and hard white wheat $7.  They also have most items in #10 cans and the prices are comparable.

Here is a link to the order form, so you can make your decisions ahead of time and plan around your budget.



By Michele Cooper



Musings of a Mostly Broke Prepper

Hobby Farm jpg Note: I wrote this article for a survival blog site back in 2010 – and it is  still on his 50 best articles as well as several others I have written. A few things have been updated in this article, as well as some personal information deleted.

One Second After by William Forstchen scared the ‘you know what’ out of me. Not that I didn’t have somewhat of the ‘prepper’ gene in me prior, I have always been someone who kept a really full pantry, telling everyone I must have either starved to death or watched my kids starve to death in a past life. I had a good six months worth of food and water saved before Y2K, which has long since been eaten, and not replaced until a year or so ago.

I only have my one modest income and a fairly high mortgage, so have to prioritize my money. I am continually trying to find ways to prepare as cheaply and efficiently as possible – considering both my money and storage space. I’ve cut back my living expenses everywhere I can so I can buy food for storage – $20 is  50 lbs rice!

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New Preppers – Where to Begin

food storageI wonder if there are some of our folks who see the need to do some preparation to ensure their families well-being for emergencies long or short-term, but haven’t yet, and, who like me when I started, are so overwhelmed they don’t know where to start. So, if you fit this description, I’m going to give you some sound advice.

First of all JUST DO IT! When you go to the grocery store, buy extras of what you already eat. Get as many extras as you can afford, and store it – preferably someplace cool. Living in an apartment with no room for storage? What about in boxes underneath the beds? Food beats dust bunnies any day. Be creative. Use an old trunk for a coffee table and store food in there. Cover boxes of food with lovely fabric; place a lamp on top – end tables – for both living room and bedrooms!

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“Beans, Beans the Musical Fruit”… But What if You Don’t Want to Toot?


We all know that beans and rice are great for long term storage. They are nutritious, inexpensive and have a long shelf life. Beans especially are incredibly good for you, and contain a great deal of fiber, something missing in many modern diets.

One night a few months ago, I told my husband that I was going to make beans and cornbread for dinner. Looking at me skeptically he said “You know, you have to live here too”. Beans, broccoli, onion – all the usual suspects cause the usual dietary response.

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