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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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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 »


“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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Common Local “Weeds” as Food and Medicine…by Michele Cooper

Warning: Never eat a wild plant unless you are 100 percent positive of its identification. Get yourself a good field guide like “Edible Wild Plants – A North American Field Guide”.

Most of these ‘weeds’ grow all over the US and I have personally seen them growing locally here in NE Oregon, except Lobelia (I keep hoping to find it) but, since I use it for asthma, it will be growing in my yard this next spring.
Chickweed is abundant and easy to find in the early spring. Gather fresh edible plants as soon as flowers appear, it can be used fresh or be dried for later herb use.
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Posted by on January 1, 2015 in food preservation, General


Consider Healthy Sourdough as a Survival Food

sourdough1        Basic Sourdough For the record, I am not a “health nut”. My personal food pyramid is a solid block of grain products, topped off with pizza and ice cream. Leafy greens and vegetables are slipped into my diet by my wife, but I never give them much thought.

Give me bagels and doughnuts and pancakes and soda bread and biscuits and cookies…and a jar of peanut butter, and I am set!

But lately, being more holed-up during the winter and not able to exercise much, my diet of grains has been making some unwelcome changes. I guess I could blame it on my changing metabolism that comes with advancing age, but I am disappointed to find that I have gone beyond the age-old threshold test of healthy weight, “Can you Pinch an Inch?”

Yeah. I can probably even “pinch a handful” if I try.

When a rancher wants to fatten up his stock, he does what? Yep, he feeds ’em grain.

It is finally time for me to re-think my diet. But, never in my life having to resort to being “diet-disciplined”, I am not sure how well I will like having to do that!

So I have decided to try something new while staying on the same bad diet.

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Posted by on December 25, 2014 in food preservation, General


USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning


This site is highly recommended by Michele, our Administrative worker-bee. It will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know about home canning.

“Everything”??? Ha! I remember that my Mom experimented with canning trout, and was very pleased with the result. Surely the USDA knows nothing about rural living, and less about trout. But I was wrong, I am pleased to say! Part 5 tells you just how to do it.

Please take some time to look over the incredible wealth of information on this site, and save it for future use.

Remember, our goal as OathKeepers also includes emphasis on personal preparedness in anticipation of harder days to come. And who can honestly argue that short-and long-term “emergencies” are not probable in the near future? If we are prepared, we can be in a better position to influence our neighbors and guide them in their own survival plans.

Here is the website:

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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in food preservation