Food preperation and storage for the long haul...

This blog is for discussion and general information on food storage, general nutrition etc. It is basicly an add on for my survival blog but any and all are welcome to join in, makes no difference if you are vegan, carnivore, omnivore or any other food consumer. If you have information, please feel free to share. If you have a question, ask.

The only thing I ask is please, PLEASE, no food politics. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and I know for some it is a touchy issue. Just remember that this is mainly focused on food STORAGE and preservation.

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Comment by Morgan on October 22, 2011 at 6:17pm

Bread- the staff of life- and costly to make in terms of energy. Best make it while energy is readily available... oh, yeah... mold, stale, hard, dry, old.

So make it hard on purpose. Hardtack served the British navy well.

Muffins- slice across the round about 1/8 - 3/16" depending on texture. Dry in the dehumidifier- instant healthy cookies.

Rolls- same - instant crackers.

Sweet breads - slice same thickness - dry it - instant square healthy cookies

Regular bread - slice into 1/2 - 1" strips for breadsticks or dry the whole slices for spreads. Good for peanut butter (which keeps like a twinky) or hummus (you'll be able to make it from those cans of garbanzo  beans you stored away).

 

Comment by Two Birds on October 22, 2011 at 2:55pm

Amaranth

 

This is a grain that is rarely eaten in the US but is a good source for flour. Most of it's use is as decorative plantings and in artsy kinda home decor. It will grow damned near anywhere with minimal fuss and bother and once it gets it's roots set, it is off to the races. Way taller than wheat. Good to plant around property edges or to hide old stumps etc. Some day ya may like having it growing on your place.....may even feed ya a time or two...

Comment by Morgan on October 21, 2011 at 9:39am

Good coverage, bro.

Iodine, too, is important for a healthy thyroid. If you aren't using iodized salt, there are foods that will provide it. I don't have that list right off the top of my head, but Google does.

Vitamin D3, in doses of 2000iu per day, has been found to be a strong contributor to good health. Stock it profusely along with your multi-vitamins. On the other side, we can get the key nutrients from garden/hunting/fishing, but we have to stay healthy through the changes.

A stash of bouillon, jerky, and dried veggies will also do wonders for that rice and bean diet.

Comment by Two Birds on October 21, 2011 at 8:59am

Basic Nutrition

 

Emphasis on the word...BASIC....In general an average human being needs between 1500 and 2000 calories to maintain their weight and health. In fact, the military gives between 2250 and 3000 cals in MRE's due to the fact that most soldiers are working harder/ stressing more and burning off more cals. So, depending on your amount of work, stress, etc, you may need to adjust that figure up or down. The key is knowing yourself and what you need.

Other basic issues. Protein and carbohydrates are the basic building blocks of our bodies. We need BOTH to do well.  Those of us with diabetes and other metabolitic issues need to be careful of the proportions, but a real general rule is 50-50. Carbs provide basic energy and proteins build/ maintain muscles. Good examples of carbohydrates are rice, potatoes, pasta, wheat/ bread, etc. Most grains have a goodly amount of carbs. Proteins can be found in meats, fish, beans, legumes.

Minerals and vitamins

Often overlooked, these determine how well many of our bodily functions work, as well as help our defenses against infection and disease. There is so much literature on this subject in FDA and most college extention services that I could start and fill a library just on this subject, so I am not going to drone on long about them..others have done it better than I ever could. I AM going to mention a few to be aware of. Salt, veggies/ fruits with vitamin C (for general health and fighting off colds and diseases like beri beri), vitamin A (for eyesight and night vision), Vitamin B (for physical and mental stress as welll as combatting some diseases like scurvy)....we tend to take these for granted as we have been raised in a society that has them in abundance, so the vast majority of us have never encountered the associated diseases that go with lack of these. Trust me, we don't want em. They were VERY prevalent before modern times....

BOREDOM

Nothing will sap the will to eat like being bored to death with what you have to eat. Variety in what ya have stashed in your larder and in what you grow/ raise will help. Keepin a stash of basic spices will also help.

Comment by Morgan on October 21, 2011 at 6:47am

I've learned canning from YouTube. If you're inclined to start, don't be timid- it's easy. And not near as hard work as it seems (I got a great deal on a19-quart canner on ebay). As two Birds is indicating, there are lots of canning recipes on YouTube for anything you want to can.

There are a lot of establishment warnings against canning meat, there are a lot of people  on YouTube who do it successfully, and "official" opinion seems to be changing- I think due to improving technology. Personally, it feels safe to me, especially if the meat is cooked into dishes when opened. Use your own judgment.

Jerky, too, is easy. Outfit named Nesco sells an excellent jerky seasoning/cure kit, and a quality line of dehumdifiers. I get mine from a local chain called Fleet-Farm. Check around and if you can't find it locally it is available at nesco.com.

Don't skimp on your first dehumidifier- get one with a blower and thermostat. My first attempt at drying foods was a failure because I had only bought a cheap passive one. This time around I got an $80 one for $30 on eBay. (When you pack your bug-out bag, you'll not want canned goods)

Cheap passive driers are good for greens, mushrooms, and the less juicy veggies. They're cheap, if you garden get two.

This is one of my favorite YouTube channels: http://www.youtube.com/user/HomesteadAcres

And building on Two Birds videos, you'll find a wealth of info here:

http://www.uaf.edu/files/ces/preservingalaskasbounty/

Comment by Gr33nM1nd on October 21, 2011 at 6:33am

I have not  looked at the videos though they look interesting. I think this is a Great Idea. There is tons of info out there on this topic and I even have a good amount on my computer. One thing I can tell you is that canning dried beans does not stop them from getting old. They still stay hard when you cook them even though they have been sealed.

 

Peace Brother

Comment by Two Birds on October 21, 2011 at 3:19am

Another good video from the U of Alaska on storing fish by canning.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=GW4Kt5LafGQ

Comment by Two Birds on October 21, 2011 at 3:14am

Canning GAME MEAT.   Video from the University of Alaska cooperative extention. A bit long but a good one to view.

 

It is also good for anyone who wants to try tin can canning.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-_MY5ZmB8M

Comment by Two Birds on October 21, 2011 at 3:13am
I am going to post several videos from you tube and a few other sites on home canning as a starter for this blog, just to get the ball rolling.  Any of you gardeners may want to think on this...great way to not lose excess from the garden.

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