Preserving Your Own Meats for Food Storage

Meat always seems to be a popular item in food storage. It packs essential nutrients like proteins, iron, zinc, Vitamins A, Vitamin B and Vitamin D. However, having a long-term supply of meat can be tricky. How do you get it to last? There are a few options when preserving meats. Methods like salting, brining freezing and dehydrating are great options to help you keep the meats for future meals. Salting Pork Salting is one of the oldest forms of meat preservation. In order to salt your pork, you’ll need: • Fresh Pork • Pickling Salt • Brown Sugar • Crocks or Jars for Storage Cut your meat into slabs – generally 4 to 6 inches thick. Mix ½ pound of pickling salt with ¼ cup of brown sugar. This  …

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5 Things to Do with Leftover Garden Produce

What do you do with all your garden vegetables that you are not able to eat right away? All your hard work through the spring and summer has paid off to bring you a bountiful crop … so don’t let it go to waist. There are a lot of things you can do with your extra garden vegetables to make sure they are put to good use. Here are some ideas of what to do with your extra crops. Donate to Local Food Pantry Whatever the reason may be, there are a lot of hungry people here in our own country that can be helped. According to AmpleHarvest.org, as Americans “we throw away a pound of food per person per day” and “well over 100 billion pounds of food per  …

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Make a Food Dehydrator with Household Items

Dehydrating your own fruits and vegetables is fun, easy and makes a great nutritious food storage snack your whole family will love. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a dehydrator, there are about a million ways to build your own dehydrator—the basic principles governing the laws of dehydration are not rocket science, you just need to figure out the best way to remove moisture from your food before it spoils. You can easily build your own simple dehydrator from household items and have your favorite dehydrated foods drying in no time. For those of you with a little more ambition and skill, there are larger, more efficient dehydrators that can be built.  For the purpose of this article we will discuss the basic needs a  …

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Make a Year Supply of Laundry Soap for Less than $20

Making your own natural laundry soap is a great way to save money and become more self-reliant. The great part is that it’s easy to do and doesn’t cost much! In fact, you can make a year supply of laundry soap for under $20 with a little bit of searching and 5 minutes of mixing time. Here are some things you’ll need: Fels Naptha Soap. This brand of soap has been around for decades and has proven itself as a reliable cleaning agent. You can usually find it in your laundry aisle at most local grocery stores. You can also use Ivory soap if that’s more readily available. The other great thing about Fels Naptha is that you can use it for other purposes like treating exposure to poison ivy,  …

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3 Ways to Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent

As your family begins to move outdoors for the summer, you’ll have to take precaution against mosquitos and other insects. Using mosquito repellent helps reduce your risk of exposure to West Nile virus or other diseases, it allow you to enjoy your summer activities with a low risk of disease. Even if you’re indoors, it’s recommended that you use mosquito repellent, especially at dusk or when the sun goes down. Products that use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus have been found to last a lot longer and work better. Besides applying repellent, you should also take steps to avoid any exposure to mosquitoes. For example, wear long pants and long sleeves while you’re outdoors, use mosquito nettings and get rid of standing water near your home in order to avoid mosquito  …

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First-Aid with Natural Remedies and Essential Oils

You don’t know when disaster will strike, and neither does the health care system. The emergency room may seem the epitome of preparedness, but Stephen Flynn, a former Coast Guard commander and author of The Edge of Disaster; thinks that medical care in the United States may be unprepared to cope with a catastrophic emergency, wide spread pandemic or a large terrorist attack. During the economic downturn, hospitals have been doing what everyone else has been doing, says Flynn. “The medical community has been moving in the direction of much of our economy,” he says, “which is wringing out the extra capacity in order to essentially focus on the bottom line.” In the event of a major crisis and the likelihood that you may not have access to immediate medical  …

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Gardening in a Drought

Last year, the United States suffered one of the largest droughts in its history. More than 50 percent of the nation was declared in drought conditions. In fact, nearly 1,000 counties and 28 states were in a drought last year. With drought conditions, it’s important to know how you can protect your home garden. This will help you have fresh, healthy produce no matter the season. Here are a few points to consider when trying to conserve water in your home garden. Space them Out For flowers and vegetables, use wider spacing to reduce competition for soil moisture. You can also place mulch in between and on top of the soil to prevent water from evaporating out of the soil as quickly. Since the mulch is thicker, the water will  …

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Beekeeping for Beginners

In recent years, beekeeping has grown as a hobby to help families grow healthier plants while also helping the families be more self-reliant. You might be thinking that beekeeping is going to be too advanced but in reality, it takes about the same amount of time and means as gardening or other outdoor hobbies. Check out these tips on how you can start your own beehive at your home and reap the rewards! Where Will You Keep Them Bees are like any other pet that you might have and need a place to stay. Think about where you’ll put them in your yard. Is your yard big enough for a beehive? Are they going to be a problem for children? Do you have zoning laws that speak to beekeeping? All  …

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10 Foods You Should Never Can at Home

Using a home canner is a great way to preserve foods in mason jars. Using a home canner can help you save money and become more self-reliant. However, not everything can be canned! Home canners are great for canning certain vegetables and fruits but are unable to reach the heat required to properly can foods that are too oily, have high fat content, or are too viscous. Commercial canneries also use additives, preservatives and processing equipment that you can’t replicate at home. – Check out this high-end, inexpensive canning equipment -  Check out this list of 10 items that you shouldn’t can at home: Milk Milk, or items containing milk, aren’t recommended for home-canning. Milk has a low-acid level and supports an environment which fosters botulism growth at room temperature.  …

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Make Cheese in 20 Minutes

Making your own cheese is a great way to become more self-sufficient while saving money for your family. Many people, after researching how to make their own cheese, leave a bit disinterested because they have to use ingredients that are hard to come by – rennet, tartaric acid, calcium chloride, etc. However, there are simple ways to make cheese with a gallon of milk, lime juice and salt! It’s easy. Here’s how you do it: You’ll Need: • One gallon of Whole Milk (You can use pasteurized or raw milk but not ultrapasteurized) • 1/2 cup of Lime Juice (about 4 limes) or 1/4 cup of White Vinegar • Salt • Strainer or Colander • Cheesecloth • Candy Thermometer (optional) Directions 1. Place the gallon of milk in a large,  …

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