Safety Tips for Home Canning

By |2021-09-04T21:42:05-07:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Food, Preserve, Self Reliance, Storage|

Like many of us born post 50 years after World War II, I grew up in a family and in an area that was an "asphalt" type of lifestyle. My parents grew the backyard garden, and we occasionally would turn the harvest into a canning project. This slowly gave way because of time and convenience [...]

Common Canning Mistakes You Can Avoid

By |2021-09-04T14:33:37-07:00September 7th, 2021|Categories: Food, Preserve, Self Reliance, Storage|

Canning has been an important part of food preservation ever since it was discovered. To have the ability to preserve food beyond its natural cycle is a phenomenal feat. To have that ability to eat, and be nourished in the cold times from what was harvested in the warmth of summer is a simple miracle [...]

Canning 102 – The Needs to Know When Pressure Canning

By |2021-09-02T17:17:22-07:00September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Food, Gadgets, Preserve, Self Reliance|

When you first get into canning, water bath, or pressure canning, you can get nervous. Mind you, not so nervous that the fear keeps you from doing any of it, but a healthy dose of caution at each point along the way. Beyond not getting a proper seal or spoiling the food I wanted to [...]

Canning Jars – What You Need to Know

By |2021-09-02T17:17:22-07:00September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Food, Preserve, Self Reliance, Storage|

When I recently did some organizing of my supplies, I was a bit surprised at the sheer number of canning jars I had placed into boxes.  By the time I got to the 20th box, I admitted to myself that I am clearly a canning jar hoarder.  That said, I don’t think I am in [...]

What the Crap is Oxygen Absorbers?

By |2021-09-02T17:17:22-07:00September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Food, Preserve, Self Reliance, Storage|

For Any Long Term Sealed Package Storage of Edible Goods All of the following will work for Oxygen Absorption: Mylar Bags  - These are heavy-duty foil-like bags that hold up to long-term storage. Vacuum Sealed Bags - Much easier to handle for more hands-on handling of the food items. Plastic Buckets with Gamma Seals - [...]

Vacuum Food Sealers – What You Need to Know

By |2021-09-02T17:17:22-07:00August 30th, 2021|Categories: Food, Preserve, Self Reliance, Storage|

They did it for the astronauts Beyond having the powdered drink Tang and bubble gum in a tube, the space program in America also came up with a great way to preserve the freshness of the food that they took up with them. And as they got into the Space Shuttle Era, they seemed to [...]

Canning 101 – Bath Canning Tips

By |2021-09-03T16:28:15-07:00August 28th, 2021|Categories: Food, Life Hacks - Food, Preserve, Self Reliance|

This was what got me thinking about all this Self Reliance stuff in the first place. I have very fond memories of my grandmother coming over with her canning supplies, jars, lids, and her favorites to can, peaches, grapes, green beans, and more. The afternoons that we sat and snapped green beans, or got the [...]

The Self Reliance Movement and Modern Victory Gardens

By |2021-09-13T13:42:27-07:00August 24th, 2021|Categories: Aquaponics, Permaculture, Preserve, Seed|

A Century Has Passed Over one hundred years ago, the war to end all wars began. Beyond any of the sociopolitical reasons it went global, the war became an ever-increasing hardship on those who were left at home. As our doughboys fought in the trenches, those at home in the city and rural communities alike [...]

The History of Victory Gardens

By |2021-09-02T17:17:22-07:00August 23rd, 2021|Categories: Permaculture, Planning, Preserve, Seed, Self Reliance|

In the course of the 20th Century and the many wars that happened over the decades, the people at home were asked to do many things. Among the many sacrifices of life and limb, and the rationing of precious commodities was also to claim their Food Independence through what was called a Victory Garden. To [...]

Things I Learned from Grandma Part I

By |2021-09-02T17:20:01-07:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Life Hacks - Food, Preserve, Self Reliance, Storage|

I can still remember my grandma and her cooking from decades ago, the recipes that were handed down to her from her mom and grandmas the links of us all through the ages of time can be the way we actually feed ourselves. It is important for us to bring this knowledge to those that [...]