How to Store Seeds for the Long Term

By |2022-08-11T13:00:37-07:00August 11th, 2022|Categories: Seed, Self Reliance, Storage|

I remember going into my grandma's "catch all" cupboard when I was a child and was amazed at her collection of the seeds of her favorite flowers and vegetable plants. Back in the day, it was just a way of life to keep those types of essential things around. You never knew when you were [...]

Learning Pioneer Eating Methods

By |2022-08-06T22:31:15-07:00August 6th, 2022|Categories: Food, Life Hacks - Food, Self Reliance, Storage|

The movies don't give it justice. Whenever someone is hungry, John Wayne can whip out the hardtack or the salted bacon and make a fulfilling meal out of those meager fixin's. Or, if you have seen the wind breaking clip from Blazing Saddles, those beans of a "musical" nature are plentiful. They’d sit out under [...]

The Top 7 Core Areas for Self Sustainability

By |2022-01-23T19:08:59-07:00January 22nd, 2022|Categories: Preserve, Self Reliance, Storage|

Your Current Self-Sustaining Status Who of you could, if there is no money, no grocery stores, no food banks, or electrical power at all could continue to live a life similar to what they had previous to the "Snap"? Now certainly we aren't looking at a society after someone named Thanos clicked his fingers together, [...]

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 [...]

6 Spoilers of Food Storage

By |2021-09-04T14:34:33-07:00September 6th, 2021|Categories: Food, Self Reliance, Storage|

As you are looking and working towards getting your food storage up to snuff, there are two considerations: buy the food outright and/or grow the food on my patch of land.  Now, having food and having a place to grow more can be considered two of the most valuable commodities to have if the world [...]

Buckets, Lids and Gamma Seals Oh My!

By |2021-09-02T17:16:52-07:00September 3rd, 2021|Categories: Food, Self Reliance, Storage|

You can't go too far in talking about Food Storage before you hit or 'kick' a bucket. All puns aside, buckets are mighty handy when it comes to storing food. They are reliable, strong, light and can be moisture-free, and, when sealed, will keep most, if not all pests at bay.  They are dime a [...]

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 Sealing: Using Mylar Bags

By |2021-09-02T17:17:22-07:00September 1st, 2021|Categories: Food, Self Reliance, Storage|

Why Mylar? If you have ever seen the difference between plastic balloons and the Mylar balloons on how long the helium lasts within each and keep floating, you can see how much better the Mylar material keeps their seal. Mylar is a lot tougher than a lot of food packaging style bags. It is obvious [...]