What Made America Great, and How Do We Preserve It

By |2021-09-30T10:33:23-07:00September 27th, 2021|Categories: Aquaponics, Food, Life Hacks - General, Planning, Self Reliance|

We all feel it dripping down on us. Something is amiss here in the grand ol' U. S. of A. The latest polls and ratings are showing that consumers' confidence in our economy is on a giant downward slope and the unease with economic turmoil is sky-high. You know you aren't getting the full truth [...]

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 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 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 [...]

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 [...]