Foodie Friday: Eating Well with Forged Foods

SHFT Preparedness shared this posts about foraged foods and we wanted to share it with our readers.


When we think of survival food, there are some standard meals that often come to mind: MREs, wild berries and roots, and wild-caught fish. It’s not the kind of spread that would impress your mother-in-law, that’s for sure. Well, I’m writing this to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way! You can eat well with the food you’ve got on hand, even if it’s the kind of food you found under a rock in your backyard.
I think, in any survival situation, varied and interesting meals are a lot more important than you’d think. What would sap your desire to live more than having to eat dehydrated apple pie day-in and day-out? If that’s what I’d have to look forward to during the zombie apocalypse, I’m gonna take my chances with the zombies.
The following are some great recipes that are easy to put together with foraged foods, listed in order from easiest to most complicated. Yes, eventually dandelion jelly might feel like a luxury, but trust me – it’s a luxury that’s worth the effort.

Acorn Griddlecakes

Did you know that you can easily process acorns into flour? It takes a bit of work, but by using techniques that have been refined for centuries by First Nations people, you can have a great supply of nutritious, protein-rich flour to use for everything from bread to gravy. For a great primer on cold-leaching your acorns to make flour, check out this informative post.
Acorn griddlecakes are incredibly easy to make, and you can scale this recipe up if you’d like to. Just take 2 cups of acorn flour and add ½ tsp salt and ¾ cup of water. Mix it up into a batter and put it aside for an hour to solidify. Heat up a pan with a pat of butter or lard, then pour about a half cup of batter onto it once it’s hot. Brown the cakes on both sides like you would with pancakes.

Refried Hopniss

Hopniss is a plant that seems like it’s half-potato, half-legume. Fittingly, its nickname is “potato bean.” Both its beans and tubers are edible, though personally I think the tuber is the best part. When young, the tubers are oval-shaped and light yellow in color, with thin skins that are easy to peel.

Dandelion Jelly

Once your dandelions blossom in the late spring, harvest about 4 cups of the flowers. (You might have to ask your neighbors if you can steal their blossoms, too!) Separate the petals from their green bases with some sharp scissors, then pour boiling hot water over the petals and steep them for a few hours. Then, strain the liquid through a fine mesh colander or coffee filter. Boil the liquid with lemon juice and sugar to taste, then add a box of pectin. Let it boil for about two more minutes. It tends to become a murky yellow-green, which I prefer because it feels more au naturale. Distribute the mixture into sterilized jars, then seal and share with your loved ones.
Soleil Ho works for Knife Depot, and writes on a wide range of topics related to practical survival skills: using wild edibles, shopping for survival knives, foraging, field preparation of game, and more.

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Every Needful Thing



Sun Oven has a monthly newsletter that has some awesome tips. recipes and recourses that we have found very useful and a great recourse for survival. Check out their archive of newsletters to find helpful tips.

July 2014 issue has great tips on Wildfire season and what to do during a wild fire, Alternative Grains,
June 2014 issue has information on rotating stored water, recovering from a flood and a recipe for Sun Over Adobo chicken
May 2014 issue teaches how to be water smart, make your own cheese, grow a sustainable garden, raising rabbits for protein recourse and more

There are 39 past issues to go through and you can subscribe to get a new newsletter each month! Check them all out at
http://www.sunoven.com/everyneedfulthing

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INTRODUCING....Foodie Friday, Recipes using Food Storage

We decided to start sharing recipes of food you can make with Food Storage items. We have shared a few recipes in the past and we have had some requests for more so we decided we would try to make it a weekly thing, so we are introducing...



We are gonna kick off the recipes with a food storage casserole from My Foodstorage Cookbook called Kids Love It Casserole.

serves 8-10
Prep time:  20 minutes
Ingredients
2 cups ground beef
3/4 cup freeze dried onion flakes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 jar (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
dash pepper
2 1/2 cups macaroni noodles, cooked and drained
1 1/2 cups freeze dried spinach (*see note)
3/4 cup freeze dried cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

For the full recipe and tips for making this casserole go to My Food Storage Cookbook's page.

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday- Bugging-In





The Art of Manliness shared a post a couple years ago about how to Bug-In. They shared what you need to know to survive in a grid-down disaster. There are some great tips on their, we will highlight a few here but be sure to check out their post for the full list!
 The term "Bugging Out" means to abandon your home in search of a safer destination in the event of a large-scale disaster. Sometime, Bugging Out is not necessary nor is it the best decision. A disaster may, in fact, make it impossible to Bug Out. The alternative is called "Bugging In. Bugging In or hunkering down during a large-scale disaster can present many challenges to a survivor. Oftentimes, the utilities we depend on are ripped off-line know as "Grid-Down."
Disasters can devastate our most critical services including water supplies, dedicate facilities and first responders, waste and trash processing and removal, transportation options, fuel and grocery supplies, natural gas lines, electricity, phone service, and even public safety. A Grid-Down scenario can last for several days or even weeks. During this time, you must be able to provide basic survival needs for you and your family. These Bug In preps and plans need to be made in advance. They cannot be made in the heat of a disaster!

How Long Should I Prepare to Bug In?
That's the question of the century! The government says 3 days. I have preps to get me through 1 year. My answer is a minimum of 2 weeks and then keep prepping for longer as time and money allow. Start with 3 days then work up from there. Don't let this question prevent you from making progress.

What Are the Categories I Should Consider When Prepping?

Our basic human survival needs remain the exact same no matter where we are in the world or what circumstances we face. They will always be: shelter, water, fire, food, first-aid, and self-defense. The order of priority may change, but the basic categories will not. 

For a brief breakdown or each category including several solutions to consider for a short-term Bug In scenario check out ART OF MANLINESS 

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 50 Tips to keep cool when the Power is OUT


We shared a post not that long ago on how to do a DIY air conditioner for under $30.  I wanted to share some other things that would be helpful to keep cool when you power is out.  Here is a list we found over at Food Storage Made Easy. If you have any other ideas we would love to hear them!



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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Healing Herbs for your Survival Garden


We have done a couple posts about survival garden's and when I saw this post on Natural Blaze and wanted to share it with our readers.
 To get started with your garden will depend on the amount of space you have, the climate, and the availability of seeds, starts, or cuttings. A good recommendation is that to start with three or four herbs that appeal to you from a healing perspective. Most of these plants can be grown in pots on a porch or deck so if space is your problem, you can start modestly. If you would like to learn more about the healing properties of herbs, the University of Maryland Medical Center has a web site with a lot of useful information about herbs and other alternative medicine topics. Please share with your family and friends, so they can start their own healing garden!

Some of the herbs they recommended are Basil, Parsley, Sage, Peppermint and Lavender. To find out why these are recommended and to get the full list checkout Natural Blaze and Natural Cure Not Medicine.

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Preparedness Tip Wednesday: Emergency Supply Kit

EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT

I never thought about putting an emergency supply kit into a 30-gallon trash barrel before! I love how no two kits have to be the same! I've seen them in backpacks, duffle bags and now a trash barrel. What method do you use? I think it is great to have one of each kind if you can. It is important to have a kit that you can take quickly if you need to evacuate your home and a kit for if you are stuck at home without power, heat or water. The things you need will be different during different seasons throughout the year. How often do you update your Emergency kits? Every year? Twice a year? Whenever you remember to? We would love to hear your tips and thoughts and what you are doing with your Emergency Supply Kits. Post a picture and hashtag #myemergencykit


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