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This Week’s Harvest: Strawberries

opstrawberry jam

Strawberry season is in full swing. Now is the time to stock up on those delicious vivid red berries! Learn how (and why) to grow them, wash them, and preserve them!

Get Your Prep On with Thrifty Holiday Leftover Preservation

freezer food

It’s that time of year:  your refrigerator is stuffed to the point that you have to lean against the door to close it and you never want to see another bite of turkey, ham, or roast beef again, let alone stuffing or green beans. So what can a thrifty prepperRead the Rest…

How to Can Homemade Italian Marinara Sauce

jars of marinara sauce

I totally lucked out and got 15 pounds of end-of-season organic tomatoes last week.  My daughter was thrilled when she saw them because she knew exactly what that meant….homemade marinara sauce. A note: end-of-season tomatoes don’t look as smooth and lovely as mid-season tomatoes. This is because they expand andRead the Rest…

Canning the Thanksgiving Leftovers

carcass

An added bonus to the Thanksgiving holiday feast is the boon that it can give to your pantry.  If you have some jars and fresh lids, your kitchen already contains everything you need to add an abundant amount of food to your stockpile! Turkey, veggies, and cranberry sauce will allRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Pumpkins

this weeks harvest pumpkins

The crisp autumn chill signals that it’s time to walk through the crunchy leaves back to the garden to harvest your pumpkins.  If you don’t have them growing in your own back yard, you can find a local farm or market  HERE and get a great deal, especially now that Halloween isRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Carrots

What to do with 25 pounds of carrots

The leaves are beginning to turn, the air is crisp, and the current harvest is root vegetables.  This week the focus is on carrots, crisp and sweet, straight from the rich earth.  I just scored a 25 pound box of fresh carrots and spent part of a day preserving themRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Apples

orchard

It’s apple season!  This is without a doubt one of my favorite times of the year. I love it when the house is fragrant with apples and cinnamon.  A visit to a you-pick orchard or farm stand is a great way to spend a fall afternoon if you don’t happenRead the Rest…

The Pantry Primer: Stocking Your Supply of Fruits and Vegetables

Adding fruits and veggies to the stockpile

A major challenge when living from your stockpiled foods is getting enough fruits and vegetables.  Without produce, your family can be at risk for nutritional deficiency diseases like scurvy and their immune systems will be compromised.  A minimum of 5 servings per day is recommended, but during the long winter, howRead the Rest…

The Pantry Primer: Building Your Protein Stockpile

Building Your Protein Stockpile

One area in which many pantries are lacking is protein.  Because meat is so perishable (and also expensive) it is often the most neglected frontier of the one-year pantry. This is a vital addition to your pantry, because without proper protein, hard-working muscles cannot heal and strengthen. Particularly in aRead the Rest…

How to Create a Root Cellar for Food Storage

root-cellar

In our agrarian past, we didn’t have  a grocery store in every town receiving shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables from all corners of the world on a daily basis.  Food preservation was a necessity to survive the long winter in most locations.  Over the centuries, many have gotten theirRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Pears

pears

Pears are a late summer delight.  Sweet, juicy, and easy to eat, they are ready in abundance right now. If you don’t have a pear tree of your own, be sure and stop by a local orchard or farmer’s market to enjoy the freshly picked fruit. (You can find aRead the Rest…

The Pantry Primer: Expanding Beyond “Groceries”

pantry primer expanding

This week, I’ve expanded beyond “groceries” – the week to week purchases that are made with meals in mind – and made some bulk purchases that have substantially added to my food supply.  Because the last week’s shopping left some food for this week’s eating, I was able to focus moreRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Peaches

peaches

  Nothing says summer like taking nibble from a peach, still warm from the sun, that is so juicy it runs down your chin when you bite into it.  If you aren’t lucky enough to have a tree in your own back yard, the farmer’s markets are bursting with peachesRead the Rest…