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When Storing Food, Consider These Canning Mistakes to Avoid

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Canning Mistakes to Avoid When you get into canning, it can be a little overwhelming. You understand the benefits of using up your produce and having unprocessed foods at the ready, but there is a lot to be considered in the beginning. Before you get started, here are some common canning mistakes to avoid. Filling the Jars Too Much This is probably one of the most common mistakes people tend to make when they first get into canning. It looks like you have enough space in your jars, so you fill them to the top, but then later find out […]

The Self-sustaining Plan.

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What exactly does that look like? Honestly, if anyone tries to tell you how you HAVE to do it, be a tad bit skeptical. In my opinion there is no “one-size-fits-all” plan to being more self sustaining. Sure, some of the components are quit similar and many of the ‘list’ may be the same from family to family, but if you’re getting the treatment that you’re not ‘doing it right’ as you embark on this journey, don’t worry. Doing SOMETHING toward being self-sustaining is better than waiting to anything because someone told you the ‘right’ way to do it and […]

Preparation and Food Storage: Home-canning

Canned goods are not just in the commercially canned containers. Not too far in the distant past, most of the preserved foods had little to do with added preservatives, but with canning. The first canning process was developed as a French military discovery by Nicolas Appert. In 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte offered an award of 12,000 francs to anyone who could conceive of a practical method for food preservation for armies on the march; he is widely reported as saying “An army marches on its stomach”. After about 14 or 15 years of trial and error, Appert presented his invention and […]

Bulk Food Storage: Canned Goods

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Canned goods add great value to your long-term food storage plans. Obviously for a variety of reasons, some of which are: Some items are better stored by canning than any other process, thus increasing variety of foods stored. There is little preparation for a canned item when the need to eat. They are small space friendly. Stocking up at a local grocer is easy when canned goods go on sale. They lend to an easy rotation for using the older items first. Often we (as a grain provider) focus on the dried goods, but canned goods are vital to a […]

Preparation Step 2 – Include your family members.

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When building up your food storage and preparation stock, it is often over looked how to include family members. We hope to address that here in Preparation Step #2. In an ideal world, your family members (be they extended members, siblings, a spouse or children) would whole heartedly see what you were doing and be not only supportive but jump right in with enthusiastic vigor to help.  After all, what is family for, right?  Well, obviously if we feel the need for preparing for hard times and having ample food on hand, we’re not living in an ‘ideal world’ now are […]