Thursday, June 30, 2011

Making Sauerkraut is So Easy . . .

Sauerkraut - either you love it or hate it, but either way, it is jam packed with probiotics, as are all fermented foods, and the news is full of reports on how good they are for us. Sauerkraut is also packed with Vitamin C. Here is an easy method to make it . . . No cooking is required . . . 

Here's what you need:
           Salt - Kosher or Canning salt ONLY - do NOT use       
           table salt to can anything!

That's it . . . and some canning jars of course with new canning lids.

Wash jars thoroughly in hot, soapy water and rinse well. Start with fresh cabbage and shred it as you would for Cole slaw. 

Next, fill the jars with cabbage and pack it down tightly.

Add 1 level teaspoon of coarse Kosher or canning salt per quart or 1/2 level teaspoon for pint jars.

Fill the jar, leaving a little headspace, with hot tap water.

Using a dinner knife, release any air bubbles from the liquid in the jars by inserting them in various places around the jar. Add a little more water if needed to just cover the cabbage.

Wipe the top of the jars and top with a new lid and put on the ring. Put the ring on a little tight and then turn it back at least a half a turn. Place the jars OUTDOORS in a safe place on layers of newspapers. As the kraut begins to 'work', it will seep juice out of the jars. It does not smell very good during this fermenting stage so you do not want it to be inside your home. Leave it for two full weeks. Mark it on the calendar so that you don't forget it or try to seal it too soon.

When the two weeks are up, bring the jars inside, remove the rings and lids, wiping the top of the jar and rinsing the lids to make sure they have nothing on them that will prevent a good seal. Replace the lids and rings and tighten as tight as you can by hand. Date the top of the lids, store in a cool, dry place and enjoy for the next couple of years.

If any of you are fortunate enough to have old glass mayonnaise type jars, you can use them for this and save your good canning jars for processing in a canner.

My family has made sauerkraut using this method for many generations . . .


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Are You Building a Raft? a Boat? or an Ark? - Part THREE

Here's the final part for your three part food storage plan:


Once you have obtained a year’s supply of Basic and Expanded Basic Storage items, continue to build your storage considering the following:

An extensive First Aid Kit

Cleaning & laundry supplies including bleach

Paper & Plastic Products:
                Paper Towel, toilet tissue, paper plates,
                Foil, plastic wrap and food storage bags,
                Trash bags, etc.

Personal Supplies:
                Soap, toiletries, shampoo
                Feminine hygiene products

Water tanks (for more than 2 week supply)

Fuel & Light (for heating as well as cooking)
                Propane, Kerosene, wood or coal
                Matches, candles, Oil lamps,
                Flashlights & batteries, paper logs
                A Camp stove or other method to cook

Pet Foods & Supplies

Canning, Preserving & Freezing Supplies

Equipment:  Tools, mechanical & garden, sewing machine,  radio, etc.

Bedding:    Sleeping bags, pillows

Financial:  Cash & others resources

 Source:  Essentials of Home Production and Storage, 1978 (32288)

* Next week I will begin sharing techniques for making pickles, sweet and dill, and sauerkraut.  They are really easy to do!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Are You Building a Raft? a Boat? or an Ark? - Part TWO


Once a year’s supply of Basic Food items has been obtained, you should continue to build your reserve.

The following items are suggested:
Special foods for special diets
Meats, canned or dried
Cheese, powdered etc.
Fruits, canned or dried
Vegetables, canned or dried
Recipes for Basic Food items and the additional ingredients they require (including yeast, baking powder, baking soda, corn starch, spices, herbs and other seasonings, powdered eggs, etc._
Gelatin, puddings & other comfort foods
Beverage Mixes
Dehydrated or freeze dried foods
Meat substitutes (TVP, etc.)

Garden Seeds & pesticides for one year
OTC medications (aspirin, laxatives, anti-diarrheal, cough syrups, etc.)

And if available and needed:
 Powdered eggs
 Baby foods and formula
 Cocoa, etc.
 A hand grain grinder
 Fuel at least for cooking
Any other food items which you are accustomed to or feel needful.

*Next week I will post the third step and also include an attachment (IF I can figure out how) that you can print out all on one page . . . 
In the meantime, please send questions and suggestions to me in the comments section.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Are You Building a Raft? a Boat? or an Ark?

Remember, it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark!
This post and the next two to follow will give you a guide to building your food storage in three levels.

This first of three, is just the bare bones minimum that you need to have for You and Your Family!
The following list is the amount you need for EACH member of your household. Should you ever 
have to rely exclusively on these items, they will sustain life though it won't be what you are now accustomed to consuming. 

Adjust foods and quantities based on food preferences and individual needs. Please note that it says to store 'White Rice'. This is because brown rice, though much higher in nutrition, does not store well for long periods of time. It becomes rancid easily and therefore not very tasty. Also, eight pounds of salt sounds like a lot but salt is dense and heavy and the body requires it, especially in warm climates!

Budget wisely and add a little each week when you grocery shop.

Store what you eat and eat what you store!

                (Per Person for One Year)
                    (Suggested Amounts)

Grains                                                    400 lbs.
 (wheat, white rice, corn, popcorn, oatmeal, cornmeal, pasta, rye, etc.)                                                  
Legumes    (beans)                                 60 lbs.

Powdered Milk                                      16 lbs.

Cooking Oil                                            10 qts.

Sugar or Honey                                     60 lbs.

Salt                                                           8 lbs.

Water (2 weeks)                                   14 Gal.

This list is the BARE Minimum which would sustain life for one year. Build a complete one month supply, then two, then three until you have a full year’s worth of these foods.  It is better to obtain a well-rounded supply of basic foods than to simply store a year’s supply of milk, say, with nothing else to use with it.  Meats, fruits, vegetables, seasonings and other foods are also recommended once you obtain these basics.

Store as much as your circumstances will allow.   
Prayerfully seek means and methods of obtaining and storing these essential items to sustain life. 
It is wise counsel to secure a financial reserve as well as home storage.

Don't get caught off guard and unprepared. If you are prepared, you will have peace of mind knowing that you and yours will be fed. Prices continue to soar and shortages are beginning to appear worldwide. Just because it has always been readily available, does not mean that it will continue to be.