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Methods For Preserving Meat

When we think of preserved meats, the thought is usually associated with packaged meats from the supermarket. However, with just a little bit of knowledge, meats can be preserved safely and effectively right from the comfort of home. There are several ways to preserve meat. Some of the most popular methods are as follows. Storage […]

Food Storage Tips

In the wake of a world-wide food crisis many people are stocking up on essential items such as canned food, non-frozen convenience meals, freeze dried meals, etc. But what is the best to have? More canned food or more freeze dried meals? People have always worried about the future of society and where the country […]

Hurricane Sandy 2012: Preparing For An East Coast US Hurricane

With all the talk about a deja vu super storm heading towards the East Coast of the United States it is time to talk about how we all should be prepared for unusual, freak storms; such as an East Coast Hurricane mixed with a blast of cold arctic air from the north. Twitter was a […]

Edible Wild Plants: Creeping Snowberry (Gaultheria Hispidula)

Creeping Snowberry (Gaultheria Hispidula) is a low trailing perennial plant found in bogs and wetland forests in the northern United States and Canada. The leaves are round and only 5 to 10 millimeters long. The creeping stems form leafy mats on logs and hummocks, often near Sphagnum moss. The stems and under-surface of the leaves […]

Edible Wild Plants: Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia Phaeacantha)

Tulip Prickly Pear (Opuntia phaeacantha), also known as the Mojave Prickly Pear, is a low-growing, spreading cactus with flat stem segments (pads). The pads are relatively long and broad, and the spines are usually confined to the upper 70% of the pads. Areoles (where the spines originate) usually spread about 3/4-inch apart, and areoles without […]

The Many Uses For Pumpkin Seeds

Over a century ago, American farmers noted that when their livestock munched on pumpkin seeds, they seemed to urinate more often. They weren’t the first to notice the seeds’ effects. The Iroquois had long used pumpkin seed as a diuretic, and the Cherokee gave it to children to control bed-wetting, since it seemed to help […]

Edible Wild Plants: Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea)

The Mountain Cranberry (Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea) needs no introduction to northern peoples, for it is one of the staple fruits of all northern lands. In fact, the Norwegians have so long depended upon this fruit that the Norwegian colonists who have settled in the Middle West import the berries in vast quantities from Norway and from […]

Emergency Food For Babies

Infants and very small children would be the first victims of starvation during and after a pandemic, unless special preparations are made on their behalf. They need foods that are more concentrated and less rough. Most American mothers do not nurse their infants, and if a family’s supply of baby foods were exhausted the parents […]

Edible Wild Plants: Chokeberry (Prunus Virginiana)

Chokeberry (Prunus Virginiana) also known as bitter-berry, or Virginia bird cherry is a species of bird cherry (Prunus subgenus Padus) native to North America, where it is found almost throughout the continent except for the Deep South and the far north. The raw berries have a good flavor but are very puckery, much as choke-cherries. […]

Pemmican: The Original Fast Food of the Native Americans

Pemmican is a tasty high-protein treat that’s perfect for snacking, traveling, hiking, camping, and for disasters or other crisis events, where cooking meals may be difficult. As a bonus, this lightweight nutrient-packed food needs no refrigeration. Traditional recipes for Indian pemmican usually calls for a mixture of shredded jerky, dried berries and nuts, along with […]

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