Saturday, January 7, 2017

Five Ways to Preserve Eggs

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Boil ’em, bake ’em, freeze ’em and more… I have an abundance of fresh eggs and they just keep coming. It’s that time of year, of course, the chickens are working overtime! My friend sells them to me for $2 dollars a dozen and they are so good I just can’t pass them up. I currently have five dozen eggs and more on the way. I’m on a mission today to find ways to preserve my egg abundance. 5 ways to preserve eggs | PreparednessMamaRaw eggs will last about 30 days in your refrigerator without losing any quality. We will probably eat this 5 dozen eggs in 5 weeks, but it takes up a lot of space in my frig. So I’m looking for alternative ways to save, freeze and extend the bounty. Before you begin to preserve your eggs always do a float test before using it. Just fill a bowl with cold water and place your eggs in the bowl. If they sink to the bottom and lay flat on their sides, they’re very fresh. If they’re a few weeks old but still good to eat, they’ll stand on one end at the bottom of the bowl. If they float to the surface, they’re no longer fresh enough to eat.

Floating = spoiled.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

14 Survival Tips That May Save Your Life Someday Vol. II

In the case of an emergency, doing the right thing or having the right skill could make the difference between life and death, it can save your life or someone else's life. We have compiled a collection of some of the most crucial information and skills you should have to know what to do in an emergency or a disaster. It's really important that you and your family and your friends to have this knowledge.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Kentucky Bourbon Beef Jerky

Looking for a rough and tough beef jerky made for a REAL man? You just found it. Bourbon + Beef Jerky = A Super Manly Beef Snack!
When I think of Beef Jerky, I think of a meat snack that is made for the rough and tough man. I eat most of my jerky while working on a drilling rig in South Texas. It just feels right tearing into a dried tough piece of meat in order to give you enough protein to make it through the day.
I don’t know about you, but what is more manly than making your beef jerky with bourbon? Nothing, that is the obvious answer to this question. Here's The Recipe

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

How to Prepare Acorns for Food and Medicinal Uses

shelled acorn
Acorns represent one of the biggest (and most widespread) calorie jackpots in the annual wild plant food harvest, if you can beat the squirrels to them. These high calorie nuts were a staple crop to many of our ancestors around the Northern Hemisphere and we can still rely on them for food today. Coming in at 2,000 calories per pound, this abundant of a food crop is too valuable to ignore. You can even use them to make medicine. Here’s how.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How To Dry Meats, Fruits & Vegetables In A Car

How To Dry Meats, Fruits & Vegetables In A Car

How To Dry Meats, Fruits & Vegetables In A Car

Drying is one of the oldest techniques used by man to preserve food. Native Americans would dry strips of elk, buffalo and rabbit in the sun. Later, the American pioneers dried their meat by draping it on the side of their wagons on their days-long trips. Today we have access to ovens and dehydrators, which saves time and effort…but it’s still important to know and learn the skills of harnessing the sun’s heat for our advantage, especially when it comes to food.
Unfortunately (but fortunately for other reasons), temperatures reach above 100 degrees only in few places across the United States, making it tough to use the sun alone to dry meats, fruits and vegetables. Without high temperatures, what’s there to do?

Using A Car As A Dehydrator

Even on a relatively cool day, the temperature of the inside of a car can swell to over 100 degrees. At 70 degrees, after about half an hour, the inside of a car can reach an average of 104 degrees. After an hour, it can go up to 113 degrees. That’s 40+ degrees of added heat, which is crucial when you’re trying to dry meats, fruits or vegetables outdoors…especially with a limited amount of time. If temperatures outside of the car reach up in the 90’s, the inside can produce some sweltering heat perfect for dehydrating.
All you gotta do is thinly slice your meats, fruits and vegetables and place them in your car…more specifically on the dashboard, where the sun hits directly. After a few hours or days, you should have nicely dehydrated food, ready for storage or consumption! Not only is it easy—it’s cheap, saves energy and money and is a great skill to know.
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Dry Meats, Fruits & Vegetables In A Car

Drying Meat In The Car

  1. Thinly slice your meat and season it with salt, which helps the preservation process.
  2. Arrange the meat on a few cooling racks and place them across the car’s dashboard. Make sure the front window of the car is in direct sunlight for the majority of the day.
  3. Close the car doors but open the windows just a tiny bit so that moisture can escape the car.
  4. Let the meat sit in the car for 5 to 6 hours, flipping it over every couple of hours or so.
  5. Remove and place in an airtight bag.
beef jerky
image via Driven Dotty

Drying Fruits In The Car

  1. Pick fruits and vegetables that are at peak ripeness. Apricots, plums, strawberries, tomatoes, peaches, berries, pumpkin, corn, celery and greens are just some of the better options. Really though, you can dehydrate pretty much anything.
  2. Wash and then either quarter or slice the fruits/vegetables into 1/6 inch thick pieces.
  3. Place the fruits/vegetables in a cardboard box or on a flat baking sheet and put it on the car’s dashboard.
  4. Let the fruits/vegetables dry for a day or two. How long it takes all depends on the temperature. Check on it every few hours to make sure the fruit doesn’t get cooked.
  5. When done, store the dried fruits/vegetables in an airtight container and keep them somewhere cool.
dried fruit
image via The Tangled Nest

Bonus: Drying Herbs In The Car

  1. Remove the leaves from the stems and toss them all over a baking sheet or piece of cardboard.
  2. Place the herbs on the car dashboard and let them sit for anywhere between an hour to a couple of days.
  3. Preferably you want the car temperature to be at 105 degrees or lower so that the herbs don’t lose their nutritional content. Be vigilant and check on the herbs every few hours.
  4. Once they’re done, remove them and store them in a ziplock bag.
image via Up Pastured Farms