The 3 Methods of Curing Meat with Salt

how to cure meat with salt

Curing is a process where moisture is drawn out of food through osmosis.  It is one of the oldest methods of preserving food – especially meat.  When properly done, cured meats have an indefinite shelf life. However, curing meat does have a very high learning curve and must be done with care. How Salt Preserves … Read more

How to Preserve Food with DIY Pickling  

DIY pickling instructions

Pickling involves soaking foods in an acid or brine which prevents harmful bacteria from growing.  It is incredibly easy to do (though some foods do have a high learning curve). Picking your own food is also very cheap since you don’t need any special equipment.  You can even use recycled jars. Why Learn to Pickle … Read more

Water Bath Canning Instructions & Safety Tips

water bath canning instructions

As a way of preserving food, water bath canning has been around for centuries.  It was originally used to preserve food for the military. Soldiers then got used to eating canned food and started eating it when they returned home too. At various points in history (such as during WWII), the government even encouraged people … Read more

Expert-Level Food Dehydrating: Tips and Hacks for Drying All Types of Food

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I spend a lot of time backpacking and camping with my kids.  If it weren’t for my dehydrator, this wouldn’t be possible.  I simply wouldn’t be able to carry all the food. Dehydrating means I can make my own just-add-water meals which are lightweight yet still tasty and nutritious. My dehydrator also means I save … Read more

Food Preservation – A Survivalist’s Guide

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With so many different methods and techniques, food preservation can seem a bit overwhelming at first. This guide is meant to help you get started with DIY food preservation so you can choose the right methods for your goals.