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We may not give much thought to the boxes in our freezers or the cans on our shelves, but behind the story of food preservation is the history of civilization itself. The development of portable, preserved food enabled the great explorers to travel into the unknown and gradually map the planet, facilitated the conquest of new territories, and created routes for the expansion of trade and the exchange of knowledge and culture that opened up our world. In "Pickled, Potted, and Canned, " author Sue Shephard weaves together the stories of the inventors -- and inventions -- in a lively and richly detailed narrative that spans centuries and continents. It is a tale filled with extraordinary characters, old legends, and new revelations: how Attila the Hun and his men "gallop cured" their meat; how cooks became chemists and chemists became cooks and how some even lost their lives, like seventeenth-century statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon, whose death was caused by an experiment with a frozen chicken. From the primitive techniques of drying and salting to the latest methods that have allowed us to feed men in space, "Pickled, Potted, and Canned" gives us fascinating insights into the histories, cultures, and ingenuity of people inventing new ways to "cheat the seasons."
You can preserve just about everything-from soup to nuts. Food contamination scandals, the rising cost of food, organic eating, and better nutrition-all these factors contribute to the upsurge in interest in food preservation. While there are many books on canning, freezing, and pickling foods, few are as comprehensive as "The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Preserving Food," in which readers learn how easy and beneficial food preservation can be with detailed, step-by-step instructions. *The sales of Ball(r) jars for preservation have jumped 28% in the past year, indicating a strong increase in interest in preserving food *The author is a Master Food Preserver with over 40 years of expertise *Advice on preserving for special needs diets is unique to this book *Provides instructional photos
Food preservation techniques can be divided into two categories: the modern scientific methods that remove life from food, and the natural 'poetic' methods that maintain or enhance life in food, " writes Coleman in his foreword to Keeping Food Fresh. "The poetic techniques produce live foods like those celebrated for centuries and considered gourmet delights today. The scientific techniques produce dead foods and literally seal them in coffins. My instincts tell me that long-dead foods cannot properly nourish long-lived people." Terre Vivante, located in south-central France, like the Real Goods Solar Living Center, is a place where people have tried to "get it right, " to demonstrate that food can be grown without toxic chemicals, disruptive machinery, and waste. This book, the collective effort of more than 150 organic gardeners working across France and in various corners of Europe, celebrates recipes for storing fruits and vegetables in a form as near as possible to fresh, including: -- Solar and air drying -- Lacto-fermentation in crockery or jars, as in sauerkraut -- Storing produce a root or pantry in cellar, attic, -- Preserving produce in its own juices, or in oil, vinegar, salt, or sugar -- Preserving in wine
The Homestead Pack is the SEED INVESTORS CHOICE. It is designed for up to 8 people with 1 Acre+ growing space or for bulk seed storage, secure investment and bartering. This is the perfect seed pack for a family that wants to have a LARGE garden this year and wants LOTS of extra seed for storage. Many families or groups buy 2 homestead packs to make sure they have MANY YEARS of seeds supply or barter currency no matter what. With the volatility of today’s financial markets and food supply chain, there is no better investment you can make than in seeds, the future of food supply. The Homestead Pack contains varieties of high-nutrient vegetables, fruit, grains and legumes for up to 8 people with LOTs of seed left over for storage. All varieties are 100% non-hybrid, allowing you to save the seeds for future planting.
As more and more self-sufficiency methods rise out of today's waning economy and growing green movement, so does jerky. Jerky is one of the oldest forms of food preservation, and yet these days, a very popular hobby for the hunting enthusiast and a great way of using game meats. Award-winning outdoor writer and photographer Monte Burch brings readers this pocket-sized guide to making one of the most popular, convenient, and protein- enriched foods. The Complete Jerky Book includes everything from how the Native Americans preserved their meat to the foolproof, easy-does-it purchased jerky seasoning mixes and new products of today. Delicious recipes for a wide variety of meats, including venison, turkey, goose, beef, and even fish, are included. This book includes complete instructions on how to prepare jerky the good old-fashioned way as well as how to make it using the latest equipment.
Hard times aren't just coming, they are here already. The recent economic collapse has seen millions of North Americans move from the middle class to being poor, and from poor to hungry. At the same time, the idea of eating locally is shifting from being a fringe activity for those who can afford it to an essential element of getting by. But aside from the locavores and slow foodies, who really knows how to eat outside of the supermarket and out of season? And who knows how to eat a diet based on easily stored and home preserved foods? Independence Days tackles both the nuts and bolts of food preservation, as well as the host of broader issues tied to the creation of local diets. It includes: How to buy in bulk and store food on the cheap Techniques, from canning to dehydrating Tools--what you need and what you don't In addition, it focuses on how to live on a pantry diet year-round, how to preserve food on a community scale, and how to reduce reliance on industrial agriculture by creating vibrant local economies. Better food, plentiful food, at a lower cost and with less energy expended: Independence Days is for all who want to build a sustainable food system and keep eating--even in hard times. Sharon Astyk is a former academic who farms in upstate New York with her family. She is the author of Depletion and Abundance, the co-author of A Nation of Farmers, and she blogs at www.sharonastyk.com.
"A delightfully readable and very useful guide to front- and back-yard vegetable gardening, food foraging, food preserving, chicken keeping, and other useful skills for anyone interested in taking a more active role in growing and preparing the food they eat."--BoingBoing.net This celebrated, essential handbook for the urban homesteading movement shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and more. Step-by-step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately. "The Urban Homestead" is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet resources on self-sufficiency topics. Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this copiously illustrated, two-color instruction book proposes a paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet. By growing our own food and harnessing natural energy, we are planting seeds for the future of our cities. New projects include: How to sterilize jars and bottles How to make infused oil Six ways to preserve a tomato How to make soda bread How to store grain with dry ice How to make a tomato can stove How to make a Viet Nam light How to make a Euell Gibbon's crock How to make L'hamd markad, or preserved, salted lemons How to make a bike light
Could you feed your family for a year, 2 years or more from your garden if you had to? Do you have enough seeds to plant a survival garden to feed your family? Do you have the right kind of seeds? Can you save the seeds from your harvest to plant next year? With our Seed Vault, growing your own survival garden becomes easy. Be assured, our seeds are not hybrid or genetically modified. You save your harvest seeds from this year and have more than enough to plant next year. You never have to buy seeds again! Not possible with hybrid or GM (genetically modified) seeds.
The Family Pack is almost TWICE the seeds of the Seed Vault for only $50 more. Specifically designed to provide optimum nutrition in the space provided from a family yard with LOTS of seed to put away for next year. This pack contains an excellent cross-section of varieties that do well in all zones, in all soil and light conditions. A good balance of leafy and fruiting varieties provides the best overall nutritional and agricultural options for the suburban back yard. The Family Pack will supply your family with excellent nutrition throughout the year (outdoor and indoor varieties) with lots of seed to store and keep for future years. Vegetables, Fruits, Grain and Legumes abound in this Pack! The Family Pack contains 30 varieties of high-nutrient vegetables, grains and legumes for approximately 4+ people for approximately 1+ year with LOTs to store. All varieties are 100% non-hybrid, allowing you to save the seeds for future planting. At 2.7LB weight and 94,000+ seed count, this pack is a must-have for securing your family's nutritional future. Many families buy 2 so that you can store one for years and use the other.
Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis
Always Be Prepared What if your life was disrupted by a natural disaster, food or water supply contamination, or any other type of emergency? Do you have the essentials for you and your family? Do you have a plan in the event that your power, telephone, water and food supply are cut off for an extended amount of time? What if there were no medical or pharmaceutical services available for days, weeks, or months? How prepared are you? With this guide by your side, you and your family will learn how to plan, purchase, and store a three-month supply of all the necessities--food, water, fuel, first-aid supplies, clothing, bedding, and more--simply and economically. In other words, this book may be a lifesaver. Inside you'll find 10 steps to an affordable food storage program plus how to: -Prepare a home "grocery store" and "pharmacy" -Use what you store and store what you use -Store water safely and provide for sanitation needs -Create a first-aid kit, car kit, and 72-hour emergency kit for the whole family -And many more invaluable hints and tips "This clear, concise, step-by-step program is not only affordable and doable, it's essential in these uncertain times. Now, everyone from apartment dwellers to basement owners can store a three-month supply of the essentials, including peace of mind " -- Joni Hilton, author of "Once-a-Week Cooking Plan" and "Cooking Secrets My Mother Never Taught Me"