Self-Reliance: Recession-Proof Your Pantry

Everyone should "recession proof" their pantry.

A self–reliance guide from Backwoods Home Magazine

Contributors – Jackie Clay, Jeffrey R. Yago, Sylvia Gist, Linda Gabris

Our long-time homesteader, Jerreth, highly recommends this book and if you’re inclined to purchase your own copy at the link below.

This is an excellent which  I’ve read several times.  It contains a lot of old–time wisdom.  In my grandparents day, everybody sought to have a year’s supply of food on hand at all times and nobody thought of it as hoarding.  They called it wisdom!  They canned things, dried things and froze things. This book tells you how to calculate amounts of foodstuffs needed, what to store, how to store as well as other considerations when setting up your pantry and it makes the important point that one should eat what they have on hand, not just store things.  This book explains how to rotate ones stock in a timely manner. I consider this self reliance book a “must have.”

“I consider this self reliance book a ‘must have.'” 

bread making, flour and dough
Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

Did you know that one can store flour and other grains for years without spoilage?  This book goes into detail about how to do it and it also provides basic instructions for canning and how to store canned food. One of the things I appreciate is that they teach you how to can meat and salmon, etc., safely as well as how to can whole meals in a jar! This really broadened my ideas about what I could do with canning.

Canning is a skill that helps to recession proof ones home!

 This book also touches on root cellaring though it is called cold storage.  The whole approach is quite practical and helpful. Drying, smoking and pickling foods is also taught.  There is a lot packed into this small book.  I use it on a regular basis. The way the book is set up makes it easy to find things.  This saying at the beginning of the book sums it up. “It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.” From The Ant and the Grasshopper. (p.5. Self-reliance Recession-proof your pantry 2008)

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