Self-Reliance: Recession-Proof Your Pantry, Book Review

Self-Reliance: Recession–Proof Your 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. If you’re inclined to purchase your own copy, please consider using the affiliate link below to help us to continue bringing you homesteading book reviews.

This book is excellent and I’ve read it 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. Nobody thought of it as hoarding.  They called it wise!  They canned things, dried things and froze things. This book tells you how to figure amounts, what to store, how to store and things to consider when setting up your pantry.  You need to eat what you have on hand, not just store things.  Everything needs to move through in a timely way. This is one I wouldn’t want to be without.

Did you know that you could store flour and other grains long–term without it going buggy?  You can, and they tell you how!

In addition it provides canning basics and how to store the food you just canned. One of the things I appreciate is that they teach you how to can meat and salmon, etc., safely.  They also can whole meals in a jar! This really broadened my ideas about what I could do with canning.

 Root cellaring is also touched on, 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 reference 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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