There are many out there that are preserving their own foods or are just starting and are on their way to learning the ends and outs of long term food storage. There is a lot to learn along the way and like any other endeavor you enter into it takes a lot of research and practice to get it all down and get it right. Processing food is a skill, that for many is handed down from generation to generation but it is also a skill that must be mastered. A mistake in re-hydrating, dehydrating, or canning food can be dangerous to those that you love as well as yourself.
I am always receiving questions asking about the different techniques, the right and proper tools to use as well as tips, tricks and the best methods to get the desired results in food preparation for short term and long term storage. The questions are many, varied, and without the right answers you can find yourself wasting a lot of time and money as well as putting yourself and those that you love in danger.
On this episode of Preparing for Life’s Storms I will be answering those questions. Questions like; How much water do I use? Does it need to be boiling or just hot or can I use cold water? How much dehydrated corn does it take to make a cup of corn? The list is long but without the right answers the results can be disastrous. So join us and listen in to have these and any other questions you may have answered. If you already process your own food or are just getting started this is a show you will not want to miss.
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Dowsing? Personally, I have not much faith in dowsing although I have known several people including a few of my own relatives who will swear by this method of finding many things besides just water. My first thought is always, if you are an expert at dowsing why have you not dowsed for gold, silver, or maybe platinum. I have not ever really gotten an exceptable reply to this question. The guest on this episode of “The Other Side…A Preppers Path” has her answer, you be the judge. A time honored skill used by untold numbers of people in the pursuit of water, minerals, and more. Since Babylonian days dowsers have been revered throughout the world for their work in locating water underground, mineral ores, personal health and more. Learn the history and the value of dowsing in the modern world.
The average American family has burdened themselves with — depending on what source you believe — $7,500 to $16,000 in credit card debt alone. As of December 12th, the average credit card rate stands at over 14%. You don’t have to be a whiz at math to see this is not a good situation to be in and beyond credit card debt, according to the website Daily Finance, the average American owes his creditors $47,000 (or $94,000 per couple) overall. Debt per household has declined since 2008, BUT so has saving and net worth. People are using savings to pay off debt. Is this wise?
Debt is a slave master no matter how you look at it. It never works for you, only against you when it comes to having choices and being able to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves. Debt and freedom are longtime adversaries.
For the homesteader or prepper, the goal should be to free oneself of debt. But how? What about getting that rural retreat or affording a year’s worth of food? How does one acquire those big ticket items without debt? Is it even practical or possible to live without debt nowadays? Is some debt acceptable in some circumstances? Where does one begin to sort it all out? Well, as one of my favorite movie characters, Bob Wiley in “What About Bob?” learned, it’s all about baby steps, and being unconventional in thinking and approach. (And Lord knows, we preppers and homesteaders certainly have that skill!)
So, please join me Thursday, December 20 at 8 pm CST on the Homestead Honey Hour as I talk about the unmentionable — our money and how we might be masters of it instead of slaves. Let’s discuss strategies, budgets, spending (and saving!) patterns, and mindsets what will help us NOT keep up with the Jone’s credit line.