An Easy Way to Make Babies . . . no, no, not those kind

I’m talking brambles (raspberry, blackberry, boysenberry, lingonberry, loganberry, .wine berry*, etc.) There are several ways to do so. The first is to spend tons of money and buy a bunch of plants; plant them in well-drained soil rich in compost and let them spread naturally. This is NOT my preferred method since I am cheap frugal. For those people who wish to use brambles for perimeter security these methods will definitely help with the budget.

Be sure that you are taking cuttings from disease free plants. If you are familiar with the mother plants, and they appear healthy, cut away, if not beware. That said, my current raspberry patch was salvaged from a dying stand a couple of years ago, I coddled them and was extremely fortunate. If you are buying plants, I recommend a local nursery’s certified disease free plants.

First, if I can’t trade or get plants from a fellow gardener, I like supporting local businesses. Second, I actually got a better deal on my current blackberry patch starter plants than I would have gotten from the big-box stores or Chinamart. Third, and most importantly, big box stores usually have plants shipped in . . . from a galaxy far, far away . . . and so those plants usually are not as acclimated or suitable to your area as ones from a local nursery.

Next, consider what the main purpose of your patch is going to be – if they’re for eating, not shredding intruders apart, go for thornless cultivars.

Now, to the business of making babies . .

Preserving the Harvest… Maybe

By BCTruck I’ve never been accused of being the sharpest knife in the drawer. Some might even say that I’m a bit “slow”. So while I’m sure most of you blog readers have figured this out, It has just dawned on me. This is the first year I’ve decided to keep and preserve as much […]

Questions & Answers with The Wolf Pack : Pressure Canner vs. Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

If you would like both a pressure canner and a food saver vacuum sealer, but can only afford one at this time, which would purchase first and why?  Thank you for your help and advice – it is greatly appreciated… Susy

How to Make Homemade Probiotic Sauerkraut

How to make homemade sauerkraut, a very nutritious fermented food that fills your gut with healthy probiotics. No special equipment needed.

Questions and Answers With The Wolf Pack : Did we bag up botulism?

Question from Hunker-Down. A few days ago Michele posted the following for us cooking newbies: “I always make sure I bring any canned low acid foods to a boil for 15 minutes – just to be sure. 15 minutes of good hard boiling will kill botulism TOXIN in your food”. She explained that an oxygen […]

Questions and Answers With The Wolf Pack : What’s the most efficent way to store / preserve beef?

A question from Hunker-Down. I just learned how simple it is to can ground beef but I wonder if the benefits are worth the effort. At our age the effort needed to pressure can anything takes all the energy our old bodies can manufacture. We wont be able to get anything else done that day. […]

Q & A with The Wolf Pack : Canning produce with a preasure cooker?

Question from – Millie in KY I need to start learning to can and this of course, is the perfect time of year. Although my garden stalled due to lack of help in building the raised beds, I need to buy a pressure cooker and get started learning. Other than some jellies about 20 years […]

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes with Carmel Sauce (Kate in Ga.)

Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes with Carmel Sauce (Kate in Ga.) Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour 4 Tbs. powdered eggs (or 2 whole eggs) 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3 cups apple juice 1/4 cup vegetable oil Directions: Mix dry ingredients together. Add apple juice, whisking until blended. Add vegetable oil. Wisk […]

Fill Your Pantry, Save Money, Eat Well During Emergencies

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This guest post is by Ladyhawthorne and entry in our non-fiction writing contest. Canning your own food. It’s not that hard and can be done for a minimal investment. There are plenty of articles and books that go into the actual process so I will not repeat that here. What I will tell you is how to […]

A Quick Overview to Safe Home Canning

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This guest post is by I’m A Prep Kat and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . I know we have a lot of seasoned canners in the Pack. This article is aimed at the few who are afraid to jump in or are just starting out. Home canning is such a wonderful way to store food for later. […]

Foods that last forever on their own and preserving other for… almost forever too!

This guest post is by Mary in GA and entry in our non-fiction writing contest . I’m sure that most of the Wolf Pack is already aware of the foods that are called “Forever Foods”. You can find the list many places, but for anyone who isn’t aware of them, they are: Sugar, pure vanilla extract, […]

A Healthy Gut Is Your Key to Good Health and Survival

This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest  by Robin S This article is about the benefits of sauerkraut for a healthy gut flora, which in turn means a strengthened immune system. Most folks do not have healthy gut flora because of the foods we eat, medications, bad water, pollution etc. Most […]

Canned butter: How to make your own

A guest post by Martine L [This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win - First Prize a 10 Person Deluxe Family Survival Kit,  Second Prize an Herb Seed Bank or Third Prize a copy of Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat.  For complete rules and list of prizes see this post.] Post removed […]

You can safely and easily can your own meat – just follow these simple steps to do it right.

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How to can meat – by Repair Mama Home canning meats can be economical and rewarding. When you home can a portion of the meats in your freezer, you are making part of your storage shelf stable. Should something happen to the power, or if the freezer should fail mechanically, you will not be stuck with […]

Canning Over An Open Fire

Has anyone tried canning over an open fire? How did you set it up and are there any recommendations or thing to avoid? Burt, My grandmother used to can over an open fire in a metal 55 gallon drum that had been cut in half down the center with supporting legs welded underneath. She would […]

Safe Survival Canning


This is a guest post by Bonnie of Opportunity Farm Eastern WA As a long-time Master Food Preserver, I applaud the recent interest in canning for long-term survival. However, I am appalled at the recklessness of those who think that anything that is commercially canned can be safely canned at home. People who post instructions […]

Colonial Food Preparation and Preservation Quick Tips

Quest Post by Adam (elt2jv) Inspired by recent posts about food preservation, I contacted Frank Clark, Director of Food Preparation at Colonial Williamsburg, a historic preservation museum where traditional Colonial era skills and traditions are preserved and demonstrated. The following paraphrases and condenses our correspondence: Colonial era food preservation included salt curing and smoking, pickling, and […]