Stone Tools : Using a mortar and pestle


Today’s non-fiction writing contest entry, “Stone Tools : Using a mortar and pestle” was written by Blake Holliday This to me, maybe to others is an interesting part of history. We all know of things like the pyramids in Egypt and South America where the stones are so well dressed that a blade from a pocket knife won’t fit […]

More Pinto Bean Recipes

As most people seem to like Mexican food I thought I would send this posting to you. These recipes were given to me by my Mexican friends over the years. The first recipe is in keeping with the recent bean posts. The second recipe is for the rice that pairs nicely with the beans.

Savory Pinto Bean Biscuits : Recipe

I started with the potato biscuit recipe you posted and this is how it evolved. Savory Pinto Bean Biscuits 1 cup mashed beans 2 TB butter 1 TB honey 1 TB molasses ½ tsp each of sea salt, pepper, garlic powder & onion powder 1 cup buttermilk or soured milk ½ tsp baking soda 2 […]

Pinto Bean Recipe: pinto bean recipes your family will love

A number or great pinto bean recipes for your table…

Little known Pinto Bean Recipes and Uses That Will Make Your Taste-buds Dance

We all know that the pinto bean is a wonderful source of fiber and protein, but fewer people know that it is a great source of B vitamins which are vital for new tissue growth and repair. Vitamin B also helps us maintain an “upbeat attitude” and helps us deal with stress. The pinto bean contains calcium and is also full of many other micro-nutrients which are also important for overall health.

What Everybody Ought To Know About Cooking Pinto Beans Fast

Photo yy: jeffreyw

By anonymous bean   Cooking pinto beans begins with sorting. The reason for sorting is mainly to make sure the beans are free from rocks. Many people also like to pick out the beans that are darker or odd shaped although those beans will not hurt you. Sorting To begin sorting, pour a few cups of […]

Infographic Ten Things to Do Now!

By: Sam Churchill

Many of you will recognize this list of ten things to do now from reading my article – The Preppers Checklist – Ten Things to do Now, that a is a popular and useful checklist for new preppers, to get started, so I thought that I would bring it back albeit in a different form, to reach more readers and to hopefully get more people prepping.

Please help me spread the word by sharing this list with everyone you know via email,  or any social media outlets that you are active in. Also feel free to re-post this infographic list on your blog or website, as long as a credit is given via a link-back to this post.  Thank you for your help…

Make Your Own Beer – Homemade Kentucky Beer

Photo by: Jerry Andrews

Make your own beer – Homemade Kentucky Beer submitted by Anonymous (15 gallons) Use 15 gallon plastic garbage can with clip on lid. You need: Approximately 6 oz. hops 3 lbs. extract of malt 9 lbs. granulated sugar 1 tablespoon molasses 1-1/2 teaspoons granulated yeast. Place in vessel with approximately 2 gallons water, or more […]

Top 5 Barter Items for Surviving in a Barter Economy

Photo by: Eric Golub

In a post collapse world, barter would be essential. Currency may have little value, while the value of certain things like sawing needles and matches for example, could increase dramatically.

Put back what you will need for your own survival first, then and only after ensuring that you have enough survival supplies such as food, water, water filters, first-aid, fuel, weapons and ammunition etc, to meet your own needs should you worry about stocking up on trade items.

The Perfect Survival Food?

I started using this recipe years ago after seeing a similar one in Kurt Saxon’s old now defunct “Survivor”  newsletter – you could probably live on this one food for years with no bad health effects associated with malnutrition, it has everything the body needs to survive and then some – you could say that […]

Prepping Tips for Beginners – Helping You Prep Better

Food prepping tips

by WVMike Food Prepping Tips for Beginners One of the Pack (RedC) asked me a while ago if I would write up something on how I got to the level of food storage I currently have as well as what keeps me motivate. The easy answer is a little at a time and bad times are […]

Mountaineer Hash

Cook together 1 medium chopped onion and 1 medium chopped pepper in 3 tablespoons butter until onion is yellow. Add 1 pound ground beef and saute until mixture falls apart. Add 2 cups canned tomatoes, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 cupp uncooked rice, 1 teaspoon salt. Mix and pour into greased baking […]

Real Food, Real Solutions

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I got to thinking about rising food prices in the U.S. and what we can do about it, other than growing as much of our own food as possible. One solution is to cook meat-stretching meals, as meat tends to be one of the most expensive elements in any recipe.

Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Provided by Nebraska Woman A neighbor shared this recipe with me, and it is good!! Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls 1 yellow cake mix 2 packages of yeast 2 C warm water 4 C flour (I used whole wheat) Combine yeast and water. Let sit for a bit until you get that yeasty smell. Add the rest […]

Keeping It Real Simple… Bread Making for “Dummies” or Those Who Are Kitchen Challenged

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Put the finely ground wheat into a small plastic food grade bucket with a lid and add 1 tsp. of yeast and 1 ½ tsp. of salt. Mix up these three ingredients well and then add 1 1/3 cups of water (or whey if you make cheese and have a dairy goat/cow) combined with 2 Tbs. of honey, maple syrup, molasses or sorghum. Stir up the mixture until you have a wet mess of sticky dough and then cover it and let it sit for 18-24 hours.

When you open the bucket you will see that the dough has risen and appears a bit frothy. Scrape it out onto a floured counter and quickly shape it into a round ball by tucking the ends under it – add just enough flour to maintain its shape. Place the dough ball on a floured cloth towel and cover the ball completely with the towel. I flour the towel with coarse ground wheat as we like a dark, coarse, chewy crust.

Stick the towel covered dough in a glass bowl and let the bread rise again for 4 hours (or more based on room temperature). Turn your oven (or gas grill) on and set it at 450 degrees. (You can also dig a hole and build a charcoal/wood fire nearby and place coals below the pot and on top of the lid – this takes more skill and practice but is doable.) Place your seasoned cast iron pot with lid in the oven and let the oven and pan heat up for a half hour.

After the half hour is up, carefully remove pan from the oven and quickly place the dough ball in the pan. Cover it quickly with the heated lid and then put it back in the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the lid and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the bread sit until cool.

Monday Recipe : Dump Cake

Submitted by Janet W Here’s a super-easy recipe that can be made in an oven or a dutch oven or even in a crock-pot! Dump Cake Crushed pineapple – 1 20-oz can (undrained) Cherry pie filling – 1 21-oz can (undrained) Yellow cake mix – 1 box Butter – 2 sticks, cut into 12 slices […]

Epidemic Of Hunger: New Report Says 49 Million Americans Are Dealing With Food Insecurity


If the economy really is “getting better”, then why are nearly 50 million Americans dealing with food insecurity? In 1854, Henry David Thoreau observed that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”. The same could be said of our time. In America today, most people are quietly scratching and clawing their way from month to month. Nine of the top ten occupations in the U.S. pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year, but those that actually are working are better off than the millions upon millions of Americans that can’t find jobs.