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.

Corn Stuffed Peppers

Cut fresh corn from the cob (or even canned corn will work but it’s not as good), and cook until tender in milk, add a little cream, salt pepper, and a pinch of sugar. Cut green peppers crosswise or lenthwish, remove seeds and wash. Boil three to five minutes. Drain. Fill with corn. Place filled […]

How to make a super fatted soap

Petticoat Prepper here. I mentioned my super fatted soap recipe on WDYDTPTW that I intended to send in so here it is. This isn’t an entry into the contest, it’s just a recipe. I have very dry skin especially during winter. I get red itchy flakey patches that drive me nuts and generally don’t go […]

Mountaineer Hash

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

How to prep on an extremely tight budget – even if you’re on food stamps…

This is a guest post by Raven and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. I am on a really super tight budget - and while I don’t like it – I currently get food stamps and receive social security. I have learned how to budget these two in order to not only pay bills with the social security […]

Beans, beans, the musical fruit – but what if you don’t want to toot?


This is a guest post by Michele and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. We all know that beans and rice are great for long-term storage. They are nutritious, inexpensive and have a long shelf life. Beans especially are incredibly good for you, and contain a great deal of fiber, something missing in many modern diets. Sunday night, […]

I don’t like being called a prepper. I didn’t like being called a survivalist before preppers were cool.

This is a guest post by Mike S and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. I don’t like being called a prepper. I didn’t like being called a survivalist before preppers were cool. And even though the my family has gone from your crazy, to you know one of these days we may have to apologize to […]

Low Tech, Low Cost Recipes Paratha


This is a guest post by Buuurr in Ohio and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. This is the first article of a series of three in that I am going to show you how to make two types of bread and one entree dish using as little ingredients and tech as possible. Why would we as preppers […]

What every prepper should know about common American plants and weeds for TEOTWAWKI survival


I once read a very interesting article from a survivor of the Bosnian Collapse in the late 90’s. This was a true end of the world as they knew it event, and it was fascinating and eye opening to read. One of the things the man talked about in his extensive article was the most useful skills to posses. Medical knowledge was the highest on his list. Lacking real world medical training, people with the knowledge of the uses of herbs and plants were able to trade and use that knowledge to survive.

Vidalia Onion & Corn Chowder

Submitted by OhioPrepper Ingredients (Approximate or to taste) 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 4 medium Vidalia Onions (approx 2 pounds). Coarsely chopped 3 cups mashed potatoes 1 Tsp minced garlic 2 cans fat free chicken broth 2 cups frozen corn 2 bay leaves ¼ Tsp Thyme (big pinch) ½ cup fat free sour cream Salt & Pepper […]

Stained Glass Candy

Contributed by Karen M 3 1/2 cups of sugar 1 cup of water 1 1/2 cups of light corn syrup, 1 TBSP almond extract, 1 TBSP food coloring Lightly grease one 12 x 8 inch or larger baking sheet.. (larger is better) then, in a LARGE heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup. Heat […]

How to Enhance Your Food Storage in Few Easy Steps

This is a guest post by DocJ and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. As many readers of this forum know, I had become a Vegan for health reasons two years ago.  This article is not to influence anyone to take similar steps.  I have found over the last two years many new skills that enhance […]

Alternate Cooking Methods to Keep You Fed Now and After the Collapse

This is a guest post by Robert H and entry for our non-fiction writing contest. In an event with no power or gas, an alternate method of cooking would have to be devised.  The options are many and varied.  I will attempt to touch upon a few. Propane The use of propane is easy and quick.  A small propane […]