Wolf Pack Pantry Challenge (Week 6)

Week Six “Plus Five” Ingredients

• Duck
• Cabbage
• Sweet potatoes
• Carrots
• Marmalade

You have had an interesting and productive week. A member of your survival group has shot and cleaned a duck. From your garden, you have cabbage, sweet potatoes, and carrots. You have scavenged for several jars of marmalade. (These jars have been added to your list of staples.) What would you make with these ingredients? Please post your recipe below.

Scenario: We are in a grid down situation. We are already several months into the situation. There is no running water, no electricity, and no refrigeration. You are well stocked in the basic pantry staples and spices, you have some home canned foods and you have a garden that is actively producing a limited amount of fresh produce.

You also have several means of cooking at your disposal—BBQ grill, sun oven, volcano stove, camping stove, adobe pizza oven and open fire. Let’s imagine, for simplicities sake, that you don’t have to worry about the smoke from the campfire attracting anyone unwanted. There is also no issue about fuel. You have plenty of wood, propane, charcoal and so forth. You have a manual wheat grinder, cast iron skillets, Dutch oven, wok and other basic kitchen equipment.

Potable water is not an issue because you’ve built redundancy into your preps. You have a Berkey with several extra filters. You have a well with solar pump, as well as a mechanical backup. You have rain barrels.

But some of your luxury items are in short supply. You want to save what (store-bought) canned foods and dehydrated meals you have for a rainy day. You are waiting for the garden to produce more food. Members of your survival group are actively scavenging for whatever food they can find, and they have also set traps while others are hunting and fishing. The “plus five” ingredients each week come from your limited garden produce, what you can trap, hunt or fish and what you can scavenge.

To put the right image in your mind, it’s like a cooking show for the Mormon Walking Dead where you are told you have the standard LDS staples, spices, home canned food, and five additional items from which to create a meal to feed a family of four. (The five additional items will change each week.) The job of the Pack is to answer this question: What would you make? Food boredom is serious, so get creative.

You have stocked the following staples.

• Baking powder
• Baking soda
• Catsup
• Cocoa powder
• Cornmeal
• Cornstarch
• Dehydrated onions
• Dry beans
• Dry milk
• Dry chili peppers
• Egg powder
• Fish sauce
• Gelatin
• Ghee
• Honey
• Hoisin sauce
• Lemon juice
• Marmalade
• Maple syrup
• Molasses
• Oatmeal
• Oils
• Oyster sauce
• Pasta
• Peanut butter
• Ramen
• Salt
• Soy sauce
• Sugar
• Rice
• Vinegars
• Wheat
• Worcestershire sauce
• Yeast

You have some home canned foods.

• Apples
• Carrots
• Beef broth
• Chicken broth
• Chutney
• Corn
• Green beans
• Hot sauce
• Jalapeno peppers
• Jelly
• Peaches
• Refried beans
• Pickles
• Relish
• Salsa
• Sichuan sauce
• Stewed tomatoes
• Whole potatoes

You also have a good supply of spices.

• All spice
• Basil
• Bay leaf
• Bay seasoning
• Black pepper corn
• Bullion
• Cajun
• Cardamom seeds
• Chili pepper
• Cinnamon
• Clove
• Coriander
• Cream of tartar
• Cumin
• Curing salt
• Curry
• Dill
• File powder
• Five Spice
• Garlic
• Ginger
• Italian
• Lemon peel
• Mustard Seed
• Nutmeg
• Paprika
• Parsley
• Pepper Corn
• Red Pepper Flakes
• Rosemary
• Sage
• Sichuan peppercorn
• Tarragon
• Thyme
• Turmeric


You can use any of the listed staples, home canned foods and spices. Your recipe must include all of the week’s “plus five” ingredients. For the sake of the challenge, you should imagine that the quantities are sufficient to make your recipe. For the home canned foods, the condiments are in 4 oz. jars and the other items are in pint jars.


  1. mom of three says:

    Duck, is very greasy…

    • tommy2rs says:

      Domestic duck is, wild duck not as much. Plus duck fat is pretty useful for preserving meat or for cooking another duck a la duck confit.

    • Marivene says:

      Duck fat goes with potatoes beautifully, just like goose fat, so you want to catch that fat & pour it thru a cloth into a jar, to add to your stores.

  2. tommy2rs says:

    Draw, pluck and sear the pinfeathers off the duck. Season with salt and pepper then put the duck on the spit and put a pan under the duck to catch the drippings. Now assign several kids to take turns turning the spit. You’ll have to check on both the duck and the kids periodically. Side Thought: I really to need to make an enclosed wheel and train some spit dogs…lol.

    Put some deydrated onions to soak. Wash the sweet potato and peel the carrots. Roast the sweet potatoes and the carrots together with a little oil and some salt. Put a cast iron skillet on the fire to heat up, you want a medium heat. Cut the cabbage in half, remove the core and slice the half rounds into strips, then chop the slices in half or thirds. Add a little grease to the skillet, preferably bacon but oil or ghee will do then add the cabbage and the drained rehydrated onions. Season with salt, pepper and maybe a little garlic. Saute, stirring as needed, until cooked through but not totally limp.

    When the duck is roasted to perfection (you did keep an eye on the spit kids, right, so your duck isn’t burned on one side and raw on the other?) use the marmalde as a BBQ sauce, mopping it on and letting it become a glaze. When it’s ready, remove from fire and let rest a bit before slicing thinly. There ya go, Roasted Duck a l’Orange, redneck style.

  3. Jesse Mathewson says:

    Okay, honestly, seared duck/ with sauce covering it and steamed vegetables

    Sauce made of Sichuan/apple/splash of salt,pinch of pepper a smidgen of thyme – (brings flavorings out)

    That would be one approach There are dozens with these ingredients 😉 fun!

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