These are troubling times indeed with economic, climatic, and social upheavals and wild gyrations of every type in every corner of our planet. Although I would not specifically ever rate myself as a “survivalist” I do believe in being prepared for any eventuality: One of the most important factors towards this type of preparation is to ensure that there is an adequate food supply to last out any emergency, whether short- or long-lived.
I have discovered there is a way to make my own homemade pectin that can be used in all kinds of preserves. Basically, any kind of apple, be it Crab Apple, Granny Smith, or Macintosh, can be used as they are naturally high in pectin. In this case, I have some huge crab apple trees around the gun shop that I used to make my pectin with.
Apples contain a more concentrated amount of pectin when they are under-ripe rather than ripe. This means that I will have to pick the fruit about two weeks before it’s harvest ready, when the apples are still green and tart. Some apples, like the crab apples, will still contain enough pectin when ripened to be useful, while others loose the pectin as they ripen.
The Candwich is something that I came across the other day while shopping at a Wal-Mart Super Center. I was really intrigued by these MRE styles sandwich’s, the Wal-Mart that I purchased mine at was selling them for $1.25 which is a great price so I picked up the only 2 flavors that they had. According to the Mark One Foods Website and a YouTube Interview with the creator there are more flavors and styles of sandwich’s that are available including French Toast and Pizza Pockets, of which Im sad that I couldn’t find the Pizza one 😦
So when I opened one of the can’s (I chose BBQ Chicken) it was a very tiny sandwich, that was maybe good enough for a child or elderly person. The sandwich was very moist, which I didn’t expect since there was a silica packet in there. The meat was kind of vinegary but good. Mind you I ate mine cold, may take on a different taste when warmed. Over all I would say that I love these little Candwich’s. Im not sure of the price across the nation however, I do know that at my Wal-Mart they were only $1.25 Im going to be going back to purchase a lot more of these for my Bug Out Bag’s, Car Emergency Kits, and for friends and family.
Some time ago I saw where people were canning water to have on hand in case of an emergency. This made lots of sense to me (why buy water).
However this summer I was doing A LOT of canning and I needed every jar to can actual food, so I did not worry with water. Now as I am emptying jars while feeding my family I am filling them back up with water, since filled jars take up the same amount of space as empty jars. Also if you don’t have your canner full when doing a batch of something else throw in a jar of water to fill it up etc.
I am using my Tattler reusable lids as well as some used lids… DO NOT USE USED MEDAL LIDS on actual food, they are not really made to be used more than once, but if they don’t seal I am not out of work, time or money when there is only water in the jar. I have not had any of my used lids not seal on my jars of water.
The process is simple, put hot (I use filtered) water in hot jars, and process in water bath for 10 minutes. If you are just filling your canner up with an extra jar you can process as long as the rest of the batch needs to go. Then Next year when I need my jars I will just empty the water and start over.
This is an easy almost free way to help provide for your families, since we never know when we may be with out power or water for an extended period of time.