Episode-1759- Food Storage for Modern Survivalism — 13 Comments

  1. On the history segment about childhood mortality: the Hawaiians still today celebrate the first birthday of a child in a big way (kinda like sweet sixteen in a way) for the very reason that back in the day if a baby survived the first year, it probably wouldn’t die of anything but severe disease and injury. It’s just a cultural tradition now, but that’s the origin of it

  2. Jack, if by bean bag you mean what I know as a “hackey sack”, they’re not as popular as they were twenty years ago but there still around.

  3. Yes butternut squash is the longest storing squash. If I remember correctly 60°F dark provides longest storage.

  4. Jack you are about 5 years older then I am so I understand your references to how things changed from your childhood. I have also pondered the change away from “putting up” your own food and have a theory based on my possibly faulty memory.

    I believe that preserved food (canned, frozen…) of good quality became available from the store at a price point that made it cost effective for average families to buy it rather than preserve it themselves. At that point in basically one generation this no longer became part of their lives.

    Fast forward 30-40 years and now the preserved “food” has the cheapest possible ingredients rather than being good quality. For me the main reason for preserving my own food is to get quality that I either cannot afford or cannot get at any price from the store.

  5. Jack, Just at thought about farmers market and “stocking up”. Whenever we go to the farmers market we ask for “canning tomatoes”. Most vendors are happy to sell them to you, at a greatly reduced cost. These are the tomatoes that are split, bruised, overripe or under-ripe and can’t be sold normally. The vendors in our area will box up the tomatoes and have them sitting out of the way until someone asks for them. We generally get a 20lb box for between $5-$8. My wife and I will get the tomatoes early in the morning, then process throughout the day and will make tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. And you’d be surprised how many good tomatoes are in those boxes.
    This is ideal for those that want to make their own tomato sauce/paste/diced but don’t have the room for a garden full of tomato plants.
    Keep up the good work!

    • Yes, this! Our farmers market does this with apples as well – calls them “seconds” or “canning apples.” You can also get a good haul if you go toward the end of the day.

    • Ryan,

      Thanks for that link, I will try it out.

      Norther Virginia
      MSB member

  6. Jack,

    Was cooking eggs (from my neighbors chickens) for breakfast with spinach, oregano, sage, thyme and onion from the garden. My sister in law said to my wife, I didn’t know you married a gourmet chef. When I heard this episode, I realized the door creaked open to a prepper discussion.

    She and her husband just moved near Ft worth. Next time we visit, I’d love to make them breakfast; maybe with duck eggs from 9 mile farm and some of my preserved herbs and really get the discussion going.

    Great episode and great advice.

    P.S. I don’t do facebook, but can access pages in it. Please let two chicks know I could not figure out how to contact them from the info on the directory, including their website link on Facebook.