Monday, July 27, 2015

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies from Long Term Food Storage

Yes Kymber this photo is for you! :-)

Here at Living Prepared my focus is to be able to live comfortably along with eating well in a long term ‘Grid Down’ disaster scenario which I believe would be the worst kind of disaster we could face.

Today I made a batch of Oatmeal Cookies, a simple and quick recipe all from my long term stored foods.

Makes about 50 cookies.

3 cups rolled oats
2 cups whole wheat milled flour
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups light brown sugar
1¼ cups water
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt

In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients together.
Then add and combine in all the liquids.
Drop a rounded heaping tablespoonful onto an lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake @ 350f degrees for 18 minutes.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Solar 12 volt power can burn your house down!

Over at Backwoods Home I found this story written by their writer Electrical Engineer, Jeff Yago. It’s worth a look and a reminder that 12 volt solar systems are not idiot proof. They can be a fire hazard if installed improperly.

The story here:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Egg Preservation

I found this very interesting information posted at the Nomad Survival Forum where posted was “The Top 6 Historical Egg Preservation Techniques” video at;

The last method discussed is the one I found astoundingly simple and preserves eggs for years by submerging the eggs in a solution of “Slaked Lime” powder and water! Worth watching!

The videos produced at; Jas. Townsend and Son, Inc. are produced with excellent clarity and sound. He has many historical cooking videos to review.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Kayak Towed with a Bicycle

A couple days ago I came across this photo of a bike towing a Kayak, something I never thought to do with my bike. I'm sure the same method would also work for a canoe. Myself, I live a stones throw from the ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway and many clean ponds and using a bike to get there is quite easy.

A bike with a cargo trailer and now being able to tow a light weight Kayak or canoe makes a lot of sense because I surf fish, shore fish or small pond fish for food and for the small ponds these boats work very well. Most of these spots are no more than 2 miles away so a bike is a credible mode of transportation. Using a little ingenuity you could fabricate and inexpensive strap-on-boat set of wheels or your existing bike cargo trailer to strap the Kayak or canoe onto. A simple home made tow/hitch boom fastened to the bikes frame will do the job (see photo).

I’m a fan of using a bicycle whenever possible and most definitely if we should find ourselves in a deeply depressed economy or disaster event such as a grid down for an indefinite time period when gas stations are closed because they can't pump fuel.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Garden Rice Salad

I made this to night and gave a big bowl of it to my neighbor. They ate it non-stop. It's like a macaroni salad but with rice, rice should be in your long term food stocks and home garden grown veggies. This Garden Salad is very good, like a comfort food it's very cheap and easy to make.

2 cups white rice (uncooked)
3/4 cup mayo
2 stalks chopped celery
1 large tomato chopped
1/2 cucumber chopped
1 cup onion chopped
2 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)

Cook the rice 15 minutes (2 cups rice & 4 1/2 cups water) and let cool in a refrigerator if possible.

Put the rice in a large bowl and blend in 2-3 tbs of olive oil to separate the grains.
Then add and blend together all the other ingredients.

Serve chilled if possible.

(Original recipe shown was modified from Penzey Spice)