Saturday, October 25, 2014

Yellow Mustard, Homemade

Mustard and Ketchup are simple condiments that make comfort foods like burgers, dogs and fries so comforting. But what if during the aftermath of a disaster event and the stores have been closed for a couple months and you ran out of the commercial made stuff? Now you need these condiments to keep your tribe from going nuts on you, what do you do? Make your own from simple spices you have in your spice storage.

I search dozens and dozens of mustard recipes looking for a simple one that could be made from our long term stored foods and spices. Below is what I finally ended up with when I eliminated the nonessential ingredients and got down to the simple basic ingredients. In a side by side taste test with French's Yellow Mustard this is very close.

Link to Ketchup Recipe:

Makes about 4 oz.

4 tablespoons dry ground mustard
3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth.
You can use it thin as made or to thicken it, add to a small pot and bring the pot to a medium high heat for about 60 second, it will thicken that quick.
Let cool and serve.

The basic ingredients.

In a small fry pan on medium high heat for about 60 seconds to thicken slightly.

Finished and ready to eat!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How to Stack Firewood

If you have way to much time on your hands!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

All with smart phone users - check this out!

If you have or are thinking about downloading a "Flashlight" app you need to watch this short video.

Just my opinion but we rely on and use our smart phone for far to much and there is a danger there and here's one of many!

Monday, October 13, 2014

All Purpose White Flour Storage

Link to retail LDS Store:

Long term storing of All Purpose White Flour is rarely discussed. It's like its taboo and that probably started back at Y2K where some fool said you can't store it because it will go rancid or cited some other nonsense.

The common issue with living off home milled wheat grain (red or white) is some people, adults and children honestly can't eat it because they get nauseated from it. These people need All Purpose White Flour to bake with.

Because the rumor mill says you can't long term store white flour they feel lost or left out of proper food storage and having familiar baked goods to eat during disaster times. The worst time to be eating foods you don't like is during a disaster because of all the stress you will certainly be dealing with at that time.

Well, good news! I decided to look into this rumor and sure enough it is Bull Flop! True it doesn't store 30 years but it does store 10 years!! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) sells it in #10 cans with an oxygen absorber sealed inside and states it is good for 10 years. So that opens the door to us using Mylar Bags with absorbers sealed inside to get the same shelf life.

Also I found that the older flour may gain a slight off-odor. This can be removed by sifting the flour to reintroduce oxygen back into the flour.

So there you go, store away! Follow good long term storage methods and procedures and you'll be eating just like normal during the worst of times.

Below is the exact copy of the email that the LDS Store people sent me when I questioned the long term storage of white flour:

Today at 8:13 AM

Dear Mike,

Thank you for your email regarding the storage life of White Flour.
The flour is good for only 10 years for storing.

Thank you,


Global Service Center"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Instantly Worthless!

In the photo above is my propane lantern, one of two I own and use for camping and emergency lighting. A great way to have remote portable lighting and a lot of it. This being my camp lantern I keep in my van under the platform bed I built for storage of such items. All my camp gear is always with me in the van, so if leaving in a hurry I won't forget anything needed for shelter and eating.

The event today was I had removed my propane camp stove from my van to test bake some bread. The camp stove also does double duty, cooking and when in the van by nesting the lantern above to keep it from rolling around and possible breakage. Well that's what happened, I drove to the store and with the stove removed the lantern rolled around and broke the glass globe (I knew immediately what happened when I heard the impact noise). Luckily and because of good planning I have a spare globe and mantles, otherwise during a disaster event this could have had miserable consequences.

Lesson learned:

Be sure you have spare parts or alternatives for all breakable survival items, in this case a spare globe and plenty of spare mantles. Without spares your lantern you may some day depend on for your lighting will not work and is worthless. If your lantern has a storage case use it, if like mine and none are available make one.