02 July 2012

Anita's Grab Bag: 5 foraging, cooking, and food storage posts

My wife Anita regularly sends me self-reliance and preparedness tidbits that she encounters as she browses on the Internet. Some of these inspire full-blown articles, while others get folded into some of the posts I write. Sometimes, there are just too many good bits for me to use in a timely fashion. Here's another "grab bag" collection like the one we did a while back.

7 Foods You Never Knew You Could Grill
Using excerpts from Fire It Up: 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything, this rodale.com article discusses how to grill these foods:
  1. Sardines
  2. Pizza
  3. Caesar Salad
  4. Doughnuts
  5. Oysters
  6. Oatmeal Cookies
  7. Goat Cheese

7 Wild Fruits That May Be Growing in Your Backyard
Here's another rodale.com article, this time talking about foraging the wild berries listed below (don't forget to  check out the bonus foraging video that's included in the article):
  1. Strawberries
  2. Mulberries
  3. Black raspberries
  4. Wineberries
  5. Other raspberries
  6. Juneberries
  7. Cherries

The Great Dandelion Cook-Off
While dandelions are seen as weeds, they are actually completely edible. The Great Dandelion Cook-Off in Dover, Ohio celebrates cooking with dandelions, and the Blue Ribbon Hunter was on hand to report on the event:

Great Depression Cooking with Clara
Great Depression Cooking with Clara is an online cooking show starring a 94-year-old cook, Clara (who's now 96!). In each episode, Clara shares stories and wisdom from the Depression as she shows you how to make simple, inexpensive and delicious meals. Following the link will take you to the main site, or you can visit their YouTube channel directly. If you're interested in having the information offline, you can buy the Great Depression Cooking with Clara DVD or get her book, Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression. To give you a feel for what the series is like, here's the promo for the second (and final) season of the series:

Purge Your Pantry
If you're just getting started in preparedness and food storage, this is a great article to get (and keep) you organized as you increase your food storage (of course, it can be a help to experienced food storers too). This RealSimple.com article describes four easy steps to give your food pantry a makeover:
  1. A Makeover Must
  2. Empty and Categorize
  3. Clean the Shelves
  4. Restock Smartly

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