Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation

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Hard times aren’t just coming, they are here already. The recent economic collapse has seen millions of North Americans move from the middle class to being poor, and from poor to hungry. At the same time, the idea of eating locally is shifting from being a fringe activity for those who can afford it to an essential element of getting by. But aside from the locavores and slow foodies, who really knows how to eat outside of the supermarket and out of season? And who knows how to ...

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Overview

Hard times aren’t just coming, they are here already. The recent economic collapse has seen millions of North Americans move from the middle class to being poor, and from poor to hungry. At the same time, the idea of eating locally is shifting from being a fringe activity for those who can afford it to an essential element of getting by. But aside from the locavores and slow foodies, who really knows how to eat outside of the supermarket and out of season? And who knows how to eat a diet based on easily stored and home preserved foods?

Independence Days tackles both the nuts and bolts of food preservation, as well as the host of broader issues tied to the creation of local diets. It includes:

  • How to buy in bulk and store food on the cheap
  • Techniques, from canning to dehydrating
  • Tools—what you need and what you don’t

In addition, it focuses on how to live on a pantry diet year-round, how to preserve food on a community scale, and how to reduce reliance on industrial agriculture by creating vibrant local economies.

Better food, plentiful food, at a lower cost and with less energy expended: Independence Days is for all who want to build a sustainable food system and keep eating—even in hard times.

Sharon Astyk is a former academic who farms in upstate New York with her family. She is the author of Depletion and Abundance, the co-author of A Nation of Farmers, and she blogs at www.sharonastyk.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716520
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 349
  • Sales rank: 819,294
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Sharon Astyk is a former academic who is a writer, subsistence farmer, parent, activist and prolific blogger (www.sharonastyk.com and http://henandharvest.com/). She farms in upstate New York with her husband and four children, raises livestock, and grows and preserves vegetables. She is the author of Depletion and Abundance, and co-author of A Nation of Farmers.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: The Welcome Pantry and the Welcome Table xv

Part 1 Independence Days

1 Nine Meals from Anarchy and the Theory of Anyway 3

Real Independence Days 3

Preservation-Wherever You Live 12

The Theory of Anyway, Peach Jam and Why We Do Too Have Time for This 14

Sleeping Beauty and Why You Should Prepare for Hard Times (Even If It Seems Much Nicer Not To) 18

Depression Cuisine 20

Depression Recipes

Sunshine Strawberries and Cherry Preserves 23

Scalloped Corn 24

Challenges 25

2 Local Eating, Pantry Eating 29

Making the Best Use of What We Already Have to End Hunger 36

Clean Plate Club: Food Waste and Its Relationship to Food Storage and Preservation 38

What Can Food Storage and Preservation Do? 39

Recipes

Salmon Cakes with Chipotle Mayonnaise 42

Weallh 45

3 How Much Food Should You Store? 47

Project One: Getting Starred 52

Getting Your Household Onboard with Food Storage 56

What Does a Three Month Supply of Food Look Like? 59

Baby Steps 65

Dry Goods: How to Sort Out What to Buy Locally and What Not to Worry About 66

Storing vs. Hoarding: The Ethics of Food Storage 68

Recipes

Black Bean Dip 73

Very Basic Wheat Bread 73

Ready or Not 75

4 Food Storage on the Cheap: How Food Storage and Preservation Can Help You Keep Eating When Times Get Tough 77

Five Dollars a Month Food Storage for Emergencies and/or Inflation for People Who Think They Cannot Afford Food Storage 78

More Ways to Build Up Stores Inexpensively 88

Getting the Tools for Storing and Preserving on the Cheap 93

Recipes

Pancake Syrup 96

Pumpkin Pancakes 97

Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup Base 97

CreamyGreens Casserole 98

Recipe Dreaming 99

5 Eating From Food Storage-Every Day 101

How To Get the Actual People in Your House to Eat the Food 104

The Joys of Food Storage and Preservation 108

Recipes

Hearty Hearth Corn Muffins 109

Potatoes, Peas and Onions with Tomatoes and Mustard Seeds 110

Smoky Black Bean Stew 111

Part 2 Food Storage and Preservation How-To

Pleasures 115

6 The Mechanics of Food Storage 119

Buckets 119

Grain Basics 120

Storing Water 126

Capturing Water from the Sky or Ground 129

Recipes

Posole Verde 132

Creamy Quinoa and Butternut Squash 132

Golden Coconut Rice 133

Tex-Mex Millet 134

Oops 135

7 Energy Conscious Food Preservation 137

The Food Preserver's Year 148

Recipes

Pickled Jalapenos (or Other Hot Peppers) 155

Happy Tummy Tea 156

Pumpkin Leather 156

Homemade Yogurt 156

Beets with Tahini Sauce 157

Winter Feast 159

8 Root Cellaring and Season Extension 161

Season Extension 161

Making the Most Out of Your Garden Mistakes 164

Root Cellaring 168

Recipes

Stuffed Cabbage with Dried Fruits, Mushrooms and Wild Rice 172

Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Olive Oil 173

Balsamic Glazed Onions 174

Root Vegetables Massaman Curry 174

The Easy Way Out 175

9 Dehydration 177

The Basics 178

Dehydrating Meat 181

Dehydrating With-or Without-the Sun 182

Dehydrated Foods-Our Favorites 185

Recipes

Peanut Butter-Banana Balls 187

Salmon Jerky 188

Dehydrated Sweet Corn 188

Soybean Succotash 189

Dehydrator Apple Granola Bars 189

10 Canning 191

Water Bath Canning 192

Pressure Canning 196

Making Good Use of Canning 203

Recipes

Crunchy Chicken's Raspberry-White Chocolate Jam with Coffee Liqueur 204

Vanilla-Amaretto Strawberry Jam 205

Salsa Verde 206

Bestest Everything Pickles 206

Apple Cider Syrup 207

Canned Meat Broth 207

The Best Beef Stew 208

Old Way and New 209

11 Fermentation 211

Fermentation in General 211

Lactofermentation in Particular 213

Salting 216

Preservation in Oil and Alcohol 217

Recipes: Fermentation

Homemade Kimchi 221

Kimchi Tofu Soup 222

Wine Sauerkraut 222

Japanese-Style Rice-Fermented Greens 223

Recipes: Salting

Preserved Lemons 224

Salt Pork 225

Recipes: Preservation in Oil

Grilled Vegetables in Oil 225

Recipes: Alcohol

Grandpa Orlov's Vodka 226

The Barn in Winter 229

12 Replenishing Stores: Gardening, Seed Saving, Raising Animals 233

Ten Mistaken Assumptions About Growing Food and Keeping Livestock 234

Seeds 239

Storing Seeds 245

Recipes

Thai Salad 246

Bamboo Shoot Soup 247

Human Hands 249

13 Putting Tools in Perspective 251

What You Need, What You Don't 253

How to Cook When the Powers Out 255

Recipes

Corn Tortillas (With or Without a Tortilla Press) 259

Chili in a Solar Oven 260

Dutch Oven Biscuits over an Open Fire 260

Seeking Health 263

14 Medicines, Health Care and Special Diets 267

Special Diets 267

First Aid Kits and Medications 271

Medical Care When You Can't Call the Pros 275

Prescription Medications and Supplies 276

Recipes

Garlicky Oatmeal Soup 282

Baked Apples with Dried Cranberries 283

Stuff 285

15 Now What?-Making Space and Managing Food Storage 289

The Chatelaine 291

Wait, Aren't I Done Yet?-Allocating Resources 295

Minimizing Waste 297

Recipes

Perfect White Bean and Whatevet Soup 299

A Northerner's Attempt at Hoppin'John 300

The Water Fountain 301

16 Creating and Using Community Resources 305

But Won't Someone Just Take My Food Away From Me? 305

Talking To Others About Food Storage 309

Building and Sustaining Local Safety Nets 311

Community Food Security Centers 316

Recipes

Open House Roasted Vegetables 318

Almond Mushroom Wild Rice 319

Gingerbread for a Crowd 319

Just No 321

17 Bringing It All Together-Living Independently in a Better World 327

The Battle Cry 330

OK? Now What? 331

Resources 336

General Food Storage and Preservation Books and Internet Resources 336

Food Storage Information 336

Tools for Food Preservation and Sustainable Living 337

Dehydration 337

Canning 337

Fermentation 337

Root Cellaring and Season Extension 337

Living and Eating Frugally 338

Best Cookbooks 338

Index 340

Subject 340

Recipes 347

About the Author 349

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    doomsday!

    I expected a book full of delicious recipes and instead got a negative, self-pitying narrative of today's politics. A lot of gee, I wish I could give you a good recipe but our economy is so bad and our leaders so mindless that I'll have to give you an mediocre recipe that matches my sour outlook on the world. Really?

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    Great for helping families prepare for minor or major personal o

    Great for helping families prepare for minor or major personal or environmental emergencies. Also just a good book for people who want to be a little more self reliant, not the Doomsday prepper kind, but just being able to take care of themselves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Excellent reference book

    Excellent book to help families prepare to save money, have more healthful food and prepare in case of family emergencies or natural disasters.
    Especially helpful were the recipes, and alternative ways to preserve foods; and where to obtain some of the supplies needed!

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