Survival Cooking: A Must Learn Cooking Technique

Survival Cooking: A Must Learn Cooking Technique

As a culinary judge, I’ve probably seen thousands of impressive cooking techniques. From simple sautéing to roasting to braising, all of these techniques create sumptuous dishes. But there’s one cooking technique that everyone should learn – survival cooking.

Survival cooking is cooking without the use of any modern conveniences such as kitchen stove or electricity. It’s going back to the basics. It may seem primitive and tough but once you’ve mastered it, it’ll be a very useful life skill.

Likely a future catastrophe will shut down the grid and render your kitchen useless. Although that can be tragic, you don’t have to settle with unpalatable canned foods. You actually don’t need electric oven, microwave, or gas-powered stove to cook up a tasty meal.

With survival cooking, you can make an enjoyable mealtime even in the midst of an apocalypse. That’s how important survival cooking is.

Here let’s take a look at five cooking techniques for survival:

  1. Frying in foil

No need use a pan to fry foods, a little bit of aluminum foil will do. Using a kitchen knife (or the best pocket knife for a more survival-ish feel) cut the meat (fish or pork) into thin shreds. Place it in the middle of foil, sprinkle with edible oil, and fold the foil. Throw it on a dying bed of coals to slowly fry the food.

  1. Baking in a can

Got no working oven but want to bake? No worries. Just get an empty tin can, place your food inside it, add some seasoning, and you’re ready for a sumptuous roasted meat! Light up coals or wood and bury the stuffed tin can under the coal. Just wait for a few minutes and you’re fresh hot roasted meat is ready to serve!

  1. Kebabs or barbecue

Well, this one’s no-brainer. Just look for a long pointy stick, sharpen the edge using any of the hunting knives reviewed at this site: http://asklancelot.com/best-hunting-knife/, and insert your food item into the stick. Simply hold it (or prop up) close to the fire. Rotate the stick every few minutes for an even cook. They say that this is the most primitive cooking method. We won’t prove it but one thing’s for sure: it tastes great!

  1. Boiling with a can

Well, it appears the tin can save you when doomsday comes. Aside from being used for baking, you can also boil in a can. You can use tin cans for your teas or soups. To boil, simply fill the can with water and place it over improvised rack. Another way of heating the can is by placing it in the ashes on the edge of the fire. Another alternative is by piercing lips on two side of the can and placing wire on each opening. Using sticks, hang the tin can over the fire. This will cook the food faster.

There you have the four simple survival cooking techniques. While the rest of the world feasts on cold, canned foods for meals, you can cook fresh hot meals using your survival cooking skills. You’ll never go hungry with this very important life skill!

Why Growing Your Own Food Is Awesome

Why Growing Your Own Food Is Awesome

You all know how much I love food, and you’re probably aware of some reasons why food is important and how it affects us. But do you know what kind of benefits you can get from growing it by yourself? I started doubting this the last couple of times when I talked to some of my friends about this. Although it seems pretty straight-forward to me, they just couldn’t, or wouldn’t, understand what I was trying to say. This is why I’ve decided to introduce my readers to some of the greatest benefits of growing organic food. I hope you enjoy reading them!

Growing your own food lets you choose what you’ll eat

This is probably the biggest benefit that you’ll get from it during your own lifetime. When you grow your own food, you’re the one deciding what you’ll eat, as well as the one in control of how the food is going to be treated and processed. Just think of all the things that are listed as ingredients on the packages of food you usually buy, and try to realize how much you don’t know about them. So wouldn’t it be great if you knew what you were eating all the time?

It makes the food you eat tastier

having a food garden at home will prove to be beneficial longtermkThis is something my friends simply refused to believe. It’s probably because organic food is expensive and they haven’t tried much of it. But it’s true. For example, I have an apple tree that requires some care. I need to test the soil every now and then, and make sure it gets enough water. I even have to prune it, which would be a difficult task if I didn’t have a quality pole saw, a gadget that allows you to cut the branches without much effort. But it pays off, because when I make an apple pie with the apples I picked from my own tree, the taste is divine! It makes a world of difference!

It saves money in the long run

Yes, you’ll need to invest in your garden if you want things to grow in it. That’s the main argument people use when they start talking against growing your own food. But once your fruit and vegetables start growing, believe me, the cost becomes so low that you’ll definitely notice the difference.

It also saves energy

Factories that are in the business of producing food have become quite large, and thus spend a lot of energy. Growing your own food, on the other hand, is something that can be done with minimum waste. Apart from saving energy, keeping your own garden will make you want to use everything that can be used, and in that way reduce the amount of biological waste.

It protects the Earth

In the long run, this way of living is what significantly reduces the amount of damage we do to our own planet, and isn’t that something we should be striving towards? So if you think ecology is important, the best way to contribute is by growing your own food.

5 Top Reasons Why You Need a Vacuum Sealer

5 Top Reasons Why You Need a Vacuum Sealer

Being the foodie that I am, I enjoy trying out all kinds of new kitchen tools and appliances. There are so many incredible things available to us today that I can’t stop admiring the technical progress, which made all of this amazing stuff available to us. Using all these fancy tools makes cooking a delicious meal an easy task, and you can use them not only to make foods but to store them as well.

I recently discovered a truly magical tool that changed my outlook of food storage completely. I am a happy owner of a vacuum sealer now, and I couldn’t be happier. If you don’t know what this tool is, check out http://vacuumsealerhub.com/ to learn all there is to know about various kinds of sealers and where to buy the best one of them.

Once you start using a vacuum sealer, you will wonder how you managed to go without one before. At least, this is what happened to me. I took it upon myself to experiment with this machine as much as possible to discover how many practical uses it actually has. I’m pretty sure I will come up with some more ideas as the time goes by, but I’d like to share what I came up with so far.

  1. Food storage.
    Obviously, this is the first thing that comes to mind as the device is actually designed for this purpose. I use mine to seal away freshly frozen veggies. It works beautifully for anything that is not pureed. I also sometimes seal away leftovers so that I have a quick meal always handy when I don’t actually have the time to cook on weekdays.
    The benefits? When you open up a vacuum-sealed pack of peas, they aren’t a huge frozen block, so you can take as much of the produce as you need and neatly pack away the rest.
  2. Dry canning.
    We all know that buying in bulk is cheaper, but storing dry goods in your pantry for months can be quite a challenge. It won’t be so if you have a vacuum sealer to help you. Be sure to buy one with a jar sealer attachment so that you can safely store dried fruits, spices, or flour in jars.
    Speaking from experience, I can say that storing flour and other powders is much easier if you vacuum seal the item in its original paper storage bag.
  3. Resealing bottles.
    The shelf life of open wine and vinegar bottles isn’t really long, but you can extend it using a vacuum sealer with a special wine stopper attachment. It’s perfect for those who make homemade wine.
  4. Protection from corrosion.
    It’s not only food that can benefit from being sealed this way. You can also use this little handy device to preserve the polishing on your table silver. Just be sure to cover precious cutlery with a piece of cloth before you package it.
  5. Resealing cracker and chip bags.
    Junk food is bad for you, but sometimes it’s so hard to avoid it. And once you open the pack, you just have to finish it as the food will be ruined after you unseal it. A vacuum sealer will solve this problem and keep your crackers and chips crisp and dry in your pantry.

Ways To Work Up A Decent Appetite

Ways To Work Up A Decent Appetite

I think just about everyone knows you shouldn’t go swimming right after eating. It’s a downright dangerous idea because of how your body, while digesting food, can cramp up severely when you try to work all of its muscles, like you do when you climb into a body of water and start making waves. On the other hand, swimming first to build up an appetite and then eating once you’re out of the water is totally safe. You’ll want to wait before climbing back into your pool, pond, lake or other body of water again after eating though, naturally.

runing is a great way to work up the appetite

Runing is a great way to work up the appetite

There are plenty of other ways to work up a decent appetite too, me and my husband found plenty of them. Just from doing work around the house and fixing things that need fixing, we’ve made quite the appetite in the past. Have you ever tried sanding down a bunch of rough, recycled wooden planks to get a start on some new flooring? It’s a hard work, even with a belt sander to automate most of it; difficult, sweaty work that can get anyone hungry.

Our bodies need energy to perform tasks, and we need food to convert to energy, or at least quality energy. I’m not talking about the massive B vitamin shock and caffeine overdose you get from things like energy shots or drinks. There is good energy and there is bad energy, that’s something that’s worth keeping in mind. There are wholesome foods and there are junk foods. What is more important than anything though is getting enough water, especially if you’re sweating it out, while working under hot or strenuous conditions.

Getting back to those sanders for a moment, they aren’t exactly small or light. I’m talking about heavy duty equipment meant for extended use in harsh conditions, the sort of thing people who do this kind of stuff for a living would rely on for their livelihoods. My husband uses a MAKITA 9403, he says it gets some pretty rave reviews from people who are looking for this sort of stuff. But preparing planks is just the start of creating a floor for a new room. There’s drywall to put up, wires to run and lots of other work left to be done.

Just thinking about it now actually makes me kind of hungry. Working on houses is pretty hard – I’m kind of glad it’s not my day job. But I can kind of imagine what it’s like for the people who do it day in and day out. I would never want to be in construction, but I think I understand very well how people feel after working on buildings all day. They get hungry, and they want to eat, which is just fine. Do any of you have a time where you remember feeling famished after working hard all day? A little corroboration here would be nice.

Just Ate? Wait Before Swimming

Just Ate? Wait Before Swimming

Swimming can be a lot of fun, as well as a great way to get exercise for all the muscle groups throughout your body thanks to the way it gets everything involved. It’s really one of the best exercises for anyone because of this. However, swimming can also be quite dangerous, especially if you don’t practice proper safety protocols while doing so. If you’ve just eaten, you need to give your body some time to digest that food before you go leaping into a body of water. Don’t think those potentially fatal cramps won’t happen to you – they very well may.

The reason those cramps happen is actually the same reason swimming is such an excellent form of exercise for practically anyone. Swimming is practically the only exercise in the world which works all of the body’s muscle groups simultaneously. Arms, legs, core and even often neglected areas like the neck and shoulders all get a workout when you go swimming. The problem with this is that while your body is digesting food, it isn’t ready for that kind of workout. As a foodie, this is something I had to learn a long time ago.

I’m actually kind of surprised that more people don’t adequately understand the dangers of swimming after eating without giving their bodies enough time to be ready for such an act. It’s not that the cramps themselves are fatal, but when it suddenly becomes incredibly painful to move and movement actually equates to remaining alive like it does when swimming in water where you can’t simply stand up, that’s a huge problem. I’ve heard plenty of stories about this but I’m not going to share them here. Just trust me – it happens.

If you do decide to hit up a pool immediately after eating, be positive you can comfortably stand in it without needing to pump your legs or arms. A good rule is to look and see how deep it is before you even try climbing in, though you’d need a pool with especially clean water to be able to do that. Hopefully the pool you’re eyeing has some sort of nice canister filter or other automatic system in place to keep the water clean. Still, I wouldn’t recommend getting in the water at all, but hey, I’ve been there before.

I know how it can be, especially when it’s hot outside, like if you’re at a picnic or grilling out at home. After enduring the heat of the day and only adding to it by filling your belly with hot food, a swim would sound fantastic. In the end though, you’ve got to think about your safety and then act accordingly. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea if there were a bunch of other, more mobile people around in case something bad did happen. But would you really want to knowingly be a liability to your fellow guests? I’m going to guess not. Who would?

My Tips on Fighting Bad Eating Habits

My Tips on Fighting Bad Eating Habits

My cousin was mentioning the other day about the new diet she had taken up to lose her weight. She had recently returned from her vacation and wanted to shed the calories she had added on during her trip. She said that it was difficult to let go of her usual foods, so was finding it hard to lose weight. Most of the food habits we follow have been developed from our childhood.

We tend to select the same vegetables, fruits and food items, when we go shopping for food. The only way to get out of this dilemma is to break the bad eating habits and start afresh on a healthy lifestyle and diet. Like my cousin, many feel it difficult to get rid of the bad food habits.

Most often fear plays a big factor in embracing new food habits. Many are afraid to try new things and doubt on whether it would be good for them. And even if you do manage to fight these bad habits, when you are stressed out, you tend to revert to your old ways.

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So how do you deal with these eating habits?

The exercise and eating habits that prevent you from becoming healthy and fit need to be tacked by following three important points:

  1. Be aware of the bad habits you need to change
  2. Understand why you have made them a habit in the first place
  3. Try to devise ways in which you can change the habits into better and healthier ones

One thing I’m certain about in this habit changing attitude is accepting the fact that you cannot change them overnight. Gradual and steady attempts at changing them will give effective results. For being fit and healthy, you must have an active lifestyle, and eat according food.

Here are some tips on changing bad eating habits:

  • Start with minor changes first. Try eating nutritious breakfast to start your day on a good note.
  • Eat meals at the dining table, where there are few distractions
  • Eat with family or partner
  • Eat only when you are hungry and stop when you feel full
  • Portion sizes should be reduced by a minimum of 20% and avoid second helpings
  • Choose only foods that are low in fat, sugar and salt. It is a good idea to grow natural food at home.
  • Getting minimum of eight hours undisturbed sleep is important. Most often, we tend to binge on foods, when we are fatigued due to lack of sleep
  • Try cooking methods that use low amount of oil, salt and sugar. Try grilling, baking, poaching instead of deep frying foods. Add herbs, mustards, lemon and other seasonings to reduce the oil and salt addition.
  • Drink more of water and less of sugary drinks. Restrict alcohol to one or two drinks a day

While taking up a healthy diet may look intimidating initially, soon you will find that it truly gives you good results. I recently got into a carrot eating frenzy after knowing of archer’s diet. It does not matter what type of diet you take up. The result should make you feel good, lose weight, and keep you healthy. You will soon find that you like the change better and will start embracing it more enthusiastically.

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