Free books, tips and other links.

Ten Simple Steps to Self Sufficiency  An interesting article, none of the steps are too hard, though city dwellers might find them a challenge.  But the author is right, there is a type of peace that comes from knowing you are (can be) self sufficient.

The Sustainable Living Book for Beginners

How to Raise Goats

Vegetables and Spices (how to grow)

A Beginners Guide to Growing Your Own Herb Garden

Container Gardening Made Easy

Worm Composting  Plans and Ideas

Organic Gardening A Quick Start Guide



Link to an excellent post

The 7 mistakes of food storage

Books on cooking with food storage (NOT all free, look at the price before clicking buy)

Cooking with Home Storage

Feasting on Food Storage

Simple Recipes Using Food Storage

I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage

End of the World Guide

The Ultimate Bug-Out Bag  Not exactly food storage, but based on the weather and earthquakes lately….

Herbal Medicine

Food Storage: Preserving Meat, Dairy & Eggs

Easy Dehydrating and Food Storage

Ask Jackie: Canning & Food Storage

The Joy of Salting and Smoke Curing

My advice on using food storage is the same as everyone else who has had to live off of it for any amount of time.  “Store what you eat and eat what you store.”

I discovered this wisdom for myself (after hearing it for years but choosing to experiment with new recipes anyway) when my darling man was out of work for nine months out of twelve one year.  We survived on savings and food storage. 

And suddenly my pretty yellow tomato and black olive spaghetti sauce just wasn’t cutting it.  Although the 1 kilo cans of coffee we picked up whenever it went on sale proved brilliant!  So did the jelly made from 1 litre boxes of pure fruit juice.

The most used things out of storage were: canned tomatoes, dry beans and lentils, pasta/ sauce, canned veggies, frozen veggies, frozen meat.  But now things have gotten more complicated by my newly discovered wheat intolerance.  Fortunately, Costco sells bulk packages of GF pasta.

I can pressure can meat, and have done so.  I even recommend doing so, because it’s shelf stable and not dependent on the power remaining on.  BUT, I don’t use it as much as I should because frozen’s just easier.  So, contract work as a consultant being what it is: feast or famine…

I’m thinking of bottling ready to eat meals.  Butter chicken sauce with chicken (obviously), chili with hamburger (thick thick chili), maybe ratatouille or African chicken stew or Moroccan beef with tomatoes….

Maybe I should post recipes?




Free (Kindle) ebooks

Free at time of posting, prices may change!

GF Flour Mixtures

Vertical Gardening for Beginners

I Can Can Chicken!

Disaster Preparedness

Survival Guide for Beginners

How to Grow Squash

Storage buys for the week, and free (Kindle) books

Shelf Stable recipes

Save your own seed from Heirloom plants!  Before you lose the right to.  (magazine article online)

Saving butter: Ghee (clarified butter) can be pressure canned and stored in you food storage shelves!

Some of the following specials can be pickled (asparagus), pressure canned (chicken, or just stored in a fridge/ freezer (cheese).

Specials  Walmart  No Frills  Independent  Giant Tiger  Metro
Stirling butter, 1 pound  $    2.75
Royale double-roll toilet paper, 16s  $    6.47
Old Dutch bleach, 1.89 litres  $    1.99
Campbells condensed soups, asst, 284ml  $    0.67
Royale double-roll toilet paper, 24s  $    9.97
Cracker Barrel cheddar, 500g  $    5.47
Great Value top soil, 20 litres  $    1.00
Blue Diamond almond breeze (almond milk) 946ml  $    2.00
Campbells chicken broth, 900ml or Stock First, 480ml  $    2.00  $    1.79
Great Value ketchup, 1 litre  $    2.17
Great Value relish,  $    1.97
Great Value 26X32″ garbage bags, 100  $    9.37
Asparagus, per pound  $    1.99  $    2.99
Lactantia butter, 1 pound  $    2.99
Cashmere double-roll toilet paper, 12s  $    4.48
Nestle Pure Life water, 25 X 500ml  2/ $5.00
Barilla (wheat) pasta, 375-454g  $    0.99
Kraft Cheez Whiz, 500g  $    4.77
Kraft Miracle Whip, 1.5 litres  $    4.99
Kraft dinner, or Smart Kraft Dinner, 150-200g  4/ $5.00
Heinz baked beans, 398ml  $    0.99
Robin Hood or Five Roses (wheat) flour, 5kg  $    7.99
Bertolli extra virgin or extra light olive oil, 1litre  $    7.99
Presidents Choice salsa, 500ml jar  $    2.99
Diamond G Calrose rice, 6.8kg  $    7.98
Rooster Brand scented rice, 8kg  $    9.98
Charmin bathroom tissue, 8 double-rolls  $    2.88
Kraft peanut butter or Billy Bee honey, 500g  $    3.88
Mr Goudas or Dainty Island parboiled, or Super Patna rice 8kg  $    6.88
Hereford or Grace (halal) corned beef, 340g  $    2.78
Irresistables maple syrup, 540ml  $    8.99
Duncan Heinz cake mix or frosting  $    1.00
Chicken legs, back attached, per pound  $    1.00
Goldseal tuna 85-170g  $    1.00
Habitant pea soup 796ml or no name chicken broth 900ml  $    1.00
Real Canada water, 18X 500ml  $    1.00
Ocean Spray cranberry cocktail, 950ml  $    1.00
Colgate or Crest toothpaste, 100ml  $    1.00
Presidents Choice cotton swabs, 170s  $    1.00
Lever soap, 2X 89g bars  $    1.00
Comet cleanser with bleach, 720g  $    1.00

Weekly storage sales, and free Kindle books

Free for limited time

Frugal Cooking for Simple Living    

Pickle It!

So, there are some new ideas on this storage shopping list.  Some instant food, like Chef Boyardi (I know, not real food in any sense) for instant, no heat needed EMERGENCY food.  Cake and frosting, if the SHTF, you may need something familiar and comforting to keep from killing your kids.  I also recommend storing booze for this reason.  😉

Fresh fruit for jams or butters, fresh veggies to pickle or pressure can.  Try pickling the asparagus using a “dilly beans” recipe.  Next week I’ll share a few links and/ or recipes for fermented veggies.  They are THE BEST for pickling veggies without vinegar, and have more nutrition than regular pickling.

First aid supplies, you know you’re gonna need them. I recommend storing 40proof vodka for sterilizing first aid tools.  And making herbal tinctures, but I’ll deal with them at a later date.  Also home made herbal salves and creams.

Infant formula, just in case.

Pre-potted veggies, there is nothing as healthy and morally satisfying as growing your own food.

Garden tools and seed!  They’re not on the list, but they’re on sale everywhere right now, and you should learn to grow your own veggies from seed.  It’s cheaper by an order of magnitude!

Giant Tiger has trowels for $4.97. and Black & Decker cultivator-hoe ( a veryvery useful tool) $5.97.

Specials  Walmart  No Frills  Independent  Giant Tiger     Metro
Sweet cherries (fresh) per pound 3.88
Nestle Pure Life water, 24 X 500ml 2.44 2.44
Kraft Cheez Whiz 500g jar 2.99
Organic mangos 2/ $5.00 3/ $5.00
Asparagus per pound 1.97 2.99 2.99
Selection aluminium foil, 100 ft roll 3.49
Nestea iced tea crystals, 640g-1kg (dendens on flavour) 5.49
Duncan Hines cake or brownie mix, or icing 2/ $4.00
Lysol cleaners 650-710ml 2.49
Baby carrots, 1 lb bag 1.00
Kraft Cheez Whiz 900g jar 6.97
Gain laundry detergent (powder) 10.96
Palmolive dish detergent, 739ml 2.00
Royal bathroom tissue, 24 double rolls 9.97
Royal paper towels, 12 rolls 9.97
Planters peanuts, 2.5kg bag 7.97
Vidalia onions per pound 0.77
Miracle Grow (considered safe for organic gardens) 1.7kg 8.68
Strawberries 2 lbs 3.47 3.99
Milupa baby cereal, powder 227g 2.96
Good Start infant formula, powder 640-730g 25.83 24.99
BLSL chicken breasts per pound 1.97
Almer tomato paste, tomato accents 540ml 1.00
Spongetowels choose-a-size, 6 rolls 3.44
Hunts thick & rich pasta sauce 680ml 1.00
Pure Genius iced tea 12 X 473ml cans 2.00
Chef Boyardi 1.13kg cans 2.00
Nescafe instant coffee, 330g 4.97
Gallo extra virgin olive oil, 1 litre 3.97
Devaaya Basmati rice, 4.54 kg 6.87
Cedar beans or chickpeas, 798ml 1.00
Del Monte canned fruit, 798ml 1.97
Halal chicken legs, per pound 1.67
Cashmere bathroom tissue, 6 double rolls or 12 rolls 2.89
Giant Value raisin bran cereal, 675g 2.97
Giant Value marble cheese, 500g 4.98
Giant Value mini garlic dill pickles, 1 litre jar 1.50
Giant value table salt, 1kg 1.00
Bulk fresh sweet corn, by the ear 0.25
Black Diamond cheese, 500g 4.44
Real Canadian spring water, 24X 500ml 1.99
Bicks asst pickles, 1 litre jar 2.99
Kashi granola bars 210g, crackers 225g, or pita chips 2.99
Organic peaches, 2 litre basket 5.99
PC Gigantico herbs, 4.5″ pot 3.99
PC patio veggies, 12″ pot with cage 15.00
PC pixie grape vine, 6″ pot 19.99
Maxwell House ground coffee, 925g can 6.99
PC Blue Menu pasta sauce, 650ml 2/ $5.00
PC Organics infant formula powder, 730g 19.99
Exact triple antibiotic ointment, 30g 6.99
Exact plastic bandages, 80 2.99