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7 Reasons Why You Should Have a Medicinal Garden

7 Reasons Why You Should Have a Medicinal Garden There are more people growing their own food now than in recent years. This is great news for American health in general. The exposure to fresh vegetables and fruits often creates more desire to eat fresh vegetables and fruits. The natural next step for a gardener and …

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Savings: 5 Ways to Get Fruit Trees For Cheap!

Savings: 5 Ways to Get Fruit Trees For Cheap! Fruit trees are nearly mythical in some settings in America today. To happen across a tree that food grows on in an urban setting is absolutely amazing. We all have those stories of people who had an apple tree in their backyard. Its magic thing to those …

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Canning Equipment – The Must-Have Tools For Canning Season

Canning Equipment – The Must-Have Tools For Canning Season I prefer to get my canning and preservation methods from homesteaders above all. While there are many canning enthusiasts out there and some are publishing books and have great advice I prefer those who canning to survive. Those folks who can to survive the winter will …

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Survival Gear Review: Back Packer’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes

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2_shtfblog-survival-cache-best-survival-backpackers-pantry-multigrain-buttermilk-hotcakes-pancakes-spatula-organic-lodge-cast-ironThis past weekend, I had a bit of cabin fever – I needed to get out of the house, tromp around in the woods, start a fire in the snow. So I bundled up my 3-year-old boy, filled a backpack with a thermos of hot chocolate, a small container of olive oil, a Lodge 12” cast iron skillet, a liter bottle of water, a spatula, a bit of Maine real maple syrup, and the coup de grace – a package of Backpacker’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes. We gathered up the dog and stomped out into the woods, leaving Mrs. Drew to enjoy a few minutes of precious peace and quiet, sipping her coffee.

By Drew, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog

I’ve been starting my lil’ dude on making fires in the woods (never too early!) so I had him find a birch tree and peel some bark while I collected dry twigs and branches from the myriad white pine trees in the area; I scored and found a recently fallen small sugar maple to get some nice hardwood coals in the fire for cooking.

We set up the birch bark and dry twigs, and I showed my son how to scrape a firesteel for a small pile of ferrocerium shavings, and with one healthy blast on the Firesteel GobSpark Armageddon, we had a toasty little fire going. Once the fire was healthy and happy, I let him poke around in the coals with a long stick – an irresistible fireside hobby that comes to us while we’re young, apparently. The fire danced and snapped, my son slurped hot chocolate, my dog searched for squirrels, and I started looking into breakfast.

Pancakes in a bag?

I dug the package of Backpacker’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes out of my pack, and set to reading the instructions. Pretty simple: open the pouch, dump in ¾ cup of cold water, seal the bag up, shake until mixed. I could handle that. Probably.

3_shtfblog-survival-cache-best-survival-backpackers-pantry-multigrain-buttermilk-hotcakes-pancakes-organic-hemp-add-waterI opened the resealable bag of mix, and looked inside. First order of business was to locate the little oxygen absorber packet so it didn’t accidentally become hotcake ingredients and then remove all the oxygen from my stomach through a probably very unappealing chemical process. I dug around through the mix and located the errant hitchhiker, then poured my approximation of ¾ cup of cold water in the bag. I sealed the bag up, folded it over, and shook the shit out of the package. For good measure, I let my son shake it up, too. You can never be too careful.

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I opened up the bag and peered inside at its goopy contents. It looked pretty runny to me even after a couple good hearty shakings, so I used my spatula to mix things up a bit, scraping the sides of the bag to make sure I got all the mix. No improvement: I came to the conclusion that either my water-measurement eyeballing skills were far below par, or the mix was a little on the soupy side when properly made. No worries, though – I was committed at this point, and lil’ dude was giving me toddler hell about not having pancakes, so I oiled up the cast iron skillet and let it sit over the two wrist-sized hardwood logs I’d placed atop the campfire cooking coals we’d cultivated and poked at. In a few minutes, a sprinkle of water danced on the surface of the skillet, so I knew it was game time.

The Magic Of Campfire Cooking

Ahh, the beauty of a fire in the woods – pine smoke, crackling branches, clothes that retain that sweet smoky eau de campfire scent that drives the women crazy. However, when it comes to cooking pancakes on cast iron, that campfire becomes an evil beast that makes one jump to grab the spatula like a man who just sat on a rattlesnake that’s having a bad day.

4_shtfblog-survival-cache-best-survival-backpackers-pantry-multigrain-buttermilk-hotcakes-pancakes-spatula-organic-lodge-cast-ironI poured the batter from the pouch onto the oiled, heated cast iron skillet, and the batter practically baked on the spot; bubbles (a sure sign that pancakes are done) burst from below in seconds, shocking the hell out of me and ensuring that breakfast would be a bit quicker than intended. I lunged for the spatula, shook off the residual batter left from stirring, and hastily scraped the poor scorched hotcakes from the pan. A quick flip for the two pancakes I’d made, and I let the pancakes sit another fifteen seconds or so before popping them off the skillet onto a paper plate. Round one went to the skillet.

I pulled the skillet back off the volcano to let it cool, and thankfully the next round of pancakes was a little bit easier on me. I was a nice dad and gave the better-looking pair of hotcakes to my son, lest he hate campfire cooking for the rest of his life. I’m sure he’ll thank me for it later when he’s burning bacon and eggs over campfires for years to come.

I drizzled on some real maple syrup (that fake Mrs. Butterworth stuff is for commies) and gave the Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes a whirl.

The Verdict Is In

I know it’s hard to make something taste bad when it’s covered in the delectable nectar that is Maine maple syrup, but these Hotcakes were actually pretty damned good. They tasted very similar to whole wheat or buckwheat pancakes (if any of you have ventured into that territory), very rich and a little dense. These hotcakes were meant to provide a bunch of protein for the backpacker or camper, and they taste the part. They weren’t like scratch-made griddle cakes like grandma used to make, but considering they will give you honest long-lasting energy (plus a nice sugar boost if you put syrup, honey, or jam on them), with four 4-inch pancakes providing 15 grams of protein.

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My three-year-old son requested seconds, so I happily obliged. The hotcakes were pretty filling, and we sat in the sun next to the fire, recovering happily from the unexpected need to make fast food and sipping hot chocolate. The hotcakes were winners.

The Company

5_backpackers_pantry_logo_smBackpacker’s Pantry – just so you know – pride themselves in offering organic foods to their customers, and these hotcakes were no different. The ingredient list is comprised of all food, no preservatives or chemicals. The spelt flour, evaporated cane juice, baking powder, and cornstarch are all listed as being from organic sources. A good FYI for people with allergies: These hotcakes include milk,  eggs, wheat, and gluten – so keep an eye out. Nobody likes dealing with food allergies, especially out on the trail.

I wouldn’t throw this hotcake mix in a Bug-Out Bag or emergency bag – the hassle of needing large cookware and a spatula would be too much. However, keeping a couple packages of Backpacker’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes in a Bug-out camper, or in your house pantry in case you need a just-add-water breakfast, would be a great idea, especially if you have kids and need some calming comfort food. While I didn’t try it, the addition of berries or nuts would be a fantastic locally-sourced addition. Baking this mix in a dutch oven probably wouldn’t yield bad results either…I’ll have to try it out, now that I think about it. The Backpacker’s Pantry Multigrain Buttermilk Hotcakes are definitely a welcome addition to anyone who might want a kick-start to their day but not carry around the whole refrigerator.

Aquaponics- Growing Food with Fish

Aquaponics- Growing Food with Fish We often get much of our aquaponics information from first hand users that enjoy the benefits of this method of growing food and fish everyday. That is a great source. There is an incredible cohesive relationship between the fish and the plants in a well run system. Imagine producing fish …

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Apartment Homesteading for Preppers

Apartment Homesteading for Prepper lived in an apartment I was still an uninformed sheep. I never dealt with the overwhelming anxiety that goes along with limited space preparedness. Its a reality that so many Americans face. When you come to the shocking realization that the world is hanging at the end of a rope it …

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Startup Guide to Keeping Meat Rabbits in Your Backyard

Startup Guide to Keeping Meat Rabbits in Your Backyard Why don’t we like to eat cute things? The first time I had rabbit I was blown away by the flavor and texture of the meat. I thought it was something I should eat more but the availability was rough. Now, so many years later homesteaders …

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The Enemies of Food Storage

The Enemies of Food Storage This is an article on food safety. In fact, I would encourage anyone who is truly interested in food storage, canning and other ways of growing, cooking and processing foods to take a course in food safety. It is great information for the smooth sailing of today or the rough …

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The Best Food to Dehydrate for Long Term Survival Storage

The Best Food to Dehydrate for Long Term Survival Storage First you back stock your pantry and keep it at a level where it could sustain you and your family for 72 hours. Then you step it up a notch, get some shelving, and store enough food for a few weeks. Before long you have …

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Stuff to Store for Bartering

Stuff to Store for Bartering This is one of those great list articles that offers some great thoughts on the subject of bartering. If you come to the table prepared in a desperate society that has given itself over to this practice you can basically have whatever you want. Having the answers for the desperate …

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Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Aquaponics System

Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Own Aquaponics System I am personally terrified of aquaponics. I have these grandiose ideas about a great fish farm that can also provide my plants with incredible nutrients as well. Then I get terrified at the efficiency. The never ending flow of fish. The vast number of …

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10 Ways To Save Money Raising Chickens

10 Ways To Save Money Raising Chicken Of the many benefits that come along with raising chickens, there are a number that can actually effect your wallet. Chickens cost you feed, bedding and the occasional meds for keeping your flock as well as other rare costs. For the most part they are such a giving …

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The Essential Things All Hunters Should Have!

The Essential Things All Hunters Should Have! You can grow lots of great food and even raise some good meats. Hunting still has its place. Eating wild animals is an experience beyond just filling your belly. The truth is hunting is no day at the park. Many people love it but it’s not a given. …

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31 Drought Tolerant Plants & Trees for Your Survival Garden

31 Drought Tolerant Plants & Trees for Your Survival Garden In a country more and more affected by droughts, it’s imperative that adapt your garden. In a long-term disastrous situation, you need a constant supply of food, but if you can’t get the right amount of water for your garden, it’ll surely die. The alternative is to start planting …

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How To Dry Herbs Without A Dehydrator To Preserve Them For Future Use

How To Dry Herbs Without A Dehydrator To Preserve Them For Future Use Get frugal and more self sufficient with this awesome way to dry herbs without a dehydrator! Chances are if SHTF ans there is no power or you find yourself off the grid for an extend period of time you may need to …

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6 Experts Give Their Top 3 Gardening Tips on How to Keep Pests Out of Your Garden

6 Experts Give Their Top 3 Gardening Tips on How to Keep Pests Out of Your Garden Starting and maintaining a garden takes hard work, patience, and some basic awareness.  Don’t let garden pests ruin all that hard work, and your beautiful garden, by taking some preventive steps that are easy and effective.  BugsBeGone site …

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30 Smart Ways to Reuse Things That You Usually Throw Away

30 Smart Ways to Reuse Things That You Usually Throw Away This article is a great resource for old methods. It’s really like a time machine as the author pulls much of the information from his grandparents and their actions. The article covers a variety material types both organic and inorganic. We are kings of the …

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An Illustrated Guide to Cooking on a Campfire

An Illustrated Guide to Cooking on a Campfire There is nothing better than the smell of a campfire burning! There are endless uses for a campfire: a source of warmth, a way to dry clothing when camping, and one of the best uses – cooking. Food cooked over the campfire creates a unique flavour and …

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The Best Seeds To Have For Survival Preparedness

The Best Seeds To Have For Survival Preparedness When it comes to survival and growing food most of us are constricted by growing area, some worse than others. Particularly those in urban areas. So, the debate on what should be grown is always a hot topic. It stands to reason that you would be looking for …

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The Most AMAZING Garden Veggie EVER!

The Most AMAZING Garden Veggie EVER! The title reads like some sort of terrible infomercial but it seems these homesteaders are onto something. They have found an incredible veggie that you most likely never heard of that really produces. Its one of those rare breeds that doesn’t have issues with pests, doesn’t have issues with …

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5+1 Organic Remedies For Your Spring Garden

5+1 Organic Remedies For Your Spring Garden Its always an amazing to connection when you realize that plants help plants. This article offers up some great ideas for powering your garden organically. The more space you can put between you and the dependence on chemicals and other items needed to grow your own food the …

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Growing Mushrooms in a 5 Gallon Bucket

Growing Mushrooms in a 5 Gallon Bucket   I started growing Shiitakes almost 5 years ago and I can tell you they are one of the nicest surprises of the fall and spring season. Its surprisingly easy to grow mushrooms but most people don’t do it.  This method from Instructables offers a new and even …

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Alternative Food Garden: Straw Bales

Alternative Food Garden: Straw Bales Though not everyone like to garden or grow food, everyone does need to eat! From a preparedness point of view, it makes sense to have the knowledge of several different food garden methods. It’s even better when you are able to practice them so you don’t have to try and …

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How Compost Heals Your Soil

How Compost Heals Your Soil Its all about the soil. If you plan on growing a survival garden or would like to start seeing real results from your current garden I have to tell you step one is great soil. I spent years trying to push my clay based soil into becoming something more than …

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