Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage and Preservation

Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage and Preservation

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By (author) Sharon Astyk

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  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 241mm x 28mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Gabriola Island
  • ISBN 10: 0865716528
  • ISBN 13: 9780865716520
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 192,426

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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 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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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.

Table of contents

Nine Meals from Anarchy & the Theory of Anyway; Local Eating, Pantry Eating; How Much Food Should You Store?; Food Storage on the Cheap: How Food Storage & Preservation Can Help You to Keep Eating When Times Get Tough; Eating From Food Storage -- Every Day; The Mechanics of Food Storage; Energy Conscious Food Preservation; Root Cellaring & Season Extension; Dehydration; Canning; Fermentation; Replenishing Stores: Gardening, Seed Saving, Raising Animals; Putting Tools in Perspective; Medicines, Health Care & Special Diets; Now What? -- Making Space; Creating & Using Community Resources; Bringing It All Together -- Living Independently in a Better World; Index.