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New Food Storage Ebook Free To DPers, Limited Time, Deep Knowledge.

Hidden Harvest: Long Term Food Storage Food Storage for Rich and Poor. started as a meeting and the meeting turned into a recitation of 3 generations worth of knowledge so it inevitably turned into a story and the story turned into notes. It was in fact a collection of stories.

Because it was felt that some of this information needed to be available to the public (and because it was easy) those notes turned into a web site and the story could have pretty much ended there. But there's only so much you can fit in one story, or one part of a story so this one needs to live so the rest can come along after.

Hidden Harvest: Long Term Food Storage Food Storage for Rich and Poor. is part story, part how-to book and part reference book. If you read it front to back you will be more expert in the subject of long term food storage than most lay persons and hopefully some of the mentality that goes with it. And the poorer you are the more you might appreciate it.

I hope you'll give it a read, it's not that long, and I hope you will tell me what you think of it. And I hope you will write me positive reviews and like it and tweet it and whatever it is you kids do with things these days.

THE DEAL HAS CHANGED A BIT, now instead of a PDF copy I send you a link to a place where you can download many different formats for your various devices, you can download as many as you want.


Available on Amazon Kindle format: Hidden Harvest: Long Term Food Storage Food Storage for Rich and Poor.

Available in multiple formats on Smashwords,

If you wanna help a brother out and buy the ebook it's only $4.00, it's 64 pages with over a dozen hand drawn illustrations and tables. Business has been a bit slow so anything helps. Yeah you know things are slow when you actually have time to write those books you always been thinking about. Also it looks like the mods linked the Amazon thing so that THE DP GETS SOME INCOME FROM THE PURCHASE which is something I'm gonna do with all the links to Amazon from now on. Thanks guys!


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Smashwords said what?

I'm looking into print-on-demand outfits now. Looks like Amazon owns one. So I can say with some confidence that the print version will exist pretty soon.

I am a bit concerned about quality. The illustrations were done on whatever scraps of paper, scanned in, coloured up in a paint program, they look pretty...rough. But I had fun doing them and hopefully they add...I dunno...something or other.

I will ask you to contact me as specified but make clear that you want a print version and I'll try and make sure you are alerted. It would be something of a thrill to know it exists in physical form in somebody's hands. Maybe I can even sign it for you some day.

Thanks. That cheered me up.

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This is

what it says at the Smashwords link:

"... Buy this book in print:

At ..."

...which gave me the impression that it's available as a REAL book...

I will contact you as instructed and glad to have cheered you up!! :)

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It shall be.

Ok so I had to reformat the thing to fit in a 6x9" environment. Somewhat gratifying that Openoffice has been my primary composing and layout tool so far.

So now the work is under review by Amazon's print on demand nestling. I've read that it's not the world's highest quality and more disturbing, it's upload system complained about low res in my images and that probably comes down to the scanner I used. Not much to be done about it. I'm kinda happy with the pic of all the creature people walking up to see what you have to eat. It's crude but I was giggling when I drew it. At first they looked intimidating then I thought well we'll just see how many of them we can make smile. The smiling horse gets me.

They also set a mandatory minimum price. I can go up but not down much. Perhaps when you have one in your hands you can tell me what you feel it's worth as a reader. It's just gonna be paperback, perfect binding. Honestly, given the reference aspect of the book I think you are better off printing out the PDF and buying a binder and those clear binder sleeves. That way you can make notes on the pages or insert pages of your own. It belongs on a shelf when not in use but I'm not sure that shelf would be a book shelf or a library shelf. Still, you motivated me to make it happen in paper.

I think there will even be an opportunity for some interaction on layout. I think you will be able to preview the print version in which case, well, I guess I could fit page numbers in there and put the book title and chapters in the page headers but in such a small space things are getting pretty cramped on those pages as it is. Might defeat the purpose of a table of contents. Point being I can upload new versions pretty much any time.

Anybody else feel like they got a book in 'em, you can see I'm doing this pretty much on the fly. These publishing softwares are pretty impressive. They all have some sort of quality control process and make you pound out mistakes you might miss.

I think for me this is becoming something of a major hobby. When I get control of this publishing stuff I want to get back to writing, I got two in the que.

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are you saying you make money from selling this book?
and if so,by using amazon,does this make you money?
if you are making money on this,i want in

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)

Uh...define making money

A couple people actually bought it from Smashwords. Whether by accident or by charity I am not sure. One person bought the Amazon Kindle version. At least he said he did.

Tell you what, once I have enough for a 12 pack I'll let you in all right. Right in the door and we can drink it together. Maybe I'll dig up some dollars from the pocket and splurge on Heineken.

Hey man this is the big one. Wouldn't have it any other way.

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the money question

i took from the last paragraph in the post,but i truly want one of them books
it was my hope that you were going to make a bit of something for the effort
love you man

edit,if i order from amazon,does this help you? i won't pick the fruits from another laboring paupers table

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)

Ah my brother

thank you. You can hit Smashwords and buy it, that way you can download it in any format you want as many times as you want. You can download ALL of the formats from Smashwords, same one-time price.

As to what "does more" for me, well, pretty much everybody takes a %, Smashwords says it's gonna push the thing through all these other channels, somehow I can't see this one doing anything for the i-Crowd, they are too moderny for this stuff but there's B&N and Sony and all this stuff...I can't see me doing a different version for each and keeping track of it all. I got the next two books in line, both historical novels although one will be published as fiction.

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Brother, the fullness of time has been achieved.

At one time in my life a living man actually said ANSWER ME, TRUTH COMPELS YOU TO ADMIT.

I had and have but one answer: truth compels me not at all and this was simultaneously a statement of fact and a reference to Pere Ubu and my last and only defence for that which compels us cannot at any time be entirely trusted.

That said, a non-involved but powerful coactive is love. Love is not a guarantee but love is constantly making promises. Love always hopes. Love always keeps company with Perseverance and Optimism and Hope.

And these pretty gals occasionally group up and go to visit Trust and Fidelity.

Brother Deacon, today I am compelled not by truth but by Love and Commitment, the fullness of time on my promise to you has been achieved, I now have made enough money from this book to buy us a 12 pack.

Plus you can crash on the couch.

Bring a 12 pack and you get access to the shower and breakfast in the morning.

For after all, to keep a contract all we need is a lawyer but to observe the SPIRIT OF THE CONTRACT probably involved booze, couch, breakfast, etc.

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it took some doing

but i finally was able to order that book

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)

I skimmed over this book and

I skimmed over this book and there's some pretty hardcore info on preparing and storing food long term. I was hoping for something more tailored towards a city dweller wanting to store things in a cupboard for a year or two, but if you have a backyard or forest, or at least a cellar, and have a lot of tools and space and skills, there are a lot of things you can do.

Slow down, it's in there.

Canned foods easily give you this storage term. Right from the supermarket or home canning.

For your dry grains in that term I'd go with the mylar-in-bucket thing, go with vacuum packing (conventional vacuum works fine with mylar bags) and maybe some oxygen absorber. You can easily get more term than 1-2 years.

I'd like to hear more from you city dwellers. MREs might be a part of your plan because in a city, in many disaster scenarios, how will you heat food or bake bread? Dehydrated and freeze dried foods require lots of water.

I definitely have a feeling many city dwellers don't have near enough water on hand.

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paleo and alkaline

The problem I have with storing things long term is I mainly eat paleo and alkalizing foods. So no grains, rice, bread, soy, nothing like that. Virtually all the stores online selling long-term storable food rely heavily on those things. The diet combo also means only a small amount of meat, eggs, nuts or milk, and I'm considering cutting out milk and cheese altogether. So it's mainly about fresh fruit and veggies, and some canning supposedly makes them acidifying. But freeze drying, waxing and dehydration might work good, so I'll be looking into those.

Wow. Uh...ok...

When I said "traditional methods" I wasn't thinking paleolithic.

Waxed cheeses are in your range. So is canned meat, butter and eggs but I have no idea how they can raw eggs. They do it. There's irradiated milk in the no-refrigeration-necessary cartons. Off hand for crisis storage forget about giving up anything you can store. And aging cheese at home is a great way to get really cheap cheese to taste like really expensive cheese. The stuff ages wonderfully, developing more pronounced and nuanced flavour over time.

Nuts are a bit problematic due to high fat content, thence rancidity. But again in the 1-2 year window with reasonable temps, I think you are fine with canned nuts.

For your fruits and veggies if you don't want to go with canning then dehydrating is pretty much your only option left (EDITED: besides candying maybe. I can't see salting them, your blood pressure will go through the roof and I have no idea what wax does for veggie preservation). Fortunately dehydrating is something you can do at home or buy in bulk.

I have heard of some mineralizing and acidifying effects from metal cans but I never worried about it. Especially these days. Whatever is GOING to kill me will have to beat what IS killing me and I don't have any clear favourites in that regard.

(EDITED AGAIN: your whole saving grace here is you are only looking at the 1-2 year term. Pay attention to the temp tables, if your space is climate controlled you want a plan for when you travel or when the power goes out.)

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I do get your point about

I do get your point about storing whatever you are able to when it comes down to it. Better to bite the bullet and store rice and keep myself alive than not, if I run out of options. I had some fried potato wedges recently, and it put me in a daze for two days. Maybe cuz it was fried. Hard to tell. I'll have to try rice again sometime and see what happens.

Cheese can definitely be yummy. I got a salty wedge of parmesean that tastes pretty bad by the mouthful, but at least that way I won't gobble it up like there's no tomorrow, and it stores for a while even without waxing.

I found a local source for salami. A little pricey, but it works.

Thanks for all the tips!

Yeah I still got your banner on the companion site

I talk some about freeze dried foods in the book (advantages, drawbacks) but mostly it's a method that we just can't do at home. If you can afford it, buy it. If not we are discussing some more home spun options.

That said, Brian Frank is a solid man, a trusted name, and he generally carries tip-top quality products.

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Thanks for this post! I will

Thanks for this post! I will look into it when I have more time to peruse the info. My Great Grandparents owned a family farm. My Grandmother and her thirteen siblings were born on that farm. I asked my G-ma what it was like growing up on that farm without all the modern day convinences and, wow, did I learn a lot in one afternoon. Did you know back in the day, before folks had "ice boxes", people would lower milk bottles into the well to keep it cool? Or that eggs can be stored for two months in a half whiskey barrel layered with hay and lots of salt? I wish I had written down everything I learned that afternoon.

Hey that's great!

Quite right! The book discusses ice boxes, ice houses, straw boxes, springboxes and springhouses. Salt packing is discussed as well as oiling eggs for storage. I hadn't heard about haying and salt packing eggs, but we have the ventilation and insulation of the straw along with the dehydrating (and generally nasty) effect of salt working together there. Amazing how much salt comes into the picture.

What else do you remember?

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I wish I could remember more

I wish I could remember more of the specifics. I do, however remember that my Great Aunt always keep a ton of salt. When she passed back in 08, she had an entire cabinet filled with nothing but salt. Have no idea what all she used it for.

I remember the root cellar full of stored goods. Potatoes layed with dirt, newspapers and sometimes sawdust. Meats preserved in oil/fat. Lots of canning and drying/dehydration. Like I said, wish I could remember the specifics.

This has nothing to do with food storage, but I'll share anyways. My Great Aunt and Gma were kids running around the farm barefoot and one of the "dummy ass boys" (quote from my aunt) left a hoe lying on the ground right side up. My Aunt stepped on it, and it nearly took off her big toe. My Gma said it was just dangling. In those days, Docters would make house calls for three dollars. But, three dollars was more than my Great Gparents could afford at the time, with thirteen mouths to feed. So, my great gma, cleansed the wound, packed it with flour and wrapped it up tight. It healed and my great aunt still had her big toe when she passed. I am certain it was not the same sort of processed, bleached flour we use these days.

OK you were just doing it.

You were story telling and putting facts into it. All you need to do now is stay on it. Close your eyes, go back, maybe start with the smell, the textures, the sounds, go back there and you will remember. It will just start boiling up to the surface...

then write it down as fast as you can and hit the send button before you even think about it.

And your story will be true.

Simple as that.

And that could be considered THE OBJECTIVE here, to bring back our ancestors and their knowledge and it's not too late. Based upon what you know, what I know and what we all know WE CAN STILL SAVE IT. WE CAN BRING IT BACK.


And not a moment too soon because now is when the people need it.


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Awww, Smudge, you have a lot

Awww, Smudge, you have a lot more confidence in my memory than I. If I remember anything else, you'll be the first to know. :)

Very Interesting

I have been looking for something like this. It's great idea and valuable information. It's awesome that you were able to self-publish using Amazon. We need more people doing this sort of this in the liberty community. Keep up the good work!

Just getting started

Just getting started with self publishing but it's basically like there's a zillion different outlets. I guess Amazon is the big one but this outfit Smashwords exists to convert your book into a bunch of these formats and put them up in these channels for a % of the sale.

Right now I'm looking into "print on demand" outfits to have actual printed copies. Anyone have any recs in that regard please chime in.

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after skimming through the

after skimming through the original rough draft and viewing the final copy... this looks like a real treasure of information and i'd imagine from smudge's point of view a gift to us and labor of love.

knowing Smudge, i am sure

knowing Smudge, i am sure this book is packed full of golden nuggets of wisdom, sound practical advice and prob a fair share of funny stories... can't wait to read it and hopefully post a review.

About 55 requests so far

and counting. I guess folks are hungry for knowledge! Bwa haw haw! Haw haw haw hu...heh.

Well anyways....

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looking forward to reading

looking forward to reading it. Thanks again.


Great Read

This is a great read, well written and very informative. It contains many tried and true methods of food storage.

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

Yeah in some ways there's not a lot "new" there.

More of a taking old ideas and bringing them into new times.

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I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.