Friday, November 7, 2008

Preppers Thanksgiving

I'm thinking about a prepper's thanksgiving.

Since I have been gutting pumpkins and harvesting taters lately, I have it in my head that thanksgiving should be centered around the stuff that I have salted away

Gotta use it sometimes, and holidays are as real a part of life as the workaday world.

Any ideas on menus and recipes that you folks have would be greatly appreciated.


Stephanie in AR said...

I have some but they are packed for the move. Could you give an idea of what you might be looking for? And is your storage mostly pantry or does it include freezer stuff too?

Ken said...

...lots of 'deercamp' Thanksgiving grub through the yrs,in northern MI(firearm deer runs nov 15-30)...when we didn't get venison or steelhead,we did the spam casserol...lots of spam fried whole,brown each side,in bacon grease,covered in instant taters and onions,cooked until the top browns...enjoy with bisquits,pan gravy,cards and beer.

Stephanie in AR said...

Pumpkin Cake:

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups pumpkin (1 can plain pumpkin - NOT pie filling)

Oven temp. 350° Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cream eggs and sugar together until light. Add oil, continuing to beat. Gradually add dry ingredients – I add 1/3 at a time. Add pumpkin, mixing well. Bake in well greased and floured bundt cake pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and let cool completely.

Finishing touches: sprinkle with powdered sugar, or drizzle your favorite white frosting. Then place nut halves around the top. I usually use 4 or 6 pecan halves equally spaced. For regular times we skip the topping and eat plain. It is a very moist cake & makes a nice breakfast too. (cannot be any worse that store cereal).

Now & right after the holidays is the time to be stocking up on pumpkin - sales & clearance. I would suggest at least 24 cans as that will give you something pumpkin once every two weeks. As for the bundt pan. If you don’t have one, ask an older family member. These where quite popular in the past as it makes cooking something ‘fancy’ very easy. They can be found at old people yard sales as well. Preppers are all about beans, bullets, and band-aids forgetting that beauty helps keep us sane & human.

As for the eggs: we have an urban backyard flock so fresh eggs are part of our preps. (soon to be country though).