CheeseThere is no question that making cheese is an art form.  Nevertheless, from the simplest to the most complex, cheeses are all made using the same basic process.  Essentially, milk (it does not matter which animal it comes from) is warmed up and acidified with vinegar or some other acidic liquid.    Next, bacterial cultures or plant-based ingredients (“coagulants”)  are used to curdle the milk and turn it into cheese.  After the cheese has formed, it is washed and set aside to continue aging.  Depending on the cheese type, it can take just a few days, or the cheese may sit for years to allow it to build its finest flavor.

Being able to make cheese is an ideal way to avoid wasting milk. It is also an excellent product that can be used for trade or to make money in a post-crisis world.  While it can take some patience and practice to make good quality cheeses, the following sites can help you get started:


When it comes to simple, effective ways to preserve foods for weeks or months, drying fruits and vegetables should be at the top of your list.  You can dry just about anything from cauliflower to tomatoes and bananas and enjoy nutrition dense, delicious foods that can be transported with ease.  Rather than purchase pre-packaged dried food and vegetables, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost.


White WineToday, many people in the United States think of wine as a purely recreational beverage. Nevertheless, through time it has served as a medicine and also as a form of water purifier.  Similar to cheese, wine is also something that you can use to make the most of the food you have, and also use as a trading tool.  Here are some sites that can be used to show you how to make basic wines as well as some links on preserving yeast.  You may also find the sourdough starter preserving site useful for bread and other foods that require yeast.

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