The only book I have found on cooking with whole wheat and natural yeast is “The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast” by Caleb Warnock and Melissa Richardson. This is a must have reference book, so you can learn the skills that will keep you alive.

Canning & Preserving

This is a good Canning Book to get you started

Bottling Butter
Here are a couple of links on how to bottle butter.

Canning Soup
Here are a couple of links on how to can your own soup.


Flour Tortillas
2 cups flour
1/4 cup oil
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup warm water
Mix and let dough sit for 30 mins. then roll out flat and cook on both sides on cast iron pan. 

Whole Wheat Pancakes
2 cups ground whole wheat flour
1 egg
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 T oil
1 T honey
2 cups milk

Granola Bars
2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. wheat flour
3/4 c. raisins
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg
1/2 cup olive oil or applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla
Mix together dry ingredients, then add moisture and mix well. Pat mixture into 9x13 greased pan (thicker for soft bars, thinner for a more crunchy bar). Bake for 18-20 minutes or just until edges become golden brown (don't over cook or they will be really crispy). Cool for 5 minutes then cut into bars while still warm. Have fun and try all kinds of varieties (craisins, nuts, peanut butter, apple pieces, bananas etc.)

16 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 T cinnamon
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 cup honey
1 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 cups olive oil
2 T vanilla
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Combine honey, almond extract, olive oil and vanilla separately, then pour over the dry mixture. Mix it well with a large spoon then spread it on 2 cookies sheets. Bake at 300 degrees for 30-45 minutes until golden brown, stirring every 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and add 2 cups raisins. Mix, cool and store in an air tight container.

Basic Bread
3 cups warm water
2 T yeast
1/3 cup sugar or honey
1/3 cup oil
Mix and let sit for 5 minutes. Then add:
3 tsp. salt
7 cups flour
Knead dough for 5-7 minutes, then allow to rise in a warm place for 30-40 minutes until double. Punch dough down, shape into loaves and place in bread pans. Allow to rise another 30 minutes, then bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
3 cups water
2 T apple cider vinegar
8 cups freshly ground flour
Mix, cover and let sit for 12-24 hours to allow the vinegar to break down the wheat so it is more digestible. Then add:
1/4 cup warm water
2 T sugar
2 heaping tsp. yeast
Mix and let rise 30-45 minutes until double
Add 2 tsp salt
Knead 5-7 minutes, roll out into loaves and allow to raise 30-45 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Whole Wheat Biscuits
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
4 T. butter
1 cup milk
Cut butter into small chunks and freeze or chill. Combine flour, baking powder and salt, then cut in cold butter. Add milk and stir just until mixed, don't over stir. Place dough on floured surface and fold it over on itself 4-6 times. Roll out flat and cut about 1/2 inch biscuits. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread
3 cups flour
2-3 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry yeast (active dry or highly active dry work best)
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water and stir using a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a shaggy but cohesive dough. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours. Dough will bubble up and rise. After dough is ready, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place your Dutch oven, uncovered, into the preheated oven for 30 minutes. While your Dutch oven preheats, turn dough onto a well-floured surface and, with floured hands, form the dough into a ball. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let rest. After the 30 minutes are up, carefully remove Dutch oven. With floured hands, place the bread dough into it. Replace cover and bake for 30 minutes covered. Carefully remove cover and bake for 7-15 minutes more, uncovered.

Yogurt Flatbread
1 1/2 cup flour
2 1/2 tsp. herbs (basil, oregano, thyme)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup yogurt
2 T oil 
Combine ingredients then knead dough until smooth and not sticky. Divide into 16 pieces and roll into balls. Roll out 1/4 inch thick. Brush with oil and cook on griddle like tortillas 3-4 minutes each side until golden brown.

No Flour Oatmeal Cookies
4 cups oatmeal
1 cup mashed bananas, pumpkin, crushed pineapple or applesauce (depending on the kind of cookies you want to make)
½ cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs
Add applesauce for consistency as needed
Add spices and taste as desired. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, almond or lemon extract, coconut, raisins, berries, nuts etc. Mix together and drop by spoonful onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350® for 20 – 25 minutes.

No Flour Waffles
(No flour or milk)
These can be made plain and used as a substitute for slices of bread, or you can add more honey, fruit, cinnamon, raisins etc. for variety. If you have milk, you can use it in place of water, if not, they turn out very nicely using water.
1 cup cooked cereal (9 grain, 6 grain, rolled corn) Bring two cups of water to a boil, add 1 cup of cereal, turn down heat and simmer until cereal is soft. In a mixing bowl add:
4 cups oatmeal
4 – 5 cups warm water
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 eggs
2 Tbs. oil
1 Tbs. honey
Combine ingredients and mix with electric mixer. Add warm water (or milk) as needed for a good batter consistency. Cook in waffle iron until golden brown. These store nicely in Tupperware for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or you can freeze them and thaw them out by putting them in the toaster.

Rice Recipes

Mexican Rice
In pressure cooker combine:
2 cups rice
4 cups water
2 cups cooked hamburger
1 can diced tomatoes or 2 T tomato powder
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp chili seasoning
Bring up to pressure and cook for 10-12 minutes.

Hamburger Rice
In pressure cooker combine: 
2 cups rice
3 cups water
1 cup chicken broth or cream of chicken soup
2 cups cooked hamburger
1 chopped green pepper or 1/2 cup dried green pepper
1 tsp. salt
pepper to taste 

Lentils and Rice
6 T oil
1 large white onion sliced into rings or dried onions
1 1/2 cups lentils
1 cup rice
1/4 cup yogurt or sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
Cook sliced onions and oil in a skillet for 10 minutes until browned. Put rice, lentils and 5 cups water in pressure cooker. Bring to pressure and cook 10 minutes. Add browned onions to lentils and rice and top with sour cream or yogurt.

Dried Fruits & Vegetables

How to re-constitute dried fruits & vegetables:
  1. Place sun-dried tomatoes, dried fruit or dried veggies in heat-proof bowl.
  2. Completely cover with boiling water.
  3. Let sit for 30 minutes until soft and pliable.
  4. Drain and pat dry.

Homemade Cleaners

All Purpose Cleaner
1 tsp. borax
1/2 tsp. washing soda
2 T white vinegar
1/2 tsp. liquid soap
Hot water to fill an empty spray bottle.
20 drops tea tree essential oil
Combine all ingredients except essential oil with hot water and dissolve everything. Mix and pour into an empty spray bottle. Allow mixture to cool, then add the essential oils.

Glass and Bathroom Cleaner
1/2 part water
1/2 part vinegar
1 shot of liquid soap
(you can also add a 1 tsp. corn starch to it if you are mainly using it for windows and glass)

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 cup water
1 cup baking soda
1 cup liquid soap
1/4 cup vinegar
10 drops tsp. tea tree essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil

Shower Cleaner
1/2 part dawn soap
1/2 part vinegar
Spray on your shower and let it sit for an hour, then go back and scrub.

Disinfecting Wipes
1 roll sturdy paper towels cut in half and middle
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
15 drops tea tree essential oil

Homemade Soft Scrub
1/2 cup baking soda
liquid soap
5-10 drops tea tree, rosemary or lavender essential oils
1 T vinegar

Dishwasher Soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1/2 cup citric acid (I get this in bulk from
1/2 cup salt
Fill the rinse compartment with vinegar. 

Oven Cleaner
1 cup baking soda
1 1/2 cup vinegar
Mix and leave on oven for an hour. Then clean.

Citrus Furniture Polish
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil

Powdered Laundry Detergent
1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup 20 mule team borax
Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For light or small loads, use 1 tablespoon. For normal loads, use 2 tablespoons. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons. Cost per load .15.
To make a large batch - grate 6 bars of Fels Naptha Soap and then add 3 cups of Washing Soda and 3 cups of 20 Mule Team Borax.  Mix well and store in covered container.
To keep the liquid detergent stirred up, put a few marbles in the storage jug.  The marbles will help mix everything and keep it mixed.
TIP: The above recipes will NOT make suds in your washer so don't be alarmed.  Fels Naptha Soap is a pure soap and typically makes little or no suds in the water.  This makes it perfect for use in the new HE washers as well as traditional washers.  You will also notice the need to either reduce your laundry softener or in most cases you can even eliminate the use of softener completely.

Liquid Laundry Detergent:
First Recipe:
3 Pints Water
1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated
1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!)
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2 Gallon bucket to mix it in
1 Quart hot water Hot Water
Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. You may add additional HOT water if the mixture becomes too thick.  Mix Well before each use. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load. Makes 64 loads. Cost per load .03.
Second Recipe
1 bar grated Fels Naptha soap
5 gallon bucket
1 cup washing soda (Again, Arm and Hammer)
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
4 1/2 gallons water
Put grated Fels Naptha in saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax and mix well. As it cools, it will thicken. If mixture becomes too thick, add hot water to thin it to desired consistency.  May be used immediately. Mix well before each use. Use 1/2(normal) to 1 cup per load (heavy). Cost per load .04.
If you have a great food storage recipe you'd like to share, please add a comment to submit your recipe.

Quick Vinegar Cheese Making



  1. Sweet Cooked Rice

    (If you buy the pre-packaged dry goods from the cannery, they come with nice labels on them that include a recipe. This one came from the White Rice label. I noticed that in your above link for more recipes, there is a similar one with more ingredients. This is a very basic one.)

    1 cup uncooked rice
    4 cups water
    6 Tablespoons powdered milk
    1/2-3/4 cup sugar
    1/8 teaspoon salt

    Combine rice and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil; lower heat; simmer 15 minutes, covered. Turn off heat; let stand 30 minutes to steam. Add remaining water and other ingredients. Bring to a boil and cook until it starts to thicken, stirring constantly. Rice will thicken more as it cools. Makes 3 cups.

    We tried making this this morning for breakfast and enjoyed it. (Even my two-year-old liked it!)

    1/2 cup cold water
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1 1/2 cups ground flour (can use wheat, barley, oat, spelt, kamut, or whatever you prefer.)

    Add salt to water and stir until dissolved, then mix in flour. Flour the back side of a cookie sheet and roll dough out as thin as possible on the back side of the cookie sheet clear to the edge. Mist the top of the dough with water from a spray bottle so your toppings will stick. Sprinkle dough with salt and whatever toppings you prefer (garic sat, basil, rosemary, oregano, parmesan, caraway seeds, corriander seeds, be creative!) You could also top with honey and cinnamon for a sweeter cracker.

    Score the dough with a knife into cracker sized squares so they will snap apart after they're baked. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.