Part of having a survival mindset is figuring out how to use what you have on-hand right at that moment.
by Karla Pantenburg Moore
Here in Iowa we’ve been experiencing some weird weather. It’s been hot when it’s supposed to be cold, cold when it’s supposed to be hot. This past week we had a cold snap of 40ºF during the day…brrrrrr I was in the mood for some nice warm soup and I didn’t want to make a trip into the grocery store. After scrounging through my pantry, this is the result.
Asparagus Bacon Chowder
1 lb fresh asparagus (out of our garden that day)
6-8 cups water (enough to cover asparagus and rehydrated potatoes)
1 TBSP chicken base paste
6 green onions (again, out of the garden) could use dehydrated
1 cup Potato dices-dehydrated
1 tsp Mrs. Dash-regular
1 can PET evaporated Milk
1 heaping TBSP. Bacon TVP bits-dehydrated
1 cup shredded white cheese.
Pepper to taste
Salt to taste. (sample before adding, there is salt in the Chicken base)
In a large sauce pan, add the water, chicken base and dehydrated potato. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to reconstitute the potatoes. Meanwhile, cut the asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Dice up the onions. Add veggies to the saucepan,(may add more water to cover) then bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are done. Add the spices, bacon, cheese and can of milk. Gently heat through until the cheese melts.. Do NOT let the soup come back to a boil.
Serve with a slice of homemade sourdough bread…..
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Karla Moore is a professional soaper, accomplished Dutch oven cook, prepper and avid do-it-
yourselfer. She is the author of “Survival Pantry” blog, and walks the talk when it comes to preparedness. Karla, and her husband Warren, live on a small farm outside Gilbert, Iowa.
The Moores have a large garden and several fruit trees, and Karla cards, spins and dyes wool, sews, cans, preserves food and makes cheese. In season, she and Warren are avid mushroom hunters.
Karla owns and operates “Heart of Iowa” soapworks. She started making soaps for her own personal use, and started her business in April, 2000. Karla has very sensitive skin and is allergic to the detergents used in most commercial soaps. Her experimentation, and earlier training as a cosmetologist, subsequently lead to a special line of soaps designed for people with allergies or similar skin conditions.
Today, Karla sells soap products all over the world and offers a complete line of scented and specialty soaps, shampoo bars, and custom blends. Karla specializes in soaps for people with allergies and teaches soapmaking classes. She enjoys visiting with both beginner and experienced soapers.
Karla’s idea of a good time is hosting a large family gathering at her farm, where she and several of her siblings team up to feed a crowd, using Dutch ovens and off-grid cooking methods!