Look for old cookbooks at garage sales, second-hand stores and, estate sales. Find out why old cookbooks are a prepper’s best friend.
Old cookbooks are nothing like the ones we have today. Sure, they have recipes, may contain some instructions on certain preparation methods (such as folding an ingredient in versus whipping it in), and have beautiful pictures. There are definitely similarities and general function but overall, old cookbooks just have more information!
We have one that is from the 1960’s. In it are all these different tips and tricks that you just don’t find in books these days. You know those old casserole dishes your grandma had? The ones with the little blue flowers on it? If it breaks, boiling the pieces fitted together in buttermilk will re-adhere better than superglue ever would (and won’t release toxins). This is just one of the things that you will find in old cookbooks. Bits and pieces of information from a time when you didn’t toss everything out and just buy new.
For preppers, these are a treasure trove of information. Look to ones from the Great Depression, for example. In there, you will find recipes that use far more of the things we consider trash or scrap. It was all about making things stretch and feed as many people as possible while producing the least amount of waste.