Adding a Wonder Oven to your Supplies: 4 ways

My Food Storage Cookbook is proud to offer 4 new options to acquire a Wonder Oven!

Through the years while offering patterns and promotions, I’ve sent out hundreds of patterns to those wanting to make them, while hearing from others wanting to know where to get one ready-made.  I’m now bringing you 4 options to get one for yourself!

Four Ways to Get Yourself a Wonder Oven

The biggest hurdle for the DIY’er has been finding the right sized beads to purchase.  I’ve blogged at length about the need for tiny (bebe) sized beads for best heat retention and most of the time those beads are hard to find.  For those who want to do it themselves, I’ve made arrangements with a supplier I trust to bring the beads directly to you!

For groups or even a few friends who want to get together for an order, there’s the appeal of saving money by buying in bulk and doing some of the work yourself.  At the same time, for those who just want to buy one already done, I’ve made arrangements through a friend of mine to offer completely finished sets as well.

I’m excited to bring these options to you!  For more specific information on each product and to order, just visit my shop.  All DIY options are built around the amount of beads (cartons) my supplier offers.  One carton is equal to 37 gallons of beads and each Wonder Oven set requires 10 gallons of beads. I’ve translated these quantities to the tables below in relation to this project.

Also, shipping (to all US locations, including Alaska) is included in all of the options you see here.  Shipping costs to Canada, while I’m happy to offer it, has a slight increase in shipping costs for the beads in Canadian currency.  I can still make it work, but please contact me directly by emailing me at

Wonder Ovens For Sale

Option #1:  For the true DIY’er, this option gives you the beads and a pattern along with sewing instructions.  After that, you’ll do the rest.  About 3 1/4 yards of 100% cotton (natural) fabric is needed to complete a single set of Wonder Oven pillows.  A “set” includes a large pillow (which is used on the bottom when cooking) along with a smaller pillow (which is used on top).

So, with one carton of beads (for example) you would need about 11 yards of fabric to completely use all the beads which would also include an extra single pillow to use the all the beads.  (As you can see with the first option, enough beads for an extra single pillow will be left over in this case.)

What would you do with an extra single pillow?  I use single pillows all the time to take items on picnics and keep things cold coming home from the store.  (Visit this post for more on that.)


# of Cartons Number of Wonder Oven Sets it can Make Calculated Price Per Set
1 3 1/2 Wonder Oven sets $22.50 per set, before fabric
2 7 Wonder Oven sets $15.78 per set, before fabric
3 11 Wonder Oven sets $15.36 per set, before fabric
4 15 Wonder Oven sets $13.93 per set, before fabric
5 18 Wonder Oven sets $13.83 per set, before fabric
6 22 Wonder Oven sets $13.22 per set, before fabric
7 26 Wonder Oven sets $12.61 per set, before fabric


Option #2:  Fabric pieces are already cut and sent to you ready to be sewn.  No need to shop for fabric or cut it out.  This option saves you nearly 40% (or more depending on quantity) per set as compared to buying a set already made, but you’re doing a good portion of the work to earn that savings.

Fabric is offered in a “prints and solids” coordinated pattern scheme. Pre-cut fabric pieces will be comprised of three solid colors and a coordinating print. You can choose to sew the fabric however you choose, but if you decide to pair the printed pieces with the solid pieces they will coordinate.  Shipping is included in the price.


# of Cartons Number of Wonder Oven Sets it can Make Calculated Price Per Set
1 3 1/2 Wonder Oven sets* just $42.50 per finished set!
2 7 Wonder Oven sets just $35.79 per finished set!
3 11 Wonder Oven sets just $35.36 per finished set!
4 15 Wonder Oven sets just $33.93 per finished set!
5 18 Wonder Oven sets just $33.83 per finished set!
6 22 Wonder Oven sets just $33.23 per finished set!
7 26 Wonder Oven sets just $32.61 per finished set!

*Includes “bonus” fabric for single pillow to utilize extra beads.

Option #3:  Pillows are sewn for you, you just need to fill them with the beads that are shipped to you and sew them closed.  For the person or group who wants the easiest project option while still saving nearly 30% (or more depending on quantity) of a set already finished, this choice is for you! Individual pillow sets will include one of three solid colors paired with a coordinating print.  Each lot will include at least three different solid color choices within this style combination.  Shipping is included in the price.


# of Cartons Number of Wonder Oven Sets it can Make Calculated Price Per Set
1 3 1/2 Wonder Oven sets* just $47.50 per finished set!
2 7 Wonder Oven sets just $40.79 per finished set!
3 11 Wonder Oven sets just $40.36 per finished set!
4 15 Wonder Oven sets just $38.93 per finished set!
5 18 Wonder Oven sets just $38.83 per finished set!
6 22 Wonder Oven sets just $38.23 per finished set!
7 26 Wonder Oven sets just just $37.61 per finished set!

*Includes “bonus” single pre-sewn pillow to utilize extra beads.

Option #4:  Finally, for the person who doesn’t want a project, completely finished Wonder Ovens are available.  No fussing with patterns, sewing or beads.  As for fabric and styles, when you order you’re invited to include your top three color preferences and we’ll try to honor them.

I completely trust the third party who has agreed to fulfill orders on this for me.  We’ve been friends for years and I blogged about her attention to quality workmanship here. A single set purchased “ready-made” retails for $69.00.

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For anyone who’s entirely new to the concept of Wonder Ovens, I’ll end with a clip preview from my new video on cooking with them.  While I never would have imagined having the privilege of offering them to you as I am now, they are (I believe) so essential to a prepared cooking plan that I’m committed to do everything in my power to get them out there.  I hope you’ll take a minute and consider adding a Wonder Oven to your supplies!

Visit the My Food Storage Cookbook SHOP for more details!

46 Homemade Spice Mixes: Printable {English + Spanish!}

I’ve been meaning to get this printable done for a long time (truth be told, it’s been more than a year!).  My sweet friend Maria (who you met over in this post and also this post) translated these recipes for me into Spanish for any of you who might appreciate Spanish.  I remember her telling me that she stayed up until nearly midnight one night (it might have been more) translating it.  It takes a pretty amazing friend to do that!  I hope you can use it and then share it with others.

I came across this recipe list (it’s a book almost!) here over at  I loved it, but there was no way to print it from the original blog posting.  It was such a a great compilation however that I knew I wanted a copy for myself and why not share it with you too?!

In as much as it’s not my own and considering I haven’t tried all the mixes myself yet, I haven’t altered anything from the original source.  I’ve simply created a more convenient way for it to go into your cookbook (or the door of your cupboard) to be used.  One note:  the very last recipe, Chai Masala, has some formatting issues and I didn’t correct them on purpose.  I’m not familiar with that spice blend and didn’t want to interpret it incorrectly – you’ll have to be the judge on that one.

I hope you enjoy the {$$} you can save from not purchasing store bought spice blends while (at the same time) becoming more prepared with the spices you store!


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Print Here! 46 Homemade Spice Mixes {ENGLISH}


Print here for the {SPANISH} version of these recipes! ==> condimentos de myfoodstoragecookbook

{New} Wonder Oven Cooking Video

Hello again – it’s been a while!  Getting back to posting, I’m excited to announce that I’ve finished a video Wonder Oven cooking class and you’re invited!  I know I always learn concepts better if I can see them demonstrated, and now while learning to cook with a Wonder Oven you can too!

This video begins with a 5 minute introduction of myself and what has driven me to create an online resource of over 160 100% food storage recipes.  From testing those recipes, I learned how essential using a Wonder Oven truly is.  I’ll introduce you to what they are, how they work and we’ll spend another 14 minutes together stepping through making bread and sharing other tips.  I can’t wait to help you get comfortable using this tool while making some of the most delicious bread you’ve ever tasted!

Here’s a preview of it:

There are two ways you can get it!

First, you’ll find it here in my new “Video Store”.

Second, a limited-time value which will be available for 7 days (from January 18th until midnight on January 24th), is to get it through the Back to Basics Living 2016 Bundle, where it will be included.  This bundle includes more than 60 digital products and vendor coupons and allows you complete access to all the products for a full year.
(Update: this bundle offer is now over so all links have been removed.)

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Vacuum Sealing & Preserving without Electricity


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I’ve recently come across a couple of good ideas that can be “thought forward” to emergency preps.  They share a similar theme, so I decided it was worth a post to combine them.  Today’s idea is preserving fresh items (or pantry items opened prematurely) in the event you’re without electricity.  Some might think this is a funny thing to prepare for, but if the lights go “out” my belief is that they won’t be coming back “on” all too quickly, so we’d better be ready to adapt.

Fresh Foods in Food Storage?

In addition to all the shelf stable food items we store, preparing a plan to grow fresh foods by learning to garden and sprout (so long as conditions allow it) is extremely important to consider.   Nutritionally as well as for so many other reasons, having a bit of fresh food to eat, even in small amounts, would be (and I use this adjective most sincerely) *awesome*. The problem is, we’d likely have times in growing food where there’s a surplus;  we can’t use it up fast enough and don’t want it to go to waste.  Well, there are a couple of ideas I’ve come across to help in this area that I’d like to share. Read more

Book Review: Beyond Basics With Natural Yeast

So, hello again!  It’s been a while. Don’t worry though, I’m still here, I’ve just been buzzing around lately getting used to a new family schedule at home.  Let me fill you in just a little on what I’ve been up to (and no, I’m not quitting blogging)…

{Personal} Update Time…

Before starting the blog, my husband and I homeschooled three of our kids for more than five years.  After a big move across the country, we felt much more comfortable with our new area’s public schools so we enrolled the kids in school.  Lucky for me, this window of time allowed the opportunity I needed to post recipes here in earnest and get the ball rolling, which I’m very grateful for.

Well, a couple months ago the winds changed and my husband and I realized a lot of good for our specific kids’ needs would be met if we returned to homeschooling again.  We went with it and that’s where I’ve been spending a great majority of time lately.  Although it’s been a busy adjustment, I’ve been sincerely loving it and life is very good.

This doesn’t mean I won’t continue to post when I can, but you’ll need to be patient with me. Another place we can connect is via Facebook where I post more regularly .  If you’re ever wanting to find me to see what I’ve been up to, that would be a good place to find me.  Also, as for Twitter, I’ll see about working on my presence there, but right now my focus is really at home.

Wonder Ovens

Personal life updates aside, I’ve been excited for all the recent interest in Wonder Ovens.  I was invited to contribute a power packed introduction post all about them for Backdoor Survival’s Blog recently.  Additionally, there continues to be lots of interest from emails I’ve gotten both asking for wonder oven paper patterns and hearing back from readers who’ve finished making them for themselves.  I love being a part of it!

Book Review (!)

So, on to today’s business.  I was so excited to get to be a part of a blog tour for a wonderful new book that’s come out on sour dough/ natural yeast cooking.

Authored by Melissa Richardson, her second book “Beyond Basics with Natural Yeast”, builds on principles taught in her first book “The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast”.  Since I was gifted my first start over the summer by a generous reader, I was particularly interested to find out the publishing company for this book was looking for blogs to review it.  They needed reviewers and I needed instructions.  Since I’m such a beginner when it comes to baking with natural yeast this book absolutely thrilled me for all the options which were discovered!

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This is my fun start container, btw.  And now, I’ve found a great book to boot! Read more

New Wonder Oven Retailer + Give Away!

01/19/16 Update:  While this website link no longer works, Joyce has agreed to make completely finished Wonder Ovens for me as I begin offering them myself.  Details will be posted within the next week.  All of the quality you see here in the Wonder Ovens she makes will be offered just the same except she’ll be making them to sell through me.


Exciting news!  For those who’ve been wanting to buy a wonder oven pre-made, Joyce from Prepared in Every (who’s blogged, authored and been involved with preparedness podcasting for many years) has now begun making and selling Wonder Ovens full time.  I’m so excited that she’s decided to take this project on for all the rest of us!  You can find her at My Wonder (love that name, btw!).

To kick off this new adventure, she’s giving away this very cute October “pumpkin” of a Wonder Oven!  Details are given below.

**This giveaway is now CLOSED, however please continue to utilize this post for information on where to go to BUY a Wonder Oven** Read more

Two Weeks of Big Giveaways!

This week and next, there are two product giveaways going on with a collaborate of preparedness bloggers that I know just about any of you would love to win!  I’ve never participated in group giveaways like this in the past (mostly because I’ve had other things I’ve been focusing on), but with two products in a row being given away this month which would ideally suit my goals on this blog, I decided to join in.  If you’re a My Food Storage Cookbook Facebook fan (which I hope you are), you’ll already have entries awaiting for you in the drawing.   You’ll need to be sure to *follow each of the links below* to get to the entry pages in order to participate.  Also, to clarify, these are TWO separate giveaways which are going on, each with different links given below; one is for this week and the other is for next week.  Woo Hoo!

**These giveaways are now CLOSED** Read more

A Prepared Cook’s Guide To Creating An Ideal Kitchen Space

There are patterns and principles, long since tested, that can make anyone more effective in whatever kitchen space they find themselves in.  This post is a collection of rules you should know as well as the best shortcuts and re-purposed items I’ve found that have made a difference in the way I’m able to effectively work in my kitchen.

These ideas, while they’ll do tremendous things for the way you feel about your kitchen today, are also something I’ve come to appreciate as an added layer to my food preparedness too.  Not only does an organized kitchen make you want to cook more, (encouraging you to get better at the skills themselves) but in an extreme circumstance, it’s benefits could even include a much faster and smoother transition if relocation to a new space was necessary.  There are lots of reasons to put thought into both your kitchen space as well as the tools/ ingredients  you use most to find the path of “least work” for the “greatest return”. Read more

Even Easier Homemade Spaetzle

Wow, it’s been a while!  I didn’t intend to break from blogging so much in June but it just flew away!  For those who have followed over the past couple summers, you know summer time for me is pretty much “off season” for the blog.  While I’d love to keep playing and keep connected to all you folks all year long I’m (for sanity reasons) a seasonal blogger/ facebooker, etc.  Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out how to balance more while the kids are home all day, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet.  So now, with the entrance of summer, my time has officially been handed over to my little people…and my medium sized people, as my teens are becoming not so little anymore.  (Btw, for those who are new here, my kids are 15, almost 13, 11, almost 7 and almost 2.  And to add one more little tidbit to our summer’s craziness, three of these kids’s birthdays — plus their dad’s birthday — land in the month of July, if you can imagine the odds.  We celebrate some of the birthdays in June –so it’s been party central here lately– this because each July we take off on a massive road trip lasting 4-6 weeks to visit family in ID, WA and UT.  Every year I begin this road trip asking myself “why drive three days with kids like this??” and every year I come back home with a satisfied answer for myself.)

For those who asked about classes:  our travel calendar this year didn’t end up allowing enough spare time for the classes to happen {sadly}.  Sorry about that, maybe next year (?)  Or, perhaps one of these days I’ll get moving on some other way to bring classes instead to your computer screen, that’d work too!  Ideas or suggestions on that?  Feel free to pass them along!

All this said, there’s a bright spot.  I couldn’t leave you hanging all summer without posting this wonderful tutorial my friend Eva offered us.  Eva is another friend of mine who moved here from outside the US having gained wonderful real life training growing up on how to cook with basics ingredients — this time in the Baltic region of the world.  I’ll tell you more about her in just a minute, but first a little about the recipe…

If you’ve tried making homemade spaetzle — or homemade noodles at all — in the past this recipe is probably the fastest one there is.  You’re going to love it!!  For anyone who’s never made spaetzle before, you now have the easiest way to do it at your finger tips!  For our purposes, this post is going up to emphasize the *method* of making the spaetzle, the recipe is included here as well, but it’s Eva’s everyday recipe including fresh eggs.  Definitely use it if you have fresh eggs on hand, but if you’re looking for a storeable recipe, check out my post for Hungarian Goulash with Spaetzle from a few years ago.  Again, it’s a great 100% pantry ingredient recipe from Shari Haag’s “The Everyday Gourmet” cookbook and we’ve loved it!  The great thing is, from now on I won’t be taking forever cutting noodles into a pot! Read more