Thanks to recent natural disasters and other catastrophes, a lot of people have started to see the value of food storage. Of course, if the idea of living on canned ravioli and tuna fish doesn’t sound all that appealing to you, you may consider keeping chickens as part of your food storage. Not only do they make eggs appear every day like magic, but they also provide you with a fresh chicken dinner while you are waiting to have access to the grocery store again. Unfortunately, chickens don’t remain happy and healthy tucked away on your pantry’s shelf, so here are some tips to get you started.
1. Check the Law Books
Nobody likes confrontation—especially with the police and most definitely not with that nosy homeowner’s association lady (you know the one). So before you bring home those cute little chicks, check out the local laws and subdivision rules to make sure you are allowed to have them. Clear the idea with your neighbors if they are close as well.
2. Select the Right Breed
If you live in someplace like North Dakota, getting chickens that are used to hot climates won’t survive through that long, cold winter. When selecting a breed, research which breed will thrive best in the climate you live in. On top of climate, look at whether the breed is known to lay f (Read More....)
Guest Post Lee Flynn
Emergency preparedness is no joke. It only takes one look at the biggest headlines of recent years, and you will see natural disasters, cities in lockdown, and economic crises across the globe; all of which required people to either stay in their homes for days on end, go without a steady income for a period of time, or evacuate their homes at a moment’s notice. These are the sorts of emergency situations that can really threaten lifestyles at best and lives at worst. And as such, it is more important than ever that each one of us is prepared to face any similar situation that comes around.
But what do you do if you find yourself in a situation that prevents you from cooking using your normal methods? What if you are suffering a power outage, your stove is broken, or you have been forced to evacuate your home? Here are some essential tips for being prepared for these sorts of situations.
Store Ready-to-Eat Food
Emergency Preparedness 101: keep an emergency food supply in your house. This should include plenty of nonperishable items that can be made into meals or keep you going for a long period of time. However, one important aspect of this is to mak (Read More....)
When you think about creating your emergency food supply, it is understandable that you want most of your focus and space to go to the basic necessities: foods that are high in protein and can easily be stored for long periods of time, bottled water, etc. It is important, though, that you set aside at least a small amount of space for foods and beverages that are more luxury than life sustaining. Even if the worst happens, it'll be nice to have a way to treat your family once in a while, right?
This means finding a way to safely store treat-like foods for your kids and even some spirits for you and your partner.
That's right: You're going to want to make sure that your emergency food store includes booze. Remember: Some alcohol can be used for practical purposes as well as luxury purposes. Wine has health benefits (provided it is consumed in moderation). Vodka has medicinal properties. Alcohol can also be used to help start fires (or fuel fires), for sterilization, etc.
If you hope to store wine and other forms of alcohol, remember: Contemporary bottled wines are typically meant to be consumed within a couple of years. If you're building a store designed to stay fresh for longer than that, you're going to want to spend the money on a finer wine created with the intention of being aged before consumption.
It is also import (Read More....)
In today’s society, our food and supplies come from all over the world. Because the stores always seem full, it is hard to imagine a real food shortage happening. If our intricate food system, so reliant on computers, should be disrupted, a food shortage is a real scenario we all should be planning for. Today, people are increasing their own personal preparedness for climatic, economic and everyday life events.
With the holiday just around the corner, many are making it a Christmas priority to be better prepared, in addition to gifting items to the ones they love.
We at Buy Emergency Foods wanted to give you some great ideas for products to consider when thinking of some unique and meaningful gifts. Below are just a few items that might interest you:
Here is a great backup stove with fuel pack that can be used both indoors and outdoors, as a way to cook food, should there be a power outage when electric stoves won't work.
Here is a nice single bucket gift of freeze dried/dehydrated food that will last on the shelf for 25 years. Lega (Read More....)
Stockpiling food and water is not only a great idea, but can save your life in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Purchasing food, water, and life-saving products is the fun part, but what about organizing your inventory?
Although it can be tedious and boring, a well-organized stockpile can help you keep track of what you have, what you still need to purchase, and what has expired. It also makes accessing your stockpile easier in an actual disaster where you need to act quickly. Follow these tips to organize your stockpile to be even more prepared for your worst-case scenario.
Think About the Space You Have
The first thing you'll need to do when organizing your emergency food and water stockpile is to think about the space you have on hand. If you have an entire room dedicated to stockpiling, it may be easier to organize than if you only have a kitchen cabinet or a few shelves. When purchasing inventory, keep this in mind and don't buy more than you can store - you'll end up wasting it.
Organize by Type
For easy access to what you need, when you need it, organize your stockpile by the type of product. Keep your water, grains, sauces, vegetables, fruits, and any other inventory you have sorted and organized by the product type. Don't mix and match. You'll end up forgetting what you have, or you'll have trouble finding what you ne (Read More....)
When stockpiling for the unknown, it's easy to focus only on the basics and not consider what your actual day-to-day existence will be like. If you're only out of action for a day or two or three, the bare minimum will suffice, but any longer than 72 hours, even non-perishable food becomes questionable, storage becomes much more important, and psychological food burnout becomes a real risk.
Follow this guide to making sure you've planned well for an event none of us had planned on.
Canned goods are the backbone of food storage. They keep for a long time, they're easy to store, they're already cooked and are ready to eat, and they provide variety to prevent food burnout. They can also kill you.
Dented cans are likely to contain tiny punctures that are invisible to the naked eye. Those punctures let in air that can breed harmful - even deadly - bacteria such as botulism. Never consume food from a dented can.
Forgetting Necessary Basics
Don't forget shortening, salt, cooking oil, yeast, powdered eggs, baking powder, and baking soda. Even the most basic recipes require one or more of these ingredients to cook. It is tasty food cooked from good recipes that will prevent food burnout.
Pack plenty of multivitamins. Although there is no substitute for quality food, multivita (Read More....)
You live in the real world and have to deal with daily problems, issues, and emergencies. You probably don't have the time or mental energy to worry about future catastrophes or doomsday scenarios.
That's fine - but what about more common disasters, like hurricanes, snowstorms, or severe floods? These could knock power and other services out for days or weeks, and you can't count on running to the store beforehand to get what you might need. And what if a region-wide or nationwide pandemic strikes and you're confined to your home? Or if the electrical grid fails at a fundamental level over a wide area? These events can strike with little or no warning.
That's why it's wise to be somewhat prepared for a substantial calamity. One of the easiest and most basic ways to prepare is to stockpile food to have on hand in case you're unable to shop for awhile.
Here are some of the best food items to stockpile? Here is a partial list:
A. bottled water (or tap water in bottles)
E. Dried fruits
F. Canned meats
G. Canned fruits or vegetables
H. Canned soups
I. Peanut butter
J. Whole wheat crackers
K. Nuts and trail mix
L. Cereal, or meal replacement bars
M. Powdered drink mixes,powdered milk
Here are some suggestions on starting yo (Read More....)
On a recent episode of "Extreme Couponing" on TLC, there was an interesting observation. Each of the buyers was deservedly proud to pay NO money - or less than $25.00 - for hundreds of dollars-worth of groceries. It was quite a spectacle.
But the common thread: sugary juice-type drinks. The viewer was left to wonder: Does anyone really need 627 green, blue, or red drinks in their pantry? But the other observations reveals savvy choices, and hundreds - yes, hundreds - of dollars worth of savings in one big, organized trip to the grocery store.
Read on to find out why this practice is worth the effort.
There IS something to be said about stockpiling.
There's a system to it; it's not difficult, and you can zip right by the sugary drinks to accomplish the mission. This could be a fun challenge. Put on the tunes, get a few Sunday papers, pull out the weekly flyers, and start clippin'.
Now's the time to figure out this game.
The key to attaining a great stockpile is to team up the coupons with the weekly flyers. If you get a great deal on five items each week, you'll be stocked over just a couple of months. Think paper towels, toiletries, peanut butter, canned goods, non-perishables, laundry detergent, etc.
If your favorite detergent is on sale one wee (Read More....)