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
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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....)
No matter what your reason for stockpiling food, that stockpile is of no use if the food spoils before you consume it. There are plenty of ways to help avoid spoilage - rotating the foods in and out, making sure it's stored properly, and so on - but you can also focus on storing foods that have ultra-long shelf lives.
Foods that Will Last Forever
Salt, baking powder, and granulated sugar have no known shelf life when stored in their original containers. By "no known shelf life," this means the food will last indefinitely; there's no evidence of spoilage when handled properly.
Although you might not think salt, sugar, and baking powder have much use in a food stockpile, these are three staples in scratch cooking and baking, so they might be of more use than you think.
Honey seems to last indefinitely, too; even if it crystallizes, you can reheat and use it normally. Microorganisms tend to stay away because of its low water content.
Foods that Will Last 30-Plus Years
As long as they're stored in cans, foil pouches, or buckets, wheat and rice will last for 30 or more years. White rice is super cheap, a good source of calories, and it can be used in so many ways - as rice porridge for breakfast, as an addition to soups, ground up as an alternative to wheat flour, or just on its own as a meal-stretcher.
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by M.D. Creekmore
“What’s the most common mistake made by new survivalist? How can we avoid it?“ – asked by Matt via email.
Here are a few quick mistakes that I see new survivalist making (and some, I’ve made myself). They’re listed in no particular order and I’d love for you to continue the list in comments below:
1. Giving up to early – Many new survivalist start out with a load of energy only to run dry, giving up before meeting their goals. The main reason – they think they have to spend thousands of dollars on a retreat, survival food and arsenal, money that they don’t have – so they give up all together.
2. Putting off starting – Procrastination is something we’ve talked about before, but is worth mentioning again. Don’t put off starting your preparedness program. The number one excuse given is a lack of money – see point one above. (see my article – How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Prepping)
3. Not making their own plan - Many new survivalist (aka preppers), not knowing where to start attempt to follow the plans of others. Granted there will be a lot of sim (Read More....)
Even if you're not convinced that a nuclear Armageddon or global economic collapse is imminent, taking preparatory measures like stockpiling food is still a wise idea - which would have paid dividends had the world not narrowly averted disaster earlier this year.
In July of 2013, a massive electromagnetic pulse emitted by the sun coursed through a point in the earth's orbit about two weeks before the planet arrived there. Had Earth been struck by this EMP, it could have cut off electricity to much of the U.S. for a long time. This could have left Americans scrambling to handle their basic necessities on their own for quite a while, which would have been difficult for anybody - much less families with babies who needed to be fed.
That's why stockpiling store-bought baby food - or the ingredients to make it yourself - is something that all parents should consider.
Baby Food Stockpiling Strategies
Since baby food will be one of the first consumer products to run out in a global emergency, it's always wise to have an extra supply on hand. The good news is, the U.S. government requires clear expiration date
labeling on baby food and formula, which makes it easier fo (Read More....)