Guest Post From Lee Flynn
There are many reasons to store food for emergency situations. This can give you the peace of mind to know that you and your family can survive if any type of disaster strikes. Having rations of food in your home makes sense, both for small and large scale catastrophes. Not everyone, however, has lots of room to store food. What if you live in a small cabin or perhaps a city apartment? Fortunately, even when you have limited space there are still ways to store emergency food.
When your space is limited, you have to get creative and make best use of whatever space you do have. Don’t confine yourself to traditional storage spaces such as kitchen cabinets. While you should certainly make use of these, you will also have to think beyond this. There is no reason why you can’t use any room in your home or apartment for storage.
First of all, you should keep all of your extra food in boxes or containers that maximize your space. Individual cans or packages of food are awkward to store. Boxes or milk crates, on the other hand, are easy to stack. Grains can be kept in large, airtight barrels or buckets.
Making Use of Closets, Bedrooms and Furniture
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Preparing a spring garden is a joy that provides exercise, access to fresh air, and delicious fresh vegetables. Taking three easy steps can produce a successful garden for anyone who wants to try it, and it is easier than it may seem to prepare a plot, plant the seeds, and nourish the crops. Even a beginner can have a garden that is a source of pride, and the vegetables that it produces are abundant, delicious, and nutritious.
Preparing a Garden Plot
A plot that is 15 feet on each side creates 225 square feet of garden space, small enough not to require an extensive amount of work and large enough to grow five different vegetables. The hardest part of starting a garden is removing the grass or weeds and turning the soil.
A small tiller is the best tool for preparing a plot, but a sharp hoe can remove the growth on top of the soil. Turning the soil with a shovel is laborious, but it is the best tool if a tiller is not available. A rake can level the soil and remove any remaining traces of weeds or grass from the garden plot. An application of fertilizer enriches the soil and prepares it to receive the seeds.
Planting the Seeds
The pleasure of putting a seed in the ground is hard to imagine. Using a finger to poke a small hole in the ground gets dirt on the hands, a sure sign that a gardener is doing the right thing. Planning for the size of a plant (Read More....)
For manufacturers of emergency food packets, standards have to rise to an unrivaled level of excellence. The companies that package the packets must operate under the assumption that conditions requiring emergency rations are likely to be extreme and challenging.
Fill levels are among the most important aspects of safe, dependable food-packet manufacturing. Inspecting and monitoring those levels is a central step in guaranteeing a safe and reliable product that can stand up to the critical task of surviving an emergency.
The Importance of Fill Levels
Emergency food packets are often used in the most extreme environments and climates, and are subjected to dramatic temperature fluctuations. Those fluctuations result in freezing, thawing, expansion and contraction of liquids, and overall product degradation. If fill levels are even marginally inaccurate, package rupturing or contamination can destroy an otherwise useable product.
An Alternative to Check Weighing
Whether emergency food packets come in metal cans, plastic bottles, composite containers or glass bottles, fill level monitoring is almost always superior to the check-weighing protocol. It is far more accurate, despite changes in weight or container shape. When it comes to spee (Read More....)
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 frequently or inf (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 make sure that at l (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.
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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.
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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....)