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....)
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.
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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....)
Freezing is an effective way to preserve perishable food. It can be argued that it's not the most reliable, in cases of energy loss. But if you have a generator backup system, it's still one of the best ways to keep food edible for long periods of time. And remember, if you lose energy during the winter, you can quickly create a makeshift icebox in the snow until power is restored.
When you're choosing which foods to freeze for emergency purposes, you need to know how long each item will last at freezing temperatures. Make sure you label every package with the name of the food, any special
preparation instructions, and most importantly, the current date. If you're really thorough, you can reference this article and write a "best by" date on the food.
Grocery store fish has usually been frozen on its way back from sea to store. Even if it's frozen when you purchase it, the chances of its having undergone an extra thaw and re-freeze are high, especially if its
not locally caught. For that reason, frozen fish won't keep too long in your freezer.
You can count on up to six months for non-fatty fish like cod, haddock, or sole, and up to three months for fatty fish like salmon or mackerel. If you're lucky enough to have access to fresh fish caught locally by
your neighbor or friend, you're best off freezing the entire f (Read More....)
When it comes to something that could potentially save your life and bring you peace of mind, it's good to be prepared. A very important factor of physical and economic preparedness is keeping adequate food storage. It is recommended by the CDCP that you keep at least three days’ worth of food for each person in your house in case of emergency. This doesn’t have to be a difficult, expensive or time-consuming task. Just accumulate a little at a time and you'll have what you need before you know it. Even the most prepared can find themselves stuck up a creek without a paddle if they forget something important in their food storage. So in case you want to double check your food storage, here are some of the most commonly forgotten food storage items.
There is a good chance that you will not be getting all of the nutrients that your body has come to expect from your regular meals if all you are eating is food storage. This is why it is important to store vitamins in your emergency food storage. Even if it's the same as the food that you eat on a regular basis, it's smart to include vitamins to supplement your health regardless.
You would be surprised to know how many people forget to store clean water with their food. If any kind of emergency comes (Read More....)
Creating an emergency food supply to store in your home is of enormous benefit to anyone. Whether you live in an area of the world that is prone to natural disasters or not, there is always cause to keep a food storage. Food storage could be welcome relief when your hometown has been hit by disaster. Perhaps that disaster comes in the form of a tornado, as it did so tragically for the people of Oklahoma, and you are left without anywhere from which to buy food or clean water, or perhaps you are housing people who no longer have a home. Perhaps the emergency is a police lock down similar to the one that happened in Waterford after the Boston marathon bombings. Perhaps the emergency is nothing more than a lost job, something which can affect a family deeply and make it difficult to get by without a backup supply of food. So if you want to do everything that you can to prepare your family for such disasters, here is a beginner's guide to getting started with food prepping.
Step 1: Figure out What Exactly You Eat
Start taking note of the recipes and ingredients that you use most frequently. This will help you to figure out exactly what kind of food you will need to start storing to build up your emergency supply. If you get into the habit of doing this, it will become f (Read More....)
Whether you live in Oklahoma and are at risk of tornados, or in California and are at risk of earthquakes, having a solid stockpile of food can be the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. In fact,it is recommended that every American store at least three worth of food and water in case of emergency.
If you are considering stockpiling food, you’ll want to carefully plan the balance of nutrients therein, with fat being one nutrient that is essential for survival. We’ll explain here why fat is such an important ingredient to stockpile, and we will provide tips on food sources that provide good fats, as well as how to store them.
Fat is a critically important nutrient when it comes to providing energy for the body—this is essential in an emergency situation when you are both emotionally and physically exhausted. Fat also slows digestion, which is extremely helpful when food supplies are low. Fat helps to regulate your heart rate, too, and enables the absorption of important vitamins, including vitamins A and E. Regardless of whether or not you are in an emergency situation, fat is a nutrient that is critical for our health and wellness.
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No drive-throughs or fast food here!
Canning is a fun, super-easy and efficient way to enjoy fresh foods all year long. There's a great feeling of satisfaction from jumping on this bandwagon, and you'll quickly have an entirely new definition of "fast food."
As quickly as you can open your pantry and pop the lid, you'll have delicious and healthy options for you and your family. Go on -- give it a try!
So what's your motivation?
- Do you love to visit the local farmer's market?
- Is your garden overflowing?
- Are you ready to be more financially savvy and efficient?
- How about being more environmentally responsible?
- Did you get stuck for healthy food choices when the big storm hit and you lost power?
- Or are you just ready to tap into your inner Martha, Rachael Ray, or Emeril?
There are lots of reasons to jump onto the canning and jarring bandwagon, and the payback is huge!
Think about buying fruits and vegetables in bulk when they are in season (and cheap!) What's better than fresh peaches in February or delicious tomatoes in November?
Consider these perfect and easily prepared foods for your first attempt at canning: