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.
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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.
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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
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If you have the space, it makes good sense to keep an emergency stockpile of food - recent disasters such as the East Coast's Hurricane Sandy or Oklahoma's spat of devastating tornadoes just reiterate the
need to have a supply of food and water in case the unimaginable occurs.
However, as with everything else, there's a right way and wrong way to build this supply. Letting the stockpile languish means food and water can expire, creating waste that will be of no help when you really need it. Instead, employ tactics that ensure you won't waste the food - and, by proxy, waste your hard-earned money.
Stockpile Nonperishable Foods
This seems like a no-brainer, but it's worth mentioning. While a stockpile of frozen meats, grains, and other perishable foods is helpful for your family when your food budget dwindles, those products won't be
of use to you if the power and water supply goes out.
If your main concern is just getting items on sale, then use your freezer to its full advantage, noting that frozen foods can still expire - uncooked poultry lasts for nine months, seafood lasts three to six months, and uncooked red meat is good for four months to a year, depending on the variety.
If your aim is to stockpile for a potential disaster, though, focus on building up a supply of nonperishable items.
Rotate the Food
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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....)
Having lived off the grid for the last 7 years, you see 'em come, and you see 'em go. The dozens of people we've seen succeed and the dozens of people we've seen fail gave us a keen eye to the attributes necessary to be a survivalist. Like we've told many people before, no matter how prepared you think you are, you're gonna go through some changes! So after many years of observation, below are listed the 6 essential traits every survivalist should possess to be successful.
1. Tenacity (“stick-to-it-ness”). This more than anything else has beaten many a would-be survivalist. We knew a young couple from TX who bought a 5 acre parcel in a very rural, mountain subdivision. They purchased a camper and a 40' shipping container and filled them with supplies. Before they ever made the move, the husband freaked out when he discovered that there were ants on the property! (Aren't ants everywhere?) These weren't Fire Ants, just plain old picnic ants, and it was a real problem for him, resulting in their abandoning the property for the comfort of their old apartment. The ants were just his way out of a situation he never was committed to in the first place.
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