Learning how to preserve food properly is easier than you may think. Long term food storage allows you to prepare for emergencies, but can also be ideal when used on homesteads where self sufficiency is a goal. If you aren't a homesteader, there are some alternatives to consider for storing food in the case of an emergency. Finding the method that fits your needs will allow you the security net you want while also fitting your personal needs perfectly.
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According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, found online at http://nchfp.uga.edu, canning is a safe way to preserve foods when safety measures are followed. Canning is a process that includes cooking food and storing it in airtight glass jars for later use. Home canned food is an excellent option because it preserves the flavor of fresh fruits and vegetables and is also an inexpensive way to store foods from your garden for use during the colder months of the year. You will need some supplies for canning, including tongs, a large pan to boil jars and lids in, and a large pan or pressure cooker to seal your jars in once they have been filled.
Freeze Dried Foods
In today’s society, being prepared for the worst is no longer a sign of paranoia, terror, obsession, and superstition. As natural disasters, terrible storms, wars, riots, uprisings, and economic crises become more and more frequent, having a backup emergency plan just in case is the smart, not psychotic, thing to do. Emergency clothing, shelter, and most importantly, food and water, is an essential for every household as the world we live in becomes more and more unstable. During most emergencies, households can typically expect to be without refrigeration, electricity, and gas for at least a short period of time. Most government and federal aid takes at least three days to make an appearance when emergencies strike, so it is not in the best interest to rely on outside sources for help with food and shelter. This being said, a three day supply of food and water at the minimum should be found in every household. However, the larger the reserve, the better; having several weeks of food on hand only guarantees longer survival times if the disaster is catastrophic.
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Grandma knew what she was doing when she socked away row after row of Mason jars full of home-canned vegetable. Natural disasters, man-made emergencies and ordinary hard times can lead to food shortages and price gouging. Even a severe winter storm can leave you housebound and unable to get to the store. If you are building up your survival food stores, there are several types of food you should consider including the following....
1. Grocery Store Survival
Some survivalists turn their noses up at ordinary grocery store fare, but dry foods such as grains and pasta, canned meat, vegetables, milk and fruit, milk packed in aseptic cartons and bottled water are all excellent, relatively inexpensive additions to your survival food pantry.
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If you choose to take advantage of what your grocery store has to offer, your store will require regular maintenance. You will have to regularly rotate the grocery store food you keep. The easiest way to do this is to keep track of expiration dates and fill your regular kitchen pantry with items that are nearing the end of their shelf life. In order to keep your stock complete, you will have to replace the items you (Read More....)
Disaster Prep On A Budget by Dennis Evers- Disaster Prep can be expensive, particularly if you spend a small fortune on dedicated “survival” items that may or may not be used. Preparing makes good common sense, and on so many levels. There are natural disasters by the dozens, man made emergencies like chemical spills, riots, terrorism, crime and on and on. Add economic problems like high unemployment and those associated with cities laying off law enforcement and other emergency services due to budget problems and you have the perfect storm looming on the horizon.
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Most of us living within our means have a limited amount of discretionary income for prepping. With that in mind, preparing on a budget is important and purchasing inexpensive yet functional as well as multi-use items that can be used on a regular basis as well will help stretch every penny you spend.
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