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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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:
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
Food rations are an important part of a good emergency survival kit. Ideally, emergency foods should be nutritious, long-lasting and flavorful enough to be edible. Here are a few types of foods to include in your home emergency kit.
Datrex 3600 Calorie Emergency Food Bar for Survival Kits. Each package contains 18 individually wrapped bars containing 200 calories each. $18
1. Canned foods
Some canned foods can last for months or even years. While canned vegetables and fruits are generally high in sodium, they are very nutritious and certainly an adequate choice for a few days' meals during an emergency. Although some canned foods can be tough to stomach, you can include a small amount of California olive oil or another long-lasting condiment to improve the taste of your emergency meals. Go ligh (Read More....)
***The following is a guest post for Emergency Food by Barbara Fix*** This past year alone, food prices have increased by 36%. Not a good situation when our incomes have taken an incredible nosedive. Just consider unemployment rates alone (that are being reported erroneously, for they do not include those who have exhausted their benefits). Nor does it take into account many US workers who are underemployed, forced to take low-paying jobs, or are working part time. Many of us have taken huge losses in the stock market, while others have taken hits to their retirement funds. All terrible news…
But things are about to get worse. Much worse.
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The Coming Food Shortage
Russia, whose grain and crops make up a portion of US imports, has suffered huge losses in grain production through wildfires last year and locust infestation this year. Expect the situation to impact commodity prices and hit our pocketbooks at the checkout stand: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/monit (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.
Let There be Light
One of the most important accessory in every disaster kit is some sort of light. Light is necessary to work and navigate by, but psychologically, it is essential to help mitigate some of the fear associated with disas (Read More....)