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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No matter what your reason for stockpiling food, that stockpile is of no use if the food spoils before you consume it. There are plenty of ways to help avoid spoilage - rotating the foods in and out, making sure it's stored properly, and so on - but you can also focus on storing foods that have ultra-long shelf lives.
Foods that Will Last Forever
Salt, baking powder, and granulated sugar have no known shelf life when stored in their original containers. By "no known shelf life," this means the food will last indefinitely; there's no evidence of spoilage when handled properly.
Although you might not think salt, sugar, and baking powder have much use in a food stockpile, these are three staples in scratch cooking and baking, so they might be of more use than you think.
Honey seems to last indefinitely, too; even if it crystallizes, you can reheat and use it normally. Microorganisms tend to stay away because of its low water content.
Foods that Will Last 30-Plus Years
As long as they're stored in cans, foil pouches, or buckets, wheat and rice will last for 30 or more years. White rice is super cheap, a good source of calories, and it can be used in so many ways - as rice porridge for breakfast, as an addition to soups, ground up as an alternative to wheat flour, or just on its own as a meal-stretcher.
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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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Living in an increasingly complex and dangerous world, many people are looking into creating an emergency food supply. Actually, in the United States, since the 9/11 catastrophe and Katrina hurricane, the federal government has renewed emergency preparedness training that includes what you need to stockpile in case of such an event. Both the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] and the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] suggest that American citizens have food and water, among other staples, stored for emergencies.
But in looking at the stockpiling of food more closely, it is actually a great financial management tool as well. Storing food allows you to purchase non-perishables in bulk where you can get better prices.
Here are some ideas for bulk purchases that are a good value.
The problem with membership clubs like Costco or Sam's Club is the unit size of most items. Large quantities turn into an obstacle when most of the item will be stored. Today's smaller sized families can't usually use 25 pounds of rice, but if five pounds are carved out for the week's meals, then the remaining 20 pounds can be stored in air-tight containers.
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Emergencies happen. A hurricane, a tornado, a massive blizzard, or any other type of severe weather can strike at any given time. Emergency situations also extend beyond extreme weather. Power sources can be knocked out, wars can happen, an earthquake can occur, and who knows -- zombies may even rise and start to roam the earth.
Since an emergency can happen at any time, it is always wise to err on the side of caution and be prepared for such a situation. Being prepared for an emergency will help to ensure your safety and will help you get through the crisis until it is taken care of. Being prepared means you should have supplies of flashlights, batteries, candles, and, of course, food and water.
Of all of the things you should stock up on in case of an emergency, food and water are the most important. Having a stockpile of these supplies will allow you to provide sustenance for you and your family, should an emergency situation ever occur. If you want to prepare yourself, you may be wondering how much food and water you should have on hand.
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The summer is finally here, and that means a number of things: more sun, warmer weather, the kids are out of school, and much more. But with the summer comes a new set of responsibilities. The kinds of problems and disasters that occur in the summer can often be very different from those that we might face in the winter. Depending on where you live, natural disasters may be a more likely occurrence in the summer, and you can also be hit with things such as droughts, shortages and year-round problems such as unemployment, financial difficulties or food shortages. So to make sure that your food storage is fit for the summer, here is a handy summer food storage checklist.
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Nonperishable Food Items
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No one can predict what might happen in the future, and as a result, all that we can do to be ready for it is to be prepared for every eventuality. That is why it is so important that we keep an emergency supply of food in our homes, and enough for each person who lives in our household. Such preparedness can soon turn to disaster however if, when the time comes to finally use it, all of your food has spoiled or expired. So to help you out, here are 10 foods with the longest shelf lives.
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Honey is the king of long-lasting foods. It has been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs after thousands of years, and if you keep it in your food storage it can make an excellent substitute for sugar or even just a tasty treat!
It may technically be a mineral rather than a food, but if it is kept safe from contamination, salt will last forever. It can also be used as a preservative for other foods.
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