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Rotating Food is a Good Habit to Get Into

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These slanted shelves work well, but are expensive

Every now and then, I like to get back to basics.  So today, I want to talk about rotating food.  One of the biggest problems many of us have is keeping track of our food and rotating it on a regular schedule.

You should have an inventory of your food storage and it should include expiration dates.  This makes it easy to rotate your food.  Once a year you check your inventory and pull out everything that will expire that year.  Move this into your everyday pantry and use it up during the year. …

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Powdered Milk, Why you Need It and How Much

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Powdered Milk form the LDS Dry Pack Store.

The other day I went to the LDS (Mormon) Dry Pack Store to purchase a case of non-fat powdered milk.  I have been using the LDS powdered milk for many years and have found it to be quite acceptable.  It is the most reasonably priced milk that I have found.  I t comes in 1.8 pound packages that cost $6.25 each.  You can purchase it in individual packages or a case of 12 for $75.00.  It has a 20-year shelf life if stored correctly in a cool, dark area.

For cooking, we use it following the directions on the package. …

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A Free LDS Recipe Book that Will Help You Learn to Cook from Scratch

free LDS Recipe BookOne question that seems to come up regularly is how to cook from scratch with only very basic ingredients.  This is a hard one particularly for younger preppers.  Home making classes aren’t taught in school anymore and too many people rely on frozen or other types of prepared meals.  Over the years, I have posted quite a bit of information on the LDS (Mormon) Dry Pack Centers.  They have very reasonable prices and are open to everybody, but the choices are somewhat limited.  So here is a free LDS recipe book from Mormon Share that addresses this subject.

The book Food Storage Recipes  can be downloaded for free. …

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10 Steps to Start Prepping and New Year’s Resolutions

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With time you can build a food storage like this one.

Every year at this time, I see people start out the year with good intentions.  They make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, get in shape, watch less TV or to start prepping.  For the first few days they do well, and then something gets in the road.  You can see a good example of this at the gym, in January it is packed and then as spring approaches you can see the people dropping out.

So you have made a New Year’s resolution to start prepping, what do you do next?. …

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Why You Need At Least a Year’s Food Supply

year's food storageI have recently been reading some blogs that discuss storing different amounts of food.  The suggestions varied from as short as a month to a several years.  Some people sounded like they thought they were ready because they had two or three hundred pounds of grains for their family.  Me, I believe that you need at least enough food to survive through the next summer’s growing season. This requires at least a year’s supply.

This means that that if TEOTWAWKI were to occur in July, I would want to have enough stored food to survive until the next summer’s crop comes in. …

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Appetite Fatigue and Variety in Your Food Storage

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Rice and beans

I recently got into a discussion with a friend on the subject of food storage.  He is a prepper and has a fairly substantial food storage.  The problem I see with his storage is that his variety of foods is very narrow.  He has stored lots of beans and rice and not much else.  He feels that he can supplement this to some degree and can survive a year easily on this diet.  I brought up the subject of appetite fatigue and he completely discounts it as a problem.

Personally, I believe that the best diet you can have will have the widest possible choices of food. …

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Ten Basic Foods You Absolutely Need in Your Food Storage

ten basic foodsIf you are working on food storage, here are ten basic foods that you can use as a framework to build your food storage around.  Now these are foods that are inexpensive and that you could live off in a real emergency.  This diet would get boring fast, but would keep you alive.

When I started my food storage, these ten basic foods were the first things that I stored.  Since then we have expanded our storage and added many other foods, including dehydrated and freeze-dried.  But if are just starting I would encourage you to store these ten basic foods first. …

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Seven Factors that Help Preserve Long Term Food Storage

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Mylar bags and food grade buckets are one of my favorite ways of storing foods

Storing food has many benefits beyond preparing for TEOTWAWKI.  These benefits range from financial savings to having a balanced diet throughout the year.  You can take advantage of the sales that occur seasonally.  See a previous post on Food Sales  that tells you the best time of the year to purchase foods and other preps.

Storing food is a traditional skill that has been used for thousands of years in time of plenty to prepare for times of famine or when food is in short supply.…

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A New One-Year’s Supply List Developed by BYU

One of the biggest problems many new preppers encounter is trying to visualize what a one-year’s supply of food for one-person looks like.  Over the years there are been many different versions published and handed out as the last word.  Well here is another one.  While doing some research I found this on the (BYU) Brigham Young University website.

As many of you know for years BYU has lead the field in studying long term food storage.  This is a list that they have recently added to their website.  It is a one-year’s supply list that has been modified in 2015. …

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Olives are Easy to Preserve in Salt Brine

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I put the olives onto a cutting board and whack them with an old rolling pin

The area where I live was once a large olive growing area.  As the olive farmers have moved lots of the trees have continued to thrive.  There are olives all over the place and mostly they end up on the ground.  With a bit of effort it is possible to get free olives just for the picking.  In the past, I have preserved olives in a lye solution and they have been nice.

However, for some time I have wanted to experiment with preserving some in brine. …

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