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15 Helpful Hints that Will Make Your Food Storage Taste Better

food storageHere are some helpful hints on food storage that may help some new preppers and hopefully some seasoned ones.  We all need to learn how to make our food not only look good but it needs to be appetizing.  Try and keep your food storage as close to what you normally eat as possible.  This will help you rotate your foods and be easier on your family when they have to live off of the food storage.

Helpful Hints on Food Storage

  1. Store the best quality foods you can afford.
  2. Use foods that you are used to cooking and your family will eat.
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Cooking with Your Food Storage

cookingCooking with your food storage for many people will be a new experience.  They purchase and stock many foods that they do not use on a regular basis.  The old adage store what you eat and eat what you store is not followed by many preppers.

Part of the reason is because of the cost of freeze-dried foods.  I have encountered a number of people who have purchased large amounts of freeze-dried or dehydrated foods.  Because these are expensive and have a long shelf live, they are reluctant to open a can or two and experiment with them.

Now for many who are homesteaders and live off what they produce this won’t be a problem. …

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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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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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Three Common Food Storage Mistakes

 

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Don’t be like these people, they bought the wrong package deal

I spend a fair amount of time helping people with food storage and I am seeing three common problems.  The first problem is that many people have no concept of what a one year’s supply of food looks like.  They consistently under estimate the amount of food that they will need. I have seen cases in which their one year supply won’t last more than a couple of months.

Here are some prior posts that will help you to determine how much food you should store.

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A List of Foods That I Recommend You Have in Your Storage

The following is a revised list of foods that I recommend for your storage.  This is not all-inclusive but is a good starting point.  The amount of food that you store will depend on several things.  How long a time are you planning on living on your storage?  How many in your family?  How heavy eaters are you?  I know there are many recommendations and I have made some myself, but the bottom line is you need to make up your own mind on how much food you store.

  • Wheat, if stored correctly, good for at least 30 years.
  • Oats, can stored up to 30 years
  • Spelt, similar to wheat but with more protein and some people with mild wheat allergies can tolerate it.
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Do You Need to Put Desiccant Packs in Your Long Term Food Storage

I recently received the following question. “Just beginning to do some food storage.  I live in sunny BUT humid central Florida.  We often have 80-90 percent humidity outside.  We do have central air but concerned about repacking staples into Mylar, Mason jars and plastic juice/soda bottles.  Would you recommend using the desiccant packs?  I am not concerned about after it is repackaged (have a nice dark, dry closet) just figuring that getting it in the packaging might expose it to too much moisture to begin with”.

This is a good question and one I have seen come up regularly.  While it has always been my opinion that this is not too much of a problem if the grain or beans are kept dry, since I live in a fairly dry climate, I have done some additional research on the subject.…

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So You have Decided to Become a Prepper, How do You Start?

So you have decided to become a prepper.  How do you start?  First, make a plan.  Don’t just run of willy-nilly.  Making a plan will save you money and help you avoid making costly mistakes.  Here are four simple steps that may help you make a plan.

Step 1.  Why are you preparing – What are the hazards in your neighborhood or geographic area?

  • Do you live on an earthquake fault?
  • Are you in a flood zone or an area of high fire danger?
  • Are there major highways or railroad routes (which could cause chemical spills or explosions) near your home?
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Advice for Beginning Preppers

This year I will be 70 years old and will have been prepping since my early twenties.  My parents started me prepping.  This has been a way of live for me as long as I can remember. Over the years, I have seen tremendous changes in the prepping movement, from the bomb shelters of the late 1950’s and 60’s to what is occurring today.

Prepping has become more mainstream and is now big business.  And like everything, that becomes big business, money has become a motivating factor to many people.  Every day, I see new products on the market and new companies crop up. …

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FreezeDryGuy

FreezeDryGuy and I have been friends for almost 40 years. I have deal with him personally on many occasions and have watched him deal with others. I have found him to be honest and have no reservations about recommending him. I have used and stored  LRPs for some time and have found them to be a good product.  They are great for use in bug out bags, a lot of food and calories in a small space.  While they may be a bit expensive for some, if they fit in your budget, you may want to consider adding some to your stores.  …

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