The Internet offers a wealth of knowledge for anyone who wants to learn to be better prepared. I found some great blog posts this week that should prove useful for the beginner prepper. If you are new to prepping, check out some of this information. Continue reading
Organic foods are popular right now, especially amid the abundance of GMO foods. The Environmental Working Group put out a guide of the Dirty Dozen foods you should always try to buy organic as well as the Clean 15 foods that don’t need to be organic to be healthy.
Still, even with this information, many are leery of getting anything that isn’t organic. This may make it seem harder to stock your pantry.
The best option is to grow your own, but sometimes that isn’t enough. And some things are just not reasonable to grow, especially if you live in the middle of a city. Continue reading
Freeze dried vegetables are great to have on hand, even when you are not dealing with a disaster situation. If you’ve ever thrown together a last minute casserole and wanted to add extra nutrition, freeze dried vegetables are just the thing you need. And they are perfect for soups and stews.
You can also sneak in extra veggies when they are freeze dried. Picky eaters will hardly notice. Continue reading
Often when we think of freeze dried foods, we think of meals that are ready to go – just add water and heat it up. However, prepared meals are only part of the picture.
To have a balanced diet even in a dire situation, you need to make sure you have a balance of foods. Continue reading
I read an article last week that said 64% of Americans are not prepared for natural disasters. This is very disturbing when you consider that natural disasters kill thousands of people and cause billions of dollars worth of damage each year.
And each year, the numbers seem to get higher. Continue reading
You may have noticed that experts in food storage recommend storing whole wheat and other whole grains as opposed to flour and processed grains. This is because grains last much longer when they are unprocessed. Once ground into flour, they begin to degrade and may even go rancid.
But how do you use all that grain? While whole wheat berries can be cooked and used as a hot cereal, you will probably find the most uses for wheat when it is ground into flour. To do this, you will need a grain mill. Continue reading
So you’ve plugged your number into one of those handy dandy food storage calculators and have made your list of food items to work on accumulating. How do you make sure those staple items will have the longest possible shelf life so it is good to eat when you need it? Continue reading
Have you ever used a food storage calculator? Doing an online search, you can find several food storage calculators to choose from, but most of them are based on the Mormon food calculator used to calculate one year of food storage.
Most people new to food storage find this calculator a bit overwhelming for two reasons. One, it is a huge amount of food (160 pounds of sugar?? Wow! I see children bouncing off the walls.). And two, it includes things that the average person isn’t used to using in the kitchen. I mean, what are you going to do with 600 pounds of wheat, anyhow? So how do you use the results of the food storage calculator to help you with your food storage plan? Continue reading
With reports of FEMA’s failures in helping victims of Hurricane Sandy (not to mention, Hurricane Katrina) one has to wonder if it is wise to rely on any government agency for help when disaster strikes. There have been reports of FEMA offices in New York closing because of bad weather (Seriously?? Sadly, yes.) and leaving those most in need unaided and forgotten. Continue reading
I have seen lots of talk and outrage over the fact that talks for an international arms treaty have been revisited only hours after the re-election of Obama as president of the United States.
I’ll admit to not being very knowledgeable about politics, but I have read with interest some of the discussion on this particular topic. Continue reading