What Will You Eat After the Apocalypse?

empty shelvesAfter an apocalypse on either a minor or major scale, food is going to be scarce. As humans, we tend to automatically jump to thinking about where our next meal is coming from. While we may be able to technically live several days without eating, nobody is really excited about that idea. Food is comforting. It gives you strength and it keeps your body healthy. You need food so it is pretty normal to think about what you will eat after some calamity befalls us and people have looted the store shelves.

You have several options.

Stockpile Food

This is probably the most obvious option. It ensures you are set up and don’t have to go out hunting for food right away. Storing nonperishable foods that include a variety of freeze-dried, dried and canned goods will ensure your food supply will last for months or longer. If you are dealing with a serious apocalypse, you will eventually run out of food, which leads us to the next options.120-serving-emergency-food-supply (1)

Grow a Garden

A garden will feed you somewhat and that is assuming it is the right season. Many preppers have greenhouses so they have a fresh supply of fruits and vegetables all year round. It is something you should definitely consider.

Raise Livestock

Another thing preppers like to do is raise their own food. Things like rabbits, pigs, chickens and even goats do not require a great deal of space and are fairly easy to raise. Learning animal husbandry that ensures you have a steady supply of food is a very wise idea.

Hunting

This is what many people assume they will be doing a lot of. Hunting will get food on the table, but how often you hunt and how often you actually get something will make a huge difference. You will want to brush up on your hunting skills so you know how to do it when your very life depends on it.

Foraging

This is probably one of the last things anybody thinks about when they think about eating after a collapse. Believe it or not, foraging will be one of the easiest and best shots at eating if you don’t have a stockpile of food. Learn about edible plants now so you have something to eat immediately after a collapse.

Canned Food 101 for the Beginning Prepper

If you are interested in stocking up food to use in the event of an emergency, you may canned foodhave some questions. When you talk to other experienced preppers or do some research online, it is easy to panic and think you can’t possibly build up a supply of food that will last you for months. It can seem like an impossible feat, especially when you think of the cost involved.

It isn’t nearly as difficult as it seems. These are some tips that preppers have been using to get their supplies built up. Yes, it does take time. Yes, it does take money. However, slow and steady wins the prepping game.

Set a Monthly Budget

Before you head to the store and start shopping, set a budget. You don’t want to buy too much, too soon. You will burn out. You will also end up spending more money than you need to. Part of prepping is doing what you can to get yourself in a good financial spot. Spending a lot of money on food that you are storing away could result in financial hardship.

Pick the Right Foods

Don’t buy foods your family will not eat. It is a waste of space and money. Do what you can to diversify your food storage, but keep it to the foods you eat. If your family isn’t a fan of tuna or peas, skip them and spend your money on foods they do eat.

Use Coupons and Shop the Ads

Don’t be afraid to be a bargain shopper. Have some money set aside so you can buy big when a canned food sale does hit. Learn some of the tricks mega-couponers use. Buy one get one free sales are an excellent way to beef up your pantry at half the price.cans

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

Buying in bulk is generally the best way to save money. You will still need to do the math and make sure the bulk price is a good bargain. It isn’t a wise idea to buy bulk cans or family size cans of foods. You have to assume you won’t have refrigeration. Can your family eat a huge can of tomato sauce in one sitting or a big can of chili? You don’t want it to go to waste. An option is freeze-dried foods. This allows you to use a portion of the can, seal it up and it will be good for several weeks or longer. The freeze-dried foods have longer shelf lives and will taste just as good in 20 years as they do today. Canned food will lose flavor and does run the risk of spoiling.

Prepping is a great way to give yourself peace of mind. You will sleep better knowing you have a supply of food to sustain your family should there be a disaster or a financial collapse that leaves the budget stretched thin with no room for groceries. A supply of food is smart. Start with these simple tips and get started building up your food supply today.

Don’t Get Caught in the Canned Food Trap

cansThere are plenty of preppers who put a great deal of faith, money and time into stockpiling cases upon cases of canned food. They shun other options like freeze-dried or dehydrated for various reasons. This is a dangerous practice. A good food storage will have a variety of foods in varying forms. Eating the same thing day in and day out isn’t only boring and repetitive, it can also make you sick.

There are some downsides to canned food that should be noted.

  • Most canned foods are high in sodium and nitrates that can increase risk of dehydration
  • Canned foods are heavy and require sturdy shelving
  • You are limited to certain foods
  • Once you open a can, you have to eat it all if there is no refrigeration

Now, to be fair, canned food is probably the most easily accessed and can be purchased anywhere and everywhere. It is also relatively inexpensive.

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Freeze-dried food is a viable option that should be considered. Yes, it is more expensive, but it will last for decades or longer. You can buy freeze-dried food in full meals. Things like beef stroganoff, spaghetti and meatballs and chicken and rice are just a sampling of the meals available. You can also purchase a variety of freeze-dried products like sliced sliced potatoes or freeze-dried egg powder that can be used to create a delicious meal.

Freeze-dried food needs very little water to transform into a typical meal. In fact, you need less water to reconstitute freeze-dried food than you do dehydrated food. Freeze-dried food is a little harder to find and will often need to be ordered online. Many companies will offer free shipping if your order reaches a certain dollar amount.

Dehydrated

Dehydrated foods are popular with preppers because they can be eaten as is if it isn’t possible to reconstitute the foods with water. Dehydrated foods are also much cheaper than freeze-dried, but are more expensive than canned. However, plenty of preppers have learned the art of drying their own food at home to save money.

Fruits, meats and vegetables can all be dehydrated. While you would typically buy dehydrated foods individually, you can put together soups and stews that are made up of a variety of dehydrated ingredients and store those on the shelves. Keep in mind, dehydrated foods take hours to reconstitute and do best with hot water. Dehydrated ingredients are best used in stews and soups where they can cook slowly and absorb the other flavors.

Don’t get caught in the trap of only stocking one type of food. Diversify your food storage and you will be happier for it when it comes time to rely on it after a disaster.

Preparing for a Quarantine—What to Buy Today

Are you prepared to live in your home without contact with the outside world for 21 days or more? If you or a member of your family is put under a mandatory quarantine, you will be asked to stay in your home without the luxury of running to the store to grab groceries, toilet paper or even the local drive thru to grab a burger. Many people are prepared to hole up in their home for three days, but that isn’t going to help when you have to live on the food stores you have for 21 days or more.teriyaki rice

Today is the time to buy the essentials you need to hunker down in your home until the threat of a pandemic passes. You need food, personal hygiene items and tools in case of a power outage. Although a pandemic wouldn’t cause a power outage, a storm or accident could take out a power pole and with limited linemen on hand to fix the problem, you could be sitting in the dark for days.

This is a list of things you will want to have on hand in case you need to stay at home for a few weeks.

• Food-Freeze dried and canned foods are best, just in case the power does go out. There are plenty of options in the freeze-dried food category that will keep your family well fed with a variety of tasty dishes. Don’t forget to stock up on some of your favorite snacks as well. If you have kids in the home, their typical daily snack will help keep them content.
• Personal hygiene-Toilet paper is a luxury you can never have too much of. Buy enough to keep your family happy for at least a couple of months. Other things you will need to make sure you have a supply of includes; toothpaste, feminine hygiene items, bath soap, laundry soap, dish soap and shampoo. If you have a baby in the house, make sure you have plenty of diapers and wipes on hand.

• Light-You will want to have flashlights and candles on hand in case there is a power outage. LED flashlights use less battery-power and will last longer. Make sure you have an extra set of batteries. Don’t forget matches and candleholders.

boardgames• Entertainment-Living in your home for 21 days will likely leave you climbing the walls. Keep some games, cards, puzzles and various crafts on hand to keep you and the family busy. If you have ever considered learning how to knit or paint, you have the perfect excuse for learning how to do so! Have you been dreaming about hours of scrapbooking? Wish granted!

• Communication-Keep your cell phone charged so you can communicate with friends and loved ones. You should also have a crank radio or battery-powered radio on hand just in case the power is out. You need to know when it is safe for you to go out as well as keep informed about what is happening in the world.

• Medicines-If you or somebody in your house takes prescription medicines, as your doctor to write a script for an extra month’s supply. This is nice to have around just in case anyways. As long as it is not a controlled substance, most doctors won’t have a problem writing out a larger prescription.

Take steps now to avoid the chaos that will ensue if a mandatory quarantine is issued for your family, neighborhood or city. You don’t want to be forced to rely on government services to provide you with what you need.

How to Use Freeze-Dried Food

240serving-catYou have done an excellent job stock piling a variety of freeze-dried foods, but do you know what to do with them when it is time to serve them to your family? In a survival situation, you will probably not have running water, a stove or a microwave. This can make heating water a little tough, which is what is typically needed to rehydrate food. Check out the following tips below that will help you turn your food storage into a delicious meal.

How Much Water?

Surprisingly, you don’t need as much water as you probably thought. In fact, it takes very little water to turn a bowl of freeze-dried survival food into something edible. For your fruits, veggies and powders, you need very little water to rehydrate them. A couple of tablespoons of room temperature water will do the trick. It does take some time. Allow at least an hour for fruits and vegetables to become soft and pliable. It can take a couple of hours. Generally if you have two cups of freeze-dried food that you are going to eat without cooking or doing anything else, you will need 1 cup of water. For stews, soups, chili and other meals that you will cook over a campfire or on a propane stove, you will need less water. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions when possible. It is better to have too little water than too much water that will make a food soggy and nearly inedible.water

Cold or Hot Water?

Cold water or room temperature is always best for most foods. Boiling water is going to cook the freeze-dried food. If you are rehydrating meats, this could end up in the meat being overcooked and tough. The best way is to use cool water to reconstitute the meat and then heat it with the rest of the meal or plain. Hot water does reconstitute the food faster, but it does not do anything for the taste.

No Salt

Do not add salt or other seasoning to the freeze-dried foods while they are reconstituting. The salt will absorb the water during the process and result in the food being tough or make it take longer to soften up. Salt or season the food after it has gone through the rehydration process.

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If water is in short supply, you can always eat the foods as they are. You don’t technically have to reconstitute them to eat. Freeze-dried fruits are actually pretty tasty and make an excellent snack if you are on the move.

Canned or Freeze-Dried Food–What’s Best for Food Storage?

Preparing to survive some kind of catastrophe, whether it is a natural disaster, an act of war or financial collapse has become very mainstream as of late. People have seen what happens to those who are not prepared to survive in their homes for days or weeks without running to the grocery store or are forced to rely on the government for help. Basically, it is every man or family for himself. You need to keep a pantry stocked with food, water and other essentials in case of an emergency.

What do you stock?

If you are new to the prepping world, you probably have a few questions about what you should stock in your food pantry. Non-perishable foods are your best bet or foods that have long shelf lives. Your goal is to build up a food storage that will feed your family for a minimum of 30 days. Some ambitious preppers will shoot for a 6-month or even 1-year food store. It is up to you.

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Canned foods are typically the first thing you think of when it comes to food you can store in a pantry for a long time. You would be thinking right. However, there are some things you need to know about canned food.

• Canned food can spoil over time. When it does spoil, it can become lethal to consume.
• High temperatures can cause cans to swell and botulism is a strong possibility.
• Canned foods are heavy and difficult to transport
• Canned foods take up a great deal of room and require a very sturdy shelving system

With that said, one of the major bonuses to canned food is price. It is extremely cheap and you can stock a great deal of food for very little money.

Dehydrated/Freeze-Dried Foods

healthy freeze dried foodYou have seen these packs of food that are often used on backpacking trips. Any outdoor store will have a variety of these meals that are easily stowed away in a backpack or bug out bag. They have long shelf lives, with some extending up to 10 to 15 years. All that is required is a little water and a short wait and a meal complete with meat, vegetables and noodles are ready to eat. Military have been using meals like this for decades. They are often referred to as MREs or Meals Ready to Eat.

Lately, these freeze-dried and dehydrated foods have made the transition from single-serve packages to bulk cans and 5-gallon buckets. If you have seen the price tag on these items, you may initially cringe and quickly head back to the canned food aisle. Before you do, check out the benefits to storing dehydrated or freeze-dried foods.

• Lightweight and easy to store on shelves
• Long shelf lives when stored correctly
• Bulk cans can be resealed after use for up to 30 days
• No risk of food becoming spoiled or potentially deadly if consumed
• Large variety of meals including dairy, fruits, vegetables, meats and pasta

When it comes down to it, freeze-dried and dehydrated foods are the best choice for your food storage needs. The cans and buckets do cost more up front, but when you consider the price per meal, these foods are much less expensive than canned foods. The dehydrated foods are more nutritional and you will be amazed at the variety of food available. When you are preparing to survive a situation, living off of canned veggies and beans is certainly an option, but if you could eat scalloped potatoes covered in cheese with a delicious chili, what would you choose? You can supplement your food stores with canned foods, but ideally, you will want to spend your money on the freeze-dried and dehydrated foods.