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How to Store Grains for up to 25 years

25 Jan

These are troubling times indeed with economic, climatic, and social upheavals and wild gyrations of every type in every corner of our planet. Although I would not specifically ever rate myself as a “survivalist” I do believe in being prepared for any eventuality: One of the most important factors towards this type of preparation is to ensure that there is an adequate food supply to last out any emergency, whether short- or long-lived.

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PUTTING TOGETHER YOUR OWN URBAN SURVIVAL KIT

25 Dec

Odds are, if things ever get hairy, most of us will be in some sort of urban environment. As such, would it not make sense to build a survival kit ideally adapted to this environment?

An urban survival kit should be geared towards scenarios city-dwellers would most likely run into in an

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How to Pack a Camp Kitchen

18 Dec

Camping season is right around the corner! In my anticipation of our next trip I’ve been organizing my gear and inventorying my supplies. I find that knowing exactly what I have and what I need makes preparing for an adventure that much easier and more enjoyable. The gear that’s needed for backpacking is very different than what you’ll take car camping but there are some multipurpose items that cross over.

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Making Your Own Pectin!

17 Dec

I have discovered there is a way to make my own homemade pectin that can be used in all kinds of preserves. Basically, any kind of apple, be it Crab Apple, Granny Smith, or Macintosh, can be used as they are naturally high in pectin. In this case, I have some huge crab apple trees around the gun shop that I used to make my pectin with.

Apples contain a more concentrated amount of pectin when they are under-ripe rather than ripe. This means that I will have to pick the fruit about two weeks before it’s harvest ready, when the apples are still green and tart. Some apples, like the crab apples, will still contain enough pectin when ripened to be useful, while others loose the pectin as they ripen.

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Candwich–in expensive MRE

17 Dec

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The Candwich is something that I came across the other day while shopping at a Wal-Mart Super Center. I was really intrigued by these MRE styles sandwich’s, the Wal-Mart that I purchased mine at was selling them for $1.25 which is a great price so I picked up the only 2 flavors that they had. According to the Mark One Foods Website and a YouTube Interview with the creator there are more flavors and styles of sandwich’s that are available including French Toast and Pizza Pockets, of which Im sad that I couldn’t find the Pizza one 😦

So when I opened one of the can’s (I chose BBQ Chicken) it was a very tiny sandwich, that was maybe good enough for a child or elderly person. The sandwich was very moist, which I didn’t expect since there was a silica packet in there. The meat was kind of vinegary but good. Mind you I ate mine cold, may take on a different taste when warmed. Over all I would say that I love these little Candwich’s. Im not sure of the price across the nation however, I do know that at my Wal-Mart they were only $1.25 Im going to be going back to purchase a lot more of these for my Bug Out Bag’s, Car Emergency Kits, and for friends and family.

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DIY Root Cellar from a dead freezer

13 Dec

If you’re a gardener you know that storing your home-grown veggies and fruits is the step that lets you enjoy your produce even in Winter. Freezing is a great way to eat fresh veggies all year but even if your freezer dies you can bury it and use it as a miniature root cellar.

Country living weblog Joyful Home did just that when they stripped out the working parts (if your freezer has freon inside do the responsible thing and dispose of the chemicals properly), cut two small holes in the sides which were attached to PVC pipes for airflow, and buried the chest freezer up to the lid. Next covers were added to the PVC to keep out rain, mice, and insects and a piece of insulation was cut and mounted to a tarp which covers the lid.

This repurposed chest freezer was packed full of potatoes which lasted from the Fall harvest well into Spring. The PVC air vents with capped tops and holes in the sides were added to circulate air to the moist potatoes to keep them from rotting. This setup should work with any of your major root vegetables (carrots, parsnips) and might also work with hearty produce such as onions and cabbages.

Build a vertical aquaponic veggie & fish farm for small yards & houses

5 Dec

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Build a vertical aquaponic veggie & fish farm for small yards & houses

This low-cost vertical aquaponic system can grow leafy greens, herbs and raise fish for a small family year round, and it fits in a 5′ by 3′ space. Sean Brady, the aquaponics projects coordinator at the Center for Sustainable Aquaponics and Nourish the Planet in Loveland, Colo., showed us how to build a system from scrap he found around the greenhouse. We published a version of this how-to guide at engineeringforchange.org, and it’s one of the good ones, so we’d like to share it with Instructables, too.

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Canning Water for Storage

5 Dec

Some time ago I saw where people  were canning water to have on hand in case of an emergency. This made lots of sense to me (why buy water).
However this summer I was doing A LOT of canning and I needed every jar to can actual food, so I did not worry with water. Now as I am emptying jars while feeding my family I am filling them back up with water, since filled jars take up the same amount of space as empty jars. Also if you don’t have your canner full when doing a batch of something else throw in a jar of water  to fill it up etc.
I am using my Tattler reusable lids as well as some used lids… DO NOT USE USED MEDAL LIDS on actual food, they are not really made to be used more than once, but if they don’t seal I am not out of work, time or money when there is only water in the jar. I have not had any of my used lids not seal on my jars of water.
The process is simple, put hot (I use filtered) water in hot jars, and process in water bath for 10 minutes. If you are just filling your canner up with an extra jar you can process as long as the rest of the batch needs to go. Then Next year when I need my jars I will just empty the water and start over.
This is an easy almost free way to help provide for your families, since we never know when we may be with out power or water for an extended period of time.

Chia seeds are the ultimate survival food for long-term storage

16 Nov

Chia Seeds Are The Ultimate Survival Food For Long Term Storage

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, there’s a lot of renewed interest in preparedness. One thing we all learned from the disaster is that when the power grid goes down, starvation isn’t too far behind for those who have failed to store food.
It’s easy to store a 72-hour supply of food just by shopping at the grocery store, of course: Canned soup, bread, peanut butter and even salted nuts are all readily available as long as you don’t wait until the last days before a storm hits to buy some supplies.
But what if you’re looking for food that keeps you alive during a long duration grid failure or natural disaster? What if you need to feed yourself and your family for 30 days or longer without a single trip to the grocery store? That’s where you have to start thinking more strategically about storable food.

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