Tag - emergency food

How to Properly Store Grains Long Term

Paleo diet gurus argue that people should not consume grains because 10,000 years is not long enough for the human digestive system to adapt. That is a rather extreme viewpoint, especially when you look at growing evidence that grains have been part of the human diet for much longer than 10,000 years. Moreover, way above average longevity is associated with countries in which rice and other grains are staples of the diet.

People living in what is now Mozambique may […]

Backpacking & Camping Food for the Long Haul

If you are planning on going on a long backpacking or camping trip, you need to find the right balance between the weight of food and your caloric and nutritional needs. Being in the backcountry for days or weeks takes a good deal of advanced planning when it comes to food. This is especially the case if you are going on a backpacking trip in which you plan to hike every day—and even more crucial if you are thru-hiking. […]

Edible Plants in the Wilderness

Perhaps you embarked on a solo backpacking trip and only have a few granola bars and water with you. Somehow you’ve veered off your planned route and now you are hopelessly lost. You are hungry and scared, but you did your homework and know that the wilderness has a potentially abundant supply of food that doesn’t require hunting animals. Here is a short guide to edible wild plants, including tips for finding them. It is paramount to know how […]

What Are Powdered Eggs?

Powdered eggs are particularly popular amongst campers, hikers, survivalists and preppers. But what exactly are powdered eggs? Well, to put it simply, powdered eggs are eggs that have been dehydrated and turned into an easy-to-store powder. Fresh eggs, which are obviously very tasty and also rich in protein, need to be refrigerated properly and quickly in order to prevent them from spoiling. If you’re in an emergency situation or if you’re camping somewhere fairly remote, then it’s entirely impractical […]

The #1 Thing to Add to Your Emergency Supplies (Besides Food)

The Red Cross and other disaster preparedness sites have excellent advice they can help you get prepared for an emergency. In the past the Red Cross and FEMA recommended the households have three days of clean drinking water per person set aside for emergencies. At a gallon per day per person, and a little more for pets and hygiene, a family of four would need about 50 gallons stored water during three days (or the potential to purify that […]

10 Reasons to Start or Join a Community Garden

A community garden is piece of land collectively tended by a group of people. Some gardens, called allotment gardens, give individuals their own small plots and each person plants what they want and keeps their harvest. In other types of community gardens, a large garden is tended by all members of the group and the harvest is shared equally.
These days it’s common to find community gardens outside of rural areas. In fact community gardens are most popular in urban […]

10 Emergency Items You Didn’t Know You Needed

In a recent blog post we wrote about hurricane predictions for 2014. Hurricane season begins June 1st so now is a good time to check your supplies or get supplies together. The Red Cross has a good list of basic supplies you need in your kit, but here are a few things you may not have thought of:

Cash – We’re all use to the convenience of debit and credit cards. However, if the power is out, ATMs and swipe […]

15 Container Plants to Start Now

No garden? No problem. Container gardening is enjoying a resurgence as people all over the world get involved in vertical gardening, rooftop gardening, urban gardening and even xeriscaping (the concept of replacing a lawn with a garden). Growing edible plants in containers allows you to stretch your grocery dollars through the spring summer and early fall, but it can also allow you to supplement your emergency food supplies year-round. If you’ve never had a container garden you’ll be pleasantly […]

Connection or Catastrophe?

The city of San Francisco recently launched “SF72”, an online emergency preparedness site aimed at helping citizens in one of the most earthquake prone places in the country prepare for emergencies. They have an interesting perspective on disasters: “We believe in connection, not catastrophe. Actual emergencies look more like people coming together than cities falling apart. SF72 is about prompting San Franciscans to get connected before an emergency—so we can be that much better off when something happens.”
 Mother […]

How much food should I store for an emergency?

This is a question customers ask all the time and in light of the disasters of 2013, we’ve changed how we answer. As we mentioned last week, you’ll want to carefully determine your calorie needs as you make your emergency plan. The first step is to consider what kind of emergencies are most likely to happen in your area and what other kind of emergencies you want to prepare for. Current Red Cross guidelines advise people to store at […]