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Drying Food as Part of Your Food Storage

Drying food is the oldest method of food preservation. That’s because it’s so simple. As harvest and hunting season approaches, drying is a great way to prolong the enjoyment your fruits, vegetable and meat into the winter months. Though dried food is probably not the best plan to feed your family in emergency, it’s one more survival skill you can learn to supplement your emergency stores and reduce food costs. Here are some drying methods and safety instructions:
Methods
Solar drying
Solar […]

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Building a Root Cellar

We’re starting to think about how to safely preserve the summer harvest to sustain us in the long winter months – or in a food shortage. It takes about two days of power outage for everything in your spare freezer to go bad. Root cellars, a normal feature of old homesteads, keep root vegetables and other produce cool, dark and dry for long periods of time. (Here’s a list of what to store, how and for how long.) If […]

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Dig into Your Stash: Fast Meal Foundations for Summer

It used to be that dehydrated meals were strictly for emergencies or for use in the field by the armed services. Army green boxes of dehydrated food or envelopes of “heat and eat” dinners were bland at best and mysterious at worst. Fortunately for the rest of us, advancements in science and technology often move rapidly when it comes to the needs of the armed forces. NASA and the military have been hard at work on techniques to preserve […]

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City Chickens

As people become more interested in self-reliance and preservation, the urban farming movement continues to gain momentum. We’ve written about urban gardening and urban bee keeping as great ways to sustain your family and even generate some trade. Now that the weather is nice and you’ve got your tomatoes in and your hives out – it’s time to expand your enterprise. It’s time for chickens.
Why chickens?
Allow us to convince you that chickens are a worthwhile addition to your sustainability […]

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Travel Food and Freeze-Dried Meals

Recently a reader told us that they use our freeze-dried meals to get through the unhealthy, expensive airport food gauntlet when they travel. We thought that was pretty clever since it is generally easy to find hot water – often at no charge. So we did some in-depth thinking about the perils of airport food and how to avoid them.

Restrictions. Travel restrictions severely limit what you can bring with you, which pretty much eliminates all the good stuff in […]

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Underground Shelters

As we watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold last year, most of us had the same reaction – we couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Emergency system after emergency system failed, and failed so quickly that there was no time for science or technology to catch up and prevent total disaster – a level 7 (the maximum) on the International Nuclear Event Scale. It was almost like watching a sci-fi movie, except, unfortunately, it wasn’t a movie. It […]

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Important Documents

In the kind of emergency where you need to grab-and-go, it’s critical that important legal documents and records are at hand and ready to go with you. Hopefully, you won’t need any of them and you’ll be back at home in no time. However, we’ve all learned lessons from Katrina – and having documents that prove you are who you say you are and you own what you say you own can mean the difference between getting the government […]

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Planning for Pandemic

In 2009 the CDC confirmed an outbreak of human cases of H1N1 (swine) flu in North America and the outbreak quickly spread around the world. Two months later the World Health Organization raised its flu alert level to Phase 6 – the highest level – indicating that a global pandemic was underway. Then Hollywood made a bunch of zombie movies that played on our reactions and fear of pandemics, and, well, the facts have gotten a little…muddy.
Pandemics are fascinating […]

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Our Favorite Sandwich

This month we’re really excited to announce the addition of gourmet freeze-dried meats to our products. These seasoned meats are uniquely prepared so they can be easily combined with other food ingredients to create complete meals.
These meals are not just “survival food” – you know us better than that! We like to eat well in any situation, so we hired a chef! (You can see Chef Norman working his magic in this video.)
Besides great taste, one of the things […]

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Did We Register for That?

Statistically speaking, there are going to be 182,000 weddings in June this year. Chances are, you’ve been invited to one of them. Money is the most popular gift, followed by something off the couple’s wedding registry. Do you ever wonder how many china plates and bookends wind up at the Goodwill or how soon that $30 bath sheet will be lining a puppy crate? Not that we’re cynical here, in fact we love weddings. But, we’re practical – thus […]

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