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Anyone Can Do it! Fool-Proof Food Storage!

cansWhat do you say when people ask you how to get prepared?  There are so many ideas floating around in the preparedness community.  The two questions I ask are:

  • How much water do you have stored?
  • How much food do you have in your pantry?

For anyone starting in preparedness, these two areas are the starting points….the starting points!!!!

Water storage is pretty easy.  You can stock up on cases of water bottles, clean out 2 litter soda bottles, get a 55 gallon drum and even get a Water Bob that can be deployed in no time!

Food storage is a little bit different.  Tons of articles have been written on freeze-dried, dehydrated, MRE’s, DIY canning, mylar bags and O2 absorbers, gardening, etc…  For the newbie, it can be very overwhelming and discouraging!!!!

So, where do you start?  You start with something that is fool poof! What is fool-proof food storage?  Stock up on canned food that you can buy at your local grocery store!  This is  fool-proof and will allow you to put away 2 weeks easily!

But wait…there’s more to this fool-proof food storage story!

When I was researching this article, I was prepared to come up with food recipes that only needed canned food items from the grocery store to be prepared.  However, in my research, I found an older website, Y2K mind you, that has already done this for you!  The cool thing is that there are recipes for main dishes, desserts, breads, soups and more that you can make with just items purchased from the grocery store!

From Emergency Kitchen:

All recipes call for what I think of as the “regular” size can. It varies a bit, but is about 14 or 15 ounces. I don’t specify the size if using this size can. I indicate if another size is called for. All times are for a regular stove, so you’ll have to adjust for your cooking surface.

I use a 12 inch cast iron skillet or a Dutch oven for just about everything.

I only use ingredients you can purchase in your grocery or warehouse store. You may have to try more than one store for some of the more weird ones, like “Just Whites.” Just Whites are powdered egg whites found in the baking section of most grocery stores (at least in my area).

The Main Dishes include:

Beef Biscuit
Chicken Spaghetti
10 Minute Italian Meal
Camp Fire Supper
Baked Bean Crown Roast
Gin’s Tuna Mac
Chicken Stew
Corned Beef and Rice
Corned Beef Hash
Easy Rice and Bean Wraps
Stir Fry Noodles and Rice
Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
Linguini with Clam Sauce (Red or White)
Ramen Casserole
Rice and Beans
Salmon Patties
Sweet and Sour Beans and Ham
Sweet and Sour Spam
Turkey and Dressing

Warning – This an older website, I mean like from the 1990′s!  But the info. is great!  I would read over the recipes, maybe even try a few if you’re not sure that they will work for you.  You can print them out and keep them in one place.  You’ll have to play with the serving sizes to see if they meet your families needs, but after that, you have a plan that is easily managed!

Choose 7 recipes, make your list of ingredients, double it and you have 2 weeks worth of food storage in dinners.  Of course, you will need breakfast and lunch.  But this takes the guessing away from what to do and where to start!

After you check out the recipes at Emergency Kitchen, check out some of the other articles!

 

The Prepared Bloggers - How We Preserve Foods

Join us as we share different reasons and methods of how we preserve food to create a long-term storage plan for our families. Click on each link to be taken to a new blog with helpful information and tips.

Mom with a PREPHow to Dehydrate Ginger and Make Ginger Powder

Preparedness MamaMake Jam Without Pectin

Mama KautzDehydrating

Busy B HomemakerFreezer Jam

Ed That MattersAnyone Can Do It: Fool Proof Food Storage

The Apartment PrepperEasy Marinated Mushrooms

The Homesteading HippyHow to Use Your Pressure Canner

Montana HomesteaderMaking and Preserving Cherry Pit Syrup

Are We Crazy or WhatHow to Dehydrate Cherries

Your Thrive LifeHow I Preserve Food: Meals in a Jar

Melissa K NorrisRe-Usable Canning Tattler Lids-Do They Really Work?

Real Food LivingPreserve and Store Grains wiith Dry Ice

Cooke’s FrontierSmoking

Homestead DreamerWater Bath Canning

Evergrowing FarmHow to Preserve Red Chile

Survival SherpaModern Mountain Man MRE’s

The Backyard PioneerFermentation

Trayer WildernessHow We Preserve Food

Living Life in Rural IowaVegetable Soup

The Organic PrepperHow to Make Jam without using added Pectin

Homesteading MomHow I Preserve Broccoli and Goat Cheese Soup

A Matter of PreparednessHow I Preserve Using Mylar Bags

 

 

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Top 10 on EtM

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This is a list of the Top 10 Articles on Ed that Matters.

 

And here are  a few of my personal favorite posts!

 

 

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Doomsday Preppers Doesn't Represent Us! (For Non-Preppers)

DoomsdayPreppersSo, you were watching “The Crazies” on Doomsday Preppers and Googled “preppers” and arrived at Prepper Website…which brought you here (I try not to post on PW).

First, Doomsday Preppers is a TV show.  The producers need ratings.  If they don’t get ratings, they don’t continue to produce the show.  The best way to get ratings is to show a lot of crazy people doing stupid stuff for stupid reasons!

Preppers is a term to describe people who want to be prepared.  In reality, who doesn’t want to be prepared?  If a hurricane was coming to your city, would you not want to have some food at home, batteries to run flashlights and a generator to provide some power to your refrigerator so you don’t lose all that food?  If a wildfire was at the door of your nediborhood, wouldn’t you want to know what to do to minimize damage to your house?  If you lost your job, wouldn’t you want to be able to have a little cushion to survive without worrying about what you were going to eat and how you were going to pay your bills?

Preparedness is just common sense.  Preppers want to live a self-reliant life.  We choose to be responsible for our own lives and not dependent on the government to come and rescue us… remember Katrina?  remember Sandy?

Preparedness is how your great-grandparents lived.  They didn’t have 24 hour Walmarts to get whatever they wanted or needed.  They had to plan and think ahead.  Many of them would have never depended on the government for help unless it was a last resort!  They were a different generation!  We don’t want to go backwards, but we do want to live in the spirit of being responsible for ourselves.

Yes, there is some craziness out there.  But you will find craziness in every area of life.  When you involve people, you have the potential for extremes.

I challenge you to READ THIS and think about how prepared you are for an emergency.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that we are living in stressful times.  If you are doing the grocery shopping for your family, you know a little of what I mean!

If Doomsday Preppers does anything…I hope it will at least get you to think about taking responsibility for your life and not depending on some one else who may or MAY NOT be there.

Peace,
Todd
Owner/Editor of Prepper Website

 

For Preppers – This article was written because Prepper Website sees a dramatic jump in visitors on the nights that Doomsday Preppers airs.  I’m hoping to share with the non-prepper, the advantages of living a preparedness lifestyle.  Feel free to leave any good advice below.

TS

 

 

 

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Pickup Truck Prepping?

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Everything you can do right now to NOT be out money is smart! Every prepper should be watching his/her finances carefully and making good decisions, even if that decision is to spend a little now to save a LOT later!

My truck tailgate was stolen this past May. I know the exact date and I know the exact time frame of when it happened! It was Thursday, the 8th. I volunteered to work the district Technology Conference and then had to stop by the store to pick up some cookies for a thing we were having at school. When I pulled into my driveway, I remember looking at the clock in the truck and noticing that it was 8:45 p.m. It was a long day…and I still had to update Prepper Website.

In the morning, my son took out the trash to the street. When he came in, he asked me why I had taken off my tailgate. I looked at him and asked, “what are you talking about?” He said, “your tailgate is not on your truck.” I went out to look and noticed that it was gone. It was 5:45 a.m.

I learned that it takes about 30 seconds to take off a tailgate. It just lifts off! How stupid is that???  Watch the video below.  It takes the jerk more time to park and lift up his truck bed cover than to lift off the tailgate!

 

I filed a police report for the insurance and asked the officer if there were more thefts reported in the neighborhood. He said that he doesn’t get called out to my neighborhood very often. So, I figure that someone targeted my truck. I’ve come to this conclusion because it is hard to get a used one!

The replacement cost $2900. That included purchasing the tailgate, putting it together, emblems, matching the paint job and spray-in bed liner. Luckily, I didn’t have to pay that. I just had to pay my deductible. But still, it is money that I wish I didn’t have to spend.

I contemplated not replacing the tailgate. I was eying a tailgate net on Amazon. But, I wasn’t sure about the holes. And, I guess you don’t realize how much you really use the tailgate until you don’t have one.

A positive thing that came out of this experience is that the new tailgate has a lock on it. For some reason, the stolen tailgate didn’t have a lock on it. In talking with the insurance rep., it should have.

The insurance rep. also told me about a cheap aftermarket item that you can put on your truck that, if you forget to lock your gate, makes it difficult for a thief to steal your tailgate.

I purchased the McGard Tailgate lock at my local auto parts store. The lock is basically a “hose clamp” type mechanism that requires a special key lock to loosen and tighten. The key is only used to install the lock and then you put it up for safe keeping. The lock does not impede the ability to open or close the tailgate one bit.  But it does stop anyone from being able to lift off the tailgate without first removing the lock!

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I purchased the McGard lock for $26. Amazon sells it for $19. It took me about 5 minutes to install. (Make sure you get the one for your truck!) I wish I would have known about this little lock before. It would have saved me a lot of hassle AND more importantly, money!

If you own a truck, do yourself a favor and install this little lock. Even if you have an older tailgate, can you afford to replace it?

 

 

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The 4 Essential Items to Bring Hunting

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Todd’s Note: This is a guest post.

When planning for a hunt, it’s important to pack the essential items that will make your trip both successful and enjoyable. Building the perfect pack can be expensive if you aren’t selective about what you include. In fact, a survey by the U.S. Department of the Interior shows that the average cost of trip-related expenses for hunters comes to about $762 per person.

Use this hunting checklist for a comprehensive list of what to bring, but in the meantime, here are a few tips to make sure you’re on the right track:

1. Spacious Backpack

One of the most important pieces of gear for any hunter is the pack—a pack that fails to live up to your needs can end your hunt before it even begins. Consider a hunting pack that will last a lifetime such as the Kifaru Timberline. Rated for loads of 100 pounds or more, the 7,200-cubic-inch Timberline has built-in pockets, side pockets, and center pockets for efficient storage of everything you need without sacrificing pack space for trophies and meat that you will be lugging back.

2. Dependable Boots

Consider the season, along with the nature of your hunt (active vs. sedentary) when selecting a pair of hunting boots. A good pair of boots can last for years and make your trips safe and comfortable.

  • Early season (late summer, early fall): Select footwear that offers heat relief and walking comfort
  • Mid-season (fall): Opt for insulated boots that will offer versatility during active hunts while protecting against cold weather
  • Late season (winter): Select heavily insulated pac boots with warmth-trapping liners to protect your feet from freezing temperatures

Lowa Footwear hiking boots, like their Renegade GTX, can be pricey, but the comfort and safety of your feet in the elements is well-worth the investment in quality. Renegade GTX leather hiking boots provide excellent traction and keep your feet dry throughout days of wet-weather tracking. Look for abrasion-resistant materials such as nylon and premium leathers.

3. Polarized Sunglasses

Don’t miss out on your lucky shot because of optic fatigue. Oakley Polarized Gasan Sunglasses are designed to block the glare that is created by flat surfaces such as snow and water, and are highly impact resistant. Be prepared with an extra pair of lenses which take up little room in your pack, and can be a lifesaver should you need a replacement.

4. Strong Knife

Select a well-made knife that you can use for many years to come. The Havalon Piranta-Bolt Hunting Knife comes with 12 replaceable blades and has an open back that makes cleaning simple. Each Piranta-Bolt comes with a black nylon belt holster, and Havalon offers them with a hunter’s orange handle, making them easy to spot.

What do you think?

 

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