Centuries ago, household pests were the cause of illness and death in developed nations. Most people would like to think that through technological and scientific advances, we’d have found a way to eradicate all household pests. However, the reality is that anyone’s home can become infested with a host of pests in a matter of weeks if steps are not taken to prevent them. Continue reading
Many people store food leftovers in the kitchen for use later, since this is a good way to cut your food bill. While this may cut down on food wastage, the food containers used may pose heath as well as environmental risks. This is because container manufacturers often use phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA) on their products. These chemicals can mimic estrogen and interfere with the body’s hormone levels. Of course, knowing the dangers posed by such containers can help you make better choices.
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If food suddenly stopped coming to grocery stores, how long would the food last? Only 3 days. Would you and your family have enough food to last longer if this happened? Find out how to stock up on food and what you need to do to be prepared.
The time is now
As people become concerned about the state of the economy and a worsening political climate, more and more people are starting to stock up on food. From civil unrest to natural disasters, the need for storing food and supplies is being realized by people everywhere. Several families are actively storing food and preparing for any number of possibilities when the SHTF. But, the most common question is, where do I start? By the end of the article, you will know exactly what to do. Continue reading
Keep A Finances Journal
A record of your financial history is meant to do one thing- keep you accountable. It will explicitly show you where your excess money is being squandered. No more buying Snickers on your way to and from work, even though it is just a dollar a day it adds up to thirty dollars a month or 360 dollars in a year! That is enough money to buy a small refrigerator or a brand new television.
A record of our expenses will show us where we need to tighten our leaks. Sometimes that means saying good bye to treats. Continue reading
Now I know you all remember Patrice Lewis, from Rural Revolution who provided us with this amazing guest post a couple of weeks ago! Well, I got to talking to her, and found out that she is currently working on a book all about preparedness. She hopes to finish her book in upcoming months, and as soon as she does, it will be made available to purchase as an E-Book.
Patrice is such a great writer, I simply cannot wait for this book to come out. In the meantime though, she has provided another post, and the cool thing about this one is that it is taken straight out of her book! So think of this as a sneak preview of what is to come! After you read the post, you will realize how awesome this book is going to be! (And don’t worry, I will let you know when her book comes out so you don’t miss it!) Continue reading
I found an article a few days ago that has been on my mind quite a bit. The article can be found here. But if you don’t want to read it, I’ll tell you what the basic gist of it is. Columbia Food Laboratories conducted a recent study testing the oxygen levels in a couple of major food storage brands. Oxygen is one of the four factors that can reduce the shelf life of food (the others are heat, light, and moisture). Ideally, any long term food storage should contain less than 2% oxygen. Continue reading
Hello! This is my first post here at Emergency Food Storage 101, and I’d like to start off with a story of what happened to me a little while ago. Continue reading
Do any of you guys have a garden? I don’t right now, but I really want to start one. My husband made a lovely garden box for me to go on our back patio, and I just need to paint it, and then get soil and seeds to start my mini-garden. I can’t find a picture online that looks similar to my planter, so I will take one after I get my box painted, and upload it as soon as I can. I’m really proud of Holden for making this. I haven’t ever really seen him make anything before, and he did such a good job!
One of the main reasons that I would like to get a little garden growing is because if you think about it, a garden is a form of food storage. And the best part is that it is all fresh, healthy food. Did you know that if you start your garden with non-hybrid seeds, then you can collect the seeds produced from your plants and re-plant them to get more plants the next season!
So lately I have been wondering about whether or not there is an actual taste difference between some of the freeze dried food storage brands. So yesterday morning two of my friends, Andrew and Alyssa volunteered to come and help me carry out a little experiment. I had some samples from Food Insurance and Wise Foods and so I decided to put them to the test! We prepared the Beef Stroganoff from each company (And after we ran out of the Food Insurance Stroganoff, we made a little Chicken A’la King) and then asked random passersby in the little St. George mall to taste them and tell us which they preferred. It was actually difficult to get anyone to stop to be honest. Not a lot of people are willing to try freeze dried food. Combined with the fact that not too many people frequent the mall on Wednesday mornings, it was hard to get a good response to the experiment. However, we did get 10 people to try our samples. It turns out that 9 out of 10 the ten people asked told us that they preferred the Food Insurance sample.
Here is an interesting guest post highlighting the correct procedures for freezing raw meat. Part of being prepared is stocking up on meat when it is on sale, and freezing is a great way to keep it for long periods of time. Thank you to Mike for your expertise!
Freezing Raw Meat for Long Term Storage
By Mike Douglas
If you use proper packaging, it will help you to maintain quality and help to prevent your meat from becoming freezer burnt. It is perfectly safe to freeze meat or poultry in its original packaging for short periods, but this type of wrap is permeable to air and it will gradually diminish your food’s quality.