Food Storage

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How to Store Food in Buckets for a Long Shelf Life

One of the top categories of questions I get via email has to do with storing food. Many of those questions have to do with long-term storage. For the long-term, storing food in buckets is smart because the heavy-duty plastic helps to keep out pests, light, moisture, and oxygen, four of the five enemies of food. Just about anything edible can be stored in buckets. Buying different types of food in bulk and then dividing into smaller quantities if desired …

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19 Tasty Things to do with Freeze-Dried Pineapple

When I first began my venture into food storage, I was met with a dizzying array of choices, among them freeze-dried and dehydrated produce. I didn’t have a ton of money to spend and had to give some serious consideration as to what I should buy. I decided that I would buy canned, dehydrated, and freeze-dried versions of fruits and vegetables that I used most often and/or were next to impossible to grow in the Phoenix climate. Pineapple met both …

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Food Storage Staples: How to Use Rice to Feed a Whole Family

If an apocalypse hit tomorrow, I want to be able to effortlessly feed my family out of our storage pantry. Don’t we all? What I do not want is to be faced with a 50 lb bag of rice and only the few same recipes to use it. Rice is a food storage staple that I need to be able to consistently use without constant repetition. This is a hurdle for me because I am not a creative cook! I …

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27 Things You Can Do With Apples

Got apples?  If you’ve got apples, you’ve got the basic ingredient for dozens of delicious foods, from condiments to desserts. Apples are one of God’s best blessings to humanity because they’re a great combination of fiber, nutrients, and delicious! If you have apples, then you need a list of things you can do with apples! One of my mom’s best dessert recipes, the kind you take to a church potluck, started with a yellow cake mix. All the other ingredients …

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The Thrive Life Chef Pack — a Survival Mom review

Looking for an easy way to dip your toes into cooking with shelf-stable, freeze-dried ingredients from your food storage pantry? Your search is over! Introducing the ThriveLife Chef Pack: a family-sized meal-in-a-box using both ThriveLife’s awesome selection of products and simple ingredients you already have at home. I remember the first time we ever had freeze-dried food. It was one of those “just-add-hot-water” meals that came in a bag, the kind that astronauts and hikers carry with them on trips …

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How to Use Instant Black Beans

Beans are a great source of fiber, healthy carbohydrates, and plant-based protein. Let me show you how to use Thrive Life’s Instant Black Beans in your food storage pantry and for everyday eats! My favorite comfort food as a kid was my Grandma’s homemade family recipe, ham and bean soup. Salty chunks of ham, warm, flavorful beans, with plenty of cornbread slathered in honey butter on the side. Simple, cheap, and yet so delicious, this is a recipe passed down …

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Which Food Storage App is Best?

I ask you, is there a more satisfying feeling for a prepper mom than adding items to your emergency supplies? Every time you check something off your list and squirrel it away, you feel more confident that you’re preparing your family for the unknown. The problem is a stockpile needs organization and maintenance or it becomes more frustrating than helpful. So I decided to test out some of the food storage apps to see if any of them could help …

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Canning Your Own Meat

Once you learn how to can, or bottle, fresh meats, you’ll be so glad you started preserving meat this way. I was intimidated by this for so many years in spite of having all the equipment here at home (pressure canner, jars, rings, etc.) and hearing my friends rave about easy dinner prep by opening a jar of meat already cooked and ready to go. The truth is, though, canning meat has so many advantages that it’s worth getting past …

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8 Tips For Placing Your First Survival Food Order

I’ll never forget my first, official order for survival, or prepper, food. My friend, Chrystalyn, was a pro at this, and she guided me through a bewildering order form with products and container sizes I didn’t recognize. At the time, I was a typical suburban mom who had never heard of prepper food before, much less placed a large order to begin my emergency food storage. A #10 can? What was that? A #2.5 can? Is that what I need …

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Oat Groats & How to Use Them

My family and I love oat groats. When I placed an order for an entire case of oat groats and they arrived at our doorstep, my teenage daughter cheered! They are one of her favorite breakfast foods. As you know, oats have many excellent nutritional qualities. We hear all the time about oat bran’s ability to help lower our cholesterol and oatmeal is one of my favorite foods to store in my own food storage pantry, but what makes oat groats …

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