Food Storage

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22 Frugal Ways to Use Freeze-Dried Ground Beef

Back in early 2009, when my husband and I decided we needed to create an emergency food pantry, our first goal was stocking up on meat. We knew we could grow produce, and by that time, I knew how to dehydrate food for long-term storage. However, raising enough animals to provide meat for our growing family wasn’t possible in our suburban neighborhood. So, we ventured out to a ‘prepping expo’ and purchased our very first freeze-dried food. Most of it …

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Selecting a Vacuum Sealer: 6 Tips To Help You Pick A Good One

Vacuum sealers are terrific for food preservation and other prepping. If you’re looking to get one for the first time, upgrading, or even replacing one because you’ve worked it so hard it stopped working, then you need our tips for selecting vacuum sealers.

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Five Food Storage Lessons from World War II (That Are Still Useful Today!)

Can you imagine feeding a family of seven during the war rationing of the early 1940s? That was the situation for my great-grandparents, Dell and Hildegarde Stringham. Because of it, they learned many World War II food storage lessons. Their oldest child was my grandmother, and she has made it a point to tell all our family about their experience with food storage during the Second World War. Food storage is an important part of my family’s history, and we …

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Sprouting Seeds – An Essential Part of Your Food Storage Plan

Do you like sprouts? Do you know you can grow them yourself? Sprouting seeds is an essential part of a food storage plan, especially if you have limited space available to store food. The only sprouts I had ever eaten were plain, long white mung bean sprouts from the grocery store. Honestly, I didn’t really care for them. But then I discovered home sprouting and the wide variety of seeds, beans, lentils, and nuts that could be sprouted. My family …

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Mini Food Caches: An Easy Back Up

There is a golden rule in prepping circles that goes like this: two is one and one is none. The term has been shamelessly appropriated from the military and means that when Murphy’s law kicks in and things go wrong, you want to have a backup for your most critical gear. Enter the mini food cache. While we fervently hope it never happens, the possibility exists that the food we have so carefully stashed away for emergencies could be destroyed …

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13 Food Storage Resolutions for the New Year

Happy New Year from the Survival Mom Team! It’s that time of the year when people are choosing goals for health, fitness, money, or organization. However, have you thought of adding some food storage resolutions? Storing food, say a month or two’s worth, used to be the habit of a fringe group of Doomers. Now everyday moms like me have an extra stash of food set away for those “just in case” events. We know it’s not just the natural …

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