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How to Calculate How Much Food to Store

When I first began setting up my family’s food storage pantry, I was in a bit of a panic. It was late 2008, the economy was beginning to wave red warning flags, and all I wanted was to keep my family safe and surviving. I never stopped to figure out how much food to store. So, into the shopping cart went multiple cans of ravioli, boxes of granola bars, juice boxes, and Honey Nut Cheerios. I had no idea of …

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Potatoes In A Can: A Tutorial

My husband is a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. Except not really so much of the meat; just potatoes. As far as he is concerned, potatoes are the staff of life. “Potatoes have probably saved millions of lives,” he told me when I said I was going to sit down to write an article on potatoes in a can. So, of course, we have to have them in our food storage. How could we not? They are versatile, inexpensive, come in a …

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Freeze-Dried Chicken: A Tutorial

Of all the freeze-dried meats on the market, chicken is the one I use the most. It’s such a part of my everyday cooking that I was a bit surprised to hear someone say just this week that they weren’t entirely sure how to cook with it. Well, let me tell you. How many recipes are there in the world that call for “one chicken breast, cooked and chopped?” Usually when I see something like that, I immediately think of …

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Looking for some GREAT Leftover Ham Recipes?

Ham and turkey bring to mind the holidays in a way nothing else quite can. But once the big meal is over, the family’s all gone, the dishes away, the question looms: What on earth will we do with all this leftover ham?!? (Or turkey.) And also, why don’t we eat ham more often? Since using leftover ham in food fights, as building materials, or putting them somewhere to see what grows on them aren’t appealing if you’re old enough …

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Just-Add-Hot-Water Meals: A Tutorial

What kind of food should I put in my 72 hour kit? This is a question I hear a lot. This is, in fact, the #1 question I hear. A lot of people get a pack of granola bars and some jerky and call it good, but generally speaking this is not a very good strategy. Granola bars and jerky are great snacks but won’t make you feel full. There also comes a point when you’ll be utterly and completely …

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8 Tips For Placing Your First Survival Food Order

I’ll never forget my first, official order for survival 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. A #10 can? What was that? A #2.5 can? Is that what I need or is the #10 size better? What is wheat germade and will my kids eat what I’m buying since it’s not in name-brand cans? Survival Food Ordering Made Easy If I …

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Freeze-Dried Cheese: A Tutorial

Cheese is one of those staples that many of us have difficulty doing without. It’s used as a key ingredient in lots of things, from cheese and crackers to tacos and casseroles. Unfortunately, the kind of cheese we tend to buy from the grocery store in shrink-wrapped blocks is not made for long-term storage, which is a major problem for those of us who like to plan far ahead. Some recommend taking your cheddar out of the plastic wrapping to …

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Freeze-Dried Yogurt: A Tutorial

I asked a few of my friends what they thought of when they heard the words, “freeze-fried yogurt.” One said, “Outer-spacey astronaut food.” The other said, “Those Gerber things for babies.” It may sound spacey and weird, but don’t underestimate the power of freeze-dried yogurt bites. They are delicious, handy, and great for bribing children to do their chores. Would it be too much to believe if I told you freeze-dried yogurt was good for you, too? A word about …

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Freeze-Dried Fruit: A Tutorial

Freeze-dried (FD) fruit makes an excellent addition to your everyday pantry, particularly when you need to pack school lunches, work lunches, or need a quick, delicious snack.  It can be used to make quick, simple breakfasts, fun and interesting lunches, and even great for emergency kit snacks. Freeze-Dried Fruit Advantages Before  I get too excited in singing the praises of freeze-dried fruit of all descriptions, I will speak to some doubts I’ve heard about it over the years. A lot of people …

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14 Scrumptious Southern Dishes For Food Storage Meals and Beyond

Whenever I purchase food for my long-term storage pantry, I nearly always buy individual ingredients because I know that I can use them in family favorites as well as any other yummy looking recipe I encounter. Again and again I’ve recommended storing ingredients over just-add-hot-water meals (although those can come in handy). As well, some processed foods may have long shelf-lives but many homes are turning away from those foods to a diet that is healthier. Emergency Essentials, one of …

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