Food Storage

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Simple Food Storage Meals for Tight Times: Stock up on three months worth, fast!

My first venture into food storage was an expensive one. I didn’t know what I was doing, so I stocked up on a lot of food that was typical of our young family’s diet back then — boxes of cereal, granola bars, and cans of ravioli. When a different kind of storm is on its way in the form of a pandemic, economic collapse, or another worst case scenario that threatens your family, moms everywhere respond to their maternal instincts …

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Basic Facts About Freeze-Dried Food – Video lesson

Freeze-dried food is one of the handiest types of food to have in your pantry. Not only can it be used in everyday cooking, but because it contains no moisture, it can last for years and years when stored in a cool, dry location. In this video lesson with Lisa, The Survival Mom, you’ll learn how freeze-dried food is made, how to store it, which companies provide consistently good quality food, and more. To get the printable Freeze Dried Food …

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How to Use the LDS Food Storage Calculator

If you haven’t discovered the online LDS Food Storage Calculator, you might want to check it out here.  Plug in the number of people in your family, and you’ll find out how much dried milk, oats, brown sugar, and other staples you’ll need for a one year supply. When you add your family’s data, you end up with some pretty serious numbers. Let’s be honest.  You’re probably thinking, “What the heck am I going to do with 600 pounds of …

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Make Your Own Yeast

If you’ve been prepping for any length of time, you undoubtedly have several pounds of wheat berries stored away.  You may also have experimented with making your own wonderfully delicious bread.  The downside of long-term prepping and bread making is keeping active yeast on hand.  The average “best by” date on yeast is 2 years.  Once opened, it must be kept cool and dry. In a refrigerator, yeast can remain good for up to 4 months; in the freezer for …

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10 Non-Edibles for Your Emergency Stash

While not exactly edible, stocking up on these ten items will make everyday life more comfortable, whatever your emergency. Deodorant/anti-perspirant Picture this.  You’ve been in your bunker for three weeks.  Sponge baths are a rare treat.  Then you remember your stash of Secret anti-perspirant.  Ahhhh….. instant morale booster, especially if shared. Feminine products   Periods don’t stop for something trivial like a nuclear war.  A six month’s stash of tampons, especially o.b., won’t take up much room, and will greatly …

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How to Use a Bullet Journal For Your Prepping

I don’t know about you, but I love to keep track of things using apps, lists, anything that proves itself to be handy. It takes a little time to get organized with tools like this but ultimately, it’s very worthwhile and it can save time and money with prepping. For several years, I used an app to keep track of my food storage. I loved it. I could use the app to scan the food I was putting on my …

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The Survival Mom’s Macho Mexican Rice

I don’t post recipes very often, but I came across this in the ancient, dusty archives and decided to refresh it a little and share it again. It’s the perfect rice and beans recipe. This is a terrific homemade Mexican rice dish that I’ve been making for years. A friend of mine who lived in Korea for a few years told me that a Mexican neighbor there taught her this recipe, and it was passed on to me. Now I’m …

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Survival Mom DIY: How to Can Your Own Cherry Jam

The secret to learning any skill, whether it is knitting, sewing, making furniture, or canning, is to start small. I was canning plain fruit and making simple freezer jam long before I felt brave enough to attempt jam in canning jars. This is only my second year canning jam, but I’ve found it isn’t nearly as complicated as I had feared. After I canned a large batch of cherry pie filling, I found that I still had a large quantity …

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Canning Your Own Meat

You’ll be hooked, I tell you.  Once you learn how to bottle your own meats, you’ll never go back to the old way of doing it. Think about your meat habits. Do you put up a 1/2 beef in your freezer every year? Do you buy fresh from the butcher and take it home to prepare? Do you buy in bulk and freeze what you aren’t using right away? Do you buy canned meats?  All of these practices have their …

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Top 10 Seeds to Hoard

Have you ever thought about which plants you should focus on for long-term survival? If food supplies were to run low, what could you grow to provide a large amount of food, calories, and nutrients to help your family stay full and healthy? Just as important, though, are plants that are easy to grow. Your survival seed storage should also include produce that is high in calories. (You can read more about the importance of calories in this article.) From …

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