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Your Survival Garden: Time to Start Thinking About Calories

In good times there are tons of reasons to garden.  It saves money, gets you closer to your food supply, teaches you valuable skills and gives you some independence.  In bad times there is only one real reason to garden—to grow food so you can survive. But looking deeper, it isn’t the food that keeps us alive but the calories within.  It may be difficult to tell, but most garden vegetables contain more than 80% water and then a good …

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Prepper to Prepper: Basic Food Storage Advice

Getting started with food storage can be a challenge. Where do you start? Do you go with the advice from old-timers and stock up on wheat, beans, and canned tuna? Really. What is a new prepper to do to get some good, basic food storage advice? One of my Facebook readers, a nice young man who goes by SD, asked: Hi everyone. My wife and I are getting ready to tackle the bulk food storage monster. We are looking to …

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Why Nutrition is an Essential Part of Preparedness

When you start acquiring your long-term food storage supply, you should keep nutrition and variety in mind. Nutrition is considered a matter of course, but we don’t often think about the importance of having a varied diet. What we think about even less is how nutrition and variety often go together. When you were growing up, did your mom ever tell you to make sure the things on your dinner plate were all different colors? There is a reason for …

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how to use millet

How to Use and Store Millet

If you’re stocking up on healthy foods in your food storage pantry, millet should be included. More and more, popular food storage companies, such as Thrive Life, are offering foods that have become more popular as Americans have turned from overly processed foods to foods more nutritious and natural. In addition to things like freeze-dried kale, organic amaranth, and gluten-free flour, millet is also available. I first came across it in real life several years ago when I was browsing …

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Food Storage Smarts: Stock Up On Meal Stretchers

For many of us, buying food specifically for food storage is an additional expense that can, sometimes, become too burdensome. When money is tight, it’s hard enough to cover the groceries for our main meals, much less add another few day’s worth of food to the grocery cart. One solution to this dilemma is to stock up on meal stretchers. Foods like rice, beans, potatoes, pasta, and other grains have always formed the core of most food storage plans. First, …

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Storing and Using Amaranth: A Tutorial

Most people in Food Storage Land are all about wheat. We all know why: if you’ve been reading this blog – or any prepper blog, for that matter – for any length of time you might be sick of hearing all about wheat. “It stores well, you can make a ton of stuff with it, bread, wheat, wheat, wheat, blah blah blah.” It’s all very nice if you like that sort of thing. But for people with gluten sensitivity or …

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All About Wheat: How to Buy, Cook, and Enjoy

I get a lot of questions about the types of wheat and grains I use in my own cooking and food storage. Since wheat is such a versatile staple that lasts an incredibly long time, I wanted to provide you with some basic information about how to use wheat and how to decide which types to buy. I store a larger quantity of whole grains like wheat instead of flour because of its shelf life. White, all-purpose flour has a …

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Survival Mom DIY: Create Your Own Altoids Tin Seed Vaults!

You gotta love Altoids. The mints settle a queasy stomach and freshen even the most Dragonesque breath. They can make any beverage minty, help clear a stuffy head, and even defeat the munchies. And then there are the tins. What junk drawer would be complete without an Altoids tin (or two) full of whatnot, so why not use one or more for your own seed vaults? Long a favorite of Scouts, hikers, and others needing to travel very lightly, the …

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Things to make with wheat, besides bread.

3 Things To Make With Wheat Besides Bread

Lots of us like to store wheat. It has a long shelf life, it’s nutritious, and you can use it to make that beloved staple of Western Civilization: bread. In fact, in Medieval Europe, all other foods – meat and vegetables – were considered, “stuff you eat with bread.” However, the ovens the Medieval Europeans used to make this bread were huge, required enormous amounts of fuel, and took most the day to heat up. We are certainly spoiled with …

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Food Storage Grains: An inexpensive calorie with lots of versatility

Grains are a fantastic staple for any food storage pantry. Food storage grains provide a variety of nutrients and are typically one of the least expensive calories you can purchase (after sugar and drink mixes). Yet, many people I’ve worked with over the years limit themselves to just a few grains such as wheat, rice, and, oats. Personally, I hope that even in tough times, my diet would be more exciting than that! There are a huge variety of grains …

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