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8 Reasons to Support Local Farmers

Think about all the items you put in your cart at the supermarket or mega-store. Do you feel you paid a fair price for that product? If you have questions about a particular item, would you know who you could speak to for answers? Where did those potatoes come from, how old is that carton of eggs, and who is being supported by your hard earned dollars? Probably not local farmers. Chances are, it would be difficult, if not impossible, …

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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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7 Prepper Steps You Should Have Taken Yesterday

We all have things we know we should have already done in life. Preppers are no different. Here are the top 7 prepper steps you should have already taken care of: Evaluated your health.  Health is everything and physical fitness needs to be an ongoing effort. This may be the most difficult area of preparedness because it requires daily, and sometimes hourly, effort. But in a crisis or a collapse of our economy, medical care may be nearly impossible to …

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Surprising Facts About Corn, Popcorn, and Malnutrition

This is the first in a two-part series addressing the practice of making homemade cornmeal out of popcorn. In this first part I will address the dietetic science that shows why this is a bad idea and some surprising facts about corn, popcorn and malnutrition. The second part will address other things that can be done with corn that are much better for you than grinding it into cornmeal. All about corn, popcorn, and malnutrition Regular pre-ground cornmeal has a relatively …

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Sprouting Seeds – An Essential Part of Your Food Storage Plan

Do you like sprouts? I had only ever eaten plain, long white mung bean sprouts from the grocery store and didn’t really care for them. Then I discovered home sprouting and the wide variety of seeds, beans, lentils and nuts that could be sprouted. My family now eats them on salads and sandwiches and sometimes even just straight from the sprouter! Beside the fact that sprouts are healthy for everyday eating and should be added to your diet for nutritional …

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Health Benefits of Tomatoes

A vegetable “survival” garden isn’t a vegetable garden without some nice tomato plants, but is the tomato really a vegetable, or is it a fruit? In 1893, this question went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled (erroneously) that the tomato is a vegetable! So what determines whether something is a fruit or a vegetable? Technically, if it results from the flower of a plant and the seeds are in the part that you eat, it’s a …

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15 Reasons to Stock Up on Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is packed with nutrients. It has an incredibly long shelf life, even when opened. Peanut butter is a great addition to any bug out bag or emergency kit. Peanut butter is a necessary ingredient in many recipes, both sweet and savory. It is a high calorie food, providing plenty of energy. It’s one of those stick-to-your-ribs foods. Peanut butter is an ideal spread for sandwiches and can be combined with jelly, jam, bananas, apples, and anything else that …

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Parboiled Rice: The Rice You’ve Never Heard Of

In our family, rice, not potatoes, is King of the Starches. This is because my husband grew up in places like Hawaii, Guam, and the Marshall Islands, eating rice every day of his life. When I started stocking up on various foods, I knew that rice would be a big part of my starches. Potatoes, not so much. Rice is just as versatile as potatoes and has the added advantage of coming in numerous varieties, each with their own particular …

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