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Nov 25 16 4:07 PM
challenge we all seem to face is how best to store our stuff. Being
prepared means having a large stock of necessities (and some luxuries)
on hand. It also means you need to figure out how to maximize your
storage space, so you actually have some room to live. Have you
considered reorganizing your cans by
size, for example, instead of by contents? This would allow you to
adjust your shelving to make best use of the available space.
you haven’t noticed that some cans fit perfectly into magazine holders,
allowing for more cans in less room? Or maybe you are looking for a way
to make use of the back side of cabinet doors (Hint: one option
involves magnetic spice holders)?
And don’t underestimate the
value of changing some containers. There is a lot of wasted space in
many packages. Check out the Prepared Housewive’s article for all 37
great organizational ideas!
37 Creative Storage Solutions to Organize All Your Food & Supplies
Nov 29 16 3:54 AM
eggs without refrigeration like we did back in the day! Some say the
eggs taste better when kept this way. Want to give it a try? I already
do this and will never go back to refrigerating my eggs again!
have been duped all these years about eggs needing to be refrigerated.
First of all, they come out of the chicken “warm” don’t they? so how did
people hundreds and thousands of years ago deal with keeping eggs
You can save money doing this too. Eggs go on sale
depending on what time of the year you are, so stock up and preserve
them. They will taste as fresh as the day you bought them. If you have
any other tips, ideas or hacks to do with eggs head on over to our
Facebook page and let us know 🙂
Storing Fresh Eggs Without Refrigeration For Up To 9 Months
Dec 3 16 12:15 PM
what affordable survival superfoods you should be storing. Some you may
be surprised to see on the list! I am a big fan of stockpiling healthy
and nutritious foods, I still can the usual, common foods like meats and
veg but there is so many more foods that we overlook.
these superfoods could give you the edge over other people as you will
have more nutrients and things your body needs to function when SHTF.
Click here to see the nutritional value of Quinoa
For example, Quinoa ..1
cup of this provides 625 calories. Thats a meal in its self! Check out
this great article from myfamilysurvivalplan.com and get all the
information on these survival superfoods and start stockpiling them
while the prices are stable.
The Most Affordable Survival Superfoods To Stockpile
Dec 10 16 12:21 PM
(Black Blade: Stumbled across this video - building shelves for a pantry)
Dec 12 16 11:06 AM
For any homesteader living self-sufficiently, food storage
is quite a bit different than it is with modern technology. Without
refrigerators and freezers, there is a little more planning involved in
food storage. On the homesteading blog Just Plain Marie, there are
plenty of great tips on how to make the most of the foods available, as
well as ways to preserve that go beyond canning.
lot of the tips are old knowledge, really from before electric
refrigerators existed. Adjusting to what is seasonally available is a
large part of living without refrigeration. Otherwise, we’re spending a
lot of time trying to keep food cool, when we can simply work with what
we have much easier than struggling to keep out-of-season strawberries
cool. Great tip: Butter and eggs don’t need refrigeration if you use
them frequently! There are also links to preservation tutorials, like
how to wax hard cheese for longer shelf life.
Living Without a Fridge and What You Can Learn
Dec 12 16 2:49 PM
a prepper, one of the essential skills is for you to be able to sustain
yourself and have food available to you the whole year, if and when you
need it. One way of achieving this is through an indoor vegetable
garden. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and, more importantly, is able
to function entirely inside.
This is one of the most-essential
skills that you can have as a prepper because it allows you to sustain
yourself and your family during potentially challenging times.
assumption preppers make when you tell them about indoor gardening is
that the variety of vegetables you can grow must be very limited.
Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth as there is
actually a surprising variety of vegetables that will grow inside.
Indoor Vegetable Gardening: 37 Edibles You Can Grow Indoors In The Winter
Dec 15 16 2:57 PM
are places where chickens are banned from being raised. Home Owner’s
associations are a prime example of places you can’t raise chickens at
all. Oddly enough though, they don’t mind you raising quail. If you
don’t know much about these amazing little birds, now is the perfect
time to start!
Quail are smaller than chickens but they pack a
powerhouse of work around your home! Quail eat more ticks than spiders
do and are vocal alarm systems for when things aren’t right. Chickens
will alarm you, too, but they tend to be larger and noisier birds. The
noise and smell are usually the reasons given for the bans on raising
chickens in certain HOAs and other municipalities. Just because you live
in an HOA doesn’t mean you need to give up on your dreams!
are other advantages to raisin quail, too! The start up costs and
maintenance are much lower than chickens are, not to mention take up
much less space to be happy and healthy. Their eggs are delicious and
are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world!
How to Raise Quail When Chickens Are Out of the Question
Dec 16 16 11:02 AM
Why is this cabinet different?
– It really maximizes your space, able to hold nearly 500 quart jars in a very small area – There’s Little to no wasted material – It can hold over 100 gallons of food by volume and probably a ton or more by weight – The price is fairly low for it’s holding capacity (under $70) – It’s quick and easy to build with very minimal measuring – You can customize it to any size or shaped items – It can be easily taken down and moved if you want or need to
am going to build this cabinet over the winter so I thought I would
share this DIY with you guys as I know a lot of you are prolific canners
and need something sturdy and easy to build to hold all of your canned
This tutorial has pictures to
help you build your own and does a great job of explaining exactly how
to make this awesome cabinet. If you get a chance to build one show me
your pics over on our Facebook page!
How To: Cabinet For Storing Canned Goods or Heavy Items
Dec 31 16 1:57 PM
Preppers and homesteaders always need ways to preserve food for a SHTF situation or during the winter. Canning and root cellars
are good options, but the more ways you know how to preserve food, the
better off you’ll be when the time comes. Bioprepper has a tutorial on
how to make biltong, which is a South African equivalent to beef jerky.
need good protein sources in our diet, especially when we’re doing a
lot of physical work. Unfortunately, in a SHTF situation we probably
won’t be able to buy any meat, and potentially go out to hunt. Biltong
has a shelf life of 2 to 4 years depending on method of preparation, so
this is a smart way to stock your food stores. The recipe is simple,
and you can use pretty much any meat. If you’re like me and don’t have
the patience for slow drying, you can use your oven on a low temperature
How To Make Bitlong – The Best Survival Food
Dec 31 16 2:02 PM
Image Credit: sparkpeople.com
Establishing a good food stockpile
is an essential part of prepping. There are several things to take into
consideration when building your food stores, such as shelf life,
versatility, and nutrient value. It can be difficult to decide on what
to stock up on, since there are so many choices these days when it comes
to dry food, preserved food, and perishable necessities. On Spark
People there is a list of 25 nutritious foods that are inexpensive that
definitely helps the storing process.
is a comprehensive list of foods, ranging from fresh produce and dairy
to dry foods such as rice or popcorn kernels. Of course, not everything
on the list is suitable for long-term storage, although the perishable
items are good to always keep on hand if possible. Healthy foods,
perishable or not, go a long way in sustaining a healthy immune system
that we need to get through tough times.
Jan 8 17 4:35 PM
A flour mill is used to grind (mill) your own flour from ‘wheat berries’.
By using an electric flour mill you will be able to make your own
homemade breads (‘from scratch’) and baked goods resulting in an organic
and healthier end-product.
You might say that there are basically two types of flour mills…Electric powered (plug it in) and Manual powered (crank it).
Here’s why an electric flour mill is a good thing to have:
Jan 8 17 4:42 PM
Self rising flour does not require yeast. Dry yeast has an
approximate shelf life of about 4 months after it’s opened (and if kept
refrigerated – although your own results may vary), while the shelf life
of the key ingredient in self rising flour is about 2 years and does
not require refrigeration.
So lets make some biscuits…
Jan 21 17 1:47 PM
are plenty of rewards from growing your own produce. Self-reliance, the
potential for extra income, and of course the availability of fresh
fruits and vegetables are all great reasons to grow your own garden.
For a garden that is cost-effective and productive there is a bit of
research required, especially for new gardeners. For those of us who are
considering growing a garden, there is a great guide on Spark People
that covers the cost of everything required to start and maintain a
There are a lot of factors that go into growing and
maintaining a garden, not to mention a bit of risk involved. While it’s
impossible to predict everything, there is a bit of planning that can
help a new gardener avoid the sticker shock of a new garden. This guide
covers ways to save while prepping soil and purchasing equipment like
shovels and gloves to make sure that you maximize your investment.
Calculating the Cost of Growing Your Own Food
Jan 22 17 4:53 PM
Fresh herbs are a wonderful and healthy way to season food,
and many of them even have medicinal properties. Some of us are
intimidated by the prospect of growing their own herbs, but as Spark
People’s tutorial shows us, it just needs a little bit of knowledge and
patience. With this guide, even those with zero growing experience can
have their own fresh basil, rosemary or any other herbs they want.
Everything from choosing which seeds
or seedlings to plant onto preserving your harvested herbs is covered
by this article. What puts this guide above other growing tutorials is
all of the helpful, expert growing tips that are included. I especially
like the herb ice cube method of preserving your harvest. This way, you
can just pop out a cube and add it to your cooking pot for fresh herb
How to Grow Your Own Herbs for Cooking
Jan 22 17 4:54 PM
If you’re living off the grid or homesteading,
you probably already know how challenging it can be to come up with
food stores. Preserving food is always an option, but can be time
consuming and labor intensive, especially if you’re off the grid.
Luckily, Instructables has a tutorial on how to construct a solar
powered dehydrator to solve this very problem.
On top of being
energy efficient, this dehydrator is economical because it can be
constructed using mostly recycled materials. It might take a bit of time
and resourceful thinking to find the materials, but it’ll help you
build this dehydrator for next to nothing. The design does call for a
recycled computer fan, which can be easily powered even if you’re off
the grid. Big batches of fruit, veggies, and even meals like chili can
be easily dried and saved for winter months or camping trips in this
How To Build a Solar Heated Large Scale Dehydrator
Jan 22 17 7:03 PM
century ago most of the hog’s meat was cured and smoked to preserve it.
This process is still used today by some, but curing hams it’s becoming
a lost skill. Nowadays we rely too much on refrigerators. You can buy a
hundred pounds of meat, store it in the freezer and eat fresh meat the
whole year without any special preparations.
Most hams that you
find today is “pumped“ ham, meaning that the curing solution made up of
water, salt, sugar, sodium phosphate (to hold the water in) and sodium
nitrate is pumped into meat with a machine. This machine quickly
distributes the cure through the meat to accelerate the curing process.
It takes only a few hours with today`s chemical and meat processing
technology to produce a product we still call “ ham “ but which cannot
compare to the real hams of a generation ago.
refrigeration it has a really short shelf life. But what if our modern
conveniences would be no longer available? In the event of a SHTF
scenario, who could say that we would be able to do what is necessary to
preserve a stock of food for ourselves and our families? What if an
electrical blackout would make refrigeration impossible for a long
period of time?
How would you preserve your meat and all your
food? You can learn how to do your own cured smoked ham the old
fashioned way by reading on.
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long ago, people had to think about how much to grow for the year.
They had to plan ahead, save seeds, plant enough for their family and
preserve enough to survive over the winter months!
It wasn’t just
a hobby. It didn’t take up a 4 foot by 4 foot square in their backyard,
next to the beautifully fertilized lawn. It was their yard. Growing
your own food is the best method of ensuring your food is raw and GMO
So that being said, think about how much your family would
need and save the seeds if SHTF, try it out this spring and see if you
need to tweak the amount of vegetables you need to plant or see if you
planted to much Read the original article it’s a great information
See the article at… How Much Should You Plant In Your Garden To Provide A Year’s Worth Of Food?
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can be a fun and rewarding past time. It also has a few benefits,
honey, wax and the knowledge that you are helping the bee population
survive. It is great in so many of the foods and beverages we consume on
a daily basis.
Honey actually has been proven to help people who
suffer from allergies, so I guess it’s natures natural antihistamine. I
have been consuming honey from a local honey farm and I have noticed
less allergies. So I guess it works for me.
Bees also make royal
jelly, which can be sold to manufactures, for use in skin care products.
Another benefit is beeswax. Beeswax has a lot of uses and sells for
almost double the price of honey. This can be very profitable to you.
Beeswax is used in several different things such as candles, soaps,
cosmetics and other items.
See more info at… How To Keep Bees: A Beginner’s Guide
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