Storing food for emergencies is one of the aspects of prepping that require you to shell out money.
You can reuse plastic soda bottles to store your dry foods in, instead of buckets and #10 cans. So a good hack to save on money is to buy dry foods in bulk and repack them into soda bottles.
Soda bottles come cheap and you can find them in trash bins or ask your neighbors for their discarded soda bottles. Let the bottles dry a€“ this can take anywhere from 1 day to almost a week, depending on the heat and humidity where you live. Once the bottles have dried, you can now get your rice or beans ready as well as bay leaves. After filling the bottles with dry food, add a couple of bay leaves again before sealing the bottles tightly. Sproutables (seeds and beans that can be sprouted) should be at the top of the list since it is a source of fresh food when you sprout them. I will probably need to put a fine mesh material in the bottom of my sprouter since these are such small seeds. Modern Americans probably have more food choices than any other group in the history of the planet Earth. For people used to such plenty and variety, beans and rice alone is clearly not a long-term menu plan. This product is a sure-fire way of having shortening on hand for all your baking without having to worry about it going rancid. Peanut butter has an amazingly long shelf life, even after it’s been opened, but powdered peanut butter is still very useful.
This product won’t give you exactly the same flavor of butter and it doesn’t quite melt, but it’s still a handy addition to your pantry. The first time I read about this product, I said, “Huh??” Now I think it’s indispensable because it’s a cost-effective way of having tomato paste and tomato sauce on demand and save vast amounts of space at the same time, and it’s easy enough to make yourself. I know Textured Vegetable Protein isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it comes in handy when you want to add a little more protein to a casserole or soup. When you buy this in bulk, you have the main ingredient (besides macaroni) for mac-and-cheese but also cheese sauces for veggies, casseroles, and the all-important survival food, nachos!
Now, this won’t give you that wonderfully cool dollop you’ve come to expect, but when you make a dish that calls for sour cream, this product does just fine.
These 10 unusual foods will go a long way toward letting your family diet stay closer to normal in a disaster.
Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog. A Time to Endure Giveaway   We got some great responses to the question:  What threats are you most concerned about this 2015?  What steps are you taking to prepare? Last week, I went through my pantry, trying to get an idea of how much food storage I have. By the time the organizing session was complete, a dozen or so “expired” items sat on my kitchen counter.
Because it turns out that none of those dates stamped on canned goods have to do with safety.  A recent report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic claims that expiration dates aren’t regulated like we would believe.
The study found manufacturers determine for themselves how to set dates, if they want to put a date on packaging, what kind of date they will use, and what that date means. Well, it gets confusing because there are several different types of dates used on packages—like “sell-by”, “best if used by”, “best before”, and “use-by”. A “Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. Safety After Date Expires: Except for “use-by” dates, product dates don’t always pertain to home storage and use after purchase. The only exception to this is the “use-by” date on infant formula, which is mandated by the Food and Drug Administration. The bottom line is after the expiration date, the food may not be as fresh and it may have lost some of it’s nutritional value, but generally, it is safe to eat.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking—if you can’t rely on the date, how do you know when the food is unsafe to eat?


These sites can help you avoid throwing away still-good food as well as learn the best way to store food for optimal freshness and longest shelf-life. Stock up on over the counter and home remedies before you catch a cold or flu-this will help you avoid having to go out while you’re sick. Power outage supplies  We checked our supply of batteries, matches, flashlights, camping stove and lanterns as well as solar chargers in case the power gets interrupted. Financial preparedness.  We had a tight year financially, but hope to improve our money situation this year by paying off debt, adding to our stockpile and learning more DIY skills.
De-clutter and make more space for supplies.  We are always trying to find space for survival supplies, so we have to keep re-evaluating our space. Examine canned food expiration dates- we always rotate our canned foods to avoid this food storage disaster.
Update our grab and go binder.  I am sure we have new documents and records from 2014 that need to be added, and old ones replaced.
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Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and the Christmas season will soon be in full swing.  Theft and other crimes seem to increase when people are out and about shopping or partying and not paying much attention to anything else. If you start to have a bad feeling about your surroundings, stop and pay attention to these feelings, it is your intuition telling you not to proceed.
Thieves try to target people whom they perceive as more vulnerable: the elderly, women alone or women and children. To avoid being targeted by thieves, think about what attracts these criminals: flashy jewelry, a large purse that looks stuffed with goodies, smart phones, shopping bags, etc.
When shopping, always lock your vehicle and do not leave your items in the car, lock them up in the trunk. Consider a protection device such as mace, pepper spray or a concealed gun if you know how to use them and are licensed in your district. When in public, avoid being engrossed in your phone or tablet.  This sounds simple, but I have seen so many people with their heads buried in their cell phones even while crossing the street.
When walking to your car, have your keys ready in your hand, no fishing around the parking lot for missing keys.
Look around the area before you open your door or garage, as thieves have been know to follow people in as they get home.
If you are working late, walk out with a co-worker or call security and have them walk you to your car. No More Censorship, Unlike YouTube and Others!As we always say here at Crisis Survivor Tips, prepping doesna€™t have to break the bank. Using 5 gallon buckets for beans and rice can be expensive, especially if you are going to store a 3 month to 1 year supply of food.
There used to be 3-liter plastic soda bottles, it was first seen in shelves in 1985 but soda giants Coca Cola and Pepsi discontinued them in around 2005.
A Bay leaves are very important, they can repel and kill all kinds of bugs and their larvae a€“ some bugs can be present in your rice or beans and the bay leaves will take care of them.
You can save more money by using them instead of buying expensive #10 can or 5 gallon buckets. All you need is your effort and some simple supplies that you can recycle and reuse in storing your food items.
The products listed below are all shelf-stable, meaning they do not need to be refrigerated, and are available from companies such as Thrive Life, Augason Farms, and Ready Reserve Foods.
Once reconstituted and chilled, it hardens and has the same consistency of refrigerated butter. Just a handful can add the flavor of chicken or taco meat (a little can go a long way), and you can’t beat the price. I first sampled FD cheddar cheese a few months ago and was amazed by how beautifully it melts. Canned grapes have never quite caught on (ewwww!), dehydrated grapes are raisins, but FD grapes have the same color, shape, size and flavor as fresh. And according to an article on Urban Survival Site, I’m not the only one tossing the goods.


If you need a little help keeping your pantry organized, I highly recommend The Preparedness Planner. I’m Julie, a suburban mom during the week and mountain mama on the weekend blogging about my transition from country club to country living and from fast food to food storage.
If you ever visit the city, you will notice very quickly that the city does not have strict zoning laws. Apparently, the management company decided to have a meeting due to a recent shooting that occurred in the complex. The more passersby see your appliances and items, the more likely a thief will get interested in you. A big part of survival mentality or preparedness is paying attention to your own personal and family security.
But if youa€™re lucky to get 3L size bottles in different soda brands, they will be handy for storing bulkier dry foods.
You don’t have to worry about mold or rot because the bottles can keep moisture out, and as long as you put them in a cool and dry place, you need not worry. Worse yet, it can be hard to figure out a way to store some of our “regular” foods for the long-term so we can maintain a semi-normal diet in an emergency.
Even more important, you can sprinkle some in a hot skillet, and when it melts, you can pan fry! It adds all the flavor and nutrition of peanuts without any of the fat found in peanut butter. More than 75% (and some studies claim it’s as high as 90%) of us believe that food is unsafe to eat after the expiration date.
Even if the date expires during home storage, a product should be safe, wholesome and of good quality if handled properly.
Follow along as I learn how to garden, cook-from-scratch, build a pantry, master back-to-basics skills and more. Surprisingly, for a complex this large, not a lot of tenants attended the meeting, considering it was about something important.
Dona€™t forget to check them from time to time though to be sure and rotate your food preps. Once opened, though, they will absorb moisture in the air and go from crunchy to sticky and chewy. If the grid is down and you want homemade lasagna, that shouldn’t be a problem with this and freeze-dried mozzarella cheese on hand!
This time, though, I’ve decided to change my ways and put the expired items back on the shelf.
The reason for the meeting was to discuss recent criminal activity in the area, and to warn residents about personal safety.
One block could be a nice residential area, and across the street would be high rises or industrial parks, unless you live in a planned community in the suburbs. I was still unsettled by the incident – it is not very reassuring to hear that a resident was doing a drug deal. So you can live in a block with nice residences, but go two blocks and you can quickly find yourself in an unsavory looking area. These are all good and can do the job of ensuring your stored foods last as long as possible. But if you can use a cheaper alternative that can do the job just as well, why not give it a try. While we carefully picked the apartment we live in, checked crime statistics and all that, crime in any area is inevitable.



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