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On the side of the bag opposite the iron, use the metal edge of a clean carpenter’s level.  This metal surface will reflect back the iron’s heat, making it possible for you to deliver sealing heat to both sides of the bag at the same time. It is not necessary to remove all the air from the bag, but your oxygen absorber packet will be more effective if you remove excess air before you finish sealing the bag.  Removing the excess air will also make the bag more stable, and less likely to “pop” if it is exposed to pressure.
The easiest way to remove air from the bag is to seal all but the last couple of inches, and then press the air out of the bag before sealing those last couple of inches.
The most popular storage container is an ordinary 5-gallon food-grade plastic bucket, but there are other options.
Not only can rodents chew through Mylar bags, they can even chew through plastic buckets and plastic food-grade barrels. Be sure to “turn off” the steam setting.  You want to do what you can to avoid introducing moisture into your bag of stored food, as moisture will cause your food to spoil more quickly.
Even coarse-ground spices have a relatively short shelf-life, but adding savor to food in a protracted emergency situation is important.
Ideally, store your food inside your home, or in a storage area which will keep your food cool in the summer and above freezing in the winter.
Click on this link Mylar-Bag-Storage-BlogPost-130315 to download a PDF of this article for printing. Examples include the increasing number of national outbreaks of e-coli bacteria in our meat and vegetables, the growing trend towards genetically modified foods (GMO’s), ever present undercurrent of our food being sprayed with chemicals ranging from pesticides and insecticides to herbicides and fungicides, and the nutrient depletion due to modern farming methods. Along with this are the precarious transportation issues that come with shipping produce from hundreds and thousands of miles from other states and countries. TransFarming incorporates the rapidly vanishing wisdom of our recent ancestors, while incorporating modern components and techniques that work in harmony with each other to support the entire growing cycle. Over the past year, an organization called The Texas Aquaponic and TransFarming Group has embarked on a mission to figure this out. A possible backyard scenario may include plant cuttings (waste) from an organic garden being used to feed a rabbit. Additional supports for food growing such as worms that grow naturally in the gardens also feed the gardens, chickens, and fish, and are beneficial to an Aquaponic system itself. The end of the waste chain for each system is the beginning of the food chain for the others, and ultimately ours! In a TransFarmed setting, there can be any number of time proven approaches to food production which are integrated with “modern” techniques that take into consideration our times. Weather wise, not much has changed from the days of our ancestors, but they used vastly different approaches to dealing with the climate than we do today.
TransFarming techniques utilize two approaches to minimize water use – water conservation and water retention.  Water conservation includes housing large amounts of water in a way that uses the minimal amount required to grow food. Following are brief descriptions of some TransFarming components often used to minimize water use while growing food in the backyard. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soil-less plant production). A HugelKulture is a type of 3-dimentional raised bed garden that utilizes dead organic materials (logs and branches) that are too big to go in the compost. Because of its shape, a HugelKulture garden combines the multiple functions of rainwater harvesting, and irrigation using no cistern, pumps, or pvc pipes.
These wonderful structures are perfect for small yards and, like a Hugelkultures and Keyhole gardens, use compost as its method for retaining water while growing great food. A keyhole garden uses the same principle as a HugelKulture and Tank garden in that decomposing matter is used to absorb and retain water in the soil. One of the major concerns with growing food (and fish) in the winter and summer is the temperature.
Traditional raised bed gardening involves selecting the correct structure and materials for a specific outcome base on environmental factors such as shading, sun path, wind direction and desired crop. Worm composting is an excellent way to create organic matter for gardens and Aquaponic systems.
As mentioned above, of key importance in any sustainable food growing effort is backup and redundancy.

More information on each of these components and how to construct them is available at One last tip, don’t forget to store easy to prepare foods to help you get through on difficult days.  Even though they may not be on your list of required food storage foods, you may want to reconsider puddings, juice boxes, instant packaged foods, coffee, candy, muffin mixes, cake mixes, Hershey’s chocolate syrup (lasts a long time without refrigeration), brownie mix and other specialty comfort foods. The internet is full of advice on food for emergencies and long-term food storage, but what is really the best?
This primer on food selection is designed to help you select the best types of food for your emergency food supply.
In addition to stockpiling food, don’t forget that you will need a liquid-fuel or propane camp stove, along with sufficient fuel.
Increasing the quantity of canned goods and foil-packaged grocery store food is your first step in emergency food preparation. Freeze-dried foods are available in single-serving size (recommended for evacuation and GO-Bags), in #10 cans (recommended), and in 5-gallon buckets (ideal for large families or groups).
Note Regarding Long-Term Food Storage:  Due to the lower cost, most families will want to store nearly all bulk grains, legumes, peanut butter, honey and other bulk foods in dehydrated form. Lifeboat rations are not suitable for long-term use, but they are a valuable addition to your GO-Bag or for storage in a vehicle. Packaged in a heavy plastic bag designed to be sturdy and bug resistant, MRE meals contain an entree, side dish, dessert, crackers with cheese spread, peanut butter or jelly, a powdered beverage (coffee, tea, sport drink, etc.), chewing gum, condiments (salt, pepper, sugar, creamer, and sometimes Tabasco sauce), plastic spoon, matchbook, hand-wash towelette, and a tiny packet of toilet paper. Three MRE disposable heaters (left in photo), and three MRE entrees (brown boxes on right), weigh just over two pounds, and occupy just over 100-cubic inches of space. MREs are ideal as a temporary meal solution, but we recommend that you augment these meals with high-fiber energy bars.
For use in your at-home disaster supplies, MREs are a good way to augment what you have in your pantry, but they should be stored inside your home rather than exposing them to the temperature fluctuations and potential rodent problems of garage or shed storage.  Plus, these cases can be quickly thrown into a car for emergency evacuation, they pack well, and they take less space, are lighter, and more nutritionally complete than most canned food meals. Additional InformationProduct DescriptionLegacy Essentials has considered the whole thing to make your long term emergency food storage compete. Thirty days of delicious easy-to-prepare emergency food for 1 person, or a family of 4 for one week—all packed in an easily transportable, watertight 7-gallon pail.
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To do this often involves harvesting produce while still unripe and gassing them with bromides to accelerate ripening while still at the processing plant. Do we simply continue on this path, or do we take our personal food production and thus supply, into our own hands? These are ordinary backyards that have been transformed into personal farms, sometimes called TransFarms. Given a deliberate, calculated integration of these specific components and supports, a much higher “rate of return” is realized beyond each component by itself, while providing sustainability.
As a result, they have helped develop many different methods of producing clean, healthy food in a backyard setting, while focusing on backup and redundancy. The rabbit’s slightly acidic and enriched litter goes to the berry bushes and gardens as highly fertilized mulch. An Aquaponic system can create an unlimited supply of fertilized water for the gardens, an abundant year round produce crop, and great tasting clean fish to harvest. A little dog will instinctively patrol the perimeter and keeps out squirrels, cats, possums, other vermin, especially those pesky chicken loving raccoons. Some primary components may include Wicking beds, Aquaponics, HugelKultures, Tank gardens, Keyhole gardens, as well as conventional raised bed gardens. These simple structures, based on a raised bed garden, incorporate a reservoir underneath the bed to store water. In a backyard Aquaponic system, the nutrient-rich water that results from raising fish in any sized tank provides a source of natural fertilizer for the growing plants. Large amounts of “rotting” wood and kitchen scraps are used under the soil which is stacked within layers of cardboard and paper. These structures are by their very nature flexible, and designed to withstand strong wind and rain (dust too).
Simply hammer a metal rod into the ground at the four corners leaving about three inches above ground. They can be added directly to gardens and Aquaponic media beds, and also used to feed fish and chickens. It is highly desirable to have as many different components available in your food growing system in case of stressful conditions or a failure in any one component. Storing food that your family does not eat.  In a stressful emergency time, it will be such a comfort to serve familiar foods.

Forgetting salt, cooking oil, shortening, baking powder, soda, yeast, and powdered eggs. You can’t cook even the most basic recipes without these items.
Forgetting to store spices, salt, oil and basic condiments that are needed for your food storage. How will your famous spaghetti sauce taste without Italian seasoning, salt, olive oil and that pinch of sugar? You need a minimum of two weeks of canned goods and water stored in your pantry, and a way to cook without using electricity or natural gas. For most people, these milks will work in recipes, and perhaps cereal, but will not be suitable for drinking.  Unfortunately, the shelf-life is only six-months, but this can be extended slightly if refrigerated.
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After the long trip from the farm to the dinner table, much of the nutritional value of the food is depleted. Any dog will do, as long as they are smart enough not to dig up your gardens and attack the chickens. Other ancillary supporting components may include composting, water capture, vermiculture (worms), chickens, and rabbits.
TransFarming is about “re-thinking” traditional gardening methods to address regional and environmental challenges such as droughts, water restrictions and disruptions,while keeping in mind techniques for prosperous food production. The garden is watered through an exposed pipe which then wicks water upward through the soil to the roots where water is needed the most. While the HugelKulture can be planted immediately, over time, that is 3- 5 years, the materials in the bed decompose, and provide a slow release of nutrients for garden plants while creating an incredible mulch.
Since the border is made of metal, it will last for many years, only getting better each year due to the decomposition process. After completion and planting, composting matter such as kitchen scraps are added to the bed via a foot-wide chute which nourishes the entire system.
Built correctly, they are easily dis-assembled in the spring, or used to support a shade cloth in the summer. Worms are important in the garden because they aerate the soil which helps lock in moisture.
These components comprise a food growing “system” which is much more stable and reliable than a simple in the ground garden.
Food grade plastic containers, Mylar bags, glass canning jars, #10 cans and even buckets all help to maintain a longer shelf life. Beans are a great staple to have on hand and can be seasoned in a variety of ways using salt, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, soy sauce, ground red pepper and more. If you don't need your survival food, you can still be assured that you will have plenty of food on hand in the event of a food emergency, whether caused by natural or political means. They used these two approaches to ensure they would have sufficient food in case of unexpected catastrophe. They do their business on the hay which produces “highly-fertilized hay” which is used for ground cover in the garden. Decaying organic matter such as logs and branches absorb water and release it, along with nutrients, during dry conditions. As the plants consume the nutrients in the water, they help to purify the water which is returned to the fish tank to be re-fertilized. A wedge is created in the circular rock bed wall to provide easy access the chute, which makes the garden look like a keyhole when viewed from above. But with MREs, a hot meal is available in minutes using the water-activated disposable heater.
Honey powder has no synthetic additives and can final long term: as much as 25 years or more.
Great-tasting, easy to use survival food in pre-filled buckets is a great way to be prepared for anything! A few examples include small “mom and pop” micro-farms, CSA’s (community supported agriculture), food cooperatives, and backyard farms. What neither of them eats is destined for the composter where mulch is made for the fruit trees.
Done correctly, watering is needed about once every three weeks, rather than twice times a day.
A naturally occurring microbial process keeps both the fish and plants healthy, and helps sustain an environment where everything thrives. FSR meals consist primarily of a sandwich similar to a Hot-Pocket, plus an energy bar, but they aren’t nearly as tasty as an MRE meal. At times it may make sense to shade your gardens in the summer to minimize evaporation, or winter to help keep things warm.

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