Adding O2 Absorbers to Your Food Storage

When storing food, you want to ensure that it will last as long as possible without being contaminated by bacteria, insects, or even water. This is especially true if you are packaging your own food. One way to ensure the shelf life of your food storage is adding an oxygen absorber, or O2 absorber, to your container. What is an O2 Absorber? An O2 absorber is a packet filled with iron oxide that is safe for foods and used to remove the oxygen in the air through a chemical reaction. Reducing the oxygen levels in your food storage containers reduces the chance that they will be contaminated. Without oxygen, the water, bugs, and bacteria that might find their way into your food won’t be able to survive and your food  …

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5 Dehydration Methods to Try at Home

Dehydration is one of the oldest food preservation methods and is relatively simple compared to other options. By dehydrating food, you are removing its water content, which allows it to last longer and not spoil. You can easily dehydrate different foods yourself with your own food in your own home. There are three conditions necessary for food dehydration: Heat–between 120° F and 150° F. These temperatures are hot enough to force moisture out of the food but still cool enough that the food won’t cook. Low Humidity–in order to dry out your food, there needs to be as little moisture as possible in the air to more effectively absorb the moisture in the food. Air Circulation–keeping the air moving allows the moisture to be carried away and dry the food  …

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Freeze Dried Creations Made By You

Freeze dried foods are so much more than banana slices and strawberries. You can freeze dry almost anything, including things like shredded cheese and ice cream sandwiches. There are also delicious entree meals like stir fry, lasagna, and chicken noodle soup. While there is a large variety of different freeze dried meals available, you may get tired of the options or want something different. These entree meals are packets made up of the freeze dried ingredients you would use to make the meal normally. This means that you can easily make your own freeze dried meal! Having your favorite entree in your food storage can make your food storage something you will actually enjoy eating. This is also a great option for those who might have dietary restrictions. You can  …

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Grow Your Own Portable Garden

Growing your own food is useful for becoming more self reliant and saving money. It is also useful to grow your own food in case of an emergency. However, where you live might not always be conducive to growing food, especially if you live in urban areas where you don’t have much space outdoors. But not to worry, there are many solutions to choose from! One of these solutions is bucket gardening. You can re-purpose 5 gallon food storage buckets into growing pots for certain plants. By planting in a bucket, your garden is portable and can be moved or transported if needed. What You’ll Need • 5 Gallon Buckets–you can use buckets that you use to store food, like easyprep buckets. Drill holes in the bottom of your buckets  …

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Make Your Own Fish Cage Trap

Fish traps are as old as humans themselves. They date back to pre-historic hunter gatherer groups, and like many primitive tools, remain perfectly useful to this day. A stout fish trap offers a fisherman many similar advantages that land-based traps offer hunters. The main advantage of a fish trap is that it allows you to catch fish while you’re off doing other chores or gathering other supplies or food. With a bit of time, a few vines, and some strong reeds or tree branches, you can easily build a fish trap to gather fish for you. This kind of trap can be the difference between life and death in dire situations, or can make running a homestead much easier. Here’s how you can build a working fish trap out of  …

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DIY Solar-Powered Cell Phone Charger

These days, USB-powered devices are everywhere, and many of them are vital to communications and information. If you are on a long road trip or hiking in a remote area, a reliable, portable solar cell phone charger will be a convenient way to keep phones, speakers, and other devices running – but it may also be the difference between being able to call for help or not being able to in an emergency. Additionally, in the event of a power failure, you’ll want to have an alternative means of keeping your devices running and available so you can continue to communicate with friends and family members. This is especially true when you’re dealing with a power failure that was caused by a natural disaster, storm or local power issue. In  …

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What Type of Clothes to Pack in Your 72-Hour Kit

It seems that all too often, preppers can be overly concerned about the supplies and tools they have in their 72-hour kit, and forget that everyday items like clothing are just as important in a survival situation. Making sure you’ve packed the proper clothes in your bug out bag is very crucial – and can often mean the difference between surviving and emergency just as much as any other item. A survival situation can strike when you least expect it – when you’re on vacation, when you’re on your way home from work, or even when you’re in bed for the night. You don’t want to be caught with just your Bermuda shorts, your business casual office wear, or your sleepwear for the next 72 hours. But if you’re not  …

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How to Preserve Your Favorite Cheeses with Wax

The process of covering cheese in wax in order to pro-long the life of the cheese is not a new idea nor is it a complicated process. Many people wax cheese in order to protect it from airborne bacteria, mold and from drying out too much. There are two main methods to waxing cheese. One – you can dip it in wax. Two – you can brush the wax on the cheese. Depending on how much wax you have and how big your cheese is will greatly determine which method you will use to wax your cheese. If you dip, make sure you are using a deep enough pot and that it is full enough with melted wax so you can cover the cheese entirely. Do what is easiest and  …

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What Are Your 2015 Preparedness Goals?

2015 is fast approaching and that means New Year’s Resolutions! So, what are your preparedness goals going to be? The beginning of the new year is a great time to analyze your needs and wants as a family. That’s why we’ve prepared this easy-to-use preparedness checklist. Many people don’t even know where to begin when it comes to preparedness. Lucky for them, they have great friends like you! Use this sheet to help them know where they can begin. Gather Information The first thing you’ll want to do is assess your risks. For example, if you live on the east coast hurricanes would be a threat. If you live in the Midwest, tornadoes might be your biggest threat. If you’re not sure what to prepare for in your area, contact  …

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How to Smoke Meat the Right Way

Before freeze drying or refrigeration, people would preserve foods by smoking them – especially meats. Smoke would extend the shelf life for the winter and add flavor while making the meats tender. Now, smoking has evolved into a fun way to add tons of flavor to your cuts of meat. You might think that it’s as easy as putting meat on the grill – but it’s a very different process. Here are some things to consider when you want to smoke meat: Choosing a Smoker You might think that smokers are just canisters that contain smoke, but they are a bit more complicated than that. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a smoker. Price. Typically, they range in price from $50 – $10,000 depending on the quality  …

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