Getting Your Yard Through a Drought

Droughts have been a common theme in our environment throughout history. Droughts occur when the demand for water exceeds the amount available. It is often due to changing weather patterns. Droughts can last for long periods of time and can come on quickly. However, you can reduce your impact on a drought by decreasing the demand for water and conserving the water you use, especially in your yard and garden. Conserving Water in Your Garden Most of us don’t realize how much water we are using when we water our yards and plants, but these tips and tricks can help you be more conscious of your water usage and have the most efficiently watered garden during drought season. Plant drought resistant plants. Planting drought resistant plants doesn’t necessarily mean xeriscaping  …

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A More Economical Way to Store Water

Water is often the most bulky and inconvenient item to keep in your food storage. The barrels take up a lot of space and the plastic contaminates the water over time, requiring you to either rotate the water or purchase a filtration system. However, water is crucial for survival and is one of the first things you’ll need in a disaster, so it is essential to store in case of an emergency. In the past, water has been stored in large plastic containers that take up too much room and are hard to move around. But these days are coming to an end. Water storage has been made more convenient with boxed water kits. These kits are the least expensive option as far as water storage goes and have a  …

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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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8 Ways to Use Your MRE Meals

Typically, people think of MREs as being a great option for food storage and emergency situations. They work really well for this! However, you have to switch them out every so often because they have a shorter shelf life. We did a little investigating and asked you how you use your MREs. These were some of the top responses: 1. Long Term Emergency Supplies The most common use for MRE meals is long-term emergency supplies. People like to keep them on hand for disasters like storms, hurricanes, or other situations where there might be a power outage because they provide a hot meal with no external heating source. However, MREs have a shorter shelf life, so you’ll need some secondary uses. 2. Bug Out Bags and 72-Hour Kits Because they  …

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The Nutritional Value of Your MRE

When in an emergency situation, you want to have the best nutrition possible to sustain you through anything you might face. There are many food storage options, but the biggest nutritional impact can be found in an MRE. Why MREs MREs were first used in the military as a calorie-dense meal that provides the energy from protein, fats, and carbohydrates that are needed to sustain military personnel through combat and other situations they might face. Civilian MREs are packed with a similar amount of energy and nutrients in each meal. They typically contain more calories than other food storage options because they are meant to sustain you through any type of situation, whether that be backpacking through the mountains or surviving a natural disaster. Nutritional Breakdown On average, an MRE  …

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Solving the Mystery of MRE Expiration Dates

Missing Expiration Date If you’ve bought MREs before, you’ve probably noticed that there aren’t any expiration dates printed on the packaging. Don’t bother trying to look for one because you won’t find it. MRE manufacturers don’t use expiration dates in the traditional sense of a day, month, and year. But that doesn’t mean that MREs are some sort of immortal food that never goes bad. Eventually, they do expire. Shelf Life Evidence The answer to how long your MRE will last in storage largely depends on the temperature at which you store it. Ideally, you should store your food at 60° F for the longest shelf life possible, which is typically 5 years. This time decreases as the temperature of your storage area increases. If you were to store your  …

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A Look Inside Your MRE Full Meal

The Breakdown of an MRE Full Meal Many people associate MREs with the military. However, there are also MREs available for civilian use. An MRE, or Meal, Ready-to-Eat, is a self-contained meal package that includes everything you need to prepare and eat the food inside, including heating up the food. MREs are used in the military because they are packed with all of the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and calories for survival and sustenance. Civilian MREs are similar to military MREs, but have a few key differences.  Military vs Civilian MREs Military MREs cannot be sold to the public. However, the companies and distributors of military-grade MREs make similar MREs that can be sold to civilians. These MREs differ in packaging and contents like sauces and beverages, but still have the  …

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