Mountain House vs Saratoga Farms

Many people wonder what the difference is between Mountain House freeze-dried foods and Saratoga Farms freeze-dried foods. We want to show you some of the differences and similarities. Serving Size The first thing that most people look at is the nutritional label to see how big the serving size is on each can. For Mountain House, most of their freeze-dried entrees have a serving size of 1-cup prepared. Some of the cans will vary slightly. For example, some of the breakfast dishes will have a ½ cup serving or ¾ cup serving. Saratoga Farms also has a 1-cup prepared serving size. You’ll notice that many times the dry serving size will be a little different on the two brands. Saratoga Farms will usually have ½ cup dry – 1 cup  …

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Surviving In The Ocean

Surviving for any period of time when you are in open water is one of the most difficult survival challenges you could face. Open water is extremely dangerous on many levels: extreme weather is far more perilous on the ocean; there are no sources of fresh water available; risk of sun exposure is extremely high; and there are countless predators that are nearly impossible to see before they are too close to react. Yet there are many accounts of people surviving in open water for days, weeks, or even months. The ocean is survivable. You simply need to have the right skills and tools to do it. The most dangerous scenario is floating in open water with just a life preserver. You are completely exposed to the sun and elements,  …

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Homesteading With Horses

Whether you are a homesteader or looking to be better prepared for any natural disaster, economic downturn or personal loss, keeping horses is an excellent strategy. Horses are one of the most useful domesticated animals known to man. In the event of an oil crisis or breakdown, the homesteader with horses will be much better prepared to keep their daily routine as normal as possible than the one who only relies on diesel-powered farm equipment and transportation. Horses were the main source of motive energy before the industrial revolution. If you own one or more horses – as well as a wagon or buggy, horse-drawn plow and other farm equipment – you will be better prepared for whatever may happen. You may also be in a unique position to barter  …

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Surviving When Sun Exposure is High

In many survival situations, you will find yourself dealing with high sun exposure. This is not a problem that is only limited to desert survival. In most open country, such as plains, savannahs, and even mountains, during the summer months the sun will be beating down on you, and this can quickly become problematic. Even on days or in environments where the temperature is not particularly high can result in problems due to sun exposure, and on cooler days you’re actually more at risk because you won’t recognize the dangers of sun exposure as quickly. You’ll need to protect yourself from problems associated with sun exposure in order to increase your overall chances of survival. Under most circumstances, a sunburn is a painful but ultimately not life-threatening annoyance. But in  …

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Surviving In The Desert

The desert may be one of the most challenging terrestrial environments to survive in for any period of time. Temperatures in the desert can fluctuate from midday to night by more than forty degrees Fahrenheit. Water is extremely scarce, as are natural sources of shelter and food sources. The single best way to ensure your survival in a desert environment is to be properly prepared before you find yourself in one. This includes learning the ins and outs of desert survival as well as making sure you have a fully outfitted pack of survival gear. With or without this kind of gear, however, there are a number of things you will have to do to increase your chances of survival in the desert. As in any survival situation, remaining calm  …

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Health Benefits of Freeze Dried Food

In an emergency, a supply of freeze dried food can be extremely useful. Freeze dried food is lightweight, compact, and lasts for months and even years without spoiling, making it the perfect survival food. Any go bag should have at least a week’s supply of freeze dried food in it, and any serious homesteader should have enough freeze dried food to last for up to a month in the event of natural disasters or other emergencies. Freeze dried fruit and meat isn’t just useful in an emergency, however: it’s also surprisingly good for your health. Freeze dried fruit Compared to conventionally dried fruit, freeze dried fruit contains fewer calories. If you’re looking for a great weight loss food, freeze dried fruit is a great option. Freeze dried fruit is also  …

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Build Your Own Root Cellar

One of the best things about potatoes, cabbages and other cold-season crops is the fact that they can be stored for months without spoiling. All you need to do this successfully is a cool, well-ventilated area. While an extra fridge can do this quite well, what’s far superior is a root cellar. Historically, root cellars were underground rooms built beneath or next to the home. They were insulated by the ground itself and well ventilated so that airflow could keep them cool during the warmer months. The vents would be closed during the winter to keep the root cellar above freezing. A traditional root cellar is more spacious than a fridge, and can be quite convenient and very useful for long-term vegetable storage. Thanks to modern insulation, most basements these  …

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What is the Shelf Life of MREs?

MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) shelf life is a little bit tricky. Like most shelf stable, long term food storage items, there are important things to know in order to store them properly. The most important concept to understand with MRE shelf life is: MREs are temperature sensitive. According to Temperature What that means is the cooler the storage temperature, the longer the shelf life and inversely, the warmer the storage temperature the shorter the shelf life. It is quite possible that an MRE that is sent to the dessert in Iraq where the temperature is 120 degrees Fahrenheit will only stay fresh for a period of a few months. Whereas an MRE that is stored in a cool basement that is 65 degrees year round will store for a  …

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How to Open a Food Storage Can without a Can Opener

What if you were stranded in the wild without a can opener or knife? How would you open your food storage? This video will show you a quick and easy way to open a can without any tools, can openers or knives! Check it out! Impress your friends at parties with this simple, helpful trick that might, someday, just save your life!

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Spectacular Uses of Oatmeal

Oatmeal is one of the essential staples every food storage needs. When it comes to mother nature’s creations, oatmeal is the “jack of all trades.” From the obvious health benefits to a myriad of other strange uses such as skin care and odor absorption, the oatmeal sitting in your pantry will come in handy. Health Benefits There is a good chance at some point in your life your doctor will recommend eating a bowl of oatmeal on a regular basis. There are many health benefits to adding oatmeal to your diet plan such as lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, increasing antioxidants, increasing heart health, and more. Lower Cholesterol. Oatmeal contains a very important fiber known as beta-glucan. Since the 1960s, studies have shown that this particular fiber is responsible for  …

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