How to Clean Untreated Water

While it is difficult to determine which item is most essential in a survival situation, you could certainly make a strong case for clean water. Water is used for numerous activities that can quickly become your top priority in survival situations like cooking, cleaning, sanitation and drinking. Because water seems so easy to get before a disaster, you don’t fully understand how much you rely on it until you find yourself without water or rationing your supply. In the past we’ve written about how to store water correctly and the need for rotating stored water frequently. Today, we want to take it a step back and discuss in detail the threat of untreated water and what you can do to make sure you and your family will have plenty of  …

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Are You Less Prepared Than Your Neighbors?

According to new research, the number of natural disasters per year has increased significantly over the last thirty years.  While the scientific community debates what the causes may be, disasters and destruction seem more and more prevalent in today’s world than 30 years ago and it is becoming increasingly important to prepare for emergency. The following table taken from the Natural Disasters Data Book shows the increase in number of natural disasters per year from 1975-2010. (A disaster was entered into the database if at least 10 people perished, over 100 people were affected, was declared a state of emergency or there was a call for international assistance.) How Do You Compare? One year ago, National Geographic initiated a survey conducted by Kelton Research that found some interesting results on  …

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Mom’s Zucchini Bread

Mom’s Zucchini Bread Ingredients • 3 cups Saratoga Farms White Flour • 1 teaspoon Saratoga Farms Iodized Salt • 1 teaspoon Saratoga Farms Baking Soda • 1 teaspoon Saratoga Farms Baking Powder • 3 teaspoons Saratoga Farms Cinnamon • 3 eggs • 1 cup vegetable oil • 2 1/4 cups Saratoga Farms White Sugar • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract • 2 cups Saratoga Farms Freeze Dried Zucchini Slices • 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions Grease and flour two 8″x4″ pans and heat your oven to 325 degrees. Sift the Saratoga Farms Flour, Salt, Baking Powder, Soda and Cinnamon together in a bowl. Allow the zucchini to soak in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then grate the zucchini slices. Beat the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl. Onced  …

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5 Things to Do with Leftover Garden Produce

What do you do with all your garden vegetables that you are not able to eat right away? All your hard work through the spring and summer has paid off to bring you a bountiful crop … so don’t let it go to waist. There are a lot of things you can do with your extra garden vegetables to make sure they are put to good use. Here are some ideas of what to do with your extra crops. Donate to Local Food Pantry Whatever the reason may be, there are a lot of hungry people here in our own country that can be helped. According to AmpleHarvest.org, as Americans “we throw away a pound of food per person per day” and “well over 100 billion pounds of food per  …

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Dehydrated vs Freeze-Dried Food

A lot of people use the terms dehydrated and freeze-dried like they are the same thing. However, there are some major differences between dehydrated and freeze-dried food storage. Don’t worry, we’re going to help you understand those differences. The Dehydration Process With any type of food preservation, moisture needs to be removed from the food. The most common way to do this is by dehydrating. Dehydrating has been a food preservation practice for thousands of years, dating back to at least 12,000 BC.[1] The Romans and Middle Easterners would dry fruits and vegetables in “still houses” which would use a fire to dry out and smoke foods. Modern day dehydration isn’t that complex. Machines, like a SnackMaster Dehydrator, circulate hot and dry air across the food. This removes much of  …

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Pickling Your Extra Garden Vegetables

It is about the time of year when produce from the garden is starting to make its way into your homes, onto your countertops, tables, and even into your dinner. Wouldn’t it be nice if your produce could just be harvested throughout the entire year so we wouldn’t have to worry about what to do with the extra? Trying to decide what to do with all those extra veggies that your garden is producing from all your green thumbs and hard labor can be a challenge. If you feel like you’re caught in a pickle you are not alone. Let’s take a look at one solution … pickling! Where Did Pickling Come From? Pickling, one of the oldest forms of food preservation, has been around for thousands of years. Nobody  …

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Make a Food Dehydrator with Household Items

Dehydrating your own fruits and vegetables is fun, easy and makes a great nutritious food storage snack your whole family will love. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a dehydrator, there are about a million ways to build your own dehydrator—the basic principles governing the laws of dehydration are not rocket science, you just need to figure out the best way to remove moisture from your food before it spoils. You can easily build your own simple dehydrator from household items and have your favorite dehydrated foods drying in no time. For those of you with a little more ambition and skill, there are larger, more efficient dehydrators that can be built.  For the purpose of this article we will discuss the basic needs a  …

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4th of July Food Storage Recipes

The 4th of July is a great time for families to come together and enjoy a hearty meal together! The 4th is also a great time to celebrate our independent and self-reliant spirit as Americans. What better way to declare your self-reliance than by creating a few 4th of July meals with food storage. Food storage is a great way to be prepared and self-sufficient despite any hard times that may come along. With the best summer holiday coming up this next week, we decided to put together some recipes that you could make for your family using your food storage. Take a look below and let us know if you have a recipe using our food storage items! You can even earn ReadyRewards points by sending us a photo  …

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Make a Year Supply of Laundry Soap for Less than $20

Making your own natural laundry soap is a great way to save money and become more self-reliant. The great part is that it’s easy to do and doesn’t cost much! In fact, you can make a year supply of laundry soap for under $20 with a little bit of searching and 5 minutes of mixing time. Here are some things you’ll need: Fels Naptha Soap. This brand of soap has been around for decades and has proven itself as a reliable cleaning agent. You can usually find it in your laundry aisle at most local grocery stores. You can also use Ivory soap if that’s more readily available. The other great thing about Fels Naptha is that you can use it for other purposes like treating exposure to poison ivy,  …

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Gardening in a Drought

Last year, the United States suffered one of the largest droughts in its history. More than 50 percent of the nation was declared in drought conditions. In fact, nearly 1,000 counties and 28 states were in a drought last year. With drought conditions, it’s important to know how you can protect your home garden. This will help you have fresh, healthy produce no matter the season. Here are a few points to consider when trying to conserve water in your home garden. Space them Out For flowers and vegetables, use wider spacing to reduce competition for soil moisture. You can also place mulch in between and on top of the soil to prevent water from evaporating out of the soil as quickly. Since the mulch is thicker, the water will  …

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