Whole Wheat And Other Grains A Good Choice For Long Term Food Storage

Wheat and other grains are great choices for long-term food storage. They are inexpensive and can be consumed by humans and animals.

The most common grains are wheat, rice and oats. There are many others that are very nutritious and are higher in protein. These grains are quinoa, amaranth, kamut, spelt, millet and triticale. Other grains include red and white wheat, white and brown rice, wild rice, oat grouts, rye, barley, corn, buckwheat, Job’s tears, sorghum and teff.

Grains can be cooked in the whole kernel state and used to replace rice in recipes. I prefer to cook my rice or whole grain in bouillon water or chicken stock. I like to use a rice cooker to cook the grain. I put it on the setting for brown rice and it times itself. The grain tastes so much better, and it cooks the exact amount of time for the perfect texture.

I like to make wheat chili. I just replace the beans with cooked wheat. It still tastes like chili, yet has a chewy texture like cooked wheat. Cooked wheat can be added to soups and used as a topping on salads.

If the power goes out, you can boil water in an outdoor fire pit or use a Dutch oven to cook the grain.

Raw whole grains should be stored in airtight containers. Grain naturally has weevil eggs in it. But if the grain has no oxygen, the larvae will not hatch because they need oxygen to live. Using an oxygen absorber or vacuum-sealing the grain in pouches will keep it oxygen free. Grain will store for many years if kept cool and stored in a dark, dry environment.

Grains — including all the different types of rice, long and short grain, white, brown and wild — can be used for main dishes. Other types of grain such as quinoa and barley can be cooked up and either mixed with rice or served instead of rice with any meal.

Rice or whole grain eaten with beans completes the amino acid chain and forms a complete protein. This adds variety and extra nutrition to meals. Whole grain brown rice and other whole grains are much more nutritious than processed white rice and white flour.

Health Benefits Of Whole Grains

The health benefits of using whole grains include:

  • 30 percent reduced risk of stroke and diabetes.
  • Heart disease is reduced by 25 percent.
  • Better weight management.
  • Reduced risk of asthma, clogged carotid arteries, colorectal cancer, high blood pressure, gum disease and tooth loss.

The fiber in grains is well known to help lower cholesterol. Doctors will tell you that it improves your health to eat oatmeal for breakfast.

Grain has been found in the pyramids of Egypt. When planted it still sprouted. Sprouted wheat can be added to bread to give it a nice texture and added nutrition. When the grain is sprouted it is 300 times more nutritious. If you use sprouted wheat in bread, do not let it sprout past the second day or it will turn to wheat grass.

Wheatgrass is highly nutritious and when put through a wheatgrass juicer produces a highly nutritious tonic. People drink it to purify their blood and cleanse the body of toxins and poisons. It is very good for the health.

Breakfast Cereals Using Whole Grains

I believe that if you have whole grains in your food storage, you can make hot cereal or mush for breakfast every day and it will sustain you. Keep your breakfast meals simple like the pioneers did.

I know a woman in my neighborhood who will be turning 100 this year. She has eaten whole grain cereal for breakfast every day of her life. She walks every day and is as healthy as can be. She attributes it to her whole-wheat mush for breakfast.

Store a variety of different cereal grains such as oatmeal, millet and whole wheat. Whole wheat can be cracked to make cracked wheat cereal. It is nice to have a wheat grinder that will crack wheat as well as grind it into flour. If you don’t have a wheat grinder, use your blender and only blend it until it is cracked in half or in larger pieces.

Whole-wheat breakfast cereal is made by cooking whole-wheat kernels in water with a little salt. You should use two cups of water and one-half teaspoon of salt for every cup of whole wheat. Just boil the water, add the wheat and cook the kernels until the wheat is soft. Eat it with honey, milk and raisins.

Another way to make whole grain breakfast cereal is to use a thermos. Start the night before you want to eat it and add one-half cup of whole wheat or grain kernels to the thermos. Add approximately 1 quart of boiling water to the thermos to fill it, then tighten the lid, shake it up and let it set overnight. The next morning you will have whole grain breakfast cereal. Serve it with milk and honey or sweetener. Add raisins or chopped up dried fruit.

Millet is one of the best grains to store for babies, small children and older people. It is easily digested and soft on the stomach. Millet is a small round grain and is also used in birdseed.

Oatmeal is great to store because it can be used so many different ways. It can be cooked and made into mush for a breakfast cereal. It can be made into granola, breads, cakes and cookies.

Cornmeal can be made into mush by mixing three cups of boiling water with one and a half cups of cornmeal and a half teaspoon of salt. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes until the mush is thick. Eat it hot with a pat of butter or honey and milk. Add raisins if desired. The leftover mush can be refrigerated and made into fried mush patties for lunch. Fry them in butter until golden brown on both sides. They are delicious.

How To Make Granola Using Whole Grains, Seeds And Nuts

Granola Using Whole Grains Seeds And Nuts

Dry Ingredients

7 cups rolled whole grains such as (regular rolled oats, rolled wheat or six-grain rolled cereal). Health food stores, food storage and grain companies sell these products in bulk.
1 cup wheat germ
1½ cups flaked coconut
1 cup sliced almonds, chopped cashews, walnuts or other nuts
½ cup roasted sunflower seeds
½ cup golden flax seeds
½ cup sesame seeds (optional)

Wet Ingredients

1 cup hot water or cranberry juice
½ cup coconut oil, olive oil or butter
1¼ cups honey, agave, molasses or maple syrup or (combination of all).
½ cup brown sugar (optional)
1 Tbs. of liquid or powdered vanilla or almond extract

Add Fruit Last

1 cup of raisins or Craisins®, or dried fruit chopped into small pieces (the fruit is to be added after the granola is cooked and dried).

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

In a separate, smaller bowl, mix the wet ingredients until the sweetener is dissolved.

Make a hole in the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the center of the dry ingredients. Stir well with a large spoon until all ingredients are mixed well.

Spread the mixture evenly onto two ungreased cookie sheets. Place the cookie sheets in a preheated oven that is on the lowest setting (170 degrees F. or below).

Dry the granola for approximately three hours. Check the granola every hour and turn it to make sure it does not overcook and that it dries evenly on both sides.

Granola can also be dried in a food dehydrator on a low setting. If there is no electricity the granola can be dried in the sun. Cover it with a cloth to keep off the flies and honeybees.

When it is dry enough to store, add one cup of raisins, Craisins® or dried fruit chopped into small pieces. Mix well and store in an airtight container with lid. If you are going to eat it quickly, it will store fine in the container. However, because it contains butter or oil, it is best to store in the refrigerator if it is to be kept for longer periods of time.

Eat the granola with milk and fresh fruit like bananas and berries. I like to put the granola over the top of yoghurt and fresh fruit like a parfait. The recipe makes 16 1-cup servings.

Whole Grain Blender Pancakes

Whole Grain Blender Pancakes

¾ cup whole wheat or other grain
1 cup milk
¼ cup butter or oil
1 egg or (1 tbs. dried egg powder)
2 tbs. honey or sweetener
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking soda

If you do not own a wheat grinder you can still enjoy the delicious taste of whole grains by grinding the grain in a blender to produce coarse flour.

Add the liquid ingredients next and continue blending until the batter is mixed well. I like to let it set for a couple of minutes to get the flour to start absorbing the liquid, then add the sugar, salt and baking powder.

Turn the blender on high and mix well until it is free of any lumps and looks like a batter that can be poured into round circles. It should not be too runny and not too thick. If it looks too runny, slowly add small amounts of flour at a time to achieve the desired consistency. If it is too thick, slowly add small amounts of milk to thin it to the desired consistency.

Heat up a pan or griddle. Grease it with oil and pour batter onto the hot greased griddle. Cook until the underside of the pancake turns a golden brown. Flip it and cook on the other side. Serve with fruit, jam or syrup.

Next Time

This article is the first of a two-part series on using whole grains. In the next article I will be discussing how to grind the wheat into freshly milled flour using a wheat grinder or (grain mill). I will discuss the difference between the electric grain mills verses non-electric or hand-crank grain mills. I will include a few recipes from my cookbook on how to make simple, easy whole grain breads.

I have written seven different books on the subject of food storage and preparedness. My website is www.peggylayton.com.

The recipes in this article and many others can be found in the cookbook called Cookin’ With Home Storage. It contains more than 550 simple and easy recipes using very basic pantry ingredients that can be stored for long term.

This book contains authentic pioneer recipes and fascinating historical tips on how the pioneers really lived. There are chapters on all the basic foods that can be stored. These include wheat and grains, beans and rice, dried fruits and vegetables, dried pasta, powdered milk and dried eggs.

There are charts on how to reconstitute dehydrated and freeze dried foods. There are tips on how to incorporate food storage into your everyday diet. The book also includes a chapter on Grandma’s home remedies, natural household cleaners, emergency baby food and pet food and emergency food storage and survival tips.

To purchase the cookbooks, electric and non-electric wheat grinders and grain mills, bulk food storage kits, oxygen absorbers or any of the other preparedness items mentioned in this article, click here.

If you are interested in a great source for pre-made meals that can be stored for 15 years and tastes great, I have been testing out emergency food storage meals packaged in Mylar® pouches. These meals serve four people and are ready to just add water and cook. I find them delicious, convenient and easy to use. To learn more about these meals by eFoods Global, click here.

—Peggy Layton

Preparing For Hard Times Is A Way Of Life I Call Provident Living

I have been chosen by a film company to try out for a documentary on “prepping.” If I am chosen, a film crew will come to my house and film me in all aspects of my daily life.

I don’t feel like a prepper, I just live providently. When I refer to myself, I am also referring to my husband Scott and my children and most of my friends and relatives. It seems that everyone I know lives like this to some degree. I told my husband about it and he asked me, what is prepping? It seems it is a new buzzword for preparing for disasters or hard economic times. We are so used to our way of life that it is normal to us. We don’t consider ourselves preppers.

We have our yearly routine that we do to maintain a level of preparedness at all times. Because I am in the middle of filming the preliminary clips, I have been seriously thinking about how we live and how I could share this way of life with others who are just getting started and want to be more self-sufficient. I am going to list all the things that my family is doing to be prepared.

1. We Are Getting Out Of Debt And Staying Out Of Debt
The most important thing we are doing is getting out of debt and staying out. After all the research I have done on banks and the interest they charge, I realized that my money market account and my savings were never going to increase at the same rate as the interest the bank was taking out for my loans. I realized also that I need to be borrowing from myself instead of the bank, then I can pay myself back and I earn the interest. I am money ahead that way.

So I cashed out my money market certificates and my savings and I paid the highest interest-bearing debts first: Our credit cards, vehicle loans, a loan on a ring my husband and I bought and a flat screen TV that we purchased.

I paid off my mother’s house because she is getting older and making the payment every month is very hard for her. I could have used this money for my own debt, but I had a strong feeling that my mom’s house was more important and she needed to be out from under that pressure.

I came to the conclusion that I had my savings money in the bank and I also had my loan at the same bank. The bank was taking my savings and loaning it back to me and then charging me large amounts of interest. All of a sudden it dawned on me that this was not smart. So I used my savings and paid the high interest bearing loans first, and now I am making the same payments only to myself and I keep the interest for myself. That is how I can get ahead.

The way we started getting out of debt was by listing all monthly expenses and debts on a ledger. We concentrated on the smallest and highest interest bearing debts first. When we got the first debt paid, we took the money from the first one and added it to the second one.

For example, the first one was $100 and the second one was $200. When we paid off the first one, we began paying $300 to the second one each month until that one was paid in full. Then added the $300 to the third debt until it was paid off. We were still paying the same amount each month, but we were compounding the payments to get them paid off sooner.

Most people would say, “Good, I have an extra $300 this month,” and then go spend it or get into more debt. This plan takes discipline but can be done.

I must say that if you are on a fixed income or have no income, it is very difficult to get out of debt. That is why it is called the “Rat Race.” You spin your wheels and go nowhere.

You may have to sell some of your assets to accomplish this goal. I have put some recreational land that we own up for sale. If it sells, I will finish paying off our final debts.

My husband and I made a pact with each other that we would not use our credit cards for any purchase unless it is a debit and we have the extra money saved up for that purchase. We plan ahead and never get in trouble with credit card debt.

Our home is paid for and we are not a slave to a mortgage company. It feels so good to be debt free on our home and know that we won’t be kicked out if times get tough and we get into financial trouble.

We also save up the property tax money each month so that in November when property taxes are due we have the money and it is not a burden on us.

We have a three-month supply of cash on hand (not in the bank) to pay bills just in case the banks shut down or have no funds. It is good to have small bills and coins for smaller purchases. Saving enough money for emergency bill paying takes time. We are frugal and try to save money wherever we can. We pay cash for vehicles and other purchases. If we don’t have the money, we don’t buy it. 

2. We Grow A Garden Every Year
We are avid gardeners. Every spring we grow a garden.

My husband grew up on a farm and learned to milk cows at an early age. He would get up by 6 a.m., do his chores, milk the cows and then go to school.

His father was an onion farmer. They also grew corn to sell at the farmers market so the children could have money for school clothes.

We grow a lot more food than we need. However, I have tried to scale down and it hasn’t worked as well, so we give a large amount of food away to our family and friends. We like to grow plants from non-hybrid seeds so we can save them from year to year and have a never-ending supply.

3. I Bottle And Dry Excess Fruits And Vegetables
During harvest time I bottle or put up fruits and vegetables. I make things like salsa, pickles, beats, broccoli, squash, soups, peaches and pears. We enjoy eating the food we grow all year.

I also like to dehydrate the excess produce that we have in our garden. I keep a dehydrator going all the time during harvest time.

I make sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini chips, dried onions, and dried fruit slices such as peaches and pears, raisins, plums and apples. I make fruit leather with a mixture of fruits blended into a puree. I have an herb garden that we use to grow fresh herbs for cooking. I dehydrate them to make herbal seasonings.

4. We Have A Year-Round Greenhouse
We have a year-round greenhouse that we start all our seedlings in and grow food in year round. It contains an 800-gallon water tank that helps keep the greenhouse from freezing or overheating. We have fish in the tank all year. If necessary we could grow fish to eat.

We love our greenhouse.

5. We Raise Chickens And Other Animals
We live in the city limits of a small rural community. The entire town is only one mile long, and the population is 2,500. We are allowed to have farm animals on our property.

Many of my neighbors raise horses, cattle, chickens, rabbits, pigs and goats. People raise animals for meat as well. The county fair is full of them waiting to be sold to the lucky bidder.

We purchase meat from the local ranchers in the area. My husband and I have chickens. We collect the eggs every morning and eat them fresh for breakfast. My husband believes that he is healthier because of the free-range fresh eggs he eats.

6. We Store A Year’s Supply Of Food
Because of the religious beliefs of our church and community, most people in my community and in the state of Utah store enough garden seeds, food, water, clothing, bedding, fuel, wood, emergency supplies and camping gear to be prepared for an emergency of some sort.

I am the queen of food storage. I have enough to supply an army. I keep it in different locations for security reasons.

I stockpile a lot of easy-to-make meals that can be cooked by adding water and bringing to a boil. These include things such as soup mixes and premade meals. I also store bulk foods like rice, dried fruits vegetables, wheat, powdered milk, beans, honey, bread baking supplies and all the necessary ingredients to make soup and bread.

7. We Have A Root Cellar
Our root cellar is a cement room similar to a basement, only smaller. It is about 10 feet deep and has a stairway leading to the room.

We keep all our winter vegetables in that root cellar: Carrots, onions, potatoes, squash and apples all store well throughout the winter. There is a building on top of the root cellar in which we keep buckets of dehydrated food.

8. We Have A Wood-Burning Stove In Our Home
A wood-burning stove is a necessity if the power goes off. You need enough coal and wood to build a fire in the stove to heat your home and stay warm.

The top of the wood burning stove is flat so you can boil water in a pot or even cook simple foods on the top of the stove. These stoves will heat entire rooms. If your power goes off in the middle of the winter, you can shut the doors to rooms that are not being used and just heat the part of the house that is absolutely necessary.

We built an outdoor fireplace that we could use to cook in if we had to. It is on our patio and it is nice to just relax by the fire on chilly nights. We also have a barbeque grill that uses propane. We store extra bottles of propane so we could use it if needed.

9. We Have Camping And Evacuation Equipment
We have a special shed on our property in which we keep all our camping, hiking, snowshoeing equipment. We have plastic totes full of Mountain House foods and eFoods pre-made meals. We keep tents, sleeping bags, cots, warm clothing (gloves, wool socks, pants and hats), extra bedding, wool blankets, kerosene lamps, Dutch ovens and a Sun oven.

We have guns and ammo also. We live near the mountains and if we needed to hunt for wild game, we could. We have alternative heating and lighting sources as well. We keep our 72-hour packs in this shed along with our portable water filters. We keep cans of extra gasoline in case we need to take off somewhere. It is a good idea to keep the vehicles full of gas at all times.

10. We Have An Outhouse On Our Property
Our house sits on about a half-acre plot of land. My husband fixed up an old outhouse that was on the property when we moved here 25 years ago. The outhouse has a door on it for privacy. It has a hole dug in the ground about four or five feet deep and has a wooden box built on top of the hole.

The wooden box has a hole in the top with a toilet seat secured over the hole. We use an enzyme and bacteria product called Bio Clean to sprinkle into the hole and eliminate human waste and smells. You can purchase Bio Clean from my website www.peggylayton.com.

11. We Have A 250-Gallon Water Tank In Our Shed
Water is the most important item we have. Without water we won’t live long. We keep a 250-gallon tank in the shed where our camping gear is stashed. We have smaller 5-gallon containers to fill from the larger one.

This is a little bit about how we live. I hope it gives you ideas so you and your family can be more self sufficient.

Emergency Food Storage and Survival HandbookIf you are interested in a great source for pre-made meals that can be stored for 15 years and taste great, check out the eFoods Global meals available from my website. I have been testing out these emergency food storage meals which are packaged in Mylar® pouches. These meals serve four people and are ready to just add water and cook. I find them delicious, convenient, and easy. For more information, click here.

To purchase any of my seven books or any of the other preparedness items I sell, go to my website at www.peggylayton.com

–Peggy Layton

Growing A Backyard Organic Garden Is Good For Your Health

One of the best ways to get organic fruits and vegetables is to grow your own backyard garden. It becomes a very personal and sometimes even a spiritual experience.

One of the best ways to stay healthy year round is to eat in the season there of. This simply means that when certain foods are in season, you eat as much of them as you can and preserve the excess by canning, dehydrating and freezing.

Have you ever noticed that you crave seasonal fruits and vegetables? That is because our bodies need the nutrients that we get from the different foods that are grown in those seasons.

If you don’t grow a garden you can shop the local farmers markets and purchase the most organic foods you can find. This is the best way to avoid sprays, chemicals, pesticides, additives and preservatives and you will be able to save money on your food bill each month. Locally grown produce is better for you because it hasn’t been picked while still green and shipped thousands of miles to get to your local supermarket.

Even if you live in the city you can take advantage of the farmers markets and other organic produce when it is in season.  Most farmers sell off their abundant harvest at bulk rates. You can bottle or put up the excess food. This will ensure that you will have seasonal foods rear round. This is much more nutritious and it will keep you out of the grocery store and help you avoid impulse buying.

During and after World War II, the concept of the Victory Garden was introduced to the nation.  Individual backyard gardeners and farmers produced the same amount of food as did the entire commercial farming industry. It was a great success, and every family that participated felt a sense of accomplishment by doing it.

The economic crisis of 2011 is demanding the return of the backyard gardens as a way to ensure that each and every family is self-sufficient in hard economic times. Saving your own seeds from your personal harvest is a way to lower your cost of living. Eating the food that you have grown is the best nutrition that you can get. (Source: Heirloom-organics.com, Victory Gardens of WW II)

Getting Started Growing A Garden

  1. First you prepare a plot of flat ground that gets full sun during the day. Figure out how much growing space you have. Turn the soil over with a shovel and add compost or other organic material. Till it with a hand or motorized tiller to mix it up. Rake it to level it out.
  2. Plan out the garden plots and plant accordingly. A garden planned in advance will save you a lot of headaches in the future. Lettuce can be grown in tight quarters, but tomatoes need to be spaced about 2 feet apart. Growing and spacing requirements are provided on seed packets, in catalogs, and on nursery tags.
  3. You can grow vegetables in containers or in pots on a patio or porch. Lettuce is a great pot plant. Certain varieties of tomatoes will grow well in a hanging basket. Plants that climb and have vines, such as cucumbers and pole beans, can be trained up a metal fence, chain link or a trellis to take up less room.
  4. Grow the vegetables you enjoy eating. Some examples of vegetables to plant are beans, peas, tomatoes, sweet corn, onions, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, zucchini squash, cucumbers, radishes, lettuce, spinach, melons and strawberries.
  5. If you are a beginner, you can purchase books on growing vegetables and gardening. Don’t be afraid to try growing something.
  6. Herbs such as parsley, thyme, basil, chives and oregano, and any other herbs you like to cook with, can be planted between flower beds.
  7. There are two planting seasons. Cool weather, as in the spring, and hot weather, as in the summer and early fall. The most common cool season crops include beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach and turnips. Warm season crops include beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, peppers, pumpkins, zucchini and other squash and tomatoes.
  8. Starting your own seedlings in the spring and transplanting them in the summer is the least expensive way to get plants. However, you can purchase seedlings that are already started at any nursery.
  9. If you are going to purchase plants from a nursery, then these are the best ones to get: eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. These plants tend to do better when started in a greenhouse and transplanted in the garden later.
  10. The following seeds are best started right in the ground. Beans, beets, carrots, chard, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, peas, pumpkins, zucchini and other squash and turnips.
  11. Squash and cucumbers are two of the ones that you can plant as either seeds or seedlings. I have had better results with them by planting the seeds right in the ground. It seems that the plants go into shock and take as long to grow as the seeds do.
  12. Seed packets do have a shelf life. Look for the seeds that have been packed for the current year.
  13. Purchase seedlings when your soil is ready to plant. Keep them watered and don’t let them sit around for more than a few days. Buy healthy-looking seedlings. They should stand up straight and be stocky, with green and not yellow leaves or any bug damage.

Sowing vegetable seedsChoose The Best Garden Seeds

Non-hybrid seeds: The best seeds to purchase are the Heirloom open-pollinated type or non-hybrid. Saving seeds is only possible with open-pollinated seeds. These seeds are also called Heritage seeds. These are the best kind of seeds to buy. You can save the seeds from year to year and dry them out, then plant them the next season and they will grow the exact same fruit, vegetable, or grain. Open-pollinated varieties display certain horticultural traits, such as: fruit color, leaf shape, flower color, etc. This means they are stable within the variety and seeds saved from these plants will be the same as the parent plant in subsequent plantings. The variety will not be cross-pollinated with any other plants of species.

Hybrid seeds: These seeds have been genetically modified to only produce one crop that is true to form. The following generations of plants cannot be counted on to produce the same variety. The hybrid is definitely cross-pollinated with another similar species that might have a different trait. The offspring will be genetically different than the parent plant. The scientists that cross-pollinate these plants are trying to come up with a better, more hardy plant, however the seeds can only be used once and that could possibly create a shortage of seeds. If you save the seed and plant them the next season, you might get some strange fruit that you don’t recognize. Most seeds purchased from a nursery or store is the hybrid type. If you are stocking up on these seeds, you will need to purchase them every year.

The Advantages Of Stockpiling Non-Hybrid Garden Seeds

Better Nutrition: Seed varieties are being bred for many reasons, but typically for disease and pest resistance, their look, transportability and other commercial reasons. Nutritional content is not one of the reasons, but profit is. When you grow open pollinated (non-hybrid) varieties you are growing original strains with much higher nutritional content than varieties that have been bred for color, storability, portability, etc. Growing your own garden ensures that the food you produce is much more nutritious than commercially-grown produce. When food is grown in Mexico or other countries, we do not have any control over how it is grown, what chemicals are used, what fertilizers and minerals are—or are not—in the soil. We also cannot control whether or how much radiation is used to kill the bacteria. The food
is picked before it has ripened and it is shipped hundreds, even thousands of miles before we purchase it. The plants are sprayed to keep them from ripening too fast in transit, then sprayed again to get them to ripen. Have you ever noticed that the vegetables in the grocery store taste blander rather than rich in flavor like their home grown cousins?

Variety: We can participate in saving many original varieties of seeds. Once the food supply has been genetically altered to the point that there are no more original strains of vegetables left, we will be at the mercy of the genetically altered seed companies like Monsanto. This won’t happen with non-hybrid seeds because we can save many varieties of our own seeds from year to year and we will be in control of these seeds.

Self-sufficiency: In hard times, recessions and depressions, FOOD IS SECURITY. You will be able to take care of your family and even friends if you have the skills to grow food. You will have better health because you will be ensured the highest nutrition available. You can save foods like potatoes, carrots, onions, apples and squash in a cool, dry garage and they will keep all winter as long as it doesn’t freeze.

Shortages of food: If food supplies are challenged and the food cannot be trucked for thousands of miles, home gardening is a way to ensure that your family will have the food to sustain them in a crisis. It can also be looked at as food insurance. The economic crisis facing the United States and the world right now is causing the price of fresh produce to go up. When an economic downturn drives inflation up, the cost of real goods, like groceries, skyrockets. It becomes unmanageable very quickly, with items like a loaf of bread costing 10 times more than normal. It sounds unbelievable but this has actually happened many times throughout history.  I have heard a prediction for years that when times get tough and our economy fails, it will take a wheelbarrow full of money to buy one loaf of bread.

Trade or barter: For a self-sufficient person to be truly prepared he must have plenty of non-hybrid seeds available for personal use, storage and bartering. Seeds are an excellent alternative investment to paper money, as well as gold and silver. You can’t eat money or precious metals, which means food is the best investment. Growing your own food is a skill that is invaluable. Organic open-pollinated seeds must be in the hands of the organic backyard farmers. There is a huge movement sweeping the country right now. The small organic farmers are banding together to collect, save, sell or trade their seeds. It is called seed exchange. This movement is preserving the hundreds of heirloom seeds so they are not genetically altered or cross pollinated and lost.

Emergency Food Storage and Survival HandbookPeggy Layton is the author of seven books on the subject of food storage and preparedness. She and her husband grow a backyard garden every year and live off the land during the growing season.

Peggy bottles and dehydrates excess produce. Peggy and her husband keep winter vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, squash, onions and apples in a root cellar that they built. During the winter, when produce is less plentiful, they grow food in their year-round growing dome greenhouse, and they gather fresh eggs daily from their chickens. Provident living is a way of life in their home.

To purchase a variety of heirloom garden seeds that can be grown from year-to-year with seeds that can be saved, go to my website, www.peggylayton.com, and click on the “Garden Seeds Non-Hybrid” link on the left sidebar.

I have been testing out emergency food storage meals that have a 15-year shelf life. These meals are packaged in Mylar® pouches, serve four people and are ready to just add water and cook. I find them delicious, convenient, and easy. For more information or to order go to www.peggylayton.efoodsglobal.com.

–Peggy Layton

Warning: Lack Of Food May be Hazardous To Your Health

One good reason to stockpile food is because global food prices are on the rise. Gasoline is predicted to reach an all time high of $5 per gallon. As the price of gasoline goes up, so does the cost of food.

The strange weather patterns are causing some of the shortages as well. Get ready to pay double or even triple the price for fresh produce after the worst freeze in 60 years damaged or wiped out entire crops in Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States. Farmers experienced terrible crop losses.

It not only devastated the farmers, but now it is hitting us in the pocketbook. We need to stock up on staples such as bulk dry goods while we can, before the prices rise even higher on these items.

Following last week’s earthquake, the people in Japan have had to stand in line for five hours at the grocery store. They are limited to only five items per person. Fuel, water and food are in great demand and there are shortages of everything.

Are you prepared for a natural disaster like that one? If you are the one prepared you can help your friends and family if they are driven from their homes. I personally would much rather be the one handing out my food reserves than the one begging for food.

Water, Water, Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan demolished entire towns. There was water everywhere except in the grocery stores.

Without potable water, your dehydrated food will be no good. So store enough good drinking water for a minimum of three months; which is 90 gallons per person.  You can purchase water tanks that hold 250 gallons of water and stand 87 inches tall and 30 inches in circumference.

I keep mine in the corner of my garage and keep it full of drinking water at all times. I suggest a product called ION water treatment. It is a stabilized oxygen product. One bottle for $15.50 will treat 110 gallons of water and keep it safe from harmful bacteria for up to five years. These products are available on my website

The Best Investment For Your Money Is Food

The key to storing food for emergencies is to keep it simple. What I tell people is to plan one week of menus that your family will eat. Make sure that you plan this out very carefully. Write a list of your favorite recipes: seven breakfasts, seven lunches and seven dinners.

All the menus should contain ingredients that can be stored for two-plus years either in wet pack cans or dehydrated. For a three-month emergency food storage plan you take all the ingredients in your recipes for one week and multiply them by 12. This gives you an accurate accounting of what you need to purchase.

When you have stockpiled all the necessary ingredients, you can start over with new recipes for more of a variety. Then proceed to purchase another three months worth of food, using this method until you have a one-year supply. If you keep it simple and plan it out, you will be able to accomplish the goal fairly easily. A one-year supply of food turns into a six-month supply for two people or a three-month supply with four people. You better figure that if times are tough enough to use the food reserves, you will most likely be feeding other family members or friends.

Breakfast

Simple breakfast menus can consist of foods like oatmeal, cracked whole-wheat cereal, farina, cream of wheat, six-grain rolled cereal or rice cereal. You will need some sort of sweetener like honey, white or brown sugar, dried or canned fruit, maple syrup, stevia, agave or other something else if you prefer. Cinnamon is good on hot cereal.

Powdered milk is always a good substitute for fresh milk and can be used on cereal as well. You could eat hot cereal every day for breakfast and you would be just fine. Babies and children will do fine on oatmeal, millet, cream of wheat and rice cereal. These grains are easier on their delicate digestive systems.

Dried whole eggs or dried egg mix can be rehydrated and scrambled just like fresh eggs. Any egg dish can be made with dried eggs. The secret is to reconstitute the whole egg powder with one tablespoon of water to one tablespoon of dried egg powder. This is a substitute for any fresh egg called for in any recipe.  On my website you can purchase my book, Cookin’ With Dried Eggs. It has more than 100 recipes for egg dishes using dried egg powder.

Lunch

The best way to plan lunch meals is to store everything to make soup. These food items include dried and canned vegetables and bouillon for flavoring the soup. Grains and legumes like barley, rice, beans, lentils and split peas are always good and make hearty in soups.

I suggest that you have in your pantry everything you will need to make simple soups. There is a great variety of dried vegetables on the market. I keep in my pantry, dried vegetables like onions, peas, corn, broccoli, stew blend, carrots, celery, peppers and potatoes. There are premade soup mixes on the market that you just add water to. I like to store a creamy soup base that I can make into chowders and cream soups as well as sauces for pasta and rice.

Simple breads go well with soup. Dumplings are good in soup because they puff up when dropped into the hot soup. They are filling and taste great.

Other breads that work well with soup are cornbread muffins, flatbreads (like tortillas), bread sticks, rolls, scones and biscuits. These are all easy to make and require simple ingredients to make like flour, sweetener, salt, baking powder, yeast and water.

If you have these simple ingredients in your pantry you can make soup and bread. The pioneers lived on soup and bread. They always had a pot of stew or soup cooking on the wood stove. They added leftover scraps of meat, vegetables and grains to the pot.

When the men came in from working hard in the fields they enjoyed a warm and delicious bowl of soup. I have a philosophy that we can live on soup and bread, just like the pioneers did.

Dinner

Simple entrees like pasta with sauce, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese sauce, casseroles, one-pot meals, stews, chowders, rice and beans, potato dishes, rehydrated vegetables are great choices for dinner. Simple breads go well with entrees also.

Again I need to emphasize that all ingredients to make these simple meals needs to be something that can be stored. If we encounter a crisis it is almost certain that we will not have access to any fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, dairy products or produce of any kind.  The rule of thumb for canned food items is that they will last on the shelf for about two years. Dehydrated or dried, as well as freeze dried products will last 15+ years. That is why it is a good idea to stock up on dried foods.

Simple breads can be included in the dinner meals. It is best to store whole grains, like wheat, for grinding into fresh flour for breads.

For the serious bread maker this requires a wheat grinder. Without a wheat grinder you will need to store flour as well as other baking items, like yeast, baking powder, soda and salt. Freshly ground wheat and other grains are much more nutritious when ground just before using. If you are gluten intolerant, you will need to store other grains that have no gluten. These include rice and rye.

Desserts And Other Comfort Foods

I am sure if we are in a crisis we will want things like sweets and comfort foods. I store popcorn for that reason. It is easy to make and I really like it. Store your favorite comfort foods: things such as puddings, cake mixes, gelatin, drink mixes, condiments, hot chocolate mix etc…

Beans and rice might get old after a while and you will be very happy for something different. I store a large variety of herbal teas. To me, a glass of warm tea is very comforting.

A Three-Month, Six-Month And One-Year Supply Of Dried Foods Is Available

These units are designed to give you a variety of dried vegetables, fruits, legumes, dairy products, sweeteners, fats, bread baking items, grains for hot cereal and breads, beans and legumes, meat substitutes, cooking items like bouillon, creamy soup base, salt, soda and baking powder. This unit comes with a can opener and a free copy of my book, Cookin’ With Home Storage.

It would be wise to add to these units things like spices, sauce mixes, gravies and any other foods that your family likes and could not live without. These units are designed to give you peace of mind knowing that you have these storable items that can be rehydrated and used for meals. These units are available on my website.

Simple, Easy Meals: Just Add Water, Cook And It’s Done

eFoods is one of the best ways I have found to stockpile easy, simple meals that are ready to go. You just add water, cook for 15 minutes and the meal is done. This way of cooking is for the new generation. I encourage people to get a three month emergency supply of premade meals.

Some of the features of eFoods Global are:

  • Dehydrated from premium-grade, fresh raw fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, beans and legumes.
  • Complete meals with everything in them. All you do is add water.
  • Can be used every day for fast, convenient and healthy food.
  • Contain no genetically modified (GMOs) foods.
  • Contain no added monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • Contain no imports from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides.
  • Contain no hydrogenated oils.
  • Packaged for long-term storage in Mylar® pouches.

Another great feature: The company lets you try before you buy.

I like to store them in the heavy-duty boxes they come in. However, another good way to store these meals is in a five-gallon bucket with a tight-fitting lid.

The packages include soups like cheddar broccoli, Italian chicken, vegetable beef, tortilla, corn chowder, minestrone, chicken noodle, chili and potato cheddar. Entrée and other baking items include chicken pasta Alfredo, cheesy chicken rice casserole, beef stroganoff, au gratin potatoes, instant seasoned potatoes, pancake mix, corn muffin mix, cornmeal dumplings, granola, powdered milk, wheat bread mix and buttermilk biscuit mix. Simply go here, click on TRY IT to receive three meals with 12 servings of sample food.

Each meal will feed two to four people per package. All you do is pay $9.95 for shipping.  If you have any questions I can be reached at 435-835-0311 or (cell) 435-851-0777 in Utah.

Cookin' With home StorageI have written seven different books on the subject of food storage. Many of them are cookbooks and my most popular cookbook is Cookin’ With Home Storage. It contains more than 550 recipes for using basic food storage items mentioned in this article.

Also included in this book are historic facts about how the pioneers actually survived on weeds, wild animals and herbs, how they dug homes called dugouts into the mountainside, how they lived without electricity, how they raised chickens, goats and cattle and how they survived by banding together and forming co-ops in which they bartered and shared food.

If you would like to see what dehydrated foods are available for purchase or to check out the books and cookbooks mentioned in this article, go to my website, www.peggylayton.com.

–Peggy Layton

Medicinal Benefits Of Redmond Clay

Many years ago in what is now Central Utah, a range of volcanoes erupted sending volcanic ash into the waters of the ancient Sundance Sea. The water in this sea evaporated, leaving behind a bed of mineral-rich bentonite clay.

Redmond Clay is one of the best brands of bentonite clay available on the market. It is a white sodium mineral-rich clay that comes from deep within the earth. It is from a Jurassic source. The land the clay is mined on is in Redmond, Utah, and people in the community have been using it medicinally for years.

For many generations native Indians carried a ball of this mineral-rich clay with them in their packs, some of which they dissolved in water and ingested with their meals. Clay, a product of Mother Earth, was a natural medicine used by the natives for fighting many stomach ailments, dysentery and food infections.

Historical uses of Medicinal Clay

Volumes of books have been written detailing how bentonite clay has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries without anyone ever being able to explain what makes it such a great healer. Dr. Ernst Meyer-Camberg, a European doctor, stated in his research papers on clay that it provides relief in a bad case of poisoning.

An author named Raymond Dextreit wrote a book called Our Earth Our Cure: A Handbook of Natural Medicine for Today. In it he details countless cases in which clay accomplishing amazing results. He says the clay acts symbiotically in the body.

In World War I, both Russian and French soldiers were issued clay as part of their rations. They would use it for illness and to treat cut and wounds. He says that the clay draws toxins to itself, thus making it a perfect poultice for cuts and wounds.

If taken internally in water Redmond Clay will pull toxins and poisons out of the body by absorbing many times its weight, and moving it through the system to be eliminated. People have reported that they feel relief from the flu symptoms by drinking the clay water.

Animals Eat Clay

Many cattle ranchers have big piles of the clay delivered to their farms for the animals to eat. The cattle naturally gravitate to it when they are sick. It is a form of self-medication for the cows. The farmers have noticed that it helps the sick animals.

Intestinal Problems

The Redmond Clay Company started experimenting with clay that was found in veins deep within the earth. They took all the previous research done by the European scientists and did their own research on the benefits of Redmond Clay. To their amazement, it helped people get better from all kinds of ailments such as diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, stomach ache, acid indigestion, hiatal hernias, acid reflex, diverticulitis, colitis, rotavirus, and helicobacter pylori bacteria.

External And Skin Problems

Redmond Clay has been successfully used for external issues like burns, bee stings, wounds, spider bites, acne, athletes foot, bruises, arthritis, cuts, diaper rash, eczema, infections, mosquito bites, sores that won’t heal, sprains, twisted ankles and inflammation.

Burns And Bruises

I use Redmond Clay for any burn. It takes the pain away instantly and heals the blister quickly. My daughter-in-law burned herself with a curling iron. It was very painful, but I made some mud, put it on the burn and bandaged it up. It was better the next day. It works for all burns, sunburns, cuts and bruises. My husband is a contractor and he had an accident and mashed his thumb. It turned black and blue and was throbbing with pain. I put the clay on his thumb, had him wear a latex glove over it and the next day his thumb was fine and the bruising was gone.

Diaper Rash

To use it for diaper rash, just sprinkle the dry clay powder on the baby’s bottom. It seems to clear up diaper rash very quickly.

Clay Baths

Some people take clay baths. To do so, sprinkle about one-half cup of dry clay powder in the bathwater, mix it up and soak in it for 30 minutes or more. It helps detoxify the body. It draws out toxins and infections from the skin.

Foot Bath

For a footbath, simply put three tablespoons of Redmond Clay in a pan of water and soak your feet in it for 30 minutes. It draws toxins from the feet and detoxifies the body.

In The First-Aid Kit

Because it has worked so well for all these other issues, I put Redmond Clay in my medical kit. I use it first, for relief rather than running to the doctor. Consequently I keep it mixed up ready to use in a solution of clay and water and have it in the kitchen cupboard and the bathroom cupboard.

The Redmond Clay Company has been around for 30 years and there have not been any cases of allergic reactions or adverse effects from taking the clay. The company says that with all the research that has been done, they are just scratching the surface of what the clay can do.

Because it has so many uses, I recommend you keep it in your 72-hour emergency kit, as I do.

Redmond Clay First Aid
Redmond Clay jar

Redmond clay comes in a premixed squeezable bottle that is ready to use, or you can buy the powder and mix it yourself.

To prepare the Redmond clay for external use, mix the powdered clay with just enough water to make a gel the consistency of mud. Use a glass cup or small glass-canning jar.

If you don’t use it all, then keep a lid on it. If it starts to dry up, just add a little more water and mix it up again. Use the mud like you would a gel, cream or poultice. Put it on about one-fourth inch thick and cover it with gauze, a bandage or plastic wrap and leave it on overnight.The next day you will be amazed at the result.

Internal Use

To use the clay internally, mix one teaspoon of the dry, powdered clay in a half of glass of water (preferably filtered water). Stir it up and let it sit for six to eight hours. Then drink it down.

If you have a hard time drinking the clay sediment at the bottom, just drink the clear liquid that is full of minerals, but it is better if you can drink the whole thing.

The clay goes through your intestinal system and absorbs poisons and toxins as it moves through, pulling them out of the body to be eliminated with waste material. It is good to make a large amount of clay water, let it sit for the prescribed time and then drink it several times a day, depending on how sick you feel.

Redmond Clay Daily DetoxRedmond Clay Daily Detox is a natural toxin-binding clay in capsule form for those who don’t want to drink the clay water. The capsules can be used every day.

The Healing Power Of Clay bookRedmond Clay works inside the stomach to bind itself to harmful toxins.  As it moves through the intestinal tract, it collects toxins and can help move along and eliminate trapped waste found along the inner wall.  Daily use of Redmond Clay can help support a healthy digestive system.  It is packed in 100 percent vegetable-based capsules.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of Redmond Clay there are two books I recommend. One is We Eat Clay (and wear it, too!), available for free, and the other is The Healing Power Of Clay.

Redmond Clay comes in powder form as well as premixed first-aid clay and facial mud for acne and facials. It also comes in capsules for internal use.

Redmond Clay, books, and other clay products can be purchased from www.peggylayton.com.

Purchase healthy, gourmet, ready-made meals prepackaged with a 15-year shelf life and requiring only the addition of boiling water. Watch the 10-minute video and click on the (try it before you buy it) button. You can try three free meals that serve two to four people each for just $9.95 shipping.

–Peggy Layton

Rice And Beans: A Good Choice For Long-Term Food Storage

Did you know that if you combine rice and beans in a meal, it could replace the need for meat or other protein?

Rice and beans each contain certain amino acids that, when combined, form a complete protein. This is good news because if you are in a crisis situation and can’t get to the grocery store to get meat, you can use beans and rice.

Beans and rice in the dry form are easy to store and will keep for a long time. That is why we call them staples. They should be in everyone’s pantry.

Rice and beans are nutritious and filling. I suggest that you stock up on these items because they could very well save your life.

If you have rice and beans along with the basic ingredients for making flat bread or tortillas — it only requires flour, salt and water — you can make burritos by placing the rice and beans in the center of the flatbread along with a dab of bottled salsa.  You could eat this every day if you had to. Some Spanish cultures live on rice and beans as a staple.

Rice

Rice is a staple of about 70 percent of the world’s population. Rice is one of the most compatible and versatile foods in the world. When dried, rice can be stored for many years. This makes it ideal for long-term food storage.

Rice blends its flavor beautifully to any meal. It is used in Asian, Mexican, Indian and American cooking. You can use it with meat and vegetables as well as with sauces, and in soups.

Rice can be combined with just about any other food. It is filling, nutritious and inexpensive. I suggest you store rice in either 1-gallon containers or 5-gallon buckets with tight-fitting lids. Rice will store for 15+ years if stored properly. To purchase rice and beans in No. 10 gallon-sized cans, click here.

I have estimated the amount of rice to store based on one cup of rice per day, per person. Because rice in the dry form will double when cooked in water, you will need one and a half gallons of dry rice per person for a three-month supply, three gallons per person for a six-month supply and six gallons per person for one year. If you have six people in your family you will need 36 gallons or six six-gallon buckets per year.

White rice is better to store than brown rice. It stores longer and will not go rancid as will brown rice. However, brown rice is highly nutritious and is a complex carbohydrate instead of refined like white rice. If you want to store brown rice for a long period of time, see the instructions below under brown rice.

Rice is first milled, then cleaned and husked. Its cooking possibilities are endless. You can steam it, bake it, braise it and fry it.

There is no need to rinse or wash the rice before cooking. It contains valuable vitamins and minerals that can be washed away. Rice is one of the most easily digested foods and is non-allergenic.

There are several varieties of rice available on the market. They are:

White rice: This rice has the entire outer coating of bran removed. Some brands are enriched by adding extra vitamins and minerals lost in the milling process.

Long grain white rice: This rice cooks up plump and juicy. It is used as a side dish like pilaf or used in soup.

Medium or short grain white rice: This rice tends to be moister. It is used in rice puddings.

Precooked or instant rice: This rice is also called instant or Minute® rice. It is precooked and dried out again. Because it is precooked, this rice cooks up quickly and is great when you are in a hurry.

Parboiled rice: This rice has been cooked under pressure, which drives the nutrients from the bran of the rice to the grain of the rice. This rice cooks more uniformly and doesn’t stick together, is easier to reheat and retains its qualities much longer.

Brown rice: This rice is in its whole-unpolished state. It retains all its natural oils, proteins and vitamins. It has a chewy consistency with a slightly nutty flavor and requires more water for cooking and about twice the cooking time of polished white rice. This rice is the most nutritious rice because it is the whole grain and not processed. This rice does not store well because it contains some oil in the hull.  It has a tendency to go rancid faster and is not a good choice for long-term storage. However, because of its nutritional value, it is the best choice for short-term storage. It is best to keep brown rice in the freezer until it is opened. Keep it in the refrigerator after it is opened and use it up within six months.

Wild rice: This is not a rice, but a seed of a long shallow water grass. It is expensive because of the process of growing and cultivating it. It is worth the expense for special occasions. It has a nutty texture and a great flavor and lends itself well to fish and game meals.

Rice flour: People that are allergic to whole wheat or white flour can use rice flour as a substitute.

Rice cereal: This is good for babies or children. It is easily digestible and can be stored for several years.

Beans

Beans were one of the first crops cultivated by man, along with peas, lentils and peanuts.

Beans are classified as legumes. Dry beans and legumes are regarded as an important staple in countries where fresh vegetables are not available during the winter months. Beans can easily be stored in a one-gallon container or a five-gallon bucket with a tight-fitting lid.  They need to be kept dry and cool.

I suggest that you store a variety of beans. Start by purchasing a package of each of the different varieties. You should store more of the kidney, pinto and red beans.

There are many different beans on the market. They include; Soybeans, garbanzo, pinto, great northern, kidney, lima, black-eyed peas, black turtle, red beans, small white beans, navy, pink, lentils, split peas and whole dry peas.

These beans and legumes can be stored in the bags they come in. Place several bags into one plastic five-gallon bucket with a tight fitting lid. Beans are inexpensive and can be purchased for around $2 per bag. You can purchase a variety of beans in No. 10 (gallon sized) cans here.

Sprouting Beans

Beans can be sprouted and turned into a vegetable which you can use in salads. They are very nutritious when sprouted.

Sprouted beans are high in B complex vitamins, folic acid, niacin, iron, calcium and magnesium and provide protein and quick energy.

To sprout beans and legumes, first sort the beans to remove any dirt clods or rocks. Rinse the beans several times. Place them in a quart jar with one cup of beans to three cups of water. Let them stand overnight. In the morning, drain the beans and rinse them again.

Put a sprouting lid or a lid with holes punched in it so you can easily drain the beans. Beans should be rinsed and drained each day so that they do not go sour. After about three days of doing this the tails on the bean sprouts will be one-half inch long. Sprouts can be rinsed one final time and placed in a zip-lock baggie and stored in the refrigerator. Use them within a few days.

Bean Flour

As beans get old they are harder to cook. They don’t seem to soften as well as the newer beans. Older beans can be ground into flour using a hand or electric wheat grinder, grain mill or blender. This flour can be used to thicken gravies, soups and sauces. You can also make bean flour into refried beans by adding boiling water and a little salt. Cook the beans until they thicken up.  Store bean flour in the refrigerator.

Uses Of  Rice And Beans

Cookin' With Beans & Rice bookThere are many different uses of beans. I have written a cookbook called Cookin’ with Beans and Rice that features 154 pages of recipes for using beans and rice in meals. The book includes recipes for dishes like chili bean fudge, pinto bean spice cake, pinto bean punch, split pea soup, chili black beans and rice, refried beans, bean dip, Boston baked beans, beans and rice, enchiladas and much more.  The cookbook also includes many recipes for using rice. Some are chicken and rice casserole, oriental vegetables and rice, shrimp fried rice, Spanish rice, rice pilaf, wild rice, Indian curried rice, rice breakfast cereal, rice pancakes, rice salads, baked rice pudding and much more. There are also recipes that include both rice and beans.

To purchase beans and rice packaged in No.10-sized gallon cans, which are ideal for long-term food storage, ION stabilized oxygen for water treatment or to purchase a copy of this book and others I’ve written, go here.

To purchase healthy, gourmet, ready-made meals prepackaged with a 15-year shelf life and requiring only the addition of boiling water, go here. Watch the 10-minute video and click on the (try it before you buy it) button. You can try three free meals that serve two to four people each for just $9.95 shipping.

Make Your Own First-Aid Medical Kit

A standard first-aid kit is very important for emergencies. You must keep this kit accessible so you can get to it easily.

To make a first-aid kit, collect the items in the following list from around your home and purchase any of those items that you don’t have. As always, you should tailor this kit to fit the needs of your family.

Assemble them into a small suitcase or other container. Ideally, it should be waterproof. Keep all items in sealable bags to keep moisture out. Once it’s complete, store it in an easily accessible area of your home or garage. You should also make a smaller first-aid kit to put into your 72-hour kit.

The following list is a suggestion for what to store in your homemade medical kit: Add anything extra that your family needs. If you have a small child or baby, include the following baby items: Diapers, diaper rash ointment, and anything else a child would need for a medical emergency.

  • Cold Medicine.                                          
  • Ibuprofen.
  • Acetaminophen (Include baby dosages if applicable).
  • Aspirin.
  • Antacid.
  • Syrup of ipecac.
  • Diarrhea remedy.
  • Asthma inhaler (if needed).
  • Cough medication.
  • Antibiotic (if possible).
  • Antibiotic ointment.
  • Antibacterial wipes.
  • Baby wipes.
  • Bandages, all sizes (100 count).
  • Instant cold and hot packs.
  • Sun screen/block.
  • Lip balm or lip medication.
  • Triangular bandages.
  • Assorted gauze pads.
  • Sterile gauze.
  • First aid tape.
  • Elastic wrap or compression bandages (2 or more).
  • Butterfly closures.
  • Cotton balls and swabs.
  • Small scissors.
  • Thermometer.
  • Sanitary napkins.          
  • Disposable diapers.
  • Tweezers.
  • Small Splints — Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors.
  • Needle and thread.
  • Waterproof matches.
  • Plastic spoons.
  • Safety pins
  • Small notebook with pens.
  • Multi-purpose knife
  • Flashlight (with batteries).
  • Can opener (if needed).
  • Blanket — lightweight
  • Space blanket.
  • Essential personal medications.

No first aid or 72-hour kit is complete without ION. ION is a water treatment that kills bacteria on contact. It has an indefinite shelf life and eight drops will treat eight ounces of drinking water. If you get stranded in your car and can only find snow, pond, lake or river water to drink, ION will make it safe.

But it has other uses besides water treatment. ION also kills bacteria on wounds, cuts, and scrapes. ION can also be taken internally to help the body recover from the flu.

One bottle of ION will treat 110 gallons of stored water. It is great for use in water storage barrels. It can be used wherever the food or water is questionable. It will keep the water safe for five years.

Ion (Stabilized Oxygen) and premade medical kits can be purchased here.

Personal Medications
It’s very important that you include personal medications in your medical kit as well as your 72-hour kit. If you have to evacuate quickly and don’t have your mandatory medication, it could mean life or death. Most people cannot go more than three days without their medication.

Talk to your doctor and explain that you need an emergency supply of medication and keep it with your 72-hour kit or medical kit. Some medications expire within a few months so they need to be rotated.  Painkillers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin and powdered antibiotics are good to have on hand.

Cleaning Products And Soaps
Keep these items in a separate 5-gallon bucket that you could grab and go if necessary.

  • Disinfectants and bleach.
  • Washboard and tub.
  • Laundry soap.
  • Emergency clothesline or rack.
  • Hand soap and antibacterial soap.
  • Paper towels or hand towels.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Extra water for washing hands and clothes.

Bathroom Sanitation
A 5-gallon bucket can be used as a toilet. You can purchase bucket liners or use small garbage bags as liners. The Luggable Loo emergency toilet has a screw-on lid that fits over the bucket and has a toilet seat on top of it. If you don’t want to make your own sanitation kit you can purchase one here.

To make your own sanitation kit you will need to assemble the following items:

  • Five gallon bucket.
  • Toilet seat lid (screw on or snap on type).
  • Plastic garbage bags to fit the 5-gallon bucket with ties.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Baby wipes.
  • Anti-bacterial wipes.
  • Personal hygiene and feminine products.
  • Small fold-up shovel.

Outdoor Outhouse
What would you do if there was a natural disaster and the water was shut off to your house. How would you flush the toilets? How would you bathe? It would be like camping in your back yard.

If you live in an area where you have a little extra space on your property, an outhouse can be constructed by digging a hole about three feet deep. Put over the hole a wooden box with a toilet seat-shaped hole cut out of the top. Build a small tool shed-type enclosure around it. Be sure to vent it.

An alternative is to construct a makeshift room built like a tent with a curtain hung around it for privacy. To eliminate smells and toxic human waste I recommend a product called BIO-CLEAN. This dramatically reduces odor and flies. Cleaning and disposal of the pit becomes much easier and more sanitary.

BIO-CLEAN is a blend of bacteria and enzymes. The bacteria are natural, not genetically-engineered. The enzyme concentration is the most powerful on the market. Bio-Clean is non-poisonous. It creates no heat or fumes and there is no boiling involved. It does not attack live tissue or inorganic materials, only organic wastes like human excrement, grease, hair, food particles, paper and cotton. This makes BIO-CLEAN safe for people, plumbing and the environment.

BIO-CLEAN changes the waste particles into water, carbon dioxide and mineral ash which become harmless in the outhouse, cesspool, pit, or waste system. These elements are then available to use as compost in the garden.

Make Your Own Emergency Car Kit And 72 Hour Pack

Emergency kits are very important because they can save your life.

To be properly prepared you should make two kits, one goes in your car and the other goes in your house to be kept somewhere handy, so you could grab it and go if necessary. These kits are a challenge to make because you want to pack everything necessary for survival, yet make it as lightweight as possible so it is easy to carry.

The Car Kit
I got stranded one time in the middle of the night on a freeway. My friend and I had to walk about a mile. We found a flashlight that was very weak. It was frightening to walk that far in the dark, and it was very cold. At that moment I decided that I would get a car kit and be prepared in case that ever happened again.

A car kit can be put together with items from around the house, or you can purchase the items needed. Gather in one place all items that you have and place them in a container that can be kept in the trunk of the vehicle or the back of a truck. A container with a tight-fitting lid is important so no moisture gets into the kit. You will need to add to this list for personal items that you and your family may need.

The following items should be in a car kit. It contains a list of items to get you started, but the list should be tailored to fit your needs:

  • Three-day supply of water.
  • Lightweight wool blanket and emergency reflective blanket
  • Three-day supply of emergency food and snacks for several people.
  • A small stove such as a Jetboil® with fuel if your kit contains meals that need to be cooked. (Such as the eFoods meals I talk about in the article.) Mountain House® pre-packaged meals and MRE’s (meals ready to eat) are good for the kit.
  • Waterproof matches.
  • Sharp pocket or multipurpose knife.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • 100-Hour Candle.
  • Road flares or light sticks.
  • Reflectors.
  • Extra car fuses.
  • Tire chains (if you live in a region that sees snow).
  • Tools and a small shovel.
  • Hand and body warmers.
  • First aid kit.
  • Waterproof ponchos.
  • Toilet paper and baby wipes.
  • Emergency Money — $20 in quarters and small change.
  • Extra money in small bills like $10s, $5s and $1s.

Tip: Did you know that if you get stranded in a snowstorm or stuck somewhere cold, you can cut up the seats in your vehicle and take out the foam padding and wrap it around your feet, hands, head and other places that lose most body heat the fastest? You can then tie it up the wraps with a shoelace or other fabric of some sort. It could save your life.

72-Hour Emergency Kit
A 72-hour emergency kit is designed to contain the items that you would need to survive for a three-day period. This kit should be tailored to fit your families’ needs.

Each family member should have his own kit. This could also be called a “Bugout Kit” or a “Grab and Go Kit.” During many types of disasters it is common to ask people to evacuate their homes quickly. Many times people live in temporary quarters such as public schools or emergency evacuation sites. You may only have one minute to grab your belongings and go. You need to think very seriously about what you would need. Store the 72-hour kits so you can get to them quickly and easily.

You can purchase a pre-made 72-hour kit with a lot of great products in it at my Website or you can make your own kit by going around your house and accumulating the items that would be most helpful in an emergency. In many instances you already have these items in your home. It’s just a matter of collecting them into a plastic tote, suitcase with rollers or a backpack.

Think about an emergency situation in your community. If you were left without water, lights or heat and no way to cook or stay warm, what would you need to survive in your home? If you were forced to evacuate your home, what would you need to take with you? Make your list. What you choose must be easy to carry and as lightweight as possible in case you have to walk.

As you make your list, you might be surprised that you have most of what’s needed. All you have to do is get it together, put it in a plastic tote, suitcase with rollers or backpack and keep it in a closet or somewhere easy to get to in an emergency. You must tailor make this 72-hour kit for each individual person. Don’t forget important medications, warm socks, hats, gloves, warm clothing, a coat and a lightweight blanket. These things are all on the list. Having this 72-hour kit ready will give you a great deal of peace of mind. The following list will give you ideas. Assemble one kit per person:

  • Backpack, suitcase with rollers or plastic tote (to put the kit in).
  • Personal medication (extra supply).
  • One gallon of water per person or 12 water pouches.
  • Water purification tablets or ION water treatment.
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio.
  • Lightweight wool blanket or space blanket.
  • Waterproof matches.
  • Can opener (if needed).
  • Flashlight with batteries.
  • Multipurpose pocket knife.
  • 50 feet of nylon cord.
  • Tube tent shelter.
  • Wet wipes.
  • Small first aid kit.
  • Candles.
  • Emergency light source or light stick.
  • Warm socks and clothing.
  • Warm gloves and hat.
  • Warm coat.
  • Paper plates and cups.
  • Plastic utensils.
  • Small cook stove with fuel (Preferably the Jetboil®).
  • Pens and small notebook.
  • Money in coins and small bills (enough for three days).
  • Hand warmers.
  • Personal sanitary items.
  • Lightweight poncho.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Two (at least) plastic garbage bags.
  • Whistle.
  • Hard tack candy.
  • Food that is easy to cook or ready to eat, non-perishable and lightweight, three days per person. I especially like the eFoods Global meals because they are ready to go. Just add water, boil for 15 minutes and eat. These foods can be purchased here.

Tailor the kits for each person. If you are making it for an elderly person, child or animal, you need to really think it through and add all necessary items that that are needed.

I like to keep a bottle of ION water treatment in my 72-hour pack and my purse at all times. If food or water is questionable, it can be treated with eight drops of ION per cup. It will kill all harmful bacteria.

For Children, add these extra things to a child’s pack

  • Books to read.
  • Games or puzzles.
  • Coloring book.
  • Small stuffed animal.
  • Comfort foods.
  • Warm clothing, hats, gloves and a warm coat.
  • Warm blanket (lightweight)

For Babies, add these extra things:

  • Baby carrier, such as a backpack or front pack.
  • Diapers.
  • Wet wipes.
  • Water.
  • Juices.
  • Formula.
  • Baby food.
  • Rice cereal.
  • Bottles.
  • Toys.
  • Spoon.
  • Blanket.
  • Extra clothing
  • Warm coat, hat and gloves

For the family pet, add these things:

  • Pet carrier if necessary.
  • Pet food for three days.
  • Water.
  • Warm Blanket.

The most difficult thing to carry is water because of its weight. Purified water pouches are available and easy to carry in a backpack (12 per person) or a heavy plastic bottle full of water can be easily carried (the 2-liter soda bottles are the best).

Space blankets are lightweight and will keep you warm. A lightweight wool blanket is the best.

Making your own 72-hour kit or car kit can save you money because it is just a matter of gathering supplies into one location. Take an inventory of what you have and what you need. Purchase the items that you need and keep your 72-hour kit in a place where you can grab it and go if necessary. All of the information in this article was taken from my book, Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook.

If you need pre-made 72-hour kits or other preparedness supplies, and books on the subject of food storage and survival you can visit my website here.

Emergency Food For Short Term And Long Term Storage

If you need food that is easy to prepare by just adding water, click here and watch the three-minute video. Then you can purchase the food online in two different packages: A Variety Pack or an Essentials Package. The variety pack has 72 servings of 18 different soups, entrees, and breakfasts. The Essentials package includes three cartons of the prepackaged meals which includes 380 servings of 27 soups, 24 entrees, six breakfasts, and four baked goods. You can also sign up for the once a month Variety Pack.

This will auto-ship food to you each month. After one year you will have a stockpile of 15 boxes with 1,152 servings of good quality food. That comes out to about .91 cents per serving. If you can boil water, you can make an eFoods meal. They were designed to be simple enough for a child to make.

I am very impressed with their food. It is dehydrated, not freeze-dried, so the prices are very reasonable. Each package of food is ready to go with everything except the water. It only takes 15-20 minutes to cook and it’s done. The food is delicious. The packages feed two to four people and come packed in Mylar® bags for long-term storage of up to 15 years. The cooking instructions are on each package.

I use this food every day and it really helps me save money at the grocery store because I don’t impulse-buy any more. You can use it every day, store it for an emergency or share it with others.

Please call me if you have any questions about the program. I can be reached at 435-835-0311 or cell 435-851-0777 in Utah. The Website explains the entire program and has photos of the food. To check it out, simply click here. Email me here. To purchase my books or any of the other preparedness items I sell go to my website.

Starvation Insurance

If you are prepared you will not fear.

People spend a lot of money on insurance of all kinds: Life, health, hospitalization, vehicle, property, liability, home, flood, earthquake, catastrophic, malpractice and business. Typically at the end of the year if you have not used the insurance it starts over for the new year with new deductibles. You plan for the worst and hope for the best. If you have not used it, what do you have to show for all the money you have paid into these different insurances?

Have you ever thought of starvation insurance? Ask yourself the question, “Can my family survive on the food I have in my cupboard?” Food for peace of mind is the only way to insure that you and your family do not starve. At least if you have food put away as a form of insurance you can eat it and it still holds its value.

What are we insuring ourselves against?

  • Loss of job.
  • Natural catastrophes.
  • Economic collapse.
  • Stock market collapse.
  • Gas prices increasing.
  • Food prices increasing.
  • Hyperinflation.
  • World war.

We All Have Basic Needs

We all have needs. The need for survival is a natural instinct in human beings. We want to not only survive, but thrive. This includes the very basic needs of breathing, drinking water, eating, going to the bathroom, warmth, shelter, have the financial wherewithal to pay our basic bills and to fulfill our emotional needs such as: Safety, love, companionship and belonging.

 If these basic needs are not met we end up in a traumatic situation. Our emotional needs become overwhelming, our world starts to close in on us and we panic. When you have a lot of people experiencing this at the same time, it causes an energetic panic that spreads into anarchy.

When preparing for a self-sufficient lifestyle, one needs to take all these things into consideration. I am going to review the steps to being self sufficient that I have already covered in previous articles as well as things that will be covered in future articles. Make a plan and focus on it. Pray about it. I have had miracles happen when I know what I want and I ask God to help me achieve it.

Steps To Self-Sufficiency

  1. Store enough water for everyone in your family for a three-month emergency. This is a minimum of 90 gallons per person. I sell a product on my website called ION. It will safely treat 110 gallons of water by killing harmful bacteria on contact. It keeps water safe for up to five years. I sell 125-gallon, 185-gallon, 250-gallon, and 500-gallon water storage tanks. Learn more about these products by going here.
  2. Purchase a three-month rotatable food supply, such as canned goods and all items that your family is used to eating. Use your favorite recipes to determine what to purchase.
  3. Store quick meals that are easy and require only water to make. I recommend the company called eFoods Global. You can learn all about eFoods here.
  4. Store dehydrated and freeze dried foods that have a long shelf life. These bulk items include:
    • Dried fruits and vegetables.
    • Dried beans and legumes.
    • Dried grains such as, wheat, rice, pasta and barley.
    • Flour (a wheat grinder is very helpful in making flour from whole wheat).
    • Sweeteners such as honey, sugar, maple syrup, stevia or agave.
    • Spices such as salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder and cinnamon.
    • Gravy, seasoning packets and sauce mixes.
    • Dairy products and eggs, such as: Dried milk, dried butter, dried cheese powder and dried eggs.
    • Bakery items such as different types of mixes.
    • Beef and chicken bouillons.
    • Bread baking items such as yeast, whole wheat to grind into flour.
    • Baking items such as: soda, salt, baking powder.
  5. Store enough blankets, clothing, coats, gloves, sleeping bags, etc., to keep warm in case the power goes off for an extended period of time.
  6. Store all non-food items that you could not live without such as, soaps, toilet paper, baby diapers, wipes, personal hygiene items, toothpaste, paper plates, silverware and cups and all other necessary items.
  7. Have an alternate method of cooking and boiling water such as, a jet boil, a wood or coal stove, propane camp stove, sun or solar oven, fire pit, outdoor barbeque grill or fireplace.
  8. Figure out an alternate way to go to the bathroom. We live in a pioneer home that was built in 1860. We have restored it and have an outhouse on our property. It works very well and has been used for more than 100 years.
  9. Build a 72-hour emergency kit for everyone in your family. This should include everything you would need to survive for three days if you had to grab it and go. It is also called a bug-out kit. It is a good idea to have a car kit in the car for any type of emergency while you are driving. There are other kits as well such as a medical kit for medical emergencies and a baby or toddler kit with baby items for an emergency. The book I wrote Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook has a chapter on how to make these kits and what to put in them. You can purchase this book by going here.
  10. Have on hand firearms and enough ammunition for hunting wild animals for food and to protect yourself and your family.
  11. Learn self-sufficiency skills such as:
    • Growing a garden.
    • Saving heirloom seeds to plant the next year.
    • Building a green house for an extended growing season.
    • Building a root cellar.
    • Canning and preserving food in bottles.
    • Grinding grain and making your own bread.
    • Dehydrating excess food yourself.
    • Sprouting grains, beans, legumes and seeds for maximum nutrition.
    • Raising chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, goats, mutton, pigs or beef.
    • Learn to hunt deer and elk for food.
    • Learn to butcher, wrap and freeze or bottle the meat to use year round.

This will save you a lot of money at the grocery store and you will have the skills to survive any type of economic crash or disaster, whether manmade or natural. People will have to band together and help each other.

Bartering will become a way to do this. Everyone has different skills. If you have food stored and can use it to trade for other things that you need, then you will be using the new currency of the future. Food is the best investment you can make for your future.

As Americans, our addictions drive the world’s economy. We need to simplify our lives, control our personal spending and use any extra money we have to pay down debt and purchase the necessary items to become self sufficient. It will take some planning to get out of debt. I will be addressing this subject in another article.

Because I am in a business of helping people become self-sufficient, I have had many people call me who are on fixed incomes and ask how they can possibly squeeze any more money out of their budget to purchase a stockpile of food, water, fuel, blankets, clothing and all the other necessary items needed to be independent and self-sufficient. I have found a program that I am very impressed with. It is called eFoods. Their mission statement is Serve, Store and Share the food. This company has a new concept in storable foods that are delicious, nutritious, affordable and convenient for daily use as well as storing food for up to 15 years for future use.

Some of the features of the eFoods are:

  • The food is dehydrated from premium-grade fresh raw foods.
  • There are no genetically modified food items (GMOs).
  • The food has no hydrogenated oil.
  • There is no added monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • The food is not imported from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides.

Just click here and watch the three-minute video then you can purchase the food online in two different packages: A $99.95 Variety Pack or a $349.95 Essentials Package.

If you purchase the Essentials package you will receive three cartons of a variety of the essential foods. Then sign up for the once a month carton of food to be sent to you automatically for $99.95 plus shipping. After one year you will have a stockpile of 15 cartons of food. This includes meals ready to cook including soups: cheddar broccoli, Italian chicken, vegetable beef, tortilla soup, corn chowder, minestrone, chicken noodle, chili and potato cheddar. Entrées and other baking items include chicken pasta Alfredo, cheesy chicken rice casserole, beef stroganoff, au gratin potatoes, instant seasoned potatoes, pancake mix, corn muffin mix, cornmeal dumplings, granola, powdered milk, wheat bread mix and buttermilk biscuit mix.

I am very impressed with their food. It is dehydrated, not freeze-dried, so the prices are very reasonable. Each package of food is ready to go with everything except the water. It only takes 15-20 minutes to cook and it’s done. The food is delicious.

The packages feed two to four people and come packed in Mylar® bags for long-term storage of up to 15 years. The cooking instructions are on each package. This food was designed for a child to be able to cook it. I use this food every day and it really helps me save money at the grocery store because I don’t impulse-buy any more. You can use it every day, store it for an emergency or share it with others.

You can purchase food for yourself as a preferred customer or you can join the company as a distributor and pay a $29.95 once a year fee to have your own Website and share the food with others. This is called an IBO, or Independent Business Owner. You will make commissions on sales and have your own personal Website and back office.

You can earn food credits by referring others. This is called an EIBO, which stands for Essentials Independent Business Owner. You must purchase the Essentials package and the IBO kit. These weekly food credits that you earn can be redeemed for food, can be gifted to others and can be used as currency to purchase preparedness items in the forthcoming eFoods Global online shopping mall.

This is a way that someone can work part-time in their own home business and earn enough money to pay for their own stockpile of food as well as earn extra money to help pay down debt and become more self sufficient.

Please call me if you have any questions about the program. I can be reached at 435-835-0311 or cell 435-851-0777 in Utah. The Website explains the entire program and has photos of the food. To check it out, simply click here. Email me here. To purchase my books or any of the other preparedness items I sell go to my website.

Food — The Currency of the Future

This is the final article of my series on Dehydrated Foods in which I discussed: The Advantages Of Storing Dehydrated Foods, How To Store Bulk Foods, What to Store, and How Much to Store.

Right now an unprecedented number of Americans are returning to a practice of our self-reliant and independent forefathers: Storing supplies of food. The events and circumstances we are facing here in America are unfamiliar to most of us. But they are so serious that we each must choose wisely how we will face our future. You can’t control earthquakes, floods, or the real estate meltdown, but if you have food and water reserves you will have personal solutions to how these things affect you and your family.

History has proven over and over again that food and water is the solution to almost every major problem, particularly those involving independence, freedom, security, and yes, even survival. Runaway inflation in 1923 Germany followed the same inflationary path that the United States is presently on. With runaway inflation the price of a loaf of bread doubled daily until it cost so much that it was impossible to purchase.

Just recently, the National Inflation Association released a report with projections of future U.S. food price increases due to the massive monetary inflation being created by the Federal Reserve’s $600 billion quantitative easing. This report was written by NIA’s President Gerard Adams, who believes food inflation will take over in 2011 as America’s greatest crisis. According to Adams, “making mortgage payments will soon be the last thing on the minds of all Americans. We currently have a currency crisis that could soon turn into hyperinflation and a complete societal collapse.”

This is one of the primary reasons that more and more Americans are putting away supplies of food and water. It always has been, is now and forever will be that food and water are what we depend on the most to survive and having plenty of each is the most comforting source of safety and security for every human being on our planet.

Let’s look at a few other good reasons to build your food reserves….

  • Legislation to prevent people from gardening is being proposed and a Doomsday Seed Vault is being built in Norway with the intent of being the only source for seed to grow food worldwide.
  • Global warming — whether real or fabricated — will likely be used to control fertilization of crops and tax many farmers out of business.
  • Christians searching the Book of Revelation believe that there will come a day when no one will be able to buy or sell without the “mark” (most consider this the ID card.) The National ID card is expected to be required in order to buy food.
  • Imported food from countries with no safety standards for insecticides, fertilizers, bacterial and chemical contamination have entered our country’s food supply and have proven to be very dangerous. Storing safe, clean food is essential.
  • The financial and emotional impact of job loss and illness are hugely reduced with a strong savings account in the form of food.
  • In the case of quarantines, martial law, disasters and emergencies, if people do not have their own individual supplies, they will be dependent and helpless like the miserable conditions people faced after hurricane Katrina.
  • With a food supply you can help your neighbors, family members, or anyone in need.
  • Storms and weather could make food impossible to transport, destroy crops and isolate some people from food supplies.
  • The gasoline prices are predicted to reach $5.00 per gallon in the near future. When this happens the price of food will go up by about one third. It will put trucking companies out of business and make it almost impossible to get necessary supplies needed for everyday life.

In any of these scenarios, the most valuable asset or currency you will have is food and water. It will be more precious than gold, silver or cash. Having food and water reserves is our greatest need. Let’s face it, when you’re hungry, nothing else matters.

Alternative Cooking And Other Equipment Needed

Another thing to consider is alternative sources of heat and cooking equipment. Make sure you have a propane stove with enough propane for three to 12 months, and don’t forget the matches. Store a lot of them. (Two large boxes per month.) A wood stove is a big investment, but it will come in real handy if there is no heat or power because you can also cook on the top of the stove. Any other outdoor or camping stove will work as well.

Menu Planning

It is very important to plan out one week of menus and calculate all the ingredients used for every recipe. These menus should all be your favorite recipes and only what you know your family will eat. When you are finished with the menu, then multiply the ingredients used by 12 (because there is approximately 12 weeks’ worth of meals in a three-month period of time, give or take a few days). That is how much you will need to store of each item.

These foods would get you by in a short-term emergency without having to change your diet and run the risk of getting sick from foods you are not used to eating. For a one-year supply of food, multiply the ingredients by 52 weeks. I recommend that you add pre-packaged convenience foods like eFoods. I will explain how to order them at the bottom of this article.

One-Week Menu Planning Chart

This chart is a sample to help you plan a week’s worth of menus and itemize all of the ingredients you’ll need to purchase to have a 3-month supply of the foods that you normally eat. This chart came out of my book, Food Storage 101. Where do I begin? Make your own charts for every day of the week. You must tailor your list to your family’s eating habits and according to the way you normally eat. If you are using eFoods or convenience meals, just insert the name of the meal into the dinner menu plan.

How Much Of The Bread Baking Ingredients Does It Take To Make Bread?

I want to get you thinking about how much food it would take to sustain life for an extended period of time. I did the calculations on how much of the bread baking ingredients it would take to make one loaf of bread per day per family and it was shocking. I took my favorite recipe and calculated all the ingredients. It makes two loaves of bread per batch. I need 90 loaves for a 3-month supply of whole wheat bread. If you have a larger family, you might need two loaves per day.

Keep in mind that homemade whole-wheat bread is different from store-bought bread. Most families can eat an entire loaf at one meal, combining it with a pot of soup or casserole of some kind.

This is what I found out:

For a 3-month or 12-week supply I will need to store this amount:

  • 30 cups of powdered milk
  • 11½ cups honey or sweetener
  • 3 cups salt
  • 15 cups vegetable oil
  • 6 cups dried egg
  • 6 cups of dried yeast
  • 20 gallons whole wheat flour or (combination of white and whole wheat)

For a 1-year or 52-week supply I will need to store this amount:

  • 8½ gallons of powdered milk
  • 3 gallons of honey or sweetener
  • 13 cups salt
  • 4 gallons of vegetable oil
  • 1¾ gallons of dried egg powder
  • 1¾ gallons dried yeast
  • 82 gallons of whole-wheat flour or a combination of (white and whole wheat flour) this equals approximately 16½ 5-gallon buckets.

This is a lot of food and ingredients for making bread. Each family is different, and you must tailor your plan to fit your lifestyle, what your family eats and how much they eat. If you do not eat bread, then don’t store the ingredients for bread. Use your own favorite recipes that can be made either with dehydrated, dried or canned foods that are storable.

Take into consideration that you will have fresh food in season, and if you grow a garden and bottle your own food, include these foods into your plan. Rotating the food will use up the products within the time of the shelf life. As you use them up, you will need to replenish the ingredients. It will take some planning. Each adult needs between 1,500 to 2,500 calories per day; especially those that are active, walking or working hard. A crisis is no time to change your diet.

The Best Way To Build Up A Food Reserve

I have been asked this question many times. “What is the quickest and easiest way to build up food reserves for three months to a year?”

Here are my recommendations:

I’ve been testing a line of nutritious fast-and-easy gourmet meals by eFoods Global that will store for a minimum of 15 years. This company has a new concept in storable foods that are delicious, nutritious, affordable, clean and convenient for daily use. It reminds me of the pre-packaged food from the grocery store like soup mixes, Hamburger Helper® and Rice-A-Roni®.

Some of the features of eFoods Global are:

  • The food is dehydrated from premium-grade, fresh raw fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, beans and legumes.
  • All meals are complete with everything in them. All you do is add water.
  • These meals can be used every day for fast, convenient and healthy food.
  • There are no genetically modified (GMOs) foods in eFoods.
  • There is no added monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • No imports from countries using illegal fertilizers and insecticides.
  • No hydrogenated oils.
  • They are packaged for long-term storage in Mylar® pouches.

The company lets you try before you buy; simply go to www.peggylayton.efoodsglobal.com and watch the three-minute video, and then click on TRY IT to receive three packages of sample food that will feed two to four people per package. All you do is pay $9.95 for shipping.

I am very impressed with their food. I like the fact that there is no MSG in the food. I am very sensitive to MSG and get sick within 20 minutes if I eat foods with this additive in it. I have never been sick eating the food from eFoods global.

It is dehydrated, not freeze-dried, so the prices are very reasonable. It only takes 15-20 minutes to cook and it’s done, and the cooking instructions are on each package. The food is delicious.

I like to store them in the heavy-duty boxes they come in. However, another good way to store these meals is in a 5-gallon bucket with a tight-fitting lid.

The packages include soups like cheddar broccoli, Italian chicken, vegetable beef, tortilla, corn chowder, minestrone, chicken noodle, chili and potato cheddar. Entrée and other baking items include chicken pasta Alfredo, cheesy chicken rice casserole, beef stroganoff, au gratin potatoes, instant seasoned potatoes, pancake mix, corn muffin mix, cornmeal dumplings, granola, powdered milk, wheat bread mix and buttermilk biscuit mix.

The best part of this opportunity is that you can earn food credits and money by referring others. These weekly food credits can be redeemed for food, can be gifted to others and can be used as currency to purchase preparedness items in the forthcoming eFoods Global online shopping mall. I personally want to redeem my food credits for boxes of food to help my seven adult children in their efforts to stock up.

Please call me if you have any questions about the program. I can be reached at 435-835-0311 or cell 435-851-0777 in Utah. The website to check it out is http://www.peggylayton.efoodsglobal.com. Email me at splayton@sisna.com

To purchase any of my seven books or my other products: Dehydrated food, water storage, water purification and preparedness products go to http://www.peggylayton.com.