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Food — The Currency of the Future

January 3, 2011 by  

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.

Peggy Layton

a home economist and licensed nutritionist, holds a B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Food Science and Nutrition from Brigham Young University. Peggy lives in Manti, Utah with her husband Scott. Together they have raised seven children. Peggy owns and operates two businesses: One called "The Therapy Center", where she is a licensed massage therapist and hypnotherapist, and the other an online cookbook and preparedness products business. She is nationally known for publishing a series of seven books on the subject of food storage and also lectures and teaches seminars about preparedness and using food storage products. Peggy practices what she preaches, has no debt, grows a huge garden, lives off the land, raises chickens, bottles and dehydrates food and has time left over to operate her businesses. To check out Peggy's cookbooks and self sufficiency products go to her website www.peggylayton.com. To get a free sample of three different storable meals that have a 15-year shelf life go here.

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  • Vigilant

    Superb article, and thanks for the storage quantities.

    “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.”

    My sentiments exactly. As I have said so many times. you can’t eat gold, and in the doomsday scenarios described, gold would be of no value as a medium of exchange.

    • Al Sieber

      Vigilant, I disagree with you, gold and silver will always be worth something, I would invest in silver, silver melt to be exact, you could always use it to barter with. but the most important metal to have is lead and plenty of it.

      • http://none GhostWalker

        Ok, why Lead? And I agree that silver melt (refined/not coinage minted) will work, but don’t forget to carry a gram/ounce weight scale with you for it.

        For everyone else here, another thing to consider is have your own vegetable seed stockpile, and make sure you interplant with herbs that also work as flowers in a flower garden–confuses lots of people that most (if not all)flowers are herbs. :) Flowering herbs make good camoflage for other plants and can also be used for companion planting to confuse bugs and bring polinators. Use raised beds to discourage grass infiltration and have a nice place to sit/lounge on to read when you want to relax and the air conditioner is too much to handle.

        If you have a chain link fence, get some privacy ribbon woven into that cause it will also prevent people who like to spray into your garden–sometimes just for spite when you catch them reaching through the fence to steal your vegies. (I live next to a school and some of the groundskeepers are either clueless (young seasonals) or vindictive (some of the older ones who like a free lunch once in a while).

        That’s all I wish to add at the moment.

        • Average Joe

          Ok, why Lead?
          I would think that the answer to that question would be obvious.
          It will feed you and it will protect you…as in….from the barrel of a gun. Lead has always been the “great equalizer”.

        • Vicki

          The reference to lead failed to mention that for best results the lead should be stored in individual brass containers and grouped in sets of 50 or more in boxes or tins or sealed plastic/metal containers for maximum storage life.

          Though for some folk lead in blocks (kinda like the silver melt) may work, for most folk I recommend the little brass containers. :)

          • Dan az

            viki
            well said! and I agree with you and Al not only for protection but for more food on the hoof.Lead is something that I place the highest value on above all else.And a good hunting knife.

          • Dennis

            LOL, i also like them little brass storage system :-)

          • Average Joe

            Lwt’s not forget that “gun control” means…being able to hit your target!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Average Joe,
            There is one other kind of gun control, as in I control where my gun is carried, I control where my gun is used, I control when my gun is used, I control MY gun!!

        • http://none Gary Whitson

          I believe he means lead as in ammo. Bullets. we’re going to need a good supply soon.

    • Fred

      Yes, Peggy did offer a great article. Remember
      however, that not all dehyrated food will store
      for the periods the distributors advertise–we
      have been users and dealers and can attest to
      spoilage of certain kinds of foods stored in
      less than ideal conditions (humid climates without
      AC)
      Also, many of the prepackaged items coming
      in preselected packages will include some foods
      you never did like–so it could be very wasteful
      to order anything other than your personal selection
      even if it will cost more.
      Finally, consider making your menus and prepurchasing
      from Sam’s Club or Costco or wherever you can get the
      best deal, those types of foods you now eat–they are
      generally called wet pack and are easy to use and rotate
      as you use them. In our supply we use a combination of
      some dehydrated foods, many more foods purchased in what
      are called pails or superpails (something like oats, groats,
      beans, etc. which are already oxygen preserved and packaged
      in mylar bags within the buckets.

      All I am saying here is to use you head and make rational
      decisions before embarking on a venture so important.

      Fred

  • don the canuck

    Vigilant says: ”you can’t eat gold, and in the doomsday scenarios described, gold would be of no value as a medium of exchange.”

    Perhaps that is so, but then again……..anyone who truly believes that we will be facing a total doomsday scenario has little faith in the human race. When we have reached the point where we believe that people will not find a solution, it is probably best to simply collectively give up and die. I will continue to believe that although many of us are mis-guided and ill-informed, the human race will ultimately find a solution to make sure that we don’t take this current stupidity to a point of no return.

    Expect nothing of life but hope for everything.

    • guest

      What is frightening is the prevalent thinking in our country. And that is ‘i am entitled’. When it’s either my family starves or your’s..what do you think the choice we be? Yes we are storing food but i have little faith we will be able to keep it without bloodshed. The thinking is even though you have prepared and prepared well and i haven’t..i am entitled to YOUR prepations and will take it anyway i can. We live in a fairely middleclass neighborhood and in a time of prosperity..we still find if someone wants our gas cap from car..they will take it or that cherry tree in your yard is for everyone. I have found this thinking in my city..so many times have gone out to yard and found stranger in my fruit trees helping themselves. Their reply when asked what ‘are you doing’ well God made this tree..its for all of us. With this thinking can you imagine if everyone was starving what would happen?

      • JC

        The ones who have spent their existence in a state of entitlement will be the first ones out in the cold. They will be the first to start dying and the first to become desperate enough to attack you for whatever you have. “They” are one of the best reasons to make sure you can defend your preperations.

        • Yankee Will

          One of the main reasons to have the lead in the little brass canisters…

  • Jakartaman

    totally agree it’s coming – In addition to food and water you will need protection from those who will want what you have. – Guns and ammo will also need to be stored – and if you have any $$ left over – silver coins would be nice!

  • Kim

    The biggest problem most folks face with food storage is in order to store any reasonable, sustaining quantity, one needs room, and lots of it. I have a 5X8 pantry which is chock full of foods from top to bottom, however if all kids and grandkids come in the event of disaster, what we feel is a substantial supply for two will dwindle rapidly. Fortunately we have cattle and lots of game but the average American does not. All hell is gonna break loose when those that don’t have head out to find those of us who do have. I imagine our cattle will be in grave danger and it would be pretty hard to guard 3500 acres from encroachers. I do hope we get pulled back from the brink, but I know that the vast majority of the public is unaware and unprepared. It’s a frightening thought…

    • Steve

      You should probably tell the family now that if they are going to show on your door step they better not show up empty handed. I will be more accepting of someone at my door that has at least something to contribute to the cause. I’m in the similar boat as you in that I am not planning to feed nor can I feed everyone that will ask. I dread the thought of how hard it would be to turn potentially so many people away. People I know as well as ones I don’t.

  • val

    kim…im coming to live with you!!!

  • http://donr.myefoods.com Don Ruane

    Great article and good info, but I really do not have the time to learn a new trade. I am too business trying to make ends meet and still reserve food for emergencies or a true disaster.

    Do yourself a favor, try the 6 free meals offered by eFoods Global, you only pay S/H of $9.95

    Most people tell me they really need to do “SOMETHING” to get prepared for a Emergency/Disaster, but they never get the time and motivation. It took me 18 months to just get started. We keep our heads firmly buried, in the sands of disbelief that it can and will happen in the USA.

    With eFoods you can use the food on a daily bases, it is that good and still reserve some for any unexpected disaster or emergency.. Shelf life is 15 years. Can you image eating MRE for 15 years

    After you begin to get eFood delivered on a regular bases and get food enough eFood for 6 months to one year, then you can worry about the finer points of what is better for you.

    We all need to start, Now. Don Ruane

    • URKiddinMee

      Color me “Computer Illiterate,” but I can not find the offer you describe on the eglobal website. Could I impose upon you to elaborate a bit? Thanks.

  • Jane Whittle

    Thank you for encouraging. Helping others understand and be prepared is
    as important as preparing my self. My neighbors are unaware and mostly unprepared. This article is the sort of valuable information that will benifit if I get it to their minds how very important this is. Some one said ” it is as important in our day to be prepared as it was in the day of Noah”!!

    • Richard Pawley

      And remember it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark!

  • RUSS ROSS

    KIM’S PLACE WOULD MAKE A WONDERFUL HOME BASE FOR ALL THE FAMILY. ENCOURAGE EACH FAMILY TO STOCK UP FOR A YEAR; BUILD A “RAT PROOF” STORAGE BUILDING AT KIM’S THAT WILL BE THE FAMILY SUPPLY HOUSE. WHEN THE BELL RINGS, THE ENTIRE FAMILY GATHERS AT KIM’S FOR HOUSING, SURVIVAL, AND PROTECTING THE 3500 ACRES. THEY WILL MOST LIKELY NOT BOTHER A PROPERTY WITH GUNS AND THE WILLINGNESS TO USE THEM.
    WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST OF 6 MONTHS SUPPLY DEHYDRATED FOODS FOR 2 PEOPLE? WE HAVE A GOOD WOOD STOVE WITH PLENTY OF FIREWOOD ON THE PROPERTY; 100 GAL. PROPANE TANK; GENERATOR FOR LIGHTS AND WELL WATER. WE ARE ALMOST THERE. MY WIFE MUST BE GLUTEN FREE.

  • Tore Fossum

    Ms. Layton, this is an excellent article. However, I take issue with your characterization of the Doomsday Seed Vault. This vault is a continuation of a program to save and store seeds with genetic diversity. It is funded by the government of Norway, which due to their conservative stewardship of Norway’s oil money, are able to fund causes that do not have an immediate political payoff.

    You may be aware that loss of traditional heirloom seeds is very possible, in that tradional local seed companies have been bought up and consolidated. The highest producing seeds are hybrids that cannot be replanted. The aim of agribusiness is to encourage the farmer to buy new seeds every year, so that they can continue to make profits. There is a very real danger that traditional seed strains all over the world are being supplanted by a few strains of commercial high yield seeds.

    For example, years ago I purchased Porter tomato seeds from a seed company in Dallas. The Porter grows well in our Texas heat, with small tomatoes that continue to ripen through the summer and fall. Today that seed company does not exist. Porter seeds were not available from Burpee or any other seed company. I was able to purchase Porter seeds from Ron’s Seed Store, http://stores.ebay.com/Rons-Seed-Store (2622 Saratoga Ave, Lubbock, TX 79407-2718) . If Ron goes out of business, where could I get such seeds?

    I will include this from Wikipedia:

    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault’s mission is to provide a safety net against accidental loss of diversity in traditional genebanks. While the popular press has emphasized its possible utility in the event of a major regional or global catastrophe, it will certainly be more frequently accessed when genebanks lose samples due to mismanagement, accident, equipment failures, funding cuts and natural disasters. Such events occur with some regularity. In recent years, some national genebanks have also been destroyed by war and civil strife. There are some 1,400 crop diversity collections around the world, but many are in politically unstable or environmentally threatened nations.

    Best regards
    Tore Fossum
    Dickinson, Texas

    • independant thinker

      If you check in Mother Earth News you can find some companies and individuals that deal in heirloom seeds. There are also some that deal in heirloom poultry in the magazine.

  • jopa

    I was reading the authors credentials under the article and it states that she practices what she preaches and lives off the land.Then it goes on to say she is so busy dehydrating and pickling foods , but still finds time to run her business.What does she need a business for if she can live off the land?

    • JC

      What good is your being able to read if you understand nothing and your best thoughts are inanely stupid questions? :)

      • libertytrain

        so nicely said.

    • Granny Mae

      jopa,

      Consider what her business is. She could probably not have to run a business to live but if she stopped running her business then think of all the people that would not be able to bennifit from her teaching. There are a lot of reasons to have a business other than just to make a living. A doctor for instance, he may have all the money he needs but if he stopped his work there are a lot of people that may die or be very ill for a long time. There are a lot of reasons for continuing to work, if for no other reason that just to keep busy and do something with your life !

  • Josh

    Food — The Currency of the Future is all good, but the people with the guns will make the rules and take what they want. So to make your stored food safe you better have some guns and be saving ammo and you can never have enough ammo.

    Here is another site to check.

    beprepared.com/Default.asp?bhcd2=1294073725

  • jopa

    JC;I read for entertainment mainly and many of these articles are hilarious, some are good and the only inanely stupid question would be the one that was not asked.Are you trying to be a meany or just having a bad life?

    • JC

      I’m having a great life, thanks for asking.
      No I’m not trying to be mean…but the question you asked made no sense.
      Just because someone knows how to survive off the grid does not mean they shouldn’t work to improve their lives in any way they see fit.
      Why not ask a fortune teller why they haven’t won the lottery? ;)

      • Dennis

        ;-) very well said, One thing people better learn to do is help each other, if we don’t we will not survive.

    • Steve

      It was a stupid question so you should probably move on. But my guess for an answer to your question though is INFLATION. The dollar has lost 97% of its value and continues to fall. Soon we’ll be living on 1 cent of the value of a dollar. Won’t that be freaking great! Thanks FED and corrupt US government! Everyone needs at least some money don’t they? Our government demands that everyone pays into the corrupt system. I pay for social security I will never see, healthcare I will never get, for the salaries of corrupt and dysfunctional politicians, public schools that a joke, and other government services that will probably stop when the system fails. The whole thing is a joke! Now go back to sleep.

  • http://com i41

    Well the dumbocraps have reached another one of their communist goals from the FRD era. When the first Sec of Ag, appointrd by the wanna be dictator FDR, a avowed communist who beleived our food production whould mirror USSR. With millions of acres of farm ground laying idle for over 34 decades and the taxpayers paying to keep it idle, any wonder why we will be importing more food. Now the National Game Fish and Parks are going to take millions of more acres of productive farm ground out of production in 3 states. It will only cost a few billion a year to pay for this in the Dakotas and Montana, for ducks and wildlife. Since USAs cow herd is lower than it was in the 1952, and the imported raw beef beign shipped in from South America. we have fox and mouth disease back on the east coast, when idoits think wild game is so great, elk in Yellowstone have brucellois, which humans can get infected with, or wasting disease from deer, and sars from wild game birds. Plus the amount of land it takes to raise a pound of wild game vs a domesticated animal, there is not any comparision. Domestic animals produce 10 time more protein than wild game. If Congress wants to cut a 100 billion right away with out cost citizens healthcare of any human food or care programs. Get rid of the Farm Program, which Obama was talking about getting rid of them when running for office with just a stroke of the pen, but his socialist party hogs squealed to loud. It would stop 400 billion going out the door, even several Congress or former congressional leechs, like Tester from Montana. End all the wildlife money wasting programs that benefit very few, or tree planting programs, when we let acres of trees die from lack of wood use and run away fires in wilderness areas. Since Clinton implemented the CALFO Act from 94 on. EPA and Dept of Ag has more power over your private lands and will realy get goofy in 2012 on. Too many book trained unskilled f–king idoits in government and in our colleges and schools.

  • TIME

    Peggy,

    Thank you very much for all the very good intel from your blogs.

    I agree that in the not to distant future food may well become the GOLD & Silver of long past.

  • Carolyn Camoriano

    I was unable to access the page about ordering the sample $9.95 food. The computer said the page was no longer available. Please advise as I am interested in ordering more than the sample.

    • http://www.personalliberty.com/contact-us/ Personal Liberty Support

      Carolyn, the first link for eFoods in the story was broken. It now works. The second link in the story did work. That explains why some said the link worked, but it didn’t work for you. Sorry for the inconvenience. When you get to the page, if you don’t want to order the sample, click on the products link at the top. It will take you to a place where you can order larger quantities.

  • Rick

    I just clicked on it an ordered, it worked fine for me, try it again……

  • William

    I agree with your statements on food,but I think that ammo should be included in this article. Not just for food acquisition, but also for protection and above all, barter.

  • bob wire

    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion

    a much see by any and everyone!

    sorry to hear this is your last article on dried goods.

    What’s next?

  • Kay

    My only problem is that I live in a two-bedroom condo with no garage or real storage space. Trying to think creatively about how I will store all that water and food…

    • independant thinker

      A few ideas. Under the bed, on the closet floor, in the back of your cabinates behind the pots and pans, Another poster, Grannie May perhaps, said she stored things in stacks that doubled as a small lamp table and behind the couch with a cover over the stack to use as a whatnot shelf. If there is a storage facility within easy walking distance you could consider renting a small unit to put some things in. You would have to consider being exposed when you retrieved anything from it though.

  • Claude

    I have been working on this for 3 months, hard task to complete, but getting there, I also agree with the statement of lead stored in brass cases, but by lots, and not fifties. I do not plan on using it to barter with either, for that article will be more precious than gold or silver, if it is not all confiscated by big brother first. Gold and silver may also be taken away as it has been done in the past by big brother, so I am voting on food and a good lead supply.

  • Den

    Ok, all of this sounds great!, However I personally wouldlike to mention that there is one more very important item to add to the list. EXCELERITE go to http://www.usnnm.com and see for your self. Everyone should add this to there list. You can add a teaspoon into each meal to help add the nutrients that you would be missing in your food. This Montmorillonite mineral will also build up you immune system along with pulling out the toxins out of your body and it even does alot more which you will have to see for your self. The same product can be given to your animals to keep them healthy as well and you apply this to your garden and it make the plants healthier, increases the fruit and vegtables up to 100% and gives them flavor as well. I have been using this product for over 3 years and there is noting that compares bsides it will not go bad it is already over 13 million years old. I know this will help out millionns of people. That what they are all about (HELPING OTHERS HELPING THEMSELVES)………

  • Ron

    Food is more important than gold or silver. I agree you can’t eat these metals.

  • Marlene Shuman

    Just checked out the eglobal foods. They contain soy textured vegetable protein. I’m allergic to soy. When they say chicken, beef, ham, etc. they are referring to flavors, not real meat.

    • Granny Mae

      Marlene,

      I can tell you how to remedy that for yourself. You can make your own dehydrated foods and vacuum seal them yourself and it is cheaper and can be done with the foods that you can use. First you will need a dehydrator. It doesn’t have to be an expensive one just make sure that it has a little fan on it that works. You can get them at Wal-Mart or even yard sales or second hand stores. If you want to spend more any large dehydrator with several trys in it will work. Next you will need an inexpensive vacuum sealer like the seal-a-meal. Next , when you buy your dry goods like flour or cornmeal,put it in a large plastic ziplock bag and put it in the freezer of your refridgerator for about a week. You have just fumigated your flour so you won’t get weevals. This will work for any of these kinds of foods. Next you will seal it in a vacuum seal bag. Always make sure that you double check by the next day that you bag sealed well and is still sealed. Sometimes for a number of reasons you might not get a good seal so you then just do it over. You can dehydrate any fresh vegetables you like. The easiest way I have learned is just to buy your favorite frozen veggies when they are on sale and bring them home and put them on your dehydrator trays just as they are and turn the unit on at about 127 degrees for the number of hours acording to your unit. As soon as they are done put them in a seal-a-meal bag and vacuum seal them. I take all my packages that I seal and I mark them with the date and what they are and any special instructions I think I need. I buy large plastic buckets from Lowe’s and Home Depot and put my packages of dehydrated foods in the bucket and seal the lid when it is full and store it away any place I can think of to store it. I have made end tables by stacking several buckets or boxes on top of each other and then putting a round piece of plywood on top (that I bought already cut at Lowe’s) and then I cover it all with a long cloth to the ground and use it for an end table in my living room and also some for night tables beside the bed in the bedrooms, with lamps on them and a clock etc. I have seen desks made with a double drawer file cabinet on both ends and a board on the top, and inside the drawers were food storage packages. I have food storage stacked behind my couch with a long cloth draped over it all clear to the floor and a board also on top and it is used as a what not shelf at the back of the couch. I holds my electronic picture frame that one of my sons gave me for Christmas and a clock that another son gave me for Christmas and other little goodies like that.
      I do all my own home canning and dehydrating and I just do it all the time through out the year. It is a continuous thing. At Thanksgiving time is when turkey is at it’s least expensive so I buy several turkeys and can the meat. I also can meatballs for speghetti, and ground beef for other dishes, I have canned sloppy joe filling so all I have to do is heat it and eat it. If I buy it in the store I can can it myself most of the time. You can,also can water for storage. I know a lot of people that do that when their jars are empty. You have to store the jar anyway so you might as well store it with something in it and that is water. That is done easily by filling the jar with water and putting on a heated lid and ring and then put it in a pot deep enough to hold the jar and water enough to cover the jar by about an inch. Bring it all to a boil and boil for about 15 min. and then remove from the pot and place on a folded towel until it is cool then put it in the box the jar cam in and store it away. Now you have water stored in case you need it. This water is usable for anything. To drink it it may be flat so just make tea or coffee or koolaid etc. out of it. There is a great book on dehydrating that I came across, it is put out by Excaliber and is the best book I have come across. It is a little pricey but very well worth the money. Learn to can your own meats, chicken, turkey, beef, ham etc. You can even can fish if you like. In the book I just mentioned , it tells you how to dehydrate shrimp ! I’m going to try that soon ! Anyway, for anyone that needs to go as inexpensive as possible this is how I do it. I buy canned tuna and corned beef and ham and sardines from the store and write on the top or bottom the date I bought them. Once I have them I them rotate them by using them and replaceing them. It becomes a habit after a while. I love to can and dehydrate so I just do it all the time. Once you get use to doing it you will find that you get faster and faster at doing it and suddenly it takes you no time at all to do it. Because I am in a mobility chair I find that I have to plan ahead. I may prep my food for canning the day before and then the next morning I start the process of putting the food in the jars and getting it all in the canner and cooking. By the way, if you have never canned before let me tell you there are two kinds of canners. A water bath for fruits and acid foods such as tomatoes and there is the presure canner used for all other vegetables and meats and fish. Do not try to can vegetables and meats in a waterbath. That is a no, no and can be very dangerous. A good canning book like the ball canning book can explain why.

      • Stan Kurzet

        Granny, I hope the folks appreciate, and follow your advice which is technically accurate and perfectly safe. If things get ugly, food and water will be currency as well as survival.

  • Kay

    These are all great ideas.

    Another idea: I believe it was in Lee Bellinger’s material I read that fuel is another item that we should store. I can’t do this since I have no storage outside my actual living quarters, but others might be able to do this.

    • independant thinker

      Look into some of the military surplus stoves. They are not large (similar to the old Sterno units) but would be good for cooking and/or heating things. something else you could use is the Coleman style propane stoves and catalytic heaters. These use propane cylinders that are small and easy to stash in odd corners if you are limited on space.

  • Jim

    Some people purchase gold…some people purchase silver…I purchase copper-jacketed lead (ammunition) so that I may keep my food, water,etc…

    • greyghost

      Roger that Jim. While ammo is still affordable and plentiful it would be wise to stock up. I would recommend a min of 1000 rounds per weapon. If you can from now on buy only weapons that are used from a privite owner and stash them with enough ammo away from your main dwelling. Your home will be searched by “whoever” and you will only want weapons that you filled out paperwork to purchase to be found.

      Don’t forget to stock up on mad amounts of ass wipe, paper towels and tampons. These will be great barter items. Along with basic first aid items, cold remedies,pain killers.

      If you are going to buy gold or silver, try and get coins the size of a dime or quarter for barter. No sense bartering away too much for something simple.

      For clothing one book I read back in the 70′s encouraged having the latest pattern of US Army cammo to wear. That way you look like those in power. And if we’re dealing with a foreign Army, wear what you want and shoot like your life depends on it.

      I personally don’t want to see any of this happen. However the dark signs are there and it might be time to get ready. I remember hearing a joke a long time ago that went like this: On the 2nd day of World War 3 Gold will be trading for $50 a pound and Butter will be $1000 an ounce !

      Stay Frosty and Be Prepared. 2nd place in this one will be a bodybag.

  • Kay

    These are all great ideas.

    How about preparation for the greatest calamity of all?

    We need to prepare for the “winters” of this life, but how much more should we prepare for eternity?

    Please take time to visit http://www.needgod.com/

    Regards,

    Kay

    • jeanelane

      Kay, Thank you for the best response of all!

  • http://knivescampingkitchensurvival.com dutchman1899

    I am a true believer in your article’s revelations and agree that a time will come- with- over population of the planet, future wars, pestilences, and the unknown disaster, that food and good clean drinking water, will definately become a good a currency , whether for barter or just everyday family survival! In the old west, food and water sources were the places where civilization flourished!

    • Granny Mae

      dutchman1899,

      Yes we are moving into some periles times. We prepare to the best of our ability and then trust in God for the rest. My husband and I were talking just this morning about over population and in light of things today I no longer think we will become over populated because of one thing. Abortion is rampent around the world. Man is killing off his offspring and at this rate there will come a day when there will not be enough people left to supply the rest of the population with food and goods to sustain us! Back when I was having my family 40 some years ago, if someone told me that I would have said that I thought the opposit was true. At that time we were growing so fast that there was worry we would over populate the earth, today a lot of couples don’t even replace themselves ! That is not a good sign !
      I agree with you that food and water are very good bartering tools ! So are seeds for a garden. I hope people are not just thinking of food storage but also think out of the box for ways to grow your own fresh food. People can grow gardens in their back yard, in flower gardens around the house and in containers on a patio or porch. In a small town I once lived in I saw something that really tickled me. The city had placed large cement planters along the street in front of several stores and told the store owners to plant them with things they thought would beutify the street ! In one planter the store owner had planted pop corn in the center and then filled in around the corn with some plantings of zuccini squash and yellow squash and something else. It grew to be the most beautiful planter on the block and the veggies were given to the local food bank ! That planter produced wonderfully all summer. There is no reason why people can’t do something similar around their own place. An apt. patio could produce some cherry tomatoes and bush type yellow summer squash and a few bush bean plants. If you keep them picked they will continue to produce for most of the summer. There could be enough to dehydrate and use later in a soup or stew. Long narrow planters could hold lettuce and green onions. I have grown bush cucumbers in containers on my porch and also two containers with okra ! That okra produced most of the summer too. I took some of it and breaded it and deep fried it and boy was it good with dinner! People think outside the box and now is the time to start planning gardens and buying seeds. Don’t think of it as work but rather think of it as a labor of love for your family and encourage your friends to do the same.

  • Ryknow

    I see many people touting Gold and Silver with the belief that the entire fiat currency system will implode and paper currency will be worthless.

    I do not know if this will be the case, but for arguments sake, assuming that this does occur, the last thing I want to be holding (besides paper money) is Gold and Silver. Why?

    Because Gold and Silver have no real value. Imagine this if you will. An event occurs. This event can happen within a single day or over a period of time. This event causes your US Dollars to become absolutely worthless. Some may argue that they are worthless now, but last I checked I can buy a can of beans with Dollars, not with Gold.

    Now, this event that occurs make US Dollars worthless and in turn, spins out of control and makes all paper money worthless across the globe (or something to this effect). What do you think is the effect of a disaster such as this on the people?

    Should something like this occur, I do not want to own a lick of Gold or Silver, but instead I want to own food, water, shelter, weapons, and ammo. These will be currencies, not Gold/Silver.

    Gold bugs argue that paper currency has failed for over 6000 years and they are right, however never before in that 6000 years have economies across the globe been tied so tightly to one another. The effect of fiat currency collapsing would not affect a community or region, but an entire planet.

    Considering the amount of troy ounces of Gold that has been extracted versus the world’s population, the ratio of 1 troy ounce to 1 person is less than 0.8 to 1. In other words, there is not enough Gold to go around. And with populations increasing globally, that ratio is sure to decrease. Knowing central banks are sitting on a good portion of the Gold, the ratio declines even further. What are the masses and masses of people going to do when their paper money is now nothing?

    So in the end, I am not a buyer of physical gold or silver. I see no value but what us people put on it. In a time of crisis, one can survive without paper money, gold, or silver. That cannot be said for what I believe will be the new world’s reserve currency should an event(s) occur that “wipes” out our fiat based currency system.

  • Kay

    Granny Mae,

    Wow, I like the idea of growing things around the house. I could even grow things in pots on my kitchen counter. Could never do that outside my house because the animals around here would get it. Very good ideas.

    • Granny Mae

      Kay,

      I have seen friends of mine that have grown lettuce in a hanging basket in the kitchen window. I live out in the woods and I know what you mean about animals getting into things but we have salvaged fencing from different places and made fences from wood gleaned from trees that we have had to cut down and little by little we have managed to protect our garden. When I lived in town we had problems with racoons and opossums and squirels. In fact more so than here in the woods ! Do you know that at this very time I have a planter that I keep pulling in and out to the patio that is growing two green pepper plants and they have a total of 7 peppers on them ! We will see how they do. I have a green house that my husband made from used patio doors and I could put them in there but I want to see if they will do well by bringing them in and out. We will see ! You can grow sprouts all year round in the house and they are packed with the best nutrition. Keep that in mind if times get really tough. A few mung bean sprouts thrown on top of a couple scrambled eggs while cooking makes wonderful eggs fu young ! Packed full of nutrition. Don’t forget your pets too. They will need feeding too. I can for my cats and I have 5 of them. When I can meats for the family I take the scraps and parts we don’t eat and can them in 1/2 pint jars for the cats. They love it ! They have chicken and turkey and rabbit and deer sitting on the shelf for them. Plus if worse came to worse we could eat it if need be. It is all good clean food and edible food. Also if you have problems with animals getting into what you grow check out planting some flowers and herbs that repel different animals ! That works too. You can not only repel animals but also bad bugs that way. !

  • Kay

    Granny Mae,

    That sounds like some really good ideas. I would love to grow some of my own food, because not only does it make us more self-sufficient but I know for a fact that it is some of the best food you can eat! I am not much of a green thumb, but it is worth learning. I will plan on experimenting little by little.

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Raggs

    I agree that food is far more valuable than gold…
    I have a question.. the FDA now has the power to restrict even home grown food.. How is this going to play a role in the furture?

  • http://msn Helen Swink

    Granny Mae I love your comments , You sound like a person I would love to have as a neighbor.

    • libertytrain

      I have felt that way as well.

  • Mary

    I don’t understand people advising storing dried beans. It takes forever to cook them and a lot of fuel. I’ll get my beans from cans.

    • greyghost

      Mary, canned goods have a short term shelf life. Dried and dehydrated will store much longer and weigh less should you have to move. Example: a 5gal bucket of dried beans will contain more and weigh less that a 5gal container of canned beans. Be sure to check and rotate all your canned goods. I just checked my pantry and most of the canned stuff is good out to 2013. The pasta, cake mix’es and tuna are all due this year. The rice expired in 2008 and I pitched it.

  • http://www.familyfoodsource.com Faithful Sentinel

    FamilyFoodSource.com has the the absolute BEST long-term, emergency food-Supplies available – and they’re reasonable too. it breaks down to about $1.35/serving. Try Before You Buy. 12 free servings. The U.S. has 20% unemployment, foreclosures are at a record high, natural disasters all over the country – earthquakes, floods, heat-waves, tornadoes, and hurricanes. We need to be prepared in order to protect our families.

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