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Warning: Lack Of Food May be Hazardous To Your Health

March 21, 2011 by  

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

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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  • Sutekh

    The purpose of raising gasoline prices is to make the U.S. population poor and hungry, so that they will chase after socialist demogogues the way the hungry people do in Ethiopia, Angola, Zimbabwe, and in other countries.

    Well-fed, happy, and non-envious people do not vote for socialists. The socialists finally figured that out here in the U.S. So, the new M.O. is to make everyone poor and hungry. The object is to convince the people to vote them into office so that they can get something to eat. Those foolish enough to vote for them aren’t getting enough protein to have coherent enough thinking to realize that the very people they are voting for are the asme people who caused them to be hungry in the first place.

    Socialists steal 30 trillion dollars, and give 25 million to the poor. And the poor are sooo grateful to get a handout from the guys who made them poor in the first place.

    Sutekh

    First Idiot: I’m trying to remember the name of that ancient guy who used to hold up the world.

    Second Idiot: Robin Hood!

    • Carlucci

      Atlas held up the world.

    • granny mae

      You did well in puting into words exactly what I have thought for a very long time! Good post !

      God Bless !

  • independant thinker

    Don’t see where stockpiling food will help that much with a permanant rise in food prices. Of course it can be a big help with flucuations caused by weather and certainly should be planned for in case of disaster. Where I live you can get used 300 gallon food grade tanks These are roughly cubes with a valve at the bottom come on a plastic pallet and have a metal frame around them. I have purchased two for storing rainwater for my garden and plan to purchase more.

    • Richard Pawley

      What good was it for Joseph to convince the Pharaoh to begin stockpiling wheat for the seven bad years? No one can predict all the future perfectly. If food just keeps increasing in price until it is triple in price it won’t be as bad as if sometime in the future prices double in a single month and then the following month they double again. When people are rioting by the tens of thousands and major cities are in flames those who have food to tide them over will be thankful they have them. If you have unlimited income it may not be a problem but I suspect it will be a problem even then as there will eventually be shortages (remember supply and demand) sometime after all that. It will not be the end of the world but it will certainly seem like and it could be for some. 43 million plus are already on food stamps in this country, yet congress still spends money we don’t have, all the while increasing the probability of the big inflation I fully expect. Believers can always pray for guidance and direction. Many who have felt led to prepare as they are able, both for big inflation and eventual food shortages have done so. Some believe we only have a year or two, others that we have several years. Better to be years to early than one week to late. May God bless all who read this.

      • Mickey Grace

        Thank you brother His heart for us comes thru your message He IS coming soon..watch and pray to be delivered for the destruction which is sure to come on a nation that sucks babies brains out as their being born..and allows men to kiss men in front of our children…rejoice as you see the day approaching amen? amen!

      • John Lounsbury

        Richard,

        I am convinced that we need to stock food and water supplies for the future in case of an emergency.

        The decision we need to make is whether to stock them at our second home, 56 miles from Atlanta, Ga, at Jasper, Ga., or stock them at our main home in Norcross, Ga. about 11 miles from Atlanta. Our second home is in a subdivision in the N. Ga. Mountains with access to about 4 grocery stores including Engles and Kroger. We’d have to travel between 7 and 12 miles to get food there. In Norcross, we are 1/2 – 3 miles from most food stores and there are a number of them.

        I’m concerned not only about food, but transportation. If your car is empty and there is no way to get any gasoline, Jasper would be out of range, although I think we could walk there in a BIG emergency if necessary. It would take several days to do that. The subdivision has its own private water supply, not linked in to any other system. Of course, if electricity is gone, then we are probably in trouble at either place, given the way the power grids are set up.

        I am thinking about the kind of emergency that could hit Atlanta and maybe Norcross, Ga. I would think we would be safer if we were in the Jasper location if we could get there. An atomic blast would probably be directed at Atlanta, but depending on the size of the blast, the affects would probably reach Norcross. There also also things to think about like riots (where will they likely take place), poisoning of water and mass bacteria distribution. I don’t think we would be greatly affected by these, if we were in Jasper. Another, thing, how long will we have to prepare for an imminent threat? Perhaps hours, perhaps no time and maybe several hours or days. Electricity will just vanish I expect in some scenarios.

        So, do you thik I missed something big here? Where do you think we sould stock the food and water? Norcross or Jasper or both? What about storing gasoline too? I have several 5 gallon transports. My daughter lives almost next door to me with two children. My son is about 19 miles away toward Jasper, Ga. with two children.

        I don’t want to waste a lot of time thinking about this, as we will probably have little, if any, warning.

        I would appreciate any thoughts that you care to share with me. If you don’t want to reply, I undertand that too.

        Blessings be to you from my house to yours,

        John M. Lounsbury

        Norcross, Ga. 30092

        • MN North

          John,
          If you are going to store gas in a 5 gal can for more than about 2 months, buy a product call Stabil. It says on the bottle how much to add to the stored gas and it stabilizes the gas for at least a year. I think it’s about 2 oz per 5 gal can. Should gas prices get over the $5 a gal mark, many people may choose not to drive and I’m told you can also put some Stabil into your gas tank if you are not going to use the car for a long period of time. I’ve also heard that it could cost as much as $100 to get your oil changed at some locations so perhaps it’s a good idea to stock up on motor oil, air and oil filters and find someone you can barter with for that service? Just sayin.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            North,
            I have been doing that with a friend for about 20 years. I buy him some coin sets each year and he does all the mechanic work on my cars for the cost of the parts and I buy them. Over the years, he has saved me a huge amount of money!!
            I have 4 five gallon gas cans and when I get a discount at the local station, I fill my car AND two or three of the cans. I’ve always got 15 gallons on hand and it gets used. I usually get 1.50 to 2.00 off a gallon if I grocery shop a lot. When was the last time you got gas under 2.00 a gallon???

        • granny mae

          John Loundsbury,

          How often do you use the second house? If you live in the house closest to your children and you could only aford to stock food at one place then I would go with the house closest to your kids. Families need to be together when times are tough. It may be a good idea to apoint certain jobs or responsibilities to each member of the family. That way you don’t have to try to think of everything yourself. List the things you will need to keep your life comfortable. You probably already have most of what you need such as blankets and clothing and flashlights etc. But you may not have enough of other things that you don’t use too often if ever. Did you think of a cloths line and cloths pins because the dryer won’t work without electricity? How about toilet paper? Get several boxes of the 13 gal. size white trash bags so you can line your toilet with one and use the toilet without flushing. When used just lift the bag out and twist tie it off and then dispose of it in a trash can or a hole dug in the back yard. If you may be in either home at any given time then you need to supply both places. Invest in a generator for some electrical use. A solar operated one would be nice but get what you can. Also know that living in Georgia you will have to deal with the heat in the summer and there may not be a way to use your air-conditioning, so plan ahead to be uncomfortable ! You need to store what you use and you will need to learn to make what you can’t buy ready made. Also plan for your house payments and taxes during tuff times. It would be a shame to loose your home because you didn’t pay your taxes! Store gas and as much as you can but don’t store it in the heat or in the basement of your home. Fire hazzard ! Plan to use only one vehicle and make that the one that is best on gas milage. As for you not wanting to waste time thinking about all this, think of it this way; you are investing in your future existance and that of your family. You need to spend some time thinking of this because if you delegate too much to someone else then you will be living according to the needs and concerns of someone els and not the needs and concerns of your life and that of your families! What you do is to think local first. Do everything you can for your main home and then when you have that taken care of you proceed on to the secon home. Think in terms of living like the pioneers did and then improve on it . A good example is the lives of the Amish. Learn from them and from everyone on this site. These people have excellant ideas for their own lives that can be applied to your circumstances. Each of us has his or her own circumstances for their lives so take the most important to you and plan for substituting what you can to take it’s place. If it is heat then plan on using a fireplace or a wood burning stove which can also be used for cooking, or you could use a grill or a camping stove, but there again consider the fuel it takes to use it. If you can get some impliments to use to start a garden in your back yard and store some seeds. Store seeds in the freezer but also remember that if times get tuff and the electricity is interrupted you may not be able to run your freezer. In that case you may have to can up what is in it so you don’t loose it. Put the women in the family in charge of learning to can and dehydrate and preserve food as they are the ones that usually prepare it any way. Make sure you have sorces set up where you can trade or barter for other things you might need. Think out of the box ! But most of all do your own thinking.

          • granny mae

            If you can afford it the pre packaged food supplies are a great convience. Remember that each years supply is for one person, so plan on getting one for each member of the family. Also get most of the books sold by Peggy Layton to teach you how to use these products. If you don’t know how to make biscuits from scratch then you can’t make biscuits from your food supply ! Also know that this kind of food supply has a bit different taste and texture than you might be use to so start using these foods so you can acquire a taste for it. You will not be a happy camper if worse comes to worse and you have to live on your food supply and it is not what you are use to. I suggest mixing this kind of food storage with everyday canned goods that people are use to. Forget the frozen veggies because they probably won’t be available ! Good Luck and God Bless !

          • granny mae

            One more simple suggestion, you can dehydrate frozen veggies real easy. Most vegetables need to be blanched but if you buy the frozen veggies in the bag they are already blanched. So all you have to do is spread them on the tray and put them in the dehydrater and turn it on ! Simply take the dried veggies and place them in a seal-a-meal bag and seal them on a vacuum sealer and they will keep for a very long time ! I keep my dehydrated veggies in a big plastic bucket with a sealing lid. I purchased them from Home Depot but you can also get them from Lowe’s !

    • texastwin827

      Independent …on the contrary, stockpiling has a dual purpose now. It’s easier to buy it now, with today’s prices than it will be if food prices double or triple in cost. Food can always be eaten, if you have it, however, if you don’t have the money to buy it, it doesn’t matter that there is a large supply of it, available.

      I’m considering buying a small freezer so I can stockpile what we eat today. Having spent 16 yrs in the Houston area (and going through two hurricanes (Alicia & Ike) I already know what to do with it, if the power goes out. GRILL IT and invite the family & neighbors! Otherwise, it’s there for the long term.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Texastwin827,
        I just bought two whole loins yesterday 1.47 a pound. cut them up into roasts and got seven good sized roasts. boneless roasts like that are about 2.77 to 3.00 a pound around here!!

        • texastwin827

          LOL @ Joe. You know if the s**t hits the fan, the younger generation is going to need we old folks. While my oldest one could probably do it because she’s a great cook, but neither of my other two girls would have a clue about how to cut up a whole fryer for a southern fried chicken dinner!

          Another good idea with a pork loin…buy it whole, when it’s on sale and cut it into your own thick pork chops. For those who can, buy large family sized packages and break them down into freezer bags for whatever size your family is. Usually the family sizes are cheaper than smaller packages. That applies to almost any meat that isn’t cut up by the butcher.

          I am concentrating on accumulating dried beans (another southern comfort food with high protein content), tuna fish & even a can of spam once in a while. Even children who are picky eaters will eat it, if they get hungry enough. My granddaughters are going to be in for a major shock if it gets bad. My grandson is nearly 17 and will eat anything on his plate as long as it doesn’t try to walk off of it, so I don’t worry about him.

          • granny mae

            texastwin827,

            Good for you. It does my heart good to see so many people getting ready for any kind of trouble that may come their way, be it a natural or man made disaster ! You are off to a good start. I might offer a suggestion about the beans if I may. Over the years I have found that dried beans do not last for long term storage because they get too dried out and hard and then they won’t cook up soft. I have had cooked beans that my grandson could use in his slingshot to pick off squirels in the woods with! What I do is cook them part way and then put them in canning jars and pressure can them. They will keep for years and are ready on a moments notice. If you can’t do that and you end up with hard beans you can grind them in a flour mill and use the flour in soups and gravies or stews.
            Just a suggestion. Keep up the good work, God Bless

  • Thamera

    Yep, water is my main concern right now. I have enough grains and soups and hot chocolate to last for quite awhile, although that menu is going to get pretty boring if it is for the long run. I have the containers for water, just need to fill them. I think iodine is good to have on hand, but for now I’ll just be eating tuna fish. The only good thing about these disasters is that it is a “wake up” call, for me anyway, to be prepared. Oh, and I am grateful that I have a garden as well.

    • independant thinker

      A garden is very important if you have a place for it. A person can grow an amazing amount in a small space if they pay attention to what they are doing.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Independant thinker,
        I put in a garden each year here,and I put in about 22 tomato plants each time, can them, make garden special and juice a few as well. I usually plant themin rows about 2 to 3 weeks apart so I have a steady run but not all at once. We used some garden special that was canned six years ago the other day and it was fine!! I have grapes as well, and we have drank juice that was nine and ten years old!

        • granny mae

          Joe H

          I am so proud of you for sharing the things you have done and experienced with your gardening and canning. Way to go!

          God Bless

    • texastwin827

      Thamera, even though there is always the possibility that you might have to leave your home, keep in mind what those of us who have lived in a hurricane zone already know. The bathtub is the biggest and easiest means of collecting water. IF there is enough time to do so, clean the tub and fill it with water. As long as you boil it or sanitize it with Clorax bleach, you will have what you need for a while to cook, flush toliets and even use a small amount for “sponge” baths.

      Also, for those of you who can, one thing that I found on a “survival” site, recommended buying a large commercial sized mop bucket because it has a wringer on it and could easily be used for wash clothing etc should you lose power and not be able to use your wasing machine. I’d also purchase old fashioned clothes pins and a clothes line that can be errected.

      I know this sounds “fatalistic” but I do believe hard times are coming to us and as my mother (who lived through the Depression) was fond of saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

      • granny mae

        texastwin827,

        Great advice ! I forgot all about the wringer thing. Mine is put away and I haven’t seen it for many a day. Had to hide it because my oldest son lives close by and was always wanting to use it ! I know him and he isn’t getting his hands on my wringer! I remember the days my husband was in the army and I had to was cloth in the kitchen sink. Try wringing out a set of fatigues by hand and you will soon appreciate that little wringer devise ! Good post.
        God Bless.

  • Stitch

    Peggy Layton’s book “Cookin’ with home storage” is AWESOME !
    I’ve had my copy for a year now and use it every week.
    I highly recommend it to every one not only because of it’s vast amount of information on home storage,
    But the recipes in it are some of the best I’ve ever eaten !
    Get the book … You’ll be glad you did.

    • granny mae

      Stitch

      I agree ! I love mine too !

      God Bless

  • Carlucci

    We’ve had a fairly cold winter (at least for us) where I live (SE Texas). I made lentil and other soups in my slow cooker about once a week. Since humidity is high here both summer and winter, the cold weather feels even colder because of the dampness. All I want to do from November to April is put on flannel pajamas when I get home at night, and eat a big bowl of hot soup with whole grain or corn bread.

    Speaking of water storage, I’m thinking of ordering a water bob:

    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/CAMP205-1.html#Reviews

  • texastwin827

    John,

    It sounds like 56 miles is the farthest that you would need to travel to your 2nd house and you have two children to be concerned about. My suggestion would be 3- 5 gal gas cans, filled….one for each family to enable you to get to your 2nd home, if needed.

    As for sanitary water…buy 3 gallons of Clorax bleach (one for each family). A one gallon bottle of Clorax will sanitize 3800 gallons of water (see below)

    From Clorax’s website:
    http://www.csgnetwork.com/h2oemergencypurifycalc.html

    Boiling Is Best
    Short of using a very high-quality water filter, this is the most reliable method for killing microbes and parasites. Bring water to a rolling boil and keep it simmering for at least several minutes. Add one minute of boiling to the initial 10 minutes for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Cover the pot to shorten boiling time and conserve fuel.

    Liquid Clorox Bleach
    In an emergency, think of this (one gallon of Regular Clorox Bleach) as 3,800 gallons of drinking water.

    First let water stand until particles settle. Filter the particles if necessary with layers of cloth, coffee filters, or fine paper towels. Pour the clear water into an uncontaminated container and add Regular Clorox Bleach per the below indicated ratio. Mix well. Wait 30 min. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat dose. Wait 15 min. Sniff again. Keep an eyedropper taped to your emergency bottle of Clorox Bleach, since purifying small amounts of water requires only a few drops. Bleach must be fresh for best use and results. See below suggestions for storage bottle replacement.

    Don’t pour purified water into contaminated containers. Sanitize water jugs first.

    Without water and electricity, even everyday tasks are tough. In lieu of steaming hot water, sanitize dishes, pots and utensils with a little Clorox Bleach. Just follow the directions below to keep dishes clean.

    Ratio of Clorox Bleach to Water for Purification

    2 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per quart of water
    8 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per gallon of water
    1/2 teaspoon Regular Clorox Bleach per five gallons of water
    If water is cloudy, double the recommended dosages of Clorox Bleach.

    Only use Regular Clorox Bleach (not Fresh Scent or Lemon Fresh). To insure that Clorox Bleach is at its full strength, rotate or replace your storage bottle minimally every three months.

    Clorox Bleach Sanitizing Solution

    To sanitize containers and utensils, mix 1 tablespoon Regular Clorox Bleach with one gallon of water. Always wash and rinse items first, then let each item soak in Clorox Bleach Sanitizing Solution for 2 minutes. Drain and air dry.

    Even if you store water, should you run out of sanitary water, it’s nice to have this info for emergencies.

    Also, should we not have gas or electricty for cooking, buy a standard size aluminum windshield sunshade (the kind you use to keep heat out of a car) and follow the instructions at this website.

    http://solarcooking.org/plans/windshield-cooker.htm

    You can make a solar cooker out of it, that will reach up to 350-360 degrees (just as an oven does) as long as you adjust it’s position, during cooking, towards the sun. Those of us in southern states will benefit from this more than our northern neighbors because we have an abundance of sunshine, almost year round. Even in the worst of times, nothing would beat a hot meal! I, myself, have accumulated a large number of recipes for campsite cooking as it’s totally different than using a stove. Wise purchase for campsite cooking (just ask a scout!): a dutch oven.

    For those of you planting gardens…buy only “heirloom” seeds (available in abundance from sellers on ebay). The hybrids do NOT produce seeds that you can use for the next season’s planting.

    Just my two cents worth…….

    • granny mae

      texastwin827

      Very good post ! Lots of good info. adventurous folks should try a lot of these suggestions before they are needed so they will know what they are doing when the time comes.

      God Bless

  • DaveH

    I love how the news media always blames rising prices on everything but the real cause — excess money creation by the Federal Reserve.

    “Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon” — Milton Friedman.

  • dave

    I just have one question, I’m hoping someone else has given this some thought. I livein an area that is kindly refered to as “the sticks”, and although I have a good deep well and my very own septic system, I’m currently stocking up on drinking water as well. We all seem to know how much drinking water we’ll need, but has anyone done the math on how much additional water we might need for the other things? Like how much will I need to cook/reconstitute the food I stored? How much will I need to wash the dishes? Keep each person reasonably clean? If my pump should quit, how much should I have to keep the toilet flushed? I’m begining to think that old Fire Dept. tanker would have been a bargain!

    • s c

      Dave, consider a composting toilet. You won’t need water to operate it. Some, I think, don’t require electricity. You shouldn’t need a plumber.
      Or, you could build an old-fashioned ‘shack’ outside. Toilet paper would be a luxury in a nation that couldn’t supply its citizens with electricty or water.
      We may be close to the day when politician’s faces should be on toilet paper and/or money. Either way, those worthless #^&*! would finally get all the ‘respect’ they’re due.

    • texastwin827

      LOL at “live in the sticks”. My sister also lives in the sticks, in East Texas. One thing you might want to investigate is a manual hand pump for your well. Long before electricity, that’s the way the pioneers got water from their wells (rather than the bucket that was dropped into the well, like movies portray)

    • granny mae

      dave, There are a lot of suggestions as to what to do and how to do it and most any of them will work. I have a porta potty that we will put in one of our sheds if need be. I have checked out compost toilets and taked to several people that have had them for years and most all of them have said that they smell . I think the problem for most is that they have wives that insist on cleaning the toilets all the time with cleaners and that really gums up the works. Just use water only. I also have the option of using the white garbage bags placed in the toilet and after use you can lift it out and twist it up and dispose of it in a garbage can or burry it. As for water I suggest a hand pump or a generator that will run your pump when you need it. If none of these suggestions is good for you then please get some 50 gal. drums that have held food stuffs such as orange juice or other flavored syrups and bring them home and wash them out. I used dish soap on mine and hosed them well. I plugged them up and had the kids roll them around the yard. Then I hosed them out real good to rinse them. I put them under my car port and filled them with water and added 5 teasp. of bleach to each drum and sealed them up. Over the years I have dumped them twice and refilled them but I don’t think it was necessary. I expect to use a lot less water when times are tuff so we will be conserving water a whole lot. It is good to experiment now and see how much you could conserve if you had too and then you would have an idea of how much water to store. There are 4 of us in this house but I would expect several more if the bottom fell out so I have 6 of these drums and plan to get a few more soon. Remember that in hard times we will have to use as little as possible and people that live in the south might need more because of the heat. In the north you will have to protect your water barrels from freezing. I have a simple pump that can be used to get the water out of the barrel when it is needed. I was told once that a 55 gal. barrel should last one person 3 months but I don’t know, so plan on a way to use your well as much as possible and keep the barrels for a back-up. I live in the sticks too and I love it !

      God Bless

      • granny mae

        By the way, there is one more thing you can do to store water and that is you can can it in a water bath canner. Just take clean jars and fill them with water and apply a hot lid and screw band, place them in a water bath canner or a large stock pot and cover the jars with hot water. Put the lid on the pan and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 min. and cool then store in your cupboard. You are good to go.

        God Bless.

  • http://windstream Jo Anne

    I agree with SC Even if prices were not increasing at the rate that they are now, it’s a good idea to learn to stock pile. As an ex military wife I had to learn how to plan for the day’s when we were short of cash and low on food. Canned goods and powdered milk are the best foods to keep in every household. For those who are low on space to store products, you can make a place. Find corners, under the bed, in storage sheds, (even pet foods can be stockpiled.) The dry food doesn’t keep as well or for long. But canned foods will. If you just pick up one or two extra cans per week and put those in the storage and forget them until they are needed. For the people who have deep wells, keep the plastic bottles from milk purchases. Wash them and store them. They are great to keep water in. Just make a place out of the weather. Root cellars aren’t that hard to make and food can be stored under ground if you make a place. Even if you have a small area.( Just make it rodent and vandal proof.) Fresh fruits and vegetables can also be stored for a good while in root cellars and in some basements.The Amish are really good at this.

  • texastwin827

    Joann, milk containers are not considered good storage vessels for water. The better ones (and easier to store) or the large cola bottles. 1 liter bottles are almost the same as 1 gallon and are also not quite as bulky to store as gallon jugs are.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      texastwin827,
      you can also use the bottles from gallons of arizona tea. They are quite thick and heavy duty. I have been using the same ones for about two years now and the water, when changed out periodically tastes fine!! I also use them tied to my wood pile tarps to keep them down in the wind!!

      • granny mae

        OH now aren’t you the smarty! LOL. Love the idea of holding down the wood pile tarp! I’m going to tell the old guy about that and I bet he uses that one. Love it Good post! I also use the big juice jugs. I even use them to send iced tea and kool-aid to the guys when they go to work out in the heat. They are real handy. God Bless

        • granny mae

          A suggestion on using old powdered milk, add a teaspoon of vanilla and it will help the taste. God Bless

  • Robert

    Most people today think people that store food are nuts. Everyone did it just two generations ago. It seems prudent to me to have at least three if not more months of food on hand.

    • granny mae

      Robert,

      You are right. As for me, I don’t care what anyone else thinks of me, they don’t pay my bills or feed me so they can think what they want and I can think what I want too ! Eating Crow is not something I will have to do but I know a lot who will ! God Bless

  • Kathy Davis

    Lack of electricity should be considered in all areas of stored food preparations. When I purchase food, I consider how much energy will be required to cook this food, if I am depending on a woodfire or propane burner; such as, 1 minute oatmeal versus regular oatmeal. Same with dried beans etc.
    I invested in a Monarch type stove that will burn either wood or coal, has a large oven and water storage tank for hot water. Can you imagine what a luxury hot water will become? Also, heats the house which is a bonus (in winter).

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