Peggy Layton Archive
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. Email this author.
During emergency situations, you may find your home and community in the dark. That can be a very frightening thing — especially for children. We have all experienced a power outage. We need alternative sources of light during blackouts.
Every family should practice emergency procedures and conduct regular emergency drills, especially with their children, friends, neighbors and church or group members. Belonging to a like-minded group is very important.
Food can be dead or alive. Foods that sprout are considered live foods, and processed food is considered empty and dead. Enzymes, the biochemical catalysts in each cell, orchestrate complex biological processes. Every transformation — every nutrient breakdown and transfer — involves enzymes. They are life.
The better prepared you are and the more skills you have, the less fear and anxiety you will experience in case of an emergency or disaster situation. Learn how to stay warm, build a shelter, find and filter water, and build a fire. Also, be sure to stock emergency food and other fundamental items in your vehicle and bug-out bag.
In any survival scenario, the most valuable asset or currency you will need is food. Food reserves will be more precious than gold, oil and cash. We must have food to survive. Let’s face it, when you’re hungry, nothing else matters. If you don’t have nutrient-dense food, your food reserves will be insufficient.
In 2012, we plan for the worst and hope for the best. The threats are real and include bioterrorism and nuclear war. When all “heck” breaks loose, homemakers can use supplements to help their families survive.
You asked me for ideas on how to make food storage work for you. You asked for articles that were practical in 2012. So let’s take your food storage up to the next level: live food. Along with prepackaged and convenience foods, you need some food that can be sprouted. Dead food in storage cannot sustain you.
In order to live, we must have clean, potable, bacteria-free drinking water. Most of us think that when we turn on the faucet, we are getting safe, pure drinking water. We aren’t.
There is no way we can know exactly what emergency situations might occur. If you break down the short-term and long-term emergencies and prepare for them in sequence, it will be easier and less overwhelming to put together emergency survival foods and other supplies just in case you encounter a power outage, tornado, hurricane, flooding, civil unrest or any other type of local disaster.
Drying excess produce is one of the easiest, most inexpensive and oldest preservation methods available. I really like the fact that my homegrown food does not go to waste. I also like that that it has no chemicals, additives or preservatives in it.