Archive for January, 2013
I recently received a sample of a Wise Food Storage meal. The package is labeled as “Emergency Food Supply” and has a shelf life of about 25 years if stored properly. Well, mine did not last long because I wanted to try it out and see how this “survival food” tasted. Wise is also one of the lowest priced survival and outdoor food companies in existence, so that prompted me even more.
Wise Foods are also one of the top supporters of the Discovery show Doomsday Preppers, which is how I actually became familiar with the company in the first place. Then after checking into outdoor food prices, most of which are only for the rich, I decided to try out their food.
The package I got states that it has 4 servings of a main entree. I had not eaten all day and it was late afternoon when I tried this, so I planned to eat the whole thing.
I got out my camp stove and set it up on the tailgate of my truck. The survival camper is sitting on the bed of the truck. I was out in a survival training situation anyway, so this was a fitting scene to try out some new survival food.
So, the instructions say to bring 4 cups of water to a boil and then add the entire package to the pot and stir. Then you are supposed to turn off the heat, cover the pot and let it stand for 12 to 15 minutes. You should stir it from time to time as it cooks. This is survival food so it is designed to cook pretty much on its own once the water is boiled. That is perfect for saving precious fuel in a survival situation.
I got the water boiling and put the contents in the pot. It was mid December and I did not have a lid for the pot or anything to insulate it with (need to fix this problem asap). So I just kept cooking the food on low heat. I do NOT want to be wasting fuel like this in the future, so I will be getting an old blanket to use for cooking.
There were carrots, peas, onions and noodles floating around in the pot while it was cooking. It looked good so far.
When the sauce had thickened enough, I went inside to my survival truck camper dining area and dug in.
I was quite surprised to find that the food not only tasted good, it was great. It is supposed to be a gourmet meal, but anyone can claim that. I have heard many complaints about outdoor food suppliers and the lack of taste and texture of a reconstituted meal. The food in this package turned out very well. It actually cooked up just like a meal fresh from the grocery store. It reminds me of a pasta dish I once had in a German restaurant.
The food had a good texture as well. I cannot stand slimy or wet meals that have not (or cannot be) cooked properly. The package stated it contains 4 servings and I planned to eat the whole thing, but I was stuffed after only half the contents. That is surprising considering that the package does not look all that big when you are holding it in your hands.
I am a strong believer in comfort items in a survival situation and food is no exception. Good food is a morale booster and could save your life. Eating bland, boring food lowers your will to live. If this is survival food, then I want more. This stuff is affordable, first and foremost. For me, paying $7 – 9 for a single meal is not affordable. Even military MREs go for about $6 or more per meal. Forget it. Wise sells for about $2 or less per meal and it tastes good.
I am stocking up.
This is a freeze dried gourmet meal in a shelf stable package. Right on the package it says that the best storage temperature is 50 – 55 degrees F. If you can keep it cool and dry, then it will last many years. I think this is perfect for burying in a survival food cache.
I have some more meals from this company to try out. Cant wait to see how good they are. I will share what I find……
When cold and flu season comes around, many people just accept that they are probably going to get sick at least once during the season. Some people get sick multiple times during the season. Its just another part of life we have to accept. Or do we?
With natural methods, you can prevent colds and flu. You can even fight them at onset before they really take hold. If you do get sick and it gets bad, natural methods can help you recover much faster than with over the counter medicines.
First of all, drink a lot of water. Most of the time our immune system is weak due to dehydration. Often we do not even know that we are dehydrated. Most people do not drink the recommended 8 glasses of water per day. If you are not getting at least that much water each day, then you need to drink up if you get sick.
The next thing is to drink a whole jar or can of mixed vegetable juice. You should find a good, natural mixed veggie juice with no added ingredients. Drink the whole thing throughout day one. If you even start to feel the flu or cold coming on, then start drinking right away. The vegetable juice mix, taken slowly throughout the day, gives your body a large dose of any missing vitamins and minerals it may need to fight infection.
One of most powerful immune system boosters and flu fighting elements is vitamin C. This comes from oranges and clementines, bell peppers, hot peppers and other natural sources. Taking vitamin supplements is a tricky path to take because you are not sure if it is from a natural source or synthetic. Taking in anything synthetic is bad for you. You also need to find out if the vitamin C tablets are soluble in water, or in your stomach. Some cheaper brands do not even dissolve properly after you take them.
Also eating natural fruit and plants brings many supporting vitamins and minerals which your body needs.
Hot chili peppers are good for what ails you as well. Not only do they have vitamin C, but the hot chili oil has antimicrobial effects. Chili is also known to stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain, giving you a happy feeling and making you want to come back for more. Chili can be addictive due to this fact. Also, a good, happy attitude may help.
Garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic. Garlic is best eaten raw because heat destroys its immune system boosting properties. Eat the raw garlic and chew it slowly and thoroughly for the best effects. For some reason, the crushing action of chewing garlic causes a chemical reaction that releases some powerful immune system boosting compounds. Garlic is one of natures most powerful medicines. By eating raw garlic next time you feel the flu coming on, you may just save yourself a trip to the doctor.
Honey grown locally also has some immune system boosting properties. Unpasteurized honey, in its pure and natural state, has enzymes that boost your immune system and help fight infection. Local honey also contains all the pollen from plants found in your area, which can help fight allergies.
Cinnamon can also help you fight infection.
There are many more immune boosting plants and herbs that you can use. Many of the mint family of plants help fight infection and have soothing properties, for example.
The next time you feel a stuffy head or scratching in the back of your throat, run right to the produce section of the local grocery store and get yourself some of these herbal powerhouses. If you take two or more of these during day one, you may just kill the bug before it gets a chance to set in.
I used to get sick a few times each year. The last two years I have managed to avoid getting sick beyond the first scratchy throat and stuffiness that comes on the first day. Normally, by the second day, I have fought off any sickness naturally.
One other important point to note is that your diet and intake of artificial ingredients plays a key role in your overall health and immune system strength. Natural foods lead to an overall healthier life.
Disclaimer: Natural herbal remedies are great, but if you do not recover within three days or get worse, seek medical attention. This article is for information only and is not intended to replace professional advice or medicine. Follow these opinions at your own discretion and risk.
Every single home should have a first aid kit. You should also carry a first aid kit in your car, boat and backpack. In some countries in Europe, having a first aid kit in your car is the law and is one of the vehicle inspection points. Outdoor sportsmen/women should carry first aid kits as well when they are out in nature. Preppers should have a first aid kit on hand in case of emergency.
A first aid kit, fully equipped with all the essentials, does not need to be expensive either. Below, I will show you how to put together a complete first aid kit using all dollar store materials. The items shown below come in bulk packages, so there is actually enough for two or three first aid kits for the price. This is good, because, as already mentioned, you should keep one in your home, car and backpack or bug out bag.
The contents of this first aid kit are all up to you. You can have as many, or as few items as you want. Below you can see my Dollar Store first aid kit contents. Everything you see, including the box, are from the dollar store. You may need to shop around at various dollar store chains in order to find everything you need.
Recommended contents are the following:
- Plastic container to keep it in
- Waterproof tape
- Various sized bandaids
- Hand sanitizer
- Various sizes of gauze
- Elastic pressure bandage
- Aspirin (or natural alternative)
- Antiseptic (or natural alternative)
Optional items would be the following:
- First aid book
- Safety pins
- Razor knife
- Sewing needles
- Fine fish line (to sew wounds)
Of course, you can add as many more items to this list as you want. I use natural medicine, so there is no medicine or aspirin found in my first aid kit. If you do include dated items like medicine, be sure to rotate it out to keep it fresh.
A first aid book is helpful to have in case of emergencies you may not be sure how to handle. Either use an orange or bright red colored box or label it “first aid kit” so it is easily spotted in emergency.
Regardless of the contents of your own first aid kit, you should have one. Do not wait until disaster hits before you think about it.
These days with the fear of genetically modified seeds being used in our food, non GMO seeds are becoming popular. Non genetically modified seeds are becoming hard to find with each passing year. If you do manage to find any non GMO seeds, the are generally of the hybrid type. I have found a source of non GMO Heirloom seeds at an affordable price for gardening or for a survival seed vault.
After watching a video about genetically modified crops and their impact on our health, I spent months researching companies to find the best deal on non GMO seeds at an affordable price. There are many companies out there who make false claims in order to increase sales. To find a legitimate company requires some time and research.
The company I found offers non GMO Heirloom seeds at a very good price. The Survival Essential seeds company sells on Ebay and competes with many other companies selling seeds. What set this company apart for me is that they have a family oriented background and are licensed by the State of Oklahoma and display it on their store.
They also have a lot of information about the company background and about the seeds they offer online.
Another very important point is that when you call, you get a live person on the phone without waiting and punching through a bunch of options in an automated voice answering system.
So I ordered the 510,000 seed package and anxiously waited for them to arrive.
When I got the box, it was very heavy. More than I had expected. I did not know how many 510,000 seeds really were. So I tore open the box to see what was inside.
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There was a free gift package right on top, along with a sheet about planting seeds.
As I started taking out the seed packets, it kept going and going. Some of the packages had a LOT of seeds in them.
In all, there are 36 varieties of seeds inside the bulk seed bank. Each package has enough seeds that you can easily plant some this year and put away a bunch for following years. I guess this is why it is called a “seed bank”.
Some of the packages have over 50,000 or more seeds, which is an impressive amount of seeds. This is certainly enough for a lot of years of planting.
One thing they mention on their website is that you can freeze the seeds for long term storage. I guess you could also vacuum seal the seeds for longer storage as well. If you sealed them up and then placed them in a cool, dry cellar, they should be good for years to come.
The package contains the following:
- Beet – Detroit Dark Red – 1,000
- Broccoli – Green – 4,000
- Brussels Sprouts – 4,000
- Cabbage – Copenhagen Market – 4,000
- Carrot – Chantenay – 10,000
- Cauliflower – 4,000
- Collards – Morris Heading – 7,000
- Collards – Vates – 4,500
- Corn – Golden Bantam – 500
- Cucumber – Boston Pickling – 600
- Dill – Long Island Mammoth – 6,000
- Green Beans – Bush – 300
- Kale – Dwarf Siberian – 4,000
- Kohlrabi – Purple Vienna – 3,500
- Lettuce – Black Seeded Simson – 25,000
- Lettuce – Bronze Mignonette – 25,000
- Lettuce – Oak Leaf – 25,000
- Lettuce – Prizehead – 25,000
- Cantaloupe – Hales Best Jumbo – 600
- Mustard Greens – Florida Broadleaf – 68,000
- Mustard – Old Fashioned – 68,000
- Onion – Yellow Sweet Spanish – 4,000
- Peas – Sugar Snap – 600
- Radish – Cherry Belle – 3,000
- Radish – French Breakfast – 3,000
- Radish – White Icicle – 3,000
- Rutabaga – American Purple Top – 9,000
- Spinach – Bloomsdale Long Standing – 600
- Squash – Table King (Acorn) – 500
- Swiss Chard – Ruby Red – 1,000
- Tomato – Rutgers – 1,000
- Tomato – Red Beefsteak – 1,000
- Turnip – Purple Top – 64,000
- Turnip – Seven Top – 64,000
- Turnip – Shogoin – 64,000
- Watermelon – Crimson Sweet – 400
All in all, this package contains 36 types of seeds. This is certainly enough variety for any garden lover. And the quantity of seeds in each package ensures you have enough seeds for years to come.
I must say that I am so impressed with this company that I will break my own rules here and give a link to them. I think that any prepper or gardener out there should have a good supply of non genetically modified seeds on hand.
You can vacuum seal your own food packets for long term storage. Survival food storage should be put away by every household in case of emergency. This is food with a long shelf life which is put in a convenient place and easy to grab and run in case of a disaster of some kind. You can make your own survival food rations and save a lot of money.
Many off the shelf items at the grocery store can be vacuum sealed for long term storage. These are items which generally have a decent shelf life, which would be extended if the food was packaged and stored properly. Vacuum sealing food keeps out moisture and oxygen, both of which reduce the shelf life of the food.
Oatmeal packets were used in this example because they are convenient, taste good and are packaged in single servings already. All you need to do is protect the oatmeal packets from the elements for long term storage. That is where vacuum sealing comes in. Sealing the oatmeal packets in a vacuum extends the shelf life greatly.
This is for example only. You can vacuum seal all sort of food such as dried vegetables, dried jerkey, dried fruit, whole grains, seeds, crackers, and other off the shelf food packets.
Above you can see three boxes of oatmeal packets that are ready to be sealed away. Mix up the flavors in order to have some variety later when you are in a survival situation. Eating the same thing day after day will lower morale.
First, make your vacuum sealer bag by cutting a piece off the roll to the correct size and then sealing off the bottom. Now take about 10 of your oatmeal packets and place them neatly in the vacuum sealer bag. Mix up the flavors in each bag.
When you have the bag ready, place it into the vacuum sealer as directed by the manufacturer of your particular machine. The one shown has lines along the vacuum nozzle which show where to line up the bag.
Press down on the sides of the machine until it clicks into place and the vacuum starts to run. You should hold the bag level with the machine to prevent folds in the bag which could reduce the chances of it sealing properly later. This will also help the vacuum do its job.
When all the air is out of the bag, press down on the heater element, which will seal off the bag by melting a strip of the plastic. Now your food is permanently sealed for long term storage. For the best shelf life, keep your food cool, dry and out of the sun.
You should put your vacuum sealed food packets in a larger sealed container to keep mice and bugs out. A large 5 gallon food grade plastic bucket works fine.
You can put away a lot of different sorts of food in this way to extend its shelf life.