The question I get asked most often is –
I want to be prepared, but where and how do I start?
Well, I have the answer…
Get Started With Food Storage!
I know… you were expecting something sexy and exciting like saving the world with Jack Bauer – but the scary truth is most people in the United States will run out of food in about 3 days, because that’s what the average person has stored away. So even though other areas of preparedness may seem like more fun – food storage is where it needs to begin.
If you are ready to get started and need help – I have good news for you, Angela Paskett wrote an entire book that will hold your hand through the entire process – or if it helps, you can pretend Jack Bauer is holding your hand instead (that’s what I did ;)
Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival, is a book I would recommend to EVERYONE – whether you care about food storage or not. She doesn’t miss a single detail and the best part is you learn how you can use your food storage in your everyday life – not just when a disaster strikes.
I’ve never had to use my food storage for a large disaster… or live through a power outage that has lasted longer than two days. So has storing food been a waste of time and resources? Absolutely not. What I found is that storing food is so much more than an emergency plan. It is a means by which my family can be self-sufficient every day of the year, regardless of whether we have to deal with an emergency situation or not. – Angela Paskett
I couldn’t agree more! I personally feel if you aren’t benefitting from your food storage now – you’re doing it all wrong. Don’t worry, if you need some fresh ideas and a new start this book can help get you on the right track!
Here are some things you’ll learn about…
Food For 72-Hour Emergency Kits
Having food for an emergency is a must and FEMA recommends having at least 3 days worth . She helps explain how to put an emergency kit together so you are ready at anytime. I appreciated her practical advice like – actually testing every food you include to see if you enjoy it, and considering how you might carry your child, your kit, and your child’s kit if you need to leave in a hurry.
I learned a lot about water options and alternative cooking methods in this chapter too. The Dakota Fire Hole was especially interesting! I’ll definitely be experimenting with that method of cooking soon!
Food For Short-Term Emergencies: Two Weeks to Three Months
Food Storage is definitely not a one-size fits all approach and Angela realizes that. She details different methods you can use and even outlines menus and scenarios to consider.
Food for Long-Term Emergencies: Three Months or Longer
This chapter dives into the 4 traditional long-term food storage items everyone should have and all the different ways to use them. I never realized these 4 foods were the basis of almost any meal and contain the nutrition a body needs for survival.
FEMA recommends having at least a 2 week supply of 14 gallons of water per person, but most people use much more. Angela dives into the many options of storing water and the pros and cons of each. She also discusses how to rotate your water, find natural sources, and purification options.
Preserving Your Own Food
There are so many benefits to know how to preserve your own food – you can stalk-up, save big, buy in bulk, and keep foods from going bad as quickly. Angela goes in-depth about how to preserve your favorite foods through canning, dehydrating, & freezing
Packing Dry Foods For Long-Term Storage
This is an excellent chapter on keeping the common enemies of your food away, and knowing how to correctly package your food in either #10 cans, buckets, mylar bags, jars, or bottles. There really isn’t any food you can’t preserve for an extra 3-30 years – you just need to know what method to use.
One of the biggest obstacles people have when obtaining food storage is – finding the money! This chapter has some great tips and suggestions for purchasing your food storage so anyone can make it happen!
Maintaining Balance and Variety
I already know my family will get tired of wheat and beans real fast, so this chapter was definitely my favorite! She discusses how to add your favorite foods into your storage by teaching you how to store meat, eggs, peanut butter, milk, yogurt, cheese, fruits, vegetables, grains, gluten-free alternatives, oils, sweets, chocolate and so much more.
Sustainable Food Storage
So what happens when your food runs out? That’s where knowing how to garden, keep animals, hunt, fish, trap, and forage for food all come into play. I learned the most from this section and it even has me contemplating raising my own rabbits now!
Organizing and Storing Your Food Storage
I was really excited to see that she added a section on organizing your food storage, because it’s necessary if you ever want to effectively use and rotate your food. You can expect to get some great ideas on organizing your food, keeping an inventory, and securing your food storage when you finish this chapter!
Using Your Food Storage
What good is it to have a bunch of food if you never use it? Personally, I think that’s the one difference between being prepared and being a hoarder. If you are using your food and supplies in your everyday life it can benefit you NOW – not just when a disaster strikes.
She discusses how to convert your recipes into food storage, powerless cooking options, and has some great tips for keeping it rotated. And no matter how much you’ve heard this phrase, it still is some of the best advice around…
Store what you eat and eat what you store!
Prepared Housewives is in Print ;)
I was in shock when I was going through the references and worksheets at the back of the book and saw my website listed as one of the General Preparedness Blogs! I had no idea – seriously!
I was very flattered, but don’t worry, I didn’t let it influence my review of this book in any way – I was already blown away by the content and information way before I got to the end!
Meet the Author – Angela Paskett
Angela Paskett writes the blog Food Storage and Survival and hosts a weekly Food Storage and Survival Radio Show focusing on family preparedness. She has been actively storing and eating food with her family for over fifteen years. She teaches workshops on family preparedness and storing and preserving food to anyone who will listen, including preparedness fairs, civic groups, churches, and online. Angela lives in rural Utah with her husband, four children, animal menagerie, garden, and food storage.
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