Summer 2014 Book Festival: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency

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Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Angela Paskett, the author of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

Before starting, let me tell you a little bit about the book.  Angela’s book is an in-depth guide that addresses all sorts of food storage dilemmas  There are foods for 72 hour kits, foods for three month kits, and foods for long-term, or what I like to call “deep storage”.

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Beyond that, there are chapters on water storage and food preservation and even a chapter on organizing your food storage.  And who doesn’t need help with that?  There are photos, tables, checklists and even a list of resources, Backdoor Survival included!

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with Angela Paskett

Tell me about your book, Food Storage for Self Sufficiency and Survival. What is it about?

Food Storage for Self Sufficiency and Survival is an in-depth, nuts and bolts guide to storing food. It is not a recipe book or all inclusive survival manual. Most survival books cover the topic of food in one or two chapters and many food storage books have a little information on the actual process of storing food and fill the remainder of the book with recipes.

There is so much depth to the topic of food storage that should be considered as you create a food storage plan for your family, and so I wrote this book that is 200 pages of usable information for creating your family’s food storage plan and preserving, storing, and rotating that food.

I cover foods for emergency kits, short term and long term storage, water storage and purification, preserving your own food, proper packaging techniques, options for getting a variety of foods into your storage, options for purchasing food storage (and even some ways to get it free), sustainable food storage, and organization and rotation methods. There are also lots of worksheets and checklists for you to use when planning and maintaining your own food storage.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

This is an interesting question, because most of what I wrote about in this book I have actually tried over my 15+ years of storing food for my family or experienced even farther back into my childhood, so much of the research has happened over the course of living a life with food storage.

There were some areas I had to delve into researching in more depth (one was the chapter on water) and really appreciate those experts that were willing to share information with me. I also quality checked all the information I was writing to make sure I was only sharing information that was safe and up to date, especially in the food preservation sections.

How long did it take to write?

This book took about nine months of writing and editing to get finished, which was quite a feat while still keeping up with my four children, garden, house, blog, and podcast!

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading Food Storage for Self Sufficiency and Survival?

There are a couple of things I hope your readers gain from this book. First is that there is no “one best way” to store food. Each family’s food storage plan will be unique due to their family make up, housing situation, tastes, eating habits, and more. The good thing is that we truly live in the golden age of food storage options and my book goes into depth on those options so there is no excuse not to get some food stored for your family.

Second is that storing food is not just for crazy people in bunkers or major disasters. I have never lived through a major disaster (or in a bunker), but I use my food storage every day. Food storage can help your family weather all the storms of life from last minute potluck meals to economic setbacks to power outages and hurricanes.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I am the author of the blog Food Storage and Survival and live in rural Utah with my husband, four children, and our animal menagerie. We made a decision to prepare our family for emergencies shortly after getting married and there have been some great learning experiences along the way.

Now in addition to my blog, I host the weekly Food Storage and Survival Radio Show and teach workshops on preparing families for emergencies and storing and preserving food. When I’m not writing I enjoy getting outside, hiking, fishing, shooting stuff, sewing, and historical reenactments.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

Is there any one event?  There are so many potential disasters, from job loss to an economic crash to an EMP.

In our family’s case, we have always based our preparations on the worst case scenario, and have been able to use those preparations for many less-than-worst-case scenarios that have occurred along the way. There is peace in preparing and I love having that for my family.

Do you have plans for another book?

Nothing right now, although I do have a couple of ideas rolling around, so you may see something from me again in the future.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I really appreciate the opportunity to have my book shared on your Book Festival. I would encourage your readers to get some food stored for their families. Start small and work up from there. Every extra can of food on the shelf is that much more you’ll have when you need it. Using this book as a guide can help you get started or build on what you already have.

The Book Giveaway

A copy of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival has been reserved for one lucky reader.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  There are a number of options including a “free for everyone” option that requires just a single click. Easy peasy!

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Thursday with the winner notified by email and announced in the Sunday Survival Buzz.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

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The Final Word

Something I failed to mention earlier is that Angela is also a member of the Prepared Bloggers support group that I belong to over on Facebook. Our group now has its own Prepared Bloggers website and I encourage you to pay it a visit.  You will see articles from myself as well as a number of other prepping and homesteading bloggers.  Consider us the best of the best.

You are going to love Angela’s book – good luck everyone!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight Item:  Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness

This in-depth, nuts-and-bolts guide to storing food teaches you a variety of food storage methods that you can customize to meet your family’s unique circumstances including family size, tastes, ages, health concerns, income, and living conditions. This is not a generic manual on stocking dehydrated meals that have ten-year shelf lives. It’s the guide to storing foods your family loves so you can eat well no matter what challenges life throws at you.

  • Food-storage options for 72-hour emergency kits, short-term emergencies and long-term survival.
  • Food-storage planning methods that incorporate the foods and meals your family loves.
  • Tips for how to maintain balance and variety in your food storage.
  • Budget-friendly ways to purchase food for storage.
  • Easy and practical ideas for cooking with food in storage so nothing expires or goes to waste.
  • Organization and storage methods for easy food store maintenance.
  • Water storage and purification methods.
  • Canning, freezing and dehydrating methods to preserve food you produce at home.

Bargain Bin:  Today is all about books.  Listed below are all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Book Festival. There are both fiction and non-fiction titles and a bit of something for everyone.

Note:  If you covet an e-Book reader, consider the Kindle.  Prices start at $119 although a basic kindle is only $69.  And if not, at the very least pick up the free Kindle app so that you can read Kindle books on your PC or favorite electronic device.

Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Fiction

Day After Disaster
Jingling Our Change (Liberty Dying Series Book 1)
Nanny State Nightmare (Liberty Dying Book 2)
The Shadow Patriots
Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die
Collective Retribution
Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)
Forsaking Home
Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel
299 Days: The War
Bishop’s Song (Holding Their Own Book 6)

Summer 2014 Book Festival #6 – Non-Fiction

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness
The Practical Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness: Life-Saving Skills, Supplies, Tactics and Plans
Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together
The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster
Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness


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Now Available in Print!

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.

The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage is a book about food: What to store, how to store it and best practices. It is a roadmap for showing ordinary citizens that long-term food storage is not something that will overwhelm or burden the family budget.   It is based on my own tried and true experience as someone who has learned to live the preparedness lifestyle by approaching emergency preparedness and planning in a systematic, step-by-step manner.

Whether you simply want to prepare for natural disasters or whether you believe the world is headed toward a major food crisis, this book is for you. It covers basic tips and techniques you can use to stock your food storage pantry so that you can be assured that your family will have food to eat, no matter what.


Summer 2014 Book Festival: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency — 84 Comments

  1. Last week a bought a regular mouth attachment for my food saver. I’ve been vacuum packing in wide mouth jars but needed to be able to use my large stash of regular mouth jars too.

  2. I added 2 packets of beef jerky – on sale at Costco – plus some dried zucchini. Garden is producing in a most marvelous way.

  3. I’m planning my long-term food storage now…shooting to add 30 days each month to it…until my pantry can hold no more.

  4. I went to an auction last week and won some medical/drug books, kerosene lamp, big stock pot/frier and purchased several food items to go into storage.

  5. Good information is best shared. Know what you have and how to use it. Best wishes to everyone, even if you pick up 1 thing each time you get paid you will be that much ahead of the game.

  6. I use my food storage as my “in home grocery store”. So we store what we use on a regular bases. Once or twice a month I will hit walmart and restock what we used of the items they carry. Usually the prices there are cheaper then the regular grocery store even when they are on sale. I have a set amount of each item I currently keep on hand, so I restock to at least that amount. Then if there is a little extra in my grocery budget, I will buy more of one or two items. I usually increase my inventory count then to match it. This month I think I will increase my rice by a couple of boxes.

  7. I bought some basic how-to books on plumbing, electrical, and carpentry and making a list of basic supplies needed in these areas.

  8. I have the wife get an extra box of top-ramon and a case or two of canned veggies every trip to town…M.., (EVIL ZJ)

  9. I try to add a few items every week. I just added a can of tomatillos, so I can make my favorite tomatillo salsa when no fresh tomatillos are available.

  10. I recently was given a free dehydrator. My 10yr old and I will be learning how to dry our garden harvest. Other than that, we have been harvesting seeds from our garden bounty and have learned to water bath can. I completely agree with preparing for the worst, because I have had to use my preps for less than WCS! Illness, job loss, and many other ‘Murphy’s Law’ situations have happened to my family recently. We are currently working to built our pantry back up!

  11. I just received 4 number 10 cans of what ever was on sale from Emergence Essentials. It is still unopened by the front door. I’ll put it away one of these days. I have been planning on being a procrastinator, but I am putting it off.

  12. Every time I go to the market, I buy extra of whatever is on sale…yesterday it was pasta and canned beans. Then I stick the extras into my stockpile.

  13. The last thing I added to food storage was canned chicken (5 cans). I have too much lentils stored and need to diversify. Freeze dried meat is not available where I live so canned is my only option.

    It was on sale!

  14. Last month I purchased some FD strawberries & green beans from Emergency Essentials. I also restock, every time I use a can or jar it goes on the grocery list, so I’m always “stocked up”. We’ve been eating a lot of veggies from the garden, and I need to get some peppers in the freezer. I also grow all my own fresh herbs, which I hang to dry (and sell a lot at Farmers Market). We added a few more laying hens to our flock, and always have enough eggs for us and the dogs & cats, plus LOTS to sell to friends & neighbors. Now that I am back home again, after working outside the home all summer, I’ll go back to baking homemade goodies, like granola bars & cookies, instead of purchasing them. Oh, and I need to place a big organic sugar & flour order from Azure standard…Love, love, love my new Gamma Seals from Emergency Essentials, too. No better way, IMHO, to store necessities like flour & sugar. 🙂

  15. Canning up a storm, but I seem to never be organized in my root cellar. This book would be a blessing to get the info. on how to do it right.
    Looking at DIY’s for more food processing equipment.

  16. Having read an article on Survival Blog about water storage, I am now confused (nothing new I assure you). If storing water in soda pop bottles after sanitizing the bottle first, does the water then need to be changed out again every 6-9 months? Also, if storing water in a house with a slab, can it be stored directly on linoleum or must it have a pallet or other base beneath it? Thanks!

    • Janine – The recommendation to change out water has more to do with the possibility that the container was not completely sanitized than with anything else. That assumes, also, that the water was good and bacteria/virus free to begin with. That said, if water is plentiful, I always subscribe to the school of better safe than sorry and thus recommend water rotation.

      Water itself, does not go bad but it can become contaminated.

      I would be okay storing water on linoleum, even more so than on a pallet, especially if the wood was treated. Perhaps someone else can weight in with a more definitive answer, though.

  17. I add a bit every time I shop and I always check the discount bins. Sometimes a store is simply discontinuing an item and as long as it has several months of shelf life, it goes into the rotation as half the price.

  18. I added 10 cans of chef boyardee ravioli today. Not the most nutritionally well rounded choice, but great in an emergency. It even tastes good cold!

  19. Three weeks ago, I added pasta, pasta sauce, olive oil, seasonings, baking soda and oats to my food storage (I’m using “20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan” as a template). I ordered a LifeStraw and an AquaPod a few days ago; they’ll arrive next week.

  20. This week I processed a large box of apples from a friend’s tree. I peeled apples for 3 days and my legs and feet were screaming at me to stop. But I didn’t quit until I had enough apples for: 1 apple pie, 2 crockpots of apple sauce, 1 apple cobbler, and 5 gal freezer bags of 6 cups each apples ready to make apple pies sometime later this year. My first attempt at processing fresh apples. I know I can do it now, and feel like one more thing I have checked off my list of things I need to learn in order to be somewhat self-sufficient. My garden is producing zucchini now that I have conquered the squash bug problem. So this year, I will have potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini and onions from my garden. I have come to terms that there are some things that I am not successful at growing.

  21. Oh this was the week to add to the stash, toilet paper, plastic ware, canned plums and jam, bottled water, more flashlights (free from Harbor Freight)and powered milk,para cord,and flashlight/nightlight powered plug in from Emergency Essentials

  22. Went yesterday to local farmers market and purchased dried spices and essential oils for my storage. Also bought lots of fresh veggies to can and freeze.

  23. I just reorganized my food storage. I had been storing canned goods in the garage but I have now moved out a lot of kitchen items from my cabinets that can be stored on my shelves in the garage with out any worry of fluctuating temps. I have moved inside all of my canned goods.

  24. i am constantly adding i store mostly canned foods and i switch them out from oldest to newest so i always have a fresh stock that will last a long time

  25. Would love to win the book. Anything to help me learn more about getting myself and my family prepared for any eventuality we can think of.

  26. I would love to win a book from someone that walks the walk, and talks the talk. I planted 9 tomato plants this year, I was hoping to get enough tomatoes for canning. So far I got only enough to can 3 jars of salsa and make 1 jar of fresh pasta sauce. the problem is the tomatoes do not ripen-up at the same time. As I have said in the past I did the math and I would need to harvest about 700 pounds of tomatoes in order to have enough for the whole year:Salsa, pasta sauce, crushed and stewed,( its a goal anyway )

  27. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book! My family and I sure could use a ‘go to’ manual on food storage!

  28. thank you for the chance to win this awesome book! the last I added to our food storage was some green beans and dried beans

  29. Growing up on a farm, I know how to can our own produce, how to butcher meat, and many other essential skills.
    Would love the book on preparing, storing. Thanks.

  30. In the last several days I have added 10 pounds of pasta in a variety of shapes, 20 pounds of ground beef and 20 pounds of chicken breasts to our freezer + I home canned an additional 20 pounds of red beans with ham and Cuban seasoned black beans.
    I also added a variety of canned meats, carrots, asparagus, nut butters, sugar free drink mixes to our pantry and first aid supplies, OTC meds and some prescription meds.

  31. Yesterday, I pickled some okra and green beans from our garden. I also broke down a large bag of dried pinto beans into 1 pound vacuum sealed packages.

  32. I have been gradually buying freeze dried food but am not sure which is the best brand to buy. Any feedback would be appreciated

    • Everyone’s tastes and budgets are different so I hesitate to recommend one brand over another. My own personal favorites are Emergency Essentials for individual items (such as fruits, veggies, meats) and Legacy (from Buy Emergency Foods) and Mountain House for entrees and meals. There are others – those just happen to be my favs.

      Many companies have sample packs that you can order to determine what you like and don’t like. Also, be sure to take note of calories and serving sizes. It is really the calories that count so be aware that a “meal” that is listed as 200 calories is mostly half-a-meal for most people. You would need two of the stated servings to be satisfied and to even begin to meet caloric needs.

  33. I have been canning…zucchini soup base (onion, celery, garlic and tomatoes with the zucchini); blackberries canned and jammed, peaches and peach jam and a zucchini relish. I have canned a meat soupusing meaty bones cooked with celery and onion. I bought 10 pounds of pasta and was lucky to find 8, 1 gallon size cans of tomatoes, pineapple and corn at a local outlet store. These cans are undented, and were $3.00 each. I got all they had!

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