Special Guest Contribution from longtime BackdoorSurvival reader Donna Have you heard of the great new grocery market where all of the food is fresh, organic and free? This survival food does not come with fancy packaging nor is it advertised in weekly flyers. There is one open very close by your home. This is not a gimmick or a joke. It’s too good to be true you say? By now you have probably figured it out. This is your “backdoor grocery”, your foraging specialty market and it is packed full of healthy, luscious, tasty food, ripe for the picking, especially at this time of year when you can literally step into the land around your home, whether city, suburb or country and find the makings of a meal. The trick is learning how to shop. In this article we will . . . Read More
When you go to the grocery store or look for canned meats online the price may shock you. If you want really high quality meats then there is even more of a premium. Canning your own meat is much more economical and not as hard as you might think. What You Need Pressure Canner This is an absolute must. Meat must be pressure canned to be safe for consumption and long term storage. Not using a pressure canner can result in spoilage and in worst cases severe cases of food poisoning. This is definitely not something you want to risk. . . . Read More
The key word in that question is the word "need." The word "need" implies that you have a goal. Is your goal to:
Survive for a long period – say a month or longer?
Power your body so that you can do more?
Sustain your current weight?
We talk a lot about emergency food but do we ever really define what it is we mean? When it comes to surviving an emergency, our body requires different types of food to meet different types survival needs. Life-Threatening Emergencies When your life is on the line, your body responds. It is programmed to help you find the energy to fight off an attack or to flee – fight or flight. It is a tool that goes back to a time when our ancestors lived in caves and had to hunt and forage for their food. We were not the only predator, and sometimes we were the prey. How our bodies cope with life and death is not just about the food we eat. It is often about our genetics. In biology, we talk about "survival of the fittest," which has nothing to do with being stronger. It is about how well we fit . . . Read More
How do you choose between the many survival food companies when it comes time to prepare for food available disruptions? This article compares the five best survival food brands and discusses their benefits based on ingredients, calories, and cost per serving. While numbered, these brands appear in no particular order as they all offer benefits. 1. Mountain House — Survival and Casual Prepared Foods Mountain House provides food rations for emergency preparedness and for casual use such as camping, hiking, and backpacking. Their product list includes: . . . Read More
Upon request from our readers, I was asked to make a follow-up to the MRE article. In there, I had mentioned that creating your own MRE is more efficient and cheaper than buying one of the brand-names. Therefore, I have compiled this information together as everything you’ll need to know about creating your very own MRE. I will be going over what I had mentioned in the previous article as well as supplying you with the “how-to’s” in drying out food, properly compacting it all into air-tight storage, and the proper steps to take in preserving your MREs. Remember, being that you’re able to decide what goes into these MREs, you have the freedom to use this information however you please. . . . Read More
MRE’s (or Meals, Ready-to-Eat) are compacted meals devised to resist rough conditions and survive long lifespans. They were created for the United States Armed Forces, however, they’ve also found their way into the backpacks of survivalists. Though MRE’s are convenient, there’s ongoing disdain over how sufficient they really are (check out out this article for more disdain). They’re bulky, heavy, expensive, and highly temperature sensitive. It’s been noted that leaving an MRE in over 100-degree weather for just one day takes the life expectancy down by an entire month. On top of this, MRE’s are loaded with an excessive amount of MSG (. . . Read More
One of the more frequent issues with food storage is the lack of viable options for those that must, for health reasons, maintain a gluten-free diet. I am not talking about individuals who do so by choice, but those who have Celiac disease or are seriously gluten intolerant. Since I do not have any issues in that area, I have been hesitant to write about gluten free food storage. On the other hand, a number of readers have asked, no begged, for recommendations. While I am still not in a position to make recommendations, I am thrilled to be able to share the experience of one reader and her family. . . . Read More
A lingering question in the minds of many preppers is "why the heck do freeze dried entrees have such a high sodium content?". I had my own thoughts on the matter but they were unconfirmed so I decided to take the question to my two favorite freeze dried meal companies, Mountain House and Legacy Food Storage. In this special report, I am sharing their responses verbatim. . . . Read More
Anyone who loves to garden, especially those who wish to be able to provide wholesome foods for themselves and their families and live independently enough to survive economic or natural disasters will need to know what to do with all of the surplus from the summer. It’s great to be able to eat vegetables right out of the ground, but it is just as important to have good food all winter long. There are many methods of preservation. The way you store each vegetable will depend on its needs and its hardiness. Here are ways to keep all of your produce, and especially the root vegetables, in great shape for the long winter months. . . . Read More
Shocking news! Building an emergency food supply can be one of the easiest activities on your prepping agenda. Now that I have your attention, let me explain. Consuming food is something every human on the planet does on a daily basis. The content of our daily diet may differ, along with the source and quantity of food, but we all eat. What that means is that we already understand the dynamic of shopping, storing, and preparing food. What is left, in prepper-speak, is what at first appears to be an overwhelming task of acquiring food for storage purposes. The reality, however, is more like kicking your routine food acquisition plan up a notch. It really does not get more complicated than that and in this article, I will show you how. . . . Read More
Purchasing food in large quantities is certainly economical but not always convenient. Not only are there issues with finding adequate and temperature controlled storage space, but If you are like me, you struggle with setting aside an appropriate amount for daily use.
In keeping my commitment to respond to reader questions, today I share thoughts on the following question that was asked back in April. Although the question is specific to tubs coconut oil, the answer applies to other food products as well.
I have questions about how you use and store your coconut oil since you buy the larger tubs from Tropical Traditions. So here goes.
How much do you keep out for daily use and what do you put it in?
Do you leave the remaining oil in the tu . . . Read More