Legacy Food Storage has earned itself a spot in many prepper’s pantries, and the reasons are simple. Their food options are robust, offer great variety, and have a 25-year shelf life. I received a sampler from Legacy that contained six four-serving packs: pasta alfredo, potato soup, enchilada beans and rice, a meatless stroganoff, oatmeal with brown sugar, and pancakes. I was very impressed by the amount of food t . . . Read More
There is a lot of buzz around freeze drying foods at home. As a primer, be sure to check out the "prequel" on the Pros and Cons of freeze drying here.
Full Disclaimer up Front: One of the major drawbacks at the moment is the high cost of such a device. At the moment, home freeze dryers are going to be out of a lot of people’s budget but some may want to keep up with what is going on with this technology. Undoubtedly the price will drop as time goes on. Remember when a new basic computer was $2000 instead of the $400 it is today?
As of now your main choice is . . . Read More
Home freeze drying has a scientific term – Lyophilization. The process is complex, but the results are worthwhile. Freeze drying involves three steps, and it requires a special vacuum unit to complete the process.
The first step is to freeze the food.
The second is sublimation or drying of the food.
The third step is desorption which is a second form of drying the food.
Sublimation is a chemistry term that means a substance passes from a sold to a gas without ever becoming a solid. Water, for example, is a solid when frozen, a liquid when melted, and gas when heated. Under the properties of sublimation, water would go from its solid or frozen state to a gaseous state without passing through the . . . Read More
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