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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”.
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.
Summer 2014 Book Festival: Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency
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.
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 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. 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
Event Horizon (The Perseid Collapse Post Apocalyptic Series Book 2)
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.