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Food Prepping For Emergecy

Food Prepping For Emergecy

Prepping for changing times

If you are like a lot of people, you have already responded to much of what you see in the news about being ready for the coming crisis by storing up food. The signs of the times are everywhere, one would have to live in a cave not to notice them. The good news is that many people have already started to store food for the future but if it is not stored properly then it will be money down the drain. You will want to make sure that you have good food and plenty of it for those emergency times.

 

The Shocking Truth About Food Prepping

When storing food for emergency times vigilance is the key. Be careful when you purchase your food, read the expiration dates, look at storage issues, check supplies, take inventory you do not want to much of one thing. It does not hurt to purchase a little extra of one item over another as long as you know it will be eaten. Just make sure that you and your family will use the items and that you are not wasting good money on things that will not be used. Here are a few simple guidelines that may be helpful to you.

Don’t Trust Generic Plans

It doesn’t take long being a prepper before you are faced with the problem of competing suppliers, each telling you that their food prepping plan is the best. Further, these plans often boil down to telling you to buy X pounds of rice, X pounds of beans, etc., multiplied by the number of people you have in your family, and how many days you are planning for. The truth is that it’s an easy trap to fall into. After all, nobody wants to be caught unprepared. Further, how can anyone realistically determine what is best for your family?

Every family has its own needs, likes and desires. It’s that easy. And the only likes you have to satisfy in an emergency situation is your own, not satisfying what others say you will need. Let’s say that a member of your family has an allergy to peanut products, but the prepping experts say that since peanut butter is such a good foodstuff to stock up on because it will keep for a long time, you should do so? What good will that do the family member who is allergic to peanuts? The plain truth is that it will do far more harm than good.

Another problem with a generic food prepping plan is that it is entirely likely that following such a plan will create shortages of one type of food while you have a surplus of any other. This is just as bad a situation as if you had a shortage of everything. In an ideal situation, you will want to keep a balance of nutritious food that will continue to be in as similar supply as all the others, for as long as needed.

Admittedly, this is a difficult trick to pull off, but it can be done. Perhaps the most difficult part of the problem is dealing with so many different unknowns when you are planning. For example, how many days is it realistic to plan for you to be in such a situation? How can anybody really know with any great degree of accuracy? In most cases you will need to rely on rules of thumb, but with other factors such as what percentages you will need of different sorts of products, it is much easier to estimate what you would need as opposed to what you will need less of.

A Workable Plan

The best guide you can use to determine what you will need in a given future situation is to rely on the past. What, for example, have you eaten in the past two weeks that could be repeated in a crisis situation? This is as good a place to start as any.

Once you have your list, look at it carefully to decide what might not be available and/or affordable in a crisis. Meat is a good example. If you don’t have a stockyard in your backyard, you probably will not have access to fresh meat in a crisis. If so, it will probably have such a high price tag that it would be better to make a staple of something else.

Variety is the spice of life, whether you’re in a crisis or not, so make sure that everything you think you could use is accounted for. You will reap the benefits for some time to come.

Posted by Tom in Off The Grid
Protein Powder Drink Mix Should Be On Every Preppers List

Protein Powder Drink Mix Should Be On Every Preppers List

Protein Powder Is Not Just For Bodybuilders Anymore.

The reason for this is that protein powder should be an essential product for all preppers to have in their storage room. Many of us store legumes, MRE’s, beans, milk, water and other forms of food, but many of us don’t think about storing protein powder.  

The benefits of protein powder.

A good protein shake made of protein powder is a great way to add protein and many vitamins and minerals to our diet. If you were to use a green super-food powder this also will add fruit and vegetables to your diet. A person needs to have plenty of protein in their diet in order to maintain body mass and strength. Ideally, a person should have about 15 grams of protein at the minimum. The protein that I use has about 25 grams because it is made up of eggs and dairy. Having enough protein in your diet will help many things like

  • Repair and build up muscle tissue
  • Heal the body of injuries
  • Gives a person long lasting stamina
  • Helps boost the immune system of our body to fight off illnesses

 

Our body is made up of about 45% protein, it can be found in our bones, muscle, hemoglobin and etc. Without a daily supply of protein our bodies will not function properly and we will start losing many bone density and muscle mass.

One of the better protein powders that I like to store is Whey Protein. Again many people think that only bodybuilders benefit from whey protein but in reality this protein is beneficial to almost anyone. For preppers whey protein is easy to store. Here are some reasons that I like whey protein over other forms of powdered drinks.

  • Whey protein is inexpensive and it has less additives than many other powders.
  • Great for reducing high blood pressure
  • Many studies have proven that whey protein can reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular issues.
  • Whey protein cleanses and removes waste products by maintaining renal filters through stimulating urination so wastes and toxins can be release in order to cut down the risk of bladder infections.
  • Whey protein is great for helping to regulate your digestive system and aids in reducing bloat and flatulence.
  • This protein is loaded with potassium which helps to offset much sodium in your system. By doing this it supports the elimination of excess fluids in your body.
  • By reducing blood pressure in your body this will cut down on you having a stroke.
  • Whey protein has been proven to have higher levels of antioxidant glutathione which is known to suppress the free radicals which often lead to cancer.


Ideal protein product for storage.

Our body needs daily protein intake in order to keep us healthy. Protein shakes can be made simply by adding the required amount of protein powder in a shaker bottle mixing and drinking, this is great especially if you have no electricity for a blender. The shelf life on most protein powders is twenty plus years as long as the seal on the container is left unopened.

What to look for in protein powder drinks.

When doing your own research on what protein powder to purchase for your storage supply here are some things to check out.

  • What sweetener is used, stay away from artificial sweeteners. Find one that has coconut or cane sugar or stevia.
  • Be careful if you are lactose intolerant of the type of protein that you purchase. Some protein drinks can taste terrible. Try a few out before purchasing large quantities for storage.
  • Check the ingredients. Some drinks and powders may have a lot of artificial ingredients, stay away from anything that you do not know what it is.
  • Purchase some unflavored protein, this is a good addition to meals like cream soups, pasta dishes, potatoes, and any dishes that have sauces.

Conclusion

Have you thought of adding protein powder to your food storage list? If this is not part of your stored products you may want to consider picking up some containers of protein, I feel that you cannot have too much protein on hand for an emergency.

Posted by Tom in Off The Grid
Surviving a EMP Strike Even If It Is A Natural Disaster

Surviving a EMP Strike Even If It Is A Natural Disaster

A few years ago when I started my prepping it was because of a book that a friend of mine loaned me called the “One Second After” written by William R. Forstchen . After reading this amazing book I knew that I needed to start getting ready for whatever event would take place on this planet from a minor inconvenience like loosing power do to some sort of natural storm or a major catastrophic event.

Every day I read the news to see what is happening in this crazy world that we live in.  If you are not living under a rock you can see for yourself that things around the world are spinning totally out of control.  Everyday there are articles about how our enemies like Russia, China, Iran  and etc. are ready to take us on head to head in war. The one country that has my interest peeked at the moment is North Korea. The unstable radical President  seems to be putting on the finishing touches on a ballistic missile or some sort of satellite nuclear bomb.  This crazy person has only one intention in life it seems and it is to wipe the United States off the map. 

Additional reading: “Link”.

More Reading: “Link

Why Should We Prep?

Most of us prep for various reasons and it is by all means great to be ready for whatever comes our way. A household should have about twelve months of supplies on hand for whatever disaster comes our way. When I talk about disasters I just don’t mean war or being taken over by zombies or aliens, what I am talking about could just be a natural disaster like tornadoes, hurricanes, solar flares or etc. Whatever the risk you need to be prepared and have the basic understanding and supplies on hand for whatever comes our way.

Most people that have been prepping for a while may have head of “EMP” or Electromagnetic Pulse. If you read the articles that I have linked above or read the book “The One Second After” you will see that this is one of the number one threats to our country and our way of life.

What is an EMP?

Again an EMP is just an Electromagnetic Pulse and these pulses do happen periodically all around the world. So what is the big deal, let’s look deeper and you will see what the big deal really is.

When dealing with an EMP an EMP can be caused by either man made device like a nuclear explosion or it can happen by a natural disaster like a thunderstorm or a solar storm. Many of us have experienced an EMP on a small scale already and many of you have not even known it. Small EMP’s happen during lightning storms or major thunderstorms. Living here in Florida we have thunderstorms all year long and we lose our power with just about every thunderstorm. What happens is lightning hits a transformer in the neighborhood and it sends a large surge of electricity through the electric lines blowing other transformers or sends the energy down the lines to the homes. When this energy enters the home it blows out devices that are not connected to surge suppressors. These devices would be televisions, computers, dvd players, just about anything that is plugged into an electrical outlet. This would be a low-level EMP which just causes us to be inconvenienced and annoyed.

Now let’s take a look at an EMP which occurs on a much larger scale. An EMP could occur by either a foreign nuclear explosion or by a major solar storm which either of these could take place at any time. Now if a disaster like this was to take place we would be a lot more than inconvenienced it would a disaster that would cripple a nation or cripple the world. When this does take place it would not just leave us without power for a few days like a thunderstorm it would crash our whole way of life for many years.

Additional Reading:  Gauging the Threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack

Like I mentioned above, this threat is knocking on our door as we speak. The two articles that I linked above came this week when I was scanning my news that I read about what is happening in our enemy’s countries. The article satellite bomb talks about North Korea arming a satellite that would cause an EMP to go off over the United States. So the threat is real and if you are not preparing I would suggest start doing your homework and get started immediately.

Additional Reading:  What Happens When the Lights Go Out for Good?

When we talk about a major EMP taking place we are not just talking about not being able to watch television or running your electric hair dryer we are talking about everything that is plugged in to the power grid or anything that has electronic circuits will be fried and made unusable for good. If your car is newer than 20 years old then it will be fried and you will not be able to use it either. Now if you have a generator and you think you will be ok think again, generators have electrical parts in them so your generator will not work either.

What Do We Do

Now I am not saying all this to cause you to think like a mad person and you have to go out and purchase everything off the shelves at the store and start hording everything in your home. I want to scare you enough to start thinking like a prepper and get you to start preparing for the day that an EMP will take place. Whether an EMP by our enemy’s or an EMP by a solar storm you need to be ready. Solar storms that can cause an EMP take place about every 11 years. A major solar flare will take less than five minutes to cause major catastrophic destruction. Just like in the book “One Second After” planes fell out of the sky, transportation came to a halt, the power grid shut down, the nuclear power plants had major melt down, fires erupted all over the place, and so on. Life as we know it would be turned back in time to the 1800’s.

Here is Florida when a hurricane comes knocking on our door we see people running to the stores several days before the storm is to take place and wiping everything off the shelves that they can put in their carts. Gas stations have lines at the pumps, lumber yards selling all the building material as fast as it comes in. This is just for a possible storm, what will happen when disaster happens?

I remember back to the day of Y2K, we were supposed to lose everything and time was going to be turned back to 1900 and life was going to be over. Again people horded everything and there was panic on the streets. We were lucky back then and the threat was taken care of. But this kind of threat, either man made or natural cannot be contained. Get prepared and get your family ready for whatever happens, because it is going to happen one day we just don’t know when or how.

Posted by Tom in Homestead