Dear Preppers and Survivalists,
|Underground Food Storage|
By now, y'all know that I try to avoid using the word 'sustainable.'
Low tech food storage is just that; it can be used over and over again to preserve your family's food.
For most events this sustainability is useless. For some events, sustainable food storage will be the only thing that will insure you family's survival.
O.K. that was a little bit of hyperbole, but you get the point.
Waxing, Fruit, Cheese
Ice Houses, Ice Cutting, Ice Harvesting, and Ice Box
Root Cellars, Fundamentals, Building, and a Bucket-sized one
Many more. Of course, you can ask your local librarian or historical society to help you find methods that worked locally.
Uuurgh, "locally sustainable." Who knew, New-Age Hippies are preppers and survivalists, too!!!
This tech level is probably the one that your mom, grandmother, or great-grandmother used to preserve her family's food.
In other words, ...
Needless to say, you and your family (when you get a little bit of extra money or hit that place in your priorities of purchases) will probably want to buy some of those reusable canning jar lids from Tattler
You can find them cheaper, just use your Google-Fu.
Another Needless to Say, ...
You and your family will want to stock up on glass canning jars, lots of them before you need them. Of course, you can find inexpensive canning jars at auctions, yard sales, and probably Craig's List
As preppers, we get all wrapped up with preparing for an event where we lose electricity.
What happens, if you still have electricity? You use it of course.
How do you? .....Freeze
Yeah, I know that's not the way to spell it, but I wanted to stay consistent with low tech ; - )
With that said, ...
Food in #10 cans, mylar bags in plastic buckets, or ... are some of the ways that you and your family can insure you have food for an event.
To use these cans, you will need access to #10 cans and a sealing machine. The sealing machines come in un-powered and powered models. If you plan to seal a bunch of cans, you will want the powered model of the can sealer.
The Latter-day Saints formerly had powered and un-powered can sealers (the un-powered could be borrowed by church members and their families) in their Bishop Storehouses; however, it seems these can sealers have been removed or restricted by the church.
I have heard, from friends, tax issues, health department issues, and other logical concerns.
You can still purchase long-term food storage in #10 cans from various places
Latter-Day Saints' Distribution Centers
Search for "Starter Kit" then you'll be able to navigate to the other long-term food offerings, such as rice, oats, and wheat at the bottom with the "Related Products"
If you're planning to store more than hard red winter wheat, white rice, pinto beans, and quick oats, Honeyville gives you an idea of what's out there for your family.
... is one source for Mountain House Freeze-dried food. There are others. Remember, you're trying to amass a large amount of food, so freeze-dried might be the last type of food you'll want to buy.
About Safecastle, if you become a 'Royal Buyer Club' member, you will receive some pretty good discounts
Mylar Bags, Oxygen Absorbers, and Plastic Buckets
I have covered this method of self-packing your family's long-term food storage, a couple of times.
Here it is again, for beans.
Again, for sugar
At $399 a pop, I could build a lot of wooden boxes to protect my family's food from rodents and other varmints.
Just purchase my family's food storage in metal cans ; - )
Food Storage and Survival - Storing and Protecting Food and Gear with a Freight Glove
Are you getting tired of reading, yet?
I'm getting tired of writing and linking.
Come back tomorrow.
Really, come back tomorrow.