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Food Security on a Budget

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Food Security on a Budget

 

Everyone eats, some more than others. And all preppers understand the importance of a properly stocked emergency pantry. Heck, even the CDC and the government recommend a three-day supply just in case there’s a short-term crisis. Many on our side plan for three weeks, months, or even three years of shortages.

 

As important as food is, it’s still not the lowest cost item on our lists. Even with the recently improved economy many people still find it harder to make ends meet. How, then, does one adequately prepare the pantry without breaking the bank?

 

Rhonda Owen and Preppers Will posted a great article on building your emergency food stocks when money is low. Please read the original.

 

Photo by Prepper Journal.

 

She shows that it is possible to stock up even on a budget. And she drives home the many reasons why you need to do this, costs aside.

 

“People have seen several catastrophic incidents in the recent few decades. Most of these events were sudden and quite devastating. Millions of people did not get any chance of fighting for their life just because there was nothing left to eat and drink. Only few people bothered to actually make an emergency food supply.

 


You may think that such things will never affect my life, but nobody can predict such events. The natural disasters and man-made disasters can take place anytime and anywhere. You will have to be prepared with everything that is necessary for survival. You should start with the emergency food supply. Food is one of the most basic needs of human being that people do not get enough when a catastrophic event takes place.”

-Owen

 

Will you have enough to eat the next time a disaster strikes? And everyone will, at some point, experience something that qualifies as a disaster – even if it’s something “small” like an ice storm or a personal sickness or layoff.

 

She discusses how much food should be stored. There is no right answer here, beyond “enough.” It all varies depending on your needs – and those you should consider and plan for. What’s right for you and yours might not work for the next prepper.

 

The government’s three-day rule should be an absolute minimum for anyone. Many of us try to have that kind of supply available just in the car – just in case.

 

Consider:

 

Kinds of foods;

 

Amounts of foods;

 

Necessary water supplies;

 

Cooking necessities; and

 

Food shelf life.

 

She then progresses from 3 days to a more substantial (and maybe worthy) 90 day supply.

The basics stay the same but the volume increases – as does the cost. Then she goes into truly long-term storage.

 

So how do you prepare for any of this on the cheap? Owen recommends:

 

Sales (duh) – always be on the lookout for discounted prices on the kinds of foods you like/need. Think about non-perishable foods and canned goods. Also think about stores aside from regular grocery stores – many carry foods, some at great savings.

 

Pooling resources. If you have friends and neighbors you trust, consider combining your food efforts.

 

Alternative foods. Her examples are powdered milk and eggs. These are largely the same as fresh but last much longer.

 

Canned and dehydrated meats.

 

Drink mixes – not just for health nuts. These are called meal replacements for a reason.

 

Look for survival food bargains online. Something is always on sale on the web.

 

She also emphasizes the necessity of planning and mindset. You must be as ready as your pantry.

 

The key to much of this preparation is thinking outside the box. And she gives some great tips to get you going. The sky really is the savings and stocking limit here. Get started now and be ready then.

 

Again, carefully read the original article and take advantage of the great information. Pass it along and try to expand the concepts with what you find out there. Pass it on.

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

Writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom ​​and​​ ​​more​​ ​​​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​​​.​​ ​​His weekly National Affairs Column - never a dull read - appears at The Piedmont Chronicles​​​​. THE SUBSTITUTE​​ is his first Novel. He​​ ​​is​​ ​​still none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

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Prepper News Weekly, Friday, April 6, 2018

 

A big, busy, crazy week in prepper land! Spring has sprung and it has sprung forth all manner of issues to keep us on our toes. Here’s a review of the bigger stories bearing down on preppers and freedom lovers. Please enjoy (and subscribe!):

 

Video by Perrin Lovett/FPTV/YouTube.

 

Perrin recently learned that something called “airplane mode” stops incoming debt collection calls and hate texts from interrupting our recordings! Will wonders never cease?

 

 

Quality will improve immediately…

 

In the news:

 

The Caravan

 

Mass migration

 

Troops out of Syria, to Rio Grande?

 

More Snow?!

 

YouTube shooting

 

China and tariffs

 

UK/US/Russia

 

Mueller

 

 

And, we’re in full swing at The Masters!

 

Thank you, as always. Don’t forget to check www.freedompreppernews.com every day for all the stories that affect preppers, survivalists, and the rest of the sanity crowd. Well, check it now – rumor has it the news will soon be incorporated into the new, new revised and improved FP.com. Stay tuned.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking

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Get Your Game On! Wild Game Butchering and Cooking

 

Well, this one is slightly out of season in the Northern Hemisphere. We don’t start the hunts for a few more months. But, if your in New Zealand, I think Red Stag season opens any day, right? Anyway, today we discuss and present a subject that more preppers and survivalists need to know about if they don’t already. Veteran hunters may stop here and now.

 

This one is all about cleaning, preparing, and cooking wild game! Bill White at Survivopedia kindly wrote up an extensive guide to game prep. And I mean extensive with a capital “E.” Make sure to read through the original at least once. Save it for when hunting season comes around.

 

Here’s a quick look at some of what is included:

 

Picture by White/Shutterstock.

 

So, this article really isn’t about hunting nor “pure” prepping. It’s about food security. Rural folks will still tell you that hunting and trapping (and fishing) still go a long way toward putting meat on the table. That’s important, especially if you find yourself in a survival situation. Read on:

 

“Within the prepping community, we see this manifest in how people deal with their need for food. At the beginning, we all start out with building a food stockpile. But as time goes on, we tend to start looking at various ways of supplementing that stockpile, such as raising our own food, foraging for edible plants and hunting.



For those of us who are hunters, it makes sense to hunt for food. But what about those who are not? Granted, anyone who can shoot a rifle accurately can kill an animal, assuming they can find one to kill. That’s the hard part of hunting and the one that will give most post-apocalyptical hunters the most trouble.





The other thing you’re going to have to know how to do is turn that dead animal into usable meat, once you kill it. Killing an animal is one thing, butchering it is another thing entirely. If you don’t do that correctly, the meat could be tainted and dangerous to eat.”

-White

 

Follow along with White as he discusses:

 

Hunting background;

 

Cleanliness;

 

(He assumes you’ve already brought down the animal);

 

Cleaning (Gutting and Skinning);

 

Necessary knives and tools;

 

Cutting procedures; this gets tricky, “icky” even, read and operate carefully. Perrin will add: watch the bladder and lower GI tract … yeah;

 

Blood disposition (get used to it);

 

All about birds (don’t run afoul…);

 

Skinning techniques;

 

Butchering (great chart! and more are available online);

 

Cooking in the Wild (like on the bug out trail);

 

Smoking (the meat but a cigar);


Jerking (not a Steve Martin movie);

 

He also includes a video, downloads, and more tips than one can almost keep up with. Many thanks to Bill White*.


*Bill White is the author of Conquering the Coming Collapse, and a former Army officer, manufacturing engineer and business manager. More recently, he left the business world to work as a cross-cultural missionary on the Mexico border. Bill has been a survivalist since the 1970s, when the nation was in the latter days of the Cold War. He had determined to head into the Colorado Rockies, should Washington ever decide to push the button. While those days have passed, the knowledge Bill gained during that time hasn’t. He now works to educate others on the risks that exist in our society and how to prepare to meet them.

 

Again, you may not need this information for a few months. But, if you get serious about hunting and/or survivalism, then you will need it.

 

Perrin​​ ​​Lovett​​​ ​​​writes​​ ​​about​​ ​​freedom,​​ ​​firearms,​​ ​​and​​ ​​cigars​​ ​​(and​​ ​​everything​​ ​​else)​​ ​​at www.perrinlovett.me​​.​​ ​​He​​ ​​is​​ ​​none​​ ​​too​​ ​​fond​​ ​​of​​ ​​government​​ ​​meddling.

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