2018 Emergency Preparedness Roadmap

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2018 will mark the TENTH year that we have been blogging and building our food storage. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were still trying to figure out what wheat looked like and how it turned into bread. Well we decided that our goal for 2018 would be to take a look at every area of our food storage and emergency preparedness plans, one at a time, and re-evaluate them.

We will be re-posting some of our best posts on each topic, as well as sharing what we are doing NOW in each area. Follow our journey more closely on Facebook (either on our page or in our group).

Here is the schedule we are going to follow, get ready to take a deep dive into each of these topics with us!

January

Food Storage: Organization / Shelves
Emergency Prep: Financial Preps / Emergency Binder

February

Food Storage: Water Storage
Emergency Prep: Car Kits / Evacuation Plans

March

Food Storage: 3 Month Supply
Emergency Prep: Warmth / Emergency Heating

April

Food Storage: Long Term Food Storage Planning
Emergency Prep: 72 Hour Kits

May

Food Storage: Grains
Emergency Prep: Gardening

June

Food Storage: Legumes
Emergency Prep: Emergency Cooling

July

Food Storage: Baking Ingredients
Emergency Prep: Emergency Sanitation

August

Food Storage: Fruits and Vegetables
Emergency Prep: Canning

September

Food Storage: Comfort Foods
Emergency Prep: Dehydrating

October

Food Storage: Non-Food Items
Emergency Prep: Shelter / Tents

November

Food Storage: Powerless Cooking
Emergency Prep: First Aid

December

Food Storage: Emergency Fuels
Emergency Prep: Protection / Self-Defense

We hope you’ll join us as we go over each of these topics this year. If you want a monthly reminder about what we are working on please sign up for our email list!

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2018 Emergency Preparedness Roadmap




2018 will mark the TENTH year that we have been blogging and building our food storage. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were still trying to figure out what wheat looked like and how it turned into bread. Well we decided that our goal for 2018 would be to take a look at every area of our food storage and emergency preparedness plans, one at a time, and re-evaluate them.

We will be re-posting some of our best posts on each topic, as well as sharing what we are doing NOW in each area. Follow our journey more closely on Facebook (either on our page or in our group).

Here is the schedule we are going to follow, get ready to take a deep dive into each of these topics with us!

January

Food Storage: Organization / Shelves
Emergency Prep: Financial Preps / Emergency Binder

February

Food Storage: Water Storage
Emergency Prep: Car Kits / Evacuation Plans

March

Food Storage: 3 Month Supply
Emergency Prep: Warmth / Emergency Heating

April

Food Storage: Long Term Food Storage Planning
Emergency Prep: 72 Hour Kits

May

Food Storage: Grains
Emergency Prep: Gardening

June

Food Storage: Legumes
Emergency Prep: Emergency Cooling

July

Food Storage: Baking Ingredients
Emergency Prep: Emergency Sanitation

August

Food Storage: Fruits and Vegetables
Emergency Prep: Canning

September

Food Storage: Comfort Foods
Emergency Prep: Dehydrating

October

Food Storage: Non-Food Items
Emergency Prep: Shelter / Tents

November

Food Storage: Powerless Cooking
Emergency Prep: First Aid

December

Food Storage: Emergency Fuels
Emergency Prep: Protection / Self-Defense

We hope you’ll join us as we go over each of these topics this year. If you want a monthly reminder about what we are working on please sign up for our email list!

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Back to Basics Bundle 2018

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We are so excited to announce our participation in the Back to Basics Bundle 2018. Bundles are the latest and greatest thing to hit the internet. You get TONS of digital resources from your favorite sources, all for one LOW PRICE. We have a couple of items we are including in the bundle this year and we have seen a sneak preview of some of the other new content and we are pretty excited about it! Even if you’ve bought this bundle in the past you can bet that there will be something new that will catch your attention.

Here are the basic stats for this year. Make sure to subscribe to our FREE CHECKLISTS to get notified of when the bundle goes live. It’s only on sale for ONE WEEK so you don’t want to miss out!

Bundle Statistics

  • 51 Authors
  • 56 eBooks, Courses and/or Videos
  • Approx. $500 Retail Value (actual value will be posted by Jan. 11)
  • Approx 92% Discount (actual discount will be posted by Jan. 11)
  • Bonus offers (coming soon)
  • SALE DATES: January 17-23, 2018

Topics Covered

  • Recipes / Cooking from Scratch
  • DIY
  • Food Storage
  • Frugal Living
  • Gardening
  • Homesteading
  • Natural Living
  • Natural Parenting
  • Natural Remedies
  • Preparedness

For just the cost of one or two eBooks you can get ALL of the books, courses, etc. in all of these topics. Stay tuned. More information will be coming throughout the next few weeks!

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Back to Basics Bundle 2018

We are so excited to announce our participation in the Back to Basics Bundle 2018. Bundles are the latest and greatest thing to hit the internet. You get TONS of digital resources from your favorite sources, all for one LOW PRICE. We have a couple of items we are including in the bundle this year and we have seen a sneak preview of some of the other new content and we are pretty excited about it! Even if you’ve bought this bundle in the past you can bet that there will be something new that will catch your attention.

Here are the basic stats for this year. Make sure to subscribe to our FREE CHECKLISTS to get notified of when the bundle goes live. It’s only on sale for ONE WEEK so you don’t want to miss out!

Bundle Statistics

  • 51 Authors
  • 56 eBooks, Courses and/or Videos
  • Approx. $500 Retail Value (actual value will be posted by Jan. 11)
  • Approx 92% Discount (actual discount will be posted by Jan. 11)
  • Bonus offers (coming soon)
  • SALE DATES: January 17-23, 2018

Topics Covered

  • Recipes / Cooking from Scratch
  • DIY
  • Food Storage
  • Frugal Living
  • Gardening
  • Homesteading
  • Natural Living
  • Natural Parenting
  • Natural Remedies
  • Preparedness

For just the cost of one or two eBooks you can get ALL of the books, courses, etc. in all of these topics. Stay tuned. More information will be coming throughout the next few weeks!

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FREE FREEZER MEAL COOKBOOK TO FEED THE HUNGRY

IT’S HERE! The “Freezer Meals to Feed the Hungry” cookbook compiled from recipes sent by YOU our readers. First off, thank you for participating and sending in your tried and true recipes. We are happy to include the cookbook in this post for you to use and share.
Download Recipe Book Here

Feed the Hungry

The inspiration for this project came from the #LightTheWorld campaign found on Mormon.org. The campaign includes daily challenges to “Light The World” with Christ-like service during the Christmas season. On day 21 (which is today) the focus is to Feed the Hungry: “For I was an hungered and ye gave me meat.” (Matthew 25:35). So, our goal for this cookbook is to provide people with freezer meal recipes they can use to bring people meals in times of need or for their own families.

Included in this cookbook are the following sections:

  • Tips for beginners
  • Tips when bringing meals
  • Tips when bringing freezer meals
  • Who may enjoy freezer meals
  • Tips on preparing freezer meals
  • Freezer meal shelf-life
  • Foods not to freeze
  • Some items you may need
  • Bulk freezer meals
  • Breakfast food recipes
  • Soups, stews, chilis
  • Casseroles
  • Main courses
  • Desserts
  • Bulk recipe ideas

We hope you are able to use this recipe book for your own family and to bless the lives of others. Lifting the burden of another is true Christ-like service. We look forward to all the exciting new things 2018 will bring and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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FREE FREEZER MEAL COOKBOOK TO FEED THE HUNGRY

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IT’S HERE! The “Freezer Meals to Feed the Hungry” cookbook compiled from recipes sent by YOU our readers. First off, thank you for participating and sending in your tried and true recipes. We are happy to include the cookbook in this post for you to use and share.
Download Recipe Book Here

Feed the Hungry

The inspiration for this project came from the #LightTheWorld campaign found on Mormon.org. The campaign includes daily challenges to “Light The World” with Christ-like service during the Christmas season. On day 21 (which is today) the focus is to Feed the Hungry: “For I was an hungered and ye gave me meat.” (Matthew 25:35). So, our goal for this cookbook is to provide people with freezer meal recipes they can use to bring people meals in times of need or for their own families.

Included in this cookbook are the following sections:

  • Tips for beginners
  • Tips when bringing meals
  • Tips when bringing freezer meals
  • Who may enjoy freezer meals
  • Tips on preparing freezer meals
  • Freezer meal shelf-life
  • Foods not to freeze
  • Some items you may need
  • Bulk freezer meals
  • Breakfast food recipes
  • Soups, stews, chilis
  • Casseroles
  • Main courses
  • Desserts
  • Bulk recipe ideas

We hope you are able to use this recipe book for your own family and to bless the lives of others. Lifting the burden of another is true Christ-like service. We look forward to all the exciting new things 2018 will bring and we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

DON’T MISS A THING

We send these kinds of things out to subscribers first. If you aren’t one already join now:

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Light the World: Feed the Hungry

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ATTENTION: LOOKING FOR FREEZER-MEAL RECIPES

We are compiling a recipe book of freezer-meals along with tips for what to do and not do when bringing a meal to someone in need. This is part of the #LightTheWorld campaign (learn more about the campaign below) where we are focusing on Christ’s teachings with one day emphasizing “feeding the hungry”. We will send out the completed book FOR FREE to everyone on our email list so make sure to sign up for that so you’ll get a copy!


 

SUBMIT YOUR RECIPES

If you want to participate in this event, please submit your best freezer-meal recipes (pick tried and true recipes that you know turn out well).

  • Include ingredients with full freezing and cooking instructions
  • Include how many people it serves if you know
  • Include any tips you have that make bringing a meal to someone easier
  • Include any tips you have that you SHOULDN’T do when bringing people meals
  • Email your submissions to us by December 15th to info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net
  • Remember to subscribe to our BabyStep Checklists so you don’t miss it when we send it out once it’s all put together. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN THIS FUN PROJECT!

    LIGHT THE WORLD CAMPAIGN

    Many of you may have seen the Light the World posts being shared around Facebook this December. This is a campaign we love to participate in with our families because it helps us remember the true meaning of Christmas in little ways every day.

    IN 25 WAYS, OVER 25 DAYS
    Each Christmas, we celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. By following His teachings, we let His light shine—in our lives and in the lives of others. This Christmas season, download and use this calendar for inspiration as you plan activities to help #LightTheWorld by serving those in need.

    For specific ideas and a video on each daily topic feel free to visit mormon.org

    DAY 21: “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat.”

    Our favorite day of #LightTheWorld is day 21 where we are supposed to “feed the hungry”. We talk about food A LOT on this blog so we wanted to highlight this day with our freezer meal project and get YOU involved! We think with a little group effort we can all Light the World together this month.

    One of the suggested ways to serve on day 21 is as follows:

    What’s your favorite home-cooked meal?
    Prepare it and take it to a neighbor in need, or invite the person to your home for dinner.

    We wanted to think of a way that we could help spread love (and food) like this on a larger scale and we figured the easiest way is with FREEZER meals. You may remember a few years ago when I helped my mom make a whole freeze-full of meals for my sick grandparents who love a few hours away because my Grandma was getting too sick to cook for herself. Click here to view the post summarizing what we did for her. That whole idea got us thinking that this could be a really cool project to do with our blog readers.

    We are excited to have your help so that we can all feed the hungry in the future with easy yummy freezer meals on hand to share with someone in need.

    I remember when I was going through my divorce several years ago, I didn’t feel like I really NEEDED anything specific when people asked how they could help me. However, one sweet neighbor called me up one day and said “I’m giving you a free pass on cooking tonight because I got the feeling that you just needed a break.” She brought a dinner for my family and it meant so much more to me than just getting a break, I felt loved, remembered, and taken care of for that one little moment in time.

    Thanks for taking the time to share in this project with us. We appreciate it!

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Monthly Preparedness Calendar

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If getting prepared is on your list of goals for 2018, we wanted you to have this early enough to start planning. We sent this out to all our checklists subscribers yesterday but in case you missed it, here you go.

The monthly preparedness projects calendar helps you pick one project to work on each month to help you and your family be a little more prepared!

The calendar has one project idea per month and links to helpful posts and instructions on how to complete the project.

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2017 BLACK FRIDAY PREPAREDNESS SALES

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It’s that time of year again when it’s a GREAT chance to stock up on your food storage and emergency preparedness supplies at the lowest prices. We are pretty excited about the deals that are available this year. Most things will be available all week long with just a few that are only available on Cyber Monday. Take a peek at all the deals below and have fun shopping in your pajamas this week!

ARK 330 (1 MONTH SUPPLY) REGULAR PRICE: $169.99
ARK 330 (1 MONTH SUPPLY) BLACK FRIDAY PRICE: $99.99 (42% OFF)
FREE SHIPPING

When it comes to Food Storage, Chef’s Banquet™ has set a new standard for quality and taste. The ARK (All-purpose Readiness Kit) is the perfect choice for both long-term storage and daily meals. With the ARK, one adult obtains 2,100 calories a day for 30 days! That’s 3 meals a day with 3 to 4 servings of food (an entrée, drink and a side of fruit or vegetables) each meal.

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American Red Cross 72 Hour Food Bucket REGULAR PRICE: $109.99
American Red Cross 72 Hour Food Bucket BLACK FRIDAY PRICE: $74.99 32% OFF
FREE SHIPPING

American Red Cross 72 Hour Food Supply: 4 People, 3 Days (72 Hours, 2,100 Calories / Day for each Person, 120 Servings, Different Variety Each Day, Convenient 10 Serving Pouches. Use the entire pouch at each meal, Long Shelf Life.

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EBOOK REGULAR PRICE: $15
EBOOK BLACK FRIDAY PRICE: $10
1-PACK REGULAR PRICE: $25
1-PACK BLACK FRIDAY PRICE: $20
2-PACK REGULAR PRICE: $40
2-PACK BLACK FRIDAY PRICE: $36
10-PACK REGULAR PRICE: $150
10-PACK BLACK FRIDAY PRICE: $120
FREE SHIPPING

The Food Storage Made Easy 3 PART FOOD STORAGE PROGRAM contains a Babysteps Checklists Guide, Food Storage Made Easy Encyclopedia, and Recipe Appendix. This full program is a roadmap for buying your food storage and learning how to use it, so that you can have confidence in knowing that you are prepared for a major emergency or any of life’s little every day inconveniences.
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REGULAR PRICE: $119.95
BLACK FRIDAY PRICE: $99.95
FREE SHIPPING

The Prepare My Life Planner is an organized emergency preparedness plan. Not only does it contain a step-by-step plan to help prepare your home and family for an emergency, it is also designed to store and organize your important documents.
Learn more at: Prepare My Life Planner Introduction Video
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sunoven

REGULAR PRICE: $298 + $144 accessories pack
BLACK FRIDAY PRICE: $298 + FREE ACCESSORY PACK
FREE SHIPPING

The All-American Sun Oven is the ultimate tool for cooking without electricity. Using only the power of the sun you can bake, dehydrate, pasteurize water, and much more. The Black Friday accessories pack includes: Multi-Level Dehydrating/Baking Rack Set (+ roll of parchment paper), Two Easy Stack Pots with interchangeable enamel and a glass lids, Two Loaf Pans, Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI, SUN OVEN eCookbook & Emergency Preparedness CD. If you want JUST the oven we have a great deal on that too!
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REGULAR PRICE: $259
CYBER MONDAY PRICE: $179
FREE SHIPPING
ONLY AVAILABLE CYBER MONDAY

The NutriMill Plus boasts 11 new patented improvements. It is 15% quieter than the Classic mill and has 20% more capacity than the classic NutriMill. This mill is excellent for grinding grains, legumes and more.
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REGULAR PRICE: $399.95
CYBER MONDAY PRICE: $349
FREE SHIPPING
ONLY AVAILABLE CYBER MONDAY

Use the Bosch to make bread-making a breeze. You can also make cookies, shred meat, make pasta, and many other things using the power of the Bosch and the correct attachments. Cyber Monday pricing is just $349
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wondertiwondermix

REGULAR PRICE: $299
BLACK FRIDAY PRICE: $224.95
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The WonderMix is a high quality kitchen mixer that has the capacity to mix very large batches of bread. It currently comes with several attachments making it a versatile tool in your kitchen. Included with each purchase is a blender attachment, cookie paddles, and french whips.
Learn more at: Making bread in the WonderMix post
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Preparing Kids for Life

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Today we are THRILLED to be sending our newsletter subscribers something we have been working on for months. We couldn’t have pulled this off without all your help, so THANK YOU!  If you’re not subscribed you can subscribe here.

Since we started this blog almost 10 years ago we have added 5 kids to our families and now have 4 kids each. And those kids are getting bigger! Preparing our kids to face the real world is something we spend a lot of time thinking about. A few months ago we asked YOU what are some things you wished you would have known before becoming adults? You came through with some fantastic ideas and answers. ​​​​​​​

We compiled all the feedback into a workbook you can print for each kid, grand-kid, niece, nephew, or any young loved one. To be honest you could probably print it out for yourself and start learning a few things too! 

Fell free to add to this workbook and make it your own. Items to learn include things your kids may learn at school, scouts, church, and most importantly, the home! The workbook contains the following sections:

  • Money/budgeting
  • Cooking
  • Gardening/preservation
  • Cleaning
  • Tools
  • Sewing/clothes
  • Mechanics/car safety
  • Plumbing
  • Communication
  • Frugality
  • Eprep/camping
  • First aid
  • Hunting/fishing
  • Physical health
  • Computer/electronics
  • Physical health
  • Spirituality

AGAIN, this is available to subscribers. If you aren’t one already join now:

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How to cook without power – need to know info!

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It’s a question we get all the time. “How would you cook without power?”  With the recent natural disasters, we have been getting asked that question more and more frequently.   In today’s post we wanted to summarize a lot of important powerless cooking info so you can make your powerless cooking plan come together.  Make sure you read the whole thing because through out the text there are links handouts, tutorials, videos and more!

FIRST: The short answer… We would use our Sun Oven as much as we possibly could and then rely on our other options that require fuel when we can’t use our Sun Oven.

Why is that? With a Sun Oven you have free, renewable energy. You can even use it in the winter. As long as there is enough sunlight to cast a shadow, you can use your Sun Oven.

We understand that a Sun Oven is an investment and you may want to learn more about it before investing in one. That’s why we are inviting you to a free webinar to learn more about Sun Ovens. The webinar will also feature a deal on the Sun Oven. Even if you can’t come that night, BE SURE to register for it so you can watch it later and still take advantage of the education and offer.

REGISTER HERE

DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (8p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. MDT / 5 p.m. PDT & AZ)
DURATION: 60 minutes plus live Q&A
COST: Free but advance registration is required. Register here.

Learn how to:

Bake, boil, steam or roast complete meals which will never burn.

  • Boil or pasteurize drinking water.
  • Naturally dehydrate fruits, vegetables or make jerky.
  • Kill insects, seeds, fungus and bacteria in used potting soil to restore it to its original sterile state.
  • Dry herbs without breaking down the essential oils and vitamins to increase nutrients.
  • Enhance your sprouting during the winter.
  • Enjoy baked roasts and bread all summer long while reducing your utility bills.
  • Naturally, kill bug infestations in grains or dried foods.
  • Easily peel freshly laid hard boiled eggs.
  • Be better prepared for Emergencies.

Sun Oven Package Drawing: Everyone who registers will be entered in the drawing to win an All American SUN OVEN with the Dehydrating and Preparedness Accessory Package. The drawing will be held at end of the class.

Register Today To Get A FREE eBook: Everyone who registers will receive a helpful eBook: Emerging From An Emergency What you should do if…? 120 page eBook to improve your likelihood of your survival in Emergency.

We will send you a reminder before it starts but be sure to mark your calendar now so you do not forget. See you then!

REGISTER HERE

Now, onto the powerless cooking info… This is not an ALL encompassing list but it contains some of our favorite tried and true tools and ideas.

POWERLESS COOKING FUELS:

There are a variety of fuels you can use and store. Knowing about the shelf-life and purposes of each of these fuels can help you make a plan for your storage needs. The following handout goes through a few of the most common fuels. Considerations such as the pros, the cons, the shelf-life, 1 month supply and storage limitations are included.

SHORT-TERM TOOLS:

These are the kinds of tools that you can make yourself, or purchase for little cost. These are tools that would probably help you get through a short-term powerless emergency, but may not be all that fun to use long term.

Butane stove: Butane stoves are the best! You can use them inside and it’s just like cooking on a gas stove. The butane doesn’t last forever but it’s such a great and inexpensive tool to have.
For a look at a butane stove on amazon click here

#10 can stove: This is a good stove to boil water on or cook small pre-made just-add-water meals in.
For a tutorial on how to make a #10 can stove, click here
To purchase a charcoal chimney starter, click here

Cardboard Box Oven: This makes a decent little oven you could cook bread or small meals in. The temperature control isn’t great but it works if you’re in a bind
For a tutorial on how to make a Cardboard Box Oven, click here

LONG-TERM TOOLS:

While these tools will also work for short-term situations, they are useful in situations where you may go without power for longer amounts of times. Some of these tools require more of an investment, however they can be used in everyday cooking, camping, and powerless situations. With each of these tools we have videos and explanations on our site on our Powerless Cooking page.

Sun Oven: A Sun Oven uses the sun as fuel to cook anything you would cook in an oven or even cook rice and other meals in. To learn more about Sun Ovens register for the webinar this week

Volcanos:  A Volcano can use propane or charcoal and has different options in terms of cook tops you can go between. To learn more about the Volcano Collapsible Grill and purchase one online with free shipping click here

HERC Tea-Light candles: These are ovens you can use indoors to bake bread or anything else you would cook in an oven. To learn more about the HERC Tea-Light Candle Ovens and get an exclusive coupon code click here

Wonder Oven: Wonder ovens are like crock pots. Essentially they are thermal cookers. You need to bring your food to a boil before putting it in there but then it continues to cook for hours after. For a tutorial on how to make your own Wonder Oven, click here

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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 7: PROCEED

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Monday, September 25

Welcome to the LAST day of the 7 Day Challenge! We hope you have enjoyed your experience and learned new things. We have prepared, practiced, and prioritized … and now we are ready to PROCEED. We’ve come up with some resources you can use as you proceed on your preparedness cycle. Here are some things to do, to learn, and to buy. Lots of these items may be on your priority lists you worked on yesterday.


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TO DO

Fill out or update emergency preparedness plan
Make or rotate 72 hour kits
Fill or refill water containers
Make or update emergency binder
Update/Inventory your three month supply plan
Update/Inventory your long term food supply plan
Create a sanitation kit
Build a powerless stove, grill, oven, or pizza box solar oven

TO LEARN

How to Make Bread: Bread Recipe, Bread-Making FAQ, No Electricity Bread
How To Deal With Long Term Water Loss (Water Saving Tips)
Water Filtration versus Water Purification
How to Shut Off Your Main Water Supply
How to Shut Off Gas Supply
Powerless Cooking Class

TO BUY

Wondermill/Nutrimill
All-American Sun Oven
Bosch Universal Mixer
Prepare My Life Planner
WaterBricks
HERC Tea Light Candle Oven
InstaFire Fire Starter
Laundry Hand Washer
Thrive Life Special Packages

SPECIAL OFFER TODAY ONLY

Great news:  The popular Prepper Bundle that contains over 30 digital resources all about emergency preparedness is back for a flash sale that ends tonight (Monday) at midnight.  It’s normally only available once a year but it’s back in honor of National Preparedness Month and because so many people are looking for this type of information after the hurricanes.  
 

The price will be $29.97 for online access, $64.97 for USB drive, and $69.97 for online access + USB drive.  This offer will be gone at midnight … no exceptions … so don’t procrastinate on this one.  We don’t have any control over this so we can’t help you if you miss out on it.  They are really strict due to all the author agreements.

As you PROCEED with your prepping plans we really think this bundle could be a valuable tool for you, and if you didn’t already purchase our eBook this month it’s included in the bundle as well!


MAKE SURE to visit the group page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. It’s a great place to learn from other people’s experience and knowledge.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days. Come join the fun there with hash tag #fsme7daychallenge

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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 6: PRIORITIZE

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Sunday September 24

Well aren’t you glad THAT’S over with? It really is amazing how much you can learn when you “practice” preparedness. Now is a good time to reflect with your family, answer some questions, and prioritize what your plan of attack will be to go forward and improve on your preparedness plans.

To help you with prioritizing we have some checklists for you. Print 2 copies of these lists off.

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  • COPY 1: BRAINSTORM– The first time through list ANYTHING you can think of from the last few days that your family needed to learn, to do, and to buy. Don’t worry about the order.
  • COPY 2: PRIORITY LIST– After you have listed all the things you needed to learn, to do, and to buy, re-write them on the second copy in order of importance. This will give you a prioritized actionable game plan moving forward.

Put these lists in a place you will see and be reminded of your goals. Consider asking for some of these items for Christmas or birthdays. Plan family nights around learning new skills. Use family time to do projects you have been putting off.


MAKE SURE to visit the group page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. It’s a great place to learn from other people’s experience and knowledge.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days. Come join the fun there with hash tag #fsme7daychallenge

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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 6: PRIORITIZE

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Sunday September 24

Well aren’t you glad THAT’S over with? It really is amazing how much you can learn when you “practice” preparedness. Now is a good time to reflect with your family, answer some questions, and prioritize what your plan of attack will be to go forward and improve on your preparedness plans.

To help you with prioritizing we have some checklists for you. Print 2 copies of these lists off.

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  • COPY 1: BRAINSTORM– The first time through list ANYTHING you can think of from the last few days that your family needed to learn, to do, and to buy. Don’t worry about the order.
  • COPY 2: PRIORITY LIST– After you have listed all the things you needed to learn, to do, and to buy, re-write them on the second copy in order of importance. This will give you a prioritized actionable game plan moving forward.

Put these lists in a place you will see and be reminded of your goals. Consider asking for some of these items for Christmas or birthdays. Plan family nights around learning new skills. Use family time to do projects you have been putting off.


MAKE SURE to visit the group page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. It’s a great place to learn from other people’s experience and knowledge.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days. Come join the fun there with hash tag #fsme7daychallenge

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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 5: PRACTICE

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day5

Saturday, September 23

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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War. We are under attack and we are attacking. It’s scary out there! All the uncertainty has caused an economic meltdown. The country is in turmoil, utilities are disrupted (electricity is down but plumbing is still working for now), gasoline is no longer available. With stores being emptied out for weeks we must use our long term food storage and really focus on how to live in an extended emergency situation. We’ve also heard that gangs of rioters are roaming the country. It’s time to think about how we can protect ourselves.

Goal: PRACTICE a long-term powerless emergency situation

Today’s Tasks:

  • Prepare all your meals without using electricity today.
  • Make a loaf of bread from start to finish without electricity (this video shows how we did it in a previous year).
  • Watch our webinar on how to plan a year supply of food.
  • Update your long term food storage calculator with your current inventory levels. We have 2 different types of calculators. The basic and basic plus (that adds more variety).
  • Educate your self and make a plan about protection in times of crisis. Here is a link to series we did on the topic a couple years ago.
  • Review safety procedures and precautions with your kids.
  • Double check your first aid supplies and medication as hospital are either crowed or shut-down. Getting to them is DANGEROUS anyways.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • DO NOT USE ELECTRICITY AT ALL TODAY.
  • Do not use your car today.
  • Do not eat any foods that are not on your long term food storage calculator (you CAN use the long shelf life freeze-dried foods we recommend on our Thrive food storage calculator if you wish)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a one week meal plan based off of your long term food storage foods.
  • Cook your meals only indoors as there is some serious weather problems outside.
  • Calculate how many meals can you cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.


MAKE SURE to visit the group page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. It’s a great place to learn from other people’s experience and knowledge.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days. Come join the fun there with hash tag #fsme7daychallenge

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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 4: PRACTICE

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day4

Friday September 22

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

No one likes talking about it, but it happens. The main bread winner in the family has suffered a serious accident. They have been in a coma in the hospital for weeks and it doesn’t look good. You’re not sure where money will come from if they can’t get back to work, and tough decisions will need to be made considering their long-term care. To make matters worse things are falling apart at home. Going to the grocery store is far beyond your capacity to manage so you’ve been eating out of your three-month supply. Spending extra money on eating out is not an option. You have been so busy with the hospital that you forgot to pay some bills and your water got turned off.

Goal: PRACTICE eating your three month supply foods, live without running water, and evaluate your crisis plans.

Today’s Tasks:

  • Use the recipes and ingredients from your three month supply plan for your meals today.
  • Revisit your three month supply plan. Inventory what you have on hand.
  • Determine how long you will be able to survive without buying more food.
  • Discuss with your loved ones (with sensitivity depending on ages) what would happen should a parent die.
  • Put a plan in place on how bills will get paid if the person paying them should die.
  • Update or research your living will
  • Cook your meals and clean up without using running water.
  • Do a load of laundry today without using running water.
  • You can’t waste water on flushing toilets so figure out an alternative solution for potty issues today (this emergency toilet kit could be helpful).

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • You cannot use any perishable items as you have not been to the grocery store in a while.
  • DO NOT USE RUNNING WATER AT ALL TODAY.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Go and shut off the main water supply to your house to avoid temptation to use water (view tutorial).
  • Locate the nearest source of fresh water to your home, stock up on some extra water since your plumbing is shut off.
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check back first thing in the morning!


MAKE SURE to visit the group page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. It’s a great place to learn from other people’s experience and knowledge.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days. Come join the fun there with hash tag #fsme7daychallenge

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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 3: PRACTICE

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Thursday, September 21

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For the next 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

natural-disaster 

There have been a series of TORNADOS all over your town. Maybe tornados don’t typically happen where you live but things are crazy these days with the weather … so just imagine. Some of the tornados have taken out your power and water facilities. Thus you have no water or electricity all day today. To add insult to injury, just after dinner time you get word you must evacuate your home within ONE hour. Fires have started from the downed power lines and they may reach your home. You aren’t sure whether or not your home will be there when you get back. After about one hour of being evacuated you get word your house was safe and you can go home.

Goal: PRACTICE living without electricity and running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Keep your family warm (or cool) as furnace blowers and A/C will not work without electricity
  • Practice powerless cooking by cooking all your meals and snacks using no electricity or gas and no running water
  • You can’t use any perishable foods in your cooking today (pretend the power has been out for a few days)
  • You must find a way for you (and your family if applicable) to bathe or shower today.
  • You can’t flush the toilets because there is no running water to refill the tank. If you have stored water you should use it to manually flush
  • Clean all of your dishes using only stored water (practice water conservation tricks)
  • Calculate how much water you used today, how long can you live on what you have stored?
  • Evacuate your home for one hour with the items you would bring should you be unsure whether or not your house would still be standing when you get back
  • Make an inventory list for insurance purpose of the contents of your home
  • Before dark, locate flashlights, candles, or other light sources. Assess your battery supply.
  • Plan a fun family activity tonight with no electronic devices (board games, ghost stories, shadow puppets, be creative!)
  • Share what you are learning with the facebook group – that’s the one electronic you can use (loophole)

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • DO NOT USE POWER AT ALL TODAY (even if you have a generator, it helps to practice!)
  • DO NOT USE RUNNING WATER AT ALL TODAY (not even for flushing toilets)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make one ore more powerless cooking tools to use today. Here are a few options: #10 can stove, #10 can grill, cardboard box oven
  • No laptops, iPads, phones, etc. (even if you have a way to charge them, don’t!) — You can only use them for the purposes of sharing on Facebook for education purposes.
  • Calculate how many meals you can cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check back first thing in the morning!

 


MAKE SURE to visit the group page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. It’s a great place to learn from other people’s experience and knowledge.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days. Come join the fun there with hash tag #fsme7daychallenge

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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 3: PRACTICE

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day3

Thursday, September 21

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For the next 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

natural-disaster 

There have been a series of TORNADOS all over your town. Maybe tornados don’t typically happen where you live but things are crazy these days with the weather … so just imagine. Some of the tornados have taken out your power and water facilities. Thus you have no water or electricity all day today. To add insult to injury, just after dinner time you get word you must evacuate your home within ONE hour. Fires have started from the downed power lines and they may reach your home. You aren’t sure whether or not your home will be there when you get back. After about one hour of being evacuated you get word your house was safe and you can go home.

Goal: PRACTICE living without electricity and running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Keep your family warm (see list) or cool (see list)) as furnace blowers and A/C will not work without electricity
  • Practice powerless cooking by cooking all your meals and snacks using no electricity or gas and no running water
  • You can’t use any perishable foods in your cooking today (pretend the power has been out for a few days)
  • You must find a way for you (and your family if applicable) to bathe or shower today.
  • You can’t flush the toilets because there is no running water to refill the tank. If you have stored water you should use it to manually flush
  • Clean all of your dishes using only stored water (practice water conservation tricks)
  • Calculate how much water you used today, how long can you live on what you have stored?
  • Evacuate your home for one hour with the items you would bring should you be unsure whether or not your house would still be standing when you get back
  • Make an inventory list for insurance purpose of the contents of your home
  • Before dark, locate flashlights, candles, or other light sources. Assess your battery supply.
  • Plan a fun family activity tonight with no electronic devices (board games, ghost stories, shadow puppets, be creative!)
  • Share what you are learning with the facebook group – that’s the one electronic you can use (loophole)

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • DO NOT USE POWER AT ALL TODAY (even if you have a generator, it helps to practice!)
  • DO NOT USE RUNNING WATER AT ALL TODAY (not even for flushing toilets)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make one ore more powerless cooking tools to use today. Here are a few options: #10 can stove, #10 can grill, cardboard box oven
  • No laptops, iPads, phones, etc. (even if you have a way to charge them, don’t!) — You can only use them for the purposes of sharing on Facebook for education purposes.
  • Calculate how many meals you can cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check back first thing in the morning!

 


MAKE SURE to visit the group page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. It’s a great place to learn from other people’s experience and knowledge.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days. Come join the fun there with hash tag #fsme7daychallenge

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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 1-2: PREPARE

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Tuesday, September 19 to Wednesday, September 20

Alright folks! YOU HAVE 2 DAYS TO PREPARE

For the next two days you have time to get your preps in order. If you want a true test of whether or not you would be ready for an emergency of some kind, ignore this portion of the challenge and start on day 3. We have found however, the best motivator for “GETTING THINGS DONE” is knowing that something is probably coming. So here we go!

Here are some things we have for you to do over the next 2 days. These are things you may have been putting off so we’re giving you 2 days to “prepare”. Feel free to buy some of these things or locate them if you have them already. We have even made this list into a printable checklist so you can print if off and get right to it. We will see you in 2 days with our first “practice” scenario.

Here is what is in the printable checklist:

72 hour kits
-Replace clothes family members have outgrown
-Check and replace diapers
-Check food expiration dates and replace
-Check to see if you are missing supplies
-Do you have cash in small bills

Lighting/Power
-Locate flashlights
-Check batteries in all flashlights
-Charge any solar powered battery packs
-Charge all your electronic devices and keep them charged just in case you lose power
-Get solar outdoor lights, you can use olive oil in jars with wicks as well
-Pick up a solar phone charger then you will still have power for your cell phone
-If you have to use a gas-powered generator, make sure to have a little extra fuel on hand; just be very careful where you put it, and be mindful of your local laws on how much you can have on hand at one time

Water
-Fill all your water containers
-Consider filling your waterbob (link) or plug your bath tub and fill it out
-Consider filling big rubbermaid totes with water but MAKE sure they are covered if you have young children around
-Have a rain barrel to collect water you can use to flush toilets

Family Communication/Planning

-Keep a list of emergency numbers handy, along with family members’ phone numbers. —-Write them down if you only have them stored in your phone
-Have an emergency escape plan from your home and make sure all family members know it and know where to meet.
-Make sure you have and/or locate your radio to stay connected
-Prepare an evacuation list of things you would need to grab in case you need to evacuate.
-Have an emergency binder with all important paperwork ready to go
-Take pictures of every room and closet in your house – it makes a huge difference if you have to deal with insurance companies

Cooking
-If you have a gas grill, make sure you have a full tank of propane
-Check and replace other types of fuels
-If you need internet for instructions on how to use any of your powerless cooking tools go online and print the instructions now
-Make sure you have and/or locate a non-electric can opener

Food
(If you haven’t started on the food part of your food storage, 2 days is hardly enough to prepare. You’ll just have to wing it or see how you do with this one)
-Have lots of non-perishables on hand
-Turn fridge and freezer to a colder setting
-If you have extra space in your freezer, take containers or zip-loc bags full of water and fill in the extra space
-Make a few meals and snacks that will last without power
-Have enough food and litter for your pets

Sanitation/Health
-Improvise an emergency toilet with a bucket lined with a bin bag and some sawdust or cat litter to cover the contents after each use
-Have your prescriptions filled
-Do your laundry now, so you have clothes that are dry and clean. Locate items necessary to do laundry by hand.
-Find your glasses so you don’t have to deal with contacts in an emergency
-Anyone with an oxygen tank – make certain you have 1) a travel tank 2) a generator or means to operate your home device

Other
-Have books and other non electric entertainment like board games ready for everyone
-Fill your gas tank
-Don’t forget to pay attention to fire prevention measures. Have your extinguisher handy

Remember to get everyone in your house involved. Then in 2 days we will be back with scenario 1 on Thursday, scenario 2 on Friday, and scenario 3 on Saturday!


MAKE SURE to visit the group page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. It’s a great place to learn from other people’s experience and knowledge.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days. Come join the fun there with hash tag #fsme7daychallenge


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2017 7 DAY CHALLENGE OVERVIEW

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The Seven Day Challenge is our way of celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month in September. Over the years we have done things a little differently each time. However the main concept has always been the same. The challenge is made up of practicing and analyzing your preparedness skills and storage for 7 days. Concepts covered in the PREPAREDNESS CYCLE are covered and we always have a great time!

JOIN US THIS YEAR

Make sure you’re signed up for our checklists email list so we can notify you of the daily challenges:

We will email you during the week to tell you what you will be doing that day, updating the blog daily, and discussing on our facebook group. Facebook Group for the 2017 Challenge

Having friends join you will make it even more fun and a better experience so please feel free to share this post with them!

HOW IT WORKS

During the 7 Day Challenge we go through the entire preparedness cycle over 7 days to see how we are doing with our preps. Each day we give you challenges, tasks, and limitations to practice and assess. Whether you are a beginner or advanced this cycle is something you’re constantly going through.

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We know everyone is at different levels of preparedness and there will be scaling. We’d like to remind you to try your best and don’t stress.

SNEAK PEAK

day1

fillingwater Tuesday, September 19 to Wednesday, September 20
During these 2 days we will spend time making sure all our ducks are in a row. We will list tasks you will want to do to “PREPARE”. Examples of some tasks include filling water containers, ensuring flashlights have batteries, shoes are by their beds etc, supplies are organized and updated.

day3

practice Thursday, September 21 to Saturday, September 23
During the 3 day “PRACTICE” portion of the challenge we will be doing 3 different scenarios much like prior years. EXPECT there will be challenges to go without power and water! We will practice cooking, cleaning, showering, and more. Each day there will be a different scenario with things to practice and learn.

Thursday September 21 – Day 1: Natural Disaster
Friday September 22 – Day 2: Personal Family Emergency
Saturday September 23 – Day 3: Economic Long-Term Crisis

The goal will be to do the best you can, learn from the experience, and improve!

day5

prior Sunday, September 24

On the “PRIORITIZE” day we will take some time with our families to really analyze how we did. What worked? What didn’t? Where are the holes in our preps? What are our next steps? We will have worksheets and ideas to help you make a game plan to move forward.

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proceed Monday, September 25
Although the “PROCEED” day will only be one day during the challenge it will continue on for you in your personal preparedness cycle and journey. We will encourage you to go purchase the items you are in need of most. We will talk about ways to learn more skills so you can proceed and get going on becoming more prepared. As you proceed through the cycle, you will continue to find opportunities to prepare, practice, and prioritize over and over. And next year will be one of those opportunities!


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Back to Basics Living Summit

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Every September we love to celebrate National Preparedness Month here on the blog. We do things like our annual 7 Day Challenge (more details on that coming up later this week), offer sales and specials (our book and WonderMills are currently on sale), and try to get everyone involved in working together to learn and practice to be more prepared.

This year we are extra excited to be part of an amazing online event called the Back to Basics Living Summit which is also being held this month. Be prepared for some wonderful interviews, video content, slideshow tutorials and more! This is a gathering of some of the top influencers in the back to basics movement, covering topics from gardening, preserving, backyard livestock, urban homesteading, and more! If you want to up your self-reliance game, this event is a no-brainer.

We’re going to be sharing an updated version of our How to Plan a Year’s Supply of Food Webinar complete with updated tools and calculators for you. You can reserve your FREE tickets Back to Basics Living Summit now and watch FOR FREE during September 10-16. We will be featured on Tuesday the 12th so make sure to watch for us on that day!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR FREE

This is an event you don’t want to miss! It is brought to you by Self Reliant School, the same people that host the highly popular Back to Basics Bundle. There will be 30+ experts to show you their tricks of the trade.

The lineup of presentations includes topics like:

  • Seed Saving
  • Canning
  • Backyard Livestock
  • Urban Gardening
  • Homebrewing
  • Herbs
  • Solar Cooking
  • … Plus MANY MORE!

We’re so excited to share all these wonderful presentations with you next week! One quick thing to note, you also have the option of purchasing lifetime access to the content. While viewing the presentations during the event is 100% FREE of charge, if you would like to watch on your own schedule as many times as you like, then LIFETIME ACCESS to the full content is the best option.

By upgrading your “seat” at the summit, you won’t have to wait to watch the presentations you want, and you can watch (or listen) to them as often as you like!

If your schedule just doesn’t allow for you to catch all the presentations, or you want to binge watch them all, NetFlix style, grab some popcorn and ENJOY them at your own speed. You don’t want to miss any of this great content!

Unlock your UNLIMITED ACCESS before Tuesday, September 12th to qualify for:

  • An impressive early bird discount
  • Over $180 in bonuses
  • The ability to WATCH, SKIP, REPLAY, DOWNLOAD, and LISTEN at your own pace

The discount is a limited time offer, check out the details or BUY NOW!


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From Storage to Stovetop Series Index

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We’ve spent the last few months sharing our From Storage to Stovetop Series and wanted to compile an index for you so you can easily get to each post without searching all over the blog for them. These are some of our very favorite products which are integral parts of our food storage but we also have converted to using them in our everyday cooking. We hope this helps you to open up those cans and get them out of YOUR storage and onto YOUR stovetop too!




Featured Food Storage Items

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From Storage to Stovetop: Freeze-Dried Apples

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In today’s installment of From Storage to Stovetop we are going to show you Freeze-Dried Fuji and Granny Smith apples. YUM! We absolutely love eating these as healthy snacks but they are also great for other things too.




In the video below Jodi shares a few of the ways she uses freeze-dried apples and talks about the difference between dehydrated and freeze-dried. She loves having a variety of fruits on hand to make yummy desserts, snacks, and breakfast goodies without always having to go to the store.

Favorite Recipe Using Freeze-Dried Apples

Who doesn’t love a good peach or apple crisp as fall is approaching? But sometimes you don’t feel like chopping up a bunch of fruit, or you forget to get to the farmer’s market and buy the fresh produce. Well enter freeze-dried fruits. Here is a favorite fall recipe of ours that works PERFECTLY with freeze-dried granny smith apples.

Apple Crisp

5 cups Freeze-Dried Granny Smith Apples, rehydrated (or 5 appples chopped)
½ cup of sugar
½ TB flour
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup water

Combine all ingredients into a 9×13 pan. Combine the following ingredients in a separate bowl.

1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
½ cup melted butter.

Sprinkle over top the apples. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.




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Back to School Specials

Fall is fast approaching and we’ve been busy with back to school shopping, doing all of the last fun things, and just reveling in the easier schedules and sleeping in. We know that once kids go back to school it’s the time that a lot of people start looking at their preparedness plans again because we actually have time to think about these things again and make them a part of our routines.

We’ve put together a list of back to school specials to help you get back into the swing of things this year and to get ready for National Preparedness Month which is always a lot of fun around here. Stay tuned by signign up for our BabyStep Checklists for more information on exciting things we are planning for September!

Food Storage Made Easy Book:

SALE ENDS 8/17/17

Digital Version:
Regular Price: $15
Sale Price: $10
CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

Print Version:
Regular Price: $25
Sale Price: $20
CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

WonderMill Wheat Grinders:

SALE ENDS 9/15/17

Electric WonderMill:
Regular Price: $239.95
Sale Price: $199.95
CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

Wonder Junior Deluxe (hand grinder):
Regular Price: $219.95
Sale Price: $199.95
CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

All-American Sun Oven:

SALE ENDS 8/17/17

Back to School Special Package
All-American Sun Oven Price: $298
Sun Oven PLUS Accessories: $298 + $42 (retail value of accessories over $100)

  • Hanging Turkey Roasting Rack
  • Multi-Level Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set (With one roll of parchment paper)
  • Two Easy Stack Pots with interchangeable enamel and a glass lids
  • Two Loaf Pans
  • Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)
  • SUN OVEN eCookbook & Emergency Preparedness CD

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE OR BUY NOW

Thrive Life:

Back to School Bundles:
Huge savings on 6-packs of popular freeze-dried foods including fruits, vegetables, and meats, perfect for stocking up.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL SALE BUNDLES

New Simple Plate Meals:
The freeze-dried version of meal delivery services such as Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. Great for busy nights as a replacement for eating out during the busy school year. Or stock up and have easy-to-make meals for an emergency.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

In case you missed it last week, we sent out a sneak peek of our new “Preparing Kids For Life” project. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed ideas to add and gave us feedback. We are so excited to start sharing these activities with you as we teach our own kids valuable life skills. Make sure to subscribe to our checklists to get the full details!


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Back to School Specials

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Fall is fast approaching and we’ve been busy with back to school shopping, doing all of the last fun things, and just reveling in the easier schedules and sleeping in. We know that once kids go back to school it’s the time that a lot of people start looking at their preparedness plans again because we actually have time to think about these things again and make them a part of our routines.

We’ve put together a list of back to school specials to help you get back into the swing of things this year and to get ready for National Preparedness Month which is always a lot of fun around here. Stay tuned by signign up for our BabyStep Checklists for more information on exciting things we are planning for September!

Food Storage Made Easy Book:

SALE ENDS 8/17/17

Digital Version:
Regular Price: $15
Sale Price: $10
CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

Print Version:
Regular Price: $25
Sale Price: $20
CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

WonderMill Wheat Grinders:

SALE ENDS 9/15/17

Electric WonderMill:
Regular Price: $239.95
Sale Price: $199.95
CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

Wonder Junior Deluxe (hand grinder):
Regular Price: $219.95
Sale Price: $199.95
CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW

All-American Sun Oven:

SALE ENDS 8/17/17

Back to School Special Package
All-American Sun Oven Price: $298
Sun Oven PLUS Accessories: $298 + $42 (retail value of accessories over $100)

  • Hanging Turkey Roasting Rack
  • Multi-Level Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set (With one roll of parchment paper)
  • Two Easy Stack Pots with interchangeable enamel and a glass lids
  • Two Loaf Pans
  • Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)
  • SUN OVEN eCookbook & Emergency Preparedness CD

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE OR BUY NOW

Thrive Life:

Back to School Bundles:
Huge savings on 6-packs of popular freeze-dried foods including fruits, vegetables, and meats, perfect for stocking up.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL SALE BUNDLES

New Simple Plate Meals:
The freeze-dried version of meal delivery services such as Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. Great for busy nights as a replacement for eating out during the busy school year. Or stock up and have easy-to-make meals for an emergency.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

In case you missed it last week, we sent out a sneak peek of our new “Preparing Kids For Life” project. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed ideas to add and gave us feedback. We are so excited to start sharing these activities with you as we teach our own kids valuable life skills. Make sure to subscribe to our checklists to get the full details!


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From Storage to Stovetop: 16 Bean Soup Mix

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In today’s installment of From Storage to Stovetop we are going to show you a traditional 16 bean soup mix and give you a secret trick on how to make a simple soup without all of the hassle and wasted fuel to soak and cook all those legumes.

In the video below Julie shares her secret to making the best 16 bean soup. It doesn’t even need HAM in it to make it delicious, which is a big plus in her family. This is one of those ingredients that a lot of people have purchased for their food storage but very few people actually cook with on a regular basis.

Favorite Recipe for 16 (or 12) Bean Soup

2 cups of soaked beans (soaking optional)
5 cups of water
2 tsp of cumin
1/4 cup of dehydrated onions
1 tsp of garlic
1 tsp ground red pepper, or cayenne, or something spicy

Cook the beans in a pressure cooker, or in a crock pot. I use my electric pressure cooker and cook them on high pressure with natural release, for 45 minutes if I have soaked the beans for a number of hours. If I’m making a last minute meal and didn’t soak the beans, I cook them for 52 minutes. If you’re cooking the beans in a crock pot, cook on low for 6-10 hours. Do not add salt to uncooked beans – it will slow down the cooking process. Also the cooking time can vary based on how old your beans are.

When the beans are done add the following ingredients:

1 or 2 can of tomatoes blended (depends on how soupy you want it)
1 can of tomato paste, or some tomato powder to thicken it if you want it more chili substance
1 cup of salsa (I like Pace)
Salt to taste
Top with chips and cheese if you would like




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From Storage to Stovetop: Instant Refried Beans

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In today’s installment of From Storage to Stovetop we are going to show you Instant Refried Beans and how they help us make quick and easy meals. This is such an easy product to use and we love that it has a VERY clean label. Instead of a bunch of oil and preservatives in a can of regular refried beans, all you get in this can is PINTO BEANS!

In the video below Julie shares how to make easy bean burritos, perfect for simple lunches. We love that you can make just a SINGLE burrito without worrying about wasting the rest of a can of traditional refried beans. The bean flakes are also good as a salad or taco topping, or you can rehydrate them and add cheese for a delicious side dish or bean dip.

Favorite Recipes Using Instant Refried Beans

Taco Soup
Bean Quesadillas
7 Layer Bean Dip
Mango Salsa Burrito Wrap

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From Storage to Stovetop: Tomato Powder

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In today’s installment of From Storage to Stovetop we are featuring one of our absolute FAVORITE food storage ingredients … Tomato Powder and showing you exactly how WE use it in our kitchens. This product is probably one of our top pantry items of all time. We believe it’s a staple that EVERYONE should have in their kitchen as it eliminates the need to buy so many other products, it has a perfectly clean label, and saves you so much time and money!

In the video below Julie shares 3 different ways you can use tomato powder just by varying the amount of water used. Keep reading below the video where we share FIFTEEN ways to use tomato powder including additional ingredients needed for the items you are making.

15 Ways to Use Tomato Powder

1. Tomato sauce
1/4 c. tomato powder + 1 cup of water = 8 ounce jar of tomato sauce

2. Spaghetti sauce
1/2 c. tomato powder + 2 cups of water
Seasonings as desired (here is what I use)
– 1 tsp. oregano
– 1 tsp. parsley
– 1 tsp. basil
– 1 tsp. garlic powder
– 1 tsp. onion salt
– a dash of Worcestershire sauce

3. Pizza sauce
2 T. tomato powder + 6 T. of water
Sprinkle garlic bread seasoning on top for a more flavorful sauce

4. Tomato paste
1/4 cup tomato powder + 1/2 cup water = 6 oz can of tomato paste

5. Tomato juice
1 T. tomato powder + 8-10 T. water
Add onion powder, sugar, salt, pepper, to taste if desired

6. Tomato soup
1 c. tomato powder + 3 c. water (adjust for desired thickeness)
1 T. chicken bouillon
1/2 c. diced onion, sauteed
3/4 c. cream
1 T. sugar
Salt and italian seasoning to taste

7. Ketchup
Recipe from http://www.organic-gardening-and-homesteading.com
1 cup tomato powder and 3 and a half cups water)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 T. minced onion
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. cloves
1/8 tsp. ground coriander seeds

8. Barbecue sauce
1/2 cup Tomato Powder
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 T. a vinegar
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T soy sauce
1 T mustard
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 T minced onion
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in large saucepan, heat on low for 15 minutes.

9. Enchilada sauce
This Thrive Enchilada Sauce recipe uses Tomato Powder and is delicious!

10. Spanish rice
Take your favorite spanish rice recipe and replace the tomato paste or tomatoes with tomato powder in an equivalent amount. YUM!

11. Tomato pasta noodles
Try these homemade lasagna noodles but in place of freeze-dried spinach, use about 1/4-1/2 cup of tomato powder.

12. Tasty tomato-flavored dips
You can make chip or veggie dips and flavor them with tomato powder. This Tomato Basil Bruschetta Dip sounds amazing.

13. Savory breads
Try this Tomato Cheese Bread from SeriousEats.com for a great recipe using tomato powder.

14. As a thickener
Any savory soup, stew, or chili can be thickened by sprinkling in some tomato powder.

15. As a topping
Sprinkle tomato powder straight out of the can as a topping for popcorn, deviled eggs, hummus, etc.

Favorite Recipes Using Tomato Powder

Hearty Chili Meal-in-a-Jar
Chicken Chili Meal-in-a-Jar
16 Bean Soup

Please note: We almost always substitute tomato powder for tomato sauce, paste, or juice in any recipes, but we don’t necessarily mention that in the recipe posts. So feel free to experiment with your own recipes or any of ours found here or over on our other blog at Your Thrive life!

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BORED – Preparedness Plan!

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It’s summer time! Have you heard it yet? If you haven’t, you probably will SOON…

“I’M BORED!”

You’ve probably seen the “BORED” acronym idea sheet floating around the internet…
Something to do for each letter:
Be creative
Outside play
Read something
Exercise
Do something nice

We also like the idea of taking the time during the summer to teach our kids some valuable “preparedness” life lessons.


There are a lot of things you can learn with preparedness by baking something. We recommend you try some powerless cooking when you bake something.


Make organizing something a game with your kids. There are food storage shelves, closets full of eprep items, maybe it’s your garage area with items. Kids like being challenged. Make a checklist and have them be in charge of marking the boxes.


Research something new. Do your kids know what to do if an earthquake hits or some other natural disaster. Get on youtube and watch some videos so they understand what types of “emergencies” you’re preparing for. Educate them so they feel like they understand. The confidence they will gain will help with any worries they may have.


Want to know a secret? Kids are super proud of themselves and won’t admit food is bad if they made it. Have your kids help you try new recipes that use and rotate your food storage.


Summer is a great time to develop or revisit your plans. What happens if there is a house fire? What happens if there is an incident at school? Role play and have your kids participate in the plan.

For a printout of the “bored” plan click here or on the image below:


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From Storage to Stovetop: Freeze Dried Kale and Spinach

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In this installment of From Storage to Stovetop we are featuring Freeze-Dried Spinach and Freeze-Dried Kale and showing you exactly how WE use them in our kitchens. We especially love them for green smoothies, but there are a ton of other ways you can get your greens on using these two products. Since the leafy products condense down so small when they are freeze-dried you can pack a lot of nutritional punch into a small serving. So healthy and they taste great too!

In the video below Jodi shares some of her favorite tips for using these two “green” products to add a little extra nutrition to whatever she is making. While throwing them in smoothies is the easiest thing to do, they are delicious in many other recipes as well.

Favorite Recipes Using Thrive Kale and Spinach

Kale Brownies
FrankenMuffins
Pulled Pork Stuffed Crepes
Zuppa Toscana
Whole Wheat Spinach Noodles
Spinach Cheese Dip
Vegetarian Lasagna
Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

Green Smoothie Mixes

As mentioned in the video, both the spinach and kale are fabulous to use for green smoothies. I like to make mixes ahead and put them in quart jars so when it’s time to make my daily smoothie I don’t have to pull out 5-6 cans. Just dump the jar in and go. Here is a basic formula you can use to make any smoothie turn out great.

As you can see, these are even VERY kid-friendly!

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Prepper Bundle Sneak Preview

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You may remember the Back to Basics Bundle we shared with you back in September.  It was full of resources on self reliant living covering everything from gardening and essential oils to food storage and home organization. Well the same organizers of that bundle have now compiled a specific PREPPER BUNDLE with over 30 food storage and emergency preparedness resources including our Food Storage Made Easy eBook!

From food storage to bug out bags, from primitive survival skills to first aid and alternative medicines,this bundle contains quality content geared toward the modern day Prepper. The quality of resources, the step by step getting started guide, the seamless and incredibly easy to use download area, their unprecedented customer service (their goal is your happiness), and all the bonuses included in the bundle are incredible.

Since we know you already care about food storage and preparedness we think you will LOVE this bundle, but it’s only going to be available for a limited time! The Prepper Bundle includes 30 resources (over a $300 value) to help you better prepare for the unknown. You will learn about:

  • Alternative cooking techniques and recipes
  • Seed saving and gardening
  • Edible and medicinal wild plants
  • Creating a wholesome, healthy food storage
  • Learn about bushcraft and primitive survival
  • How to build the ultimate bug out bag
  • The blueprint to a first class first aid kit
  • Preparing for extreme weather
  • Plus learn how to do more things yourself, manage a small homestead, and much much more!

If you were to buy each of these resources separately you’d pay over $300, but for this short sale it’s 90% OFF! It’s a super deal, no doubt! But it’s more than a great deal, it’s the information you need to help you ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for any type of crisis or disaster. But it’s kind of like buying in bulk, there’s a ton of stuff and it can be overwhelming. That’s why they have created a getting started guide to help you utilize the most relevant information to you so you can begin preparing immediately. The bundle is only available for a few days starting on June 7th!
 
Click here to sign up to receive notification when it goes on sale. You’re not going to want to miss this one! 


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From Storage to Stovetop: WHEAT

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Wheat is a huge staple in most people’s food storage but it’s not something that most people know how to cook with in their everyday cooking. We decided we didn’t want to store things that we weren’t comfortable with using so we went on a little journey to learn how to cook with wheat. This was quite an adventure for us as 8 years ago we didn’t even know what wheat kernels look like!

Wheat Conversions

1 cup of wheat kernels = 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of whole wheat flour = 2/3 cup of wheat kernels
1 lb of wheat kernels = 2 cups of wheat kernels

Tips for Cooking With Wheat

  • Use hard white wheat to make your wheat flour, it has less of a “nutty” flavor than hard red wheat
  • Use fresh ground wheat within a few days of grinder or else store in the freezer (the oils released from grinding cause the wheat to go rancid and nutrients are lost quickly as well)
  • Start with swapping wheat for all-purpose flour 1/4 to 1/2 cup at a time in recipes
  • Reduce the amount of flour used by 25% if using whole wheat instead of all-purpose flour
  • Increase baking powder or soda by 1/4 tsp. if using whole wheat instead of all-purpose flour
  • Use natural sweeteners such as honey, molasses, or agave instead of refined white sugar as the flavors will be more complimentary (and healthier) in combination with the whole wheat flour

How to Choose a Wheat Grinder

View our Wheat Grinder FAQs for detailed explanations of many of the most popular brands of wheat grinders to help you choose the best one for you.

Favorite Whole Wheat Recipes

Best Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
Ezekiel Bread
Homemade Rhodes Rolls
Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Homemade Whole Wheat Noodles and Lasagna
Whole Wheat Spinach Noodles
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
IHOP Corn Pancakes
Whole Wheat Waffles
Food Storage Cornbread
Morning Glory Muffins
Whole Grain Banana Muffins
Wheat Applesauce Cake
Sun Oven Cinnamon Rolls
Cookie Clay Dough

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Banana Split Energy Balls (Raw/Vegan/Deliciousness)

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You may have seen in a few recipe posts, that I’ve been working towards eating a more raw vegan diet lately. It’s a work in progress and I succeed about 85% of the time I’d say 🙂 I definitely try to minimize animal products and keep the rest of my diet consisting of whole foods including lots of fruits and vegetables. It’s not always easy to have healthy fresh fruits and veggies on hand every day, so I’ve been super grateful for my food storage foods (which I always keep upstairs for everyday use anyway) while I’ve been adjusting to this new way of eating. Sometimes I miss being able to have a yummy treat to just pop in my mouth when I need a little afternoon pick-me-up. Enter this recipe for Banana Split Energy Balls and my life is now complete. With a couple of little tweaks and using the Thrive I already had on hand, this recipe was easy to whip up and so so delicious!

Ingredients:
2 cups cashews (divided)
8 dates (divided)
2 T. almond milk
1/2 c. freeze-dried strawberries
1/2 c. freeze-dried pineapples
1/2 c. freeze-dried bananas
1 1/2 T. cocoa powder
1/2 T. peanut flour

Directions:

  1. Make four bowls of individually flavored mixtures as follows:

    Strawberry
    Pulse 1/2 cup cashews in a food processor until they turn to a coarse bread crumb consistency. Add 2 dates and strawberries and pulse until crumbly. Add in 1/2 T. almond milk and pulse until it holds together slightly. Move to a bowl and set aside.

    Pineapple
    Pulse 1/2 cup cashews in a food processor until they turn to a coarse bread crumb consistency. Add 2 dates and pineapple and pulse until crumbly. Add in 1/2 T. almond milk and pulse until it holds together slightly. Move to a bowl and set aside.

    Banana
    Pulse 1/2 cup cashews in a food processor until they turn to a coarse bread crumb consistency. Add 2 dates and bananas and pulse until crumbly. Add in 1/2 T. almond milk and pulse until it holds together slightly. Move to a bowl and set aside.

    Chocolate
    Pulse 1/2 cup cashews in a food processor until they turn to a coarse bread crumb consistency. Add 2 dates, cocoa, and peanut flour and pulse until crumbly. Add in 1/2 T. almond milk and pulse until it holds together slightly. Move to a bowl and set aside.

  2. Take 1 tsp. of each mixture and combine in the palm of your hand to form a ball. Each ball will taste like a banana split in your mouth! You can also form individual-flavored balls if it is taking to long to make the combined version. I made this one and tried to make it look like a real banana split shape. haha. I found the pineapple and strawberry varieties to be my favorite so it was yummy to have individual ones to snack on in my favorite flavors too.


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From Storage to Stovetop: Freeze-Dried Chicken

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Today we are featuring Freeze-Dried Chicken (in two varieties) and showing you exactly how WE use them in our kitchens. Being able to avoid thawing, chopping, and cooking chicken is the difference in being able to get dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes versus getting desperate and having to hit a fast food restaurant. While we have had freeze-dried meats as part of our food storage for a long time, it was only recently that we really began to see the beauty of using it as part of our regular dinner planning.

Chopped Chicken vs Seasoned Chicken Slices

Seasoned Chicken Slices are large chunks of chicken great for soups, Hawaiian haystacks, or any chicken marinade-type recipe where you want large chunks over rice, noodles, etc. These bigger pieces take longer to rehydrate so be aware of that or hydrate them before adding them to your sauce.

Chopped Chicken contains small dices that are perfect to throw into casseroles, pasta sauces, chili recipes, to make chicken salad or chicken roll-ups. These hydrate quickly and can typically be thrown straight into a recipe as long as it’s a little bit saucy.

Favorite Freeze-Dried Chicken Recipes

Chicken Chili Meal-in-a-Jar
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry
White Bean Chicken Chili
Chicken Tortellini Soup
Chicken Salad
Buffalo Chicken Pizza with Bacon

Get Discounted Freeze-Dried Meats

As Thrive Life consultants we have access to special packages not available on the Thrive website. There is a great meat package that makes it only $34.16 per #10 can. You can order the package at our Unadvertised Specials Page.


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Zesty Wheat Berry Black Bean Chili

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I’ve been transitioning to a vegetarian diet over the past few months and have discovered that most food storage recipes are fabulous for this new way of eating. I love that I can try new recipes and know that they fit in with the way I want to eat right now, as well as are full of ingredients that I have in my long term food storage. I made this Zesty Wheat Berry Black Bean Chili using my Instant Pot and it turned out amazing, wasn’t too time consuming and is fairly inexpensive with all the food storage substitutions I made! Win-win-win.


zesty wheat berry black bean chili

Zesty Wheat Berry Black Bean Chili

Ingredients:

2 T. olive oil
1/2 c. freeze-dried chopped onions
1/2 c. freeze-dried red bell peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 c. instant black beans
2 14-ounce cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 c.freeze-dried green chili peppers
2 c. vegetable broth
2 tsp. brown sugar
2 cups cooked wheat berries (about 1 cup dry)
Juice of 1 lime
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup freeze-dried cilantro

Directions:

1. Cook wheat berries in your Instant Pot for quickest prepping. Stovetop will work fine too. The recipe requires two cups of cooked berries so you would need about 1 cup of dry wheat to get that. I did a little extra just to make sure I had enough.

2. Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion and bell pepper and heat just until slightly browned. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper and let cook for about 1 minute.

3. Add instant beans, tomatoes, chili peppers, vegetable broth and brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.

4. Stir in cooked wheat berries and heat through, about 5 minutes more. Remove from the heat.

5. Stir in lime juice. Garnish each bowl with avocado and cilantro.

6. EAT!


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From Storage to Stovetop: Freeze-Dried Bell Peppers

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In this installment of From Food Storage to Stovetop Jodi shares about how she likes to use Freeze-Dried Green Bell Peppers and how they have helped her enjoy eating vegetables more. Freeze dried bell peppers a long shelf life and are so easy to use. We love that you don’t have to buy a whole pepper if you only need a half for a recipe, or a few slices to throw in an omelet. No more throwing away half-eaten rotten produce!

Freeze-Dried to Fresh Conversion

1/3 cup dry = about 1 bell pepper

Refreshing Instructions

Add 1/3 cup of water to 1 cup peppers; let sit covered for 3-5 minutes or until tender.

Favorite Recipes Using Green or Red Peppers

Vegetarian White Bean Soup
Breakfast Egg Scramble
Pizza Casserole
Southwester Farfalle Pasta
Texas Caviar aka Black Bean Salsa
Green Chili and Sweet Corn Brown Rice
Freeze-Dried Style Omelets
Sausage Lasagna Meal-in-a-Jar


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Compassion and Emergency Preparedness

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With Easter coming up we have been thinking a lot about Jesus lately. This Easter we are participating in the #PrinceofPeace Easter campaign put on by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The campaign will focus on different principles of peace offered through Jesus Christ. While the campaign focuses on the following 8 principles, we wanted to focus on COMPASSION on the blog.

  • April 9 – Faith: Mark 5:36
  • April 10 -Compassion: Matthew 14:14
  • April 11 – Forgiveness: Luke 6:37
  • April 12 – Repentance: Isaiah 1:18
  • April 13 -Gratitude: John 11:41
  • April 14 -Scripture: Matthew 4:4
  • April 15 – Prayer: Matthew 21:22
  • April 16 – Hope: 1 Cor. 15:19, 22

So what does food storage have to do with compassion? Want to know a super common question we get that we haven’t ever liked to answer:

“If disaster strikes? What are you going to do when people come knocking on your door?!?!?”

When we REALLY think “What would Jesus do” … the obvious answer is — he would turn 5 loaves into enough to feed thousands. Most of us probably won’t have the ability to perform that sort of miracle, in an emergency situation. But perhaps when it comes to Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness, having compassion is actually teaching and sharing with those around us.

Teaching those around you

Last week we posted a link to some resources you could use when making community plans. We hope you saw it and can use them. We have also put together some group lesson plans for families, churches, or communities to use to teach classes on different preparedness principles such as how to use wheat, or why it’s necessary to build a food storage.

We feel strongly that it is the most compassionate thing we can do to teach others the skills necessary to be able to be self reliant in an emergency. Don’t wait until an emergency situation arises, begin the process now. Whether you just share helpful tips, forward our BabyStep Checklists to others, or organize large scale community or church group events … there is something you can do to teach others and help them become more prepared.

Storing extra

The whole purpose of our blog is to teach our readers how to build their own food storage. We have a number of calculators and other tools to help you determine the amounts you need to store for your own families. What if you take that a step further and actually PLAN to store extras so that you really can have compassion on your neighbors, family, and friends should an emergency situation arise. How would it feel to be able to willingly give to others a portion of your stores instead of feeling nervous and agitated about having enough for yourself?

Did you know that you can buy SUPER inexpensive food storage from Home Storage Centers around the world? (Click here to find out if there is one near you.) People used to go to these centers and buy food in bulk and can them themselves there. However, things have changed now and you can just walk in and buy many products already sealed in #10 cans. This is a great place to get your basic, staple, long-term storage products at the best prices. For those who don’t live near a Home Storage Center you can even order ONLINE now with very minimal shipping charges. It’s a great option for the items they do have, although the variety isn’t that awesome. Click here to check out the online store and see what you can get! You don’t have to be a member of the LDS church to be able to shop at either the Home Storage Centers or the online store.

If you want to see the inside of an LDS Home Storage Center check out the fun little trip our friend Al Fox Carraway took to a local home storage center just the other day.


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Deals to Meals gets a makeover!

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If you’ve followed our blog for a long time, you may remember when we first introduced you to a service called Deals to Meals. We have used and recommended it as a way to stock up on groceries (specifically three month supply items) at discounted prices without having to clip coupons. We totally LOVE it! I’ve been enjoying it even more as I’ve been making a big effort to eat healthier and found it a struggle to stay within my grocery budget with my new eating plan.

Well, Deals to Meals recently re-launched their blog (we are suckers for blog makeovers and theirs doesn’t disappoint). And they are also going to be having a series of guest bloggers begin to contribute on the blog. Keep an eye out on the blog next week as we will be one of the featured authors, and “might” just be hosting a giveaway over there, yay!

To celebrate their relaunch, Deals to Meals is offering discounted prices and some awesome bonuses to our readers. The signup process is a little tricky to get the deals so scroll to the VERY BOTTOM of this post to find out how to get the best prices and bonuses. Otherwise, keep reading to find out more what this service is all about and why we “heart” it so much!

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If you haven’t heard of Deals to Meals, you definitely need to check out their service! It’s super simple to use and saves me $100’s a year. All you have to do is login to www.dealstomeals.com, pick the grocery stores you want to shop at, and then you’ll have access to all of the best deals in your area. They also rank the weekly deals to help you know which items are great, good or okay deals. This helps you know which items you should stock up on to save the most money. All without coupon clipping—hallelujah!

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Besides the help with grocery shopping, they also give you a weekly grocery list and meal plan that makes your life easier! The dreaded ‘What’s for dinner?’ time of day is no longer stressful. With all of your meals planned for you (not to mention their recipes are amazing!), your life will be much more simple. You also get access to a printable grocery list that makes shopping even easier.

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The best part about Deals to Meals is you get all of the deals and meal planner for less than $1 a week (or $3.50/mo.)! That’s as much as a candy bar–it’s a no brainer, right? Take advantage since this is the lowest prices they’ve ever offered. It’s a great time pass this deal along to your friends as well. With no contracts and their money back guarantee, this is a great time to sign up. Check out this comparison chart of the different services offered on the web. Deals to Meals is by far the best value, and most thorough service that we’ve come across.
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Not to mention, with the purchase of a membership you also get our FREE 28 Day Healthy Meal Plan Ebook (value $10). This is their way of saying thank you for trying their service and to celebrate their 10 year anniversary of being in business.

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We hope you will love Deals to Meals the way we do! These special offers end March 31st, so don’t delay! Get signed up and email us if you have any questions or comments.

How to get this one-time-pricing deal:


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First: Go to Deals to Meals (www.dealstomeals.com) and click on the free trial button on the left. Fill in all of the information and click “Continue” (do not continue to PayPal from the free trial process if you want to get the lower pricing!) Your account will then be created.

 You can then pay for the promotion two different ways:

 1-Send money via PayPal: With this option you can log-in to your PayPal account and click on the blue “Send Money” tab at the top of the page. On the next page enter payment@dealstomeals.com as the email, enter $42 for a one year membership and mark the “Goods” option and click “Continue”

2- Send a check: Make the check payable to “Deals to Meals” for $42 and mail to:

Deals to Meals
Attn: Food Storage Made Easy
5526 West 13400 South #502
Herriman, UT 84096

Once you have paid they will get a confirmation email from PayPal and will then apply the credit to your account. If you pay by check then send them a quick email (to payment@dealstomeals.com) and they will activate your account while they wait for the check to arrive. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

Don’t miss out on an awesome giveaway. Head over to their blog to enter to win products up to $300!

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LDS Church Preparedness Resources

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Being prepared is not an uncommon practice among many religions. Being prepared goes back to biblical times (think Joseph and the famine). As many of you may know, the LDS church has been advocating for its members to build a food storage for many years. They have provided their members with different resources and recommendations. One of their resources we have used is their long-term storage recommendations they made based on a study to create our Long Term Food Storage Calculator. DID YOU KNOW… They have recently put out A TON of great resources, not only for their members but for anyone who is looking into getting more prepared. Today we wanted to walk you through some of the resources you might find helpful, and remind you of some of the resources on our site to really give you a kick-start if you’ve been stalling or are new to preparedness.




Resources on our site

INDIVIDUALS: We have worked hard over the years to help our readers with their individual preparedness plans through our BabyStep Checklists. When you sign up, every two weeks you get a free checklist that gives you assignments To Learn, To Buy, and To Do. Over the course of a year you will have an eprep plan, water storage, short term and long term food storage all accomplished.

GROUP LESSON PLANS: We have also put together some group lesson plans for families, churches, or communities to use to teach classes on different preparedness principles such as how to use wheat, or why it’s necessary to build a food storage.

What the LDS Church is Teaching for Individuals

If you visit the Emergency Preparedness section of LDS.org you will see what the current recommendations are for an individual family to do to be more prepared. Here are the items they are recommending:

  • Clothing and bedding
  • Drinking water
  • Financial reserves
  • Important documents
  • Longer-term supply of basic food items
  • Medication and first aid supplies
  • Three-month supply of food that is part of your normal diet
  • Ways to communicate with family following a disaster
  • Obtain First Aid, CPR, and/or AED Training

What the LDS Church is Teaching for Neighborhoods/Groups

The area we haven’t covered in depth is how to create a large scale community action plan. A lot of people do CERT training (Julie went through it last year) but it is quite an expensive, intense, and lengthy process. It also isn’t available in all areas. The LDS church gives outlines a 5-step program for how you can work within your own neighborhood to become better prepared as a whole and split up assignments. It may not be as formal as a CERT plan but it is still really helpful! It’s designed for their own area boundaries but it can easily be applied to any neighborhood designations that you come up with. The topics outlined are as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Step 1: Identify Likely Disasters
  • Step 2: Gather Critical Information
  • Step 3: Outline Assignments and Procedures
  • Step 4: Identify Emergency Communication Methods
  • Step 5: Encourage Individual Preparation

Click here to view the entire neighborhood planning page

LDS Food Storage Resources

Did you know that you can buy inexpensive food storage from Home Storage Centers around the world? (Click here to find out if there is one near you.) People used to go to these centers and buy food in bulk and can them themselves there. However, things have changed now and you can just walk in and buy many products already sealed in #10 cans. This is a great place to get your basic, staple, long-term storage products at the best prices. For those who don’t live near a Home Storage Center you can even order ONLINE now with very minimal shipping charges. It’s a great option for the items they do have, although the variety isn’t that awesome. Click here to check out the online store and see what you can get! You don’t have to be a member of the LDS church to be able to shop at either the Home Storage Centers or the online store.

If you want to see the inside of an LDS Home Storage Center check out the fun little trip our friend Al Fox Carraway took to a local home storage center just the other day. We think we might invite her over and teach her HOW TO USE THAT WHEAT!


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From Storage to Stovetop: GREEN CHILI PEPPERS

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In this installment of From Food Storage to Stovetop Julie shares about her love of Freeze-Dried Green Chili Peppers and how easy they are to use in your everyday cooking. With a long shelf life and

Freeze-Dried to Fresh Conversion

1/4 cup freeze-dried green chili peppers = 1- 4 oz can of green chili peppers
1/3 cup freeze-dried green chili peppers = 2 fresh green chili peppers

Favorite Recipes Using Green Chili Peppers

Vegetarian White Bean Soup
Bacon and Green Chili Cornbread
Cilantro-Lime Rice
White Bean Chicken Chili
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Spicy Green Chili and Pinto Bean Soup
Enchilada Pie
Chicken Chili Meal-in-a-Jar


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Upcoming Sun Oven Webinar

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Discover 13 ways to harness the power of the sun to be prepared and save money.

The All-American Sun Oven is one of our very favorite powerless cooking tools. Learning to cook with the sun has helped us to be better prepared and baking outdoors has reduced our utility bills. We invited Paul Munsen of Sun Ovens International to teach an interactive online seminar for our readers to show us all how we can use our Sun Ovens every day. Paul has devoted his life to sharing fundamental Sun Oven Cooking techniques with people all over the world.




Register now to join us for this FREE educational webinar where you will discover:

  • 13 ways the sun can be used year around to give you the peace of mind of knowing you are better prepared for an emergency.
  • The fundamentals of how to reap the maximum benefit of this amazing free resource.
  • Ways to use a SUN OVEN that go way beyond just cooking.
  • FREE ebook to everyone who registers
  • Discount Sun Oven package available to all webinar participants

Webinar Details

Date: Tuesday March 21 st
Time: 7:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time, (8 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. MDT / 5 p.m. PDT
Duration: 60 minutes plus live Q&A
Cost: There is no cost for the class but advance registration is required.
Click Here to Register

Free eBook

Everyone who registers will receive a helpful eBook: Emerging from an Emergency: What you should do if … 

Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people don’t know where to start, so they never start at all. This free 120 page eBook is a compilation of publicly available documents to aid you in the planning process to enhance your likelihood of your survival from any kind of tragedy.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!!!


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From Storage to Stovetop: BLACK BEANS

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Today Jodi goes over a few different options you may have for black beans in your food storage. If you store canned beans you probably don’t have a hard time with rotating them or knowing how to use them in your everyday cooking. However, for long term storage canned beans are not an ideal solution. They have a short shelf life so are more appropriate for keeping in your 3 month supply as opposed to being your entire supply of beans for a year. Even though we are specifically covering black beans here most of this would apply to pinto beans and navy beans as well.

Bean Conversions

1 can of beans = 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans
1/2 cup of dried beans = 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans
1 cup of instant beans = 1 1/2 cups of cooked beans
1 can of beans = 1/2 cup of dried beans or 1 cup of instant beans

How to Cook Dried Beans

Method 1: Crockpot
Ingredients:
9 cups of water
3 cups of dry black beans (rinsed)
1 onion halved (can use freeze-dried onion equivalent)
6-8 cloves of garlic or minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of salt
Optional:
1 jalapeno pepper diced (I used freeze-dried green chilies)

Directions:
Put all the ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on high for 8 hours. Eat!

Method 2: Instant Pot or Electric Pressure Cooker
Add 5 cups of water in pressure cooker
Add spices ( 1 T. of cumin, 2 tsp. of minced garlic, 2 T. of dehydrated onions, 2 T of dry cilantro)
Add 2 cups of dry black beans

Cook on high pressure. Set pressure cooker for 30 minutes. After the pressure cooker beeps, do quick pressure release… and ENJOY how EASY THAT WAS! Also check out Julie’s delicious Brazilian Black Bean Recipe that also uses a pressure cooker.

Favorite Bean Recipes

Vegetarian White Bean Soup
Hearty Chili Meal-in-a-Jar
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Salsa, Chicken, and Black Bean Soup
Texas Caviar … aka Black Bean Salsa
Chicken Chili Meal-in-a-Jar
Enchilada Pie
Chicken Barley Chili
16 Bean Soup
White Bean Chicken Chili
Brazilian Black Beans


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From Storage to Stovetop

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We’re excited to introduce our new From Storage to Stovetop series where we will be highlighting one item from our storage and showing you exactly how we use it in our kitchens. We will be updating this post with an index of each item as we highlight it. So bookmark this page and check back often to see the features as they are posted.

From Storage to Stovetop Introduction

Facebook Group

We’d love to have you join our Storage to Stovetop facebook group to share your own experiences as you use the products we are highlighting each week. It will be a fun place for us all to learn and practice using our food storage together! Click here to join the Facebook Group

From Storage to Stovetop Index

Instant Pot (newsletter introduction)


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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

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Cold winter? Feels like it’s never ending? Homemade broth made in minutes? Creamy chicken noodle soup? YES PLEASE!

The other day we posted a meme on facebook about how sometimes after a big grocery shopping trip you end up ordering pizza because you are too tired to cook. Sound familiar?

Well I discovered a way to avoid that when I do my Costco trips. I pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way out and a yummy pre-made salad. It ends up being a whole lot healthier and I get 2-3 meals out of that chicken. We usually eat half the chicken the first night it comes home and then I make a soup out of the rest of the chicken with the yummiest broth thanks to the INSTANT POT!

Making Broth

After you have removed all the chicken off the bones, place the bones, 6-7 cups of water, salt and pepper in the Instant Pot. If you want you can also add onions, celery, and carrots but I find that it works well enough without them. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. That’s it. I feel like the explanation should be longer but that’s all it takes! I think this probably works in a slow cooker if you cook it all. day. long. but I never plan THAT far in advance.

Now here’s a recipe with homemade noodles and way to make the soup creamy. You can skip the creamy part but it’s just so yummy and appropriate for January!

Homemade Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Noodles: (Can use store-bought egg noodles as well)
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 c. water

Soup:
2-3 cups of left over cut up chicken (if you ate all your chicken, freeze-dried chicken works great)
3 carrots chopped
3 celery stalks diced (or do freeze-dried celery)
1/2 onion chopped (or do freeze-dried onions)
6-7 cups of broth made from bones
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. parsley
salt and pepper to taster
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Roux (this is the part that makes it creamy):
4 TBS. butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cups milk (I only ever use powdered milk here)

Directions.
Noodles: Knead for 5-10 minutes in a mixer with dough hooks. Roll out to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut with a pizza cutter into 1/4 inch strips about 3 inches long. Separate the noodles and let dry out a little bit. When chicken is done cooking, remove and cut into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

Soup: Add onions and oil to pan. Once onions are cooked add broth, chicken, celery, and spices. Cook until vegetables are tender. When carrots and celery are cooked add the noodles to cook.

Roux and the rest of the soup: While the noodles are cooking melt 4 TBS of butter in a small pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour to make a roux. Slowly add milk while whisking to remove lumps until it’s the consistency of a thin pudding. Slowly whisk milk mixture into the soup and stir until combined. Simmer 4-5 minutes, until slightly thickened.


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Complete Self Reliance eLibrary for Just $29.97

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Over the last 8 years of running this blog we have learned that there is so much more to the world of being prepared than just having a food storage. That is a GREAT place to start but it feels even better to develop skills and acquire tools to become more self-reliant and less dependent on outside sources to meet your family’s needs. We have taken really gone “back to the basics” to learn things that used to be common knowledge but are completely lost skills these days. It’s been a grand adventure but one thing is for certain, there is always more to learn!

Introducing this year’s Back to Basics Bundle






We are thrilled to be a part of the Back to Basics Bundle this year which is a complete eLibrary of over 73 resources and 12 bonus offers to give you an abundance of information to help YOU get back to the basics and become more self reliant. Our Food Storage Made Easy eBook (regularly $20) is included in the bundle so for just $10 more you can get our book plus 72 others. This is a 96% savings off the regular price if you were to purchase each resource individually. This deal is so good it is only being offered for ONE WEEK so don’t procrastinate your purchase!


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Vegetarian White Bean Soup

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Are you looking to eat a little healthier this year? I’ve recently switched to a vegetarian diet for a number of reasons so I’ve been on the hunt for new and delicious recipes. Lots of white bean soup recipes call for ham or ham bone and most are cream-based so not very good for the waist-line either.

I subscribed to about a million vegetarian/vegan blogs and have spent the last few weeks salivating over new recipes and adding them into my weekly meal planning to try them out a few at a time. This soup from vegetarianventures.com definitely did not disappoint and with a few substitutions is a perfectly acceptable shelf-stable food storage recipe to add to my arsenal!


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Ingredients:

1 T. olive oil
1/3 c. freeze-dried onions
1 c. freeze-dried green peppers
3 gloves garlic (or 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 T. cumin
Flour (for coating)
4 c. vegetable broth
3 15-oz cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed (or use dried bean equivalent)
1/4 c. freeze-dried green chilis
3/4 c. freeze dried sweet corn
2 c. warm milk (powdered milk for food storage version or almond milk for vegan version)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lime juice to taste

Directions:

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add onions, peppers, and garlic (no need to reconstitute first) and barely saute them to bring out the flavors. Stir in the cumin. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir until well-coated. Add vegetable stock slowly while stirring. Add in beans, green chilis, and corn. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Then turn down to medium-low and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes. All of the freeze-dried items will fully reconstitute in that time. Stir in the warm milk and let simmer for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and season as desired with salt, pepper, and lime juice.

Top with cilantro, cheese or vegan cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, etc. as desired. So delicious!


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Light The World!

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We hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving and got to enjoy some time with family and friends. We spent the day together and enjoyed great food and felt grateful for so many things. With Thanksgiving over we’re in full swing of the Christmas spirit over here. We usually don’t blog a lot in December because we spend extra time with our family at this time of year but we do have a few things we will be sharing this month.

We’re participating with the #LIGHTtheWORLD Christmas challenge on Mormon.org. Whether you share our faith or are of another faith we invite you to join in the Christmas spirit and spread love this season.

Think about these two scriptures as you watch this video:
“I am the light of the world” John 8:12
“Ye are the light of the world” Matthew 5:14

Video from: https://www.mormon.org/christmas/light-the-world?play=hero

To kickoff this Christmas message, there will be a worldwide day of service on Dec 1st. What can you and your family do on that day to “Light the World”? …. THEN following the worldwide day of service…. You’ve heard of advent calendars right? Well how about a service advent calendar where you #LIGHTtheWORLD

25 DAYS, 25 WAYS:
From Mormon.org: During Christmas, we are reminded that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. This year, we have an amazing opportunity to share that light by resolving to do the things Jesus Christ did. Every day leading up to Christmas, we will focus on a different Christ-like behavior and provide suggestions for ways we can emulate His example. The website with the daily ideas and videos you can share with your family is here:
https://www.mormon.org/christmas/in-25-ways-over-25-days

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WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Along with the daily calendar activities with our families Food Storage Made Easy is participating in 2 of the days that are super relevant to stuff we already do here. The days will be December 12 and 19:

DECMEBER 12: JESUS TAUGHT OTHERS AND SO CAN YOU

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Bread is a basic food that can be made from the most common food storage ingredient, wheat. It also has a lot of symbolism in the bible. “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 For this day: “Watch an online tutorial to learn a new skill that can benefit others”. We are here to help with that! This post has a full tutorial on how to make bread complete with a recipe card and a free downloadable Bread FAQ.

DECMEBER 19: JESUS CALMED THE STORM AND SO CAN YOU

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Jesus understood that life’s storms can take many shapes. Some storms rain down from the sky; other tempests come from within. The Master can calm all storms. When we follow His example, we can be a light in the lives of those going through turbulent times. Share peace of mind with our free complete emergency prep plan found here.

We hope you have a very Merry Christmas! We recognize you may not celebrate the same holidays that we do but we find that most our readers everywhere celebrate LOVE and SERVICE and we invite you to join in and #LIGHTtheWORLD!


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2016 BLACK FRIDAY PREPAREDNESS SALES

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The WonderMill is the fastest, quietest, cleanest mill on the market. The WonderMill will not only grind wheat, corn, rice, and other small grains like Quinoa and Amaranth, but it will also grind legumes and beans.
Learn more at: 17 Ways to Use a Wheat Grinder
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Use the Bosch to make bread-making a breeze. You can also make cookies, shred meat, make pasta, and many other things using the power of the Bosch and the correct attachments. Cyber Monday pricing will be announced Monday and a Baker’s Pack of accessories will also be available at no additional charge.
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How to make bread

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Making bread is a skill that you may choose to incorporate into your daily life, or you may just save it for a rainy day. In last month’s newsletter we sent an article all about wheat, wheat grinders, and included a whole bunch of recipes. Wheat is the most popular item in food storage plans because of it’s long shelf-life and nutrient dense properties. One of the recipes we included in the handout was our FAVORITE bread recipe.  Today we wanted to give you three things:

  • A recipe card of our bread recipe you can print
  • A handout that includes an FAQ about making this bread
  • A video where we invite you into our kitchen and show you hands on how to make it

We know making bread can be intimidating for beginners so join us today to learn a skill that could very well help you and your family for years to come. In case you missed the handout from last newsletter: 
Click here to download the “What to do with wheat” free handout.

>>>Make sure you scroll to the end of the post for an important reminder.<<<

Recipe card:

Click here or on the image below to get your recipe card pdf. This is a 4 x 6 standard size card. You can print it directly on card stock and cut it out or print it on regular paper and glue it onto a sturdier paper if you want.

 

Bread FAQ handout: 

Click here or on the image below to download the Bread-Making FAQ. These questions have been asked to us over the years and this handout has all the answers. 

Spaghetti Squash – 2 ways to cook it and a recipe

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I think it’s safe to say gardening season is over here but I am still enjoying the spaghetti squash I grew this year. I consider myself a beginner gardener but I’m proud of what I’ve grown so far. My kids join in and I love teaching them some good self-reliance skills.

So I completely over planted the spaghetti squash this year (LIKE REALLY).So today’s post features a couple ways to cook it and a recipe!

Back to my dozens of spaghetti squash…They grew well so that was cool but it had left me with so much squash. I don’t mind because I love it but I’ll admit I don’t love how long it takes to cook in the oven. I know you can cook it in the microwave but I mine is broken and I don’t love using it a lot. I use it as a side, as spaghetti noodles (half and half) for chicken Parmesan and so much more.

Sun Oven Method

During the 7 Day Challenge this year I experimented cooking it in the Sun Oven and that was AWE-SOME, but for days I don’t have time to do it that way (which is often) I’ve been needing a better way.

Here’s how to cook it >>> Cut the squash in half and place on pans in the oven. I left mine in a few hours and it was perfect. I don’t know if it would have been done sooner but I didn’t check it cause it was a cloudy cold day. I was impressed it was even cooked!

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Instant Pot Method

I’ve had this Instant Pot for almost a year now and use it a lot but I had never thought to try squash in there. Well I DID and it was amazing. It seriously only took 3 mins to cook. I even tried 5 mins (the bottom right picture) and it was too long!

Here’s how to cook it >>> Cut the squash in half, put 1/4 cup of water in there on high pressure for 3 mins and you’re done. Let me give you a little tip though- as soon as it is done do the quick pressure release and get it out of there. If it stays too long it starts absorbing moisture.

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Spaghetti Squash Salad

This recipe came from a neighbor at a potluck. I LOVED it. It’s healthy, filling, and yummy. I’ve been eating it for lunch a LOT.

Ingredients:

Cooked and cooled spaghetti squash
Cut up cucumbers, onions, peppers
Italian dressing
Salt and Pepper
Optional toppings: slivered almonds, feta cheese, cranberries

Directions:
Basically you just throw it all in a bowl and sit it in the fridge. I think it even gets better over time in the fridge.

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FREE.. WHAT TO DO WITH WHEAT HANDOUT

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Do you have wheat in your food storage? Do you know how to use it?

If aren’t signed up for our free email checklists you MISSED OUT. We sent this handout today to all subscribers. If you missed it and you are signed up make sure you check your spam and add us to your safe list. Since we don’t want anyone to miss out though, we are publishing it on the blog too. Make sure you’re signed up in the future though, cause we might have some COOL stuff coming soon!

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7 Day Challenge 2016 RECAP

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We hope you all had a great experience participating in this year’s 7 Day Challenge, whether you actively did each day’s tasks or just read and followed along with the group. Here is a summary of the links to each part of the challenge following the Preparedness Cycle we introduced this year.

DAYS 1-2: PREPARE
These two days were spent preparing for an upcoming “emergency”. Last minute preparations included filling water containers, updating 72 hour kits, and other similar tasks.

DAY 3: PRACTICE – Natural Disaster
Earthquake strikes! An intense earthquake struck your area and knocked out the power lines, gas lines, and city water pipes.

DAY 4: PRACTICE – Family Emergency
Times are tough! Due to some unexpected and rather large medical bills your family has run into financial troubles and you have worked through the majority of your savings.

DAY 5: PRACTICE – Long Term Emergency
Economic meltdown! The country is in turmoil, the trucking industry has shut down, utilities are disrupted (electricity is down but plumbing is still working for now), gasoline is no longer available, your neighbors need help.

DAY 6: PRIORITIZE
Use the provided checklists to brainstorm and create a priority list for what you want to do to go forward with your preparations.

DAY 7: PROCEED
Huge list of resources you can use as you start to do, learn, and buy the items on your priority lists created on Day 6.

Our Findings

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JULIE: Using the sun oven for the spaghetti squash was awesome. It was a mostly cloudy day but it still cooked. It took a couple hours but I put it in early enough that it didn’t matter. The squash was actually really good because there was no water used so it wasn’t mushy.

Cooking with Thrive meats and veggies was really convenient (like it normally is) but knowing that I had to clean all those dishes by hand made it that much more convenient. It was great to not worry about the dishes I would have used with raw meat being cleaned well enough. It was nice to be able to just throw everything in for the chili and not create more dishes and waste.

Cooking rice in the Saratoga Jacks thermal cooker worked so well. I actually had an activity at church I had to bring the rice to and was really nervous trying it out the first time like this but it turned out perfectly. It really was nice to be able to conserve fuel by only bringing the rice to a quick boil and then letting it sit in the pot for awhile. And it made for really easy transport.

I just absolutely loved my butane stove. I was able to cook right on the counter in my kitchen and was barely disrupted. I do know that you can only store so much butane and would probably be more conservative with it in a long term crisis but it was sure helpful and useful. I had made a pancake mix with powdered eggs and it was pretty easy and yummy breakfasts on the stove. Felt totally normal.

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JODI: I usually plan to use my Sun Oven for the bulk of my powerless cooking but the weather was way overcast during the no power days this time. I pulled out my HERC tea light candle oven and was able to make muffins in it just fine. It’s the only tool I’ve found that will allow me to make baked-goods inside without electricity.

I also kept my meals fairly simple which I think is similar to what I would do in a shorter-term emergency. If things extended for a longer period of time I’d have to get more creative and also probably use a lot more dishes to make more complete meals.

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Planning

JODI: Since my kids were gone a lot during the days, I spent some time going through my meal plans and working on my inventory lists. Every time I do this I find I tweak my system even more. I’ve changed a lot of my eating habits recently moving towards a more vegetarian diet and that has shifted some of the meals I want to include in my three month list. Instead of storing a lot of meat/dairy freeze-dried items for recipes I’m looking for more recipes that just don’t call for those items. I’m updating my recipe binders to include these new recipes and then incorporating them into my three month excel planner.

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Water

JULIE: I calculated how much water we used in one of the days and for a family of 5 it was about 10 gallons. I was REALLY careful with the use and we did shower in buckets and wash dishes. The shower is a good thing to practice because you learn a good order to do things. Use cleaner water first on you then as it gets dirty you can save it for toilet flushing etc.

The laundry was a fun experiment. My son loved plunging through the clothes. The water actually got dirty from the clothes so I know dirt did come out. My concern with laundry without water and power is more in how would the clothes DRY if it were cold and winter time. Also I know we would do laundry a lot less frequently should there be a long term scenario.

JODI: I loved having waterbricks on hand with a spigot so that I could easily use it for cooking, drinking, cleaning, etc. I have large barrels in the garage but whenever I have to actually practice using stored water I much prefer to use the smaller containers. I keep them in my hall closet for easy access and also keep a few more in the basement.

Sanitation

JULIE: Oh man -we literally have a problem practicing this one. Our bags that we were supposed to put the waste in that are biodegradable all broke. Just touching them made them break. We posted a video about it. So we’re back to the drawing board with this one.

JODI: In a previous year we used the bucket with biodegradable bags and when we want to empty it out it exploded all over. This year we decided to just follow the “no flush” rule. Unless it’s a #2 you just leave it in the toilet. Then we used stored water to flush when someone had to poop. In a real emergency situation we may not do this, but there is definitely some “gray water” that we could use for this purpose so it may not be a complete waste.

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JULIE: I changed a few things up with my kits this year that I think I will like. I put each kids clothes in a bag and labeled what was in it and the size. I also put on the outside of the bags what kids clothes were in each backpack with the size. I have found that I always underestimate how long it’s been since I’ve changed those out. I also get a whole new rolling big to add extra foods to that I can rotate every 6 months. I have good long term calorie bars in my kits but I like to have extras like granola bars etc. I put some beef jerky, peanuts, and granola bars in there that I’ll replace completely with new ones and we will eat. So it’s not all these little pieces of foods, just 3 Costco size boxes of each one.

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Family Fun

JULIE: In years past my kids have been younger and at school for the challenge. This year they were off school for the whole thing and it really was so much fun to do this challenge as a family. My 9 year old got totally into it. In fact he had a cub scout field trip Friday afternoon and told me not to try doing the laundry by hand until he got home because he wanted to learn how too. I asked him why he liked the challenge so much and he said “because it’s so advanced”… I replied it’s actually primitive … but I’ll take it.

JODI: I had the opposite situation of Julie this year. All of my kids are now in school and busy with activities on weeknights so we didn’t get a lot of time to do fun things with it as a family. They are old enough to understand what’s going on and keep me on my toes if I accidentally turned on the tap or a light, but we didn’t get to have the full experience of living through the entire day in a challenge scenario. We want to try it again when there is a break from school and we have more time to devote to it. We did have some fun nighttime activities without the lights on 🙂

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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 7: PROCEED

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Monday, September 26

Welcome to the LAST day of the 7 Day Challenge! We hope you have enjoyed the new format this year and really learned a lot by following the steps of the Preparedness Cycle. We have prepared, practiced, and prioritized … and now we are ready to PROCEED. We’ve come up with resources you can use as you start to do, learn, and buy the items on your priority lists you worked on yesterday. Feel free to share your experiences in the Facebook event or follow us on Instagram to view our personal journeys.


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TO DO

Fill out or update emergency preparedness plan
Make or rotate 72 hour kits
Fill or refill water containers
Make or update emergency binder
Update/Inventory your three month supply plan

Update/Inventory your long term food supply plan
Create a sanitation kit
Build a powerless stove, grill, oven, or pizza box solar oven

TO LEARN

How to Make Bread: Bread Recipe, Bread-Making FAQ, No Electricity Bread
How To Deal With Long Term Water Loss (Water Saving Tips)
Water Filtration versus Water PurificationHow to Shut Off Your Main Water Supply
How to Shut Off Gas Supply
Powerless Cooking Class
“So you want to buy a year supply?” post

TO BUY

National Preparedness Month Sales
Wondermill/Nutrimill
All-American Sun Oven
Bosch Universal Mixer
Prepare My Life Planner
WaterBricks
Berkey Water Filters
HERC Tea Light Candle Oven
InstaFire Fire Starter
Small Stoves/Fuel
Laundry Hand Washer
Fortress Clothing
Thrive Life Special Packages


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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 6: PRIORITIZE

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Sunday September 25

Well aren’t you glad THAT’S over with? It really is amazing how much you can learn when you “practice” preparedness. Now is a good time to reflect with your family, answer some questions, and prioritize what your plan of attack will be to go forward and improve on your preparedness plans.

To help you with prioritizing we have some checklists for you. Print 2 copies of these lists off.
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  • COPY 1: BRAINSTORM– The first time through list ANYTHING you can think of from the last few days that your family needed to learn, to do, and to buy. Don’t worry about the order.
  • COPY 2: PRIORITY LIST– After you have listed all the things you needed to learn, to do, and to buy, re-write them on the second copy in order of importance. This will give you a prioritized actionable game plan moving forward.

Put these lists in a place you will see and be reminded of your goals. Consider asking for some of these items for Christmas or birthdays. Plan family nights around learning new skills. Use family time to do projects you have been putting off.


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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 5: PRACTICE

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Saturday, September 24

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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Economic meltdown! The country is in turmoil, the trucking industry has shut down, utilities are disrupted (electricity is down but plumbing is still working for now), gasoline is no longer available, your neighbors need help. Today we must use our long term food storage and really focus on how to live in an extended emergency situation.

Goal: PRACTICE a long term emergency situation

Today’s Tasks:

  • Make a loaf of bread from start to finish without electricity (this video shows how we did it in a previous year).
  • Prepare all your meals without using electricity today.
  • SOS. A friend that lives a mile away got stranded and needs some supplies. Have your family carry your 72 hour kits to them since you are well enough stocked at home and can donate them. (Remember gasoline is not available so you must go on foot)
  • Update your long term food storage calculator with your current inventory levels.
  • You must eat foods ONLY found on your long term food storage calculator today (all your regular fridge, freezer, and pantry foods have run out). Freeze-dried items as found on our Thrive food storage calculator are ok.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit the Facebook Event Page and share a picture of your bread-making adventures. Let’s discuss how prepared you feel if you were to have to face this type of emergency.

>>>We’re also sharing on instagram! @foodstoragemadeeasy #fsme7daychallenge

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • DO NOT USE ELECTRICITY AT ALL TODAY.
  • Do not use your car today.
  • Do not eat any foods that are not on your long term food storage calculator (you CAN use the long shelf life freeze-dried foods we recommend on our Thrive food storage calculator if you wish)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a one week meal plan based off of your long term food storage foods.
  • Cook your meals only indoors as there is some serious weather problems outside.
  • Calculate how many meals can you cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
  • Discuss with your family what you would need to do and what you would bring should the time come when you would need to evacuate your home for good.


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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 4: PRACTICE

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Friday September 23

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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Times are tough! Due to some unexpected and rather large medical bills your family has run into financial troubles and you have worked through the majority of your savings. You have to live on a tight budget eating through your three month supply foods to save money on groceries. Your water has been shut off because you couldn’t pay the water bill so you must also manage your daily life without water.

Goal: PRACTICE eating your three month supply foods and live without running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Use the recipes and ingredients from your three month supply plan for your meals today
  • Revisit your three month supply plan. Inventory what you have on hand
  • Determine how long you will be able to survive without buying more food
  • Cook your meals and clean up without using running water
  • Do a load of laundry today without using running water
  • You can’t waste water on flushing toilets so figure out an alternative solution for potty issues today.
  • Make some of your own natural cleaning supplies using regular ingredients you have in your home to save money.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit the Facebook Event Page and share a picture of you doing laundry today or some other “waterless” activity today. Let’s discuss how prepared you feel if you were to have to face this type of emergency.

>>>We’re also sharing on instagram! @foodstoragemadeeasy #fsme7daychallenge

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • DO NOT USE RUNNING WATER AT ALL TODAY.
  • Do not use indoor plumbing for sanitation purposes.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Go and shut off the main water supply to your house to avoid temptation to use water (view tutorial).
  • Locate the nearest source of fresh water to your home, stock up on some extra water since your plumbing is shut off.
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check back first thing in the morning!


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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 3: PRACTICE

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Thursday, September 22

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For the next 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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Earthquake strikes! An intense earthquake struck your area and knocked out the power lines, gas lines, and city water pipes. Your fridge food was lost due to the earthquake shattering the glass shelves in your appliances. Your home is safe to stay in but you must survive and stay fed until your utilities are back up and running.

Goal: PRACTICE living without electricity and running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Keep your family warm (or cool) as furnace blowers and A/C will not work without electricity
  • Practice powerless cooking by cooking all your meals and snacks using no electricity or gas and no running water.
  • You can’t use any perishable foods in your cooking today.
  • You must find a way for you (and your family if applicable) to bathe or shower today.
  • You can’t flush the toilets because there is no running water to refill the tank. If you have stored water you can use it to manually flush
  • Clean all of your dishes using only stored water (practice water conservation tricks)
  • Calculate how much water you used today, how long can you live on what you have stored?
  • Before dark, locate flashlights, candles, or other light sources. Assess your battery supply.
  • Plan a fun family activity tonight with no electronic devices (board games, ghost stories, shadow puppets, be creative!)
  • Share what you are learning with the facebook group – that’s the one electronic you can use (loophole)

fbSHARING TIME: Visit the Facebook Event Page and share a picture of you cooking something without electricity. Let’s discuss how prepared you feel if you were to have to face this type of emergency.

>>>We’re also sharing on instagram! @foodstoragemadeeasy #fsme7daychallenge

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • DO NOT USE POWER AT ALL TODAY (even if you have a generator, it helps to practice!)
  • DO NOT USE RUNNING WATER AT ALL TODAY (not even for flushing toilets)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make one ore more powerless cooking tools to use today. Here are a few options: #10 can stove, #10 can grill, cardboard box oven
  • No laptops, iPads, phones, etc. (even if you have a way to charge them, don’t!) — You can only use them for the purposes of sharing on Facebook for education purposes.
  • Calculate how many meals you can cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check back first thing in the morning!


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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 1-2: PREPARE

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Tuesday, September 20 to Wednesday, September 21

Alright folks! YOU HAVE 2 DAYS TO PREPARE … OR NOT!

So if you really want to see if you’re prepared ignore this post and start the challenge in 2 days on the “practice” portion of the preparedness cycle. What is the preparedness cycle? Read this.

lastminute However, if you’re not sure if you’re ready, we have some things for you to do over the next 2 days. We felt like giving you a list and time to get ready would only be beneficial in the long run. These are things you may have been putting off so we’re giving you 2 days to “prepare”.

Feel free to buy some of these things or locate them if you have them already. We have even made this list into a printable checklist so you can print if off and get right to it. We will see you in 2 days with our first “practice” scenario.

Here is what is in the printable checklist:

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-Replace clothes family members have outgrown
-Check and replace diapers
-Check food expiration dates and replace
-Check to see if you are missing supplies
-Do you have cash in small bills

Lighting/Power
-Locate flashlights
-Check batteries in all flashlights
-Charge any solar powered battery packs
-Charge all your electronic devices and keep them charged just in case you lose power
-Get solar outdoor lights, you can use olive oil in jars with wicks as well
-Pick up a solar phone charger then you will still have power for your cell phone
-If you have to use a gas-powered generator, make sure to have a little extra fuel on hand; just be very careful where you put it, and be mindful of your local laws on how much you can have on hand at one time

Water
-Fill all your water containers
-Consider filling your waterbob (link) or plug your bath tub and fill it out
-Consider filling big rubbermaid totes with water but MAKE sure they are covered if you have young children around
-Have a rain barrel to collect water you can use to flush toilets

Family Communication/Planning

-Keep a list of emergency numbers handy, along with family members’ phone numbers. —-Write them down if you only have them stored in your phone
-Have an emergency escape plan from your home and make sure all family members know it and know where to meet.
-Make sure you have and/or locate your radio to stay connected
-Prepare an evacuation list of things you would need to grab in case you need to evacuate.
-Have an emergency binder with all important paperwork ready to go
-Take pictures of every room and closet in your house – it makes a huge difference if you have to deal with insurance companies

Cooking
-If you have a gas grill, make sure you have a full tank of propane
-Check and replace other types of fuels
-If you need internet for instructions on how to use any of your powerless cooking tools go online and print the instructions now
-Make sure you have and/or locate a non-electric can opener

Food
(If you haven’t started on the food part of your food storage, 2 days is hardly enough to prepare. You’ll just have to wing it or see how you do with this one)
-Have lots of non-perishables on hand
-Turn fridge and freezer to a colder setting
-If you have extra space in your freezer, take containers or zip-loc bags full of water and fill in the extra space
-Make a few meals and snacks that will last without power
-Have enough food and litter for your pets

Sanitation/Health
-Improvise an emergency toilet with a bucket lined with a bin bag and some sawdust or cat litter to cover the contents after each use
-Have your prescriptions filled
-Do your laundry now, so you have clothes that are dry and clean. Locate items necessary to do laundry by hand.
-Find your glasses so you don’t have to deal with contacts in an emergency
-Anyone with an oxygen tank – make certain you have 1) a travel tank 2) a generator or means to operate your home device

Other
-Have books and other non electric entertainment like board games ready for everyone
-Fill your gas tank
-Don’t forget to pay attention to fire prevention measures. Have your extinguisher handy

Remember to get everyone in your house involved. Then in 2 days we will be back with scenario 1 on Thursday, scenario 2 on Friday, and scenario 3 on Saturday! MAKE SURE to visit the event page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. Click on “discussion” on that page.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram over the next few days so join along #fsme7daychallenge


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7 DAY CHALLENGE OVERVIEW

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This year we are excited to be revamping and reformatting our annual 7 Day Challenge. In the past we have done 7 days with 7 different mock emergencies or scenarios. While we had a blast and learned a lot, we felt like it was time for a change. This year will be even more interactive and really emphasize learning and improving. Having friends join you will make it even more fun and a better experience so please feel free to share this post with them and/or invite them to the Facebook Event for the 2016 Challenge.

The new challenge will follow the “Preparedness Cycle”. which is a new concept we came up with as we were planning this year’s challenge. When we began this journey we were naive to thinking we would ever be “fully prepared”. Preparedness is truly a cycle. You prepare, practice, prioritize, proceed then repeat. Just as you get a skill tackled you realize there is more to learn. No matter where you are in the process there is always room to get just a little more prepared!

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ONTO THE CHALLENGE… This year we will be telling you exactly when and what the challenge will be. No surprises here! We want to work together through the preparedness cycle and make the most of this year’s challenge.

The 7 days will begin with the “Prepare” portion. Two days before the “practice” portion of the challenge we will GET READY! Since you will know what’s coming we will spend a couple days getting prepared and completing last minute tasks. This will be a great time to tie up loose ends on things you’ve been procrastinating.

Then we will “Practice”. We will go 3 days with mock emergencies. Expect these days to have situations where you will go without power and water. There will be a different scenario each day and the scenarios will come with come tasks and recommendations much like prior year’s challenges.

Then we will take a day to “Prioritize” based on our findings from our practice. We will encourage you and your family to make a game plan of where to go next.

The last day will be the day to “Proceed”. You’ll purchase items you realized you needed. You’ll sign up for classes or start researching things you need to know more about.

We know everyone is at different levels of preparedness and there will be scaling. We’d like to remind you to try your best and don’t stress.

Learn from each other – Join the Facebook discussion

7f We will be posting here on the blog each day to let you know what is going on but the real discussion will be happening on our Facebook Event Page. You will be able to access that link even if you don’t have facebook. Make sure to invite friends to join you.

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fillingwater Tuesday, September 20 to Wednesday, September 21
During these 2 days we will spend time making sure all our ducks are in a row. We will list tasks you will want to do to “PREPARE”. Examples of some tasks include filling water containers, ensuring flashlights have batteries, shoes are by their beds etc, supplies are organized and updated.

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practice Thursday, September 22 to Saturday, September 24
During the 3 day “PRACTICE” portion of the challenge we will be doing 3 different scenarios much like prior years. EXPECT there will be challenges to go without power and water! We will practice cooking, cleaning, showering, and more. Each day there will be a different scenario with things to practice and learn.

Thursday September 22 – Day 1: Natural Disaster
Friday September 23 – Day 2: Personal Family Emergency
Saturday September 24 – Day 3: Economic Long-Term Crisis

The goal will be to do the best you can, learn from the experience, and improve!

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prior Sunday, September 25

On the “PRIORITIZE” day we will take some time with our families to really analyze how we did. What worked? What didn’t? Where are the holes in our preps? What are our next steps? We will have worksheets and ideas to help you make a game plan to move forward.

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proceed Monday, September 26
Although the “PROCEED” day will only be one day during the challenge it will continue on for you in your personal preparedness cycle and journey. We will encourage you to go purchase the items you are in need of most. We will talk about ways to learn more skills so you can proceed and get going on becoming more prepared. As you proceed through the cycle, you will continue to find opportunities to prepare, practice, and prioritize over and over. And next year will be one of those opportunities!


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ALL NEW 7 Day Challenge 2016

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As most of our faithful readers know, every September for the past 7 years we have hosted a 7 Day Challenge where we go through a different emergency situation each day for 7 days and share and discuss what we learn as we practice.  Well this year we are doing something completely different!  Here are some teasers but stayed tuned as more information and full details will be coming soon.

  • It’s going to be harder
  • It’s going to be easier
  • It’s an all-new format
  • You will know EXACTLY when it’s going to start
  • We are going to really maximize learning and DOING
  • We will be introducing the 4 P’s of Preparedness
  • You are going to want to participate!!!!!!

We will be ramping up for the main event which will be held on Facebook for discussion purposes as we’ve found that people do best at learning by being able to discuss the experience with each other.  You don’t have to have facebook to view the event and we will share the main information via email and on the blog as well.  
Click here to join the 7 Day Challenge 2016 Facebook Event now!


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National Preparedness Month Sales

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September is National Preparedness Month which means we are doing our annual 7 Day Challenge, which just happens to be starting TOMORROW. Check it out and join the fun if you haven’t already signed up. It’s also a time when lots of food storage and preparedness companies have great sales. Here is a summary of some of the best deals going on right now!

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Food Storage Made Easy eBook: ON SALE

The Food Storage Made Easy 3 PART FOOD STORAGE PROGRAM contains a BabySteps Checklists Guide, Food Storage Made Easy Encyclopedia, and Recipe Appendix. This full program is a roadmap for buying your food storage and learning how to use it, so that you can have confidence in knowing that you are prepared for a major emergency or any of life’s little every day inconveniences.
Regular Price: $24
Sale Price: $10

 
Thrive Monthly Q: FREE SHIPPING

The Thrive Q program will help you build a supply of delicious THRIVE food at your own pace and budget. By following these easy steps, you will be able to create and manage a food plan that is customized to your family.
Free shipping on first Q shipment in September

 
Emergency Essentials: SAVE UP TO 65%

screenshot-2016-09-19-23-01-34 Having more than one source of food, power, and other resources will ensure greater protection and comfort when the need arises. Check out some of the different ways in which you can prepare with food, water, and gear.
Up to 65% off many food storage and preparedness products

Bosch: BAKER’S PACK $30

Using your Food Storage daily is made much easier with a great mixer. Bosch mixers are a bread-makers dream. The mixer is still easy-to-use, multiple functions in one machine, saving money and space.
Cookie dough paddles, dough hook extender, cake paddles, and bowl scraper for $30

NutriMill Plus: FREE COOKBOOK

The Plus mill is uniquely designed to nest compactly inside its flour canister for a 30% smaller storage footprint than the Classic mill. With its patented 4-stage filtration system and included flour bagger accessory, milling at home is clean and convenient.
Free Grain Crazy Cookbook with purchase


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101 Best Preparedness Products on Amazon

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July 12 is AMAZON PRIME day! What does that mean? There will be all kinds of deals available exclusively to Amazon Prime members (we love Amazon Prime from getting free 2-day shipping plus tons of other great member benefits). You can get a free trial of Amazon Prime today AND take advantage of Prime Day so it’s a win-win. Click here to start your free trial now!

Did you know you can get A TON of great emergency preparedness and food storage related items on Amazon at great prices? Add in the free shipping benefit and it’s even better. Here is a list of 101 of our favorite things to buy from Amazon when we don’t feel like venturing out to “real” stores … because … shopping = gross.


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Books

Food Storage Education

Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival
Store This Not That
Country Beans
Survival Pantry: Beginners Guide with New Tips on Food Storage and Preserving
Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too: The Modern Step-By-Step Guide to Preserving Food
Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook

Food Storage Cookbooks

Cooking with Food Storage Made Easy
I Can’t Believe it’s Food Storage
Cookin’ with Home Storage
The Essential Food Storage Cookbook
The Prepper’s Cookbook
Cooking with Sunshine
Dinner is in the Jar
6 Meals in a Jar
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes
The Meals in a Jar Handbook

Emergency Preparedness Education

Survival Mom
Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family
31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness
All New Square Foot Gardening
Dr. Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook
First Aid Manual
One Second After
Lights Out


Emergency Preparedness

Car Kits / 72 Hour Kits

AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Kit
AutoClubHero 185-Piece Deluxe Roadside Emergency Kit with Car Survival Gear
Portable Car Battery Jump-Starter
Ready America: 2-Person, 3-Day Emergency Kit
LDS/Mormon 72 Hour Survival Kit
Mountain House Just In Case… Essential Bucket
Wise Foods Company Favorites 72 Hour Cook-in-Pouch Meal Kit
4 Person Perfect Survival Kit Deluxe

Heating / Cooling

Emergency Blanket (6-Pack)
Hot Hands Hand Warmers
Mr. Buddy Portable Radiant Heater (propane powered)
Evaporative Cooling Towel
Battery-Powered Fans

Powerless Cooking

Butane Cans
Small Propane Cans
InstaFire Emergency Cooking Fuel (granules)
ReadyFuel Emergency Fuel (gel)
Camping Stoves (wide variety)
Bushbox Outdoor Camping Stove
Dutch Ovens
Volcano Grill
All-American Sun Oven
HERC Tea Light Candle Oven

Sanitation / Hygiene

Emergency Sanitation Kit (including bucket toilet)
Emergency-Ready Family Hygiene Kit
Compressed Toilet Paper Towlettes (with travel carry cases)
Solar Shower

First Aid

Wide variety of complete first aid kits

Camping Gear

Cold Weather Sleeping Bag
Emergency Survival Mylar Thermal Reflective Cold Weather Shelter Tube Tent
Goal Zero 32001 Lighthouse 250 Portable Lantern + USB Charger
InstaFire Fire Starter Packs

Tools / Safety Gear

Emergency Safes
Car Shovel
Tactical Knives
Hunting and Fishing Supplies


Food Storage

Shelves / Organization

Gorilla Shelving Units
FIFO Can Organizing System
Spicy Shelf (spice organizing rack)
Shelf Label Maker
Gamma Lids for Buckets

Water Storage

Waterbrick (our favorite storage container)
Portable Water Pouches
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
Sawer Mini Water Purification System
SteriPen UV Water Purifier
Aquamaria Water Treatment Drops
Bottled Drinking Water

Food Preservation Tools

Waterbath Canner
Presto Pressure Canner
All-American Pressure Canner
Canning Supplies Kit
Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
Food Dehydrators
Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer

Self Reliance

SproutMaster Sprouting Kit
Homemade Bread Slicer
Bread Loaf Pans
Garden Boxes
Survival Seed Vault: Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds

Kitchen Tools

Tortilla Press / Cooker
Instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
SwingAway Ergonomic Crank Can Opener
Cuisinart Hand Blender with Attachments
WonderMill Wheat Grinder
NutriMill Wheat Grinder
Bosch Mixer
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Pasta Maker

ACTUAL FOOD

Amazon Prime Pantry (groceries to your door for just $5.99)
Augason Farms Food Storage
Mountain House Food Storage
Wise Food Storage
Lindon Farms Food Storage
SAF Instant Yeast
Vital Wheat Gluten
Coconut Oil

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Powerless Cooking Adventures

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Summertime is the PERFECT opportunity to practice your powerless cooking skills. In fact, we even shared a post with 10 Ways to Practice Powerless Cooking This Summer several years ago. We always like to come up with fun events to incentivize force ourselves to actually practice what we preach. So this summer we are bringing back our Powerless Cooking Adventures but with an added community aspect to it which we are totally excited about!


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Here’s how the adventures will work:

  • We commit to cooking AT LEAST once a week using one of our powerless cooking options which we will list below.
  • We will share our adventures via all our social media channels so make sure you are subscribed wherever you prefer to follow us:
    – Instagram
    – Facebook page
    – YouTube
  • YOU can join in the fun by posting YOUR powerless cooking adventures over on our Facebook group. There MAY even be prizes involved along the way.
  • We will also post lots of educational content throughout the month so make sure to keep checking the blog and also sign up for our newsletter list so you don’t miss anything!

Powerless Cooking Options

All-American Sun Oven – Cook with the power of the sun
Volcano Grill – Perfect for dutch oven or using a variety of fuels
HERC Tea Light Candle Oven – Cook indoors just like a regular oven
Helius Rocket Stove – Heavy duty rocket stove for major cooking or outdoor canning
Camping Stoves – Any small camp stove will be good to practice on
Butane Stove – We like this option for cooking on a stovetop indoors
Barbecue Grills – This should be an easy one to practice, so no excuses!
Cardboard Box Oven – Make this using household materials and cook with charcoal
Pizza Box Sun Oven – Cook slowly or re-heat foods in this simple little oven
#10 Can Grill – Perfect for roasting hot dogs and fun to make
#10 Can Stove – Uses any number of fuels and boil water or heat up foods

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Patriotic Blender Wheat Waffles

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My kids LOVE when I “celebrate” holidays by making festive foods. I don’t always love throwing food color into everything so I’m trying to do better at using natural foods to liven things up. I was going to make some patriotic blender wheat pancakes for dinner but the kids insisted on waffles instead so I decided to give it a try! Here’s a little video showing my experiment :)

Patriotic Blender Wheat Waffle Recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups wheat kernels
1 2/3 cups milk (can use powdered milk equivalent)
2 T. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 medium banana (mashed)
6 T. vegetable oil
2 large eggs (can use powdered egg equivalent)

Optional Ingredients:
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 cups freeze-dried strawberries
1 cup freeze-dried blueberries
3 T. sugar
Readywhip or whipped cream

Directions:
Pour wheat kernels and milk into a blender. I used a BlendTec but any blender will do. Blend at high speed until wheat is completely ground and batter is smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend just until combined.

Pour batter into a waffle maker 1/2 cup at a time. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top if desired. I use a Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker and have loved it. While cooking the waffles, prepare the fruit compote. Mix 2 cups strawberries with 2 T. sugar and enough water to hydrate it. Mix 1 cup blueberries with 1 T. sugar and enough water to hydrate. Allow fruit mixtures to sit for a few minutes, then blend them up with a hand blender, food processor or in your regular blender if you feel like cleaning it inbetween. I used a little hand blender I impulse bought from Costco a few years back and have not regretted since.

Decorate your waffle with the fruit mixtures and top with readywhip and enjoy a beautiful 4th of July themed breakfast with your family!


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New Food Storage Calculator

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You are in for a special treat today! We created a brand new food storage calculator that expands on the more traditional calculators by adding in fruits, vegetables, meats, and other often-omitted foods to give more variety and flavor to the meals you will actually be preparing. We published this over on our Thrive blog specifically for our Thrive customers but we felt like it was such a great tool that ANYONE can use it, regardless of what brand of food they want to store.

This FREE calculator is a simple 3 page handout plus instructions that you can print and fill out based on how many people you are storing for. It can even be customized based on the exact variety of foods you actually want to store. We are so excited to share this with you and hope that you will pass it on to others who you feel may benefit from it.

Here are a few highlights on what the handout contains.

SIMPLIFIED CALCULATOR
– Easy to fill out
– Removes uncommon items
– Calorie based for 2000+ calories a day
– Customizable without being complicated
– Three printable charts (one for each category of foods)


DETAILED SHOPPING INSTRUCTIONS

– Best ways to buy each of the food groups
– Secrets for buying 6-packs at heavily discounted prices
– Tips for buying gradually at a budget you can afford

We hope enjoy this new way at looking at a food storage calculator. It will be especially helpful as you are planning your purchases to fill in your food storage gaps. We initially launched it as a PDF handout but received numerous requests for an excel version so both are now available!

 

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How to Make Ezekiel Bread

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Several years ago Julie posted about an Ezekiel Bread Recipe that one of our readers shared on Facebook and asked someone to try for her since she didn’t have a wheat grinder. I recently started a new eating plan and one of the recommended foods for my carbohydrates is Ezekiel Bread. I knew I needed to finally try this recipe for myself as it makes way more sense to rotate through my grains and legumes as opposed to buying this expensive bread from the store.

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I made a few tweaks to the original recipe that I was very happy with! Some of Julie’s complaints were that the dough was really liquidy/sticky and that the bread was pretty crumbly when cooked. I researched some other Ezekiel Bread recipes and there are a few places that said to add a 1000 mg Vitamin C tablet in as you are grinding the ingredients. This adds a little ascorbic acid into the mix which helps enhance the effects of the yeast. You could also try 1 T. vinegar in place of some of the water. I also thought it might help to add some vital wheat gluten since that seems to help with the texture and elasticity of our regular favorite bread recipe. It’s helpful in recipes with whole grains and added nuts or seeds so I guessed it couldn’t hurt in a recipe that adds ground legumes.

We get a lot of our uncommon grains and legumes from Thrive Life so that we can keep them packaged properly for long term storage but you can also usually find them at health food stores or any store with a bulk section like Winco. If you want to buy from Thrive Life make sure you join our customer list to save off of retail prices!

Here is my revised recipe and I even included a little video underneath showing my adventure (sorry for chewing in the last clip, it looked too yummy and I had to try it!).

Ezekiel Bread Recipe

Ingredients
• 2 1/2 cups hard white wheat
• 1 1/2 cups spelt
• 1/2 cup barley
• 1/2 cup millet
• 1/4 cup dry green lentils
• 2 tablespoons dry great Northern beans (or other white bean)
• 2 tablespoons dry kidney beans
• 2 tablespoons dried pinto beans
• 1000 mg tablet of Vitamin C
• 4 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
• 1 cup honey
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 1/4 vital wheat gluten

Make-A-Mix

Julie had this fun idea to create birthday baggies for her sister with the complete dried items included in a bag so that she could just pour into her WonderMill and be ready to go just by adding the wet ingredients. I decided to do the same thing for myself so that I can easily make this recipe again in a week or two without pulling out 8 different containers of grains and legumes. What a great idea!

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Food Storage Carrot Cake

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My best friend LOVES carrot cake, so of course I had to make her a homemade carrot cake to celebrate her birthday! I went to my go-to source for delicious recipes and Our Best Bites did not fail me. Their Carrot Cake Supreme Recipe looked simply A-MAZING so I knew that was what I should make. By a remarkable twist of fate I even had every single ingredient on hand to make the recipe … besides the CARROTS.


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Now normally when we make a recipe and do food storage substitutions we only swap out one ingredient at a time so if it fails we can isolate what the problem was. This recipe had so many potential things I could have swapped for but I decided to JUST stick with the carrots because I couldn’t afford a fail on a special occasion. Next time I want to try butter powder, powdered cream cheese, and powdered milk for the buttermilk. I think it would work and I am definitely curious as to whether or not it was be just as sinfully delicious.

Dehydrated Carrots

To substitute the carrots in this recipe I simply rehydrated more than I thought was necessary and then measured out 2 cups which is what the recipe called for. Let me tell you, it worked perfectly! I loved the consistency of the carrots in the cake, possibly even better than using fresh carrots. The flavor was perfect and the chunks were not too chewy at all. I boiled the carrots for fifteen minutes in order to ensure that they would be soft enough. This particular friend of mine is suspicious of my food storage adventures so I didn’t tell her until AFTER she ate half the cake before I even had a chance to put the candles on it. She was surprised that it could be so delicious being made with food storage :)

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Word of Warning

I used almost the last of my can of carrots and it was getting a little bit old so I poured the last bit of carrots down my sink into the disposal side. However, I didn’t run the disposal right away so the dried carrots got washed partially down my sink and then rehydrated. They got stuck and clogged a huge portion of my sink drain pipe causing a big backup in my plumbing. Do NOT do that at home! It made this food storage adventure a little less fun, haha.

 

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5 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Emergency Preparedness

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I have been slow to embrace essential oils because I always felt like they were a little bit voodoo-ish. Don’t laugh, they just don’t seem to be the “cure-all” that lots of people like to tout them to be. However, I recently have been going through some massage therapy for various injuries and my therapist uses Young Living Oils and recommend a few for me to try at home and they have made a world of difference in my recovery. She also has taught me many other uses for them and I realized they are brilliant for preparedness purposes as well as just handy to keep around for everyday use.

I’m definitely not an expert but I’m excited to learn about the possibilities with using oils to better round out my food storage and eprep supplies. If you’re looking to get started with this too, check out the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. That’s what I got and it’s given me 11 of the best oils to try and I’ve been having fun learning and experimenting. You get them at hugely discounted prices, get a free diffuser, AND get to save 24% off retail prices if you order other essential oils in the future. I’d love to have some friends/readers join in this adventure with me! Here are some of the preparedness applications I have thought of so far:


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1. Cleaning Supplies
There are about a billion recipes online for making your own cleaning supplies using essential oils. It is an amazing way to make “natural” cleaners that still have that lemon-fresh scent we love to have in our homes. You can make laundry detergent, dish detergent, all-purpose cleaners, etc. Instead of having to store spares of all of these items just store some basic core ingredients and a few key essential oils. Some of the best oils to use for cleaning recipes are:

lavender essential oil
lemon essential oil
pine essential oil
cinnamon essential oil
Thieves® essential oil blend
Purification™ essential oil blend

2. Personal Hygiene Products
Many people like to make their own homemade soaps, lotions, toothpastes, etc. to have more control over the ingredients, to save money, and just to have an overall better product. Imagine if you could make your own products in an emergency situation, you could use them to barter, or just enjoy your own supplies without having to store so many different products. Here are some oils useful for making these types of products:

lavender essential oil
lemon essential oil
sandalwood essential oil
tea tree essential oil
thieves

3. Food Flavorings
Did you know that you can flavor FOODS with essential oils? I never thought about it before but it totally makes sense. It’s an interesting change from storing regular spices, lemon juice, etc. Just have your oils on hand and use a few drops to add flavor and the health benefits of the oils into any of your regular meals. These are some oils that would be good in foods:

peppermint essential oil
basil essential oil
lemon essential oil
nutmeg essential oil
lime essential oil
oregano essential oil
rosemary essential oil

4. Mental Well-Being
One of the things we have learned by practicing emergency preparedness situations in our annual 7 Day Challenge is that it can be really mentally taxing on the entire family. There are a lot of oils that help you to be calm, relaxed, sleep better, etc. Wouldn’t that be helpful in an emergency? Here are some helpful emotional/spiritual health oils:

Sacred frankincense
Valor™ essential oil blend
peppermint essential oil
lavendar essential oil
SleepEssence blend
stress away essential oil blend

5. First Aid
Herbs have long been considered a great alternative to traditional modern medicine. You can make all kinds of teas, poultices, salves, etc. using herbs with natural healing properties. Essential oils can serve the same first aid purposes but have a longer shelf life, take up less storage space, and can be more potent. There are lots of concerns about making “healing” claims with essential oils so I would recommend researching which herbs would be helpful to store in your first aid kits and replacing them with equivalent essential oils. There will definitely be some good ones for healing stomach pains, soothing pain, sore muscles, skin burns/irritations, etc.

Don’t forget if you want to learn along with us you can get started by shopping using our special link. You can order individual products at retail price or become a “member” to by at wholesale pricing. My massage therapist is very knowledgeable and she will help us all with any questions we have. I’m so excited to learn more!

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5 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Emergency Preparedness

I have been slow to embrace essential oils because I always felt like they were a little bit voodoo-ish. Don’t laugh, they just don’t seem to be the “cure-all” that lots of people like to tout them to be. However, I recently have been going through some massage therapy for various injuries and my therapist uses Young Living Oils and recommend a few for me to try at home and they have made a world of difference in my recovery. She also has taught me many other uses for them and I realized they are brilliant for preparedness purposes as well as just handy to keep around for everyday use.

I’m definitely not an expert but I’m excited to learn about the possibilities with using oils to better round out my food storage and eprep supplies. If you’re looking to get started with this too, check out the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living. That’s what I got and it’s given me 11 of the best oils to try and I’ve been having fun learning and experimenting. You get them at hugely discounted prices, get a free diffuser, AND get to save 24% off retail prices if you order other essential oils in the future. I’d love to have some friends/readers join in this adventure with me! Here are some of the preparedness applications I have thought of so far:


essential-oils

1. Cleaning Supplies
There are about a billion recipes online for making your own cleaning supplies using essential oils. It is an amazing way to make “natural” cleaners that still have that lemon-fresh scent we love to have in our homes. You can make laundry detergent, dish detergent, all-purpose cleaners, etc. Instead of having to store spares of all of these items just store some basic core ingredients and a few key essential oils. Some of the best oils to use for cleaning recipes are:

lavender essential oil
lemon essential oil
pine essential oil
cinnamon essential oil
Thieves® essential oil blend
Purification™ essential oil blend

2. Personal Hygiene Products
Many people like to make their own homemade soaps, lotions, toothpastes, etc. to have more control over the ingredients, to save money, and just to have an overall better product. Imagine if you could make your own products in an emergency situation, you could use them to barter, or just enjoy your own supplies without having to store so many different products. Here are some oils useful for making these types of products:

lavender essential oil
lemon essential oil
sandalwood essential oil
tea tree essential oil
thieves

3. Food Flavorings
Did you know that you can flavor FOODS with essential oils? I never thought about it before but it totally makes sense. It’s an interesting change from storing regular spices, lemon juice, etc. Just have your oils on hand and use a few drops to add flavor and the health benefits of the oils into any of your regular meals. These are some oils that would be good in foods:

peppermint essential oil
basil essential oil
lemon essential oil
nutmeg essential oil
lime essential oil
oregano essential oil
rosemary essential oil

4. Mental Well-Being
One of the things we have learned by practicing emergency preparedness situations in our annual 7 Day Challenge is that it can be really mentally taxing on the entire family. There are a lot of oils that help you to be calm, relaxed, sleep better, etc. Wouldn’t that be helpful in an emergency? Here are some helpful emotional/spiritual health oils:

Sacred frankincense
Valor™ essential oil blend
peppermint essential oil
lavendar essential oil
SleepEssence blend
stress away essential oil blend

5. First Aid
Herbs have long been considered a great alternative to traditional modern medicine. You can make all kinds of teas, poultices, salves, etc. using herbs with natural healing properties. Essential oils can serve the same first aid purposes but have a longer shelf life, take up less storage space, and can be more potent. There are lots of concerns about making “healing” claims with essential oils so I would recommend researching which herbs would be helpful to store in your first aid kits and replacing them with equivalent essential oils. There will definitely be some good ones for healing stomach pains, soothing pain, sore muscles, skin burns/irritations, etc.

Don’t forget if you want to learn along with us you can get started by shopping using our special link. You can order individual products at retail price or become a “member” to by at wholesale pricing. My massage therapist is very knowledgeable and she will help us all with any questions we have. I’m so excited to learn more!

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Making Potato Salad in a Sun Oven

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Last we hosted a Sun Oven Cooking Essentials Webinar (you can still access the free class through Wednesday, May 4th at midnight). Paul Munsen, president of Sun Ovens International always shares so many great tips on actually USING your Sun Oven to save time and money in the kitchen and I learn something new every time I listen to him speak.

This class was no different. I got it in my head that I really wanted to try the hard-boiled egg trick and Sunday dinner was a perfect opportunity. I somehow ended up hosting my entire family for a dinner and there were 24 people coming to my house for a barbecue. I was scrambling to make a bunch of side dishes and decided this would be a great time-saver to throw my eggs and potatoes in the Sun Oven to cook while I worked on other food items (I was also making this amazing pasta salad using tons of my food storage foods, it was a good preparedness day over here).

I wrapped up my potatoes in aluminum foil after washing them off. I didn’t poke holes in them or peel them or anything. I laid them out on the Sun Oven tray with space in between each one. Then I stuck six eggs in there on top of the potatoes and closed the lid.

After about 90 minutes I went to check on things. I hadn’t repositioned the Sun Oven so the temperature dropped a bit. The potatoes were close to done but still a little firm in the middle. The eggs were more like a soft-boil consistency but the whites were still a bit goopy too. I got the Sun Oven a bit hotter and left them in to keep cooking. In the meantime my family arrived and I sort of forgot about making the potato salad in all the chaos. After about two more hours I checked on them again. Oopsies.

Surprise surprise, it still worked! The potatoes were PERFECT. They did not get too soft or mushy by being overcooked. The eggs took on a strange orangish-yellowish tinge (I believe because I overcooked them) but I tasted them and they were just fine and the consistency was great.

After everyone left I chopped everything up (left the peels on the potatoes and everything). It took me literally five minutes to throw together a complete potato salad. I now have a full bowl just to myself since I missed having it ready for the family, but it was delicious and I’m not complaining!

This is definitely something I want to try again. I loved not having to heat up my oven for 45 minutes to bake potatoes or peel and chop and boil on my stove which always seems to make a huge mess. Don’t forget you can still grab your special Sun Oven Webinar Package until Wednesday if you don’t already have your own. We really do love them not only for emergencies but for every day use!

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How to Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven

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We are going to be holding a FREE Sun Oven Cooking Essentials webinar next Wednesday (April 27th) and we want to invite you to join in! We’ve been thinking about solar cooking a lot as the weather is starting to warm up and we are lucky enough to have Paul Munsen from Sun Oven International speak to all of our readers about the benefits of cooking with the sun and how to use Sun Oven’s in particular. We hope that you will join us for this great class (there will be a special offer on Sun Oven’s at the end for those who listen in too). Click here to register now and get reminders as it gets closer to the event as well as a replay link if you miss it!

For those who don’t have the budget for a heavy duty solar oven right now, you can still join in the fun! We put together a little solar “oven” using a simple pizza box and other basic materials you should already have hanging around the house. So take a few minutes, grab a few helpers, and make yourself a little solar oven and start practicing up! Obviously this little project won’t cook as hot or as quickly as a real Sun Oven and the capacity is much smaller, but it can definitely be used in an emergency. So we hope you will listen in to the webinar, and either make one of these fun Pizza Box Ovens or grab your own Sun Oven in our awesome webinar package.


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Materials Needed:
– One empty pizza box (the bigger the better)
– Aluminum foil
– Plastic wrap
– Black construction paper
– Scotch tape
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Knife or razor blade

Step 1:
Measure and draw a straight line about 1 1/2 inches from the outside of the box.

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Step 2:
Use a knife or razor blade and cut three edges along the drawn line (leave the top edge uncut to act as a hinge)

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Step 3:
Cover the inside of the top flap with aluminum foil. Also cover the inside edges of the pizza box with the foil. Tape it all down securely.

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Step 4:
Cover the open area of the lid with plastic wrap to help retain heat and keep bugs, dirt, and moisture out. Do two layers of plastic and tape it down very well.

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Step 5:
Tape black paper in the middle of the box bottom to absorb the heat from the sun which will be reflecting in.

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Step 6:
Prop the lid open with a pencil or ruler and aim the box into direct sunlight to start cooking!

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Optional: You can roll up newspaper rolls and stuff them in the sides to add insulation. You can also use a thermometer inside to test your temperatures.

Hopefully you can have a little fun making your own solar cooker. It’s a fun activity to do with the little ones. It didn’t get super hot and I had to hold the box down with a crowbar because it’s so windy in my area. But it definitely got hot enough to melt cheese so there are a few things we could use it for in an emergency!

Don’t forget to register for the Sun Oven webinar to learn more about solar cooking and the higher quality Sun Ovens if that’s something you are interested in!

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LAST DAY OF MARCH MADNESS SALES

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LAST-DAY

This has been a crazy week with our March Madness giveaways receiving thousands of entries!  We appreciate everyone joining in the fun on Instagram and also sharing in other ways.  We are excited to announce the WINNERS of each giveaway.  You guys are going to LOVE your prizes!

If you were not selected as a winner, don’t forget you can still purchase any of these items ON SALE for the rest of the day today.  So you can still “win” by saving a little money :)

Here is a list of each product, the giveaway winner, and a link to where you can purchase it at the sale price:


All-American Sun Oven: 
The All-American Sun Oven is what we use for powerless cooking anytime it’s sunny enough to cast a shadow. It saves on fuel and functions just like a regular oven.  When they recently did some improvements on the oven, we did a post about them. You can learn more here.

Giveaway winner:  @karengdelaney
–> March Madness Sale: Sun Oven + $160 worth of accessories for just $325 (60% off accessories)
Click here to learn more about the SUN OVEN or buy now


Thrive Life Go-To-Pack of Thrive Foods:
Thrive Life foods are some our very favorite to eat and store. The quality is fantastic. In this Go-To-Pack (an exclusive for the Thrive Life March Madness sale) you’ll see a variety of products that you may find yourself running out of.   We have a blog dedicated exclusively to Thrive foods that you can follow to learn a lot more. It’s called Your Thrive Life.

Giveaway winner:  @brigescott
–> March Madness Sale: Save up to 50% on ALL Thrive foods and shelving through midnight MST tonight!
Click here to shop the THRIVE LIFE March Madness Sale


InstaFire Bundle:
lnstaFire is a great product to use as a fire starter or even as a stand-alone fuel. It can be stored inside in convenient buckets, it burns in any kind of weather, and will even burn wet wood. It is handy to use in any kind of portable stove or even just on the ground. When we were introduced to this product the owners came over and showed it to us in action and cooked us dinner. Check out more details and the video here. 

Giveaway winner: @omartha2
–> March Madness Sale: 1 5-gallon bucket + 1 24-pack of InstaFire BUNDLE for just $90 (10% off!)
Click here to learn more about INSTAFIRE or buy now


HERC Tea-Light Candle Oven:
While butane stoves are great for stove-top cooking indoors, we had yet to find a good solution for oven cooking indoors.  The HERC tea-light candle oven is a great solution for cooking without power in an oven inside. You can see more information and specs on our intro post here.

Giveaway winner: Anna McDonald (via email)
–> March Madness Sale: Save 10% + get 100 candles & digital cookbook FREE with purchase of HERC oven
Click here to learn more about HERC OVENS or buy now


Fortress Clothing Jacket Liner:
Fortress clothing is a complete heat storage solution. The clothing will keep you comfortable in -30 degree weather up to 70 degree weather. We met with the owners and tested it out on a bitter cold day. We even got some video footage at a freezing lake. Here is the introduction post and video we did.

Giveaway winner: @kathoyer
–> March Madness Sale: Enter coupon code “march” to save $60 off of a jacket liner or coupon code “madness” to save 20% off any other products at FortressClothing.com
Click here to learn more about FORTRESS CLOTHING or buy now


Prepare My Life Planner:
The Prepare My Life Planner is an organized emergency preparedness plan. Not only does is it designed to store and organize all your important documents it ALSO contains a step-by-step plan to help prepare your home and family for an emergency. All of the pages, pockets, pouches, and folders are included. Full instructions on building your own binder can be found here or a full intro to the Prepare My Life Planner can be found here.

Giveaway winner: Linda Franks (via email)
–> March Madness Sale: Get 1 free Inflatable Solar Lantern with purchase of a Prepare My Life Planner
Click here to learn more about the PREPARE MY LIFE PLANNER or buy now


Inflatable Solar Lantern Bundle:
These inflatable solar lanterns contain ten LED lights. There is a solar panel on the bottom and a three mode button with a LOW, HIGH, and BLINKING mode. Light weight, inexpensive, and doesn’t require batteries. This makes a wonderful preparedness item for 72 hour kits or to keep on hand at home. See more details in our store.

Giveaway winner: @geekbearinggifts
–> March Madness Sale: 40% off + a free carabiner when purchasing a 5-pack of solar lanterns
Click here to learn more about the SOLAR LANTERNS or buy now


WonderMix Stand Mixer:
You may be familiar with Kitchen Aid or Bosch. The Wondermix is not totally comparable to either one of them, it has some distinct pros and cons. There is a summary of what we found to be pro’s and con’s you might want to check out if you’re in the market for a mixer. Read full post here.

Giveaway winner: @kerrijams
–> March Madness Sale:  Get a FREE blender attachment and cookie whips with a WonderMix for just $299
Click here to learn more about the WONDERMIX or buy now


WaterBrick Bundle:
WaterBricks are some of our favorite water storage containers because they are small enough to carry and easily stackable. These are great in a lot of scenarios. Check out our WaterBrick review click here.

Giveaway winner: @lball61
–> March Madness Sale: 4 Waterbricks+ 1 Spigot for just $89.99 (save $10)
Click here to learn more about WATERBRICKS or buy now


Thrive Life Cansolidator Shelf:
Some of the most popular food rotation shelving from Thrive is on sale.  The shelving makes rotating a breeze and keeps your food storage organized. We dedicated an entire post on determining which shelving unit may be best for you. You can check it out here.

Giveaway winner: @clowe247yahoocom
–> March Madness Sale: Save up to 50% on ALL Thrive foods and shelving options through midnight MST!
Click here to shop the THRIVE LIFE March Madness Sale


Chef’s Banquet ARK 390 Food Bucket:
This incredible food kit has nearly 33 pounds of compact just-add-water meals. That’s a lot of food! The ARK 390 has enough food to supply one person with 2,000 calories a day for 30 days.  Sometimes it’s just nice to know you have a good stash of meals that will last a long time and store well and compactly. We have a variety of these just-add-water meals in our food storage.

Giveaway winner: @seanahal1989
–> March Madness Sale: Use coupon code FSME390 and save $85 off each ARK 390 bucket you purchase
Click here to learn more about the ARK 390 BUCKET or buy now


Food Storage Made Easy eBook Bundle:
The Food Storage Made Easy 3 PART FOOD STORAGE PROGRAM contains a Babysteps Checklists Guide, Food Storage Made Easy Encyclopedia, and Recipe Appendix. This full program is a roadmap for buying your food storage and learning how to use it, so that you can have confidence in knowing that you are prepared for a major emergency or any of life’s little every day inconveniences.

Giveaway winner: @emilysteinhafel
–> March Madness Sale:  Get the Food Storage Made Easy eBooks for $10. Use coupon code “marchmadness”
Click here to learn more about the FOOD STORAGE MADE EASY EBOOKS or  buy now


If you were one of the winners we will be contacting you within the next day or two via Instagram or email to get your mailing address so we can get your prize sent out to you.  

Thanks again to everyone who participated.  We had a lot of fun sharing our favorite products with you!

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March Madness Giveaway and Sales

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It’s MARCH and what would March be without a little March Madness fun to go around? We are so excited to share our March Madness promotion with you. It’s the biggest event we’ve hosted on our blog so far and YOU guys get to benefit from it! We have gathered almost $2000 worth of our favorite food storage and preparedness products to give away to some of our lucky readers. Not only that but we have arranged for some awesome deals on each of the items being given away so that EVERYONE can be a winner! Keep reading below to see all the prizes, find out how to enter to win, and see what the sales are.

If you are new to Food Storage Made Easy make sure you sign up for our free monthly newsletters so you don’t miss future events like this and to get free food storage tips sent to your email inbox every month!


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How to Enter Giveaways

  • Download the Instagram app on your smart phone or tablet
  • Follow us @foodstoragemadeeasy
  • “Like” the image of each product you’d like to win
  • Earn bonus entries for each friend you tag in a separate comment
  • Winners will be announced Monday morning

All sale prices will be valid from Thursday March 17th through Monday night March 21st at midnight MST.

List of Giveaways/Sales

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All-American Sun Oven

Giveaway: One All-American Sun Oven (no accessories)
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March Madness Sale: Sun Oven + $160 worth of accessories for just $325 (save 60% off retail pricing of accessories)
Click here to buy now

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Thrive Life

Giveaway: 1 Go-To Pack of Thrive Foods
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March Madness Sale: Save up to 50% on ALL Thrive foods!
Click here to shop the March Madness Sale

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InstaFire

Giveaway: 1 5-gallon bucket + 1 24-pack of InstaFire BUNDLE
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March Madness Sale: 1 5-gallon bucket + 1 24-pack of InstaFire BUNDLE for just $90 (10% off our everyday low prices)
Click here to buy now

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TitanReady USA

Giveaway: 1 HERC Tea Light Candle Oven
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Save 10% plus get 100 candles & digital cookbook FREE with the purchase of a HERC oven.
Click here to learn more

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Fortress Clothing

Giveaway: 1 Jacket Liner (for temperatures -30° TO 70° F)
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March Madness Sale: Enter coupon code “march” to save $60 off of a jacket liner or coupon code “madness” to save 20% off any other products at FortressClothing.com
Click here to learn more

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Prepare My Life Planner

Giveaway: 1 Prepare My Life Planner
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Get 1 free Inflatable Solar Lantern with purchase of a Prepare My Life Planner ($20 value)
Click here to learn more

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Inflatable Solar Lanterns

Giveaway: 5-pack Inflatable Solar Lanterns + 1 carabiner
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March Madness Sale: 40% off + a free carabiner when purchasing a 5-pack of solar lanterns.
Click here to buy now

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Wondermill

Giveaway: 1 WonderMix Stand Mixer
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March Madness Sale: Get a FREE blender attachment and cookie whips with purchase of a WonderMix at only $299.
Click here to buy now

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WaterBricks

Giveaway: 4 WaterBricks + 1 Spigot
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March Madness Sale: 4 WaterBricks + 1 Spigot for just $89.99 (save $10)
Click here to buy now

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Thrive Life

Giveaway: 1 Cansolidator Pantry
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Save up to 50% on ALL Thrive foods and shelving options!
Click here to shop the March Madness Sale

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The Ready Project

Giveaway: 1 Chef’s Banquet ARK 390 Bucket
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March Madness Sale: Use coupon code FSME390 and save $85 off each ARK 390 bucket you purchase
Click here to buy now

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Food Storage Made Easy

Giveaway: 1 Food Storage Made Easy eBook Bundle
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Get the Food Storage Made Easy eBooks for just $10 for the bundle. Use coupon code “marchmadness” at checkout.
Click here to shop the March Madness Sale

All sale prices will be valid from Thursday March 17th through Monday night March 21st at midnight MST.

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Food Storage Helps for Groups (and families)

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Often times in communities or churches there are people tasked with the responsibility to help those around them become more prepared. In communities it’s called CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). In some churches its called the Emergency Preparedness specialists.

I was recently asked by a friend of mine who is the E-prep specialist at our church for some help planning the year. After working with her on a calendar for the year this idea was born. It’s a Monthly Preparedness Projects calendar. It’s not exactly what I did with my friend but it’s something that I thought you all might like. We shared this handout with our newsletter list last month. Are you on the newsletter list? If not you can sign up here. Today we are publishing it on our blog along with a couple other tools you may find useful. If you know someone who is an Emergency Prep specialist feel free to share this blog post with them. They may thank you for making their lives easier!

Monthly Preparedness Calendar


In this monthly preapreadness calendar we give you ideas with a link to full instructions and details of projects you can do with your family or community to become more prepared that month. Each project is designed to take just a few hours.

Lesson Plans

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We created these lesson plans for you to use when you have events, group meetings, enrichments, or even just family activities. The lesson plans and/or handouts can also be helpful for you to share with friends and family members.

Emergency Preparedness Plan

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This is a document you can hand out and use for any activity or group. We compiled information from a lot of different resources and created a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan for you to download. This document will guide you through developing your own Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Hopefully these tools help you in your journey. Also our Encyclopedia has TONS of resources. We also do group buys on our ebook. Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more.group

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Cold Weather Clothing Bins

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Babysteps. We started this journey with Babysteps. There were several topics we didn’t tackle straight away. We worked on 72 hour kits, water, basic food and necessities first. We tabled the concept of powerless cooking for a couple years because it was “scary” at first. Well then we tackled powerless cooking, we tackled sourdough, and now we’re tackling cold weather clothing. Make sure you read until the end because there’s a video where I show you how I’ve started this project.

Back in November we introduced Fortress Clothing to you . Finding them was a dream. These clothes are amazing and we recommend you check them out, and make sure you use our coupon code found in this post to get a deal. Right now their clothing doesn’t come in kids sizing and we know that it’s not necessarily in everyone’s budget to get them so we wanted to share some ideas we have developed. It’s still a work in progress but we’re feeling like we’re getting somewhere with it.

LEARNING ABOUT LAYERING AND COLD WEATHER CLOTHING

A facebook reader shared a couple articles with us that had some great info. The articles talked about layers, types of layers base, mid, outer), and different types of fabrics to use within each layer. Different fabrics breathe differently so make sure you check out these articles:

Intro to Layered Clothing: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/a/11061/Introduction-to-Layered-Clothing-Systems
How to Layer Clothing for Each Season: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/a/11070/How-to-Layer-Clothing-for-Each-Season

MY BINS

After reading these articles I went to Ikea and got some bins to store each of my family members items in. I watched sales and got the items for each kid and made sure to get them a little big for next year too. My kids actually got a lot of these items for Christmas. They loved it. I keep most of these items in the bins except for days we go sledding. That way I know we aren’t losing stuff around the house (because that happens here). My bin contains my bug-out bag from Fortress. It seriously made that part of this project way easier.
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Contents in my bins (for my kids and husband):

  • Boots: I made sure to get some that were rated for cold weather but also waterproof
  • Socks: I got some wool socks at Costco for my husband and myself. I had a hard time finding kids sizes so I got some black womens ones for my boys.
  • Underclothes: I found some great thermals that weren’t cotton at Costco. I got a couple of each size.
  • Pants: Target had a sale on snowpants 50% off and I got some that were a few inches too long for each kid. They fit well enough this year but will for sure fit the next couple of years. I also have sweat pants to wear over the thermals and under the snow pants in case it’s way cold.
  • Coats: I have a variety of coats for my boys. I plan on keeping their winter coats in their bins once winter is over but for now we are keeping them in the main laundry room closet.
  • Mittens: I have gloves, mittens, and more gloves and mittens. Depending on what things we will be doing “outside” I think we will need both.
  • Balaclavas: I got some balaclavas from Amazon to use for now but I would like to look into other options and investigate the fabric on these a little more.

To see a video I made and posted on facebook when I first started my bins click on the image below:
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Emergency Kit for Kids at School

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Valentine’s Day is one of those funny holidays that everyone celebrates in vastly different ways. We both feel like the most important thing is showing your loved ones that you LOVE them in whatever way works for you. Jodi likes to make heart pancakes and pink milk for breakfast, decorating the table in red and pink with little goodies. Julie pins hearts up on the wall and her boys get to take one down each hour and read the backs which are full of reasons that she loves them.

We’ve posted in the past about a Valentine’s gift idea for your spouse that works in an office. It’s a thoughtful gift that can be put together fairly inexpensively but really shows that you care about them. Well this year we decided it would be fun to do a similar thing for our KIDS.


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Depending on your school rules and the ages of your kids you may want to adjust this list to fit your needs. Also, you will need to have some conversations about where this will be kept and when it is appropriate to break into the supplies. All items should fit into a gallon zip-lock bag which can be stuck in a locker or kept in the bottom of a backpack. Printable contents list and gift tag can be downloaded here.

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School Emergency Kit Contents List

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.13.47 PMLaminate your contents list and include it in the bag so that you can remember what needs to be included in case the kit gets “raided”. Cut out the tag and tape it to the front. You can wrap it or set it out with cute Valentine’s decor to give it to your kids on Valentine’s Day. Even big “kids” will appreciate the gesture and feel a little more comfortable knowing they have some supplies in case of an emergency (big or small). We don’t want to scare them … we want to empower them.

Side note: If you are working on your Monthly Preparedness Projects we emailed about last month, this will work for your February project so you can kill two birds with one stone this week!

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Our Favorite Bread Recipe in the WonderMix Mixer

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We’ve posted before about the BEST whole wheat bread recipe. Yes we said BEST! We both make it quite frequently, sometimes doing a half batch, sometimes doing a full one. In the world of kitchen mixers people have normally had two options, a KitchenAid or a Bosch. Well we just recently got a new WonderMix Kitchen Mixer (produced by the makes of the WonderMill) to try out so of course I knew the real test would be in its ability to make our favorite recipe. It is too large to fit in a KitchenAid so we’ve always preferred to make it in a Bosch. Check out my video below to see how well it did in the WonderMix!

More About the WonderMix

I’ve used both a KitchenAid and a Bosch so it was fun to try out another kitchen mixer option. The WonderMix is not totally comparable to either one of them, it has some distinct pros and cons. Here is a summary of what I found just with this first experiment. I’m excited to try it out on some other baking adventures over the next few weeks.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Large capacity for big batches of dough
  • Comes with lots of attachments
  • Dough divider helps knead small batches evenly
  • Great price point for a powerful mixer

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Dough comes up over the hook
  • Possibly feels less rugged than a Bosch but need to experiment more
  • When you take the bowl off the mixer it doesn’t sit flat on the counter, the center rod pokes out at the bottom

There are so many different things you can use the WonderMix to do such as: creaming butter, mixing cookie dough, whipping meringue, mashing bananas and potatoes, shredding meat, making smoothies, and much more!

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Do you know what CERT is – is it for you?

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CertlogoFor years I have heard of CERT certification and have been curious about it. I have wanted to become certified but between pregnancies, nursing babies, and my schedule I haven’t been able to make it work. This month however my church was sponsoring a CERT class that would run 2 Saturdays ALL day. I knew it would be a sacrifice to attend but I also knew a typical CERT certification course ran for weeks one night a week. A weekly schedule for many weeks just doesn’t work for me right now so I jumped on this opportunity. I am only finished the first Saturday but I’m really excited about what I am learning and wanted to encourage you all to check it out, learn more, and eventually become CERT certified if it works for you. As I finish the certification I’ll share some of what I have been learning with you.

WHAT IS CERT

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.

Some things I learned on the first day:

  • More about disasters that can happen in my community with a lot of information on earthquakes
  • How and when to turn off utilities
  • What to do in case of fires
  • Triage and communication plans
  • Carries and holds for moving victims
  • Basic first aid
  • Search and rescue techniques
  • Basic psychology issues to be aware of
  • Organizing block captains and tagging/assessing homes
  • Using cribs to remove victims from under obstruction
  • Setting up an NEOC (Neighborhood Emergency Operation Center

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

One of my favorite things was when we got to put out a little fire with an extinguisher. I can honestly say I have never used an extinguisher and if push came to shove and I had to use one I PROBABLY would have panicked. Now that I have practiced using one I feel confident I could use one in an emergency. It’s just like so much of what we teach and talk about. Practice, practice, practice (when you don’t really need it). Then when it comes time to using those skills you’ll have confidence in your abilities.

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Here are a couple links that might be of interest to you in learning more:

CERT information page
Find a nearby CERT programs

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Are You Ready to Get Back to the Basics?

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Do you ever feel like life is moving too fast? Would you like to be more self-reliant and live a more natural (greener) life? A lot of people who start with an interest in basic food storage for emergencies end up diving into a whole new world of cooking from scratch, raising chickens, gardening, and some even move on to living completely off-grid. It starts to make a lot of sense as you realize how much easier it is to be prepared if you are not so dependent on “society” for your needs.

Back to the Basics eBook Bundle

We are so excited to announce that we have teamed up with a bunch of other bloggers and authors to create a bundle of eBooks all on topics that will help YOU get back to the basics. Individually our Food Storage Made Easy eBook series normally sells for $24 and for just $5 more (during the launch sale) you can get our ebooks plus an entire library of over 60 ebooks on topics ranging from preparedness to homesteading, gardening to homeschooling and much much more. The value of this bundle is staggering! CHECK BACK JANUARY 18TH TO ORDER AT THE INTRO SALE PRICE!

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We have already had a chance to preview this bundle and we are so excited at the wealth of knowledge contained here. A couple of the books we are most excited to dive into are:

  • Whole Wheat Bread Making
  • 10 Minute Prep Freezer Meals
  • Dehydrating eCourse
  • The Debit Card Envelope Budget
  • Easy Peasy Chores
  • Tips for the Beginning Beekeeper
  • Vegetable Gardening Basics
  • The Beginners’ Book of Essential Oils
  • Wonder Oven Cooking Videos
  • Your Own 72 Hour Kit Plan
  • Practical Simplicity
  • and the Household Organization Pack

There is enough golden content here to keep us reading for weeks!

Join the FREE 15-Day Back To Basics Living Challenge

Not sure if you want to invest in the bundle? No problem! The authors have put together a FREE 15 day course that will give you a sampling of what will be included in the bundle. If you join the challenge you’ll also be notified as soon as the full bundle is available to purchase.

Want to get a jump start on becoming more self sufficient and getting back to basics? Join us for the FREE 15 Day Back To Basics Living Challenge Starting January 10, 2016 (you can still join in after that date!) In the meantime get a jump start on getting Back To Basics with our FREE Quick Start Guide!
 
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Is Food Storage on Your Mind This Christmas?

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This is the time of year where our readers, our families, and our friends all ask us for advice because they want to “get some food storage” for Christmas.  We love the idea of spending Christmas budgets on something useful that is a great long-term investment.  However, that’s sort of a hard question to answer with a one-size-fits all solution.

A common theme we tend to see is that a lot of people who want to “get prepared” don’t want to learn a whole new system of cooking, worry about rotating, changing their family’s eating habits, etc.  Their strategy is more of a “get it and forget about it” mentality.  If this is your style, or you are buying gifts for someone who tends to think like that, the best route to go is just-add-water meals.  

Even if you enjoy following a more traditional food storage plan or like to “eat what you store, store what you eat”, we recommend keeping about a 3 month supply of easy meals on hand for a shorter term emergency or to grab-and-go in an evacuation situation.  

We are so excited to share TWO fabulous deals we have worked out exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers specifically for these Christmas-time purchases people are looking to make.  These are the best prices you can get for this many servings.
 

SHORT TERM – GRAB ‘N’ GO

90 Serving Meal Bucket + Goal Zero Kit COMBO
For the month of December get a FREE Goal Zero Switch 8 Kit ($99 value) with each purchase of a 90 serving meal bucket. These two items together are perfect for your grab ‘n’ go kits. Have all the food you need for a short term disaster and charge your devices while you’re gone. PERFECT for Christmas gifts!
Click here to learn more or buy now.

LONG TERM – YEAR SUPPLY

Lindon Farms 1 Year Supply Package
Through December 31st, save 35% off of individual meal bucket pricing by ordering a one year supply (12 buckets). Each meal bucket features a broad variety of 19 different JUST-ADD-WATER gourmet meals and provides 3 meals a day, 4 servings per meal, 2000 calories per day for one person.
Click here to learn more or buy now.

COOKING TOOLS

Don’t forget that if you store these types of just-add-water meals you will need to store extra water and also have a source to easily boil water to cook the meals.  Here are a few items that can help with that!

  • WaterBricks – Easy to store a lot of water but small enough to be able to easily access and use.
  • Butane Stove – Use indoors, just like a regular stove-top.  Must store lots of butane.
  • Firebox – Can be used with a wide variety of fuels.  Light and small for portable use.
  • InstaFire – Versatile fuel that can quickly boil water using any small stove, firepit, etc.
  • All-American Sun Oven – While useful for many things, it also will cook your just-add-water meals without using any fuel.
  • HERC Tea Light Candle Oven – Safe to use indoors for when bad weather or privacy is a concern.  Cooks with tea light candles.

OTHER GIFT IDEAS

  • Inflatable Solar Lanterns – These make great stocking stuffers or inexpensive gifts to add to 72 hour kits.  Never worry about having batteries on hand or candles that run out.  These lanterns take up very little space and charge from the sun!
  • Snackies – Instead of filling up on unhealthy treats, get your kids (or kids-at-heart) some healthy snackies.  Our kids eat these like candy and we fell totally fine letting them do it!  Order these or any other Thrive goodies before Dec. 11th to guarantee arrival before Christmas.
  • InstaFire Packets – A 24-pack of instafire can be split up for multiple gift recipients.  It is a handy fuel/fire starter for backpacking, 72 hour kits, or stove-in-a-can type gifts.  It’s so easy to boil water and is very safe to store and use.  We love InstaFire.
  • Food Storage Books – Any number of these books would make a great gift for someone just getting started or for a veteran food storage pro in your life.  You can never have too many books on being prepared and there are always new ideas in every one.

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Try Thrive Snackies FOR FREE!

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Wow can you believe it is December already? The year has flown by and we’ve both had some pretty crazy things going on in our personal lives. This is a good time of year to look at your food storage goals you made and see how far you’ve come. Take a peek at Jodi’s and Julie’s goals. We’ll share how we did on them later this month. Now on for the excitement of today!

SHARING IS CARING – SNACKIES WINNERS

If you are on our email list, you will have seen the giveaway we did to encourage people to share our Black Friday sales over the weekend. As promised, here is a list of twenty-five people who won a free pack of Thrive Snackies! If you are a winner, please email us at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net and let us know which flavor you want and your mailing address and we will ship it out asap.

  • Tara C.
  • Leigh Z.
  • Kay
  • Cynthia D.
  • Rebecca G.
  • Brad M.
  • Carmell S.
  • Barbara
  • Julie M.
  • Mare
  • Boni M.
  • Kathy S.
  • Stacey V.
  • Anna M.
  • Cathy P.
  • Alice
  • Rhonda
  • Rach B.
  • Keera J.
  • Meg C.
  • Jana J.
  • Nicole H.
  • Andrea H.
  • Jessica D.
  • Michelle D.

We will also send you an email as we know there could be multiple people with these names :)



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SNACKIES FOR EVERYONE

We wish we could send snackies to ALL of our readers as they really are a fabulous healthy snack and are a great way to transition (trick) your family into eating your food storage foods. So we are going to give EVERYONE the chance to get a free bag.

The best way to buy snackies is to add them as part of Thrive’s monthly food storage autoship program (The Q). You’ll have healthy snacks delivered to your doorstep along with your regular food storage items every month at the budget that you choose.

So here is the deal, for anyone who signs up for a Thrive Q this week and has their first monthly shipment for over $100 we will send you a FREE snackie bag of your choosing. First Q must ship by December 8 to qualify.

For a click tutorial on how to easily set up your Q view the video from our teammates below. Make sure you go to our website to sign up for your Q HERE. Once you have it set up it’s easy to add Snackies or whatever else you want, right into your monthly shipments.

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Black Friday – Cyber Monday Deals

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We’re excited to announce the 2015 Black Friday specials! We’ve heard from a lot of you who are looking to make this Christmas a “Preparedness Christmas”. What a great idea! There are really some amazing deals happening this year. Much better than we have seen in recent years. We have rounded up all the best deals on our favorite products and summarized them for you in one simple sale flyer. Make sure to check each individual item as different things are on sale on different days.

ON SALE NOW:
Make sure to check out Fortress Clothing who is already doing launch pricing for our readers and Thrive Life where you can pre-order doorbusters through our secure online form.

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12 Days of Food Storage Christmas

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If you have family, friends, or neighbors who you have been wanting to introduce to the world of preparedness, this could be a fun way to do it. We’ve put together 12 days of free or inexpensive (under $1) gifts that follow along our 10 Babysteps to help someone get started and hopefully peak their curiosity to learn even more.


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Feel free to adapt this to meet your needs. Spread the gifts out over 12 days, or you can do all 12 days at once as a “getting started” package. Each day has some recommendations for some more advanced gift ideas if you’d like to check them out. Don’t forget to download the tags and labels for each day and Merry Christmas!

Download tags and labels for all 12 days here

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Emergency Preparedness is always a great place to start. Print out our in depth Emergency Preparedness Plan that your loved one can fill out as a starting point for their family. Roll it up and tie a pretty ribbon around it and attach the Day 1 tags and labels to it. You could also include a personal note letting them know that you will be giving them some fun little gifts over the next few days to help them be more prepared.

More expensive gift ideas
Prepare My Life Planner
InstaFire
Pre-made 72 hour kits

We have two ideas for day 2. Babystep #1 is shelves so you can build a little rotating can shelf out of cardboard and stick the day 2 tags on it. Download the instructions here and you can even give them a copy so they can make their own additional units to fill their pantry. If you don’t have the time or patience to do this, you can opt to print out our Small Spaces Storage Solutions handout which gives lots of ideas on sneaky places to store food storage. Again, this can be rolled up with a cute ribbon tied around it and the Day 2 tags added to make it fun

More expensive gift ideas
Canorganizers (Commercially made cardboard can racks for pantry)
Cansolidators (Plastic can racks for pantry)
Harvest Shelves (72″ rotating can rack shelf)

Babystep #2 is water, one of the most critical components of any preparedness or food storage plan. For today you can either recycle a few empty pop or juice containers and fill them with clean water, or you can splurge and grab a few little water pouches that can be great for 72 hour kits or car emergency kits. Depending on how many you buy they can be less than $0.50 each! Whichever option you opt for, add your Day 3 tag to make it cute.

More expensive gift ideas
WaterBricks
Berkey Water Purification Systems

Babystep #3 is to put together a 3 month supply of regular foods. Print out these worksheets to help someone get started on their 3 Month Plan. There is an Instruction Sheet, a Menu Plan Sheet and an Inventory Sheet. You will need to print the Menu Plan Sheet multiple times depending on how many different meals you want to plan. There is also a video tutorial to go along with these forms found here. Put the printed worksheets in sheet protects or roll them up and tie a ribbon around them. Don’t forget to attach the Day 4 tag!

More expensive gift ideas
Subscription to Deals to Meals (grocery savings program)

Babystep #4 is an introduction to long term food storage foods. People often get overwhelmed with how much and what to buy. Here is a handout that includes instructions and a simple food storage calculator that you can print out, tie a ribbon around, add the cute Day 5 Tags, and give to someone. This will help them determine quantities of foods to purchase based on their family size.

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I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage
Country Beans
Dinner is in the Jar
Cooking with Food Storage Made Easy

Babystep #5 is learning to use grains, and more specifically wheat. People often have a hard time using wheat if they don’t have a wheat grinder. If you haven’t tried making Blender Wheat Pancakes you are missing out! This is something easy you can make that uses wheat with no wheat grinder required. Put the ingredients in a baggie, tie a ribbon around it and a recipe card with instructions. Don’t forget to add the Day 6 tag as well. It wont cost you much, but will surely impress and motivate someone to use their food storage.

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WonderMill Wheat Grinder

Babystep #6 moves on to learning about beans/legumes. Legumes can be very intimidating to a lot of people so this is a great one to help people realize they aren’t so bad. Purchase a 1 lb bag of 12 bean soup mix from the grocery store ($1-$2). Tie a ribbon around it and include the Day 7 Tags. Include this 12 Bean Soup Recipe on a cute recipe card for them, it’s delicious!

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Electric Pressure Cooker (makes it EASY to cook dry beans)
Instant Beans from Thrive Life (no soaking or long cook times)

Babystep #7 covers baking ingredients that are necessary for you to be able to make a lot of recipes using your grains and legumes. Salt is one of those things that you run out of, and don’t necessarily think of storing. Find or buy a container of salt and make it cute with ribbons, or put it in a gift bag, and remind them Food Storage isn’t just grains and legumes.

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Instant Powdered Milk
Butter Powder
Pure Vanilla Powder

Babystep #8 is purchasing or preserving fruits and vegetables. While not critical for sustaining life, fruits and vegetables are a welcome addition to any food storage program for the health benefits, variety, and to help you save money on your day to day grocery shopping. Gardening is a great way to become more self reliant. Try giving a few packs of gardening seeds to help motivate people to get going on gardening. If you know the person doesn’t have a lot of space, pick herbs, or things you can grow on kitchen counters.

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Excalibur Food Dehydrator
Canner and canning supplies
Freeze Dried Fruits or Veggies

Babystep #9 encourages people to store comfort foods for times of crisis. This is a great day for the holidays. Even just a candy bar or 2 in your storage for just in case scenarios are great. Pick up the person’s favorite one and surprise them with a little treat to have in time of need (and tell them they can’t eat it right away, they have to store it ;) Tie a cute ribbon around the candy bar and add the Day 10 Tags and you’re all set.

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FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer (great for preserving treats for longer storage)

Babystep #10 covers all aspects of storage that are NOT food. Although Food Storage (and Christmas for that matter) are a lot about food, we can’t forget the non-food items that are important and necessary to store not only for hygiene but also for cooking, cleaning, first aid, etc. Any inexpensive toiletry would be a great gift for this day (toothpaste, deodorant, etc.)

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First Aid Kit

Once you have completed the first 11 days for a friend, or family member, it’s time for them to keep the journey going themselves. To help them do that, we have our BabyStep Checklists. Have the person you are giving to sign up for our free email checklists. You could even sign up for them with their email address and print out the first checklist for their gift. The checklists last for one year and are sent every 2 weeks. After following the 26 checklists they will have a full food storage for one person.

More expensive gift ideas
Food Storage Made Easy 3-Part eBook Program (buy and print out in a binder for them)

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EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Lindon Farms Just-Add-Water meals

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The Lindon Farms special Black Friday deals will be available Friday, November 27 to Monday November 30!

90 SERVING BUCKET Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Kit COMBO

When you purchase a Lindon Farms 90 Serving Bucket you’ll receive a Goal Zero Switch 8 Kit FREE! ($99 value) This is a really great idea for Christmas presents!

LINCOMB The 90 Serving Bucket features and contents:
Up to 25 Year Shelf Life, 2,000 calories a day for 1 week for 1 person, 4 Gal Rugged Stackable, ez store™ container, Capacity: 90 full servings, Delicious just-add-water meals, Each meal in 5-10 serving pouches, Easy to open zip-seal ‘metalite’ pouches

Breakfasts: Cinnamon Rice Pudding, Oatmeal (1) 10 serving pouch, Polenta (1) 10 serving pouch, Lunch/Dinners : Western Chili (1) 10 serving pouch, Hearty Potato Soup (1) 10 serving pouch, Red Beans & Rice (1) 10 serving pouch, Beef Flavored Vegetable Stew (1) 10 serving pouch, Chicken Flavored Vegetable Stew (1) 10 serving pouch, Cheddar Broccoli Soup (1) 10 serving pouch

TO ORDER >>>>>>>> Visit this page and on each 90 Serving bucket you purchase will get you a free Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar kit. DO NOT ORDER UNTIL FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27 FOR BONUSES

SCREAMING DEAL ON A YEAR SUPPLY

Buy 8 Lindon Farms 360 Serving Entree Bucket and receive (4) Lindon Farms 360 Entree buckets free. This is a one year supply of food for one person. This saves you over $1700!

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Buy 8 Lindon Farms 360 Serving Entree Bucket and receive (4) Lindon Farms 360 Entree buckets free. This is a one year supply of food for one person. This saves you over $1700!

TO ORDER >>>>>>>> Visit this page and enter 8 for the quantity and 4 will be added to your order for FREE! DO NOT ORDER UNTIL FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27 FOR BONUSES

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Fortress Clothing: Lifetime supply of warmth

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We recently had the opportunity to meet Dale from Fortress Clothing at a preparedness expo here in Utah. We knew that his products served a huge need we had been looking to fill, so when he offered to come show them to us so we could try them in action (in the freezing cold) we knew we needed to jump at the chance. We tried on the entire bug out bag set and went out by the lake with a bitter wind. We were thoroughly impressed and are looking forward to adding these items into our “heat storage” preparedness plans.

Please remember that while something like this can be critical and life-saving in cold weather, it may not be one of the first items to get as part of your preps if you have budget constraints. If you have food, water, cooking, and sanitation covered look to this as a solution as you delve more into the more advance topics of protection, shelter, heating, and cooling.

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Enter coupon code FSME25 to save 25% on your Fortress Clothing order. This deal is offered only to our Food Storage Made Easy readers! (Note: this is an introductory and Black Friday special offer.)


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Fortress isn’t just a coat – it’s not even just cold weather clothing. Fortress is your complete HEAT STORAGE SOLUTION, and the advantages to using this to provide your warmth in an emergency are obvious. Fortress RETAINS YOUR BODY’s HEAT. Instead of trying to heat the space around you (your home, tent, or cabin) with traditional resources like firewood, coal or propane, FORTRESS allows you to be comfortable while heating yourself. Whatever the conditions, you will be able to function!

Here is a video of us being introduced to the Fortress Clothing Line with Dale:

Here are a few of the key features we love about Fortress Clothing:

  • “Bug Out Bag” provides a complete outdoor clothing solution
  • Can purchase items individually to meet your personal budget and needs
  • Hood is adjustable in three ways to be best suited for how cold it is
  • Jacket liner is warm enough for -30 degree temperatures yet light-weight enough for a chilly day at the soccer field.
  • Breathable material that is easy to maneuver in and doesn’t make you hot
  • Mittens remove the need for expensive and disposable hand warmers
  • Pant liners are perfect for sledding or snowmobiling (very versatile)
  • Hot socks (booties) act as a liner inside boots or as comfy house slippers
  • No need to buy multiple expensive coats, simply wear a light jacket or hoodie over the Fortress Jacket for a perfect coat solution
  • Save money by storing less fuel for your family’s warmth

Complete Bug-Out-Bag

If you opt for the complete heat storage solution the entire set fits in a handy little “stuff sack”. This is perfect to attach to a backpack for your 72 hour kits to easily grab-and-go, stash in your car trunk for your car kit, or store on a closet shelf nicely compacted.

Click here to learn more or buy now and use special coupon code FSME25 to save 25% as an introductory rate for all Food Storage Made Easy readers.

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