Cilantro-Lime Rice Recipe: Food Storage Style

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To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, the women in my family did a Walking Taco Bar to make a really easy dinner that everyone just contributed a little something to. It was so fun and delicious!

My assigned task was to make Cilantro Lime Rice but I didn’t see the texts about it until late Saturday night. I looked at the recipe and knew I was missing a few ingredients but I knew that my food storage could rescue me! So here is the original recipe and the run down of how I made it “food storage style”.

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Food Storage Cilantro-Lime Rice

2 T. vegetable oil
1/3 c. freeze-dried chopped onions
1 tsp. minced garlic
7 cups water
8 tsp. chicken bouillon
1/2 c. freeze-dried cilantro
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 c. freeze dried green chili peppers
1 T. lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. white rice

In a large pot saute onions and garlic in oil just until lightly brown. Add remaining ingredients except rice and bring to a boil. Add rice and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for 20 minutes or until rice is soft. This makes a BIG batch and its so flavorful!

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The Thrive Life green chilis and cilantro are on sale this month as part of the Thrive Fiesta pack or individually so it was perfect timing because I had everything on hand! There are a few other new products that would go along great with this recipe. We used the new Freeze-Dried Guacamole in our walking taco bar and it was a big hit. Click here to check out all the May sale items.

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Food Storage Do-Over Week 17: Protection/Self Defense

We are excited to be starting week 17 (the FINAL week) of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! We are getting close to the end of this adventure. If you didn’t catch last week’s post which talked about emergency shelter, heating, and cooling you can see it here.

Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!

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Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This week we are going to be looking at our plans for protection and self defense. Since we are NOT experts on this at all, we have asked Angela Paskett from Food Storage and Survival to help us with this week’s education and tasks. Thanks ANGELA!


Thanks to Jodi and Julie for asking me to help them out on this week’s topic! Protection and firearms is a broad topic that would need a book to cover thoroughly, so be sure to check the resources at the bottom of the post for more information on any part of this topic that interests you!

Unfortunately, the world isn’t populated only with “good guys”. Violent crimes happen every day at the hands of bad people. Having a line or two of self defense at the ready can help you prevent these crimes from happening to you, and help you come out alive if they do.

Situational Awareness

One of the best ways to protect yourself from bad guys or bad situations is to be aware of your surroundings. Keep your phone in your pocket, keep your head up, and look around as you are walking or driving. For most of us, it’s really easy to get caught up in our thoughts or outside distractions and be less aware of our surroundings. Using Cooper’s Color Code for Situational Awareness, summarized below, consciously moving from level white to level yellow will help avert problems before they become bigger problems. Which color are you normally in?

White: You are totally unaware of what’s going on around you. Wrapped up in your thoughts of what’s for dinner or that cute boy that texted you or whatever other thoughts distract you from reality. Maybe you’re caught up in what’s happening on your phone or tablet in a public place. At any rate, you’re blissfully unaware that anything could happen. Attackers look for victims in this state! Don’t be one.

Yellow: You are alert and aware. Keeping your mind engaged in your current situation, you are aware of what and who you are surrounded by. There is no specific threat and you are not in any sort of paranoid freak out mode. You are calm but watchful. Yellow is the color you want to be when you are anywhere you could encounter a threat to your life or safety.

Orange: You have identified a possible threat and have plans to take action. No action yet, but you are ready to do what is needed to protect yourself and those with you.

Red: Now you’re in full blown fight mode and taking any action that may be necessary to stop the threat. Most of us will rarely, if ever, need to be in this state.

Situational awareness is your first line of protection. By being aware of your surroundings, you may be able to avoid trouble all together!

Basic self defense

Take a self defense class. Most martial arts are excellent exercise as well as training for close quarters self defense. Practice is key. Train your body to instinctively respond to being grabbed, pushed, or swung at and your brain won’t need to be fully engaged for you to be able to defend yourself. No license or special equipment needed, and it is also great for kids and teens. I trained in a karate class with my daughters (then age 8 and 11) and we had an absolute blast doing it together. You can find some videos online that show self defense moves, but be sure you don’t just watch! Get a friend to help you practice.

Pros

  • No license needed.
  • Most self defense skills only use your body and you always have your body with you.

Cons

  • The bad guy has to be within striking distance to use it.
  • Bad guy is not going to follow the rules so things may not go like they do in class.
  • Physically demanding.

Assignments for this Week:

  • Be aware of your awareness level.
  • Research self defense class options in your area and get yourself and/or your children signed up for one.

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

Ready to take the next step and add some tools to your protection plan? Let’s explore some of my favorite options!

Non-Lethal Self Defense Tools

Striking tools. If hitting with your fist is good, how much more effect can hitting with something harder have? Use a tool specifically designed for striking like a kubaton, or get creative with whatever is around. Baseball bats are particularly popular here for homes and vehicles, but you probably have keys, a pen, or a heavy purse that could be put to use without hauling a bat around with you. Here are some great suggestions for discreet weapons using items you may already be carrying.

Pepper spray. Containing the heat of about a gazillion hot peppers, pepper spray causes temporary blindness, swelling of the breathing tube tissues, and burning skin, minimizing the attacker’s ability to see and function properly. The blindness can last 15 to 30 minutes, with other effects such as burning skin lasting an hour or more. Look for pepper spray that sprays in a stream (so you don’t get affected by any overspray), and contains UV dye that helps police identify the perpetrator later. Damsel in Defense products fit the bill nicely. The idea is to spray and get away so you aren’t around when it wears off!

Pros

  • At time of posting, pepper spray is legal in all but a few states (DC, MA, MI, NY and WI). Always check your local laws before purchasing.
  • Inexpensive (most between $10 and $25).
  • Easy to use.

Cons

  • You have to be close enough and have good enough aim to hit your attacker where it counts.
  • Must have the pepper spray with you and be able to access and deploy it quickly.
  • Limited amount of spray in each canister.

Stun gun.
Stun guns use high amperage and low voltage to stun. The shock creates muscle spasms which incapacitate the attacker. The stun gun does not need to touch skin, but does need to physically contact your attacker in order to work. At a distance, the sound of a stun gun may be enough to deter an attack. As with pepper spray, this is a method to buy yourself some time to get away. Stun and run.

Pros

  • Easy to carry and use.
  • Looks and sound may be enough to deter attacker at a distance.
  • Can be used multiple times.

Cons

  • Must be carried with you and charged.
  • A little more expensive (most between $50 and $100).
  • Must be used in close proximity to attacker.
  • At time of posting, use is restricted in HI; MA; NJ; NY; RI; IL; MI; CT; DC; WI; MD; New Castle County, DE; Wilmington, DE; Newark, DE; Philadelphia, PA; and all U.S. Virgin Islands. Always check your local laws before purchasing.

Firearms

Yes! We’re talking firearms! One of my favorite topics. Now, just so you all know, I’ve personally invited Jodi and Julie for some good old fashioned shooting fun at my place this summer, so look for a report on that adventure once we’ve got it done. It’s going to be good. :) As with any self defense tool, practice is key with firearms. Get to know your gun like a trusted friend and it will serve you well when you need to use it. If you plan to carry your firearm with you, be sure to check local laws concerning open carry and concealed carry where you will be taking it.

Pros

  • Can hit targets at long distances.
  • Even a great grandma can win against a 250 lb. attacker.
  • Sometimes the sight or sound alone can be enough to deter an attacker.
  • Practicing is fun!

Cons

  • Can be an expensive option to acquire and practice with.
  • Firearm ownership and use is restricted in some areas. Always check your local laws!
  • Only works until the bullets run out.

There is a TON of information about firearms out there, and if you get looking you’ll see that everyone has an opinion, but we’re going to stick to the basics here to get you started. These link to a series I ran on my site a few years ago on firearm basics for beginners.

If you’ve never been shooting before, here are some great ways to get started:

  • Ask a trusted friend or relative with firearms knowledge to take you shooting. I don’t know anyone who loves guns and shooting that wouldn’t be willing to teach someone who wants to learn.
  • Head to your local gun store or shooting range and ask for classes. They may have concealed carry classes, basic firearm classes, classes just for women, and more. They’ll be glad to point you in the right direction. If you’re nervous, take a friend along with you!
  • Take a Hunter Safety class through your state’s Wildlife department.

And you adults aren’t the only ones that need to understand firearm safety! Make sure your kids know what to do if they find a gun. The National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle program is a fantastic resource for teaching kids firearm safety.

In my experience, layers of defense are better than just one method. Awareness is always important, and if you can add some self defense skills and tools to your defense set, you’re that much more likely to have what you need if you ever need to get out of a bad situation. And whichever methods you choose for your personal defense, be sure to practice, practice, practice!

Assignments for this Week:

  • Research non-lethal self defense options and purchase one that will work for you and is legal where you live.
  • Inventory the items you carry every day to determine what could be used as a striking tool. Add something if you need to.
  • Inventory firearms and ammunition in your home. Write down firearm serial numbers and add it to your emergency notebook and/or homeowner’s insurance file.
  • Set a date for a firearms class with a friend!
  • Teach your children basic gun safety.

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

Screen shot 2015-05-07 at 12.15.20 AM Damsel in Defense: Pepper Spray, Stun Guns, Kubatons, and more. Damsel in Defense is about equipping women with the tools to not only keep them safe but also to give them the confidence to know that they have a way out if they ever feel threatened.
Legally Armed: A Concealed Carry Gun Law: The one guide you need for concealed carry gun law is here. This book covers carry laws nationwide, highlighting common points of law for each state and the District of Columbia, such that a reader should clearly understand how each jurisdiction differs.

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Here are some resources both from us and all over the web that can help you if you want more depth on any areas or are looking for even more ideas of items to include in your plans. It’s always a good idea to look at multiple approaches and decide what will work best for you! And don’t forget to check out the discussions on our facebook group to catch anything we are missing or see what others are doing!

10 Things I Learned Earning my Karate Yellow Belt
10 preparedness reasons to put your kids in karate (also applies to you!)
Creative zombie apocalypse bats
How to defend your family in a home invasion
National Rifle Association
US Concealed Carry Association
Holsters for women
23 Firearm Truths for Women (although they really apply to anyone)
WikiArms (find ammo for sale online–yes, even .22lr)

Food Storage Do-Over Week 16: Shelter/Heating/Cooling

We are excited to be starting week 16 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! We are getting close to the end of this adventure. If you didn’t catch last week’s post which talked about Powerless Cooking you can see it here.

Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!

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Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This week we are going to be looking at our plans for shelter as well as for keeping cool or warm in an emergency. As with most preparedness topics, it’s best to start small and it least get SOMETHING, and then work towards larger longer-term solutions.

Shelter

Many families have some sort of camping supplies on hand already. These will be great to use in emergency situations too. Here are some things to consider and tasks to do this week to get your shelter preps started for evacuation purposes.

  • Inventory any camping supplies you already have on hand.
  • Put all shelter supplies in one large container or at least in one specific area of the garage.
  • At a minimum store some tarps and ropes to make basic shelters.
  • Save up for or purchase a high-quality all-season tent that is rated for +2 more people than your full family size. This will give you room to store supplies inside your tent and not be too squished.
  • Have a 0 degree sleeping bag for each family member. If you have room, also store a lighter-weight sleeping bag or blankets for summertime emergencies.
  • If you have space, consider also storing cots, air mattresses, foam pads, etc. to add to your comfort levels.
  • Store supplies to help you set up your shelter such as a hammer to stake down the tent, lanterns or flashlights to help set it up in the dark, basic fire-starting materials, etc.

Keeping Warm

One of the biggest safety concerns in an emergency is freezing. Whether you are evacuating or sheltering in your home, it will get VERY cold in the middle of winter in most areas, and you’ll need to be prepared. Here are some short-term tips and supplies you could get that can help.

  • Wear dry clothing, preferably made of wool. Wool clothing is insulating, water resistant, and keeps your body warm even if it is wet.
  • Wear a (wool) hat and gloves. You can lose up to 80% of your body heat through your head.
  • Wear insulated boots or shoes. You can also wear two pairs of wool socks or wrap a towel around the outside of your shoes to keep warmth in.
  • Wear layered clothing.
  • Wrap a scarf or towel around mouth to keep cold air from your lungs.
  • Share sleeping bags. Two people inside one large sleeping bag or two bags zipped together will be warmer.
  • Use your car heater if trapped in your car during a snowstorm. Run the heater 10 minutes every hour. Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked by snow and open one window a crack to allow ventilation.
  • Use mylar blankets or emergency blankets. Use a wool blanket between you and the mylar blanket if possible.
  • Store lots of hand warmers, survival candles, etc.
  • Wear thermal undergarments.
  • Insulate your clothing. Use leaves, newspapers, straw, etc. stuffed between layers of your clothing. If necessary use a plastic bag over top to hold the insulation materials.

If it is a long-term emergency, your best bet will be to get some sort of wood-burning stove or heater in your home to provide considerable warmth at least in one area of the house. If you have a generator you could also get electric heaters and use them as long as you have fuel.

Keeping Cool

While staying cool is more of a convenience, there are some safety real concerns with heat stroke and dehydration if you get too hot. Here are 50 ideas you can use to keep a little cooler when you don’t have access to air conditioner.

  1. Wear light-colored clothing, dark clothes absorb heat
  2. Use a damp cloth to wet face, arms and legs
  3. Find a cool breeze to sit in (especially after getting wet)
  4. Make a paper fan and fan yourself
  5. Hang out in the basement of your home
  6. Install attic vents to release the hot air that rises
  7. Sleep on the porch between wet sheets
  8. Relax during the hottest hours, do heavy chores/cooking in the morning and evening
  9. Do your canning and cooking outdoors
  10. Take an afternoon nap
  11. Use a buckwheat pillow, it won’t hold on to your body heat
  12. Close all blinds and window coverings (don’t let the sun in)
  13. Open all the windows at night to let cool air in
  14. Lie down on the floor in the lowest level of your house
  15. Keep a window open upstairs to pull hot air up and out
  16. Wet your hair
  17. Put white sheets over furniture, it will reflect heat instead of absorb it
  18. Wrap a wet towel around your neck
  19. Plant or find shade trees
  20. Take cool baths
  21. Make sure your home is well insulated, it will keep the heat out
  22. Drink lots of fluids
  23. Use a spray bottle and spray yourself down
  24. Hang wet sheets in open windows that have a cross breeze
  25. Keep babies in a light onesie (not naked) for when you hold them
  26. Dip feet in cool water
  27. Keep your body covered (in cool clothes) to shade it from the sun
  28. Don’t wear polyester, it makes you sweat
  29. Sit still, moving around makes you hotter
  30. Make recipes using mint/peppermint to cool the body
  31. Brush mint against the skin to cool you down
  32. Wear loose-fitting skirts
  33. Use battery-powered fans (like these ones)
  34. Put wet rags over a batter powered fan to make a “swamp cooler”
  35. Give the kids squirt guns and have a water fight
  36. Buy some evaporative cooling bandanas. These look so neat!
  37. Eat cold meals
  38. Eat spicy foods, they increase perspiration which cools down the body
  39. Buy some cooling towels/cloths
  40. Wear a large-brimmed hat to shade your face
  41. Spray your house down with a water hose for a temporary cool down
  42. Keep ice packs in your freezer and then use them for relief
  43. Go around naked (if appropriate)
  44. Use silk or satin sheets and pillowcases, they feel cooler
  45. Hang up bedding in cool areas of the house or shade during the day
  46. Get a waterbed, it will absorb heat and feel cool on hot nights
  47. Build porch awnings to provide shade
  48. Have a generator to plug in electric fans
  49. Make a homemade air conditioner or swamp cooler if you have a generator
  50. GO SWIMMING!

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

If you are an emergency preparedness veteran you probably already have a lot of supplies on hand for sheltering and for keeping cool or warm as the seasons adjust. Your task this week will be to look at your inventory levels and also to make a plan to PRACTICE so you can determine what you are doing well on and what might still be lacking.

Tasks for this week

  • INVENTORY your shelter supplies. Is your tent big enough? Is it an all-season tent? Do you have enough sleeping bags for ALL family members? Are they low temperature sleeping bags?
  • PRACTICE setting up your tent. If one spouse usually does it, have the other spouse try to do it alone. Do you have all the tools on hand to set it up? Could you do it in the dark?
  • PURCHASE any items needed to round out your “shelter” plans.
  • Are you prepared to shelter in place? Print out some guidelines for safety precautions to take based on potential emergencies that could occur in your area (i.e. tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.)
  • INVENTORY your supplies for staying warm. What do you have on hand for evacuating versus staying home?
  • PRACTICE! Plan a camping trip for next winter where you go and live outside for several days. Try turning off the furnace for a few days this winter and see how well you can stay warm.
  • PURCHASE any items needed to round out your “keeping warm” supplies.
  • INVENTORY your supplies for staying cool. What do you have that will work for evacuating? What will you do if you are staying at home?
  • PRACTICE! Turn off the AC for a few days and see how will you do in the heat. Get your kids involved and think creatively on ways to keep cool.
  • PURCHASE any items needed to round out your “keeping cool” supplies.

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

All-Season Tents: Pick a tent that fits your family’s needs and price range. There are many options to choose from. Camping stores have a lot, but we love Amazon for good camping supplies too.
Hand Warmers: Always a great little addition to your disaster kits, evacuation kits, and even to keep on hand at home. You can never have too many of these little things around.
Evaporative Cooling Headband: These headbands work by running them under water to activate the cooling properties. They are reusable and can make a huge difference in your temperature if you are out in the hot sun for extended periods of time.

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Here are some resources both from us and all over the web that can help you if you want more depth on any areas or are looking for even more ideas of items to include in your plans. It’s always a good idea to look at multiple approaches and decide what will work best for you! And don’t forget to check out the discussions on our facebook group to catch anything we are missing or see what others are doing!

PINTEREST BOARD ON EMERGENCY HEATING/COOLING
How to Make an Emergency Heater – from MomPrepares
How to Make a Coffee Can Heater – from Food Storage Made Easy
Homemade Space Heater that Works – from Your Own Home Store
DIY Solar Powered Air Cooler – from Survival Life

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Food Storage Do-Over Week 15: Powerless Cooking

We are excited to be starting week 15 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! We are getting close to the end of this adventure. If you didn’t catch last week’s post which talked about Sanitation and First Aid you can see it here.

Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!

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Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This week we are going to be working on a plan for powerless cooking. We always recommend starting with inexpensive or do-it-yourself cooking tools so you at least have SOMETHING to use in an emergency. Then as you practice and learn what your family uses the most, you can start to invest in higher quality tools over time.

Fuels

In order to cook without power, you must have some sort of fuel. We love to use the sun as our main fuel source as much as possible, but if you don’t have a way to cook using solar power yet, here are some other fuel options for you.

For a printable overview of the common fuels click here.
For a video overview see below:


 

Do-It Yourself Stoves/Ovens

If you have empty #10 cans hanging around the house you can make a simple #10 Can Stove to use for boiling water or heating up just add water meals.

For a printable tutorial click here.
For a video overview see below:


 

If you’d like the option to cook baked items like casseroles, cakes, and bread you will need to make an oven. You can make an easy-to-use cardboard box oven that cooks using charcoal.

For a printable tutorial click here.
For a video overview see below:


 

Inexpensive Stoves

Any number of inexpensive camping stoves can be purchased at camping stores or from Amazon.com. Take a look at what fuels they use as that can impact your decision a lot.

Butane Stoves – We love these because you can cook INDOORS and store the fuel indoors. You can get about 4-5 cook hours out of one butane canister.

Cube Stove – This is an inexpensive little stove that burns fuel pellets. Lightweight and great to throw into 72 hour kits

Firebox – Similar to a cube stove but higher quality and folds flat. The design helps manage airflow so it is very efficient at conserving fuel. Lots of different fuels can be used in it.

TASKS FOR THIS WEEK

  • Research these fuels and inexpensive stoves
  • Purchase or make at least one stove you can use
  • Accumulate a 30 day supply of fuel to cook on whichever stove you buy/make

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

If you are an emergency preparedness veteran you may have already looked into some of the larger, longer-term stoves and ovens. Here is a summary of the ones that we have and use ourselves. There are others out there but these are the ones we have the most experience with. Do your own research and find what will meet YOUR family’s needs.

All-American Sun Oven

If you can cook with the sun, it is going to be best bet for conserving your fuel. Solar power is renewable and unlimited, as long as it’s a sunny day! We use Sun Ovens as our primary cooking device and keep other tools as back-up for cloudy days.

View our webinar (and special offer) on the All-American Sun Oven by clicking here.
View an older video featuring the Global Sun Oven below:


 

Helius Rocket Stove

This is a heavy duty outdoor stove that can be used as an open fire or to cook with pots on top. It can withstand the weight of a full pressure cooker, and can keep temperatures constant enough for pressure cooking. Designed for fuel efficiency and to reduce smoke, this is a great little stove.

View our post introducing this stove by clicking here.
View a video introduction below:


 

Volcano Collapsible Grill

The Volcano Grill is a more portable stove and is very versatile in that it can use a wide variety of fuels for cooking. It can be used as an open fire pit, as a grill, for dutch oven cooking, boiling water, or even for baking if you have the “tent lid”. Great to throw in the car for a quick evacuation or camping trip.

View more details about the Volcano Grill by clicking here.
View a video introduction below:


 

HERC Tea Light Ovens

The HERC Tea Light Ovens solve the dilemma of how to BAKE indoors when the power is out. It’s not always feasible or recommended to be outside in an emergency situation. You can bake in these ovens using just a few tea light candles. The smaller “eco” oven works like a crock pot and uses ten tea lights. The larger “XXL” oven uses twenty tea lights and cooks like a 350 degree oven. Fuel cost is about $0.40 per hour and you can get 4 hours of solid cook time out of each batch of candles.

View post introducing these ovens by clicking here.
View a video introduction below:


 

Tasks for this week

  • Inventory your powerless cooking tools and fuel
  • Determine how long you could cook using the fuel you have on hand
  • Research some of the longer term stoves/ovens shown above
  • Purchase or make a plan to save up for any appliances you’ve been wanting
  • Organize your storage area so that your tools are easy to access
  • Make a goal to practice cooking without electricity at least one time per week this summer

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

ReadyFuel: This is a new product from Lindon Farms. It is a gel that can be used indoors or outdoors, and won’t freeze, evaporate, or melt. It’s very light and each packet contains a little metal sheet that can be turned into a holder for your pot. It’s a great little fuel for camping or small cooking needs like boiling water.
InstaFire: If you’ve followed our blog for a while you will know that we think InstaFire is a great product. 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. It’s definitely a nice supplement to go along with your other fuels.
Fuel Disks: There are a few companies putting out fuel pellets or pucks that can be used in stoves such as the Firebox, or Cube Stove. The disks can be re-used if you don’t use the whole thing. They are easy to burn but must be used outside. They store easily and conveniently indoors or out. They are a very efficient fuel with one pellet lasting for one hour of cooking.

helpful
Here are some resources both from us and all over the web that can help you if you want more depth on any areas or are looking for even more ideas of items to include in your plans. It’s always a good idea to look at multiple approaches and decide what will work best for you! And don’t forget to check out the discussions on our facebook group to catch anything we are missing or see what others are doing!

PINTEREST BOARD ON POWERLESS COOKING
Types Of Fuel
Cooking Stoves
Global Sun Oven
All American Sun Oven
Fuel Disks
InstaFire
ReadyFuel
Butane Stoves
Wonder Box Oven
Dutch Oven Cooking Overview
Video: Powerless Cooking Event
Handout: Powerless Cooking Fuels Handout
Handout: Tutorial On How To Make A #10 Can Stove
Handout: Tutorial On How To Make A Cardboard Box Oven
Handout: Tutorial On How To Make A Wonderbox Oven
10 Ways To Practice Powerless Cooking This Summer

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Food Storage Do-Over Week 14: Sanitation/First Aid

We are excited to be starting week 14 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn’t catch last week’s post which talked about non-food items you can see it here.

Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!

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Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This week we are going to be working on evaluating our sanitation and first aid plans. There are a lot of ways to cover these areas so we will try to point you in the right direction to do your own research and come up with what works best for you and your family.

First Aid

If you are fairly new to the preparedness world you may not have a lot of first aid supplies stocked up yet. It never hurts to just purchase a basic first aid kit to at least get started. We saw this awesome more advanced list posted by Nancy over at the Preparedness 101 facebook group this week and wanted to share it here.

1) Sanitary pads for dressings
2) Roller gauze for bandages
3) Bedpan
4) Gloves (very sturdy for re-cleaning/sterilizing)
5) Urinal
6) Benadryl (allergic reaction)
7) Clove oil (tooth pain)
8) Superglue for lacerations
9) Washcloths
10) Oral analgesic for numbing
11) Ibuprofen for pain and fever
12) Nausea medicine
13) Pantyhose for bandaging any part of the human anatomy without tape
14) Plastic backed washable pads for bedridden patients/kids (can use alternatives)
15) Emergency dental kit
16) Anti-diarrhea medicine
17) No-more-tears shampoo for wound cleansing and general washing
18) Sheets for dressings, packing and slings

Notable things I left out:
- Bandaids (only for short term wound cover, your body will make you a scab)
- Tape (sticks to skin/ hurts to remove, gets old)
- Expensive drugs
- Peroxide, alcohol and Betadine -these wound cleansers are not needed and actually toxic to healing skin.

If you are interested in more natural styles of medicine you can look for ideas on our “Your Natural Medicine Cabinet” post. If you are looking for a more in depth list from a medical professional we recommend this “Nurse’s Fully-Stocked Medical Kit” post.

Sanitation

Having proper hygiene can make a huge difference to your health in an emergency situation. You need to have a plan for how to dispose of waste properly. You can buy a simple sanitation kit, or put your own together that includes these items:

• Two 5 or 6 gallon plastic buckets with tight fitting lids
• Two toilet seats that attach to the buckets
• Toilet paper
• Pre-washed and dried flannel, cut into squares, to use if toilet paper is not available—wash in hot water and bleach and re-use
• Paper towels
• Hand wipes, hand sanitizer and hand soap
• 13-gallon trash bags (to line toilets)
• 33- gallon trash bags (to dispose of smaller, used bags and other trash)
• Two (or three) spray bottles (for hydrogen peroxide & white vinegar, with the third for bleach)
• Hydrogen peroxide
• White vinegar (in a plastic bottle, if possible, to avoid broken glass)
• Borax and/or Bleach
• Essential oils and/or sprays for odor control
• Small funnel to fill spray bottles
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• Shovel
• Heavy gloves (for digging)
• Disposable gloves (for cleaning)
• Face masks
• Copy of this sheet of instructions, stored in a plastic sheet protector
• Empty plastic jug (the kind you keep in the fridge) to hold water for hand washing

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

If you are an emergency preparedness veteran you probably have a lot of first aid and sanitation supplies on hand already. Let’s take some time this week to inventory, re-evaluate, re-purchase, and add to our supplies! Here are some action steps for you this week:

  • Make a master list of all the supplies you would like to store. Use our basic lists above or check out some of the helpful resources listed below for ideas.
  • Go through your supplies and inventory exactly what you already have on hand.
  • Make a shopping list of the items you need to buy more of. You can get some things for really cheap at the dollar store or big box stores. For more specialty items we like to shop at Emergency Essentials or Amazon.
  • Consider larger medical emergencies that may occur in a long term emergency situation. Buy extra supplies and learn how to deal with those (i.e. childbirth, how to do stitches, setting bones, etc.)
  • Sign up for a CERT class or attend some other first aid training in your area. If you can’t find a class you can check out the notes from a local class we took at our church on CPR and basic first aid.
  • Buy some books or print out instructions for basic medical care and store them with your supplies.

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

dtmlady Family Sanitation Kit:
This kit is designed to fill basic bathing, dental, and toilet hygiene needs. Specially made for a family of four, the Family Sanitation Kit meets the basic hygiene needs you would have in an emergency or on a short camping trip. – See more at: http://beprepared.com/family-sanitation-kit.html#sthash.gdqMjpbV.dpuf
dtmlady The Complete First Aid Kit
The Complete First Aid Kit is a comprehensive kit containing everything you need to keep your home or office prepared for an emergency including many innovative products like Save-A-Tooth. The products inside are stored in unitized boxes to cut down on mess, and the box has a waterproof seal to prevent humidity or moisture damage.

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Here are some resources both from us and all over the web that can help you if you want more depth on any areas or are looking for even more ideas of items to include in your plans. It’s always a good idea to look at multiple approaches and decide what will work best for you! And don’t forget to check out the discussions on our facebook group to catch anything we are missing or see what others are doing!

PINTEREST BOARD FOR FIRST AID
Basic CPR and First Aid Tips – from Food Storage Made Easy
A Nurse’s Fully-Stocked Medical Kit – from The Busy B Homemaker
Your Natural Medicine Cabinet – from Food Storage Made Easy
Printable First Aid Guide – from Your Own Home Store

PINTEREST BOARD FOR SANITATION
Emergency Sanitation Kits Handout – from Food Storage Made Easy

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3 Upcoming Educational Webinars

We are so excited to announce that we have arranged three webinars this month, just for our Food Storage Made Easy readers. We are going to be exploring advanced topics and inviting experts on to share their knowledge with us and all of our readers. Here is the line-up and the sign-up links for each webinar. Hope to “see” you there!

Learn About the NEW Lion Energy Solar Generators
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Date/Time: TO BE DETERMINED (DELAYED DUE TO TRAVEL ISSUES WITH PRESENTER)
Host: St. John of Lion Energy
More Details Coming Soon – Watch your email

Essentials of Cooking With the Sun
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Date/Time:WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 at 6:00 pm Mountain Time
Host: Paul Munsen of Sun Ovens International
Who Should Participate: Anyone who wants to learn more about how to harness the power of the sun to cook, dehydrate, purify water and be better prepared for emergencies. Whether you already own a Sun Oven or plan to get one in the future, this will be very educational for you.
What You Will Learn:

  • Learn how to never have to worry about burning dinner again.
  • Discover how to use a SUN OVEN to naturally dehydrate fruits and vegetables.
  • Find out how to reduce your utility bills while helping families in developing countries around the world.

This webinar will cover everything you need to know about using a SUN OVEN. We will show how practical and easy it is to cook in a SUN OVEN and discuss the many economic, health and environmental benefits of cooking with the sun. All webinar participants will be eligible for special Sun Oven pricing just for attending!

Understanding Red Cross Recommendations for Treating Water in an Emergency
Please click here to reserve your spot and get an email reminder

Date/Time: ALREADY HELD
Host: Glenn Meder of Survival Still
Who Should Participate: Anyone who wants to learn more about having safe water in an emergency
What You Will Learn:

  • How your water can become dangerously contaminated in an emergency.
  • How to protect your family…while their world seems to be collapsing around them.
  • Red Cross recommendations for treating water during an emergency.
  • What to do and what NOT to do.

This will be a FREE one-hour, online class on how to properly purify water during an emergency situation. Even if we’ve heard about drinking water safety before, we can all take the time to review this basic information so we will know exactly what to do and how to make wise decisions when needed.

Please click here to reserve your spot and get an email reminder

Food Storage Do-Over Week 13: Non-Food Items

We are excited to be starting week 13 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn’t catch last week’s post which talked about comfort foods you can see it here.

Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!

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In BabyStep 10: Non-Foods Items we discuss supplementing your food items with things that are necessary for cooking, eating, and cleaning.

If you are brand new to food storage, you may not have thought about the logistics of actually having to LIVE off of your storage. You will need dishes to cook and eat with, but might have limited water to clean up with. Paper and plastic products can really help minimize your water needs, even if they aren’t something you use on a regular basis. You’ll also need to store enough toilet paper, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to get you through an emergency. (We will be covering cooking tools, first aid, and sanitation in future weeks so don’t worry about those this week)

Ideas of What to Store

Personal Hygiene

  • Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Facewash/Bodywash/Soap
  • Shaving/Aftershave

Paper Products

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Feminine Products
  • Diapers/Wet Wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Paper Plates/Plastic Utensils/Napkins

Cleaning Products

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Bleach
  • All-Purpose Cleaner

Pet Care Products

  • Dog/Cat Food
  • Extra Water for Pets
  • Kitty Litter

Helpful Ideas to Save Space

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

If you are a food storage veteran you probably have a lot of random non-food supplies in your storage. Let’s take some time this week to inventory, re-evaluate, re-purchase, and add to our supplies! Here are some action steps for you this week:

  • Open up your three month supply worksheet and look at the bonus non-foods inventory page.
  • Fill out your inventory sheet with how much of each item you’d like to store and what amounts you already have
  • Make a shopping list of the items you need to buy more of (we use Deals to Meals to help us find the best prices on these, combine with coupons for even more savings!)
  • Experiment with making some of your own homemade cleaners to save money and storage space (see links under helpful resources below for ideas)

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

dtmlady Deals To Meals:
A wonderful service to help you find the cheapest prices on all your toiletries and paper goods. At just $5 a month you break even with ONE shopping trip. Learn more and sign up for a free two week trial to test it out yourself!
dtmlady Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxin-Free Recipes:
Book available in kindle or regular book format. Includes replacements for Kitchen Cleaner, Bathroom Disinfectant, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Bug Killer, Air Freshener, and more.

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Here are some resources both from us and all over the web that can help you if you want more depth on any areas or are looking for even more ideas of items to include in your plans. It’s always a good idea to look at multiple approaches and decide what will work best for you! And don’t forget to check out the discussions on our facebook group to catch anything we are missing or see what others are doing!

PINTEREST BOARD FOR NON-FOOD ITEMS
Cleaning Supplies Using Food Storage Items – from Food Storage Made Easy
Homemade Laundry Detergent – from Wellness Mama
Homemade Dishwasher Detergent – from Happy Money Saver
51 Homemade Cleaners – from Self Reliant School
Homemade Household Cleaning Supplies (laminate floor cleaner) – from Food Storage Made Easy
100+ Non-Food Items to Store – from Food Storage and Survival

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Food Storage Do-Over Week 12: Comfort Foods

We are excited to be starting week 12 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn’t catch last week’s post which talked about fruits and vegetables you can see it here.

Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you’d like to receive email notifications of each week’s do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect!
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In BabyStep 9: Comfort Foods we discuss supplementing your core long term food storage items any comfort foods that would be pleasant to have should you be forced to live off your food storage for a long time (chocolate, pickles, spices, condiments, etc).

If you are brand new to food storage, you may not have thought about the logistics of actually having to LIVE off of your storage. If you have no spices to flavor your soups, they won’t be very enjoyable. If you add a few treats or desserts your kids may have a much easier time adjusting. Here are some tasks to help you get started on your comfort foods:

To Do This Week

  1. Pick a few favorite desserts and purchase the ingredients you would need to make them
  2. Make a list of snacks and treats that your family likes. Stock up on them!
  3. Make a plan for spices. Start with having at least one spare of each spice in your pantry. You can buy these over time as spices can be expensive.
  4. Make a plan for condiments. Start with having at least two spares of everything you use (mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, etc.) For things you go through quickly, maybe store a few extras.
  5. Consider buying a Foodsaver to help repackage chocolates, crackers, etc. You can really extend the shelf life if you seal them in bags or in canning jars.

Comfort Food Ideas

  • Home-made popcorn in a pot
  • Mashed potatoes with instant potatoes and GRAVY
  • Hard Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Pudding (made using dry milk)
  • Granola bars
  • Fruit snacks for children
  • Chicken noodle soup in a can (for if you get sick)
  • Kool-aid
  • Condiments (ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, salsa, pickles)
  • Spices (inventory what spices you use and store an extra one or two of each)
  • No-bake cookies or “bites” (view recipe)
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Chocolate and butterscotch baking chips for homemade cookies or snacking
  • Peppermint tea bags
  • Ovaltine
  • Danish dessert (w/frozen raspberries)
  • Homemade peach pie
  • Homemade cinnamon rolls

These are all just ideas. Obviously they aren’t all that healthy, necessary to sustain life, or totally “food storage” types of foods – but hey, everyone needs a little comfort food sometimes! Adjust to meet your own families needs and preferences.

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

If you already have a lot of food storage, you may have many comforts already on hand. Let’s take some time this week to inventory, re-evaluate, re-purchase, and add to our supplies! Here are some tips to help you think of ways you can do that:

Spices:

  • Take an inventory of your spices, make sure you have at least one spare of each spice
  • Consider printing out a list of ways to make your own spice mixes to save on the number of things you need to store (store extras of the core ingredients)
  • Take some time and organize your spice cabinet, maybe consider getting a new spice rack to help make things easier to find

Condiments:

  • Take an inventory of your condiments, make sure you have at least two spares of each one
  • Look into ways to make your own condiments using basic storage ingredients (this ebook may help)
  • Make sure to have an inventory tracking plan in place so you can replenish when you open one up to start using it

Desserts/Snacks:

  • Take an inventory of your desserts and snacks, add any items you may be running low on (cake mixes, brownies, etc.)
  • Look at the shelf life of your snack items. Do you need to consider repackaging for longer term storage? (Foodsaver vacuum sealers can help with that)
  • Make a list of shelf stable family favorite desserts and store ALL of the ingredients you need for them

Don’t forget to come over and share your progress in our Food Storage Do-Over Facebook Group!

SPICY SHELF:  This spice rack and organizer will make your spice storage space in your pantry much more organized.
FOODSAVER VACUUM SEALERS:  These are great units for repackaging crackers and cookies in bags, or vacuum sealing chocolates, nuts, and other candies in canning jars.

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Here are some resources both from us and all over the web that can help you if you want more depth on any areas or are looking for even more ideas of items to include in your plans. It’s always a good idea to look at multiple approaches and decide what will work best for you! And don’t forget to check out the discussions on our facebook group to catch anything we are missing or see what others are doing!

PINTEREST BOARD FOR COMFORT FOODS
Spice Up Your Comfort Foods – from Food Storage Made Easy
25 Ways to Organize Spices – from Craftionary.net
Storing Herbs and Spices for Long Term Storage – from Are We Crazy or What
Homemade Spices Mixes – from Rainy Day Food Storage
How to Dry Herbs – from Happy Money Saver
Condiment List – from Food Storage Made Easy
Never Buy Condiments Again (eBook)
Food Storage Recipe Ideas (scroll down for desserts/snacks) – from Food Storage Made Easy

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Helius Rocket Stove

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We recently had the opportunity to meet with Kris from Titan Ready USA and he showed us some of his products that we are excited to share with you. These products are simple but efficient solutions to some preparedness dilemmas we know we have faced and you may have as well. This post covers the Helius Rocket Stove, but be sure to check out the HERC tea light ovens as well.

Scroll to the to bottom of the post to see a GREAT introductory deal offered only to our Food Storage Made Easy readers.

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We’ve seen a lot of rocket stoves around but this is the first one we have seen that we’ve been really excited to use. This one sits high off the ground and has a great solid base you can cook on without bending over or needing a steady, safe surface to place the stove on. We love that you can use this stove to pressure can, camp, or in an emergency situation. Also this stove can use such a variety of fuels!

Here is a video of us being introduced to the Helius Rocket Stove with Kris:

Helius Rocket Stove

Cook complete meals using nothing but wood scraps and yard debris with the Helius Rocket Stove. The Helius Rocket Stove is a durable, clean alternative to outdoor cooking, using readily available scraps as fuel instead of more costly alternatives like propane or briquettes. The design of the rocket stove heats to cooking temperatures in only a few minutes with only as much fuel as fits in the fuel magazine.

  • Above ground, no crouching to cook
  • Can you it to pressure can your meats if power goes out and your freezer is compromised
  • Large enough to do things with larger pots
  • Very stable and heavy duty
  • Legs are workable to allow for level cooking surface
  • Flammable biomass – burn anything from wood scraps to dry, yard debris
  • Can vary temperatures with amount of wood
  • Quick-release ash drop means you can keep cooking while clearing the chimney of accumulated ash
  • Produces a clean burn – little or no smoke
  • Made by Americans for Americans​

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HERC Tea Light Candle Ovens

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We recently had the opportunity to meet with Kris from Titan Ready USA and he showed us some of his products that we are excited to share with you. These products are simple but efficient solutions to some preparedness dilemmas we know we have faced and you may have as well. This post covers the HERC tea light ovens, but be sure to check out the Helius Rocket Stove as well.

Make sure to scroll to the to bottom of the post to see a GREAT introductory deal offered only to our Food Storage Made Easy readers.

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While butane stoves are great for stove-top cooking indoors, we have yet to find a good solution for oven cooking indoors. Having a diversified preparedness plan is great to cover yourself in different scenarios. For example, a Sun Oven is great if you don’t have any fuel, but not so great if it’s rainy or you’re trying to be discreet in a crisis. That’s why we recommend having different options. All have their pro’s and con’s.

Here is a video of us being introduced to the HERC XXL with Kris:

The HERC tea light ovens are great for many reasons:

  • Can be used indoors
  • The XXL acts as an oven
  • The Eco acts as a crock pot or dehydrator
  • Can be used discreetly
  • You can fit a standard 9 by 13 pan in the larger one (this is huge)
  • Can get 4 hours of cook time out of 20 tealights in the XXL
  • The fuel is fairly inexpensive, about 40 cents per cooking hour
  • You can store tealights inside safely, indefinitely, and legally
  • The thermal energy cooks the food evenly
  • The stove folds down for easy storage
  • Made by Americans for Americans​

HERC XXL Oven

The HERC XXL Oven is the larger oven. Inside cooking dimensions: 18 inch x 11.75 inch x 7.25 inch. Cook anything, anytime, anywhere, regardless of the situation. Bake, cook and dehydrate without the use of electricity or gas, indoors or out. The HERC is extremely portable, durable and economical. The HERCules (Home Emergency Radiant Cooking)™ XXL Oven harnesses the thermal energy from tea light candles, storing it in quarry stones and releasing radiant energy back into your food.
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Eco HERC Oven

The Eco HERC oven is the smaller oven. Inside cooking dimensions: 11.75 inch x 11.75 inch x 6 inch Cook anything, anytime, anywhere, regardless of the situation. Bake, cook and dehydrate without the use of electricity or gas, indoors or out. The Eco HERC is extremely portable, durable and economical. The Eco HERC harnesses the thermal energy from tea light candles by releasing radiant energy back into your food.
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