March Madness Giveaway and Sales


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!


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

If you are unable to use Instagram please email us at for alternative methods of entering the giveaway.

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

List of Giveaways/Sales


All-American Sun Oven

Giveaway: One All-American Sun Oven (no accessories)
Click here to enter

March Madness Sale: Sun Oven + $160 worth of accessories for just $325 (save 60% off retail pricing of accessories)
Click here to buy now


Thrive Life

Giveaway: 1 Go-To Pack of Thrive Foods
Click here to enter

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



Giveaway: 1 5-gallon bucket + 1 24-pack of InstaFire BUNDLE
Click here to enter

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


TitanReady USA

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

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


Fortress Clothing

Giveaway: 1 Jacket Liner (for temperatures -30° TO 70° F)
Click here to enter

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
Click here to learn more


Prepare My Life Planner

Giveaway: 1 Prepare My Life Planner
Click here to enter

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


Inflatable Solar Lanterns

Giveaway: 5-pack Inflatable Solar Lanterns + 1 carabiner
Click here to enter

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



Giveaway: 1 WonderMix Stand Mixer
Click here to enter

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



Giveaway: 4 WaterBricks + 1 Spigot
Click here to enter

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


Thrive Life

Giveaway: 1 Cansolidator Pantry
Click here to enter

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


The Ready Project

Giveaway: 1 Chef’s Banquet ARK 390 Bucket
Click here to enter

March Madness Sale: Use coupon code FSME390 and save $85 off each ARK 390 bucket you purchase
Click here to buy now


Food Storage Made Easy

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

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 buy now

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

Try Thrive Snackies FOR FREE!

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!


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 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 🙂



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.

Vacuum Seal Those Meal-in-a-Jars + a GIVEAWAY

One of the common methods of storing food is to put raw ingredients together into actual meals and re-package them into jason jars or bags. This enables you to make sure you have all the ingredients for your favorite meals, and makes dinner-time really quick because you just add water and cook the meal. Today we are going to cover how you can get recipes to make your meals, and how to best preserve them for longer term storage. We also have an AWESOME giveaway going on so make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for details!

Vacuum Seal Those Meal-in-a-Jars

How to find recipes

There are a lot of recipe books and websites out there that can help you come up with meal ideas. You can also create your own jar recipes. We’ve shared a few that we have created ourselves that you can check out below.


How to preserve your meals

FoodSaver® Regular Jar Sealer by FoodsaverJodi has been a big fan of her FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System for over five years now. She is constantly using it to keep her foods fresh for longer which is obviously awesome for food storage. The jar sealer attachment has been critical for making her meal-in-a-jars increase their shelf life. Depending on which model you have there will either be a built in hose that you attach the jar sealer too, or you can get a hose that attaches to an accessory port. Either way works fine!

The method we have found that works best is to place two jar lids on top of the jar (they don’t need to be new but they shouldn’t be warped or visibly damaged). Place the jar sealer attachment over the top and press “seal”. You will hear a release when it is finished. Pull the attachment off, and pull off the top jar lid. The bottom lid should be securely attached to the jar and all of the oxygen has now been removed! I like to then place a canning ring over top and store it in my pantry. Storing in a cool dark location is ideal.

I LOVE having a bunch of these awesome meals on hand for quick dinners or for a powerless emergency where I just have to boil water on a butane stove and have an easy meal ready to go.


We were recently contacted by the awesome people at FoodSaver® about reviewing the FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealer and doing a giveaway to one of our lucky readers. Since Julie didn’t have a Foodsaver yet she gladly accepted the challenge to try out this model. Here is a comparison of how our two models stack up.

FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealer
$79.99 + free shipping
FoodSaver® The New FM2000 Vacuum Sealer by Foodsaver
Julie’s Review: This is a perfect little unit for doing meal-in-a-jars. It also has the capability to seal bags so if you want to package large meals it will work just fine. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles like the ability to seal gently or seal moist items, but it can do the basics. It is small and fits easily in your kitchen cupboards. The $79.99 price with free shipping is really quite good for all that it can do and it also includes a few bags and the accessory hose. I’ve enjoyed sealing up my cheese blocks, meats for freezer-storage, and of course doing tons of meal-in-jars!
FoodSaver® V3880 Vacuum Sealer
Master Chef Kit $139.99 (40% off)
FoodSaver® Master Chef Kit by Foodsaver
Jodi’s Review: I love love love my FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System. It sits on my kitchen counter and is used almost every day. This unit is quite large so you’d need space in your kitchen for it. It is heavy duty and high quality. I can vacuum seal hamburger buns using the gentle cycle, and meat using the moist cycle and have no problems at all. I love having the built in accessory hose so that I can easily attach my jar sealer or marinading container. I also love that I can store my bags right in the unit so they are at hand whenever I need them. The Master Chef Kit comes with a ton of accessories and bags and is a steal at $139.99



We are so excited to be able to offer one of the FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealers to one of our readers. To enter the giveaway it’s VERY SIMPLE!

1. Follow us on Facebook and/or Pinterest
2. Leave a comment on THIS BLOG POST letting us know that you are a follower (either new or that you already follow us)
3. Cross your fingers that you are a big WINNER!

Winner will be announced the evening of Friday, November 7th and contacted via the email left on the post comment.

HUGE Prepper Group Giveaway

We have joined up with a great group of other prepareness bloggers in a network that makes it easy to follow all of your favorite bloggers in one place. Here are some ways you can follow:


We have loved getting to know all these great guys and gals better and today we are excited to announced that we are doing a BIG group giveaway with several of them. The more bloggers that participate, the bigger the prizes. Win-win for everyone 🙂 Here are the details of what we are giving away and how to enter. ENJOY and GOOD LUCK!

We've joined together with several other preparedness bloggers to offer this HUGE group giveaway.  Enter today for a chance to WIN! -- FoodStorageMadeEasy.NET

Spring Prepared Bloggers Giveaway

We teamed up with some of our favorite companies and because of their generosity, we’re able to offer you these mega giveaway prizes:

The All American SunOven from Sun Oven (APV $399)

The All American Sun Oven is your off-grid solution to cooking. Let the sun bake, broil, dehydrate or cook for you. Your sun oven will be delivered with a preparedness and dehydrating accessory package which includes:

  • New SUN OVEN® eCookbook & Emergency Preparedness CD featuring 600 recipes, hundreds of pictures, video clips and much more which has been developed by Cook’n, the award winning and #1 best-selling recipe organizer.
  • Multi-Level Dehydrating & Baking Rack Set (set of 3 racks w/1 roll parchment paper)
  • Two Easy Stack Pots w/interchangeable enamel and a glass lids
  • Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)
  • Two Loaf Pans

The Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator (Model #3926TCDB) from Excalibur (APV $319)

The Excalibur Dehydrator is highly sought after for it’s large size (9-15”x15” trays), adjustable temperature and 26-hour timer that allows you to set it and forget it. Dry fruits and vegetables, meats for jerky or make your own granola as well as use it for arts and crafts. The possibilities are endless. Included with the Excalibur Dehydrator are 9 ultra paraflexx sheets and a copy of the Preserve It Naturally book.

The Goal Zero Yeti 150Solar Generator Kit from Goal Zero (APV $399)

As described on Goal Zero’s website, the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator Kit is “a plug-and-play generator for emergencies, camping, or wherever you need power.” Consider it your portable mini-powerhouse—a gas-free source of portable power to keep lights, phones and laptops powered on through any situation.

Screen shot 2014-03-31 at 2.10.41 PMFive $50 Gift Certificates from Discount Mylar Bags (APV$50)

Mylar bags, Lifestraws, oxygen absorbers, Tattler and Gamma Lids. These are just some of the food storage supplies you’ll be able to buy with a $50 gift certificate to Discount Mylar Bags. (APV $50)

Also, the owners of Discount Mylar Bags are proud to introduce ShieldPro Flexible Packaging. A wholesale website for preparedness and food storage store owners. They offer the best wholesale prices on Mylar bags, sealers and oxygen absorbers.

Ten JarBoxes from JarBox (5 Pint Size and 5 Quart Size)

Keep your wide mouth or regular pint size canning jars safe, clean and organized with these specially designed plastic totes. Pint size tote measures 18.25”x13.13”x2.75 and is great for transporting or storing your canned goods. Specially designed plastic totes keep your wide mouth or regular quart size canning jars clean, safe and organized. Quart size tote measures 20”x14.50”x2.75” and is great for transporting or storing your canned goods.

Winner Details

There will be 4 winners…
1st winner drawn receives the All American Sun Oven plus a pint and a quart size JarBox
2nd winner drawn receives the Excalibur Dehydrator plus a pint and quart size JarBox
3rd winner drawn receives the Goal Zero Solar Generator Kit plus a pint and quart size JarBox
4th winner drawn receives all five $50 gift certificates to Discount Mylar Bags, plus two pint size JarBoxes and two quart size JarBoxes

A HUGE THANK YOU to our sponsors: Sun Oven, Excalibur, Goal Zero, Discount Mylar Bags, and JarBox. Thanks for making this Mega Giveaway possible!

How to Enter

  • Fill out the Rafflecopter form below by signing in with your Facebook account or email address. (We’ll need this info to contact you if you’re the winner.)
  • Start by clicking Easy Entry for Everyone (no social media account is required for this option). After that, each +1 you click is another entry to win.
  • The giveaway begins Monday, March 31, 2014 and ends on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • The winner will be notified by email on Tuesday, April 8th and must respond within 24 hours or a new winner will be drawn.
  • You must be 18 years old or older and a legal resident of the US to enter. No purchase necessary and void where prohibited by law.

Good luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

WaterBrick Review



Our favorite features
– 3.5 gallon size is under 30 pounds so easy to carry and use
– Spigot attachment for filling glasses, cooking pots, etc.
– Easy-to-carry handle
– Stackable up to four feet high
– Safe to use indoors or outdoors
– Small size is perfect for stashing in small spaces
– BPA free container, lid, and gasket
– Safe in temperatures from -100 F up to 230 F


We only sell products that we love and use ourselves and Waterbrick definitely fits that criteria. Shop for Waterbrick bundles at our online store by clicking the banner below.


MARCH: Get it Done Challenge

We are so excited to introduce you to a new monthly feature we are starting this month! We have had a lot of people ask us to do mini challenges to keep them on their toes and give them something simple and actionable to do throughout the year. So once a month we will be doing a “Get it Done Challenge” and if you participate, get something “done”, and share a photo of your achievement, you will be entered to win the monthly prize.

Oftentimes giveaways are intended to encourage sharing in return for the chance to win a great prize, but we wanted to add in a twist that actually helps you with your preparedness journey, and let’s us all do something fun together!

Are you excited yet???

March Get it Done Challenge:  Fill Those Containers

MARCH CHALLENGE: Fill Those Containers

Many people have water containers around their house but leave them unfilled … or have gone for way to long without rotating the water. So your challenge today is to do at least one of the following THIS WEEK:

1. Go buy water containers and fill them
2. Fill any water containers you have hanging around the house
3. If it has been over one year since you rotated your water, swap it out for fresh


When you have completed the challenge, let us know you did it by posting a picture of your FILLED containers and you can be entered to win a Set of 4 WATERBRICKS + 1 SPIGOT. Here are the ways you can let us know:

– Post a picture to your Facebook wall and tag our page @Food Storage Made Easy
– Post a picture on our Facebook fan page
– Post a picture on twitter and tag our twitter username @foodstoragetips
– Email us a picture at 🙂

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have done one of those 4 things, leave a comment ON THIS POST letting us know it’s done. Winner will be randomly selected and notified Monday, March 17 at 10:00 pm MST.



  • What’s our FAVORITE appliance for making bread (and all sorts of other yummy things)?
  • What do we sell at our store for the lowest price online with FREE SHIPPING?
  • What’s on SALE THIS MONTH?
  • What are we giving AWAY with some of our awesome blogger friends?

If you are a breadmaker, your heart probably just skipped a beat. Oh how we love our BOSCH mixers.

While you’re thinking about making bread, and dreaming about a BOSCH, here are some great bread making posts:

An Amazing Giveaway!

Fourteen bloggers who are leaders in self-reliance and preparedness got together to have this awesome giveaway as a way to say thank you for your support! Making your own food is not a glamorous revolution, but it’s one of the most important things you can do to promote sustainability.

There will be TWO winners!

The first lucky winner will receive a Bosch Mixer and the second lucky winner will win the L’Equip NutriMill. This giveaway will run from August 13th through August 20th at 11:59 p.m. PST and the winner will have 48 hours to respond before we draw a new winner. All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form below by signing in with your Facebook or email account (we’ll need this info so we can contact you if you win.) The prizes will be shipped to residents of the US only. Residents of other parts of the world can still enter but will be responsible for paying shipping. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Here is a great compilation of 17 recipes and ways to use your Wheat Grinder. Our favorite Wheat Grinders are the WonderMill and NutriMill electric mills. We sell them for the lowest prices available online at our STORE. Enjoy these recipes and happy cooking!


Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup
Julie LOVES to make a healthy and cheap version of cream of chicken soup using just dry beans and chicken bouillon, it’s amazing!  See how she includes it in this delicious enchilada pie recipe.

View Recipe

Basic White Sauce
Jodi’s kids love macaroni and cheese of any variety.  She’s moved from Kraft Dinner, to butter/flour/milk white sauce, and now makes a great HEALTHIER bean flour white sauce .

View Recipe

Bean Flour Gravy (or stew)
Julie makes a mean (and low-fat) beef gravy using bean flour, and also uses a similar method as the base of her beef stew.  If you want all the flavor without all the fat, check it out.

View Recipe



Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies
This gluten-free, vegan treat is wonderful because although it is healthy, it is also delicious!  Julie’s favorite part is that she always has these ingredients on hand too, so it’s easy to whip up a batch.

View Recipe

Rice Flour Crepes
Crepes are a family favorite recipe in Jodi’s home.  She decided to be adventurous and try them with rice flour instead of wheat.  They turned out great and can be great for people with gluten intolerance.

View Recipe



Ezekiel Bread
Ezekiel bread was a challenge Julie took on after a reader sent her a recipe for it.  She researched it and found it to be a very interesting nutritional bread.  She tried it out and it tasted good too!

View Recipe

Multi-Grain Pancakes
Jodi and Julie’s cousin sent them this multi-grain pancake recipe after she made it and her kids raved about how good it was.  Wheat grinders make it so easy to  cook with multi-grain flours.

View Recipe



Buttermilk Cornbread
If you have ever had cornbread made from a box, believe me, you will never have it again once you’ve tasted this buttermilk cornbread made from fresh ground popcorn.  It’s divine.

View Recipe

IHOP Corn Cakes
IHOP has some wonderful varieties of pancakes, but some of them don’t stay forever.  When the corn cakes stopped being sold, Jodi knew she had to find a way to make them at home!

View Recipe



Cream Cheese and Jam Cookies
It’s no secret that Jodi likes treats and Julie is the healthy one.  But these cookies are “healthy” because they use a whole grain flour instead of white flour but taste just like regular cookies!

View Recipe

Whole Grain Banana Muffins
Julie tried this recipe her friend sent her and was thrilled with the results. These yummy things don’t have any oil, or white sugar, or white flour in them.  She loves healthy food storage cooking!

View Recipe



Our Favorite Bread Recipe
After trying many many MANY bread recipes, we finally found the perfect one for us.  It uses simple ingredients and turns out wonderful every time.  This will be the last bread recipe you’ll ever try.

View Recipe

Homemade Pizza
We always like to claim that in an emergency if we could just make PIZZA, we could get through anything.  Well who knew that we would end up just loving to make it all the time since it’s so delicious!

View Recipe

Lasagna Noodles
Julie wanted to try this spinach lasagna recipe from Grandma Lori but she added a twist by using whole wheat flour as well.  No fancy pasta maker needed to create  fresh homemade noodles.

View Recipe

Homemade Tortillas
Julie makes some awesome homemade tortillas.  You can roll them out by hand (not so pretty) or use a tortilla press (beautiful round tortillas).  Her recipe is simple and oh so delicious.

View Recipe

Delicious Cakes
One Thanksgiving we did a cake experiment to see if our family could tell the difference between a regular cake and a “food storage” cake.   View the results of the experiment and the recipe.

View Recipe

Homemade Whole Wheat “Rhodes” Rolls
Julie shares her secrets to making delicious homemade rolls that you can freeze and just pop out later for a quick and healthy dinner roll.  These are better than Rhodes rolls and 100% whole wheat!

View Recipe

SUN OVENS: Winter Cooking, February Special and GIVEAWAY WINNER

As we mentioned in our giveaway post last week the weather has been beyond awful in Utah for the past few weeks. We posted the giveaway to celebrate the sunny day, and then it got smoggy again right after. Boo! However, this weekend it was GORGEOUS and we took advantage.

Saturday I pulled out my Sun Oven and made this Chocolate Swirled Banana Bread recipe from Our Best Bites (you might have heard us mention them before, lol) Julie thought I should make quinoa instead …. Well my oven did not even get up to 200 degrees, my bread did not cook at all, and I had to bring it inside to finish it in the oven. I was so sad since we have been told by numerous people that the Sun Oven should work in the winter as long as it is a sunny day.

I knew I had been hauling my Sun Oven around while I moved, and in and out of the car for expos, so I wondered it it could possibly be dirty and not reflecting very well. I also had it up on my deck whereas I used to always cook down on the patio below. So Sunday I decided to try again after I cleaned all the solar panels and the glass door and moved it down to my backyard patio. This time, IT WORKED! Here is video proof 🙂

Sun Oven February Special

We were so excited when right in the middle of our giveaway week Sun Oven announced their February special. With every Sun Oven purchased through our Food Storage Made Easy Store you can get a FREE Dehydrating Rack Kit AND a FREE Turkey Roasting Rack. All you have to do is check the boxes for those accessories and they will be included with your Sun Oven for FREE with no additional shipping charge. This is $50 worth of accessories you get for free.

Click here to learn more about the Sun Oven and take advantage of the February Special!

Sun Oven Giveaway Winner

We absolutely LOVED doing this giveaway all week. We had over 1000 people enter by sharing their 2013 food storage goals on our Facebook page, our blog post, or by sharing the giveaway with their friends. It has been so much fun to read what everyone has planned for the year and it gives us lots of ideas of ways we can help through our blog. And now …. the winner is:

Her goal is to learn to can meats!

Congratulations Tracy, we will email or message you to get your address and get out your Sun Oven asap! We know you will LOVE IT 🙂

Win a FREE Sun Oven by Sharing Your 2013 Food Storage Goals


In case you hadn’t heard, Utah has been dealing with some serious inversion lately. Our skies have been full of yucky, polluted air, and we hadn’t seen the sun in a LONG time. Well yesterday there was a snow storm that cleared out the yuck, and this morning we woke up to BLUE skies! Seeing the sun was really great today. So, we thought… Why not celebrate the sun, with a SUN OVEN GIVEAWAY!

Last week we posted a question on our Facebook page: If we were to do a giveaway, what would you want us to give away? TONS of people listed a Sun Oven as one of their top choices so this is perfect! So to enter this giveaway, all you need to do is share your 2013 Food Storage goals.

How To Enter the Giveaway

  • Click on the image below to be taken to this picture on our Facebook page.
  • Leave a Facebook comment telling us your 2013 Food Storage goals
  • Enter by 11:59 pm MST Sunday, February 3rd (winner announced Monday)

We have found that if you SHARE your goals and WRITE THEM DOWN you are much more likely to accomplish them. So come on over and share your goals with us all!

p.s. If you don’t participate on Facebook, you may still enter the giveaway by listing your goals in the blog comments below.