How-To Video: Canning Applesauce

Canning, Videos
Halloween is almost upon us, thus canning season is about to move over to make room for BAKING season :) I was scrambling to finish up a batch of applesauce before I left on a vacation last week. I wanted to do a little video tutorial to add to the step-by-step photo instructions I put together a few years ago. Hopefully it is helpful for you if you are new to canning! How to Can Applesauce Tattler Reusable Canning Lids In the video I mentioned using reusable canning lids. I gave a more in depth review of the lids a few weeks ago in my post about canning peaches. They are awesome and I can't wait to get more. Yay!
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Food Storage Made Easy on YouTube

Networking, Videos
Today we want to introduce you to a cool way to connect with us and see some content that is NOT available on the blog. (Remember on Thursday Julie hinted that the rest of our Summer Powerless Cooking Adventures will mostly only be posted on YouTube and Facebook?) You may have noticed that the videos we embed on our website are hosted by YouTube. This is a way that is easy for us to get videos online for our blog, but it's also a whole little community over there. If you are already have a YouTube account, we would love it if you would subscribe to our channel, check out more of our videos, and become our "friend". Visit our channel http://youtube.com/user/FoodStorageMadeEasy1 If you don't have a YouTube account, here…
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Saving Money: How To Make Baby Food

Saving Money: How To Make Baby Food

Budgeting, Cooking From Scratch, Freezing, Fruits and Vegetables, Self Reliance, Videos
In our Why Food Storage Series, one of the main reasons to have a good Food Storage is for times of Economic Crisis. This could be in your own family or a more widespread situation. It's wise to store food, know how to use it, and save money at the same time. A few months ago when Julie's baby started on baby food, she had a "WELL DUH!" moment in the grocery check out line as the cashier was ringing up jar after jar of expensive baby food. She realized it was ridiculous to pay so much for squash and bananas filled with tons of water. She asked some of our facebook readers how they made their own baby foods and got TONS of suggestions. Now that Jodi has a…
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How To Build a Vinyl Square Foot Garden Box

How To Build a Vinyl Square Foot Garden Box

Gardening, How-To Series, Videos
Whenever I post pictures of my gardens on our Facebook Fan Page people always ask where I got them or how I made them. Well the answer is ... I have an amazing husband :) He has been sweet enough to make a tutorial for you to show how to make a simple 4x4 vinyl garden box. Feel free to watch the video at the bottom of the page, but I have also tried to summarize his instructions if you don't want to watch the whole thing. How To Build a Vinyl Square Foot Garden Box Materials Needed: 4"x4" vinyl post jackets (found in either 72" or 100" lengths) - You can also use 5"x5" vinyl posts but they have holes pre-drilled in incorrect places) Vinyl fence slats (found in…
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HOW TO: Turn Off Main Water Supply

How-To Series, Videos
Welcome to the next installment in our "How To" series. As we make new posts we will be compiling them all onto one page so you can easily access all of the previous posts in the series. Visit the "How To: A Helpful Series" page now to check it out! Now on to today's helpful hint: In an emergency situation where your municipal water source could be contaminated, it is important to immediately turn off the water entering your home from the main water line. This will help to prevent contamination and will allow you to use alternate water sources in your home such as: hot water heater, toilet tanks (unless a colored disinfectant was used), water pipes, soft water tanks, etc. Since we did not know how to shut…
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Best of Food Storage Made Easy – 50+ Top Posts

General, Videos
We're SOOOO excited! Our Fun With Food Storage network is being featured on the Utah show Studio 5 all this week and we were on the show yesterday to talk about PLANNING your food storage. Here is a copy of our segment in case you missed the show and haven't seen it posted on our Facebook Fan Page. For all the new readers that are just finding our site we wanted to give you a little recap of over 50 of our favorite posts we've done over the last year and half since we started our blog. For all our current readers, hope you enjoy this blast from the past! TOP POSTS/TOOLS OF ALL TIME Small Spaces Storage Solutions Food Storage Made Easy Binders How to Build Your Own Can…
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Food Storage Lessons Learned From Gardening

Fruits and Vegetables, Gardening, Jodi's Progress, Videos
Today I want to share with you a story (or confession) about my garden this year. As you may recall from my "It's Garden Time" post and my "Jiffy Pots" post, I had high hopes for my garden this year. Well watch the video below to find out what REALLY happened! So you can use me as an example, just because I wasn't able to do what I had hoped I could do, I was still able to have somewhat of a success with my garden, and I will have more than NOTHING. You just can't give up. If everything feels overwhelming take BabySteps and do it at your own pace. As long as you are progressing you are achieving success! I won't have lots of tomatoes and cucumbers to…
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Food Storage Savings

Jodi's Progress, Videos
I just wanted to share a quick update and some valuable tools with you. I've been using the Grocery Smarts website to find great deals on food storage/3 month supply items (this is a Utah specific link and is only available in a few other states - SORRY!). For now I do my normal shop at Walmart and then go find super deals at Albertsons and Smiths each week and do some "extra" shops there with my "food storage budget" money. Last week I got the following items: 5 lbs C&H sugar 3 Stouffers frozen dinners 1 tube colgate toothpaste 2 lbs Land O Lakes butter 1 bottle Krogers syrup 2 cans evaporative milk The regular prices of these items would have been $27.94 ... BUT ... using the fresh…
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Using Your Long Term Food Storage

Long Term Food Storage, Videos
We had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Crystal from Everyday Food Storage tonight and we learned TONS of great ideas for actually USING your long term food storage items. We are using this information to help develop step 7 (coming soon!). We also filmed Crystal answering some of our questions about getting started on cooking with your food storage which we have added to the Step 4 page. The most surprising answer we got was to the question "What is your favorite food storage ingredient to cook with?" View the video to find out!
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Making Our 72 Hour Kit Video

72 Hour Kits, Jodi's Progress, Videos
Hopefully you have already watched the "How to Make a 72 Hour Kit" video on our Disaster Kits page. While I was creating that video my children ended up waking up from their naps and started causing me some trouble. I looked through the outtakes as I was trying to piece together the final video and realized some of them were pretty stinking funny. So I put together this outtakes video to highlight some of the funniest parts. Hope you enjoy this little peek into my life (and enjoy watching the pain I went through to bring you the final video).
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