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Learning the lost arts of self reliance is not only FUN, but it encourages you to use and rotate your Food Storage, and prepare for a longer-term emergency situation. Check out some of these concepts and gradually try them out.

Being frugal, planning, and budgeting can help you come up with extra money to set aside to purchase food storage or other necessities.
If you can grow your own foods to preserve them you can save a lot of money and your preserved foods will be a lot cheaper, healthier, and more delicious than store-bought foods.
Home canning can supplement your food storage, and is an effective way to preserve harvests from gardening. Pressure canning helps you add meats to your shelf stable food storage.
Dehydrating is a good alternative or supplement to canning for produce preservation. Since the foods compact down in size and weight, you may find it easier to store in large quantities.
Learning the art of sprouting, and making sure you have the proper equipment necessary to do, it is a huge benefit to adding a lot of nutrition into your food storage diet.
Being organized in your shelves, pantry, and food storage planning helps you to use your foods more efficiently and regularly and reach your food storage goals.
Learning to cook common foods from scratch saves you money, and encourages you to actually use your long term food storage. The health benefits and cost savings are well worth it.


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  • Robromney_669

    Hi ladys. I found a new website. It has milk that lasts 10 months on the self. The website is milk in the mail dot com.

  • ThriveFoods

    Are you a consultant for Shelf Reliance?

  • Dmchaney

    Iam new tonight. One of my hobbies is cast iron and dutch oven cooking. Dutch oven cooking is an excellent tool for self reliance. Baking in it is simple with a minimum of instruction. Stews take on a whole wonderful flavor cooked over an open fire. I am looking for the best source for wheat to grind. Just bought a VitaMix and want to try grinding my own flour.

  • Francieh

    This is a basic question, but in our family, we usually eat fresh foods, not canned, so many times I have to throw out food that has expired. How do I store food, if we don’t ordinarily consume that type of food?

    • Sdunlop525

      Eating fresh is the best if you can do it. I’m reminded of the Grasshopper and the Ant fable. It is wise to provide for your family on many levels…not just fresh. Frozen is a good alternative to fresh as is dehydrated. I like to dehydrate fresh or frozen veggies. I don’t have to pay for energy to keep it frozen, don’t have to worry about it going bad, if the power goes out it won’t thaw and takes up a very small amount of space.

      Good luck…we’re all in this together!

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