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Are MREs Healthy to Eat? How Long do They Last?

MREs – yum! Soldiers carry them and preppers stock them. The long shelf life, the salty taste, the plastic packaging. Nothing quite says “Git in my belly” like an MRE! But are they healthy to eat? What’s in an MRE? How long do they last? Are they worth the money? by Derrick James, SHTFblog founder and blogger at Prepper Press Let’s explore those questions and more, but first… A Brief History of the MRE You know the saying, an army marches on its stomach. Hauling battle gear, marching for days…

Finding Freedom Through Food Independence

Freedom is a multifaceted diamond. It is costly, born after a period of great pressure, and precious. Living a life devoid of debt is one facet. Debt makes one a slave to the debtor, and a slave is not free. Less regulation is an aspect of freedom. The possession of arms protects freedom. And though it’s arguably not the most important facet, the one that probably resonates with preppers the most is food independence. by Aden Tate, contributing writer and author of The Faithful Prepper Food independence is freedom. The…

Food to Stock for Emergencies

For experienced preppers or survivalists, this is a no brainer, but for those just getting started down the road of preparing for worst case scenarios, this may be all new stuff.  Really, it is not rocket science, but for some it could be overwhelming or intimidating.  Let’s try to simplify things for you. I am amazed though at the frequency that inquiries come in about what foods to stock up for a bug in situation plan or to larder up a pantry at a secondary bug out location.  Emergency foods…

Make Your Own MREs at Home

It’s been awhile since I talked about this, so I thought I’d do a repost for those of you who may not have seen this yet. Last weekend I decided to make another batch of my home made MREs.  The items I use are a vacuum sealer and some of the foodsaver bags, and whatever it is you want to put in for food. In some of my other batches I’ve really gone all out and put a lot of extra stuff in them such as plastic spoons, matches, toilet…

How Much Salt to Store

Once again, I was replenishing a staple, salt in this case, and I started to crunch numbers in my head about how much salt I should consider storing for SHTF. I thought enough about it that it turned into a post. 😀 Enjoy. Just as people prepare for disasters, natural and otherwise, you should be taking food storage even more seriously. When the SHTF, salt can be endlessly useful as will be detailed below and is an insurance that you can’t afford to ignore. Cooking with/Seasoning with – This part is easy. Even if I…

Long-Term Pasta Storage Instructions

So, I get a call from my girlfriend asking me what the shelf life of dried pasta is. When I asled why she wanted to know, she said she was trying to fix dinner and about the only thing they had in the pantry was a single box of, believe it or not, HBO pasta with “Soprano’s” shapes. She said she had never seen it before. The box was unopened and COVERED with dust, the use by date was seven years prior (if I remember correctly)! Aside from the fact…

DIY: How to Make Your Own MREs At Home

This topic is hardly new among survivalists and campers, but when I sat down the other day to make some “MREs” for summer camping, I thought I’d take a few pictures and share with you how I make mine. I’m going to put a few of these in my bug out bag too, because at the moment I’ve just got some loose food items floating around in there and this method will help keep my pack organized. Of course, you could go the easy route and just buy a big box of MREs,…

Salvaging Meat that is Past Its Prime

Here’s another guest post from our favorite ChefBear. He shot me an email the other day with this information and I thought it was relevant because once the SHTF we’re not going to want to waste food. Well, I’ve come across steaks in the ‘fridge like he describes here and threw them out, when in fact if I’d had this info I could have cooked them and enjoyed them like he did here. by ChefBear, a prepper and chef Salvaging Old Meat Hello again folks in SHTF Blog land! I have…