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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…

Rabbits versus Chickens for Post-Apocalyptic Protein

Have you thought about your fresh meat options for your post apocalyptic needs? I know in my mind, when I factor in current space, time and money restraints, it always comes down to a debate between Rabbits and Chickens. Now, don’t get me wrong, fish and goats are both options too, but they require a bit more space and/or specialized equipment. So a brief look at both first: Chickens: Starting population – Chicken’s prefer company, a single chicken will be lonely and nervous, so you should get at least 3,…

Raising Fish For Food

I love fish. It’s good healthy protein. Not too bright, usually easy to catch, and really tasty.  I love to fish, it’s a peaceful pastime with a low cost of entry. Hell, you can dig the “ammo” out of the ground.   I highly recommend people include fishing line and hooks in their Bug Out Bag’s if they live in an area with good fishing. Sadly, since moving to Iowa, I’ve mostly stopped fishing.  Most of the waterways here are impaired, disgustingly so. Environment groups that studied the federal government’s toxic…

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,…

Cuts of Meat Explained So You Know What To Preserve After TSHTF

Chefbear is back to explain various cuts of meat and what can (and can’t) be preserved for a long term SHTF situation.  Thanks for being such a great resource Chefbear! Jarhead Survivor Hello again folks! So Jarhead and I have exchanged a couple emails, and he came up with the idea for me to explain some different cuts of meat. I started thinking about it after I started writing and I came up with this… I am going to explain some different cuts and what they can be used for…

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…