There are several different thoughts on the "How To's" of long term food storage. Some folks opt for MRE's (meals ready to eat) and the pre-packaged food route. I don't really have a problem with that generally speaking. There are lots of companies out there that cater to this train of thought. Just google food storage and you will get close to 5 million results. If you can afford it I suppose it is an easy way to do things. It's just not "me". If you haven't figured it out yet I'll be the first to tell you that I am a
I'm one of those who thinks that I can do just as good a job by making and/or putting up my own preps. It is also something that can be done with much less money. And really - How many of us can actually afford a years worth of MRE's and such?
Someone asked a question the other night that got me to thinking. What are some of the things that a person just starting out in prepping should have? The question was geared towards food storage. I've been thinking about that for a few days. I was surprised that my list was really not all that long.The question had to do with what "tools" a person should have in their kitchen for beginning preppers. There are a few things that I would suggest as far as basic tools go.
1. A good pressure canner and a big pot for water bath canning, (a big stock pot will work) Get yourself a Ball Book of Canning. They are
2. A dehydrator. It doesn't have to be an expensive one either. Check this out for more information on dehydrators. A good Nesco will run you about $60.00. Check your local thrift stores, garage sales, Craigslist and such. I found my second dehydrator for a whopping $2.00. Drying foods is another wonderful way to preserve fruits and vegetables. You can do a search here on this blog for lots of articles about dehydrating.
3. A vacuum sealer is a nice tool to have as well. There is so much you can do with one. They are not only an excellent way to put up things like meats in your freezer, but also a great tool for putting up dried things in canning jars. It is also a wonderful way to make your foods last longer once you have opened up that can or jar. I vacuum seal things like cheese and even my green peppers, onions, celery and other things you would store in your refrigerator "crisper" drawer. You wouldn't believe how much longer things will last when you store them vacuum sealed. A vacuum sealer isn't a "must have" but it sure does make a lot of sense to have one.
I'm sure I am missing some other good prepping tools to have but these will give you a great start. If you have some other "must have" tools, leave a comment and help me add to the list.
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