Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 6 Food Items to Store Forever

1. Be prepared with rice
When storing food for a global food crisis, rice is perfect as it adheres to the essential principals of food storage. White, jasmine, wild, arborio, and basmati rice all have an almost indefinite shelf life. Rice is considered by many to be the ultimate survivalist food to stockpile in order to be prepared for a food crisis. Brown rice, while a healthier alternative to white, has a shorter lifespan. Due to the higher oil content of the food, it will go bad faster. 

2. Survive the food crisis with distilled white vinegar
White vinegar is a popular choice for salad dressings and marinades. With a long shelf life that makes it a perfect for food preparedness, distilled white vinegar will maintain its quality and taste for about as the entirety of its lifespan. Be prepared with distilled white vinegar. 

3. Enhance your survival skills with sea salt
Sea salt is the ‘real’ form of traditional table salt, sodium chloride. It is the ideal choice over its unhealthy counterpart, but in the event of a food crisis sodium chloride can also do the job. It is better to be prepared with sodium chloride than to not have anything at all. Salt is a powerful flavor enhancer that will never go bad. It can also be used to cure meats, which is a great way to maintain the integrity of stored meats. 

4. Honey
Honey has such a long shelf life that it has even been recovered from Egyptian tombs. While it can change color and crystallize over time, its edibility does not change. You can even restore crystallized honey by adding warm water and stirring. In its raw form, honey is also full of enzymes and essential nutrients. 

5. Cornstarch, the everlasting food ingredient for a food crisis
Cornstarch is a food substance that has a variety of uses. Helpful in thickening gravies, sauces, or soups, cornstarch is a food crisis necessity that will help you be prepared. It is important to note that while all of these ingredients will have an increased lifespan when kept in a cool, dry space, cornstarch will particularly be affected. 

6. Pure vanilla extract
Pure vanilla extract, different from its imitation counterpart vanilla extract, will last forever. The extra cost over its imitation is only minor compared to the elongated shelf life of pure vanilla extract.
Honing your survival skills will help you to be prepared if a food crisis is to ever strike the nation, or even the globe. Stocking up on these key foods will ensure that you and your family will not go hungry if such an event is to unfold. Even more impressive is the fact that these ingredients can be easily purchased at local grocery stores, making them convenient yet potent.
Storing food for a global food crisis may not be the first thing on your mind right now, but it is certainly great to know in the case of any food crisis. Although survival skills are not nearly as necessary in today’s society due to great advancements, having them could one day positively effect your life greatly.


Preparedness Tip Wednesday: 72 Hour Kits for Kids

I found this post over at How Does She and wanted to share it with our readers.
Here is a spreadsheet with all the items listed

All of these categories will have different items depending on your child's age this is just a general list

Clothing: long sleeve shirt, sweat pants, jacket, 3 underwear, 2 socks, warm hat, gloves, poncho, shoes (not pictured) "I used to stress about changing the clothes out for the different seasons but I read somewhere that you can just cut off the pants and the shirt if it is THAT hot and now you have summer clothes.  This same person recommended sweat pants because you can buy them a bit too big and they will still work, and then your kids can grow into them and you don’t have to replace them as often.  My boys are two years apart so I was able to just use all the stuff from my first boy and put it in my second kid’s pack.  My third is a girl and she will be wearing boy clothes in an emergency cause my second boy’s clothes were passed to her. I am thinking of tying the shoes to the outside of the pack because I am out of room inside."
Food: 3 water bottles, emergency energy food, snacks and goodies my kids like (z bars, dehydrated fruit, fruit snacks, beef jerky, jolly ranchers or other treats)
Emergency Supplies: small first aid kit, emergency blanket, 6 hot hands, whistle/compass, pocket knife (depending on the age), face masks
Hygiene: toothbrush, toothpaste, Chapstick, soap, washcloth, antibacterial gel, tissues, sunscreen, shampoo
Light: flashlight, batteries, matches, candle, glow sticks
Money: small bills and coins
Fun: post-it notes, notepad, crayons, pen, pencil, bean bag, dice, card game

One important thing not pictured is to have your child’s records, even if it is a copy.  Some things to include: current family picture, social security number, addresses and phone numbers, emergency contacts, emergency plan, and immunization records.
I would also like to add a tube tent and a rolled blanket tied to the bottom of the pack.

Thanks for the tips HOW DOES SHE

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