Sunday, September 25, 2011

Show Notes From Episode 11

Here are my show notes from episode 11 - Food Storage, What & How Much Food to Store
Also, see the download page for the LDS Preparedness Manual.  This is a great resource for all preppers...beginner or novice.

New segment – Hurricane Watch
For the remainder of the hurricane season, I will update you on current storms, their positions, tracks, and warnings.
Current Storm – Ophelia
Ophelia has been downgraded to a post tropical cyclone.  NOAA has now stopped issuing warnings as Ophelia no longer poses a threat.
Phillipe is far off the coast, but continues to gain strength.  Currently, there is no way to predict a landfall.
Hillary remains strong at just below category 4, but poses no threat to western Canada as she is moving westward off the west coast of Mexico.
Check my blog for current NOAA feeds located near the bottom of the page.


Range 1 (minor) to 5 (extreme)
NOAA Scale                  Past 24 hrs      Current
 Geomagnetic Storms               
Solar Radiation Storms              
Radio Blackouts                          

Several flares were reported this week with some casing some effect on communications & radio signals.  There were flares causing higher that recent effects on earth, but still nothing to cause panic.  These storms are expected to continue into 2013 and could increase in frequency and strength.

Canadian News Stories
Frost warning continue across the country as Canada gears up for winter.  The Old Farmers Almanac predicts below normal temperatures & above normal snowfall this year from coast to coast.  Southern BC can expect above normal precipitation.  This looks like a harsh winter, so be ready with winter preps like longjohns & hot tottie ingredients.  Now would be a good time to consider your alternate heating system...wood stoves, gas fireplaces, etc.Just make sure you can use them without electricity.

The first thing you need to remember is store what you eat & eat what you store.  By storing foods that you like to eat on an everyday basis, you can ensure that your body will not “reject” your survival food.  A drastic & sudden change in diet can often result in digestive issues such as constipation or diarhea.  By eating what you store, you ensure a constant rotation of your survival food.  Remember, first in first out.  The first food to hit your pantry should be the first to be eaten.
Secondly, remember your food groups to maintain a balanced diet.  Remember substitutes for certain groups such as meat.  Nuts & legumes such as dried beans & lentils can be used for protein content instead of meats.
No matter how confident you are about a balanced prep storage, make sure you stock up on a multivitamin.  These can be taken daily to ensure good nutrition in case you may have forgotten something in your emergency pantry.
Diversify your storage.  Keep commercially canned foods like beefaroni, home canned foods such as pasta sauce, freeze dried meals like Mountain House or other brand.  MRE’s are a great idea for those days when the disaster at hand just hasn’t left you enough time to cook a meal.
Stock up on a little of each item at a time.  This way, should an emergency happen, you won’t be caught with 24 cans of tuna, 50 lbs of rice, and no powdered milk or eggs.

To calculate volume to weight for food items

Meats & Substitutes –
Canned tuna & other meats like chicken, ham, turkey.
SPAM – if you can handle it.
Canned stews (puritan or other brand)
Peanut butter
Dried beans & lentils (some cans of cooked also good)
Dairy –
Cheese, milk, butter& other dairy products can be found in powder form.  UHT shelf stable milk is also good, but watch the expiration dates.  Some evaporated or condensed milk is also good, but also, be aware of expiry dates.

Fruits & veggies –
Canned is your best option here, either commercial or home canned.  Juice is also a good source for vitamins, but check labels on canned & powdered mix for vitamin content & expiry dates.  This is an area where a good multivitamin can really help out.
Dehydrated veggies are a great source for soups & stews.  Dried fruits can also make a great snack.  Not only do dehydrated foods retain most of their flavour & nutrition, they take up much less space than canned or other methods of preserving.
Breads & cereals –
STARCH is what I call this group.
Flour or wheat berries (if wheat is stored, get a hand crank mill)
Oatmeal & dry cereals
Others – not to be forgotten
Beverages like coffee, tea, cocoa, drink mix in powder form.
Spices & seasonings
Oils & fats, olive oil stores better than other cooking oil and shortning can be found with acceptable expiry dates.
Comfort foods such as cookies, cake mixes, candy bars, etc.  These foods can make living through a disaster more enjoyable, especially for children.

So how much food?
Start with a 2 week supply.  This should comfortably last you through most short term, yet common emergencies where power may be lost for a short time.  From there, determine for yourself how much storage food makes you comfortable.  Some people stop at 2 weeks, but many store for a month, 3-6 months, or even a year or more.  Personally, my goal is a year’s supply of food.  This would give me enough leeway to grow a large garden and produce a substantial amount of my own food.  Of course, an amply amount of seeds is also required for this.
For a two week supply of food, sit down and write out a menu for your family that will last 2 weeks.  Therefor, 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, and 14 dinners.  Remember good nutrition & your food groups when you do this.  Next, make a list of all the ingredients you will need to cook this menu.  Remember that you will be relying on storage food, so keep powdered milk, butter, & other items you can no longer get fresh in mind.
For longer term plans, simply multiply this list to get to the amounts you need.  Start with the 2 week plan and gather everything you listed for ingredients.  Then, as you increase your storage, simply repeat the list over & over again until you reach your goal.  Remember as you go along to replace foods used along the way as you rotate out your storage.

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