Meals canned for storage, ready to fix!
We encourage everyone worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and
water and some money in savings.
We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not
prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can,
over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.”
“Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra
items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is
sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage.”
The home production and storage program is an integral part of welfare services but is undertaken individually, according to the needs of each member or family. It’s application, therefore, differs in relation to circumstances, but
the responsibility of preparedness remains solely upon the individual family. The vast majority of commodities in the Bishop’s Storehouse system of the Church must be found, as the Brethren have counseled, within the home and basements of individual families. Refer to Church publication “Essentials of Home Production and Storage” (PGWE 1125) for guidance in planning your home
The following basic items are recommended for storage. Indicated is the approximate amount of each needed to sustain an average adult for one year:
Drying or dehydration, the oldest method of food preservation, is particularly successful in the hot, dry climates found in much of New Mexico. Quite simply, drying reduces moisture necessary for bacterial growth that eventually causes
deterioration. Successful dehydration depends upon a slow steady heat supply to assure that food is dried from the inside to the outside. Drying is also an inexact art. Size of pieces, relative moisture, and the method selected all affect the time required to dehydrate a food adequately.
Methods of Drying
Foods may be sun dried with or without a solar dehydrator, in a gas or electric oven, or with a portable electric dehydrator. Dehydrators with thermostats provide better control over poor weather conditions and food quality than sun drying.
An effective solar dehydrator is the shelf above the back seat of a car. Clotheslines are another popular drying rack for ears of corn and strips of jerky. Colorful red chile ristras hung from vigas are practical as well as decorative.
Alphabetized Guide to Natural Cleaning Recipes
There are many products in your refrigerator and pantry that can double as natural cleaning products. Here is an alphabetized list of items and what they can clean
All types of shredded paper are great for the compost pile, as are a number of other kitchen items which you may not have considered. Check out this list of common household items that will give your compost pile a kick…and save space in the landfill at the same time:
I like granola bars. A good homemade granola bar can be very filling, easy to pack and you can pretty much make them with anything you want. Good for backpacking food or the school lunchbox. Here are a couple decent recipes for granola bars.
I believe in the saying ‘practice makes perfect’ While looking through this site, I came across this article and was inspired to likewise put together a list of quick and easy projects that can be done in a weekend. Here are projects you can do around the house to get yourself acclimated to using these tools, see what they will and won’t do and how they can help you. Most of these would be pretty good for kids projects too
This article focuses on those who are beginner to novice anglers. Catching worms (nightcrawlers, and the common “redworm”) can be both easy and fun. Nightcrawlers thrive best in warm, moist earth or other areas where compost like earth is abundant. Nightcrawlers come out at night, and can be easily located using a dim source of light (flashlight with a plastic colored cover, or a light stick). Look for nightcrawlers after dark, under vegetation, around compost piles, parks, or anywhere that is damp. Nightcrawlers do not bite, but may feel cold and slimy to the touch. When you locate one, grasp it by the top quickly, and slight pull upwards using gentle soft pressure, until the worm is dislodged from its hole.
• Pull out any weak plants. They may already be infected. If not, they will attract predators. Pull the plant and dispose of it away from the garden area.
• Build healthy, organic soil. Natural composting methods, mulching and top-dressing your soil with compost or natural fertilizer is the best way to develop strong, vigorous plants.
• Seaweed mulch or spray. Seaweed contains trace elements such as iron, zinc, barium, calcium, sulfur and magnesium, which promote healthy development in plants. Seaweed fertilizer in mulch or spray form will enhance growth and give plants the strength to withstand disease. Seaweed mulch also repels slugs.
• Minimize insect habitat. Clear garden area of debris and weeds which are breeding places for insects. Use clean mulch.
• Interplant and rotate crops. Insect pests are often plant specific. When plantings are mixed, pests are less likely to spread throughout a crop. Rotating crops each year is a common method to avoid re-infestation of pests which have over-wintered in the bed.
• Keep foliage dry.Water early so foliage will be dry for most of the day. Wet foliage encourages insect and fungal damage to your plants. See our page on drip-irrigation for methods of delivering water to the root systems without wetting the foliage.
• Disinfect. If you’ve been working with infested plants, clean your tools before moving on to other garden areas. This will reduce the speed of invading insects.