Topic:  Food

First piority, before food, is water. 

Water is the most critical resource.  Create a plan. Where will you get it?   3 days without clean water and you will not need food or anything else.  Solutions:

1. Emergency well bucket click on “Water”
2. Water filters.  Consider how far water must be hauled.

  • Berkey (search Youtube for “Berkey water filters”)
  • Katadyn (search Youtube for “Katadyn water filter”)

3. When water storage is exhausted, it is move or die.

Why would food storage be important?

Grocery stores closed due to:

  1. Severe weather: hurricanes, tornadoes, and drought.
  2. Collapsing economy, civil unrest and food riots.
  3. Solar flares or EMP.
  4. Internet down (credit cards and cash registers do not work).
  5. Earth changes.
  6. Quarantines imposed by government (Ebola?).

Home gardens are an excellent idea, but:

  1. Long wait for the garden to grow.
  2. Crop failures (disease, bugs or weather).
  3. Gardening skills take a long time master.
  4. Have you saved non-GMO, non-hybrid seeds?

Food preservation methods

  1. Dehydration and freeze dried (today’s focus)
  2. Pressure canning
  3. Refrigeration (need electricity)
  4. Freezing (need electricity)
  5. Root Cellar

What foods can be dehydrated and stored long

1. Vegetables (not lettuce)
2. Fruit
3. Lean meat, jerky (higher temperatures and longer time compared to vegetables and fruit)
4. Eggs.  Search Youtube for “dehydrate eggs”
5. Seasoning (Helps prevent food fatigue)
6. Seeds for sprouting., select “Food – Sprouting”
7. Seeds for planting, Search Youtube for “saving seeds”.

Online distributors of dehydrated and freeze dried food


Local distributors of bulk food

1. East Coast Food Storage (Local – 15 minutes East of Charlottesville) Group tours by appointment.
2. Sams Club
3. Cosco

Prepping on a budget

1. Extra can of fruit, or vegetables each trip to the grocery store
2. Extra bag of rice or beans each trip to the grocery store
3. Farmer’s market – buy fresh and dehydrate at home

Prepping food for dehydration.

1. Lemon juice spray
2. Blanching
3. No preparation needed for frozen foods.  Just put it on the trays and go.


A timer is not necessary. Food cannot be too dry. 125 degrees F max to prevent “case hardening”.

1. Excalibur (popular, expensive but probably top of the line).
2. Walmart varieties with fan. Search for “dehydrator”
3. Solar (homemade). Search internet for “solar dehydrator”.

Shelf life of dehydrated food. Effect of temperature.

Avoid food fatigue.

Store all of your favorite seasonings and more. Make the same food taste different.

Avoid culture shock

Play a game.

1. Practice living without electricity, if only for a few hours. Longer is better.
2. Cook on a camp stove.

Container options for food dehydrated at home.

Search, select “Food – Storage in Large and Small Containers”.

1. Five or six gallon super pail.  Food is put into a Mylar bag.  Air is removed.  Mylar is heat sealed.
2. #10 cans, once opened, cannot be resealed.  Food must be repackaged.
3. Mylar bag (not plastic bags)
4. Mason jars.  Inexpensive.  Jars and lids are reuseable. Easy to vacuum seal using any method.  Heavy and susceptible to breakage if transported.
5. P.E.T.E. jars.  More expensive than Mason jars.  Vacuum seal with oxygen absorbers or a vacuum pump/check valve.
6. Foodsaver bags or Ziplock bags are for short term storage.  NOT for long term storage.

Removing oxygen from food containers., select “Food – Storage in Large and Small Containers”.

1. Vacuum

  • Foodsaver (electric)
  • Pump-n-seal (manual)
  • Ziplock pump (manual)

2. Oxygen absorbers
3. Foodsaver jar sealers (Large mouth and regular mouth)
4. Check valves, purchased from Pump-n-seal or homemade.

Have a plan for repackaging food not immediately consumed after opening a larger container.


Food selection.

Eat what you store. Store what you eat.

1. Dried beans. (inexpensive)
2. Rice. (inexpensive)
3. Nutrient dense foods: kale, sweet potatoes, etc.
4. Soup mixes. (Very versatile option.  If friends show up, just add water.  Add whatever is on hand.  Don’t forget seasoning.)

Preparing dehydrated food

1. Boiling water needed.  Emergency stoves and fuel are needed. Consider the value of portability in your plan.
2. Pressure cooker is fast.
3. Consider purchasing a grain grinder

Emergency cook stoves

1. Wood stove (outside only, renewable fuel)
2. Butane (safe indoors, inexpensive, stock up on butane.)
3. Alcohol
4. Propane (safe indoors, small cylinders can be refilled from larger bottles, not renewable.)
5. Sterno (safe indoors, not renewable.)
6. Charcoal (outside only, inexpensive, not renewable)

Online instruction food videos

2. Click on “Homemade Meals In A Jar for Long Term Storage”. (Just add boiling water and wait)

Composting toilet.

If you have food and do not have pressurized water into your home, you will need a sawdust or composting toilet.

1. Build your own sawdust toilet
2. SunMar toilet (expensive)
3. When there is no toilet paper, do you have a plan?   Search for “When There Is No Toilet Paper”.  Stock up on soap