Food Storage-Self-Sufficiency-Survival

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My friend, Angela has just released her new book: Food Storage For Self-Sufficiency And Survival. First of all, she is knows all the ins and outs of home storage, self-sufficiency and survival. She has a podcast where she interviews people about various topics concerning these items. She researches them, lives them and teaches them to others. Today I am doing a review on this book and she has graciously given me another to use as a giveaway for one of our readers. Thank you Angela! I highly recommend this book. FREE copy giveaway below.Here is my review of Angela Paskett’s book, Food Storage For Self-Sufficiency And Survival:

Are you are a bit uncertain about how life is going with unemployment, crazy weather patterns, and rising costs? Then this book will bring you some peace of mind. It is organized and precise and certainly leads you into a path to follow and expand, if you wish.

Going straight to the contents and you’ll find you have many topics to choose from!  Whether you are new to being prepared, or a pro, it offers many tips, ideas and worksheets for your preparedness journey.

Angela Paskett has done her homework in life and for her book there is a freedom of order and peace when you are prepared. Even if you are just starting out you will get excited.

The appendix is amazing and very well organized!  With menu lists, tools you may need, places to go to further educate yourself.  I think it is motivating and you really see the vital importance of being prepared today.

My favorite topics in this book:

1. Food for 72 hour emergency kits: how many times have you asked yourself what do I need, including how much food do I need for a 72 hour kit? She will tell you what food storage is great for your 72 hour kits.

2. Food for short-term emergencies: two weeks to three months. Angela breaks it down in easy steps to help you be prepared.

3. For for long-term emergencies: three months or longer. She takes it one step further to explain more ways to gather the necessary amounts to plan for your family.

4. Storing water: we all know we need water to sustain life. She shows you the amounts, how to store it, and even water purfication methods.

5. Preserving your own food: canning, dehydrating and freezing your own produce, or produce you purchase…she nails it!

6. Packing dry foods for long-term storage: food storage has many enemies that can destroy our food storage-pests, moisture and oxygen are just a few. She details the ways to protect our food.

7. Buying food: you know long  term food storage is an investment. We all suggest buy a little at a time. You don’t have to go over board using credit to buy your food storage. Angela shows us ways to fill your pantry that are budget-friendly and practical.

8. Maintaining balance and variety: she shows how to have a variety of foods so you don’t have to have just rice and beans or beans and rice for every meal. Remember, its all about Food Storage-Self-Sufficiency-Survival.

9. Sustaining food storage: this book shows how we have sustainable food sources. For instance, gardening, livestock or hunting that help extend your food storage supply.

10. Organizing and storing your own food: this is key to knowing what you have and what you need to replace. Even if your space is limited she has ways to help you organize your food storage.

11. Using your food storage: Angela shows you how to use your food storage everyday, and storing for long-term. I have always said (not sure who originally said it), “store what you eat and eat what you store.” I love the title of her book: Food Storage For Self-Sufficiency-Survival

As I finished reading the book I looked through her resources and worksheets in the back. I see my website is listed as one of the Food Storage Blogs! I had no idea she was  putting “Food Storage Moms”  in the book! I am very flattered, but I must tell you from my heart, she knows her stuff and she nails it on every topic! This book is all about Food Storage-Self-Sufficiency-Survival.

Book Review

I am going to ship one of the books Angela sent me to someone who leaves a comment on my blog today. I will randomly choose a winner within 7 days based on the unique question posed. If you have a question about any topic….I will let you know if the answer is in the book! I will ship this book to the US and Canada. Let the comments begin:

Angela’s Food Storage and Survival blog

33 thoughts on “Food Storage-Self-Sufficiency-Survival

  • May 13, 2014 at 7:11 am
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    I have a lot of questions and don’t know where to begin. So how can I purchase this book ?
    Fyi – I love your blog. I follow it faithfully. I have learned a lot from you.
    Thank you for all your hard work

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    • May 13, 2014 at 10:31 am
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      Hi Michelle, thanks for following me! I really appreciate it! You can click on the link below of the post. I have an Amazon link. Hugs! Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 8:26 am
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    I’d like to know the best way to store sugar for long term. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this book. Love reading your blog. I have gotten so much great information here. Good luck everyone.

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    • May 13, 2014 at 10:34 am
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      Hi Kris, good question. I store mine in 5 gallon containers (buckets) with Gamma Lids. They are available at Walmart pretty cheap. After you have it a while it does sometimes get chunks. I do not put anything in mine to store it. I use a sifter if it gets too many chunks. The sugar can store for years. Love it! Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 11:40 am
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    I’m very new to prepping and my biggest concern right now is where to store water for a family of five plus two dogs in a 1,000 sq ft house with no garage and an all most crawl space (more like a stoop space) basement. Food I can stash here and there but I’m not so sure about water.

    Love your blog and I’m going to take a peak at Angela’s book on Amazon tonight.

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    • May 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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      Hi Marcie, wow it is so hard to find places in small homes. I have 1900 square feet. We only have 2 people living here. I would stack the boxes of canned goods to the ceiling if your must. Water is the biggest thing you need to store. You can store it outside depending on the weather. But store some under beds as well. Find old pallets and re-use the wood to build shelves everywhere you can think of. Make tables, end tables with the wood. (usually free) Make a thin table behind a couch and fill it as you can with food or watter containers. be sure and brace the shelving in case of earthquakes, tornades, hurricanes….depending on where you live. Blessings…Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm
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    Does it go into unsafe methods of food storage? I see lots of people who oven can things like tomatoes. It makes me scared because lots of people will think that is a safe way to can things because others do it too.

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    • May 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm
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      Shelby, No Angela and I will not can tomatoes in the oven. For that matter we will not can anything in the ovven. I have always pressured mine. I am careful. One really good source for canning is my friend Sharon from SimplyCanning. She is an expert. So is Angela. Please only can the safe way…Linda

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      • May 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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        I totally agree. I was just wondering if she mentions what is safe vs. unsafe. How about dry canning (oven canning dry products like dried beans)? I have not done it since it seems like mylar bags and oxygen absorbers are more convenient and more acceptable anyway. For shorter term storage, I vacuum seal things in jars, but they go on my pantry shelf, not in long term storage.

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        • May 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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          Shelby, I did not see anything like that in her book. I will not do any dry canning in my oven. First, I am not sure it is safe. Second my electricity is so expensive. i have an electric stove. I would always follow Sharon at Simply Canning for any canning ideas that are not in Angela’s book. Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm
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    This is surely a subject we all need to be better prepared for. I’d love a copy of the book. It sounds like it is full of information that I have never even thought about.

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  • May 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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    The book sounds awesome and I’m glad you’re listed as a resource because you have so much info to help others. I guess my question is if you’re on a limited budget (as most of us are) where do you start? Is it better to start with prepackaged foods or the basics for cooking from scratch?

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    • May 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm
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      Hi Jamie, I always say start with adding 3-4 small cans of food you use each week in the grocery basket. For instance green beans. Buy caselot sales if you cannot preserve your own. Buy one #10 can a month of something you will eat. Buy an extra bag of rice or pasta. Beans are an excellent source of protein. I like to buy cans of beans as well as dried beans. If I had zero way to cook them I will use a can opener and eat directly from the can. Store water. Stoe water. Store water. I cannot say enough we need water to survive. Any bottle (water safe type) is great to store water. You can use this water for hygiene issues, and have something to purify your water. Hugs! Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm
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    I just ordered my first long term food storage shipment last week. I always grab a few extra things at the store too. With three little ones at home I want to make sure I am always prepared. Thanks for keeping us informed.

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    • May 13, 2014 at 6:06 pm
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      Hi Faith Still, it sounds like you are right on track. Please add water….you need water to survive. Good job! Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm
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    How do you store seeds? Thank you.

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    • May 13, 2014 at 6:07 pm
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      Hi Rachel, I store my seeds in sealed cans in a cool dark room. Good question! Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm
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    Trying to teach my little guys too as I learn more each day.
    Appreciate all your hard work to help us Food Storage Moms. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!

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    • May 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm
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      Hi Heather, great idea to start teaching kids when they are little. I am so glad you enjoy my website! Hugs! Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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    Trying to teach my little guys too as I learn more each day.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!

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    • May 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm
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      HI Heather, Your little guys will really appreciate what you are teaching them….good job! Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm
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    Congrats on the inclusion in the book! Thanks for the review & the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

    I have a couple questions.

    Do the food storage ideas include using both “regular foods” you find at the grocery store or is it the #10 cans of food storage items of FD or dehydrated food?
    Food storage seems to be a theme, but are there recipes included?
    Are there ideas for cooking with non-traditional sources (I.e. My stove doesn’t work because I have no electricity or gas)?

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    • May 15, 2014 at 10:18 am
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      Hi Andigrif, it has a few recipes to help you make meals from scratch. This book is jam packed with just about everything. Canning, drydrating, garden seeds….it is a MUST have book for every family. Angela addresses non-stove options and powerless cooking. She teaches survival. You can water bath can/pressure can or dehydrate store purchased food or home grown. Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm
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    I’ve heard that you can freeze dry your own fruit. How is this done? I’ve been told that you freeze (for example …raspberries) them individually on a cookie sheet. Then you put the frozen berries right from the freezer to the dehydrator trays and dry them. I haven’t tried this yet, have you?

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    • May 15, 2014 at 9:41 am
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      HI J.T. Personally I would not recommend this. I tend to be on the cautious side. The freeze dried products you can buy have special equipment to process them. I know there is a new frezze dried machine I was looking at but the cost was like $4000.00. The price is too expensive for my my budget. It is easier for me to buy just a few cans at a time. In my humble opinion I would rather be safe than sorry. I will dehydrate but that is it. Linda

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  • May 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm
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    I have a question that isn’t about canning or storage. Do you know what fractionated coconut oil is? Thanks

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    • May 15, 2014 at 9:48 am
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      Hi Larene, fractionated cocoanut oil is a fraction of the whole oil. It is great for use in baking, cooking, moisturizes and for use with essential oils. It says it is odorless but it does has a slight coconut smell because it is coconut. I store a lot of this. Here is a post I did about Coconut Oil. Great item to store. https://foodstoragemoms.com//its-all-about-coconut-oil/

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  • May 13, 2014 at 10:53 pm
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    What a great giveaway! (Pick me! Pick me! LOL).
    Ok this is a nagging question… Does salt or doesn’t salt last forever? I read everywhere that salt will last I definitely, and I’ve bought lots of it for my storage. But I can’t get the scripture out of my head in the bible when it says “but if the salt has lost its savor…” (It’s no longer good but to be trampled under the foot. Thanks!

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    • May 15, 2014 at 10:09 am
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      Hi SweetJeanette, Salt is a very good food storage item. Salt lasts forever. I have salt that has clumped. I just break it up. I store lots of salt. Good question! Linda

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  • May 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm
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    Does the book address a vegan diet? Changed my diet for health reasons and need to re-evaluate my food storage.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 10:07 am
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      Hi Jereen, the book does not specifically address vegan. You will need to choose the foods that are vegan and preserve those either by canning or dehydrating. You can buy vegan food freeze dried or dehydrated. Or you can can or dehydrate those foods yourself. This book is for any diet. You choose the foods you wish to preserve. Its a great all around book teaching the skills to do all of this. Linda

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  • May 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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    Thanks for the review. I’d much rather have a good review on a book than buying it only to find it is not what I need, and there is no space for unneeded items. My biggest question is this… How do you prep for survival for OP (other people)? I don’t know about you, but I would be really hard pressed to turn away family and/or friends who haven’t prepared. I know the best thing is to spread the word and help others to get it together, but really, some people won’t and I couldn’t turn them away.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 10:02 am
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      Kristin, this is a really tough question or statement. I understand what you are saying. It would be very hard to turn away people. It is hard when I teach classes all over the state of Utah. I hear statements like I can’t afford to buy extra. I get that. My heart aches for people out of work. I hear statements like I have a lot of vitamins I could live on. REALLY? That will not work for me. I have tried teaching my neighborhood. Some people get it. Most do not. I believe there will be riots and chaos if we have an earthquake where we live. The state is gearing up for it. Its not IF but WHEN. We ALL know we must be prepared for the unexpected. I feel sometimes like getting on a mountain and screaming “people please prepare”! Skip that vacation, cruise, new car, etc. Please be prepared for the unexpected. I believe God will take care of those who take care of themselves…by being prepared for the unexpected. We have all been told…by the state, churches, newspapers and TV’s to store food, water, etc. They need to listen and heed the warning. I pray they listen. Keep doing what you are doing. Blessings, Linda

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