The most delicious of the four survival essentials...
...food is possibly the most exciting one to discuss.
Maybe it's because I'm a bit of a foodie and I enjoy a snack or two from time to time.
To continue enjoying those wonderfully tasting items, we must know how to preserve them at home.
The easiest method of food preservation...
...shy of salting, is dehydrating. If you've never dehydrated food and are not sure where to get started at, I've got two items for you.
First is the "Dehydrator Bible".
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This is a great book to get started and create some really good tasting food to get you started on the right foot.
Secondly, I would recommend the Excalibur 2900 Dehydrator
==> Get the dehydrator here
This particular dehydrator is great for the beginner, or those who always have a lot going on.
There is no need to constantly rotate the trays around and it has nine slidable trays that are very convenient regardless of your experience level.
Next up on the preservation scale...
...is canning. Canning is also very easy, it just requires a few more steps than dehydrating does. There are two main types of canners:
Water Bath Canners
Water bath canners are great for canning fruits and vegetables. All you do is add your jars to boiling water and let it boil for a set amount of time.
==> Get a water bath canning kit here
You should definitely have one of these at your house, and it's a must have for any homesteaders and preppers.
Pressure canners work both for canning and cooking. I've made some pretty tasty pork roasts in my pressure canner.
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They are slightly more complicated than a water bath canner, but are by no means difficult to use.
Once you get the hang of it, you;ll be able to can foods containing meats that otherwise would not be safe to eat in a water bath canner.
Also, don't forget to get your canning supplies as well.
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The coolest of the preservers
By far the coolest food preserver is the home freeze dryer. Not only is it the coolest, but it's also the safest and gives you the most bang for your buck.
The food that comes out of a freeze dryer can last for up to 25 years! Canning will give you a shelf life up to 3 years. Also, when you freeze dry you lose hardly any nutritional value to your food.
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When you factor all of that in, you start to see how great freeze drying is despite the up front cost. Think about all the possibilities you'll have when you can literally preserve any food you want.
I think when it's all said and done...
...every household should have one of all three types of food preservation equipment. I know that sounds like a lot of money, but it should be something you work towards over time.
Preparedness is another form of investment. It's a tangible asset that you can enjoy for years and years. Don't wait too long to invest in these great products. You may regret it.
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