Preparedness and Food Storage

Today I attended a preparedness and food storage workshop.  I always love being in a group of like-minded people, it makes you realize that you are not alone in your thoughts and concerns in life.  In class we discussed everything from storing water, to nuclear fallout.  In the near future, I would like to take additional preparedness classes.  However, the internet and books can be great sources of information.

The woman teaching today’s workshop had some great book recommendations, including Making the Best of Basics by James Talmage Stevens.

This book covers basic in-home storage, cooking with food storage, sprouting & kitchen gardening, dehydrating, and so much more.

Another book that I found useful is The Complete Idiots Guide to Self-Sufficient Living by Jerome D. Belanger.

This book also covers a wide variety of topics but is not as detailed.  I suggest reading this one to find out what part of Self-Sufficiency you would like to focus on.  Once you know where you want to go or what you want to learn it is much easier to focus your energy.

I have personally found the following websites to be helpful in my preparedness journey:

Back to the Basics – Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

Root Simple

Preparing Wisely

The sites below are great if you’re looking to buy emergency supplies of food.  I have found Sams Club to be the cheapest supplier:


Emergency Essentials

Sams Club (they sell Augason Farms)

Preparing and becoming more self-sufficient can be overwhelming at first.  Often, I’ve felt there could never be enough time to complete all the projects, collect all the supplies, or lean all the trades that I thought were important.  My advice is to take a moment to put all of your ideas and thoughts onto paper.  Then take a deep breath and tackle one task at a time.  Every little thing you do is one step closer to being prepared.

Thanks for reading,

Cindy Dorfsmith

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