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Freezing Fruit For Storage

watermelon fruit ice

Watermelon puree in plastic containers can keep in freezer for several months. Use it for drink mixes or slushies, or eat it like a popsicle.

Fruit can be frozen and kept for later.

This is a fun part of food storage and it can keep for a while as long as the electricity stays on. If the power goes out you may have a pile of fruit and fruit mash on your hands, but there are a few ways you can use it up if that happens so be prepared with the recipes, too! This is a great way to guarantee Vitamin C in your storage.

Fruit is often overlooked in the beginning of food storage planning. As your interests broaden you can try canning and preserving fruit as jams, jellies, and in halves sealed in bottles.

This past couple of weeks I have been experimenting with freezer preps.

For frozen watermelon ice I cut sweet melon into chunks and then puree it in a blender. You can use this for just about any fruit. If you are going to use it soon you won’t have to add anything to it. I did this with cantaloupe, too, but you have to cut it in very small pieces for the blender to process it. A food processor would be great for this!

directions for freezing watermelon.

Tips on freezing watermelon.

Watermelon Ice:

2 C watermelon

2/3 C water

Puree in blender. Pour into cups for freezing. When frozen remove and wrap in wax paper or set in sandwich sized baggies. Place several in a gallon sized freezer bag and store for about 3 to 6 months.

Uses:

Popsicles

Slushies

Drink mix ice (drop in fruit punch or koolaid for added fruity flavor!)

Fruit water – drop 2 of these into a 2 Quart container and top with water.

You can use this method to prepare other fruits such as berries for freezing.

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fruit (Photo credit: karen H. nickname.{ pooh})

Strawberries are another great freezer item. Our small family doesn’t use up a whole pint so they get topped and tossed frozen, too. I bought blueberries and black berries last week and then combined them with the strawberries.

Triple Berry Mash:

1 C Strawberries

1 C Blueberries

1/2 C Blackberries

2 T Lemon Juice

2 T fruit preserver

Puree in blender.

This can be melted back down for jam or even more yummy, use as a pancake topper! Love triple berry stuff! I could use it in pie filling and all kinds of goodies. When cooking with it you will have to use sugar. It is a bit tart!

To do a syrup you will need equal parts sugar to fruit mash and water or add to a simple syrup.

Simple Syrup:
1C water

1 C sugar.

Heat until sugar is melted then bring to a slow rolling boil. Remove and let cool.

For pancake berry syrup. Combine the berry mash (defrosted) and the simple syrup.

frozen fruit stored in bags and containers

Freezing fruit is an easy method for food storage.

I already could be accused of hoarding bananas.

I dunno. They start getting spots and I toss ’em in the freezer. Later I peel them and stuff 3 at a time in freezer bags.

Great in banana bread or smoothies, shakes.

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Survival Food Storage – My Favorite Tips And Tricks

Are you worth your salt and electrolytes?

Among our staples for food storage

English: A pile of Iodised salt.

English: A pile of Iodised salt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

should be salt. Lots of it.

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The phrase “Are you worth your salt” was an insult in ancient times if the answer came as “no”. Meaning that if a particular person thought you were  unworthy they might steal your salt rations!

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Along with our salt we should stock those awesome sports powders that replenish our electrolytes for times when we are exerting a lot of energy and efforts.

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Salt is important in many ways. In ancient times if you did not have salt you had no meat. Curing meats meant you had necessary proteins. Proteins are extremely important to supplying necessary building blocks back to the body’s muscle structure.

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The following video shows a basic set up for preserving pork using salt and smoke. This process can be used for beef and venison as well as fish. (Warning this video is a little graphic but not too gross! )

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It is extremely important that salt we will be consuming be iodized. Iodized salt is used to help reduce the incidence of iodine deficiency in humans.  Keep salt in storage in a dry cool place and you won’t have to worry about it going bad. If it gets damp however it will be ruined.
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Electrolytes are in essence salts. We need them to stay healthy and hydrated.

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In oral rehydration therapy, electrolyte drinks containing sodium and potassium salts replenish the body’s water and electrolyte levels after dehydration caused by exercise and [other dehydrating conditions.]
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Pedia-care for younger children and adult sports drinks are a great addition to food storage and can definitely be better for us than other less healthy drinks. They can help us replenish needed minerals and just be a great beverage. They are also a good addition to a 72 hour kit. Place a few portions of powdered sports drink in small sealed canisters to add to water bottles.

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Are you worth your salt?

Recovery – Things are going to be ok no matter what

When I think about my recovery from situations in my life I find a common statement:

Things are going to be ok  – NO MATTER WHAT!

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And that is because I have prepared and planned it that way through mental preparedness and meditation.

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There is a reason I am where I am. I tell myself. Be it that God has me there or the Universe scheduled my path to experience a few hardships. What do I have to learn here? In these circumstances I have found incredible strengths.

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Stepping into the hospital a couple years ago for a major surgery scared the hell out of me.

Harold Wilkins walks through rubble left by Hu...

Harold Wilkins walks through rubble left by Hurricane Andrew (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)

I hadn’t been that frightened since Hurricane Andrew was pointing it’s wicked energy our way and we looked like we were in its path for certain.

All I really could do in either situation was sit still within, find productive activities,  be at peace, and put my faith and life in the hands of my creator for the moment. Neither situation was a lengthy process, thankfully. That awful storm didn’t reach West Palm. My surgery was a painful patch but I had prepared mentally and in other ways as well.

Food storage on both accounts carried me through these crisis. In the hurricane scare, bread, water, and batteries were gone in the stores. We planned well, so we had a good supply. We adapted. We would have set up camp in our backyard and gone about life as close to usual as possible. During the hurricane warnings in the days before we gathered gasoline, water, and set up our home to ride out the monster. We even had a john boat in the front room in case we had to float our family out of a flooded home.

In the surgery recovery, I relied on the foods I had that would help me to eat until the healing settled so I could work again. Setting up the sick room in my last week before my hospital visit I made sure I had anything and everything I needed to lay in that bed and rest, heal. I stocked the headboard with small water bottles, first aid supplies, small food containers like puddings and applesauce. I placed books and other items to help me bide the time. I camped out my recovery for 2 weeks. I was unable to work for months but through preparedness I was able to get the time I needed to become healthy once more.

I planned my recovery in both of these situations by devoting some thought to the What if’s. These experiences had me looking at how fragile our lives really are. If our surroundings are disturbed we still have our health, right? We no longer have the creature comforts we hold so dear but we still have our family, friends, good memories? Yes! We need those to strengthen our resolve. I will be ok! Everything that is dear to us is gone. But we still have so much to be grateful for. Hold onto those good things at times of crisis. This is your hope!

Meditation For Preparedness:

Lay beautiful things inside your mind for times like these. Meditations are wonderful examples of this. I have a meditation that involves the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. I want you to know that I am not Catholic but I find this prayer a wonderful tool for clearing out troubles in my mind and spirit.

From Wikipedia:

St Francis in Prayer (copia)

St Francis in Prayer (copia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
 
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
 
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

 

This prayer enlightens me to what is really important in life.

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English: Waterfall

English: Waterfall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I do this I imagine a
cool, scene with a waterfall flowing into a pond.
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Breathe in sets of six counts and exhale that breath in the same count.
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This is where I settle.
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This is my safe place, my sanctuary, my time out.
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This is where I go when the day might get too heavy, stresses get too demanding, my schedule gets too crazy.
 
Where I will go in moments when I have to live out of my pantry or my 72 hour kit in moments I can spare out of my reality.
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I will require a moment in time where I can reflect and  feel safe so I can recharge and press forward with action and not defeat my own purpose for preparedness with gloomy thoughts or standing still or overwhelming fear.
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We must feed our spirit gratitude and light even if the world seems dark around us.
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There must be hope. 
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Keep moving in planning for emergencies!
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 And keep moving if we are in a disaster.
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Move always with purpose.
 

Prepared Mentally Healthy Excersizes

Preparedness is an excersize in living  healthy lives mentally no matter what. Providing the substances we need for food, hydration, tools to provide a back up plan to any situation where normal routines and life interruptions occur enable us to continue without much of an inconvenience. Sure, we will have to prepare our foods a little different if there were a lose of our home or an evacuation was necessary we will also have to prepare our minds to accept what ever comes our way. If the home is intact and we were just without electricity, that’s  a minor disruption if we did have the equipment to generate back up energy.

Ok, so we just have to do things a little different.

The Mind On Autopilot

In times of extreme shock or trauma humans go on auto pilot. Some folks go to panic. Soldiers have to be conditioned mentally and so should we. What have we trained our Auto pilot to do for us?

We plan to be in these situations so that when they do occur, we are not surprised we are merely redirected. In both circumstances I went into a numb state knowing I had to do certain things and just wait it out. There was no turning back or side stepping these events. They were happening!  I stood ready in both of these minor crisis to act if I needed to. Our mind does that for us. The aftermath of disasters if we are lucky enough to escape unharmed must be worked through. We will need time to adjust to new surroundings or life styles and lay in the foundation of a rebuilding. Coping with circumstances where we feel we have lost something or that something has been taken for us is not easy. It requires a mindset telling us not to harbor anger, sadness, doubt, dispair. The emotions certainly will be normal and they are going to happen.

We cannot let them stand in our way of being productive and healthy.

In the recovery of a 12 step program the first half of the first step is:

We admit we are powerless over _________ fill in the blank with what ever it is that has invaded your life. While there is very little we can do to control a situation we can take measures and actions to take us out of the center of it and find a new way to direct our thinking. Dwelling on the problems do us no good.

Taking affirmative decisions to live the best we can under our circumstances is a healthy way to begin recovery.

Spam Talk On Survival Recovery

Spam or spam – Observations on Survival Recovery

Spam

Spam (Photo credit: kellinahandbasket)

Spam the meat product by Hormel is a staple item in a long term food storage plan.

Talking about Spam on Survival Recovery seemed appropriate today because of it’s unique status. It’s content is a wonderful contribution to emergency preparedness as part of the protein food group.

It is a meat product that can keep for years if stored in cool temperatures. Using it is easy. Simply remove the can opener key and insert into the can tab on the side. Turn the key until the tab strip has completely opened this little rectangular can and you slide the contents out. (Older cans had this feature)

Dice it up into small squares for adding to dishes or fry with scrambled eggs or seasoned rice. It can make a good sliced meat addition to a survival meal. Just warm it up in a frying pan. It can also be eaten right out of the can. Many islander residents use it in traditional ethnic recipes. It is a necessary source of protein in their culture because of the lack of grazing area for cattle and other meat source animals. That and it’s a really handy item to have in the pantry.

English: Two small cans of Spam. One is closed...

English: Two small cans of Spam. One is closed and the other open and sliced. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My addition of Spam is also relevant to some of the commentary we are receiving here on Survival Recovery. Post a link that is NOT a related subject and you will not be approved. Where the wonderful food product Spam, gets stored, saved, and eaten your spam gleeful gets tossed in the trash bin!

Interaction brings good results and a posting on our comments board. Quality links will be posted!

To be approved:

  • First – good grammar.
  • Second – GOOD CONTENT!
  • Third: Quality Site Links

Sharing information is important in preparedness and there are many, many great sources to be had.

Like the canned meat Spam, your spam may sit on the shelf collecting dust never to see the light of day. If it is beyond the use by date it will go into the trash.

Just a thought… 😉

Food Storage A Biblical Reference

One of the earliest references to Food Storage was in the book Of Genesis.

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English: Joseph and His Brethren Welcomed by P...

The story of Joseph interpreting the Pharaoh’s dream of cows and corn leads to the establishment of a grain storage system in Egypt.

By following suggestions from Joseph to their leader the people in Egypt are able to weather a 7 year drought and famine.

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This reference may be found in The Bible’s Old Testament in the book of Genesis 41:15

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In the story people endure through wise planning. The events of this tale are not new. They are part of the times we live in as well. We see drought, famine, hunger, and the like daily. Through properly supplying necessary grains the impact of this calamity is softened on these citizens and hunger is eased through this planning. They are also at a position to charge a high price for it!

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Dramatized for your amusement!

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This is one of the earliest examples of food storage. It runs along the lines of “God Helps Those That Help Themselves!” another piece of wise information. But did you know that this phrase is actually a quote by Ben Franklin? In my studies I have often thought of this phrase and naturally thought it was a Bible reference. I was very surprised when I searched in scripture references for it! I then turned to Wikipedia to look up where it came from. The details are not important but the effect of the statement are.

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If we are to truly help ourselves in planning for emergency and good food storage I have no doubt our God will help us make it through whatever crisis we may face. This is not meant as a preaching post but a simple reminder that accepting good advice is a great excersize in helping our lives be easier and better off in the long haul than ignoring suggestions and paying dearly for not heeding helpful, kind words.

Just a thought! =)

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More Reasons To Do Food Storage

Good economics is one of the best reasons to do food storage.

We can save money by storing and buying things in bulk.

Do we really need anymore reminders why it’s a good idea to stock the essential foods?

Food Storage ~ Image: M Burgess

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With food stored in our pantry we know we can stretch the budget along and plan for a long term food source. If I get lazy and don’t want to go to the store for weeks at a time, I CAN! =)

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In the news drought  is causing a rise in our food prices. Add this to more reasons to do food storage!

Check out this article from FOXNEWS:

Historic drought

to bring higher food prices, experts say | Fox News.

The historic drought baking the nation’s breadbasket is about to hit American consumers where it hurts most — the supermarket checkout.

“Prices are going to go up,” Justin Gardner, assistant professor of agribusiness at Middle Tennessee State University, told the Christian Science Monitor. “The only question is when.”

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Everything from breakfast cereal to roast beef will cost more as a result of the worst drought in 24 years, which has already prompted authorities to declare more than 1,000 counties in 26 states — nearly two-thirds of land in the lower 48 states, stretching from Nevada to South Carolina — natural disaster areas.

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Only in the 1930s and the 1950s has a drought covered more land, according to federal figures released Monday. So far, officials say there’s little risk of a Dust Bowl-type catastrophe, but crop losses could mount if rain doesn’t come soon — and that means across-the-board higher food prices.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its crop projections for corn by 12 percent, prompting a 34 percent hike in prices in recent weeks. Since corn goes into so many food products for both humans and livestock, its effect on overall food prices is massive.

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The rising prices of livestock feed are already impacting some businesses.

Jack Sabolik, a butcher in Ohio, said customers are cutting back at his store as the rising cost of feed has brought corresponding increases in the price of meat, Fox 8 Cleveland reports.

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“A lot of people aren’t buying as many steaks as they would in the summer time, buying more hamburger and stuff like that to make it go by further with the families and stuff,” he said.

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Jeff Born, a Northeastern University finance professor and director of the executive MBA program, told the Christian Science Monitor it will only get worse. “If you like bacon [and] pork, you should buy it now, because by the fall you are going to be stunned at what it will cost,” he wrote in an email.

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In Illinois, the drought has already taken a heavy toll, with more than 80 percent of corn, soybean and other crops considered to be in fair condition or worse. Less than 10 percent of farm fields have adequate topsoil moisture. Farmer Kenny Brummer has lost 800 acres of corn that he grows to feed his 400 head of cattle and 30,000 hogs. Now he’s scrambling to find hundreds of thousands of bushels of replacement feed.”Where am I going to get that from? You have concerns about it every morning when you wake up,” said Brummer, who farms near Waltonville. “The drought is bad, but that’s just half of the problem on this farm.”

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In Ohio, produce vendor Mike Shull told Fox 8 Cleveland that the lack of water may drive corn prices up. “It’s hard to get the stuff in if it ain’t growing,” Shull, an Ohio vendor selling produce…..

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/17/historic-drought-conditions-can-lead-to-higher-food-prices-experts-say/?cmpid=cmty_fb_Historic_drought_to_bring_higher_food_prices%2C_experts_say#ixzz20uiEvjX2

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Our family grew up knowing this is an important issue no matter what. In tackling this tradition in my adult years, news of this kind makes me glad I paid attention to this good advice. My only worry is will it be enough when it comes time to really have to depend on what we have set aside. Chances are we won’t go hungry, will you?

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