Whether you are preparing for the apocalypse, a nuclear disaster, hurricane, snowstorm or flood, the United States Government recommends that you have a three-day supply of food stockpiled before the next disaster. Place this food in an area of your home where it will stay cool and dry.
If you will be traveling during winter, then it is a great idea to have a separate kit in your home. Dehydrating food that your family enjoys is a great way to do this. Consider these advantages of dehydrating your own food.
The first advantage to dehydrating your own food is money. This is particularly true if you have a garden. Just consider the math. A packet of carrot seeds cost about a $1.00 at most stores in the spring. The packet will contain about 650 seeds. Plant the seeds in the ground and you will have about an 80 percent germination rate giving you about 520 carrots each measuring about six inches.
Slice each carrot into 1/4- inch slices and blanch for two minutes. Soak them for a little while in ice water before laying them on a roasting rack set on a cookie sheet. Place them in the oven at 125 degrees for seven hours. With just a little effort, you have created 12,480 dehydrated carrot chips that you and your family can enjoy for just a buck.
High Energy Snacks
When you are using your emergency kit, complete chaos likely surrounds you. Therefore, you will likely be burning many calories trying to make emergency repairs to your home and property. These foods should be high in carbohydrates, starches, and sugars to provide you with a continual source of energy.
For example, you can make delicious crackers from the leftovers after you have created your favorite tomato juice. Just take 2 cups of the juice pulp, and combine with ½ cup ground whole wheat flour, ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, 2 tablespoons soy sauce and ½ teaspoon basil. Mix thoroughly to combine and add ¼ cup water. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and then spread out the mixture until it is ¼ inch thick. Score with a knife and then place in the oven set at the lowest temperature for six hours. Flip and dehydrate on the other side for about another four hours. The calories in these delicious crackers will keep you going for many hours.
Know what is in the Food
Have you ever turned over a package of food and looked at the ingredients list? Often times you cannot even pronounce some of the ingredients. Instead of putting things into your body that will not even roll off your tongue, consider dehydrating your own food. Use produce from the garden to produce your own dehydrated food like strawberries.
When they are at the height of summer goodness, pick two quarts to make a pint of dehydrated strawberries. Simply wash them and cut into ¼-inch slices making sure to remove all the green. Spray a cookie sheet and lay the strawberries in a single layer on it. Place in the oven on warm and watch for them to look dry. Flip them over and let the other side dry too.