Buzzing around Instagram and online freeze drying groups, I see a lot of photos of people showing off their home freeze dried goodies – and a lot of freeze drying mistakes. We got our home freeze dryer earlier this year, and it's pretty easy to use, but there are some things you should avoid to get the best results for your food and your freeze dryer. Some of these tips are for flavor, some shorten your drying time, some avoid messes and a few are real safety issues. [Read more…]
With extreme weather – heat, fires and floods – hitting much of the country and civil turmoil keeping semi trucks from making their deliveries, there's never been a better time to build up your food storage. Freeze dried meals are a classic emergency preparedness food, but new options can make freeze dried food a practical choice for every day meals. We've been test tasting and reading labels for over a year now, trying out different brands of ready to eat foods. These are our top choices for the best freeze dried foods. (To those who have been waiting for us to get done testing, thanks for your patience!) [Read more…]
Bulk grains are a classic preparedness storage food because they have great shelf life. Whether you're buying quinoa, rice or other gluten free grains, or stocking up on wheat berries for delicious homemade bread, buying bulk grain is a great way to save money, too. Food prices are only likely to increase and bad weather and increasing demand put more pressure on food supplies, so stocking up your pantry now makes sense.
I originally wrote this back in 2011 after organizing a very large bulk grain order, directly from a mill. This is a great option if you have a large group that you can pull together for a grain buy, and don't have a buying club in that already includes bulk grain, or would simply like to take advantage of the best bulk grain pricing. This is especially true if you are buying bulk organic grains.