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Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis Paperback – October 22, 2002
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Always Be Prepared
What if your life was disrupted by a natural disaster, food or water supply contamination, or any other type of emergency? Do you have the essentials for you and your family? Do you have a plan in the event that your power, telephone, water and food supply are cut off for an extended amount of time? What if there were no medical or pharmaceutical services available for days, weeks, or months? How prepared are you?
With this guide by your side, you and your family will learn how to plan, purchase, and store a three-month supply of all the necessities--food, water, fuel, first-aid supplies, clothing, bedding, and more--simply and economically. In other words, this book may be a lifesaver.
Inside you'll find 10 steps to an affordable food storage program plus how to:
-Prepare a home "grocery store" and "pharmacy"
-Use what you store and store what you use
-Store water safely and provide for sanitation needs
-Create a first-aid kit, car kit, and 72-hour emergency kit for the whole family
-And many more invaluable hints and tips
"This clear, concise, step-by-step program is not only affordable and doable, it's essential in these uncertain times. Now, everyone from apartment dwellers to basement owners can store a three-month supply of the essentials, including peace of mind!" -- Joni Hilton, author of "Once-a-Week Cooking Plan and "Cooking Secrets My Mother Never Taught Me
About the Author
Peggy Layton, a home economist, holds a bachelor's degree in home economics education from Brigham Young University, with a minor in food science and nutrition. Peggy and her husband, Scott, have seven children. With nine people to feed, Peggy writes about food storage and preparedness from a hands-on point of view. She writes and speaks frequently on bulk food preparation and emergency preparedness and has traveled extensively lecturing at preparedness expos throughout the United States. The author of a series of books on food storage and cooking, Peggy is also a food storage consultant and has helped many people put together food storage programs for their families. She is dedicated to bringing you accurate information as well as quality, tested recipes. Peggy and her family live in Manti, Utah, a rural town of 2,500 people, where they are prepared for any disaster—Peggy lives what she preaches!
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I was also looking for for ideas on how and where to store all of the supplies suggested. We live in a large house but unless I am willing to put the shelves pictured in the book in my living room, it offered little help. There were plenty of check lists provided and some recipes. But in glancing over the recipes, I noticed one for sweetened condensed milk that didn't specify quantity of sugar when the directions clearly indicated it was to be used.
I just do not think this book gave me much new information as a resource tool.
If you want a comparison look at Cody Lundin's books. They are practical applications of daily life that anyone can do with out breaking the bank or ording any special food.
You are basically buy 50% of a book because thats all the info that is there. The rest of the book is empty lists.
If you want to survive look at:
98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive by Cody Lundin and Russ Miller
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes by Cody Lundin, Russell Miller, and Christopher Marchetti
these books will keep you alive!!!!
REMEMBER WHEN DISASTER STRIKES THE TIME TO LEARN AND PREPARE IS OVER!
The basic suggestion here is to buy two of what you generally use, so your pantry has a supply of your normal foods. It's not a bad idea, so you won't be caught short in a temporary crisis. But what about cooking fuels? We realized that if electricity was out, gas was out, cooking would be either NOT (open a can of baked beans or sardines, was our solution, nutritionally dense and can be eaten cold) or have some gel fuel and charcoal on hand for heating water.
There is a lot of good stuff here for the beginner to consider, but this book won't help you figure out how much, of what, for how long, and how to deal with various crises--for example, we were out of power and water for over a week when a simple ice storm hit our neighborhood. That's right, no nuclear meltdown, no giant hurricane, no attack by Martians, just a common garden-variety ice storm, the kind you get every year. We heated our house in the basement with a wood fireplace and we "cooked" using the gas on the stove (still available.) Oven was out--no electronic thermostat to keep it heated. No hot water, and if you were on a well system, you'd have HAD no water, as they run on, yep, electricity. There is also a lot of useless stuff--like how to bake bread. If we would be in a survival situation, an oven would be problematical unless you have a wood-fired brick oven like a Quebec oven handy in your back yard, and anyway, most people can show you how to do that. Baking bread would be the last of my worries in an emergency. Again, I think this book is just a collection of information, not a system in any way or a handbook either. It's not complete, not organized nor is it practical for basic survival.
She does comment that dried wheat, sugar and milk (part of the Mormon "Four" of salt, sugar or honey, wheat and milk) are ok if your family will eat those foods but what if they won't--and you need to know how to use them, ie do you have a grain mill? (and what about being gluten sensitive? lactose intolerant? You're s.o.l.) They do store well. And I have yet to see anyone suggest canned cigarette tobacco and rolling papers--as trading value if you don't indulge in tobacco.
Bottom line: a great place to learn about storage of food and survival ideas but not a survival handbook as advertised.