June 24, 2019

How our Drought will Affect your Food Budget

It has been a long and miserable summer, as the Texas drought drags on.  We thought we might get some relief this past weekend, but it did not materialize, as the rainfall from the expected tropical storm went east to Louisiana.  Instead, we got high winds.  Driving down the freeway I spotted a sign that said “EXTREME WILDFIRE DANGER.”   A couple of exits later, I actually witnessed a ranging wildfire a few miles away.  Black smoke was billowing, and the […]

Storage Food Taste Test: Tuna Steaks in a Pouch

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I found this item that stores fairly well and does not take up a lot of room:  tuna steaks in a pouch. It did not sound very appetizing at first.  Before buying more, we opened up a couple of pouches and found they contained a solid piece of tuna steak with a small amount of liquid.  The tuna steak comes fully cooked, but it’s best to lightly brown it in a pan. We […]

Coffee Prices are about to Rise Again

We have seen coffee along with overall food prices increase over the past year and I had mentioned it last fall (See Food Prices are Going Up http://wp.me/p1dmhM-80).  It looks like there is no relief in sight.   Due to a couple of years of bad crops in coffee growing countries such as Columbia and Indonesia, along with the rising demand for coffee in a growing population like China, prices are sure to increase.  Major brands such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts […]

Taste Test: Backpacker’s Pantry Chili Mac with Beef

Time for another taste test.  This time, we picked up Chili Mac with Beef by Backpackers Pantry.  We like to try out prepared freeze dried food from time to time to see if it would be a good addition to our emergency food stash. The Chili Mac was super easy to prepare:  after you remove the oxygen absorber, add the specified amount of boiling water and let stand for a few minutes. It looked too soupy for a macaroni dish […]

Expiration Date Experiment

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I was looking for something to make for dinner and found this Rice A Roni in my pantry.   I’d had it for a while and it was well past the “Best By” date, in this case, 10/2009.   How did this get past me?  I thought, “Hmmm.  Should I or shouldn’t I?”  So I did some research on the internet about “Best by” dates. Technically, the item was not expired, it was past its […]

Media Now Recommending Stockpiling Food

Last week, one of our local channels had a segment on stockpiling food by using coupons.  A local coupon expert was featured; the interviewer followed her around the grocery store as she picked up sale items and combined coupons for impressive savings.  The segment concluded that we should all use coupons and store sales to stockpile food as a hedge against inflation. Today Fox News featured Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition.  The report recommended that anyone can start their emergency […]

Taste Test: Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai

It’s been a while since I reviewed a prepackaged freeze dried food so I decided to be adventurous and try Backpacker’s Pantry Pad Thai.  It is a vegetarian noodle dish, and the family elected to eat other foods so I was the only one who tried it.  I was a little “iffy” about the dish at first, but since it was so easy to prepare I figured, “Why not?” The first step is to take out the peanut butter packet […]

Book Review: How to Live on Wheat 3rd Edition

I received a reviewer’s copy of How to Live on Wheat, 3rd Edition by John Hill, which was released December 2010.  I must admit I had not heard of this book before, and likely would not have read it:  in my mind, “living on wheat” seems like one of those “advanced” activities, far above my preparedness skills. As it turns out, I am happy to admit I was wrong about my initial impression.  Live on Wheat has a lot of […]

Minimalism and Preparedness

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Our apartment is getting smaller!  Or it seems that way anyway.  The more emergency supplies we acquire, the less free space we have.   So I started paring down on items again.  This past weekend I donated a box of stuff to Goodwill:   outgrown children’s clothing, kitchen gadgets I rarely use, books and CDs that I did not get a chance to sell on Ebay. I’ve been reading a few sites on minimalism.  Some […]

A Way to Rotate Your Canned Food: Cansolidator Review

I happily won ModernSurvivalOnline.com’s Cansolidator Giveaway a couple of weeks ago.  The item is the Cansolidator “Pantry” which fits 40 cans and is available from Shelf Reliance.   I’m not a paid sponsor, just reviewing the item since I have never used a food rotation item before.  As you know, I am always on the hunt for an efficient way to store our supplies, since we are always so short on space in our apartment. We finally decided on a spot […]

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