So, Can You Eat a Cactus for Survival?

cactus plants

Cacti thrive in hot and dry regions but can be found all over the world in areas that don’t reach below freezing. While admiring the vicious-looking appearance, you might be surprised to learn that it offers much in terms of survival. Yes, you can eat most cacti, though some varieties are toxic for humans. Generally, … Read more

So, Can You Eat Ants for Survival Purposes?

a hand covered with ants

When discussing survival scenarios, especially long-term scenarios or ones where you are trapped in the middle of the wilderness, the topic of hunting for food often comes up, and for obvious reasons. But, this discussion typically overlooks small game, and I’m talking about really small game in particular: insects. Although eating insects is nothing new … Read more

Power Outage Grocery List: 23 Items to Get

freeze dried foods

Preparing for a power outage and its impact on your life is difficult enough without worrying over how you’re going to prepare your meals. Considering that the kitchen is really the command center of the average home, anything that takes your kitchen offline is going to dramatically interfere with feeding yourself and your family. Yes, … Read more

So, How Many Calories are in an MRE?

eversafe mre

MREs, or meals-ready-to-eat, are military ration packs that every single person serving in uniform is already familiar with, and they also happen to be a long-term food storage solution for preppers. Though expensive, their combination of extraordinary shelf life and stability across a great temperature range makes them good survival food for civilians just like … Read more

So, Can you Eat Grasshoppers to Survive?

a grasshopper on a leaf

In some cultures around the world, insects feature heavily on the menu. Throughout Asia, Africa and South America bugs make up an important resource of nutrition. Similarly, bugs have commonly been turned to as a food of desperation by those in survival situations or living in times of extreme lack. It sounds gross, and it … Read more

Cooking OPSEC During a Disaster

can heated on a stove

Most preppers already know that OPSEC, or operational security, is an important concept when surviving in the aftermath of any major disaster or other long-term crisis. A loan word taken from the military, applying the concept to prepping and general survival means taking pains to keep your business your business, and not giving away to … Read more

Do Ramen Noodles Ever Expire?

uncooked ramen

Ramen noodles. You love them, or you hate them, and probably not much in between. That being said, you have to respect them for becoming so ubiquitous and so cheap. Whether they are tossed into a pack as a reliable if uninspired camping meal or used to desperately stretch the dollars of broke college kids, … Read more

Is it Safe to Heat Food in a Can?

can heated on a stove

Canned food is a reliable, convenient option, and aside from being an everyday staple in the kitchen it also serves as a fundamental part of a long-term food storage plan. You might have seen various depictions in media of people heating up canned food right in the can prior to eating it, but is this … Read more

15 Prepper Pantry Essentials to Hoard

canned foods on can racks in pantry

One of the foundational elements of prepping is ensuring that you have enough provisions on hand for yourself, your family and anyone else that you care about to last through the disruption of society that occurs as the result of disaster or crisis. Food, naturally, is never far from people’s thoughts and most of us … Read more

How Long Do MREs Typically Last?

Eversafe MRE

Every prepper worries about keeping enough food on hand to go the distance during an emergency, be it long-term or short-term. One popular option is the MRE, or “meal, ready-to-eat”. Conveniently packed, durable, nutritious and possessed of an amazing shelf life, some folks believe that MREs will last all the way to the apocalypse and … Read more

7 Food Storage Lies to Avoid

If you want to be prepared to survive the aftermath of a disaster, a societal collapse or just the ups and downs of life in these increasingly turbulent and uncertain times you must have a stash of necessities. One of the most important provisions that any prepper will accumulate is food. Sure, compared to shelter … Read more

Question: How Long Does Pemmican Last?

Pemmican, real pemmican, is seeing something of a renaissance among preppers, campers and other outdoorsmen. This ancient and traditional survival ration made by native North Americans is renowned for its combination of calorie density and long life, seemingly making it an ideal survival food even today. Depending on who you ask, pemmican will last 6 … Read more

9 SHTF Cooking Methods That Are Stealth

boiling water on small backpacking stove

Cooking during a SHTF event is a very tricky proposition. If proper sight, sound, and smell OPSEC is not observed, everyone within a one mile radius could know you and your family not only still have food, but also have the means to prepare it. During a brief disaster, like the power going out due … Read more

Should You Eat Dehydrated Food?

dehydrated apples

Dehydrated foods are an increasingly popular option for concerned homeowners, campers and preppers alike. Dehydrated foods enjoy increased shelf stability, lighter weight and are still reasonably easy to prepare or even ready to eat right out of the package. Most of them still taste pretty good to boot! However, despite dehydrated foods being a staple … Read more

Is Oatmeal Any Good as Survival Food?

Preppers are smart to store all kinds of staples in their pantry in order to plus-up their SHTF food supply. One popular breakfast grain does not get discussed very much, though: Oatmeal. You can find oatmeal served for breakfast all across North America and in many parts of the world, but despite this wholesome reputation, … Read more