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?

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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

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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

Peanut Butter as Survival Food – Good Idea or Not?

If you are padding your pantry with consumables in order to get ready for a long-term survival situation, chances are you will have seen plenty of spreadsheets comparing the relative benefits and nutritional value of various foods. Every prepper has their favorite, and it seems like every expert will make a contrary recommendation to those … Read more

What’s the Real Shelf Life of Clif Bars?

Clif bars. You have surely seen them, and chances are, if you keep energy bars as part of your food supplies for emergencies, you have bought more than a few of these ubiquitous oh-so-tasty bricks yourself. Clif bars are one of the most common, if not the most popular, energy bars on the market and … Read more

Why Exactly Are MREs So Expensive?

You will commonly encounter preppers stocking, stashing, praising and pillorying MREs, those ubiquitous pouched meals that seemingly never expire. Everyone that has ever served in the military is well acquainted, but these infamous transportable rations, and probably learned to hate them. But for us preppers, even if not the biggest fan of the taste, you … Read more

How Long Does Canned SPAM Last?

Ah, glorious Spam. That beloved blue can is a staple in pantries all across America and the world. Greatly favored by campers for its convenience, homeowners who want a quick bite and even preppers for its long lifespan. Spam is a tasty, versatile and, most importantly for our purposes, shelf-stable source of protein and calories. Spam’s … Read more

34 Staple Foods for Your Stockpile

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When SHTF or even during a short term crisis, you need to know that you can feed your family, no matter what. There are a lot of choices about what to store in a SHTF stockpile. But this article will focus on staple foods, which are those foods that can be easily stored long term … Read more

Homemade Granola Bars – an Excellent Survival Food

homemade granola bars

There are hundreds of variations of granola bars, and probably as many recipes as there are people making them because each person tweaks the basic recipe to suit their tastes, health requirements, and what they have readily available. After all in survival situations it’s all about using that is right there in your store cupboard, … Read more

Fly-Tying 101

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I went through a rough period financially after getting out of graduate school. I could not find work in my chosen field, criminal psychology. I worked per diem (as needed/as available) at a halfway house for the severely mentally ill, and during the spring and fall, teaching a class or two at a community college. … Read more