Baby Steps February 1, 2013

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It’s February and before we kick off this month of falling in love here are three super simple, super small baby steps for you to breeze through this weekend.
1. Learn the difference between dehydrated foods and freeze-dried foods.
   Dehydrated= most of food’s water is removed naturally or via heat
   Freeze-Dried = food is flash frozen, placed in a vacuum chamber and sublimated

   (Sublimation= ice is changed directly from a solid to a gas and removed)
   What’s the difference? Dehydration is the best way to get rid of moisture for grains, legumes,
   baking mixes, and some fruits and vegetables (like carrots). Freeze-drying retains much of 
   the foods’ appearance, flavor, nutritional value, and it stores longer.   
   Read up on the difference in our 15 Tips for Food Storage Shopping.
   Bonus points for someone who tries either a dehydrated or freeze-dried food for the first time!   
   Click here for recipes suggestions then tell us about your experience in the comments below.


2. Add one month’s worth of these non-perishable items to your supply:
Toilet paper

Personal toiletries like diapers, baby wipes, adult 
briefs, sanitary napkins, tampons 

ReadyBath Wipes (These are pre-moistened 
            antibacterial washcloths for bathing.) 

3. Learn how to shut off the gas and water to your home.

DON’T actually turn off the gas though, ‘cause no one wants to wake up to a cold shower. Plus in your area you might have to pay the gas company to come turn it back on. (Might be good practice for using some of your other prepper gear though…)

Click here for instruction from The Family Handyman
Make sure you have these tools and hang them where they’ll be used.
                Bung wrench
                Emergency Gas Shut Off Wrench

Easy, right?
Which one are you going to do? 

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