Friday, March 27, 2015

The Homegrown Food Summit - Another Free Webinar Series

On April 6-12, grow your knowledge for organic living. Grow it faster than if you read a wheelbarrow's load of the best books on food production, harvesting and preserving.

April 6-12, the Home Grown Food Summit will host 35 presentations from experts, across a variety of organic food topics.

(Presentations from experts who'd be the authors of many of the books that would otherwise load your "To-Read" wheelbarrow. FYI)

The Summit draws together educators who are passionate about sharing and improving knowledge around organic food production.

So passionate... they are sharing their experiences and secrets.

For Free.

The Summit offers you a quick way to walk through the details of acquiring skills for organic living. Skills that you might miss out on for lack of understanding some simple tips and tricks.

Get the details here about the Home Grown Food Summit.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Over The Counter (OTC) Medications For The Prepper

We’ve all been there…early in the morning, calling into the boss to tell them that we won’t be in that day for any multitude of reasons.  It could be a bout with the flu, strained back, or something else along those lines.  When we leave that message, we pop some OTCs and head back to bed, hoping that things will be better the next day.

Unfortunately, when the poop has hit the propeller, going back to bed really won’t be an option.  There are any number of tasks that have to be performed such as watch duty, wood splitting, water gathering, and so on.  Not to mention that everyday chores that we dutifully perform without a thought will be much more labor intensive.  If you don’t believe me, try making your morning cup of joe without anything electric.

Simply put, tasks will need do get done whether you feel up to it or not.
Here are some suggestions of normal OTC medications you should have on hand…

Pain Relievers: Anacin, Tylenol, Advil, or whatever works for you in the strength you normally take

Cold & Flue Remedies:  Look for tablet form such as Tylenol Cold, or similar.  Daytime/Nighttime duo packs are handy.

Allergy Relief:  Benadryl or similar products may also be effective for insect bites & stings as well as poison ivy and other irritants.

Specialized products:  Mydol, Aleve (naproxen) , Robax, etc.

Antibiotics:  Look for antibiotic ear drops and eye drops for minor infections.  Polysporin is one brand that is available over the counter, however, you will have to ask your pharmacist and may be asked for your name and personal info such as address and telephone number. (you should also seek information on fish antibiotics and how to diagnose for their use)

Remember, there is plenty of evidence out there that supports the effectiveness of tablet form medications well beyond their expiry date.  Generic brands such as Costco’s Kirkland often contain the exact same medicinal ingredients and are available at a discount when compared to name brand.  Read the labels to compare.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Introducing the newest freeze dried food in Canada – Relief Foods!

Canada – meet Relief Foods.  Relief Foods, meet Canada.  We know you are going to be good friends. We are proud to be the exclusive Canadian distributors of Legacy Premium Foods, and for Relief Foods as well! Why another freeze dried food line? How is Relief Foods different from Legacy? Why would I choose one over the other? Well, let us tell you.

Why another Freeze Dried Food Line?
Legacy Premium Foods has supplied thousands of Canadians with long term food storage. Its 25 year shelf life, 19 different entrées, 4 breakfasts, hearty serving sizes, delicious taste and convenient storage buckets have made it a favourite choice for Canadians. This is the food you want if you are feeding hardy people with hefty appetites and wanting lots of variety in your long term food storage.

Relief Foods is specifically made for families with little people in mind. Total Prepare wanted to have an equally excellent product to stand beside Legacy Foods that fit a variety of family budgets. The quality of Relief Foods stands up to that of Legacy Foods and boasts the same amazing advantages: 25 year shelf life, great tasting, non-GMO, gluten free options and convenient storage buckets.

How is Relief Foods different from Legacy?
What sets Relief Foods apart, is that it offers more servings per pouch (6) that are sized to suit families with children. Although the menu is simpler, what really sets it apart are the drinks that come with both the essential and premium combo buckets. Also, those who can’t eat gluten will be thrilled to know Relief Foods offers a delicious gluten-free oatmeal, so your breakfast supply is covered too.
But there’s more. The little darling of Relief Foods is its 90 Serving Fruit Lover Bucket (also gluten free!). We were caught by surprise at how many fruit buckets started flying out the door when we introduced Relief Foods to our customers. 90 servings of yummy dried apples, bananas and mangos have proven to be a hit! It’s the perfect supplement to your long term food storage.

Why would I choose one over the other?
We can honestly say they are both wonderful choices. You will be right with either of them. If you would like a wider variety of large sized meals, then Legacy is for you. If you are building your emergency food supply but have a tight family budget to balance and smaller appetites to satisfy, then Relief Foods would be the way to go.

Either way you choose, you are getting the best freeze dried food Canada has to offer from two companies whose mission it is to make food storage a healthy, simple and viable experience for all.

Learn about Legacy Premium Food Storage.  Click here.
Learn about Relief Foods. Click here

In celebration of our new product line, we are offering a 66 Serving Essential Combo Bucket for this month’s Canadian Preppers Network giveaway.  Are you ready to get to know Legacy or Relief Foods better? Then call us today or visit our website and we will get this friendship started!   

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Ever heard of a bomb calorimeter?

Bomb Calorimeter
A bomb calorimeter is used to measure the food energy that is in a food item. So if you want to know how much food storage you need to survive for a month, you could stick some samples inside one of these babies, light it up, and then hire a scientist to interpret the results.

However, these bomb calorimeters are not used to create the numbers you see on today's nutritional labels because they burn everything, and the body does not. A bomb meter thus gives a higher food energy number than what is realistic.

Nutritional label numbers come from a much more scientific method: estimation. To create a nutritional label, chemical tests are run on the common ingredients within the product to estimate the energy density of the components. Then those energy densities are averaged against some charts and added up.

Now look at all those cans, jars and buckets in your basement! What a testament to your preparedness. That took some work. You've been told the stats, store 'x' amount of calories per person per day, so you used the nutritional labels best you could to make sure you would have enough for your family.

I am here to tell you today that not all calories and servings are created equal.
A) Nutritional label creation is not an exact process
B) Companies that manufacture product can adjust the label with a wide degree of variation to suit their purposes. A serving of the exact same product could be labelled 1/4 cup by company 'A' or 1 cup by company 'B' , resulting in packaging that states 50 servings, 5 servings or 5000. Whatever they want it to say to make it sound good.

Over the coming weeks and months, I intend to dive very deep into what makes up the servings and calories behind many of the food items available in our prep industry today. It's going to be very revealing and telling. And it should be a good education for all of us - helping us get an apples to apples look at the food we are storing. You deserve to know and understand this.

I would highly encourage you to jump on our newsletter list to be notified when and where my research becomes available. You can find the sign up form at the bottom of our homepage. See you soon.

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions - Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.