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6 Creative Survival Uses For Mason Jars

Mason jars are so much more than cute country décor because they are waterproof and can be hermetically sealed, these molded glass marvels have tons of uses around the house and in Prepping.

We all know that mason jars are essential in home canning and food preservation, but here are a few more reasons to keep them on hand.

How to Use Mason Jars for Survival
1. Make an Oil Lamp

 

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All you need to make an oil lamp is:

Mason jar with metal lid
100% cotton, or fiberglass wick
Non-toxic lamp oil: olive oil, paraffin oil, or almond oil
Hammer & nail
Scissors

Directions:

Hammer the nail through the metal lid to make a hole for your wick to pass through.
Measure the wick to reach the bottom of the jar and hang over the edge by ¼”, and cut with the scissors.
Fill the Mason jar with the non-toxic lamp oil of your choice.
Soak the wick in the oil and set it aside before adding it to the jar.
To avoid having an overly large and unsafe flame, leave only ¼” of the wick above the lid when you assemble the lamp.
You can add food coloring, berries, pinecones, etc. if you want to make your oil lamp more visually appealing.

Having oil lamps on hand if the power goes out, or if you need to barter, is a great idea!

2. Store Valuables

Because of their small size and the fact that they are waterproof, Mason jars are great for storing cash and important documents. You can hide them in cubbies or cutouts, or bury them. Just be careful not to break the glass when digging them up!

3. Herb Garden Planters

 

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Who needs pots or planters when you have Mason jars? You can easily maintain your summer herb garden all year round by planting in Mason jars and keeping them on your window sills.

All you need to get started are:

Mason jars
Small rocks/gravel
Potting soil
Herb plants or seeds
Labels for jars

Be sure to add the rocks to the bottom of the jars, since they do not have holes for drainage. You don’t want the roots to be damaged in excess water.

4. Meal Storage

Mason jars are well known for storing food for the long-term. But beyond canning, you can store portioned out meals of non-perishable items. When SHTF, you’ll be sitting pretty with pre-planned lunches and dinners that just need some water and heat.

5. Make a Mason Jar Candle

 

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Similar to the oil lamp, you can make candles in your Mason jars. Just cut your wick, glue it to the bottom of the jar, melt your wax, and pour the wax in.

6. Perfect Waterproof Storage

Mason jars are perfect for storing a variety of items you don’t want getting wet – kindling, matches, ammunition, bandages – you name it. Their clear design allows you to immediately organize and identify what’s inside when you need it.

Load Up on Mason Jars

Mason jars are inexpensive and readily available, two more reasons to load up on these invaluable tools. They are perfect for Preppers for so many reasons!

What are the other ways you use Mason jars at home? Do tell us in the comments section!

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7 Healthy Non-Perishable Food Items

When it comes to stocking up your Prepper’s pantry, you’d want to make sure you have food that doesn’t expire quickly. Below are some non perishable food items you should stock up on. And take note, they’re healthy, too!

Non Perishable Food Items to Keep

As you stock your Prepper’s pantry, you will want to make sure you’re addressing all the major food groups. If/when the day comes that you rely on the pantry, adequate nutrition, and a balanced diet will be more important than ever. You don’t want to eat white rice for every meal, but you also don’t want the items in the pantry to expire every few months and need to be replaced.

Luckily, some of the foods with the longest shelf lives (30+ years) are full of vitamins and nutrients. Short-term solutions can still be safe to eat for 3-5 years while sealed, so don’t get overwhelmed by what to stock up on.

Very few foods are truly non-perishable, and the manner in which you store them can extend their shelf lives. Using food-grade plastic storage bins and storing food at 40-68° with minimal light exposure will ensure your supply lasts as long as possible.

Here are some of our top picks for your Prepper’s pantry.

1. Raw Honey

Raw honey will literally never expire! It is full of antioxidants and nutrients, it can be used to treat a sore throat, and it makes for a delicious sweetener. Just be sure you’re stocking the raw stuff, as plain old honey has been processed and heated, removing many of the benefits.

2. Dried Beans

 

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With an expiration date 10-30 years in the future, dried beans should be a staple in your pantry. Not to mention that dried beans are a great source of fiber and protein! They can easily be added to soups, stews, salads, and rice to beef up the protein content and help to fill you up.

3. Powdered Milk

For those worried about having milk on hand, storing powdered milk will keep you covered for 3-5 years. A plant-based alternative is canned coconut milk, which will also last for 5 years. Just be sure to keep milk options in a cool, dark place.

4. Canned Fish & Poultry

Canned fish and poultry can last for up to 5 years in your pantry, ensuring you have lean protein in the years to come. The smaller packets that are now sold do have shorter shelf lives, so read the expiration dates before purchasing.

5. White Rice

Although not as healthy as its neighbors quinoa and brown rice, white rice have the added benefit of lasting up to 30 years when stored properly. Carbohydrates are essential if you’re working up an appetite each day.

6. Canned Vegetables

Low-acidity canned vegetables have the potential to last for up to 5 years. Examples are potatoes, carrots, beets, and spinach.

7. Canned Soup

You may be able to consume some canned soups for up to 5 years, but again, low-acidity is key. That means avoid tomato-based soups when stocking up. Dried soups do not last nearly as long as canned varieties.

If you fear that a long-term power outage, natural disaster, or other disruptive event is on the immediate horizon, you can also stock up on supplies that will last for about a year and diversify your diet – like dried fruit, jerky, nuts, nut butter, and granola bars. Be organized with your pantry and don’t keep expired items in stock. It’s also recommended that you start a vegetable garden to ensure future supply.

What are the non-perishable food items you stock up on? Share your tips in the comments section!

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How To Setup Long Term Food Storage At Home For Emergencies

When it comes to emergencies, you must have long term food storage you can depend on. If you don’t have one set up yet, our article today may help you get started.

Prioritizing Long Term Food Storage at Home

It has been an exceptionally long time since the average American has concerned themselves with the scarcity of food on market shelves. It’s something that generations of people have lived without. Suddenly, we are seeing empty shelves and people are concerned.

What can be done to solve this? Is there an answer that will help you sleep at night during all the chaos?

I remember the first buckets of long-term food storage I stacked in my own home. There was a remarkably interesting feeling that came from that.

It was like an exhale but one that comes from the soul. There was this existential weight lifted because I knew that we had food even in the worst-case scenario!

You can achieve this, too. You are going to need a few things to make this work.

Store Bought VS Homemade

 

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There are companies that can take care of your long-term food storage needs with the press of a button. You can literally buy a years’ worth of food for you and yours, right now! Of course, there are some drawbacks to that.

They choose your menu and the product can never really be inspected until you need it most! So, you must have some faith in that company.

Maybe, you are a Sam’s Club member and you wanna turn that 50lb bag of rice (COST $17) into your own pails of food storage. This process is simple enough. There are also some real benefits to knowing how to do this yourself.

Particularly, in times of disaster. These companies that pack emergency food get hit hard and they can run out of things.

DIY Setup Long Term Food Storage

To set up your own long-term food storage system at home you are going to need five important things:

1. The Food

Shelf-stable foods are what you’re after here. If you are bucketing these foods yourself, you will want to buy them in bulk. If you can purchase from a club membership or a friend in the restaurant business this will be the most cost-effective means.

Flour
Cornmeal
Rice
Beans
Salt
Sugar
Spices
Oats
Hard Red Wheat
Lentils

These are all examples of great long-term food storage items.

2. Mylar Bags

The Mylar bag is a bag that you heat seal and prevents exposure to the outside work. A high mil Mylar bag can be great protection from the outside world.

These bags can be a little expensive so shop around. They are necessary for long term food storage.

Mylar bags are heat-sealed so once you have food and oxygen absorbers inside you can use an iron or hair straightener to seal them.

3. Oxygen Absorbers

Once you have your Mylar bags filled, you’re going to want to add an oxygen absorber or two based on the quantity and type of food you are storing.

The importance of the oxygen absorber is that it literally steals oxygen from the enclosed environment it’s in. This is particularly important because it helps with things like damaging oxidation which occurs with everything on the planet.

Grains are also packed with a certain number of bug eggs and larva. This simply cannot be avoided.

Things can be washed and sieved but some eggs just make it through. If you sit rice on the shelf too long, bugs will appear in the bag.

Once you introduce the oxygen absorbers those eggs never hatch and those bugs cannot survive.

4. 5 Gallon Buckets

Mylar is tough, but it can be damaged by dropping or maybe even consistent pests. If your bags are damaged, then you must get rid of the food inside of them. That is too much risk for a long-term food storage plan.

Instead, you want to either use a 5-gallon bucket to store your food or you want to pack up smaller Mylar bags in five-gallon buckets.

These buckets are like body armor for your long-term food storage. Don’t leave them out of the equation.

If you have a freak flooding in your storage location, your food will be safe. Even in a pest infestation, your food will not be targeted.

5. Rotating Stock

 

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Now that you have all this food stocked up in buckets, you need to label it and be sure that you include at least two important elements:

What’s inside
When it was packed

From there you will need to consider stock rotation. Building long term food storage is not just about the first round of food you buy. You will buy subsequent rounds of food storage and they will need to be stored, as well.

Also, you cannot take the new buckets and store them on top of or in front of the old. You must rotate the old to the front and put the new behind them. That is the key to rotating your food storage and making sure you eat through the oldest stuff first.

Have a Reliable Prepper Pantry

Long term food storage is no substitute for a strong prepper’s pantry. You want to have foods in cans and boxes that can be easier eaten and accessed on a regular basis. You can store up to years’ worth of food this way!

However, in a true collapse of the economy or the food supply, both of which could be on the horizon, you are going to want access to long term food storage that can feed your family for even longer.

This long-term food storage gives you the power of calories. The power of a full belly and you always want to be prepping from a position of power!

What is your fave go-to food in your long term food storage pantry? Care to share with us in the comments section!

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