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At the most basic level, food provides us with the energy we need to sustain life, and he that is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

In fact, if you’re not found possessed of it, it might BE your last day.

Food is a less immediate need in most survival situations–most people have the capability to go for 3 weeks (or longer) before dying from starvation.

There are several ways we can prepare ourselves, so that we are sure to have this “currency of life.”

Storage

The most simple and basic way to ensure that you’ll have food when you need it is to store it ahead of time. Food storage doesn’t have to be complicated either. In fact, food storage is one race that is definitely won by a slow and steady tortoise over a speedy and erratic hare. If you’re looking for some ideas to help you get going, here is a little food storage guide that I put together.

Production

As a compliment to the food that you purchase, your own food production efforts can and should greatly supplement your food storage. Being able to produce your own food is the backbone of self sufficiency and long term survival. It includes things like gardening, raising livestock, hunting, foraging, snaring and more.

Preservation

Once you are successfully producing at least a portion of your own food, preservation techniques can help you to convert that food into long term storage. Food preservation minimizes waste, and affords you the luxury of being able to enjoy certain foods long after the harvest has passed.

Check out the following prepisodes for topics related to food storage, production and preservation:

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