Food

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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.

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:

Although it’s late in the 2014 season already, today I wanted to give you 6 big helps for pruning an apple tree (or any fruit tree for that matter). If you haven’t ever done it before, this is something that can seem a little overwhelming, but it’s really easy to get going. So even if […]

Well, I’m ashamed to say it, but due to an early frost in 2013, I lost a TON of tomatoes and other garden goodness. Yep, last week we had a little cold front hit the Wasatch Front here in Utah. Had I been paying better attention, I could’ve easily covered up my tomatoes for a […]

So in last Tuesday’s prepisode, I introduced the giveaway competition for this week, which was to show us a meal that you had made cooking with food storage preps. Now that it’s been a week, it’s time to announce the winner… Tom from Frugal Prepper!! Congrats brotha! Tom gets the award for not only showing […]

If you’re a prepper and you live urban, you NEED to check out The Urban Farming Guys. They are a group of 20+ families who purposely moved into one of the worst areas of downtown Kansas City, called the Lykins neighborhood. Here they brave the everyday realities (horrors) or living in an area ridden with […]

As the 2013 summer gardening season wears on, I’ve been able to harvest a pretty good amount of fruit. Tomatoes have really been on for the past several weeks, and starting to get some broccoli, beets, and herbs. Today I wanted to give you a quick look at some of the recent goodness from the […]

Today’s Best of Web Monday resource is Whole Systems Design. Basically put,  Whole Systems Design is a study of how humans can get the most abundance out of their land. This means the lowest possible input for the greatest possible output (i.e. passive or near passive production). So Ben Falk and his team at Whole […]

A huge part of being truly self sufficient is learning how to get food from the earth. And for me, part of that means practicing a little survival fishing. I did not grow up fishing. My dad didn’t fish, and I didn’t have a ton of friends that fished either. But I recognize that in […]

Tomatoes falling over? A couple weeks of ill-timed negligence in the garden will do a number on your tomatoes! Especially if it’s in the middle of the summer, getting full sun and plenty of water. No, this isn’t a hypothtical problem. As my tomatoes have gotten bigger over this last month, a couple plants have […]

Today’s prepisode comes from my good buddy Chad. Chad was a neighbor of mine when I lived in Springville, a year ago. Today he does a “guest prepisode” to show us his drip irrigation systems reviews. He keeps it super simple buy using only: standard garden hose 1/2 inch PVC 1/4 drip hose and drip […]

Is it possible to revive bolting spinach? I’m wondering because after just a couple really hot days this week, suddenly all my greens are now flowers. From everything I’ve read and heard, I’m not alone in this problem. Spinach is a cool weather crop that thrives the most in fall or spring, and (from the […]

Many of you have seen my first couple of gardening videos this season (if you haven’t yet, you can check out my “How to Start a Raised Bed Garden” and “Raised Bed Watering System” videos). Now that it’s been roughly a month since I planted my raised bed garden, I thought I’d give you a […]

A couple months back, I was watching LDS Prepper’s videos on his Mittleider Gardening method, and got the idea for my own raised bed watering system. Essentially, the idea of his system is to create a PVC line that shoots hyper-focused little jets of water directly at the base of your plants. By drilling a […]

If you’ve watched my videos for any length of time, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen guest appearances from my friend and fellow prepper Financial Ben. We’ve done mock bug outs (MBOs) together, met Jack Spirko together at an expo a couple years back, and generally keep each other posted about any new preps […]

For today’s “Best of Web Monday”, I wanted to share 5 free permaculture videos with you (along with their PDF downloads!). “Permaculture”, for those who haven’t heard of it, is essentially the discipline of using passive landscape technologies to achieve maximum productivity. In particular, permaculture design seeks to control the flow of water across your land […]

For those of you who have been with me since the beginning, you have already seen me attempt 2 summer gardens. This year, I thought I would make a quick video showing how to start a raised bed garden, using what I’ve learned from the last two years. It started when I was up at […]

I got a question a week or so ago from fellow Daily Prepper Alex, from New Zealand. He writes: “Hello Dan and fellow preppers, I have a question about long term food storage. In New Zealand the prepper movement is slowly taking off, largely due to the recent earthquake in Christchurch. However, mylar bags and […]

Confession: My Utah Duck Hunting adventure happened in December of last year, and I’m just now getting around to posting…sorry. It’s funny how sometimes you can go for years without keeping in touch with someone, and then all of a sudden in a 20 minute phone call, you’re making plans to hangout. This is exactly […]

Like many “urbivalists”, living in small spaces, I am always on the lookout for ways to maximize available space. So I perked up a while back, when I saw an idea for storing food underneath the bed (check out the post on Urban Green Survival here). Once I had seen Dean’s idea, I had it in […]

Now that my garden has officially kicked the bucket for the season, I’ve decided to try my hand at a little sprouting. Sprouts are cheap, easy to grow, and contain a lot of nutrition. And, you can sprout almost anything! Today I’m making an easy sprouter out of a canning jar, and some plastic needlepoint […]

The other day I came across The Permaculture Design Game, created by the guys at Seed.org. While the game doesn’t get too specific about the “how-to’s” of permaculture, it does share a handful of permaculture principles, in a fun interactive way. When I saw it, I immediately thought–KIDS. It’s a perfect little tool to help […]

For today’s “Field Trip Friday”, it’s time to talk chickens. My long time friend and fellow prepper, Gregg Hale, recently picked up a few hens. For their housing, he built them a coop from a kit. I thought it turned out pretty cool, so I got him to meet up with me and show it […]

Alright guys, time to own up to my meager summer garden results… As many of you saw in my “building box gardens” prepisode, about 3.5 months ago, I planted everything. Unfortunately, due to a somewhat late start and less than ideal watering, my veggies still haven’t really produced a ton. Now that October has rolled […]

Last week I was able to hook up with my good buddy Ben from Financial Survivalist. He recently purchased a property that he will be developing into his own little Micro Homestead. Among other things, some of the things he will be doing there are: a passive solar greenhouse chickens fruit trees tilapia (but only […]

What’s going on guys! Today’s prepisode is actually a guest prepisode from a viewer. “Robb Conn” who shares his preps on his blog, Watch, Prepare, Wait, did a video for you guys showing how he processes quail that he raises on his property. Yes you will see a little birdie die if you watch the […]

At long last guys, I finally got my footage from the caribou hunt uploaded! For those of you who might not have known, I was given the opportunity through my generous employer, Desert Tactical Arms. The trip took me to the Arctic coast of Alaska from 8/19 to 8/31. I had a great time, and […]

The hunting trip I recently took really opened my eyes to the process of harvesting meat from animals. Killing, skinning, gutting, and finally butchering the meat. It is an ugly, smelly, dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it. And when the day comes that grocery stores don’t exist, that somebody is YOU. Can I […]

For the 12 days that I was in Alaska, guess what I was eating… Mountain House! For today’s Gear Review Wednesday, I review freeze dried pouch meals from Mountain House foods (not really “gear in the strictest sense, I know). Mountain House freeze dried meals in the pouch are: lightweight super easy to cook loaded […]

It’s been almost 2 months since I planted my square foot garden, and it’s time to give you an update. Unfortunately…it’s not much to show. At this point, I’m ready to chalk up my losses on most of my square feet that aren’t producing, and plant some fall crops. Fingers crossed, -Dan  

Best of Web Monday, and today I throw to the Urban Homestead project, of Pasadena, CA. The Urban Homestead is the effort of the Dervaes family to live self sufficiently on their tiny little 1/10th of an acre suburban lot. As part of the Urban Homestead, the Dervaes family gardens, keeps livestock and bees, and […]

As preppers, we know that the ability to “eat what you store” is HUGE. And a grain mill is an awesome way to do just that. With a grain mill you can turn your grains into flour, cereal, coffee, soup mixes, feed for your livestock, and more. In today’s “Gear Review Wednesday” I give you […]

The Urban Farming Guys is a non-profit organization that teaches people low tech solutions for farming, livestock, aquaponics, composting, bio-gas and more. In today’s “Best of Web” Monday, I throw to a recent trip of theirs to a small village in India. While here, they spent a few days building a high yielding aquaponics system, […]

Alright guys… Here’s your first update! Last week, you guys saw me put in my box garden (in prepisode #172) . Now it’s time to give you a look at what has transpired in just 11 days. Even though I got a late start, some quick starts make me hopeful still about the remaining growing […]

Today’s prepisode is a simple DIY for anybody looking to grow some potatoes (or sweet potatoes). I’m assuming that many people already know this, but for those who don’t–here you go. If you have kids, doing something like this is the perfect opportunity to teach about food. -Dan

Today it’s simple–I wanna know what you have found that’s worked to help you organize your food storage preps. I’m looking to get a little bit more organized and am just curious to see what you kind of system (if any) you guys have been using… Thanks! -Dan

Because of my move, I’m not getting near the jump I wanted to on getting my garden in, but better late than never right? (some of you guys may remember that prepisode #1 was my attempt to get a garden in last summer–on July 31st!). Today I give you a look at how to make […]

In the past 5 years, a bunch of new dehydrated and freeze dried food companies have saturated the market. They all have shiny looking websites, offer to mail you free samples of their food, and have conveniently packaged “food storage supplies” in the amount of 3 months, 6 months, and a year. Additionally, they pay […]

For today’s BOWM, I give you City Cottage. City Cottage is a downloadable ezine based out of the UK. And it’s free! In addition to their info-packed publications on fruit trees, gardening, bee-keeping, and raising livestock, they also have a pretty good website. Their site has a bunch of really cool photos and videos showing […]

Are you trying to figure out how to raise some backyard chickens? Look no further than backyardchickens.com I stumbled onto this site about a month or so ago, and have been frequenting it since that time. Backyard Chickens is chuck full of information for poultry raisers (or wannabes like me!). It has an incredible selection […]

We’re into April now and gardening season is upon us! If you haven’t begun your gardening efforts for this season yet, don’t worry. There’s still time to get a jump on the season. But time is flying by, so if you want to maximize this year’s yield, act quickly! These 8 tactics will get you […]

Field Trip Friday! Today I take you along with me to a square foot gardening class taught at my local hardware store. Although it was a little bit “high level” (i.e. basic and boring) and the lady teaching it acted like she was talking to a bunch of first graders, it was nevertheless a good […]

Just a quick couple of thoughts today on the subject of Heirloom and Hybrid seeds. In particular: Why hybrid seeds really aren’t as bad as people make them sound The main advantage of heirloom or “open pollinated” varieties Happy gardening people!

In preparation for this year’s, garden, today I take you with me to one of my favorite places in Utah County–Cook’s Farm and Greenhouse. With only 8 weeks until my last frost, I’m beginning to get my veggies started inside. So I snagged a few local heirlooms, and got them going in my indoor greenhouse. […]

As the days begin to get a little bit longer, I’m reminded that growing season is getting closer and closer. While going through a refresher read of Square Foot Gardening, I’ve decided to begin my composting efforts. If you are gearing up for this season’s garden, here’s a few composting pointers that may be of […]

Best of Web Monday! (and welcome to folks visiting from Bug Out Survival) Last week, Jack at The Survival Podcast interviewed Darby from Simpson Family Farms. They talked about a variety of different issues surrounding food production as they relate to our self sufficiency. One thing in particular however that Darby made the case for, […]

Looking for a good book on self-sufficiency?  Better Off is the story of an academic east coast couple that decides to go without electricity for a year. To do this, they relocate to an Anabaptist community the refer to as the “Minimites” (like the Amish or Mennonites but more hardcore in their rejection of progress). […]

For today’s “Field Trip Friday” I hit the road with my buddy Jasen for some lessons in fishing. Depending on your area, fishing can be a great way to secure some food in a survival situation. It’s a great source of clean protein, and can be a relatively high return on calories (low calorie output […]

It’s time for an experiment. At the Self Reliance Expo a few weeks ago, Jack Spirko told me that: rat trap + tree trunk + peanut butter = squirrel city I’m about to find out.

Baseball cards are so ’87. In today’s best of the web Prepisode, I feature www.heirloomseedswap.com, a hub for urbivalists looking to trade heirloom seed varieties. This site has seeds for free, for exchange or for sale. Simply fill out a profile, and start trading!

Indoor Vegetable Garden The growing season in Utah is all but over. But I’m not ready to stop growing. So at long last, I finally put together my first indoor vegetable garden. It’s not pretty, and I’m sure it will be a learning experience on several levels, but I’m hopeful that I’ll at least get […]

With Fall officially underway, I’m ready to try another experiment.  Indoor vegetable gardening. Yep, fueled by my unexpected success with the squash, and some of Mel Bartholomew’s “Square Foot Gardening” knowledge fresh on the mind, I’m going to give it a shot. After all, I’m having such a good time growing stuff, why not throw […]

  SQUASH! If you’ve been with me since the beginning, you’ll remember that in Prepisode 1, I planted “the latest season garden.” Just about 42 sunny days later, I have these puppies to show for it! Goal accomplished. Along the way however, I’ve learned that Mel Bartholomew’s Sqaure Foot Gardening method, is really the BEST […]

It’s Monday, and it’s time for another “Best of The Web.” This week, I’m stoked to share a couple more awesome urbivalist resources. #1) Check out the FREE online video Backyard Permaculture. 1 hour and 12 minutes LOADED with how-to’s on permaculture in a small space. The project in this video takes place on a […]

After a couple weeks of silence, you deserve to know.  My beloved weed patch (a.k.a. “The Latest Season Garden” from Prepisode #1) is finally producing some itty bitty little fruit. If the weather holds for a couple more weeks, I should be able to harvest summer squash and radishes. If I’m really lucky, I may […]

We’re family right? So we can do stupid things in front of each other and still be friends? Good, because in this entire prepisode, I only have half a face. For the entire time. Let’s be honest though, I’m pretty sure that if you’re still watching The Urbivalist’s Daily Prep, it’s not because of my […]

We have a new roomate. As of about a week ago, my wife and I started having mouse sightings. After setting a couple dcon traps in vain, I decided it’s time to step up our defense a little bit. Now I’m trying my hand at a good old fashioned “figure 4 dead fall” trap–inside my […]

In spite of all it’s potential for time wasting and filth, there is some amazing stuff to be learned on the internet. Since beginning The Urbivalist a year ago, I have come across some incredible projects, that are inspirational and just plain fun. In hopes of sharing some inspiration with you all, I thought I’d […]

It’s been 21 days since I planted “The Latest Season Garden.” Now it’s time for the tune up, including: weeding thinning re-planting areas that didn’t come up removing old mulch and re-mulching After another phone call to my local land grant university, Utah State University, I got some advice from Rich on the next phase. […]

The gauntlet has been thrown down. The small game challenge is on. That’s right, today’s prepisode is a challenge. Today it’s about getting out of the armchair and getting the hands dirty. The Urbivalist’s challenge for today is for you guys to kill, clean and cook some small game. Closer to your house the better […]

Even though it’s already the beginning of August, I’m desperate to grow some veggies this season! So after only being in my new Utah home for 8 days, having not even unpacked yet, I had to get some seeds in the ground. Luckily I was able to stumble onto the National Institute of Food and […]

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner! And if you’re an apartment dwelling “urbivalist” like me, you’ve got a dilemma on your hands–you want to garden, but don’t have the yard for it. For a long time, people in this category have had limited options: Try to make your growing smaller–choose to […]

Like many city dwellers, I’m totally yardless. No front yard, backyard, side-yard, patio, or balcony. I live in a two room apartment, on the outskirts of downtown proper. While there are definitely some upsides to this living situation, there are cons too. No extra storage space, no dogs over 40 pounds, and the biggest bummer […]

What if it were possible to have garden fresh produce for the rest of your life for only $50? And furthermore, what if you could store it all in the side pocket of your bug out bag? Drum roll….It’s possible! In the video below, I introduce you to some of the ruckus surrounding my most […]

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