What It’s Really Like to Work in a COVID Ward

 by Chuck Hudson

Editor’s Note: This article was written by a personal friend of mine. This isn’t some stranger who wrote to me to share some story that may or Read the rest

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The SHTF Emergency Coffee and Tea Kit

Coffee and tea are both things that should be in your food stockpile. A short to long emergency can be hard enough without being forced to do without something you are used to having. Consider that coffee and tea are … Continued

Building Confidence in Your Wild Edible Foraging Skills

A Guest Post by Certified Master Naturalist, Craig Caudill Don’t you wish you could go back to the “good ole days” when life was much simpler and not as complex? I get that question a lot due to the work I am engaged in as a day-to-day wilderness and backcountry skills instructor. Most certainly, I think the majority of us want more simplicity in our lives. One of the things that made those “good ole days” simpler was more self-reliance. One of those things we are doing with OutdoorCore is helping you do exactly that. When I got this great opportunity to work with OutdoorCore, I…

L’Oro Del Sud Pasta 20 Packs – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend. Today’s TSP Item of the day is L’Oro Del Sud … Continue reading →

Canning Food Preservation. Best tips for making canning day smooth.

Canning Food Preservation Day. Make the day effortless and low stress. End the day with jars gleaming on your counter and a sense of satisfaction!

Home Canning Safety, Keep your family healthy and your spoil rate low.

Home Canning Safety is not to be taken lightly. Do you know the best safe practices for processing? Learn all you need and pick up valuable tips and tricks at SimplyCanning.com

FoodSaver Canning: A Fast and Easy Food Preservation Method

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a Backdoor Survival reader asking my opinion on a device she had seen being promoted to preppers.  It was basically a vacuum sealer that could be used to seal up packages … Continued

Best Vegetables to Grow in a Greenhouse

I am always leery of any list that starts off with the word “best.” The reason being is that “best” is a subjective term that may or may not apply to the unique situation that we each face. As such, … Continued

Stanley Outdoor Products Review and Spotlight

I have always had fond memories of Stanley products. They make a lot of neat stuff from insulated thermoses to camp cookware and beyond. Matt and I are outside more than a lot of people. A lot of farm work … Continued

How to Know When Dehydrated Fruit or Vegetables is Done? How Long?

Read this to discover several tips how to know when your dehydrated fruit or vegetables is done. How to know how long it takes…

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Botulism In Home Canned Foods | Should I Be Worried?

Read this for a quick understanding about botulism and home canned foods. What you can do to destroy it before consuming.

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Pantry Organization and Designing a SHTF Kitchen Layout

One thing that recent events have led to is the realization that the kitchen and pantry cannot continue to be set up the same way. I always felt that my small kitchen could be organized better and have really tried … Continued

20 Items to Kick Start Your Long Term Food Storage Plan

No matter how many times I write about food, there is always something new to consider or a new and different way to present the same old information in a more useful manner. With that in mind, today I would like to share a method for getting started with your food storage program in an easy, step by step, and cost effective manner.

To be truthful, my initial goal with this article was to respond to readers who were just getting started and wanted a shopping list of things to buy for their food storage pantry. I also wanted to compile a checklist that more experienced preppers could use to compare what they had to what they needed. My goal can pretty much be summed up by saying that I wanted to write about getting started with food storage the easy way. No frills, no fluff – just a common sense list of food items to get you started.

Meat Shortages Go Mainstream with Rations and Menu Changes: How to Keep Meat on Your Table

by Daisy Luther

Chalk it up to a side effect nobody ever expected from the pandemic: meat is becoming difficult to get. Who would have expected this to result in … Read the rest

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The Many Uses of Metal and Plastic Barrels and Drums

Today when Matt and I were cleaning up and organizing so we would be in a good place to get started on some long-awaited finish work on the barn and clearing for one of the many gardens, I started thinking … Continued

My Chickens Flying Out Of The Brooder!

Umm, did you know that little chickens can fly? (sort of). Well I found that out the other day, and had to scramble for a solution!

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What is the Shelf Life of Bottled Water?

Water is an absolutely essential survival provision, typically to be used for both drinking and cooking, since you cannot go more than just a few days without it before dying of dehydration, and you will be in bad shape significantly before then.

While some may rely on large storage barrels or tanks, most of us buy water by the bottle or the jug and stack it deep on shelves and in pantries. Most of us are meticulous about our food shelf life but never spare a moment to consider if our water expires.

Perhaps you haven’t either. But now that I have mentioned it, you probably question whether it will or not. Does it?!

Bottled water that is factory sealed does not really expire, even if it loses volume to evaporation over time. What is commonly called the expiration date on bottled water is really a “best if consumed by” date. You may though notice bottled water that is sealed will over time develop an unpleasant taste as chemicals leach from its container into the water. Also any sealed bottle or jug of water that has it seal broken or otherwise compromised may be contaminated by microbes or algae.

We will dig a little deeper into this occasionally confusing issue below.

It Sure Looks Like an Expiration Date…

It is understandable that you and other consumers might think that, and in certain locales it may actually be an expiration date as required by law. But that is all! That does not mean that the water really expires as do other perishable foods and drinks.

Because of this, manufacturers who sell their product at a regional or national level will probably look to keep costs to a minimum by standardizing any and all packaging in any way that they can.

This means that if any bottles must be embossed, engraved, inked or otherwise marked with this expiration or best-by date, then all bottles will likely be even if they are not heading for a market in a state that requires such dating.

While the savings per unit of making their bottled water this way is likely only fractions of a cent, when you look at the economy of scale over many tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of bottles of water, that adds up.

Nonetheless, any printed date on a bottle of water is only a recommendation, and one that might not even have a basis in reality. Your water might taste just fine way beyond that prescribed date or it might start to taste off well before it.

The only way to know for sure is to conduct experiments using your chosen brand under the actual storage conditions you keep it in.

Is There Any Way to Tell My Bottled Water Is Bad?

Unfortunately, not really, not without opening it and tasting or testing it.

Even though your bottled water is good practically forever, with “good” in this case meaning “safe to drink”, it is not immune to evaporation and certainly not immune to a change in taste over time due to the leaching of chemical compounds from its container into the water itself.

This does not necessarily make the water unsafe to drink; not by any stretch, as the compounds may not be present in the water in any quantity that causes harm.

Before you listen to the prattling of the crunchy granola, Birkenstock-wearing types who would tell you that chemicals X, Y, or Z are going to make all your hair fall out, or make you go blind…

…remind yourself that the clearest and freshest tasting water taken from the remotest natural source could be contaminated with all-natural pathogens that could pose a far greater health risk.

The reason why your water develops this nasty taste over time is because water is a powerful, if slow-acting, solvent. Given enough time, it will start to dissolve and degrade almost anything on Earth.

Assuming that the bottle was not already contaminated when the water was poured into it at the factory, the compounds that make it taste funny (oftentimes described as a slightly burnt or metallic taste) simply come from the plastic packaging itself.

These same compounds are actually present in the water from the very moment it enters the bottle.

Modern scientists at major universities have assured us time and time again that these chemicals are not harmful in any amount that is typically to be expected in a bottle of commercial water, even if the water has been sitting for a long time.

Effects of Broken or Suspect Seals

All of the above information is only good and applicable if you are dealing with water that is factory sealed with a high degree of quality control.

If you are dealing with bottled water that was not sealed or has a compromised seal, or even worse has been drunk from before being put away, you can count on the eventual blooming of bacteria and other microorganisms in that water.

As a general rule, if you open a sealed bottle of water you will want to use it within two weeks at the most, else the risk of microorganisms multiplying dangerously becomes too high.

Bottled water that has its seal broken and has been contaminated before being put away can see microorganisms start reproducing extremely quickly if the conditions are just right for their life cycles.

Everything from bacteria to viruses, parasites to prions can make you terribly ill or even be fatal in rare circumstances. If you are ever in doubt about water’s quality or safety make sure you run it through a filter or boil it before consuming it.

One quick note about algae… Algae multiply fast and furious when exposed to sunlight, and will coat the surface of water as well as the inside of the container holding it in a way that is liable to turn your stomach just from looking at it.

But, perhaps surprisingly, most species are harmless, and can even be eaten right along with your drink of water with no ill effects! You can, of course, always filter water that has a colony of algae in it to improve its flavor and appearance.

Conclusion

You don’t have to worry about your bottled water expiring, though if you leave it sitting for a very long time it might start to pick up a bad taste from its container in addition to losing some of its volume to evaporation.

This nasty taste has been judged by scientists to be non-harmful, as it only affects the palatability of your water.

Any bottled water that you purchase that has its seals broken or otherwise compromised will likely eventually become contaminated by microorganisms and made unsafe to drink.

It is still best to treat any suspect container or bottle of water if you fear its seals have been broken. Aside from that, you can completely ignore the expiration date printed for embossed on your bottle of water when storing long-term.

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What We Learned Living on Our Food Storage for a Month

By Kara Stiff

Before the stay-at-home order was even issued in my state, I stopped going to the grocery store. I despise shopping: the fluorescent lights, the spending of money, … Read the rest

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11 Delicious Ways to Use Those Dry Beans You Stockpiled

By Diane Vukovic The author of Disaster Preparedness for Women Dry beans are one of the best disaster foods to stockpile. They are nutritious, cheap, and last for years … Read the rest The post 11 Delicious Ways to Use Those Dry Beans You Stockpiled appeared first on The Organic Prepper.

Have They Just Found A Cure For COVID 19 Coronavirus?

A drug used to treat malaria, Chloroquine, may be the cure for COVID-19 Coronavirus. This is NOT certain, but encouraging. (Video) Original source: Have They Just Found A Cure For COVID 19 Coronavirus?

A Parent’s Response To COVID-19 Prep In Richmond

The symptoms of starvation are things like withdrawal, apathy, listlessness and increased susceptibility to disease. So when my usually outgoing son, Carter, was crumpled up in our living room chair not engaging us it took my mind to dark places. … Continued

Pandemic Panic | When The Food Starts Running Out…

We are experiencing shortages of toilet paper, disinfectant wipes & sprays, but what about food? I’ve noticed rice & beans are low. What are you seeing? Original source: Pandemic Panic | When The Food Starts Running Out…

How to Make Improvised Arrowheads with Simple Tools for a Survival Bow & Arrow in Modern Times

A Guest Blog Post by Dave Meade Overview You will learn how to make what I consider to be the best and simplest arrowhead for hunting, and we will discuss items you might already have laying around, collecting dust, that could be turned into an awesome improvised arrowhead with simple hand tools. Broadhead made from found items at minimal cost. For thousands of years, rock has been used to make hunting points, via the skill of knapping. But what if you live where there is no flint, chert, dacite, or obsidian? Are you to starve because you do not live near this natural material? The simple answer is HECK NO. Now, I…

Water Bath Canning: The Gateway to Processing Food at Home

Water bath canning is where most newbies begin on their food preservation journey – with good reason! Water bath canning is fun and easy! SimplyCanning.com walks you through the steps.

Canning Corn: Better Than Store-Bought Canned Sweet Corn!

Canning corn at home is a good alternative to freezing it all. Save some freezer space and create convenience for easy meals and side dishes. All you need to know!

Sterilizing Jars for Home Canning: What is the Scoop?

Traditionally, canning jars have been boiled and “sterilized” before filling and processing. Many ask if sterilizing jars is necessary, if they’re boiled anyway. SimplyCanning.com answers this question!

Canning Tomato Sauce Made Easy: Options, Tips, & Tricks!

Canning tomato sauce doesn’t have to be hard. There are several options included here to save labor and time, all while getting a superior sauce for your family to enjoy. Find it at SimplyCanning.com

Canning Applesauce: It doesn’t have to be boring or complicated!

Canning applesauce helps you take control back over your food and how it’s processed. Create a shelf-stable food that adds variety to your pantry. Go to SimplyCanning.com for recipes and inspiration!

Canning Apple Butter Recipe: A Delicious Way Get Started

Canning apple butter recipe the easy way! Use your Crockpot to save time spent in the kitchen. Canning it is a snap, too! Learn more at SimplyCanning.com

CHOMPs Grass Fed Black Pepper Venison Sticks – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend. Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is CHOMPs Grass … Continue reading →