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Food Storage Drink Pack5 Quick Tips for Starting Food Storage on a Budget  (July 21, 2014)

A lot of us recognize the importance of having emergency food storage, and may even have been planning to start one for some time, but taking the first step can sometimes seem overwhelming.

Gathering a food storage that is large enough to provide for you and your family for at least a few months is no easy task. But that’s not to say that it has to be difficult.

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Freeze Dried Blueberry Pie9 Facts about Freeze Dried Food Storage  (July 10, 2014)

Freeze dried foods are around 90% lighter, as they have 98% of their water removed. This makes them ideal for long-term food storage, especially if you think you might want to relocate your food storage every once in a while!

They stay fresh at room temperature for around 25-30 years.

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Child drinking waterWhere's Your Clean Water?  (May 28, 2014)

Just this past week, residents of Portland, Oregon were hit with a serious scare concerning their water supply. Despite the city’s infamous moisture level, the water supply for hundreds of thousands was determined unsafe to drink by Portland authorities.

The Portland Water Bureau recommended that over 670,000 people boil their water before using it to brush their teeth, drink, or prepare food. More...


TornadoEvacuation Plans for a Tornado  (May 20, 2014)

Confusion, injury, and damage to property can be the result of a disordered evacuation plan. It is imperative to have specific evacuation processes, routes, and exits. It is also significant to have procedures for helping visitors and other employees, especially those who are disabled or may not speak the language.

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Making BreakfastFeeding your Family a Balanced Breakfast...Without the Stress  (May 7, 2014)

Years ago, people had jobs and families to look after but still managed to prepare and cook meals from scratch. Nowadays, our lives seem to be filled with a variety of tasks or even a lack of money that makes it difficult to cook from scratch. This is where Augason Farms can help you.

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Fruits & NutsHow much do you Really Need to Store?  (Apr 8, 2014)

Far too many people realize that they are underprepared once an emergency situation has already hit their home. Emergencies can and do occur frequently, and it is always better to be over-prepared than under. The question is how much food should you store?

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Dinner PackServing Delicious and Nutritious Dinners Just Got Easier  (Mar 19, 2014)

Augason Farms believes your pantry should include food storage meals and entrees that are ready to enjoy and take minimal preparation. The entrees offered by Augason Farms are a fantastic addition to your food storage plan.

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Couple CampingTop Five Essentials for your Next Camping Trip  (Feb 25, 2014)

Thinking of going on a camping trip? Augason Farms offers an all-inclusive range of preparation supplies. We offer everything you need for an outdoor expedition and items that could prove priceless in times of emergency. Every detail needs to be carefully deliberated and preparation is everything.  Some basic necessities to think about for your next camping trip include shelter, heat, hydration, and nourishment.

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Gluten Free Yellow Cake MixGluten Free Diet  (Feb 6, 2014)

There are three major health reasons for a gluten free diet.

The first is to battle and overcome celiac disease. Celiac disease is a digestive condition that is brought about by the intake of the protein gluten, such is found in breads, pastas, muffins, cookies, and other foods containing barley, wheat, or rye.

Gluten intolerance is another major health reason. This can be similar to the celiac disease but without causing damage to the intestine. Fatigue, anxiety, and depression are associated to gluten intolerance.

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CocoaCold Weather Favorites Your Family will Love  (Jan 21, 2014)

Now that winter is in full swing, most of us are in a constant effort to warm up whenever possible. Although you can’t always stay in on the cold, snowy days, it can be nice to know that you have quick and easy meals and drinks that can warm you up when you do settle in for the night. Here at Augason Farms, we offer a variety of delicious cold weather favorites to help you unwind after a day out in the cold. 

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Family Eating Dinner​Five Tips for Starting your Food Storage Supply  (Jan 7, 2014)

So you’ve established your need for a food storage supply, but now it’s time to get started on the process of stocking up. While this may seem like a daunting task, it can actually be pretty simple and maybe even fun if you do it the right way. Because we realize that getting a solid start will make all the difference in building a good food storage supply, we’ve provided the five tips below to help you out.

Check out the tips before you get started to make your stocking process as simple and effective as possible.  More....


​Benefits of Food Storage  (Dec 27, 2013)Family Eating Dinner

When it comes to food storage, many families are skeptical of the benefits it can provide to their homes. While keeping a food storage on hand and ready to go is fairly simple and inexpensive, taking the time to get started can seem a bit daunting at first. If you’re having trouble finding the motivation to start a food storage in your home, you might just need to find a few good reasons that fit your family’s current needs. To help you out, we’ve provided the list of the top five benefits of food storage below.

Check it out to see why you should start your shopping for quality food storage meals, snack and kits. More....


Wheat FieldAs Fall Approaches  (Sept 25, 2013)

Tennyson wrote, “In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

I write, “In the fall, a prepper’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of food storage.”

Why? Because fall is harvest time. Time honored tradition dictates that it is the customary time to consider what you will store for the coming year. More...


Grasshopper & Ant​Fables and Food Storage   (Sept 11, 2013)

If you’ve read anything about storing food and water for an emergency, now popularly called “prepping,” you’ve undoubtedly been presented with the notion that storing food is a time honored tradition, one that’s “as old as the hills.” But what you may not have learned is how far back that practice actually goes.

If you envisioned pioneers and homesteaders from two centuries ago when you thought of old timey ways of storing food, you were way off.  More...


Fresh Bread in Oven​The Aroma Factor  (Sept 3, 2013)

Who is not enchanted by the aroma of freshly baked bread, the rich smell of brewing coffee or the tantalizing odor of frying bacon?

I call that “the aroma factor.” It’s the effect that good food can have on the senses.

We all experience it. It seems to warm us, draw us in and cause us to experience pleasant thoughts.  More...


​Your Family's Emergency Kit is Probably a Disaster   (Aug 27, 2013)

Great video and article from CNN about being prepared.

My mother-in-law and I talk about nearly everything. But when I mentioned to her recently that I was working on a story about emergency preparedness, I realized that's one thing we've never discussed -- even though she lives nearby and would certainly factor into our family plan.  More...


Kids​Versatile Food Storage   (Aug 27, 2013)

Normally, you don’t think of emergency food storage in the context of day-to-day living. But perhaps you should. It seems that the time, effort and expense of laying aside a substantial amount of stored food for emergencies focuses our efforts narrowly.

But that should not be so. There are occasions when all that stored food can come in handy, even when there is no crisis.

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Sugar Cookies​Putting The Sweet in Food Storage   (Aug 20, 2013)

If you’re like most of us, you have a bit of a sweet tooth. All those yummy goodies you enjoy from time to time require sugar: cookies, cakes, breads, muffins and even pancakes.

In keeping with the maxim, “store what you eat,” any food storage should therefore include sugar. It’s one of the so called “staples” that a comprehensive food storage program demands. You simply can’t do without it.  More...


Popcorn​The Miracle of Shortening and Butter Powders  (Aug 13, 2013)

One thing you probably can’t go without in your emergency food storage is shortening or butter, especially if you plan on baking much. Either one provides that light, fluffy and flakey texture you look for in your baked goods.

Unfortunately, both butter and shortening are problematic when it comes to long term storage. They tend to go rancid rather quickly, requiring frequent rotation to keep your stash fresh. 

Until now, that meant tracking one more thing in your food storage.  More...


Garlic Bread​Making Better Bread  (Aug 7, 2013)

You either already love making bread or you’re thinking about trying it. Either way, here’s a little trick that all commercial baking professionals know that will reward you with excellent bakery-like results every time.

One caution: If you are gluten intolerant, you’ll not want to consider using these because they do contain concentrated amounts of gluten. If you don’t have gluten problems, however, it’s pretty darn wonderful.  More...


Brownies​Storing Gluten Free  (July 30, 2013)

I need to talk to those of you who have issues with gluten. You know who you are.

The rest of you can move on to other things. Don’t you have tires to rotate? Closets to rearrange? Bills to pay?

There. Now that the lucky who have no problems with gluten or think they have no problems with gluten are gone, we can talk.  More...


Are you prepared?​Who You Calling "Prepper?"  (July 23, 2013)

Last week, for the first time, someone called me a prepper . . . and I don’t know how to feel about it.

You see, when I first heard that term, “prepper,” it was used derogatively, belittling the “loons” that felt it necessary to put in a store of food and necessities against a crisis. So, I naturally didn’t like the word. I was one of those “nuts.” I’ve stored food and water for years. More...


Moving Food​Moving Food  (July 18, 2013)

When it came time to relocate, many years ago now, a few of my friends and neighbors turned out to help move furniture and such out of the house and into the van. As the moving progressed from room to room, we eventually found ourselves looking at shelves of stored food I had accumulated in case of an emergency.

Exasperated and more than a little tired after packing for an hour or so, one neighbor blurted, “I’ve never understood why people would move food.

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Jars​Patience, Prudence and Procrastination  (July 2, 2013)

No, we’re not going to discuss the Seven Virtues or Seven Vices. After all, Augason Farms is an emergency food storage manufacturing company, not a humanitarian society.

We manufacture the best food and water products in the industry, pure and simple. And we’ve been doing it for over 40 years. With all that experience and a sterling record to boot, we’ve naturally become the industry standard for emergency food storage. More...


4 Person 1 Year Kit​How Long Can You Survive  (June 13, 2013)

Emergencies and catastrophes come in all sizes, shapes and lengths. They’re like Forrest Gump’s description of life: “You never know what you’re gonna get.” So, planning for all possibilities might be overkill.

While the crisis itself is the first and most immediate challenge, however devastating that might be, it is survival of the aftermath that usually presents the greatest challenge. Thus, the duration of what follows the catastrophe or crisis, the aftermath, that requires your primary consideration.

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72 Hour 2-Person Kit​Survival  (June 5, 2013)

A killer storm left two homeowners isolated when a flash flood washed out the road leading to their home, severed water pipes and downed power lines. They had to survive without heat, water or light until help could arrive . . .

Stranded on a remote river when their boat’s motor stopped running, a man and his son had been enjoying what should have been an uneventful daylong fishing trip. They drifted slowly downstream, without control, for hours before a lone bystander noticed their predicament and raced to notify authorities . . .  More...


Small Cans​Small Cans, Big Deal  (May 22, 2013)

Everyone who’s into emergency food storage knows about the virtues of food stored in institutional size cans and sealed buckets, whether they are the four or six gallon variety. Those containers are used nearly universally in the industry because they are the most effective for preserving food items over prolonged periods of time.

But in recent years, Augason Farms has introduced a new, smaller sized container we call the “everyday size” can. More...


Emergency Backpack​The Grab 'N' Go Emergency Kit, A Prepping Cornerstone  (May 15, 2013)

Jump start your emergency food storage plan by beginning with “emergency rations”—what is typically called a “grab ‘n’ go” package.

What is it?

Well, such a kit or pack typically holds just enough food, water and other items needed to get you through a short term crisis. 


White SugarYour Personal In-Home Convenience Store  (May 8, 2013)

There are big emergencies and little emergencies.

A big emergency would be a flood, earthquake or storm that leaves you stranded in your home for any length of time. A small emergency would be running out of sugar right in the middle of whipping up icing for that birthday cake you’re baking for the party in 15 minutes . . . and you still aren’t yet dressed for the occasion.

Yikes! Now there’s an emergency. More...


Water Storage KitWater Storage: When Nothing Less Will Do  (April 23, 2013)

It’s the most peculiar and astonishing molecule in nature. Made from two gasses on the Periodic Table—hydrogen and oxygen—it behaves like nothing else. And it’s absolutely essential to life.

We’re talking water, the most precious natural resource we have next to air.

So when it comes to storing it, we should not be surprised to learn that it requires its own set of considerations. More...


Vegetable Garden SeedsStorable, Plantable Vegetable Garden Seeds  (April 19, 2013)

In the spring, a gardener’s fancy turns to planting. And we at Augason Farms are well aware of that. So, we’re reminding everyone of our great Vegetable Garden Seeds that come in our gallon size (#10) can, packed with over 8,000 seeds.

Home gardens are the traditional and time-honored method for obtaining fresh vegetables and herbs. In addition to providing garden-fresh, taste-tempting vegetables, growing your own food can be helpful to your budget, providing substantial savings. More...


One Month PackThe Savings in Food Storage  (April 2, 2013)

No one wants to go hungry. The wise among us store extra food in case of an emergency.

 But who ever thought of emergency food storage as savings or an investment?

Here are two ways to look at it. More...


Long Grain Brown RiceThe Trouble with Food Storage  (March 19, 2013)

Too many people think of emergency, long term storage food as second quality. Perhaps they tasted some food storage items a few years ago and were less than impressed. Or maybe they’ve heard all the urban myths about how substandard commercially prepared food storage food can be.

Well, that was your grandfather’s food storage. More...


History LessonsThe Lessons of History  (March 12, 2013)

Even though the prepper community is growing and gaining respectability, they are still largely seen as a “fringe” group. Sadly, most people simply choose to ignore the very real possibility of a crisis overtaking them, changing their life dramatically and ruining their day.

This attitude flies in the face of history. There are lessons to be learned there.

No one is truly safe. No matter the extent of one’s preparations, there are always unforeseen complications. More...


Check it off the ListThe Fear Factor  (March 5, 2013)

Like it or not, fear governs most of our behavior. Nowhere is this truer than in a crisis.

Most people simply avoid thinking about how they will react in moments of extreme stress. We call it “the fear factor.” It’s just too stressful and puzzling to even consider. When they do consider it, most people tend to quickly brush the thought aside, believing that their common sense and intellect will see them through. Others believe that someone will surely come to their aid in a crisis, that someone else is making the needed preparations. More...


Hoba MeteoriteMore Doomsday? Naaaaah!  (February 26, 2013)

Okay.

We weren’t going to talk about the meteor that fell over Russia and did all that damage.

We weren’t going to point out that the event amounted to a cosmic warning shot across the bow of the good ship Planet Earth.

We weren’t going to use the occasion to bring up the great value of food storage in the unlikely event of a meteoric impact. More...


MoneyGold? Silver? or Food!  (February 19, 2013)

We’re bombarded with them . . . those television ads counseling us to buy gold or silver in the face of political and economic turmoil. “The price of gold has never gone to zero,” says one ad. “Buy your gold and silver from someone you can trust,” says another.

So, why all the sudden interest in precious metals?

You see, we’re nervous . . . about the economy, world events, terrorism and political turmoil at home and abroad. We look to precious metals as a way of preserving our assets in questionable economic circumstances. More...


Garden Vegetable SeedsReturning to Our Roots  (February 12, 2013)

Sooner or later, those of us who have been deeply involved in emergency food storage come to the realization that “storage” is the way most of the human race has survived down through the ages.

And therein lies an invaluable lesson. More...


Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake MixDieting and Eating Gluten Free  (February 5, 2013)

Eating gluten free isn’t a weight loss diet. It’s a dietary remedy for those who are gluten sensitive. Such sensitivity ranges from a mild allergic reaction to an autoimmune disease of the small intestine called “celiac disease.”

 But there has been a lot of debate recently regarding whether or not going gluten free is an effective and safe weight loss strategy for those without gluten sensitivities. According to the experts, avoiding gluten may result in weight loss in some instances if you don’t have the affliction, but it’s not certain. Weight loss is not the diet’s intended purpose.

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One Month Pack with FoodFood FatigueTM  (January 22, 2013)

“I’m tired,” is a common complaint, heard nearly every day.

Fatigue is a companion familiar to all of us. Whether we feel it at the end of a long day, when working hard or even when recreating, it’s the body’s way of telling us it has had enough. It’s time to rest.

Curiously, however, there is one type of fatigue that we’re only marginally aware of, and that’s “food fatigue.”

Of course, when it’s pointed out in this manner, we immediately know what it means. We’ve all experienced it to one degree or another without giving it too much thought.


Logo with Sun RaysYet Another Reason to Prepare  (January 16, 2013)

If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

We just safely got past the Mayan calendar predictions, and now we have a new prediction of impending calamity to deal with.

But this time the dire predictions come from the scientific community, who seem a bit more reliable. So, perhaps we should take their claims more seriously.

This isn’t an end-of-the-world scenario. But it does portend some very grim difficulties. More...


Augason Farms Logo with 40 Year SealThe Augason Farms Difference  (January 8, 2013)

“What’s so great about Augason Farms?” a friend asked recently. “What makes them different from their competitors? Why should I buy my emergency food storage products from them?”

Good questions, all. So let’s take a closer look.

Augason Farms is a manufacturer. Many of their competitors aren’t. They’re sales organizations.  More....


Empty ShelfThe Day Our World Ended  (December 27, 2012)

Our hearts and prayers go out to the struggling victims of Hurricane Sandy. We at Augason Farms are keenly aware of the heartache and issues confronting you. So we empathize with the suffering and the adversity you confront as you endeavor to put your shattered lives back together. Please know that we stand with you in your time of need and wish you Godspeed in your recovery efforts.

The following is a fictional account of survival in the aftermath of a natural disaster, drawn from the experience of many who have recounted their personal trials. It is hoped that it will provide some insight into the many issues that confront survivors. More...


Honey Coated Banana SlicesKeeping It Fresh  (December 18, 2012)

The food industry has made great strides in conserving food for long term storage. That progress has primarily focused on eliminating oxygen from packaging.

It’s called “high barrier” packaging, meaning that is has a low oxygen transmission rate. That is, oxygen cannot penetrate it to reach the food within when used with efficient sealing techniques.

We don’t customarily think of oxygen as bad. After all, it’s what we breathe to stay alive. So, oxygen is our friend. Right?   More...


Jacquie Augason, FounderJacquie's Passion  (October 23, 2012)

Phil and Jacquie didn’t set out to be humanitarians. Who does? They simply wanted to start a business that would support their family as well as help others. After all, no business will succeed if it fails to fill the needs of its customers with either goods or services.

But in Jacquie’s view, that’s what the food storage business of Augason Farms comes down to: helping others by doing what they cannot do for themselves. That is the very definition of altruism and selflessness. More...


Food Storage ShelvesWhy Bring Back the Pantry and the Cellar  (October 16, 2012)

There is an older wisdom at work in putting in a year's supply of emergency food storage, something that harkens back to when life and food were simpler, more seasonal and closer to the earth. Before the modern grocery store, before food manufacturing, before the modern kitchen festooned with cupboards and countertops, there was the canning kitchen, the pantry and the cellar.  More...

 


The Trouble With Oxygen  (October 9, 2012)Oxygen Absorbers

Modern techniques have greatly advanced the art of storing food, dramatically lengthening the shelf life of almost everything we eat.

A short history of food preservation

When my grandmother did her “canning,” she used glass bottles. That always struck me as odd and illogical. Wouldn’t “bottling,” or more precisely “glassing,” be the more accurate term?

Here’s what she explained to me when I posed that question. More...


CansBring Home the Bacon  (October 2, 2012)

In any calamity there is always collateral damage. This summer’s drought, a calamity by anyone’s definition, is beginning to be felt in a number of surprising ways.

Pig farmers, for example, have been thinning their herds this summer due to the lack of hog feed created by crop losses in the drought. Once that selloff ends, fewer pigs will be going to market. That will push prices higher at the supermarket.  More...


Food Storage - Do It Yourself vs. Buying It Done  (September 25, 2012)Food Storage Kit

Some people are “doers.” Others pride themselves on “making things happen.” And it’s probably this difference in your overall outlook on life that will determine how you approach acquiring your emergency food storage.

If you’re a “hands on” sort, you’ll want to start with the basics, learn all the details and then do it all yourself: the buying, the preparation, the packaging and the canning. It’s a lot of work, but gratifying.  More...

 


PreparednessHow Prepared Are You, Really?  (September 19, 2012)

As National Preparedness Month comes to a close, it prompts the question, How prepared are you . . . really?

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has made it a point to remind Americans each September of the need for individual and family preparedness for sudden emergencies and natural disasters. This year’s slogan is: “Pledge to Prepare.”  More...


You Are What You Eat  (August 15, 2012)Dinner Pack

What to do once you have your emergency storage on hand

So, you’ve become an emergency storage pro.

You set aside space in your home or garage to store those cans, pails, boxes and barrels. You built shelves, filled them thoughtfully and prudently with Augason Farms products as you checked off your “to get” list of things needful in a crisis.

Well done! Now you’re set . . . come what may.

You’re right to breathe a small sigh of relief. Chances are you’re not going to need these stored items anytime soon. Hopefully, the disaster they’re meant for is far in the future, if it comes at all. Those first class, carefully canned and packaged Augason Farms products will last for a good long time, as indicated on each product label.

But there is something else you ought to do to make the most of your investment.... More...


LightThe Lessons for U.S. in India's Power Outages  (August 9, 2012)

We’re vulnerable. Perhaps we’re even more vulnerable than our neighbors in India.

That’s the lesson we should take away from the recent, sweeping power outages over two days in India. They hold some powerful lessons (some might say warnings) for us (or U.S., as you may prefer). More...
 


What's a Prepper?  (August 2, 2012)Lighthouse with food

As the world economy continues to show signs of weakening and our leaders fail to solve the problems that confront us, the whole idea of personal and family preparation is gaining credibility. More people are joining the prepper rank

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