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Food Storage Tips - AugasonFarms.com - Augason FarmsTried & True Long-Term Food Storage Tips
(June 23, 2015)

Storing your emergency food supply the right way takes planning and organization. Anyone who has cleaned out a pantry or refrigerator has found a food item shoved so far back that it has expired--and the same thing can happen if you don’t keep your long-term food storage organized. 

We’ve asked some of our favorite long-term food storage experts for their tried and true best organization tips. Below are the top ones...

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Water Supply - AugasonFarms.com - Augason FarmsWater: The Most Important Emergency Food Supply
(June 18, 2015)

Water is one of the most important items to have in case of emergency. We’ve put together some basic facts and tips on how much water you need, how to store it, and what to do if you don’t have access to clean water in an emergency situation.
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Get 72 Hour Kit Before Flooding - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comGet Your 72-Hour Kit before Flooding Hits
(June 11, 2015)

Flooding. It’s the most common natural disaster around the world.  It destroys homes and roads. It takes lives. Sometimes flooding can be predicted days or hours in advance, but floods can also happen within minutes (flash flood).... Preparing for a Flood...
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Emergency Food Storage - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comEmergency Food Storage Your Kids Will Love
(June 9, 2015)

Getting kids to eat healthy food is a challenge anytime, but in an emergency, it’s even more important. Emergency foods need to be nutritious and easy to prepare, but the trick with kids, is that your emergency meals need to taste good too. We’ve put together an emergency food supply list that is sure to satisfy even your pickiest eater.
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Dehydrated Foods - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comCommerically Dehydrated Food Vs. DIY Dehydrating
(June 4, 2015)

Many preppers have taken great interest in home dehydrating.  Purchasing a dehydrator for home use can be a great way to preserve home grown fruits, vegetables and even spices.  Home dehydrators dry out food much quicker and more efficiently now than ancient methods of dehydrating foods.  And especially with the aid of a home food sealer, this method can be quite valuable in preserving foods for home use to be used within the year.  However...
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Best Tasting Survival Food - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comBest Tasting Survival Food: What the Tasters Say
(May 29, 2015)

Protecting your family in an emergency means putting together a supply of survival food so your family can survive anywhere from a few days or longer. But the big question is: Will they actually enjoy eating the survival food supply you’ve put together? .... 
So what survival foods taste the best? Which emergency meals will your family actually enjoy eating? Here are some recommendations based on recent taste test results.
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Disaster Preparedness - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comDisaster Preparedness for Power Outages
(May 21, 2015)

We rely on electricity in almost every aspect of our lives. That’s why when the lights go out it can greatly impede everyday life.

Luckily, most power outages are short term, maybe a couple of hours at the most. However, power outages can last couple of days depending on the reason for the outage. So what do we do when this type of disaster strikes?  More...


Freeze Dried Food - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.com3 Reasons Why Freeze Dried Foods are Better than Fresh
(May 18, 2015)

Freeze Dried Foods, including meats, fruits and vegetables, are a great choice for everyday meals, snacking, and long-term food storage because they are: (1) nutritious, (2) save you money, and (3) have a long shelf life. Freeze dried food is more nutritious! The only difference between fresh and freeze dried food is....  More...


Shelter in Place - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comHow to Shelter in Place
(May 14, 2015)

During an emergency, you may be required to “shelter in place.”  What does this mean? Natural disasters could cause you to stay in your home or take shelter in the nearest building.

Natural disasters, chemical or radiation contamination, winter storms, or even a pandemic could create a need to stay in one place for an extended period of time. Read on to learn more about how to shelter in place.  More...


Emergency Supply - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.com10 Creative Storage Areas for Your Emergency Supply
(May 7, 2015)

Those of you who struggle with finding adequate space to store your emergency supplies, have come to the right place! Most of us only have a small amount of space in our homes to store important emergency food and supplies. It can be particularly hard to find an area to store your emergency food and supplies if you live in a small home or apartment. To get started, walk around your house to check out living spaces and start getting creative. Some places that often go unnoticed include...  More...


72 Hour Disaster Preparedness Kit - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.com4 Must-Have Items for Every 72-Hour Disaster Preparedness Kit
(May 6, 2015)

The government’s emergency preparedness website, www.ready.gov has this tag line: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Their build a kit webpage outlines what you need to build a 72-hour kit for disasters or emergencies so you and your family will be prepared. 

When disaster strikes an entire community, basic services may not be available, so make sure your emergency survival food is ready to go and also easy to prepare. Here are the 4 must have items that should be in every 72-hour disaster preparedness kit...  More...


Disaster Preparedness - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comNepal Earthquake Reminds Us to Prepare at Home 
(May 3, 2015)

People from around the globe are sending help to Nepal following the intense earthquake last weekend. One of the main concerns for this region is to ensure there is enough food for the region’s displaced people.

As we band together to support the people of Nepal after the earthquake, we should also take a moment to turn our attention to our own disaster preparedness in the event that a disaster happens at home.   More...


Dehydrated Vegetable Stew - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.com7 Benefits of Dehydrated Food  (Apr 30, 2015)

Dehydrating food is the world’s oldest and most natural way to preserve food. Because the process removes all water from the food item to create a concentrated form of the food, the integrity of the food item is preserved.
Dehydrated foods are ideal to keep in emergency and pantry storage. Here are a few reasons why...
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Survival Food Kit - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.com"Shake Out" Day is a Good Time to Check your Emergency Food Supply  (Apr 27, 2015)

The Great Utah ShakeOut Day of Action was less than two weeks ago. Were you prepared? Did you conduct safety drills and check on your emergency food supplies? The ShakeOut is for Utahns all across the state to participate in drills and emergency preparedness focused on staying safe in an earthquake.
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Survival Food Kit - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comTips & Lists for Stocking a Survival Food Pantry  (Apr 23, 2015)

The best way to protect your family in an emergency is to be prepared. Put together enough emergency survival food so each member of your family can survive anywhere from a few days, to a year or longer by storing emergency food kits and packs as well as bulk survival food supplies. When disaster strikes an entire community, emergency personnel may not be able to reach you right away.
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Freeze Dried Food - Freeze Dried Raspberries - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comWhy Freeze Dried Food, Fruits and Veggies are Go-To Ingredients for Food Storage Families, Busy Moms, and Preppers  (Apr 22, 2015)

Freeze dried foods–fruits, vegetables, and ready-to-eat meals–are the stars of every long-term food storage pantry. They are delicious, nutritious, and easy to prepare with a long shelf life of 20-30 years. Buying freeze dried foods are also available in bulk.
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Long Term Food Storage - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.com5 Keys to Weather Disaster Situations
(Apr 16, 2015)

Natural disasters affect more than 200 million people on average every year.  Planning for disasters prior to them occurring is essential to survival. Here are 5 keys to begin making your personal disaster preparedness plan.
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Long Term Food Storage - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comLong Term Food Storage: 8 Tips
(Apr 9, 2015)

Many people are aware of the importance of building up a long term food storage supply.  Chances are that you, like many other people, have started this process.  You may have chosen to start small, as many food storage resources often suggest.  If you feel stuck in knowing how to continue on your path of adding to your long term food storage, these eight tips might help.
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Survival Food Kit - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comPrep Your Survival Food Kit the Right Way
(Apr 2, 2015)

When prepping for an emergency, water may be just about the most important survival item to consider, but food is also at the top of the list.  With many survival food options, choosing what food supply items to invest in may be a bit overwhelming. It is also important to know how much food to store. Let us help you get started with your food supply preparations!
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Emergency Food Supply - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comEmergency Food Supply - Do you have yours?
(Mar 26, 2015)

Many people know that in case of disaster or other unforeseen event, it is a good idea to be prepared with an emergency food supply. Even with this knowledge, it is easy to feel overwhelmed when considering what you need to do to prepare for an emergency or long-term self-sufficient survival. Here are four common questions and answers that can help you put together your emergency food supply.
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Freeze Dried Food - Freeze Dried Fruit - Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comWhy Freeze Dried Food
(Mar 19, 2015)

Freeze dried food has come a long way since its early days of being considered “astronaut food.”  Freeze dried foods seem to be popping up everywhere, like on the cereal aisle or in the healthy snacks section at your local grocery store.  So what has changed the perception of using freeze dried food?
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Disaster Preparedness - Food Storage- Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.com10 Steps to Food Storage
(Mar 12, 2015)

For those who are new to the idea of emergency food storage or storing food for emergencies, here is a thumbnail overview of the process. Keep it handy; refer to it often as you move forward. Good luck!
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Disaster Preparedness - Food Storage- Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comDisaster Preparedness = Best Behavior
(Mar 5, 2015)

Hunger pangs. We’ve all felt them, to one degree or another. They’re not pleasant. But what do they have to do with disaster preparedness?

What would happen to you and your family members if your access to food were suddenly cut off? It can happen to you. No one is safe in this uncertain world. 

So, consider how a crisis or emergency food shortage might affect you. What would you feel? How would it affect your behavior or that of your loved ones? More...


Emergency Preparedness - Food Storage- Augason Farms - AugasonFarms.comWhat Does Food Storage Have to do with the Police? 
(Feb 24, 2015)

Protests have sprung up across the country due to recent grand jury decisions regarding alleged police brutality.

It seems that political unrest is spilling out into our city streets. People are marching, blocking freeways, shopping malls, office buildings and suburban centers. Vandalism is rampant.

Prompting us to ask: Are any of us really safe?  More...


New Years Resolutions should include Food StorageNew Year's Resolutions  (Jan 15, 2015)

Most New Year’s resolutions are broken. That’s a fact of life. After all, it’s just a quaint custom from the past.

But we at Augason Farms have a suggestion for a resolution that is appropriate now or any time of the year: Get your emergency food storage.

You see, we live in an increasingly unstable world. Natural, manmade or geopolitical disasters occur almost daily. We don’t want you and your loved ones to fall victims to any of the many catastrophes happening around us almost every day.  More...


Emergency Preparedness in a Winter StormOld Man Winter Comes Calling...Big Time  (Dec 1, 2014)

Winter weather can go from beautiful to deadly before you know it. No matter where you are, it can harm you. With little warning, you can find yourself stranded in your own home, without power, without heat or worse yet without food. You and your family can easily become victims if you have not made provision for such emergencies.

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Food Storage ShoppingFood Storage- What You Need to Know  (Nov 13, 2014)

We know that food storage is the act of storing food for use at a later time.  Sometimes we store items temporarily that will be used quickly, such as an extra gallon of milk when it is on sale.  Other food items we might store for short term, like a case of canned green beans, will be used in a few months period of time and rotated through.

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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...


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