Monthly Archives: May 2009

  • Garden Seeds Success Story

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    Peas

    My husband and I were bound and determined to create a garden for our family this year. In years past we'd try, but only half heartedly, and end up with practically no crop. This year, we made garden boxes and filled them with compost and then sat and wondered what to plant.

    Then my husband remembered something tucked away on a shelf in the basement food storage closet. A can of Canned Garden Seeds we had purchased from Emergency Essentials at least 6 years ago. I was skeptical.

    Cucumber

     

    "Are you serious?" I complained while staring him down as he read the back of the can and reached for the can opener.

    "Of course I'm serious, why not try them out?" he explained. "And," he added, "We don't have to go anywhere, they are here and ready to go!"

    Humph. I did not just put all that effort into creating the perfect haven for my precious little plants only to have it foiled by old, withered, "canned" seeds. It seemed ridiculous and impossible from my viewpoint.

    Continuing to assert my case, I suggested "Honey, how about we go to the home store and pick out some little plants that have already come up that we are certain will grow. I don't want to waste a few weeks of good springtime on some old seeds from a can!"

    He was unwavering. He was determined. He was nuts.

    Zucchini

    Or so I thought. He was right. Here it is, several weeks later and these are the adorable little sprouts that have come from our can of Garden Seeds...the very can which sat on a shelf in the basement for 6 years! The seeds were obviously potent, and I find myself trekking out to the garden every afternoon to check on my little miracles.

    So, for those of you who are skeptics about the can of Garden Seeds, as I was, here is living, growing, and I'm sure soon to be producing, proof of the magic contained in a seed. Even one that is canned!

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  • Powdered Milk in the Modern Age

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    We were out of milk the other day and so I decided to go ahead and open a can of powdered milk. I immediately had flashbacks of the powdered milk days of my childhood. Some of you will remember those days full of a clumpy, weird tasting white liquid that your mother assured you was milk. It was still awful even when we tried to make chocolate milk or use it with our cereal. I had second thoughts at this point, wondering how I was going to convince my own children of the fact that this really was milk. Well, the can was already open... I'll have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the results. The milk actually mixed up quickly and completely in cold water, and it tasted like real milk!

    While researching why the taste is so much better than the powdered milk of years past, I learned some good information. Today's powdered milk is clearly processed differently than it was in the past. It used to be slowly heated and cooked over time in order to get it into a powdered form. This process would usually end up burning it, giving it a weird taste and inability to mix well. Today the process includes spraying a fine mist of the milk into a large collection container which creates tiny droplets. As the droplets fall, the air quickly removes the water and all that remains is the milk powder.

     

    You can even get your hands on a mixer pitcher designed specifically for mixing powdered drinks. Simply plunge the pitcher several times and your powdered milk or other drink is mixed up. It truly is a blessing to live in this modern age where powdered milk actually tastes like... milk.

    Tips:

    1. Use a mixer pitcher
    2. Chill overnight in the refrigerator before drinking
    3. Cookin' with Powdered Milk Book

     

    Many of our customers have had similar experiences. Here are some of their comments:

    "Wife, kids, kids' friends, cats all liked this, no off-flavors or tastes. This is the clear winner of all of the milk products I've tried, and I'll be stocking up on it. "
    -Brian, Washington

    "WOW.....This is for sure a story to tell! We bought some milk for "Y2K"-1999 supplies! About a month ago with the economy the way it is we opened the cans up and thought let see if it is true that the milk should still be good. We mixed it up and were amazed that it would even mix so good and smelled okay. We have a big family and really put it to the test. Everyone loved it and has been using it ever since. The milk was still good after 9 yrs. of being in the basement! We just bought a year supply! Thanks for such a good product!"
    -Susan, Missouri

    "I guess I'll drink it if I have to" has been our family motto regarding powdered milk. However, the taste of this milk had everyone asking for more! What a wonderful surprise! This powdered milk is a real winner! Thanks!"
    -Mimi, Florida

    Click here to see more customer comments.

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  • Heirloom and Non-Hybrid Garden Seeds

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    We have encountered a lot of recent discussions about Heirloom and non-hybrid garden seeds. One of the most important characteristics of Heirloom seeds is that they are open-pollinating non-hybrid seeds. What does this mean, and why is this so important in relation to emergency preparedness?
    Typical seeds you purchase in local stores are generally a hybrid of different plants. This is done to produce higher yields, to help the plants be more resistant to disease, to create specific tastes and colors, etc. The downside to hybrid seeds is that the seeds of the grown vegetables generally cannot be harvested and replanted the next year. Conversely, open-pollinating non-hybrid seeds can be harvested and planted year after year, making them an important addition to any food storage plan!
    After researching various suppliers of non-hybrid open-pollinating seeds, Emergency Essentials, Inc. settled on a great product called "Canned Garden Seeds." The can includes 16 popular and easy to grow non-hybrid garden vegetables that are hermetically sealed in E-Z lock reusable bags. The bags are triple-layered foil packets that are sealed in the can. A very helpful Gardening-Made-Easy Instructional Guide is also included.

    One tip we would recommend is storing the seeds as cool as possible - your refrigerator or freezer would work best if you have the room. According to the manufacturer, the seeds can be safely stored for 4 years at 65-70 degrees and much longer at lower temperatures. Each 6 degree drop in storage temperature may double the storage life of most seeds. Good planting!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency preparedness, gardening, garden, non-hybrid seeds, heirloom seeds, Emergency plan, food storage

  • 5-minute Evacuation

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    My wife and I recently celebrated our 18th anniversary at a local bed and breakfast. While eating breakfast we met a very nice lady from Santa Barbara. She is a ballet dance instructor at UCSB and was in town for a regional dance competition. I asked her if the current fires were close to her home, and she said that she had been evacuated the day before. (The fires have completely burned 77 homes and damaged an additional 22. 30,000 people were evacuated and have now returned, but they are to remain ready to leave again at a moments notice.) She said that she was given about 5 minutes to get what she needed and leave– possibly never to return.

    This got me thinking about how can we prepare for this type of emergency. If you were given only 5 minutes to go through your house for the last time, would you be prepared to do so? I asked some of our seasoned employees here at EE what they would recommend doing to be prepared for a situation like this.

    They consistently mentioned the following 3 recommendations (click on the hyperlinks to read more on each topic):

    1) Have a family evacuation plan.

    2) Sustain life by having some type of emergency kit (including water) near an exit.

    3) Preserve and protect your valuables, such as important documents or special family photos. You need to decide what is most valuable to you and your family and then come up with a way to protect it.

     

    Here are some excerpts from a letter we just received from one of our customers:

    Dear Emergency Essentials,

    I just wanted to thank you for your company and the great products you provide. I decided about two months ago that our family should purchase 72 hours of MRE food…It arrived about a week ago. Little did I know the timing couldn't have been better.

    In the past three days we have experienced six fires in our valley. Sunday, we got our 72 hour kit and food ready to go in our car. Monday, half of our ward in Saugus and part of the adjacent Stake in Canyon Country was evacuated. We were only block away from the evacuated area. Luckily our area did not evacuate and the others in our ward were able to go home the same day. But, a few in the other Stake lost their homes. Then later on Monday, another ward in our Stake a few miles away in Stevenson Ranch had to evacuate immediately with a new fire. The fire went by fast and the fire department was able to protect all the homes. Then on Tuesday a fire started just down the road from us, but was put out quickly with two helicopters…

    …It was so comforting to know we had our kit, food and a safe place to go.

    Thank You,
    Laura, California

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  • Welcome

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    Welcome to our new blog here at Emergency Essentials®! We are very excited to start blogging about anything related to emergency preparedness. Some of our upcoming topics will include emergency preparedness, food storage, recipes, water storage, new product reviews, question and answer, a food storage calculator, etc. Our goal is to "Bring Preparedness to Life."

    We welcome your input! We would like to grow our blog based on your interests. Please e-mail us at blog@beprepared.com with ideas, questions, experiences, reviews, recipes, or information.

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