Learning how to preserve your garden crops and livestock offerings will help stretch your prepping budget dollars and ensure that your loved ones will not starve during a long-term disaster. Heirloom seeds should always be used when planning a survival garden; hybrid seeds might grow well for a single season, but do not offer annual planting capabilities.
Preserving garden yields, especially in an old-fashioned natural manner, is a skill at least two people in your family (mutual assistance group) should learn. Cross-training is key when it comes to any homesteading or survival skill. If only one person knows how to preserve food, reload ammo, skin a deer, and that person dies during the disaster, the rest of the family or group could suffer greatly as a result.
Some feel that natural food preservation methods prevent deterioration and therefore allow the food to last longer. However, naturally preserved food may never last as long as the 20 or so years commercially manufactured long-term storage food is supposed to remain edible. But of course, the home food preservation process will likely increase the shelf-life of fruits, vegetables, and meat produced on your own land significantly.
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