Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Recipe: Patriot Pantry Emergency Energy Bars

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison, 1947-1931

Patriot Pantry Emergency Energy Bars
Dried fruits and nuts supply the vitamins and protein essential for good health and quick energy. That’s why we have included several freeze-dried fruits in our Fruit, Veggie and Snack Mix tote.

Add some freshly cracked nuts, some instant Maple Grove Oatmeal from our Patriot Pantry Emergency Food Supplies and a few other staples to create yummy, high-energy snacks that will keep your crew going during an emergency, on your next camping trip or during the school day. Just follow the easy recipe below.


1 cup pitted dates
2 T clover honey
1 ½ cup Maple Grove Oatmeal
1 ½ cups unsalted nuts, any combination
¼ cup coarsely chopped dried Patriot Pantry pineapple
¼ cup coarsely chopped Patriot Pantry dried banana chips
¼ cup coarsely chopped Patriot Pantry dried blueberries
¼ cup coarsely chopped Patriot Pantry dried strawberries
4 T wheat germ
½ tea. cinnamon
½ tea. salt
Nonstick cooking spray


Place dates in a small pan and cover with water; bring the water to a simmer. Remove from heat and drain all but 1/2 cup water. Put dates, reserved water, and honey in a food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.

Spray an 8 x 8-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Combine oatmeal, pecans, peanuts, pineapple, banana chips, blueberries, strawberries, bran, flaxseed, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Pour in the date puree and mix until well coated. Press the energy bar mixture into the prepared baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F. until firm and beginning to brown at the edges, approximately 20 minutes. Cool in pan. Cut into 16 servings.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Survival Strategies Part II: Emergency Food and Supplies Caching

“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.”Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, author of “Self-Reliance”

Most of us who are dedicated to getting prepared have already made a start on our survival food supplies, but where should we put them? Storage is a critical component of preparedness too. While it’s simpler to keep all your emergency supplies in one place, you should make sure they are accessible when disaster strikes. Having survival food in your closet or under the bed won’t do you any good if you can’t get to it. Below are some suggestions that we have come up with.

     Make a Tactical Plan
       Where will you and your family wait out the emergency? Organize your emergency food and supplies caches accordingly. For example, if your retreat will be an outbuilding or other remote location, make sure to store supplies nearby. 
     Outsmart the Weather
       Choose weatherproof containers with your climate in mind. If you have lots of rain, for instance, don’t use a metal storage locker that will rust. Heavy-duty plastic rain barrels with lids work well as buried cache containers. Emergency food supplies packed in stackable plastic totes are suitable for long-term caching too. Keep in mind that small creatures like mice can contaminate poorly stored supplies.

      Track Your Caches 
        If you’ve ever misplaced something, you know the value of keeping detailed records. Map out the locations of your supplies so you can find them even years in the future. Tell family members, too, so they can help locate your caches when needed.

      Safety Strategies
Dividing up your survival supplies into several caches helps keep intruders from wiping out your stores all at once. Take into account that canned and packaged foods from the grocery store do not stay fresh nearly as long as dehydrated and freeze-dried foods, which can last as long as 25 years. So do your homework, and choose your food stash with longevity in mind.

Your emergency food supplies and survival items are only as useful as they are accessible. Make sure that you are able to retrieve them in a crisis by caching your supplies near your emergency retreat or en route. What are your storage strategies? We’d love to hear about them!

Get prepared, stay safe and stick with us for more valuable information on planning for an emergency.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Survival Strategies Part I: Is Your Emergency Retreat Defensible?

Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature.” –John Adams, Second President of the United States

When you think about getting prepared for emergencies, what springs to mind? If you’re like most of us, you know that seeing to your survival food supplies  is a great start. Water filtration is also key. But what about shelter? Many of us who practice preparedness have given it some thought, and we have come up with a few tips.

Creating Your Emergency Hideaway

Think Small
Keep your shelter plan simple. A smaller living space is less visible to others.

Leverage Your Landscape

Tie the landscape around your home into your defense strategy. Identify the best vantage points. These could be hills, boulders and trees already on your land. Locate your retreat to take advantage of these features so you’ll be able to spot anyone approaching without being seen yourself.

Avoid Straight Paths
Obscure the way into your hideaway. A straight path is like an arrow that points trespassers to your front door. Instead, discourage unwelcome guests by creating a non-direct route that only your family knows about.

Create Natural Defenses

Choose plants that strengthen your defense. Rosebushes, blackberry brambles and stinging nettles are natural barriers that make your compound inhospitable to trespassers. Berry bushes also supplement your emergency food supply.

Think Low-Tech
 In case of backup power failure, include some low-tech security options in your preparedness plan. For example, create a basic intruder alert system by stringing bells from branches. Install trip wires between trees and across pathways, but be sure your family knows to avoid them. Cut lengths of doweling to use as window locks and 2x4 studs to wedge beneath doorknobs.
Take advantage of the time you have today to plan and prepare for tomorrow. The measures you implement in advance will multiply your tactical advantages during a crisis. Do you have a great idea for preparing a shelter? Please share below!

Coming Up Next: Survival Strategies Part II – Savvy Supply Caching