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Editors Note: This post originally appeared on the TEOTWAWKI blog. In my dream scenario, I would have a stone castle with a drawbridge surrounded by a moat filled with sharks with lasers mounted to their heads. Sadly I have a traditional suburban home like most of the rest of us, but there are steps you can take to make your home more secure. This article and another video below outline various methods of reinforcing doors that could buy you crucial seconds if someone was trying to break in.

On castles of old, the front gate was often the “soft spot”–the easiest place to breach. Modern homes aren’t built with siege defense in mind (sadly), but doors are still the most common point of entry for thieves and intruders–something like 85% of forcible entries occur through the front door.

How to secure your doors? The photo to the right, a security door from a company in Bogota, Colombia, is a pretty good “best case”. It’s armored, bullet proof, steel cored, with a vault-style locking mechanism and a steel frame. It will even stand up to power tools and mild explosives. Pretty awesome, and if you can afford it, I’d say go for it. There are several domestic companies that produce similar doors; I’d contact a reputable locksmith or security door company and go from there.

However, this high-end, vault-like door is probably a bit much for the average home–we want to look at the principles at work here and see what we can do for less. Click the link below for more.

Image via Gizmodo

Before we get started, some basics:

  • Deadbolts are the standard and exterior doors should have a deadbolt, as a minimum. The lame little locks built into door knobs can be defeated in about 3 seconds with a credit card.
  • Invest in good locks; cheap locks can be picked or bumped quickly, quietly and easily.
  • Buy the most solid door you can afford.
  • Windows that could provide access to the door’s locking mechanism are a bad thing and defeat the purpose of reinforcing your door. A smashed window and an intruder can have quick access to the interior of your home. Get rid of the window if possible, or cover it with decorative burglar bars or a security film.
  • Have a way to check the door without opening it. Peep hole, security camera, etc.
  • Hinges/bolts should be on the interior, otherwise an intruder can pop them out and dismantle the door.

The average home has a deadbolt on the front door. Deadbolts are good, but need reinforcing to stand up to a concentrated entry attempt. The door jamb — typically only an inch or two of wood — is all that really stands between you and a thug trying to smash in your door. That wood is usually what gives way in a common kick-in attack. One or two kicks and the back guys are in.

There are several products available to reinforce existing door jambs — look for “door reinforcers” and “door jamb armor.” Door Jamb Armor on Amazon looks pretty good. These are steel plates that reinforce the soft points on a standard door; they’re under $75 and install with basic tools in under an hour. Once installed, they will help hard harden your doors to common kick-in attacks; the door itself will probably give way first. They’ve even tested it successfully against a police battering ram – not bad for the price.

A security door can add an extra layer of protection.

If you’re concerned about a lock picking/bumping entry, look into adding a second deadbolt – a one-sided/single-sided deadbolt. This gives you two deadbolts – one with an exterior facing key face, and the one-sided deadbolt, which has no key face and can only be opened from inside. The exterior facing deadbolt is what you engage when you’re gone. When you’re home, you can lock both. Because the second deadbolt doesn’t have a key face, that means there’s nothing for a burglar to bump or pick.

A security door is another consideration. This is a second, sturdy metal storm/hurricane-type door with its own deadbolt and reinforcement. These open outward, which makes it harder to smash in–and you’d have to smash in through the metal frame, too.  These doors have two benefits. First, if you need to open the regular door for fresh air or to talk to someone, you’ll still have a locked, secure door between you and the outside. Second, it provides a very difficult barrier that potential intruders will have to get through before they start on the main door. The door pictured, a First Alert model, is rated to 700 pounds. Unfortunately, criminals, drug dealers and stash houses often install these kinds of doors as well, recognizing the added protection they provide from criminal competition and even SWAT teams. Standard procedure for SWAT, I believe, is to rip the security door off with a chain attached to a truck. Anyways, a security door may, depending on your area and the design of the door, draw some unwanted attention or send the wrong signals. Keep that in mind.

An old school crossbar, courtesy Wikipedia.

A final solution, and potentially the most secure, is a what I’ve heard called a crossbar. This is a medieval-style bar across the interior of the door; if you want in, you’ll need to brake the bar, tear out the brackets or completely destroy the door itself. With a steel bar and sturdy, well-installed brackets, this kind of barricade can stand up to a lot of abuse. A crossbar can also be fairly easily improvised from basic materials–there’s not much to one, which makes it the go-to for improving a door’s security after TEOTWAWKI.

Here’s a modern version of the crossbar on Amazon called the Bar-Ricade. Steel tube, brackets installed into the jack/king studs of the house. Here’s a video demo. Looks pretty decent for the price and is pretty low profile. If you want to go heavy duty, here’s an industrial-strength crossbar.

If permanent modification of the front door is impossible, I would look into a door jammer or security bar. These wedge in at an angle between the door knob and the floor – basically a serious version of the old angled chair trick. Of these, The Buddy Bar seems to be the best recommended, and made from all-steel, versus plastic and aluminum like cheaper models are. These slide into place fairly easily and do a good job of reinforcing the door. Not as good as a permanent option, but better than a standard deadbolt alone.

With a little bit of investment and work, there is quite a bit that can be done to harden the typical front door. Maybe not medieval castle strength, but strong enough to give you adequate time to plan your response.

To go along with the great post above, I also found this video from Liberty Steve of Tin Hat Ranch’s YouTube Channel. He goes over a lot of the options above but gives some nice visuals.

Here are the links to the products discussed in the video above:

Strikemaster II – http://www.nokickins.com/strikemaster…
Easy Armor – http://armorconcepts.com/our-solution…

Tying the Door…to the floor.

Door Club – http://www.theclub.com/catalog/the-do…
OnGard – http://www.globalsecurityexperts.com/…


Burglarguard – http://shattergard.com/burglargardhom…
Armorguard – http://www.solargard.com/window-films…
3M – http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M…

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Securing Your Home by Reinforcing Doors




Everyone has a dad. Yours may no longer be with us here on Earth, or you may have never met them before. Your Dad may be someone you see daily, or miss dearly, or hope to never see again. Regardless of your relationship or history with your Dad, whether you have fond memories of this person or not, you have a man who was partly responsible for creating your life. Being a Dad doesn’t require a license and you don’t have to pass a test. There are few qualifications unfortunately to be a Dad and there is no instruction manual (not that we would read it anyway) but to those who take this responsibility seriously, and are honest with themselves, we all want to be the best Dad we can be.

I know there are Dads who don’t care about their children. There are Dads who do not want to share the responsibility for the lives they help bring into this world. There are some that are cruel or absent but they are the minority. The overwhelming majority of men who have children want to succeed at being a Dad. This is a long journey that we walk together and if you do it right and are blessed along the way, it is one you will spend the rest of your life completing. The responsibility I speak of is tremendous in my eyes because I believe as Dads it is our duty to teach, love, protect and nurture our children so that they can grow up to be strong, intelligent, mature, happy and healthy adults. We don’t have this responsibility all to ourselves normally, but Dads play a different role than Mothers. Each parent brings their own strengths, style and perspective to raising children and I believe each is equally important. Different to be sure, but just as important are the lessons and instructions and love that a Dad can give his children.

My wife sent me the video below and it appears to be produced last year from a church in Wisconsin to coincide with Father’s Day. If I was a savvy blogger, I would have kept this in my back pocket until Father’s Day this year and sprung this post on you to capitalize on the general good vibes that day traditionally brings. I am sure she saw this on Facebook and there are probably a million of you who have already seen it, but I didn’t want to wait until Father’s Day. Like I said, the job of being a Dad is a tremendous responsibility and I think it helps all of us who are walking the walk daily to have some inspiration. Just because it isn’t on the one special day of the year that Hallmark says it is OK to think about Dads, too bad.

The video is titled, “What is it like being a Dad” and shows a dad interacting with his children. When I saw it, I teared up a little, but I have been known to get misty eyed at commercials, sappy movies, my children’s recitals and pretty much anytime I wasn’t supposed to. I always BAWL at that scene in the Patriot when Mel Gibson’s characters daughter Susan comes running up to him as he is riding off to battle, crying and speaking (to him) for the first time in years, begging him not to go and saying that she will “say anything” to get him to stay.  This video is nothing like that at all, but it is a good video for Dads I think. Take a look.

The man acting as the Dad in this video reacts all of the ways that I wish I reacted when dealing with my own children. I know it’s just a video and the writers make sure this Dad does it “the right way” but in this portrayal, he is compassionate, loving, and patient. He seems to be always there for his children, knows just the right words to say and the right way to say them. I look at this video and it makes ideal Dad look a lot better than the Dad I see in the mirror some days. If you ask me what is it like being a dad, I could easily communicate to you about the sleepless nights, the boo boos, the long talks and tears. You would get from me the same sense of love that this dad has for his make believe family, but I don’t always act like he does and that is something I need to work on. Sometimes I feel like I am not being a good enough dad and that I should step it up a little and this video just reminded me of what was important.

One of the main reasons I got into Prepping was for my children. I want to do anything in my power now to make sure my family is safe but sometimes I think that as Dads, we have a tendency to focus on the immediate need and miss the bigger picture. I have to remind myself sometimes to remember that it isn’t just about me. All of my prepping is for a reason and if I neglect the reason I am prepping for, what have I accomplished?

I hope this video does a few things for you Dads out there. I hope it makes you laugh and tear up a little, but more importantly I hope it allows you to refocus your attention where it needs to be if like me, it wanders from time to time. Our families are the only thing that is important when it comes to prepping and survival and we should all keep that thought at the forefront of everything we do. If we want to be the best Dad we can be, we have to spend time with our children, living life with them. It really isn’t enough to just plan and prepare for their safety, we have to have a strong bond with each of our children so they know what you will do and trust what you are saying to them. As a Dad, you have so many things that you need to teach your children and that cant happen if you aren’t spending time with them.

What if you are a man but don’t have any children? You could be the lone ranger out there and this video might not be something you see the connection on. That’s fine. I’ll keep the link here on the Prepper Journal in case you ever want to watch it again. Life has a way of changing on us all the time and you never know what might happen.

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: What is it Like Being a Dad?



During the difficult days of World War II, victory gardens became popular symbols of frugal living and self-reliance. As the nation’s resources became focused on the war effort, families did their part to economize by growing their own vegetables, herbs, and fruit. The victory garden has enjoyed a new lease on life in our own day. In tough economic times, it is more appealing than ever to grow your own food. It can also be an important part of a modern healthy lifestyle. Even if you’re on a tight budget, these seven tips can help you get started with a successful victory garden. You’ll be on your way to delicious home-grown food before you know it!

1. Start Small

There are many helpful and inspiring books about growing your own vegetables. The Internet is also full of useful information on gardening. It’s easy to get too enthusiastic and take on a huge garden project in your very first year. Remember to start small! You can always expand your garden gradually as you become more familiar with the details of growing your own food. Even if you only produce a few rows of potatoes or a handful of tomato plants in the first growing season, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re a real gardener. You’ll also be saving money and enjoying better nutritional value every time you eat your own home-grown produce.

2. Make the Most of the Available Space

Are you an apartment dweller? Do you live in a condominium or a small townhouse in the city? You might not have a huge backyard to devote to your victory garden. There’s no need to worry. A victory garden can be grown in a very small space. Consider getting a small plot in a shared community garden or finding a rooftop garden you can participate in. If you’re in a tiny apartment, you can still grow edibles in window boxes or similar containers. Even if you only have a small strip of outside space, you can put food plants in among the existing trees and bushes. You can go online for inspiration in designing your small urban garden.

3. Think About What You Love to Eat

A victory garden may look beautiful and be a fulfilling hobby, but the main point of these gardens is food production! When you plan your garden, think about what sort of foods you like to cook and eat. Once you’ve started growing them, they will take center stage in your kitchen during the appropriate season each year. If you don’t enjoy eating squash, then think twice about planting a whole row of it. The same goes for zucchini, which is notoriously productive in late summer. If you do a lot of creative cooking, think about adding herbs and aromatics to your victory garden to spice up your recipes. The possibilities are almost endless. Take some time to review your favorite recipes and think about what foods you’d most like to grow.

4. Work With the Weather

When you grow local food, you need to pay attention to the local climate. Try looking up your town’s USDA hardiness zone and finding out which plants are likely to thrive in your victory garden. As a gardener, you’ll be working closely with the different seasons of the year and becoming more sensitive to small changes in weather. If you live in a colder climate, you might want to boost the growing season by starting plants indoors. With the proper lights and warming areas, you can create an early spring inside your own house or shed. By the time spring has sprung outside, you’ll have healthy young plants ready to take root in the ground, providing you and your family with delicious food.

5. Take Care of the Soil

If you just dig up a patch of soil in your backyard and put in a handful of seedlings, you may end up with some vegetables in a few months, but you’re not going to get the great results you want. Every bit of time and money you invest in preparing the soil will pay back many times during the harvest season. Visit your local garden store for a full selection of compost, mulch, and organic fertilizers. Make sure the ground is thoroughly tilled and aerated. If you’re short on time or muscle power, you can rent a mechanical tiller for a weekend and get your victory garden in great shape. Be sure to pay attention to weeds and remove them promptly from your vegetable beds. When the soil is in good condition, your fruits, vegetables, and herbs will be happier and more productive.

6. Think About the Long Run

Gardening can be an exercise in patience. In our modern age, when we’re accustomed to getting instant gratification with the click of a mouse or a few words on the phone, it can be hard to wait for months to see the results of our victory garden experiments. Sometimes there are difficulties with pests, sunlight, irrigation, or other variables of outdoor life. Yields can be disappointingly tiny or overwhelmingly large. (Have you ever tried to can a hundred pounds of tomatoes in a small kitchen on a sweltering summer afternoon? At moments like those, a garden that yields just a few puny tomatoes may seem appealing!) Don’t get discouraged, and remember that gardening success happens in the long run. Your first year as a victory gardener is just the prelude to a long and happy career of growing your own food.


7. Enjoy the Benefits

There are many benefits of growing your own vegetables at home. You’ll start to enjoy some of them almost immediately: plenty of fresh air and exercise, an increased sensitivity to the changing seasons, and the chance to think about where your food really comes from. As soon as the crops start coming in, you’ll save money on your grocery bills each week. The best reward of all — as experienced gardeners know — is the unforgettable taste of home-grown vegetables. Once you’ve tasted a tomato picked fresh off the vine, you’ll never want to go back to grocery store tomatoes. Start a victory garden this year and enjoy the delights of the freshest food you can get! – The Prepperr Journal 

Source: “10 Tips for Starting a Victory Garden

Lauren Hill is a new prepper but a long time gardener.  She has been growing and canning for many years and loves sharing her knowledge with others.  Lauren is a contributing author for The Growers Exchange.


By  – SurvivoPedia

In a SHTF situation you can go without showers, brushing your teeth, or changing your clothes but you absolutely cannot go without rations.

You can only last about 3 days without food before your body starts to break down and you’ll start noticing symptoms of dehydration after day 1 if you’re not eating OR drinking. We simply can’t overstate the importance of maintaining an adequate emergency rations supply, but how do you know how much is enough?

Instead of giving you an emergency supply list, we’re going to show you how to figure out your own needs based upon individual nutritional needs.

Just do the math for each family member per day, and add those numbers together to get your total daily ration needs. Then simply determine how many days you want to prepare for and multiply your daily needs by that.

How Much Water Will You Need for Your Emergency Ration?

How much drinking water you need is determined by many factors, but how much you weigh, how much you sweat, and how hot it is are the three biggies.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Emergency Rations: How Much is Enough?

Find out more about creating a food supply without breaking the budget on The Prepper’s Blueprint – Chapter 2.

Photo sources: Dreamstime.

pressure cooker

By Howard

For years, my wife has used a pressure cooker for many things, including canning.  They are efficient and cook your food quickly.  In any disaster situation, fuel is in short supply.  If you are cooking over an open fire, you have to work to find, carry, cut, and stack the firewood.  Other fuels such as propane or petroleum-based fuels will all run out eventually.  So anything that speeds up your cooking is energy saving.

Some examples how much time a pressure cooker can save you

  • Black beans  3-6 minutes
  • Pinto beans 1-3 minutes
  • Bulgar wheat 8-10 minutes
  • Spelt berries  15 minutes
  • Wheat berries 30 minutes
  • Beef cubes 1 inch  10-15 minutes
  • Beef stew  15-20 minutes
  • Potatoes, whole large  10-14 minutes
  • Corn on the cob  3 minutes

From these example you can see how much shorter than normal the cooking times are.

I would strongly suggest that you obtain a pressure cooker, particularly if you are planning to bug in.  As you can imagine they are a bit too heavy for your bug out bag.  You need to learn how to cook with a pressure cooker.

Some rules to follow to cook safely.

  • Never overfill the cooker.  For most foods, never fill them more than two-thirds full.  Foods like beans and grains, which tend to swell as they cook, should only fill about half of the cooker.  If you overfill, the foods can swell and block the relief vent.  I saw this happen once, when the top blew off a pressure cooker throwing cabbage all over the kitchen. .
  • Use enough liquid.  A pressure cooker needs liquid to create the steam that cooks the food.  Most recipe will take this into account, however if you’re creating your own, you’ll need at least 1 cup of water or other liquids.
  • Be careful cooking foods that foam.  The foaming can block the pressure release vents.  Foods that foam include pasta, split peas, oatmeal, rhubarb, applesauce and cranberries. If you do want to cook these foods, be sure that the quantity in the pot is well below the recommended maximum fill line.
  • Release pressure in a safe way.  
  • There are three ways of releasing pressure.  The Natural Release Method: This method is best used for foods that require longer periods of cooking. Allowing the pressure cooker to cool down naturally can allow it to continue cooking for an extra 10-20 minutes.
  • The Quick Release Method: Most old pressure cookers, and all new pressure cookers, have a quick release button in the lid.  When this button is pressed, the pressure is slowly released from  the cooker.
  • The Cold Water Release Method: This is the fastest way to reduce pressure.  Do not use this method with an electric pressure cooker.  Take the pressure cooker and place it under a water faucet.  Run cold water on the lid until the pressure drops.  Avoid running the water directly on the pressure regulator or vent.  This is the fastest way to release pressure.

Always read the instruction that came with your pressure cooker and follow them.  If your pressure cooker has a gasket in the lid, be sure and stock an extra one.  We use an All American pressure cooker which does not require a gasket.  My wife loves ours and we will recommend it.  She uses it mostly for canning.

However that being said there are several good brands on the market.  Whatever brand you buy, follow the instructions and use it safely. – Preparedness Advice Blog

One Size Doesn’t fit all when it comes to Prepper Plans

Posted by P. Henry

When we are planning for our family’s safety, preppers employ a wide spectrum of ideas, plans and approaches to getting their family out of danger or protect them from danger in the first place. This is a noble goal and one that I myself strive to achieve in some way daily. When you are planning on surviving though, it is important to take a minute or two and consider the people you are trying to protect. If your grand prepper plans for keeping the family safe or healthy are for whatever reason abhorrent to the same members you are trying to save, what good is that?

Two things made me think about this. First, my wife and I were watching previews for next week’s Doomsday Preppers show and from the trailer, you see a father who has built a tree-house as part of his plans to survive. The only problem is that his daughter is apparently afraid of heights. My wife told me this would be a good idea for a post, but in thinking about this I thought of some other examples where the person making the plans obviously didn’t plan on any of their people complaining.

Analyze your family’s strengths

When I first started getting into the subject of Prepping and learning everything out there that formed my thought process around threats, I was full of energy and ideas. I just knew I had the perfect plan to protect my family and I just needed the time and money to implement all of my ideas. Some of what I had hoped to do wasn’t really possible or practical with my family. For instance, I don’t live with Seal Team 6 so a highly dynamic, crack team of trained professionals wouldn’t be there to help me secure my home in the event of a collapse brought on by any number of natural disasters or man-made events. Now that I think about it, I am not sure I really want my wife to be able to kill me that easily…

Your family has strengths that you need to consider and this can apply to anyone. Just because you are the father of younger children, that doesn’t mean you are up the creek, but you do need to adjust your strategy and take advantage of these strengths. As an example, my wife is very smart and analytical. I try to run every idea past her that I have. This sometimes doesn’t go as planned but she has on many occasions pointed out flaws in my preps. Had I been Johnny Ranger and tried to do everything by myself, I would have made some pretty significant errors.

Make sure you plan for your families strengths while being mindful of their weaknesses.

Make sure you plan for your families strengths while being mindful of their weaknesses.

Your team is more than yourself and as a whole you need to make it through whatever crisis you are faced with. Your children might be too young to take a highly active role in defense of your home for example, but they can do other things. Maybe while you are busy boarding up windows and doors, they can load magazines or gather supplies. I wouldn’t plan on defending against an army anyway, but your kids could be on lookout and report back using radio to other members. Maybe instead of giving them all rifles and expecting them to shoot the bad guys they would take care of the animals or smaller children or cook. Everyone who is past toddler stage can contribute to your family’s success.

Analyze your family’s weaknesses

There are good and bad traits in everyone and I am not excluding myself from this. For some reason I get irritated at some of the stupidest things and it doesn’t help getting mad at inanimate objects no matter how righteous you feel. As an example, sometimes when I am walking through my house in a certain pair of pants, they get caught on the door knob jerking me backwards or like yesterday when I didn’t have the right sized allen wrench to take the handle off a leaky faucet I got irritated. I didn’t throw chairs or scream, but I know I should have more patience and that could be a weakness in me. I know I need to work on that. If I am going to lead my family in an effective way, I want to analyze my personal hang-ups and develop a plan that mitigates those weaknesses or at least doesn’t rely on my not showing my ass at a crucial moment.

Your family has weaknesses too. For children the obvious are weaknesses that are through no failing of character like mine, but exist simply because they are young. Young children aren’t as strong, don’t see the bigger picture in most cases, tire and get scared more quickly. In a lot of cases, they are going to need more than they are capable of contributing to your survival efforts so any plan that assumes they will barrel head long, full speed ahead with you into the abyss might need to be rethought. Like the guy building the tree house, you should first figure out if anyone in your family is afraid of heights. Do you plan on going down to your bunker? Is anyone claustrophobic? Is your plan to bug out on foot for several, maybe dozens of miles? Are your family members going to be able to go that long?

One of our readers who have small children has already purchased a game cart that usually helps you get deer out of the woods much easier than dragging or carrying them. This is his plan for his children and bugging out. If needed, he will stock his game cart with gear and throw the kids on top and I think this is a great idea. Is it the best plan? No, but I think it is obvious that he is thinking about his family and knows what he will need to consider if the time comes when he needs to travel long distances on foot.

Plan for the future

Another aspect of planning is for the future. If you are a young family do you plan to have more children someday? Maybe children arrive and they weren’t in the plan. It may be harder to visualize something horrific like a disaster and small children but it happens every day. Your plans for living out in the woods might work for two healthy and competent people, but what if eventually there are three of you?

Maybe the lesson in this is that life changes and you have to roll with it in order to survive and thrive. Our plans are nothing more than a rough draft – sketches on a napkin that sound great until life steps up and changes the rules for you. The more prepared you are the better you will be able to pivot when changes cause your formally brilliant plan to end up in the trash pile at the end of the street. Plan for people to get a vote too because your ideas are only as good as the situation you have planned for and everyone else’s willingness to go along with them. – The Prepper Journal


So you’re in the grocery store, and you see a bin filled with 5-lb bags of potatoes on sale, but not just any sale, it’s a deep discount!

You want to be frugal and buy a few bags, but you know that you can’t eat enough of them before they’ll go bad…. What do you do?

Be Frugal… BUY THEM!

Potatoes are one of the highest calorie per pound garden vegetables (180 calories per cup), and are a good choice for a ‘survival’ food vegetable (although… diversify!).

So, if you don’t have a root cellar, or you are unable to dehydrate, etc., here’s one way to preserve them, assuming we have electricity (and a freezer)…


1. Peel or Scrape the potatoes.

2. Wash the potatoes.

3. Blanch the potatoes (3 – 5 minutes.)

Blanching (scalding vegetables in boiling water). It stops enzyme actions which can cause loss of flavor, color and texture. Blanching cleans the surface of dirt and organisms, brightens the color and helps retard loss of vitamins. It also wilts or softens vegetables and makes them easier to pack.

Use one gallon water per pound of prepared vegetables. Put the potatoes into boiling water. Place a lid on the pot.

The water should return to boiling within 1 minute, or you are using too much potato for the amount of boiling water.

Start counting blanching time when water returns to a boil. Keep heat high for duration.

4. Cool. Put in ice water for 5 to 10 minutes, then drain.

5. Pack. Place in Ziploc freezer bags, remove the air from the bag as best you can.

6. Seal and Freeze.

The quality of the frozen potatoes will remain best in a very cold freezer (0-degrees-F or lower). 12-months is a reasonable expectation for shelf life.

Another option is to simply make ‘mashed’ potatoes, for Ziploc freezer bags to freeze.


1. Scrub and wash the potatoes in the sink, skin on.

2. Put potatoes (skin on) in a pan of water, bring to boil, simmer until tender (~15 mins.)

3. Put potatoes in bowl to cool, and/or refrigerate overnight for easier slicing.

4. Slice into 1/4 or 3/8-inch widths (slices, cubes, whatever) with skin on for added nutrients, and arrange on dehydrator trays without overlapping.

5. Dehydrate at 125-degrees-F until crisp.

6. Store in Ziploc bags (burp the air out) or canning-jars, etc.

The point being, if you encounter a deep discount sale price on quantities of vegetables, instead of passing it up (and assuming they are not going ‘bad’), consider preserving them for later.

The method described in this article involves a freezer, and obviously would not be effective for SHTF food storage preparedness (possible/probable loss of electricity,) but for simply being frugal…

The best type of freezer is a chest freezer because they are more efficient and will get much colder than a conventional freezer (built into a conventional refrigerator).

Note: Often when a vegetable is deeply discounted at the grocery store, it’s sometimes because it is nearing the end of its shelf life. So, be careful and picky. You do not want to store/preserve ‘bad’ or marginal vegetables. If you are lucky enough to purchase them early enough before they ‘turn’, just be sure that you preserve them quickly…Modern Survival Blog