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How to Make a Solar Food Dehydrator From… Beer Cans?

This video by rickvanman is a must see for everyone who grows their own food! If you produce your own vegetable crops, you’ll know that many of them ripen within a very short period of time, leaving you with way more than you can eat fresh – so it’s necessary to find ways to store your surplus produce for the remainder of the year. If you live in a sunny climate, a solar dehydrator can save on both the purchase (easily $500) and the running cost of an electric dehydrator or a freezer and reduce the space needed for home freezing or canning/bottling. 


Why Dry Food?

Drying food is a tried and tested way to preserve it – generally speaking home-dried vegetables will last for anything up to a year, although under ideal conditions it can be many years more! They’re also great if you’re out back-packing and need to carry lightweight supplies.

The technology used here is really simple and the materials are easy to come by. Rick gives us good instructions and a clear view of all the steps of the creation process so it’s possible for anyone who has basic DIY skills to have a go.

As the video was posted very soon after Rick made the dryer there are a couple of slight modifications needed – one is simply a 3-inch hole on the back (near the top) of the box to allow warm air to vent out. The other would be to add some fly-screen to the air intake and top vent to keep any bugs out. I would rate this as very important! Also it might help to bring the dehydrator indoors at night to avoid damp getting in.


How to make the most of this device

Another tip to make the most of this device would be of course to buy larger quantities of fruit of vegetables when at a reduced price and dry them at home.

To use spray paint, like this inventor does, it’s crucial to use the right kind of face mask for the solvent vapor or use paint with a brush to stay safe. There could also be concerns about toxic chemicals in treated timber (I would definitely use untreated timber (and perhaps paint the outside surface to preserve it) and food-safe silicone would do instead of glue.

This kind of dryer would also be ideal for quick drying of onions or garlic after lifting before they are stored for the winter.


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7 Crazy Simple Tips to Build Your Emergency Food Supply

Start preparing right now because you never know when a natural or terrorist disaster may strike.

Just think about the mess that you would be in if something were to happen today.


Not only would you have to worry about your local stores not having enough food for everyone, but you would have to compete with others for available food supplies.

This is why you should start prepping for emergency conditions.

Although you might think that they are trivial, use the following seven crazy simple tips to build your emergency food supply:

1) Build it up Gradually.

Get a few extra items whenever you purchase your regular groceries.

Add the extra to your emergency food supply.

Yes, the price of food is high, and this might max out your funds.

However, it is best to buy a little extra food each week. Put it into storage.

Sure, it might cost more now. However, things will be worse if you are not prepared when something major happens.

Start building up your food bank now so that you won’t be caught unprepared later.

2) Buy the basics.

Learn all about survival foods.

Stock up on basics such as rice, beans, flour, peanut butter, cornmeal, salt, sugar, lard, canned meats, beef jerky and powdered milk.

3) Learn the Shelf Life of Foods.

Not all foods have the same shelf life. You need to learn the differences.

If packed correctly, many foods can last anywhere from 2 to 10 years.

For instance, beans last about ten years, and canned meats can last about five to ten years.

Always label each food according to its estimated expiration date.

4) Buy based upon survival tactics.

You eat to survive.

So, it might be okay to delete the carbs during normal times; however, your goal will be different after a catastrophe occurs.

Carbs are needed to survive.

Foods such as beans, rice and flour will become staples of your diet.

When it comes to survival, the principles of Atkins and Jenny Craig will fly right out the door.

5) Buy based upon different survival scenarios.

When it comes to survival tactics, there are many theories for why your world might someday change for the worst.

Maybe a bad thunderstorm takes out the electricity for a few days.

Or, it could be something apocalyptic in nature, and your family must live underground.

Stock foods that will accommodate varying degrees of survival.

6) Learn How to Sprout Seeds.

You must plan for all different kinds of survival scenarios.

It is suggested that survivalists grow a garden or breed livestock.

What happens if there is a nuclear attack?

Those two options will no longer be viable.

Look at other options such as sprouting your own food.

Learn how to sprout seeds.

Buy plenty of alfalfa seeds, mustard seeds and broccoli seeds.

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7) Don’t forget the herbs.

Pack plenty of spices such as rosemary, sage and vanilla.

Remember that they can both season and preserve many of the foods in your emergency food supply.

Your goal is to eat and survive; however, a little spice can’t hurt.

All in all, start stashing away for your emergency food plan today.

You probably don’t want to think about it right now, but think about what happens if you don’t.

The goal is to survive.

We recommend picking up a copy of the Home Survival Course by clicking here or clicking the image below:

Home Survival Course

The Home Survival Course is a step-by-step guide to protecting your family.

It’s got 4 major components and has been ruthlessly edited so it weighs in at a lean 59 pages. Packed inside are the 4 steps you absolutely must use to keep your family safe.Once you have your copy, here are the modules that are included inside:

Module 1– Top Secret Home Stockpile Blueprint
Module 2– The 2 Hour Water Purification Method
Module 3– Barely Street Legal Ways to Protect Your Home and Family From Thugs, Disasters, and Martial Law
Module 4– The Energey Independence Quick Start Guide
Bonus #1– The 72 Hour Quick Start Guide
Bonus #2– 14 Catastrophic Stockpiling Mistakes That Will Make Your Food Nearly Useless
Bonus #3– 10 Fatal Home Defense Mistakes
Bonus #4– MP3 Audio Files of all modules

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