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Food preservation has all but disappeared in the modern world. Well, I should say home preservation. This is an important thing to consider. There was time when preservation meant the difference between life and death or even just a good life and near starvation. What most people fail to understand is that Spring is a not a time of bounty. When you preserve you must have enough food to get you through winter, spring and even some of summer. That is when grown food starts rolling in.
This is a great article about preservation but not just rice and beans. Have you given any thought to preserving real meat? When you have meat on a shelf you have something that imparts massive levels of nutrients and has the ability to sustain you longer. You need to understand the process but you can pull it off yourself.