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Self sufficiency starts with sourcing your own food. It could be growing or raising it. That is the beginning. However, once you get proficient at this you are going to face a time where preservation of that food becomes and issue.
One of the best and easiest preservation methods is drying. With the advent of mylar bags and desiccants you can store anything dried for the long term. Its an incredible opportunity and one that all those who grow and raise food should take advantage of.
That great dried jerky is priceless. Nothing makes a trip into the woods better than knowing you have a little sack of dried meat to feast on along the way. Its salty and terrific and can be dried on the grill or in a slow oven.
Most people wouldn’t consider dried vegetables to be much of a treat but they are certainly a convenience. The biggest ones that come to mind are onions and peppers. These can be dehydrated and tossed into chilis and stews for their flavor. Another great one is tomatoes. Those delicious sundried tomatoes!
The process of preserving fruits is not hard at all. With the right equipment you can turn an over abundance of fresh fruit into a bounty of dried snacks for the winter. Dried berries are something very special. This is particularly true in the colder months when these things are scarce.
Growing beans and drying them is something that people have been doing for eons. They are one of the few foods that can be grown and stored that have decent protein content. These will dry easily and should be kept in mason jars with oxygen absorbers.
Get your hands on a quality dehydrator or even a freeze drier and start preserving food and building your food storage stockpile.