The Iowa Housewife: Some Basics of Home Canning. Looks like some good wisdom and experience these older sisters have. An excellent site for all your questions and how-to's on canning. Also has some really great recipes for canning!
Homemade Chicken & Broccoli Hot Pockets- one of my husband's favorite junk food items. He is allowed home-made ;) We'll have to give these a shot as an alternative. Maybe not cheese, veggie hot pockets.
Just because you're preparing for disasters doesn't mean you have to eat like a poor college student. These meals in jars have shelf lives of 5 to 7 years.or maybe make these as a parting gift for your child going off to be a poor college student!