21. May 2013
The Essence of Money or Tools for Trade
I know. I know. What does this have to do with prepping?
After the survival phase of any catastrophe comes the rebuilding. What I mean is in the prepping world lots of time and energy is devoted to BOB’s, food storage, defense, shelter, water purifiers, etc. What’s not discussed is after everything comes apart, how do we put it back together, especially if the banks are closed and the dollar is worthless.
Even though we focus on getting ourselves prepared there will be many things we need or have forgotten in our quest to prepare for the worst. Our little group here in Montana has started looking ahead to how do we conduct commerce after TEOTWAWKI (to borrow a popular acronym). There are several ways in which we can obtain that badly needed roll of toilet paper after supply chains are broken and weeks have turned into months. I want to discuss a few:
Make it yourself.
We can all make some improvements in this area. Just realize that no one person is an “Island unto Himself”. Many of the items we use and need are made with specialized skill and equipment. So until we’re back to riding horses and hunting with bows and arrows many items we need will be made by those who have developed those trades and abilities. Even then there will be limitations on raw materials. It’s not very…Continue reading...
20. May 2013
The reader who contributed the food saver storage bag post gave a lot of great ideas. I would like to add my experience with Food Saver and how I solved some serious problems with the vacuum system itself. Nine years ago I started a serious food storage program. Life is full of trials and errors, and lots of lessons learned from other’s trials and errors. I made the move into dehydrating foods, primarily beef and vegetables for long term storage.
I bought Cabela’s large dehydrator after researching everything out there that I could afford. It has performed marvelously after I made a couple modifications to it and fixed the problems that others complained about. I also bought the Game Saver Food Saver, which of it self is an okay machine. The glaring flaw is the food saver bag itself. First they are way too thin at around 2 mills and very expensive, plus they are not mylar, which is needed to prevent oxygen penetration. Any thing that I stored in them that had sharp points vis-a-vis jerky strips, dehydrated peppers etc. would perforate the bag and lose the seal. I also had many other items lose the seal—–frozen meat that touched some sharp point in the freezer like another bag’s pointed corner would make a pin hole and fill up with air.
Vacuum sealing is a must for preppers, So this had to be remedied. The answer came from
19. May 2013
10 Things You Must Have In a Bug-Out Bag
How long would it take for you to put a bag of emergency items together during a crisis? An hour? Maybe a couple of hours? Well, during an evacuation or other emergency situation, you may only have minutes to act fast. Will you be prepared to survive without emergency assistance for at least three days?
A bug-out-bag is essential a 72-hour portable kit. It should contain the emergency items you’ll need after an evacuation. Since these kits are designed for 3-day survival, the main focus is all about evacuations. Bug-Out-Bags are very popular with Modern Survivalists.
The purpose of a bug-out-bag is to be prepared for survival during an evacuation. This is one of the concepts behind being a true survivalist. Because, as we know, it’s never about “if” a crisis will occur. It’s just a matter of “when” a disaster will strike.
Remember that a bug-out-bag is not about long-term survival. Your goal should be to focus on items needed for 3-day survival. Bug-Out-Bags should be as lightweight as possible, making them easy to quickly grab-and-go. Here are ten essentials that you must have in your bug-out-bag:
15. May 2013
From Rural Revolution
I bought a new toy this week from a thrift store: a pastry blender. It cost a dollar.
I tried it for the first time while making biscuits for breakfast, and it worked just great.
I’d never used one of these gizmos before, but after watching a neighbor make biscuits with one, it looked like a spiffy idea. While a pastry blender isn’t a necessity — I’ve spent over twenty years making biscuits and pie crusts without it — it was delightfully handy and easy to use. So, it’s been added to my inventory of kitchen tools.
When Don and I were first married in 1990, I had only the most basic kitchen implements: some pots and pans, a few utensils, cups, etc. As I began cooking more, I gradually added more items that made cooking more convenient — cookie sheets, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, a bread board, a cutting board, etc. Since I’m not a gourmet cook I don’t have “gourmet” items in my kitchen, but I have what is needed to cook from scratch.
Sometimes I am startled by what people lack in their kitchen. I’m not talking about newlyweds just getting started in life; I’m talking about established families whose kitchens lack mixing bowls or pie pans or a rolling pin. I recently met someone who didn’t even own a single measuring spoon.
11. May 2013
Mylar Bags: The Key to Manageable Food Storage That Lasts
There has been a lot of excitement recently regarding emergency preparedness. Both the wide range of “end of the world” movies and theories that have come out recently and the unfortunate string of severe natural disasters have caused people to be more aware of what they would do if caught in a disaster situation. Nobody can predict what is to come in the future but we can all be sure that taking the time for emergency preparedness is only going to make things better in a crisis situation. And although it does require an investment of both time and money, the piece of mind it affords is something that pays off immediately.
At the heart of any emergency preparedness plan should be building a good supply of food storage. It is far more plausible for most people to build their supply gradually and it is important that the necessary steps are taken to keep the food storage you buy fresh for as long as possible. When it comes to keeping food preserved long-term, mylar bags should definitely be a part of your plan.
Mylar bags are metalized storage containers that create an oxygen barrier to protect food and keep it from going bad during extended long-term food storage. The bags are composed of a polyester film laminated to aluminum foil so the seal is strong enough to keep out both oxygen and unwanted moisture.…Continue reading...
7. May 2013
Many of the dehydrated "food storage units" available these days specify that you need a certain amount of fats or oils to supplement their unit. You probably know these units, they generally sell as "1 person, 1 year" type of packages and they contain a variety of grains, legumes, fruits and other essentials. They are generally put together with the help of nutritionists that try to deliver a certain amount of calories and essential nutrients per day. You might wonder why they don’t just include a container of oil to complete their units. Or even why we need them.
Fats (oils or lipids) are one of our bodies essential nutrients. This means they aren’t optional, we get sick and die without them. While our bodies can manufacture some of the fat we need by using other nutrients, we can’t make enough of them.
Fats are our body’s method of storing energy, lubricating joints and we need them to absorb [the fat soluble] vitamins A, D, E and K which aren’t normally soluble in water. And in times of starvation our body burns off stored fat by converting it into energy, mostly by turning it into glucose which is the favored food of our cells. Since this takes some work, and because our body favors the easiest to digest nutrition it finds, fat tends to get stored first and burned last when we have excess nutrition.
Fats are pretty chemically simple, being chains of carbon with hydrogen…Continue reading...
6. May 2013
This month is looking at what I consider the most important prep…..food.
Most any size crisis can effect the ability to acquire food. Whether it’s a winter storm, hurricane, or all out economic collapse – food can suddenly become a very large concern. Without it things can go south in a hurry.
This month I am looking at my own food supplies. I can see that certain types have been used up without replenishing, while others are just fine. Freeze dried food is an area that I need to sure up – and will be doing so this month. Canned meat is another area I am lacking and have already started increasing my supplies.
Everyone has a vision for what they are preparing for and everyone has particular geographical, economic, and family situations to take into account.
Here are a few links on food storage:
“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served…Continue reading...
4. May 2013
From Modern Survival Blog
Food. We need it. Today it’s easy to get. We just buy it. What would we do though if we couldn’t just go out and buy it, or if there were scarcity at the grocery stores?
Here are a few notes outlining methods which may lead you in the right direction…
First of all, in ‘good times’, before TSHTF, you could just buy it…
You should seriously consider storing ahead a supply of food, to be used as a crutch while you work up a sustainability plan. A 1-year food storage is not difficult to obtain.
-Quick short term solution
-Advantage of buying anything and everything
-Advantage of storing ahead as much as you wish to spend
-Food rotation, first in – first out (until it runs out)
Consider one of the following methods to procure sustainable food…
-Sprouting seeds (fast and easy)
-Hydroponics (unique knowledge, know-how, and equipment)
-Large scale gardening
-Land, good soil
-Growing season, grow-zone limitations or advantages
-Knowledge and experience
-Harvest and preservation
-Heirloom varieties, save seeds for next season
-Food and water
-Containment and equipment
-Knowledge and experience
-Health and medical issues
3. May 2013
Just a quick note regarding the posting of “One Year Food Supply at COSTCO”. Just in case Walt G. and others are not aware, that particular food storage system has no meat
In Costco’s THRIVE special, it’s all TVP. True, there is milk and egg protein, but if someone needs actual meat, there isn’t any–it is [soy-based] TVP (textured vegetable protein).
Take care, and thanks, Steve N. in Arizona
JWR Replies: There are other food storage packages on the market that do have real meat. And one alternative is to supplement with real canned meats (such as tuna, salmon, ham, and chicken), or retort packaged meats (such as smoked salmon fillets). These are available in case lots at COSTCO and other Big Box stores. I describe how to do an "11th Hour" food shopping trip at any of these stores in the Rawles Gets You Ready Preparedness Course.Continue reading...
27. April 2013
10 Things You Must Have In a 72 Hour Kit
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, it may take emergency crews days to actually reach you. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared with a 72-hour emergency kit. Your kit should include all of the essentials needed for you to survive when you have no other options.
All emergency kits should be organized and stored in a convenient carrier, such as a backpack. This will make your life much easier during a crisis, as you can simply grab it, and go during an evacuation. Your 72 hour kit is also a wise tool to take on biking journeys, hiking trips, road trips, even camp-outs, just in case of an emergency.
Your 72 emergency kit is an essential tool that could actually save your life. Of course, we all hope that a catastrophe will never happen. So, it only makes sense to protect yourself by being prepared. If a disaster strikes, things will get very chaotic around you. At least your emergency kit will be there to give a little peace of mind until things calm down.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is dedicated to promoting emergency preparedness all over the country. FEMA currently recommends that everyone store no less than 3-days’ worth of food storage, water and emergency supplies for each individual in your household. Here are the 10 items you must…Continue reading...