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Food is my major concern when looking at my preps. I feel like I could just never have enough. At this point I have a large variety of types of food including common grocery store items as well as dehydrated and freeze dried.
I stopped by a local Sunbeam Bread Outlet store and saw a display of different bread mixes. What caught my eye was these were “Just add water“.
I picked up a few for $1.29 each and just tried the Country Biscuit Mix Sunday morning. Super simple to make. Like I said – “just add water” and then cook.
For the prepper this is a simple food prep that can be put back inexpensively requiring few supplies to prepare. The expiration date listed on the package was March of 2013. Like most things – the true date which the product could not be eaten is likely well beyond that date.
Anyways – the biscuits turned out great. My wife cut the dough a little thin but they tasted great.
There are many simple and cheap preps out there that can make a world of difference when the time comes.
Here is some additional information on this long standing supplier of preparedness products:
Ready Reserve Foods is your source for emergency preparedness products, including disaster survival food and water supplies. Emergency preparedness means being ready for the unexpected with emergency supplies and survival kits.
Ready Reserve Foods, Inc. is here to help. With the most knowledgeable staff in the business and years upon years of experience, we can assist you with getting an emergency supply started or completing what you already have.
Ready Reserve Foods, Inc. IS the manufacturer of our products, so we have quality control from start to finish and can vouch for the products and methods we use. This year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary – 1972-2012 – in the emergency preparedness industry. We’ve been helping people prepare with products that are real-time tested for longer than anyone else in the industry.
We do not cut any corners in the packaging method; in fact, we go above and beyond to ensure the greatest shelf life and most nutritional food in an emergency. We use a Nitrogen Packaging System, or NPS, that is a tried and true method. By slowly removing the oxygen and replacing it with nitrogen, you are left with a 100% oxygen free atmosphere inside of the can without adding any harsh chemicals or chemical packets to your food.
Ready Reserve Ammo enters the market:
Ready Reserve Foods recently started another company packaging ammunition with the same method as the food. By canning and nitrogen packing ammunition, you will never have to worry about rust or corrosion happening to your ammo. Overtime, gun powder WILL absorb the moisture in the air and cause problems when shooting. By packing the ammo in an airtight container and changing the atmosphere to a dry nitrogen environment, the possibility of that happening is zero. The packaging also prevents tampering and becomes child proof. This is our own patented process. We are working directly with Federal Ammunition. High quality ammo in high quality (reusable) packaging.
They help support this site – please give them consideration when selecting preparedness supplies.
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Well worth watching and thinking about.
Walking around my local Wally-World I came across a pallet of Augason Farms food. I was kinda shocked to see Wal-Mart carrying what is so obviously a preparedness product. I shouldn’t have been as a couple of local WM’s have started carrying a lot more ammunition and a large variety of firearms including AR-15′s. I think WM realized that preparedness is growing and they are trying to make some change in the process. Fine by me. I plan to pick up a couple of the Augason Farm pails.
Wal-Mart can be a good source for many preparedness supplies. Maybe I will write another post and do a “”virtual tour” of Wal-Mart and the offerings available. Great for someone on a budget – which is most of us nowadays.
Another store I visted was a new Academy Sports sporting goods store. Came across a flashlight (see picture below) that is waterproof, floats, come with a battery, and shines a pretty respectable 75 lumens. The light is not LED but for $3.99 I can deal with that. Great inexpensive alternative lighting.
Keep your eyes open and not only can you find preparedness supplies in unusual places – but you can find some good deals to stretch the dollar.
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From the archives of YouTube’s ThePatriotNurse.
Good video from YouTube’s SouthernPrepper1.
I remember living in Athens Georgia back in the early 80′s. I was in 3rd grade and an Aunt and Uncle of mine traveled from Massachusetts to visit and get away from the frigid North in December. Funny thing happened – a massive ice storm came though the day after they arrive and power was lost for a little over a day.
So much for their warm welcome.
My farther was cooking a thick steak in the kitchen when the power was lost. It was smelling so delicious and we all thought dinner was lost. Rather – he simply brought the steak into the living room and cooked it in the fireplace. I remember that as well as several other instances resulting in alternative cooking methods due to power loss.
Let’s first establish what I believe to be a “Preparedness Fact”: An alternative cooking method must be planned as part of any preparedness system.
OK – with that out of the way there are many methods of cooking without power and with redundancy in mind at least a couple should be included in planning.
Here are a few:
Grill – gas or charcoal -
This is grill which millions of people across America have on their patio, deck, and backyard. Whether it be charcoal fueled or gas – the grill is excellent for cooking without power. The issue is fuel must be available to get it to work.
Charcoal can be stored away in a shed or garage to protect it from the elements. A couple of large bags can provide many days of cooking. A can of lighter fluid should also be put back.
Propane grills also work exceptionally well. 20 pound canisters of propane can be stored outside as well as in a shed. I myself feel a bit unsafe storing canisters of propane in the house. A few canisters can provide several weeks worth of cooking.
Camp Stove -
Many of you may have used these Coleman camp stoves while camping. Not much I enjoy more than eggs and bacon in the woods while camping. In an off-grid situation they can work well. There are types that run on small propane fuel bottles such as this one as well as some that can run on a variety of liquid fuels like this.
Wood Stove -
When one says “wood stove” thoughts are likely to go toward the in-house large wood stoves that can be used to both cook and heat. These are fantastic and if the option is there – take it.
For the purpose of this article “wood stove” is referring to the device which utilizes wood to cook with outdoors and is somewhat portable. The Deadwood Stove is one excellent example of this type though there are others such as this. The stoves are easy to use with dry wood and tinder which is generally highly available. If area has recently rained then things get more difficult. Due to wood being an endless fuel supply these are excellent.
Backpacking Stove -
These are very small stoves which attach to the top of a small gas canister and can cook/heat a single pot or pan. When I say small – they can be VERY small and portable. Lightweight and excellent on the trail.
Solar Cooker -
Out of all the items in these lists this is the one have zero experience with. Solar cookers use reflective materials to reflect the suns light and generate tremendous heat. Obviously the need for bright sunlight is one drawback.
Open Fire/Fire Pit -
People have been cooking over open fire for hundreds of years – no reason to stop now. A simple fire pit can be made digging a shallow hole in the ground, and start a fire in it. Dutch ovens can be used to contain the food during the cooking process and many recipes are available to cook anything from stews to cakes.
When the power goes out – how will you be cooking?