21 Forever Foods…and a few we wish would too!

If you have ever wondered what foods last indefinitely, join us for this episode where we look at 21 foods that should last 30+ years…and some for centuries! Thankfully, God knows we like flavor, so he gave us a good number of options here. I have links to many of them below, but the Vodka, Pemmican, and Hardtack must be made from scratch or acquired somewhere other than Amazon. Have we missed any? Let us know if there are any foods you would have us research and add to the list!

 

QUICK DISCLOSURE: If you happen to use any of the links to buy something on Amazon, they actually give a tiny bit back to Prepsteaders, so in a small way you are supporting our ministry. Thank you in advance!

How to Store Dried Beans

One of the simplest ways you can start prepsteading is to begin right where you are, with what you have on hand.  We will talk specifically about simplifying your home as a first step in a different post. Part of simplifying is becoming strategic about how you use space and assets already available.  That is where we begin in this video.

Most folks have empty jars filling up cabinet shelves or pantries waiting  for that perfect blue moon when they might hurdle their first big canning endeavor.  I hope that day comes, but you can cross that bridge when you get there.  For now, let’s put those jars to good use and store those beans that have been growing stale in their plastic bags for the past year in that other cabinet! Tell me I am wrong!

This is just a baby step in starting to prepstead, but somehow it is very fulfilling and you will feel great doing what you can do, today, with what you have. Beans+Jars+silica pack…done! Your Grandma would be proud of you!

Tell us your favorite starting point. We’d love to hear!

QUICK DISCLOSURE: If you happen to use any of the links to buy something on Amazon, they actually give a tiny bit back to Prepsteaders, so in a small way you are supporting our ministry. Thank you in advance!

What Food to Always Keep in the Car for Emergencies

Ok, this is your chance to chime in!  Have you tried SOS Bars? Perhaps Datrex bars?  What did you think?  Have you found something better? Considering size, weight,  calorie count, and temperature stability, I am pretty impressed with the taste and portability of SOS bars. Let us know what food you keep in the car!

QUICK DISCLOSURE: If you happen to use any of the links to buy something on Amazon, they actually give a tiny bit back to Prepsteaders, so in a small way you are supporting our ministry. Thank you in advance!

MEMORIZE in a MONTH – PSALM 1

Join me in memorizing PSALM 1 this month!

So here is your chance to join us in memorizing one chapter of scripture each month.  We have chosen 12 of the most powerful chapters in the Bible to memorize this year.  When you learn this chapter with us, make a short video of yourself reciting it as I have done here.  Post the link in the comments below so the rest of us can see and hear your! (I use the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible, but you use whatever translation you have.)  Are you ready?

[I wish we had a way to take Before and After shots of our souls. 🙂 This will be better than any makeover you could pay for on earth. Your soul will somehow start to feel scrubbed and plumped and courageous and challenged….it’s really indescribable so I will stop trying to explain it. :)]

PSALM 1 (ESV)

Blessed is the man

who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

but his delight is in the law of the LORD,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree

planted by streams of water

that yields its fruit in its season,

and its leaf does not wither.

In all that he does, he prospers.

The wicked are not so,

but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

for the LORD knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

 

 

How to Use an Oil Lamp

We could really get very complicated very quickly if we wanted to, but this is just the basic info you need to buy your first oil lamp and start using it.  I love mine and have one in each main room of the house.  Each lamp has it’s own set of matches next to it on the right side. So in the event of a power outage, I can quickly navigate to the nearest lamp and know where to reach to find the matches to light it!

If you are entirely new to prepping and need a place to start, this is it.  Get a good Bible and get a good oil lamp and your will be further than most people, on your way to being prepared for the days ahead!

This is just a basic oil lamp with a handle and flat base. You will need to know how to use it so practicing before the lights go out will be both fun and perhaps a smidgen romantic. Do it! Learn how to acclimate to the smell and cast shadows and heat it gives off. It is one simple way you can prepare.

With so many versions of oil lamps out there, I would love to hear about yours and even see a picture if you want to post one.  Most of mine have a special story behind them, how about yours?

QUICK DISCLOSURE: If you happen to use any of the links to buy something on Amazon, they actually give a tiny bit back to Prepsteaders, so in a small way you are supporting our ministry. Thank you in advance!

With Winter Coming on…

It is mid August as I write this.  The days are hot and sticky and the thunderstorms are fierce.  Today as one passed through, spitting small ice cubes on my patio, I got started thinking about winter.  The Farmer’s Almanac (for whatever it’s information is worth) is predicting an exceptionally cold winter in our area this year, so as the electricity stutters this afternoon, I can’t help but consider how dependent I will be on it come December. I would be considerably vulnerable since I live on a little quarter acre lot in the suburbs, with no woodpile out back and no dead trees anywhere nearby.

What is my plan?  Well, that is the question of the day!  I am thankful for my flashlights and oil lamps.  I am glad I have a little decorative wood burning fireplace that I could get creative with.  But in all sincerity, NOW is the time I should be planning for winter, and I certainly have to admit that I am currently NOT prepared.

I live in an unpredictable area, enough so, that I just don’t feel safe walking outside my home.  If something were to happen, making that necessary, I would easily be prone to fear. Winter would be the last season I would want to be forced into a situation where I had to leave the house or be herded into a shelter with other displaced neighbors.

Now, here are a couple ideas.  On the local Craigslist, there are currently no less than 2 dozen posts advertising free firewood for anyone who wants to come and pick it up. I can bellyache and wish, but no one is going to go and get it for me without payment. So if I am wise, I will set aside my desire to be gracious and elegant and feminine for a bit, and just go pick up some firewood for Pity’s sake!  No excuses.  Very quickly every opportunity for free firewood will disappear as we near the time it is in higher demand.

I can dehydrate some of my favorite fruits and veggies and I already have a great Dutch oven that I have learned how to cook some amazingly scrumptious meals in without the need for electricity.    

I am putting on my grocery list to pick up enough heavy gauge clear plastic drop-cloths and duct tape to cover the windows if it is ever needed.  That will help trap in the heat.  I have a well insulated attic, so that is good.  ….I have a little solar panel kit that would provide just a bit of light and charge for my battery operated devices

There are a good number of ways I can put together a plan for worst case scenarios if I were stranded at home this winter.  I haven’t named them all here, but today I am compelled to really put together a WRITTEN, strategic plan.  I’d love to hear some of your ideas and strategies.