Basic Prepping

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22 Frugal Ways to Use Freeze-Dried Ground Beef

Back in early 2009, when my husband and I decided we needed to create an emergency food pantry, our first goal was stocking up on meat. We knew we could grow produce, and by that time, I knew how to dehydrate food for long-term storage. However, raising enough animals to provide meat for our growing family wasn’t possible in our suburban neighborhood. So, we ventured out to a ‘prepping expo’ and purchased our very first freeze-dried food. Most of it …

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The Two Types of Emergency Evacuation Plans (And Why You Need Both)

I can remember twice in my life when my family and I had to evacuate. The first time was when our children were very young and our home was overcome with toxic fumes. At that time, I wasn’t aware of prepping or bug-out bags — all I knew was that we could no longer stay in our home and I had just a few minutes to gather everything together so we could get out. The second time was an evacuation …

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Safety for Women: Useful Tips to Improve Street Smarts & Avoid Violence

30 percent of women globally have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime. Safety for women should be everyone’s job but you can’t count on that. If you’re a woman, you could be a target someday, but you don’t have to be a victim. Learn some of the same skills used and taught at the CIA to improve your street smarts and avoid violence.

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Selecting a Vacuum Sealer: 6 Tips To Help You Pick A Good One

Vacuum sealers are terrific for food preservation and other prepping. If you’re looking to get one for the first time, upgrading, or even replacing one because you’ve worked it so hard it stopped working, then you need our tips for selecting vacuum sealers.

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How To Be As Scary As Hell In Less Than 5 Seconds

I can teach you how to be as scary as hell in less than five seconds. Truth. Here’s how I learned. How I Learned To Be As Scary As Hell As a new college graduate, I toiled for five long years in the underbelly of public education: the middle school. Although I loved my job and students, I was a mere seven or eight years older than some of my students and more than a few inches shorter. Every student …

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Five Food Storage Lessons from World War II (That Are Still Useful Today!)

Can you imagine feeding a family of seven during the war rationing of the early 1940s? That was the situation for my great-grandparents, Dell and Hildegarde Stringham. Because of it, they learned many World War II food storage lessons. Their oldest child was my grandmother, and she has made it a point to tell all our family about their experience with food storage during the Second World War. Food storage is an important part of my family’s history, and we …

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