Basic Prepping

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Prepper Food: 5 Fresh Essentials That Must Be On Your List

Think fast: What food items always seem to be on the shortlist when you head to the grocery store? Chances are, foods with the shortest shelf life will be on that list, e.g. milk, bread, eggs, produce. Foods that will spoil or rot within a couple of weeks are also ones that we depend on for variety and a well-rounded diet, and your prepper food storage is incomplete without it. During the virus pandemic and quarantine, these foods are on …

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The truth about disinfectants: Q&A with an expert

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t keeping track of news coming out of China. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has caused the Chinese government to shut down some of their largest cities, most popular tourist attractions, and as of today’s date, at least 16 airlines have canceled flights to and from China. These steps are unprecedented and require any smart person to keep one eye on the headlines and the other eye on your preps! In …

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Tackle Your Toughest Prepping Problems! (video)

I love getting emails from my readers and asking questions on Facebook because it gives me insights into what your most pressing concerns are. Over the past couple of weeks as my DO IT NOW 2020 challenge progressed, I began hearing comments like these. Let me know if any sound familiar! I want to get my family participation up with my prepping. I need more productive ways to get organized. I need help with breaking down getting prepared into steps …

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Organize Your Emergency Evacuation in 5 Simple Steps

It was Day 3 of the flooding following Hurricane Harvey that I finally told my kids, “Get your emergency kits ready to go by the back door. We may have to leave if the flooding gets any closer.” Day by day, hour by hour, floodwaters had crept closer to our neighborhood. One street at a time was reporting flooded cars and homes, and I was starting to think we would be next. After all, just the night before we had …

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13 Survival Must-Haves You May Not Have Thought Of

I’ve read dozens, and I mean dozens, of lists telling me everything I need to have with me to survive.  Usually there are no surprises. This list of 13 survival must-haves has some genius suggestions for items your emergency kit might be missing. I know a flashlight, pocket knife, and water are essential for my survival or emergency kit, but every now and then I come across some unusual piece of equipment that are brilliant but that I never would …

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13 Food Storage New Year’s Resolutions

This new year, most people are setting goals for health, fitness, money, or organization. However, you may not have thought of adding a resolution about your food storage. Here is a list of 13 Food Storage New Year’s resolutions to help you improve and refine your food storage pantry and practices. Storing food, say a month or two’s worth, is no longer the habit of a fringe group of Doomers. Everyday moms like me have an extra stash of food …

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3 Ways to Preserve Eggs & Milk for Long-term Storage

We have an abundance of milk and eggs on our farm due to our milk cow and a flock of laying hens. Production slows down a bit in the winter, but in the summertime, we run two fridges just to keep up with it all! I’m desperate to turn my second fridge into a cheese cave, so I began trying to find some different ways to preserve the precious bounty that would free up my fridge and also tide us …

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How to Make DIY Spice Mixes

I felt intimidated at the thought of making my own DIY spice mixes at first. The little packets you can buy at the store made it so easy, and they made my dinners taste good. Then, there was the night I was making fajitas and realized I did not have a fajita seasoning packet in my pantry. I didn’t even have a taco seasoning packet (it must have been at the end of the month before my major trip to the …

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Leftover Turkey Recipes That Don’t Suck

Nothing says “holiday meal” quite like turkey, but turkey is great at any time of the year. It’s just not quite as ubiquitous. That leaves two questions for a survival mom:  Where can I find some great leftover turkey recipes?!? And how can I add turkey to my long-term storage? Help has arrived! Here are some great ideas for ways to use leftover turkey that go beyond a simple sandwich, and freeze-dried turkey and turkey-jerky both make great additions to …

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2020 Prepping Calendar: Your in-house prepping coach!

Ever wish you could have your own personal prepping coach? Someone who would tell you what to buy, what to do, what to learn, and then would hand you checklists and printables to keep you organized? In a nutshell, that’s what you get with The Survival Mom’s 2020 Prepping Calendar! Each month you’ll get a free printable for a Kit of the Month, an assigned Book of the Month that coordinates with the Survival Mom Book Club on Facebook, and …

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