Resources for learning new skills are all around us, but have you thought of checking out upscale retail stores for classes? Liz Long, a long-time Survival Mom contributor, writes:
Williams Sonoma probably isn’t one of the top ten (or twenty) places anyone thinks of when they’re talking about prepping. Sometimes there are great finds in unexpected places, and this is one of them. Most of their stores have weekly “techinique” classes that are FREE!
Last summer, I took a class on making jams and jellies. This last August I attended a class on grinding your own grains. I’ve also seen classes on canning and other prepper-friendly topics. Each class includes recipes to take home. Of course they do demonstrate products they would like you to buy. For example, they demonstrated a $50 hand-powered mini food processor I would love to have. Cheap? Clearly not, but I’m pretty sure it would last the rest of my life, with care, and a power outage would not affect it.
I really enjoy the classes because they give me the confidence to try new things. As someone who is totally clueless about cooking, I also value classes on techniques such as braising, sautéing, and knife skills. Many of you may already know these things, but I’m not even entirely clear on what the words mean, much less how to do them.
Next time you have a free Sunday afternoon, you might want to take a trip to Williams Sonoma and learn some new cooking techniques. They do ask you to make a reservation in advance, but I have been able to drop in without a problem.
REI stores also have a very nice variety of classes, almost all of them are free. My family is taking a class this month on using a compass and reading topographical maps. They also offer classes that teach bicycle maintenance (important if gasoline prices ever become too expensive), and outdoor survival skills, including Wilderness Medicine.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s offer an enormous range of classes that have included outdoor survival skills for kids, hunter safety courses, meat processing, Dutch oven cooking, bow hunting, and tons more.
Are there other retail stores that you know of that offer classes related to survival and preparedness?
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