You’ve heard it a million times, “Why spend money on prepping stuff you’ll never use?” Poor excuse! I use LOTS of the supplies initially purchased, “Just in case we’re out of power”, or “Just in case there’s a huge emergency.”
Here’s how I have put my supplies for preppers to use in my everyday life
Preps to help with food storage and off-grid cooking
Ours happens to be a large closet in the basement with two concrete walls where it stays around 60˚ all year. It’s perfect for food storage, especially seed potatoes. You can build a root cellar following many of the different plans online.
I love baking but hate a sweltering kitchen in the middle of summer. Thank you, Sun Oven, for no-sweat brownies in August!
Originally, I replaced the nonstick variety of cookware because I wanted to be able to cook over an open fire or on the grill in a grid-down scenario. Clean-up is so easy with cast iron, and we get extra iron in our diet rather than flecks of nonstick “stuff.” I can’t imagine cooking with anything else!
Confession: this actually belongs to our preparedness buddies until our budget allows us to build our own. BUT, their small upright freezer runs on solar panels. When the power goes down, their meat investment stays frozen.
I’m not sure yet when I’ll be comfortable canning garden goodies over an open fire, so a couple of summers ago I tried fermenting cucumber dill pickles like grandma used to do. A couple of buckets, some vinegar and spice (plus a strong stomach for skimming smelly scum off the top), and you’re set to preserve without electricity. I used this recipe, but scan the net to see what spices make your mouth water.
Staying clean with supplies for preppers
Whether it’s a Midwest ice storm, overloaded circuits in the summer, or a tornado that hits the wrong transformer, it’s nice to be able to still flush the toilet and wash our hands. And brush our teeth. We used EZ Water Well Hand Pumps and did the installation ourselves, but plenty of companies on the web will install for you.
Okay, I’ve only tried the hand powered washer on camping trips, but I use the clothesline all summer long to avoid heating up the house and to save on electricity bills. There’s nothing quite like the smell of sheets dried on the line!
Smart products for prepping and for every day
I don’t sew very well, so while I’m learning, this heat-activated tape is a quick solution. I don’t think it’s durable enough to make entire garments, but it’s great for hemming, especially when I don’t want the hemline to show. FYI, it’s also great for repairing sleeping bags.
Solar charger and rechargeable batteries
Buy batteries once and use them forever. It has saved us money over time.
I keep some string lights balled up in a mason jar on the windowsill. They put out quite a bit of light on the patio table without drawing lots of bugs, especially if I set the jar on top of a mirror. We’ve also strung them around the bedroom for a fun sleepover night-light.
A little romance, a little ambiance? (More often, a little air refresher in the bathroom…)
My husband has an artistic appreciation for these antique beauties, but I love them for another reason: they don’t require batteries or a hook-up to the cell tower. As long as they’re placed on a level surface, they keep excellent time.
Have you bought anything “just in case” that you find yourself using frequently?