Mountain House Freeze Dried Pork Chops

There is a sale over at Emergency Essentials on Mountain House FD Pork Chops. Just got the e-mail today. I was curious, so I did some reading over there – then elsewhere – then EVERYwhere.

18 to a can, 1/2″ thick, trimmed of fat. Uncooked. That’s a big thing. “Why?”, you ask. Because uncooked means you get to prepare and season it to your taste – not the producer’s. Emergency Essentials is asking $54.99 for a #10 can, with shipping

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Plasticizing our Windows

In an earlier post, I shared with you how it is possible to afix a plastic barrier over older windows to create an air gap. This provides the window with extra insulation. I wanted to follow up on one window in particular.

It is in our rear bedroom. This window is of the older aluminum frame type, which is crazy efficient at passing heat. Winter heat goes right outdoors, and summer heat comes right INdoors! To make things worse, that

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Winterizing Your Home

We pay for our heat. With cash we labor to earn. Then we pump that heat out into the cold winter air in an effort to make wildlife more comfortable. Noble, huh?

There are a few things we can do to slow the heat loss without spending more than we might otherwise with a new set of windows and other structural improvements and repairs.

Windows

Drafty windows rob heat, which is the same as stealing your heating cash. Plasticizing your

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Short-term Emergency Power in a Disaster

Localized or even regional disasters have a shelf life. After a while, they aren’t such a big deal any more. But while they are here, the loss of power that sometimes comes with them should be something you include in your planning.

The news reports leading up to expected trouble, such as we see with oncoming hurricanes, usually include notes on generators flying off the shelves and quickly becoming scarce. No matter how many hurricanes come through an area, there

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Prep and Pantry

From the Prep and Pantry website

An ingenious individual has added one more great piece to the world of iPhone Apps – Prep and Pantry. Prep and Pantry is an iPhone and iPad based inventory system for all your food stocks, but can also be used for any other item. We have been playing with it here at The Keep, and have found it to be very useful. Other applications are out there, but this one has them beat

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iPhone App - Prep and Pantry

Started using the full version of Prep and Pantry recently, to organize our food stocks. It has a few features suited well to Preppers, one of which is the “Locations” option. Locations allows you to set specific names for physical places where you keep things, so that everything there can be inventoried and labeled as separate. So, if you want to group together all your backstock of BOB supplies, and have them available for reference without looking through all other

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Cooperative Prepping

So many preppers become consumed with the thought that they can’t do it all on their own. The costs, skills and knowledge acquisition, space and location all add up to a giant that is seemingly unslayable. Starting with this viewpoint will stop many before they realize they have done fairly well! And really can pull it off. Still, for many the giant is real. He stands there with his club ready to crush plans and efforts with a laugh and

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Potential New Battery for Prepper Stocks

Photo souce, P&G

It’s no secret that battery power for preppers is a bib topic. Storing batteries is a practice that sours the mind with the thought that those expensive items will degrade over time. Getting a couple good years out of them was supposed to be easy – if you wrapped them in moisture proof bags and stuffed them into a freezer.

Well, now Duracell is claiming the biggest leap forward in battery tech since the CopperTop™. This

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Actually Building Your Plan - V

J&J Rules for Prepping #3 Make Lists for Everything

J&J set out to make their additional Lists. To keep things orderly, their initial thought was to build lists based on Threats. But that changed when they started making sub lists. “Messy” wasn’t the problem, it was just the wrong kind of messy. J&J wanted something they felt good about, so they tossed it all out and started again. still, at the restart, Jack was showing some signs of frustration. “I’m

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Developing a Plan - Revisited

We ran a short (incomplete) series of articles a while back, starring a fictional couple of their way to building their plan. Here are links to the four published parts:

Part I Part II Part III Part IV

The “Jack & Jill” series will be taken up again this week for Part V. In the meantime, though, I’d like to share some points collected before the series was started, and submit them for your consideration. If you are new to

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