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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

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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

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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.


Drafty windows rob heat, which

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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.

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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

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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

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