Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Welcome to Our New Site!

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    Welcome, friends!

    We're glad you found us, whether from beprepared.com, Twitter, our former blog location on Blogger, or elsewhere.

    Take a look around the new website and blog. Let us know what you think!

    We'll be back tomorrow with more emergency preparedness ideas for you--up next is a menu for a special Valentine's Day dinner.

    --Sarah

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  • Emergency Essentials has new digs!

    Click here to see our new website, and a new home for the Preparedness Pantry Blog! You’ll want to change any RSS feeds, bookmarks, etc. to the new blog address so you can keep updated on the latest preparedness information and products. We'll leave this blog as a resource for you until we've transferred the full archive onto the new blog.





    We’re really excited about the additional features and benefits our new website brings you. For example, you can now customize the homepage to reflect your interests. You might choose for the most popular products and articles to be displayed, or you might choose to see emergency kits, food storage, group specials, sale items, scenarios, urban prepping, or educational links displayed on your home page each time you visit the site.
    Our Education section is worth spending time in. After you’ve browsed the product lines, click on our Education menu (shown below) and peruse the information there. This category includes links to our Read First article, recipes, FAQ’s, Forum, and other books and media. This is also where you'll go to find the Insight articles and the Preparedness Pantry Blog.





    This is our new one-stop-shop. Isn't it great? We hope you’ll visit us frequently. Let us know if you have any questions or comments. We appreciate your feedback.
    Don’t forget to make the necessary changes to your RSS feeds, bookmarks, etc. Oh! And check the new blog location in a few weeks for a trivia challenge giveaway. The better you know your way around our new website, the better you’ll be able to answer the questions and win.
    Happy surfing!



    --Sarah



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  • Oat Recipes to LOVE

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    I received this guest post submission a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been looking forward to sharing it with you ever since. It was submitted by Kate from Missouri, and I have to say, I can’t wait to put these recipes to use. I’ve been making wheat berries since Don Pectol taught me the easiest way to use wheat, and I think I can use the same method to cook some oat groats for these recipes.

    Thanks, Kate!

    --Sarah (aka, Urban Girl)

    Oatmeal is a staple storage food for many families, and for good reason. It's easy to prepare, inexpensive, has great nutritional value, and lasts for years when stored properly.  It is also extremely versatile: oatmeal is mild-tasting enough to act as a base for hundreds of other foods. Maintaining variety in your meals is an important part of your mental health and overall happiness during a survival situation.

    Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy a big bowl of oatmeal, adapted to include foods that you probably already have in your storage. Most of these ingredients are available on the Emergency Essentials web site.

    Note from the Editor: These recipes will all be equally delicious using whole Oat Groats if you don’t have a mill to turn your stored oats into oatmeal. Simply cook them in a rice cooker or on the stovetop as you would rice, with 3 parts water to 1 part Oat Groats. Our notes are included in italics below.

    Apple cinnamon - add some dehydrated apple slices and a dash of cinnamon sugar to your bowl of oatmeal. It tastes like those instant packets you can buy from the store...but BETTER. Use cinnamon apple chips if you want an extra punch of flavor.

    Brown sugar oats - this "recipe" is as simple as it sounds. Drop a big spoonful of brown sugar in the middle of your oatmeal and let it dissolve before eating.

    Creamy oats and honey - cook your oats with milk instead of water. Dissolve an additional tablespoon of milk powder into 1/4 cup of milk, then heat this "cream" until hot. Pour over your bowl of oatmeal, and add a drizzle of honey.

    Chocolate peanut butter - stir a packet of MRE chocolate peanut butter into your bowl of oatmeal. OR, if you want a very long-term storage option: mix together a scoop of powdered peanut butter, a tablespoon of cocoa powder, and a tablespoon of white sugar. Stir into your oatmeal.  This one is a hit with kids!

    Tropical oats - Rehydrate a few pieces each of freeze dried pineapplebananamango, and orange.  Stir into cooked oats, and top with a sprinkle of brown sugar. 

    Banana bread oats* - rehydrate 1/4 cup of freeze-dried banana slices. Mash them with a fork, and mix with 1/2 cup dry oats, 1tsp cinnamon, 2tsp white sugar, and 2/3 cup milk. Cook as usual.

    Mock Muesli* - Muesli is a breakfast food that is very popular in Europe. Mix together 1/2 cup dry oats, 2Tbsp raisins, and 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar. Add 1/2 cup of milk, and eat like cold cereal.

    * To adjust for oat groats, simply add the same ingredients to the cooked oats; start with 1/3 cup milk and add more as needed to achieve your desired consistency.

    Homemade granola** - mix together 2 cups of dry oats, 1/2 cup raisins, 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, and a dash of salt. In a separate bowl, mix together  1/3 cup oil and 1/3 cup honey. Pour liquids over the oat mixture, and stir well.  I usually bake the granola at 200 degrees for an hour and a half, but you could try using an alternative method. Campfire granola sounds pretty cool!  Eat with cold milk, or dry for an on-the-go snack.

    **This recipe is best with oatmeal, not groats.

     

    These are just ideas for oats you can eat in a bowl. You can also make pancakes, muffins, cookies, and breads from my favorite grain! Oats can be ground into flour and used in conjunction with wheat flour in many recipes.  As an example, here's my basic oatmeal pancake recipe (best made with oatmeal, not groats):

    Basic Oatmeal Pancakes 

    Ingredients:

    1/3 cup oats

    1/2 cup milk, reconstituted from powder

    1/3 cup oat flour

    1Tbsp brown sugar

    1/2 tsp baking powder

    Dash of salt

    1/4 tsp vanilla powder

    egg, reconstituted from powder

    Directions:

    Soak oats in 1/2 cup milk while you prepare the dry ingredients. Mix oat flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and vanilla powder in a medium bowl. Stir the oats and milk into your flour mixture, and add the reconstituted egg. Place an oiled skillet over medium heat. Pour pancakes, and flip to brown both sides. Serve with honey or brown sugar.

    Optional:

    Try some variations! Mix dried fruits into the batter, use cocoa powder to make chocolate pancakes, boil some sugar to make homemade syrup….you're only limited by your imagination.

    Storing oatmeal and a few of these add-ins is an easy way to ensure that your food storage won't ever get boring. I have been eating oatmeal for breakfast every morning for YEARS, and I still look forward to them because I change the ingredients so often. Experiment with your favorite flavor combinations now so that you can stock up, then enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have months of inexpensive breakfasts stored in your pantry. 

    --Kate, MO

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: food storage, Urban Girl, recipes, Oats, groats, oatmeal, wheat, guest post, apple cinnamon, brown sugar, creamy, honey, chocolate, peanut butter, tropical, banana bread, mueseli, homemade, granola, pancakes

  • Even if you won’t be affected by this weekend’s nor’easter Nemo, it’s a good idea to build up your knowledge about winter storms.
    This Baby Steps post will help you know where to go to get reliable information on weather patterns, storm updates, and how to prepare.
    Baby Steps 1: Subscribe to our Twitter feed @bepreapred_com. 
    We try to keep our followers updated by retweeting feeds from FEMA, The Weather Channel, NOAA, CNN, and other storm-watch centers. If you don’t have a smartphone you can still get updates on your computer, or other mobile device, as long as you have access to the internet. Click here to get started.
    Baby Step 2: Find out what FEMA region you’re in. Visit FEMA’s website www.fema.gov.
    The FEMA website is full of reliable information. There’s so much information that it’s a little overwhelming at first. You might find it a bit difficult to navigate, but don’t give up. To find out what FEMA region you’re in click here and scroll down to your state. Click on the map of your region and you’ll be taken to specific information about FEMA in your area.
    Baby Step 3: Bookmark these sites for updates
    Here are the websites we use for up-to-date information about predicted and current storms.

    Baby Step 4: Read these informative pieces from our archive

    Baby Step 5: Contact us with any questions you have.

    We’re here to help so do not hesitate to get in touch with us! We’d love to answer your questions, swap ideas, point you to products, and help you prepare in anyway we can. Here’s how to get a hold of us:

    For our readers in Nemo’s path, be safe this weekend! 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: twitter, YouTube, Winter, storm, prepared, FEMA, NOAA, blog, facebook, preparedness, Bookmark, Be Prepared Forum, Nor'easter, Weather

  • Food storage might not be your go-to resource for foods you love to eat. But that's likely because you haven't spent much time using it—maybe you're intimidated or you feel that you're too busy. So that’s why this month we’re making it our theme to help you fall in love with food storage. All month long we’ll be featuring food storage sale items, our best-loved food storage recipes, and tips for incorporating food storage into your everyday meals.

    To get you started, here are three of our favorites:

    Sale Item: Year Supply of Basics (on sale for $749.99; regularly $910.50)

    This is a great way to establish the foundation of your customized food supply. This combo feature staples that you can rely on; two kinds of wheat, rice, oats, lentils, 8 different kinds of beans, peas, popcorn, milk, honey, sugar, salt, shortening powder, and (my favorite for added versatility) garden seeds.

    Recipe: Food Storage Breakfast Casserole

    This breakfast casserole is a hit with several of the finicky eaters in our office. We’re confident it’ll be a hit at your house. It’s made completely from food storage items so be prepared to fall completely in love after your first bite.

    Tip: Prep Daddy’s Easiest Way to Use Wheat

    In this post from our archives Prep Daddy prepares wheat in the easiest way possible. I used to make this when I was on a student budget and MAN it’s tasty! I didn’t even need to add sweetener because I felt the wheat had a honeyed flavor of its own. Click here for more tips.

    Check out these three and let us know what you think. Keep coming back all month for more great ideas on how to fall in love with your food storage.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: wheat, Breakfast Casserole, Fall in Love with Food Storage, Year Supply of Basics

  • Are you prepared for an earthquake? Check out the Great UtahShakeOut insert created by the Deseret News, Emergency Essentials (go team!), Be Ready Utah, and the Utah Division of Emergency Management. It has loads of tips, information, and games that will help individuals and families prepare for earthquakes or other emergency situations.

    The insert is available online below; you can also get free printed copies at our Utah store locations. The Great Utah ShakeOut is happening on April 17th at 10:15 a.m. Register today, and click the link below to learn how you can prepare.
    View the GreatUtah ShakeOut 2013 insert here. (The link should take you to a page that looks like the image below. That will be page 1 of the 12-page insert.)
    Not in Utah?
    Did you participate in your state’s ShakeOut last year? Have you registered for this year’s ShakeOut? Clickhere to see if/when a ShakeOut is happening in your area.

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  • Who They Gonna Call?

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    It turns out that it’s not too early to teach your toddler what to do in an emergency. Today’s guest post shares several solid ideas that will help you teach your child about crisis situations.

    Teaching small children how to reach emergency services is less of a practical challenge and more of an emotional one, though there are some ways to simplify the process even further to make sure that they gain this much-needed skill.
    You’ll definitely want to read the whole post here: http://www.babysittingjobs.com/blog/ways-to-teach-your-child-to-call-911/. Let us know if you’ve tried these techniques at home and if you have any other suggestions.


    Two other helps: 
    1.  Click here to download our Emergency Information for Caregivers. It’s a great way to inform and prepare your babysitter.
    2.   Even if this does nothing more than prove to your kids that you can’t get any nerdier, incorporate this song into your discussion. Have fun! 




    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: guest post, disaster, Emergency, 9-1-1, 911, babysitters, children, crisis

  • Hi, friends!
    How did January go for you? Did you save any pennies towards prepping gear or food storage?
    I started off with the existing spare change I had in my jar and spent this month adding my leftover cash to it. There wasn't much to spare this month, but here’s the breakdown:

     

    Starting Balance (what was already in the change jar): $5.48
    What I added in Janurary: $2.22
    New Total: $7.70

     

    So, with $7.70 available to spend on preps, I decided to get some things that I’ve been meaning to buy for a while:
    First, I got an SOS 3600-calorie food ration bar to put in my car emergency kit. I’ve got a whole car kit put together, but until now I’ve just had some granola bars in there—which is better than nothing, but not great.
    The SOS bar will stay safe and edible even in extreme temperatures, so I can leave it in my car during the freezing Utah winters and hot Utah summers and it will still be in good condition if I ever need it. It provides one person with 1200 calories per day for three days.
     
    I also got two single-dose packets of Burn Free Gel. I love this stuff. I got a terrible sunburn a few years ago (when I thought sunscreen was lame—little did I know!). I tried everything I could think of to help the burn and to deal with the pain, but nothing was really helping. The burn was so bad that I missed two days of work—my legs were so burned and swollen that I couldn't bend them to drive or sit at my desk.
     
    A friend who worked at Emergency Essentials told me to get Burn Free gel and promised me I wouldn't regret it. Boy, was he right. The gel helped almost instantly with the pain, and helped dissipate the burning feeling quickly. I wish I would have known about Burn Free on day one instead of day three or four.
    If you've never tried Burn Free, drop everything and get some now. Whether you get a burn from cooking, curling your hair (ladies, you know what I mean), working on the car, or not using enough sunscreen, Burn Free will help soothe and heal your burn. It’s better than anything I’ve ever used, hands down.
     
     
     
    So, that's what I bought with what I've saved so far. That left me with $1.01 in my jar, and my goal for February is to add at least $5 to my prepping jar. We’ll see how it goes.
    How much did you save in January? Are you going to spend it right away, or save up for a few months to buy something a little bigger?
    --Sarah (a.k.a., Urban Girl)

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Urban Girl, Car Preparedness, Car Kit, preparedness, Budget, Pennies for Prepping

  • It is possible to run out of tasty treats, especially on Super Bowl Sunday. Your food storage might save the day in this kind of "emergency".

    We've selected some game-day favorites from our recipe archives.

    Navajo Taco 
     Enjoy!

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: peanut butter, Beans, Beef, Dessert, Emergency, Food Storage Entrees, Ham, Quesadilla, Soup, Strawberry, Taco, Treats

  • It’s February and before we kick off this month of falling in love here are three super simple, super small baby steps for you to breeze through this weekend.
     
    1. Learn the difference between dehydrated foods and freeze-dried foods.
       Dehydrated= most of food’s water is removed naturally or via heat
     
       Freeze-Dried = food is flash frozen, placed in a vacuum chamber and sublimated


       (Sublimation= ice is changed directly from a solid to a gas and removed)
     
       What's the difference? Dehydration is the best way to get rid of moisture for grains, legumes,

       baking mixes, and some fruits and vegetables (like carrots). Freeze-drying retains much of 

       the foods' appearance, flavor, nutritional value, and it stores longer.   
     
       Read up on the difference in our 15 Tips for Food Storage Shopping.
     
       Bonus points for someone who tries either a dehydrated or freeze-dried food for the first time!   

       Click here for recipes suggestions then tell us about your experience in the comments below.

     

    2. Add one month’s worth of these non-perishable items to your supply:

    Toilet paper



    Personal toiletries like diapers, baby wipes, adult 

    briefs, sanitary napkins, tampons 



    ReadyBath Wipes (These are pre-moistened 

                antibacterial washcloths for bathing.) 





    3. Learn how to shut off the gas and water to your home.

    DON’T actually turn off the gas though, ‘cause no one wants to wake up to a cold shower. Plus in your area you might have to pay the gas company to come turn it back on. (Might be good practice for using some of your other prepper gear though...)



    Click here for instruction from The Family Handyman
    Make sure you have these tools and hang them where they’ll be used.
                    Bung wrench

                    Emergency Gas Shut Off Wrench




    Easy, right?
     
    Which one are you going to do? 

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: baby steps, 15 Tips, bung wrench, dehydrated, freeze-dried foods, gas, water

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