Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • With Halloween over and Thanksgiving soon to arrive, before we know it Christmas will be here and those who start prepping for it now will have an easier, less stressful holiday season.

    The Christmas season is a time of parties, a stream of festivities, a never-ending row of colorful lights, and a lot of fun.  Start preparing now so that you can enjoy the winter wonderland that surrounds Christmastime without being overloaded and overstressed. One huge stressor during the holidays is trying to get gifts at the last minute—this is never a fun way to spend the few weeks before Christmas. Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out what gift you’re giving all of your friends, neighbors, and family members this year.

    Usually for Christmas we all seem to get the cookie platters, baked goods, or holiday decorations. Although these standard go-to gifts are fun (and for some of us, allow us to indulge in our weakness of candy!), why not step away from the crowd and give an inexpensive, unique gift to those you love most?

    My sister actually gave me a fantastic, delicious recipe that will both sweeten and spice up your friends’ holiday—Pepper Jelly.

    Small colorful sweet peppers isolated on white background

    Mmmm! Pepper jelly matches sweet with spicy in a delicious blend of flavors using bell peppers, jalapenos, and a few other ingredients. This recipe is easy to make in large batches, and only uses a few ingredients per batch, making it perfect for a holiday gift.

    Pepper Jelly

    Yield: 8 ½-pint jars

    *You could even do both colors (in separate jars) to create a Christmas season feel

    1. Combine peppers, vinegar, sugar, and cayenne in a large pot
    2. Cook on medium until it boils
    3. Add the Certo, boil 5 minutes (let it boil for the full 5 minutes, or it won’t set.)
    4. Remove from heat
    5. Add food color
    6. Pour into jars

    Pepper jelly is a unique recipe that a lot of people haven’t tasted before, but is savory nonetheless. If sweet and spicy aren’t quite your taste, other traditional jams and jellies make great holiday gifts as well. For a variety of delicious recipes see our Jams and Jellies that please post.

     

    Storing your Jam/Jelly

    Short-term storage is a great way to seal your jelly, protecting it from bacteria until you are ready to dive into it. There are three ways to package your jelly for short-term storage: Traditional Canning, Freezing, and Storing to eat.

    Traditional Canning

    Traditional canning involves cooking your ingredients before sealing them in their individual jars by processing your batch in a boiling water bath. This process takes longer to do because of the cooking time, but ensures that all of your ingredients are clean and ready to eat.  As soon as the jelly is poured into their individual jars, cap them and place in a boiling water bath for ten minutes.  Remove jars and set aside to cool. Soon after removing from the boiling water, you should hear a ‘pop!’ indicating that the jar has sealed itself. If you are unsure as to whether or not it sealed, just poke the lid. If it concaves and then bounces back at your touch, then it did not seal properly. In that case, store it in your fridge and eat within the next few weeks.  You can store traditionally canned jelly for up to a year.

    Freezing

    Freezing is another way to package your jelly for storage. This process takes much less time than the traditional canning method.  After the jelly has been poured into its individual freezer-safe containers, let it cool before capping it, and then place it in the freezer until you are ready to use it. Freezer jams can last up to a year in the freezer or a few weeks in the fridge.

    Store to Eat

    The last way to store your jelly is to store it to eat. Once you have poured the jelly into its individual jar and have let it cool, cap it and place it in the fridge. The recommended storage life is about a month, but I have had my Pepper Jelly in the fridge for two and it still tastes delicious. This type of storage is perfect if you plan to eat your scrumptious jelly right up.

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    Jams and jellies are fantastic gifts to give anytime of the year because they’ll last. When you give jam as a gift, your friends can either break into the bottle immediately or save it for a time when their own sugary supply of holiday goodies gets low.  Jams and jellies are able to store for up to a year depending on how you seal it.

    Jams and jellies give you an inexpensive option when you want a unique, desirable gift for your loved ones. Freeze dried and dehydrated fruits and vegetables are perfect for adding into your jams/jellies without having to break your bank, just use a little here and a little there and still have plenty for later.

    -Kim

    Sources:

    http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_07/storing_jams.html

    http://www.betterrecipes.com/blogs/daily-dish/2011/07/27/how-to-make-homemade-jelly/

     

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  • Jams and Jellies are great additions to your food storage

    Nothing in the pantry or storage room looks more attractive than a shelf of clear, jewel-like jellies and jams. There’s also the satisfaction that you’ve preserved summer’s fruit in delicious spreads that brighten winter meals, whether a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich or an elegant conserve to go with a holiday ham dinner. Once you learn a few basics, they’re easy and fun to make, and don’t require a pressure canner.

    First, let’s get our terms straight!

    • Jam is made from chopped or ground whole fruit
    • Jelly uses only the extracted juice of the fruit
    • Preserves typically contain larger chunks of fruit or even whole fruit as in strawberry or gooseberry preserves
    • Conserves are fruits mixed with raisins or nuts
    • Marmalades are based on juice and finely-chopped orange or other citrus peel
    • Butters are spiced, long-cooked, smooth spreads

     Traditional jams, jellies, and preserves require long cooking times and the natural pectin that occurs in some fruits. I warmly recall dark, syrupy preserves of the hard sand pears that grew on our property in Florida. They were heavenly on hot biscuits or with bread and cheese! It seemed to me that Mom cooked those fragrant preserves all day to get them tender and perfect.

     Quick-cooking or freezer jams and jellies need added pectin in order to achieve a “gel.” They’re easy to make—just follow a dependable recipe to the letter!

    You will need:

    • A heavy pot such as a flat-bottomed Dutch oven or the pot of a stainless steel pressure cooker. It’s best not to use aluminum, as the acid in the fruits and lemon juice can react with it, giving a metallic taste to your product and perhaps ruining the pan
    • Hot, clean jars—probably pints or smaller—to bottle your product
    • A wide-mouth funnel
    • Hot, clean, new lids and rings
    • Ladles, jar lifters, pot holders, a clean kitchen towel, and (if you like) a candy thermometer
    • For jelly: a colander, cheese cloth or jelly bag, and large bowl
    • A water-bath canner to properly seal the jars
    • Probably bottled lemon juice or vinegar (don’t ignore these; they brighten the color and flavor, help the gel to set, and help preserve the product)
    • Sugar (unless you have a sugar-free recipe), which preserves the color of the jam or jelly, enhances the flavor of the fruit, helps the gel set, and gives a glossy sheen to the product
    • Fruit.  Choose ripe fruit, but not overripe and mushy, for best results. Some cooks feel that jam is what you make from the overripe fruit that can’t be bottled, and that all they need to do is trim off the bad spots—but the truth is that unseen colonies of bacteria have reached deep into the fruit and can cause spoilage on the shelf. Also, overripe fruit has less pectin than slightly-under ripe fruit. A good ratio is 1/3 under ripe fruit to 2/3 ripe fruit to guarantee a good set.

     

    Jelly challenges? We’ve got you covered.

    It can be tricky getting jelly to set properly. Some jellies gel at once, while others seem a bit loose but firm up after a few days. If it never gels, use it as a yummy pancake syrup. Put a bow on the lid and give it to friends, letting them think syrup was your objective all along! You could also reheat it, add a little more liquid or powdered pectin, and try again!

    Another challenge is keeping jelly clear and jewel-like. Cloudiness in jelly can often be avoided by warming the fruit gently before attempting to strain the juice off, then using several thicknesses of damp cheesecloth or a jelly bag in a colander to filter out pulp. Try to resist the impulse to squeeze or mash the softened fruit very much as that can produce cloudy juice. If it still clouds, don’t stress! It may not be as pretty, but the flavor will not be affected.

    If you’re making a jelly without added pectin, such as one including apple juice, there are tests you can apply to see if your hot jelly has reached “gel” stage:

    • Watch the bubbles. Tiny bubbles mean you’re not there yet. When they get larger and more numerous, you’re approaching a gel.
    •  If you’re using a candy thermometer, 220° F is the magic number.
    • Or, you can dip a spoon into the jelly and see if it “sheets” together when you drip it from a spoon. When it coats the spoon, and the last two drops merge into one as they drip back into the pot, you’re there!

     

    JAM AND JELLY RECIPES

    Traditional-style Apple Jelly 

    1. Wash and stem the apples, but leave the peel and core.
    2. Cut into chunks and put into a large stockpot. Add enough water to barely cover, bringing to a simmer.
    3. Cook until tender, about 30 minutes.
    4. Pour into a dampened jelly bag or a colander lined with dampened cheesecloth (dampening the cloth keeps it from wicking up and holding the apple juice) and allow the juice to drain into a large bowl overnight in the refrigerator. Do not squeeze or press the bag.
    5. Measure 1 quart of the resulting juice and add it to a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in the sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a full boil that you cannot stir down.
    6. Continue to boil until the gel stage is reached.
    7. Remove from heat and quickly transfer to clean, hot jars, as apple jelly sets up fast. Cap and refrigerate or process in a boiling water bath for ten minutes.
    8. For a boiling water bath, turn off heat and allow jars to rest in water for 5 minutes. Remove jars and set aside for 24 hours, then check seals and store for up to a year.

    Nice to do: Add a few fresh mint leaves to the apples as they cook for a delicious mint jelly.

     

    Red Currant Jelly

    If you’re fortunate enough to have access to fresh red currants, you can make this beautiful and delectable jelly for your own table and as gifts. For Christmas, consider giving a small jar of this red jelly and a matching one of green pepper jelly with a package of cream cheese and some crackers—delicious!

    1. Place the currants into a large pot and crush them with a potato masher.
    2. Pour in 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.
    3. Simmer for ten minutes, and then strain through a dampened jelly bag or cheesecloth.
    4. Measure out 5 cups of the juice into a large saucepan and stir in the sugar.
    5. Bring to a rapid boil over high heat and stir in the liquid pectin. Return to a full rolling boil for 30 seconds.
    6. Remove from heat and skim foam from the top.
    7. Ladle into clean hot jars and wipe rims. Cap with new, sterile rings and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

     

    Green Pepper Jelly (Paula Deen’s recipe)

    1. Process bell pepper and hot peppers in a food processor or blender until finely minced.
    2. Combine pepper mixture, vinegar, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil.
    3. Remove from heat and add pectin and food coloring.
    4. Pour into hot, sterilized jars and cap, then process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

     

    Rhubarb-Orange Jam 

    1. In a saucepan, combine the rhubarb, sugar, orange zest, orange juice, and water.
    2. Bring to a boil, and then cook over medium-low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally until thick. (It will thicken more as it cools.)
    3. Ladle into hot, sterile jars and seal with lids and rings.
    4. Store in the refrigerator.

    Makes 2 pints.

     

    Mixed-Fruit Jams

    One of the most creative and fun things to do in making jams and jellies is to mix compatible fruits—and most fruits are compatible! Some popular combinations are apricot-pineapple jam, cherry-apple jelly, currant-apple jelly, and apple-grape jelly. If you are mixing fruits without a specific recipe, your safest bet is to be sure that you are using the amounts of pectin and lemon juice called for in the recipes that come in a package of pectin for whichever fruit in your mix requires the largest amount of each. For example, if you’re mixing plums (which are naturally low in pectin) with peaches (which are high in pectin) use the amount of lemon juice and pectin recommended for the plums to be sure of a good set.

     

    Golden Mixed Jam 

    1. Mix the juices, fruits, and sugar in a large, heavy (non-aluminum) saucepan; let stand one hour.
    2. Bring to a full, rolling boil and boil 1 minute.
    3. Remove from heat and immediately blend in the pectin. Stir for 5 minutes.
    4. Ladle into hot sterilized jars and seal.
    5. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

    Makes six half-pint jars of jam.

     

    Cherry-Blueberry-Rhubarb Jam (so good!)

    1. In a heavy pan, combine rhubarb, blueberries, cherries, lemon juice, and water.
    2. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add pectin, and stir thoroughly.
    3. Add sugar, stir well, and return to heat. When it reaches boiling, allow to boil for 4 minutes.
    4. Remove from heat, skim off any foam, and ladle into hot, sterilized jars.
    5. Cap and process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.

     

    Pear Preserves

    Use a variety of hard pear, such as Kiefer, Southern Sand, or Chinese Sand Pears, as they will keep their texture in a preserve and not turn to mush in the cooking process. The ingredients are simple:

    1. Layer pear pieces and sugar in a heavy pot and allow to sit overnight to release the pear juice.
    2. Place over medium heat and simmer, stirring often until desired color and consistency is reached. Color can range from pale to dark amber.
    3. Ladle into hot, sterilized jars and process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath to seal.

     

    Strawberry Freezer Jam 

    1. Mix lemon juice into strawberries. Sprinkle pectin over berries and stir well to dissolve.
    2. Add Karo syrup, stir in.
    3. Add sugar and mix well until it’s dissolved.
    4. Ladle into clean jars or plastic freezer containers and fill to within ¾ inch of top.
    5. Cap, allow to sit on your counter for several hours, and then freeze.

     

    Traditional Cooked Strawberry Jam 

    1. Mix berries and sugar and allow to sit for a while on your counter and then overnight in your refrigerator to allow the fruit to soften and the juices to be drawn out.
    2. Transfer berries to a large stainless-steel or enameled pot and bring to a boil, crushing and stirring the berries. Add lemon juice and stir well, continuing to cook for about 20 minutes or until the jam reaches the desired consistency.
    3. Remove from heat and allow jam to sit for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. Ladle into hot, sterilized jars, cap, and either refrigerate or process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

     

    Jam and jelly-making is as much an art as a science, and with practice, you’ll soon gain confidence in your ability to create colorful and delicious spreads!

     

    Sources:

    www.nchfp.edu/how/can7_jam_jelly.html

    www.southernfood.about.com/od/jamsjellies/Jams_Jellies_and_Preserves.html

    www.simplycanning.com/jam-or-jelly.html

    www.pauladeen.com/index.php/recipes/view2/pepper-jelly

     

     

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  • iStock_000024148922XSmall_vegetable_beef_soup

    This Vegetable Beef Soup recipe comes to us from the family cookbook of Sharon, one of our bloggers. This recipe was passed down to Sharon by her mother, and Sharon has passed it down to us, and now, we’d like to pass it along to you because you are all important members of our Emergency Essentials family.

    This recipe has only been made using fresh ingredients . . . until now. I accepted the challenge of making this vegetable beef soup using ONLY freeze dried veggies and meats. The results? This is probably one of the tastiest vegetable beef soups that I’ve ever had!  Here’s how you make it:

    Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

    ½ C Provident Pantry™ Beef Broth (Vegetarian) reconstituted (or 8 tbsp. broth powder to 8 cups water)

    1/2 C Provident Pantry™ Tomato Powder reconstituted (or 4 tbsp. powder to 1/2 cup hot water)

    1/3 C Provident Pantry™ Chopped Onions

    ¼ C Provident Pantry™ Freeze Dried Celery (if you like celery, go ahead and add more)

    1 C Provident Pantry™ Freeze Dried Roast Beef Steak

    1 C Provident Pantry™ Tomatoes

    3 tbsp Provident Pantry™ Carrot Dices

    1/3 C Provident Pantry™ Potato Dices

    ½ C Provident Pantry™ Freeze Dried Sweet Corn

    ½ C Provident Pantry™ Green Beans

    1 C Provident Pantry™ Egg Noodles

    Also add your choice of the following: 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce; 1 teaspoon Provident Pantry™ Dried Basil Leaves, parsley, or Provident Pantry™ Italian Seasoning; Provident Pantry™  Dasher Seasoning, ½ teaspoon Provident Pantry™  Garlic Salt, a dash of cayenne pepper, or a couple of tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese.

    Directions

    1. Reconstitute 1 cup roast beef steak, 3 tbsp. carrot dices, and 1/3 cup potato dices according to directions on each can.
    2. Cook 1 cup egg noodles according to directions on the can. When tender, set aside.
    3. Fill your soup pot with 4 cups of reconstituted beef broth and ¼ cup reconstituted tomato powder (Save the other 4 cups of beef broth and ¼ cup tomato powder to add if soup gets too thick later)
    4. Add 1/3 cup chopped onions and 1/2 cup water
    5. Add 3 tbsp of  reconstituted carrot dices
    6. Add 1 cup of reconstituted roast beef steak
    7. Add 1/3 cup of reconstituted potato dices
    8. Let simmer for 5 minutes
    9. Add ¼ cup celery (not reconstituted) and ½ cup warm water
    10. Add ½ cup green beans (not reconstituted) and 1 cup warm water
    11. Add ½ cup corn (not reconstituted) and 1 cup warm water
    12. Add 2/3 cup tomatoes (not reconstituted) and 1 cup warm water
    13. Add seasonings (I added Dasher Seasoning, Italian Seasoning, and Garlic Salt)
    14. Simmer uncovered for 10-20 minutes (or until all items are tender)
    15. Add egg noodles and extra broth and tomato powder (to taste) or to thin the soup if it is too thick

    Serve with crusty French bread or Mountain House Pilot Crackers. This soup is also good for leftovers and can be frozen to serve another time.

    Variation: Stew!

    Sharon’s original recipe said to add all the ingredients into the broth mixture without reconstituting them. However, I learned the hard way that some dehydrated foods (like carrots, potatoes, and egg noodles) can suck up a lot of water, making your soup become a stew!

    So if you want to make a stew, simply add all of the ingredients into a pot of 4 cups (or 8 cups if you want a lot of stew) broth mixture and DO NOT reconstitute them before putting them into the mixture.

    We hope you enjoy cooking and eating this Vegetable Beef Soup as much as we did! Have any of you ever tried making soup from food storage? Do you have any recipes for soup that we should test out? If so, please send them our way in the comments section of this post.

    -Angela

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  • Boats: alternative Emergency Evacuation vehicles

    Hi, friends!

    Urban Girl here, ready to talk about emergency evacuation.

    In many of our posts on the topic, we here at Emergency Essentials talk about including alternative routes and various modes of transportation into your plan. Have you ever thought about an emergency evacuation by boat?

    Since many of our nation’s major cities are built around ports, water may be your only option to get out of the city quickly if other escape routes are blocked. On 9/11, many people were able to escape from Manhattan using private and commercial boats and ferries to get to safety.

    Check out this video of boat captains and crews coming together on 9/11 to evacuate 500,000 people out of Lower Manhattan. (Have tissues ready.)

    But you don’t just have to live by a major city port to use water to evacuate. If you live near a body of water, consider including a boat as one option in your emergency evacuation plan. Depending on the type and severity of the emergency, it could be a great option for getting out quickly, safely, and without too much traffic (one can hope).

    The distance to safety, the conditions in the water, how many people you plan to evacuate, and your physical condition should all factor into your decision when selecting a boat—as well as if/how you’re going to use it in the meantime. If it’s just you and you’ve got the physical strength, a kayak is a pretty great option—easy to maneuver (relatively speaking), lightweight (again, relatively speaking), and not as costly as a motorized boat. A canoe would also work if you’ve got a family member or two to bring along who can help you paddle.

    If the thought of rowing yourself to safety is less than savory, or you’ve got family/friends/neighbors that will also need to evacuate, you could get a simple motorized fishing boat.

    If you don’t have a boat, don’t want to make that kind of investment, or don’t want to worry about where to store a boat, talk to a nearby neighbor, friend, or relative that has one. Ask if they would be willing to evacuate you and yours on their boat if needed.

    Whether you live by the water or not, take the time to think out 2-3 routes and modes of transportation to get you from your work, home, or school to a safe location in the case of an emergency. Also, becoming familiar with local evacuation plans and procedures will also give you peace of mind and help you to evacuate safely during an emergency.

    Just something to think about.

     

    Happy prepping!

     

    --Urban Girl

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  • Holiday Gifts under $10

    The holidays are a great time to give the gift of preparedness. If you are just starting your holiday shopping list, here are some possible gift ideas for your family, friends, and neighbors. Each Tuesday in November, we are going to show you a holiday gift guide with lists of preparedness items ranging from $10, $25, and $50 to give you up to 30 different gifts to choose from for your various gift giving needs.

    This post shows 10 gifts that are $10 and under that I’m considering for my husband and in-laws (aka, the most die-hard campers/backpackers, gardening, canners I know).

    #1. Mountain House Pouches

    These just-add-water meals are perfect for campers and backpackers, looking for a quick and easy meal after a long day of hiking. I’m thinking about getting some for my husband and his brothers to share for their next camping adventure. Most of these pouches are under $10 and have 2.5 servings in each pouch. Here is one of my favorites, Mountain House Lasagna with meat sauce:

    Gifts under $10: MH Lasagna (2 Person)

    #2. Hot-Can Self Heating Cans-$2.95

    Hot-Can Self Heating Soup or Hot-Can Self Heating Cocoa is the perfect gift for a hiker, backpacker, or hunter who wants to get warm quick while outdoors. Simply activate, shake, and you have nice hot cocoa or soup in minutes (great for outdoor holiday programs or New Year’s Eve events, too!)

    Gifts $10 and under: Hot-Can Self Heating Cans

    #3. Adhesive In-Sole Foot Warmers-$2.50 (with a price this low, you can stock up!)

    These full-length, ultra-thin foot warmers can fit into boots and shoes, keeping feet warmer, longer than a sock could! These single-use pads provide up to nine hours of heat. The perfect gift for my husband whose feet always get cold in the winter at the warehouse where he works.

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    #4. Spark-Lite Fire Starter-$6.95

    Just light the included quik fire tinder (it will burn for up to 2 minutes), and arrange your tinder, kindling, and flint shavings to make the fire last longer. The U.S. Military uses this fire starter because it’s compact and perfect if you have to start a fire with one hand (like my brother-in law would have to do while camping with two toddlers . . .)

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    #5. Deluxe Sanitation Water Kit-$9.60

    This item is perfect for camping because it allows you to store up to 5-gallons of water for drinking or sanitation in a metallized bag. You can use the box as a toilet, and it comes with toilet paper, a disposable waste bag, and an enzyme packet to breakdown waste.

    Gifts $10 and under: Deluxe Water Sanitation Kit

    #6. 100-Piece First Aid Kit-$7.50

    This first aid kit includes the basics for survival (bandages, anti-biotic ointment, wraps, etc.) and is helpful for everyday emergencies.  Small enough to store in a kitchen, medicine cabinet, or emergency kit, this kit is great for treating minor cuts and scrapes.

    Gifts $10 and under: 100-Piece First Aid KIt

    #7. Tri-Fold Foldable Shovel-$10.99

    This shovel folds to fit into a compact case and has two serrated edges for chopping and sawing. It’s perfect for shoveling your car out of snow, or for digging sanitation holes and securing tent spikes while camping.

    Gifts $10 and under: Tri-Fold Foldable Shovel

    #8. 5-Piece Home Canning Kit-$9.95

    This kit makes canning safe and easy with all the essential tools to get the job done. This kit comes with a canning funnel, magnetic lid lifter, jar lifter, cleaning brush, and jar wrench. Great for my husband’s Grammy because this kit will cut her canning time in half (and she cans a TON of stuff).

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    #9. Clear Mist 100-Hour Emergency Candle-$4.95

    For some reason, my husband really loves candles, so I know this gift would be great for him. Perfect for power outages, emergencies, and outdoor use, this 100-hour candle is great for emergency kits and to have on hand, just in case.

    Gifts $10 and under-100 hour candle

    #10. Fired UP! Fuel and Fire Starter-$4.95

    Use to light campfires, prepare charcoal briquettes, or as a safe and reliable fuel source for cooking or heating in emergency situations. It has a 30 year shelf life and comes in a 2.5 can to easily source with your backpacking/camping equipment without adding extra weight.

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    So there you have it, 10 preparedness gifts for $10 or under.  Now that you’ve seen all these cool gifts and are pumped to do some holiday shopping, don’t forget to come back to the blog next week to see our gift guide for gifts $25 and under.

    Of course, you can always go to beprepared.com or our Pinterest and check out our boards for gifts under $5, $10, $25, $50, and our stocking stuffers and small gifts board to get some ideas as well.

    Happy Shopping!

    -Angela

     

     

     

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  • Group Specials for November

    We’re offering four great products for group specials this month. Alert your group members to get their orders in early since these items will go fast, and you simply can’t afford to pass them by!

    What luxury to have delicious, real butter stored without refrigeration on your shelves, ready at any time to open and enjoy! Red Feather™ Canned Butter is guaranteed to last for at least two years in cool and constant temperatures. This limited supply was manufactured between November of 2012 and February of 2013, so each can has a guaranteed shelf life of at least 12 to 15 months. Determine how much butter your family would use during that period, and order accordingly. Each 12-ounce can is selling for only $5.00, a saving of 35% over the regular price of $7.50 per can. Your group must order at least 24 cans in order to get this price.

    Red Feather Butter

     

    We’re continuing our sale on Provident Pantry® Freeze Dried Green Peas. These peas are crunchy and fun to snack on right from the can. They’re also an excellent side dish or addition to soups, casseroles, salads, or stir-fry. If you’re looking to add more vitamins and nutrients to your diet, these peas are a good source of Vitamins A and C, protein, fiber, and iron. This month, they’re on sale for $12.00 each, 35% off the regular price of $18.50 per can. An order of only 12 cans per group gets you this terrific bargain, so if you missed them last month or want more, here’s your chance!

    Provident Pantry Freeze Dried Green Peas

     

    Another popular holdover from October is our brand-new product, the Small (gallon-size) Metalized Bags. These bags are perfect for preserving freeze dried or dehydrated foods once the can has been opened. The convenient zip-lock top means no re-sealing is necessary. A package of 10 bags is only $5.00 each, 41% off the regular price of $8.50 per package of 10 bags. It’s a great time to stock up on these! At least ten packs must be ordered per group to get this excellent discount.

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    Back by popular demand, and in limited quantities, our lightweight breakfast packets of Granola with Milk and Bananas LRP or Granola with Milk and Blueberries LRP are on sale fro $1.25 each (a huge saving of 57% from the original price of $2.97 per pack)! “LRP” stands for “Long Range Patrol.” Like MREs, LRPs are developed for military use. This means they are lightweight and easy to pack for camping, hiking, or backpacking trips. They also are a great addition to your grab-and-go bag, car emergency kit, or home storage. Simply add water and enjoy. A total of 30 pouches must be purchased per group to get this whopping discount. Feel free to mix and match flavors to meet the 30-pouch quota.

     Granola and Banana LRP

    Don’t delay! Group orders should be placed by November 21. Since some of these items have limited quantities, the earlier you place your order, the better!

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  • November Sale Items

    There are a lot of excellent November sale items at Emergency Essentials. Here are my Top 5 must-have preparedness items on sale this month. I’ll tell you what they are, how they work, and why you should consider getting them.

    #1. Volcano Collapsible Cooking Combo (On sale for $174.99, a $221.78 value)

    If you’re a grill master, you know some foods taste better depending on the type of fuel you use. With the Volcano, you can use your choice of three different fuel sources—charcoal, wood, or propane—in one grill (not at the same time, of course!). You can use it as a grill or you can cook on the griddle (sold separately).  You can even cook food in a Dutch oven (also sold separately) right inside the grill!

    The combo includes the Volcano grill, a propane attachment, an Oven lid, a handy handle (combination lid lifter/holder), and the Volcano Cookbook and Technical manual.

    Volcano Collapsible Cooking Combo

    #2. Roadwise Emergency Kit (On sale for $38.95, a $67.55 value)

    Since winter is coming, you’ll want to have a Roadwise Emergency Kit in your car just in case you get stuck in a winter storm. This kit includes hand warmers, a multifunction tool, a headlamp, food calorie bars, water, toilet paper, a light stick to use as a flare, and much more. This kit can act as a backup grab and go bag if you need to evacuate your home in an emergency. This kit considers a number of needs if you ever get stuck on the side of the road or you just need an emergency kit to survive an unexpected situation.

    Roadwise Emergency Kit

    #3. Katadyn Hiker Microfilter (On sale for $49.99, a $79.99 value)

    If you’re a hiker, backpacker, or emergency preparedness buff, you’re going to want a Katadyn Hiker Microfilter to filter any water sources you find on the trail or to store in your emergency kit. It’s lightweight and compact, taking extra weight off your shoulders as you hike. Its unique, pleated cartridge filter prevents clogging and eliminates bacteria and protozoa in your water. Check out what our customers are saying about this product. They give it 5 stars!

    This November sale item is a great deal because the sale price is the same as the price of a replacement filter. So, for the cost of a backup filter cartridge, you can have an entire additional filter!

    Katadyn Hiker Microfilter

    #4. Holiday Red Emergency Candle Gift Combo (On sale for $49.99, only $4.17 per candle)

    Have you ever been invited to a holiday party at last minute and forgotten to get a gift? You scramble to find a gift in your house and all you have is a journal with a pony on it (not that there’s anything wrong with that if ponies are your thing) . . . If you’re looking for quick and easy small gifts to give to neighbors and friends, the 100 hour Emergency Candle gift combo is perfect. It comes with 12 emergency candles, 12 gift bags, and 12 bows. Insta-gifts!

    Holiday Red Emergency Candle Gift Combo

    #5. Thanksgiving Dinner Combo (On sale for $94.99, a $126.09 value)

    And last, but not least . . . the Thanksgiving Dinner Combo. Have you ever had a craving for a Thanksgiving feast in the middle of . . . July? Well now you can have Thanksgiving dinner all year long with less stress and less work. You can even have all the fixings of a holiday meal if you ever have to celebrate during an emergency. This combo includes the basics of a Thanksgiving feast: Freeze Dried White Turkey, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Gravy mix, Green Beans, Corn muffin mix, and Raspberry crumble (I’m drooling just writing about it . . .).

    All you have to do is just add water and reconstitute everything (a little baking is required for the cornbread) and your feast is ready. As our catalog so eloquently states, “Football and afternoon nap optional.”

     Thanksgiving Dinner Combo

    These are just five November sale items,  but if you look through your catalog you will find over 40 items on sale. If you are thinking about holiday shopping, these sales may be the place to start looking for the perfect gift for your family and friends.

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  • The Volcano Collapsible Stove Giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your participation! We will be announcing the winner in the next few days!

    Enter to win a FREE Volcano Collapsible Grill Combo

    How do you like to cook? Do you Grill? Do you boil? Do you fry? Do you use a Dutch Oven? Well, with the Volcano Collapsible Stove Combo, you can do all of that with just one stove.  This is a fun way to eat while camping, during an outdoor adventure, or even if you are in an emergency. To learn more about the Volcano Collapsible Stove Combo and to enter to win a FREE Volcano Collapsible Stove combo, just take the quiz below.

    Good luck!

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    Would you survive the American Blackout?

    Would you be prepared to survive a nation-wide blackout?

    National Geographic Channel asked this question on October 27th, 2013 in its made-for-tv movie event, American Blackout. This mini-series explores the imagined situation of a national power failure caused by a cyber attack. American Blackout is told in “real-time,” over a period of ten days and is based on fictional accounts that American citizens video recorded on cameras and cell phones.

    This series may make you think about what you would do in a similar situation and if you are prepared. National Geographic anticipates that while watching this show, “You’ll learn what it means to be absolutely powerless. Gritty, visceral and totally immersive, see what it might take to survive from day one, and who would be left standing when the lights come back on.”

    In anticipation for this new series, you can visit the American Blackout Channel, where you’ll find video clips from the show, and a list of blackout survival tips. The site also includes articles on the history of blackouts around the world and advice from preparedness experts on what items and skills you need to have to survive emergency situations.

    Check out this interactive experience that gives you facts about the real-life blackouts as you journey through a “10-day blackout period.” With each fact, the site will ask you questions to personalize your experience like, “do you keep your gas tank at least half full, or re-fuel only when the tank is empty?” They will then give you facts on why it’s important to keep your fuel tank half full at all times.

    To find out more about when American Blackout will air in your city, visit  http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/american-blackout/.

    And while you’re waiting for the show to re-air, read up on how to have light during an emergency. Check out our Insight article:

    Light During an Emergency

    And check out the latest solar power products from Goal Zero to be sure you’ve got power if a blackout hits your town.

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency power, emergency preparedness, power outage, preparedness news

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