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    Hooray, shoppers—tomorrow’s the big day! Here’s what you can look forward to on beprepared.com for Black Friday Deals.

    FREE SHIPPING!

    Tomorrow all online orders over $50.00 (placed between 8 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time) qualify for free shipping (one order limit)! That makes Black Friday the perfect time to purchase all these items you’ve been wanting to buy for yourself or as holiday gifts. All items, not only those on special sales, qualify for this free shipping promotion.

    Remember, all Mountain House cans are on sale (25% to 50% off) starting tomorrow through Thursday the 5th of December, but only those orders placed on Black Friday with your other items will qualify for free shipping.

    DOOR BUSTERS

    Here are just a couple doorbusters to give you an idea of the savings.

    Freeze Dried Tomatoes—A large can for $14.99, regularly $49.99 (Limit 18 cans per customer). These tomatoes are great to use as a side dish, in soups, stews, or sauces. A saving of 70.01%!

    Black Friday Deals: Freeze Dried Tomatoes

    Venture 6 Tool—Sale price $9.99, reduced from $21.95, a saving of 54.49%. Limit 3 per customer. A versatile multi-function tool that can serve as a saw, shovel, hammer, or hatchet! Perfect for your emergency kit and handy to have around the house as well.

    Black Friday Deals: The Venture 6 Tool

    You can see more of our doorbusters on our Black Friday Deals Page.

    ADVERTISED SPECIALS

    Hand Grain Mill—Sale price $44.99, reduced from $89.99 for a discount of 50.01%. This easy-to-use mill can turn out ¼ to ½ cup of flour in a minute, and is also great for making cracked wheat cereal.

    Black Friday Deals: Hand Grain Mill

    Gamma Seal Lids—On sale for only $6.49, regularly $10.00 apiece, saving you 35.10%. This item comes in white, red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and black to help you organize your storage buckets. Each lid comes in two parts: the ring and the screw-on lid. Fit the ring on your bucket, add the lid, and you’ll have an easy-access, tight-fitting combo that turns your 3.5 to 7.0 gallon bucket into a permanent storage container. Great for storage foods that you want to access from time to time, as well as for such items as pet food, birdseed, gardening materials, camping gear, and more.

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    Note:  There are more unadvertised specials as well. You can also review those on the Black Friday Deals Page and see how much you can save. Now:  ready, set, shop!

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    It’s almost here! With all the preparations, planning, and travel for Thanksgiving, don’t forget the exciting day after Thanksgiving—Black Friday, when all the amazing sales happen! They’re happening here, for sure. You won’t believe the door busters and other bargains—up to 70% off on selected items!

    But until then, you’ll want to become familiar with our Black Friday rules to get the most out of your shopping experience.

    Here are the rules:

    1)      Door buster and special pricing are limited to one order per customer. Subsequent orders won’t qualify for these discounts.

    2)      Order early in the day, as our door buster and special pricing will end when the product sells out. Once a product has sold out, it will no longer be available to purchase. Sorry, no rainchecks!

    3)      Door buster and special prices apply only to the 48 contiguous states.

    4)      These sale prices apply to online orders only, placed on Friday, November 29, between 8 a.m. and 11:59p.m. Mountain Standard Time. (For the corresponding hours in your time zone, see below.) NO phone or mail orders, please, on this promotion.

     

    In Eastern Time Zone, the sale hours are 10 a.m. to 1:59 a.m.

    In Central Time Zone, the sale hours are 9 a.m. to 12:59 a.m.

         In Mountain Time Zone, the sale hours are 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

    In Pacific Time Zone, the sale hours are 7 a.m. to 10:59 p.m.

     

    5)      Some items may have “per-customer” limits. Items must be added to your shopping cart after 8 a.m. MST to receive promotional pricing. If the pricing doesn’t appear to be correct, you will need to refresh your browser before submitting your order. (To do this for a PC, click on F5; for an Apple, click on Apple + R.)

     

    Come back to our blog and follow our Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter to watch for more information on these great buys! 

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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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  • 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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  • Make your own emergency kit

    Emergency kits come in all shapes and sizes, filled with all types of food, water supplies, shelters, and tools. But what is the right type of emergency kit for you? Building your own emergency kit is as simple as one, two, and three. For $10 or less apiece, you can arm yourself with the right products to help you meet your most basic needs in an emergency.

    1. Food & Water

    • Survival food packages like the Mainstay 3600 calorie bars work well because they are lightweight, compact, and delicious—they taste like cookie dough. Unlike traditional energy bars, these are formulated to withstand extreme temperatures and still last for 5 years. Keep them in your car, boat, RV, or inside your emergency kit at home. For only $7.50, these bars give one person enough calories for 3 days, or three people for a single day. 


    • Purified water in compact sizes can also be a good fit for adding to a backpack. Bottled water is a popular option, bottled water packages are prone to leaking and require frequent rotation. The 8 oz. Aqua Blox comes in sturdy packaging that is designed to keep your water safe for 5 years with the convenience of a juice-box-style package and straw. The water also comes purified, not just filtered, so it is contaminant free. Six of these blox would be sufficient drinking water for one person over 3 days for about $5. 


    • Filter Straws can treat natural water sources that you come across to allow you to find and treat water rather than carrying it. Simply suck water through the filter straw to remove common germs. If the source is frequented by humans or livestock, however, this filter would likely not provide the required protection. Cost is about $10.

    2. Shelter

    • Emergency ponchos pack up tight and are lightweight, yet provide substantial coverage to keep more of your body dry. Staying dry dramatically increases our comfort, making the emergency poncho an affordable and practical (about $1) addition to any kit. 


    • Portable Tents are another way to provide shelter—or even just to mark an area as your own. Unlike traditional tents, a tube tent is inexpensive, lightweight, and packs incredibly small to fit inside of your kit without forcing you to leave other items out. It is so light because of its simplicity – no poles, no stakes, just a tent wall. The tube tent is an 8 ft. long tube that shelters two people for about $4.

    3. Warmth

    There are two simple ways to stay warm in cold weather: 1) keep more of your own body heat, and 2) generate heat around you (campfires or heaters).

    •  Many of us use blankets and sleeping bags to retain more of our body heat.  Emergency sleeping bags are made of a high-efficiency reflective material that retains up to 90% of your body heat. They can be stored in very small spaces and only cost about $4. I’ve experienced a night in one of these bags and was very grateful I had it. 


    •  Having portable heat sources can keep your body from shutting down from loss of warmth. Disposable body warmers (larger versions of commonly-known hand warmers) provide heat for up to 20 hours and take up very little space. Their small size (and price – about $1 each) allows you to add several to your supplies. 


    •  Even if you aren’t a boy scout, you can start a fire with Emergency Essential’s various offerings of matches and strikers. One of my favorite options is Stormproof matches. Unlike conventional matches, these stay lit much longer to help you start a fire. Even if the matches get wet or the weather is windy, Stormproof matches will get the job done. You can buy a box by itself (about $4), or with a weather proof case for about $6. Check out the video on the link to see how amazing they are.

    See? Easy as 1-2-3. We have even set out to help you get started with the Basics Emergency Kit. This pre-made set includes many of these basic items and costs just about $20. This kit includes food, water, a poncho, 3 body/hand warmers, an emergency sleeping bag, a whistle, a lightstick, and an 18-piece first aid kit.

    With these basics, your emergency kit is off to a great start and can help protect you in a crisis. As your kit continues to grow, you can add more durable items to your supply, expanding it to prepare you for whatever the future may hold.

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  • A major disaster can strike at anytime—yet, everyone experiences mini-emergencies as well (usually more often) that require being just as prepared. There are certain items you can carry throughout your daily routine that can serve a useful purpose when you need help.

    Always carrying a full-blown bug-out-bag may be a little too bulky. Even though you should always have an emergency kit in your car and at home, take the following items with you the next time you are out and about (you’ll be glad you have them):

     

    Everyday Carry Suggestion: Gerber Suspension Multi-Plier

    The first item you should carry is the Gerber® Suspension Multi-Plier. With its nylon sheath, it can easily hang from a belt, sit in a backpack, or slip into a pocket in a purse. It has 11 functions ranging from spring-loaded pliers to a locking blade, scissors to screwdrivers, and more. The Suspension weighs less than 10 ounces and is a great price for a Gerber product at only $30.

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    Everyday Carry Suggestion:Gerber Shard Keychain ToolEveryday Carry Suggestion:11 Function Survival Tool

    The next item you will want to have is either the Gerber® Shard Keychain tool or the 11 Function Survival Tool. Both of these tools are a lot more basic than the Multi-plier, but they are smaller, lightweight, and easy to carry. The Shard is a simple, yet useful tool that fits perfectly on your keychain. It has 7 functions ranging from a mini pry bar (my favorite part) to screwdrivers and even a bottle opener. It weighs less than an ounce and features a Titanium nitride coating for durability.

    The 11 Function Survival Tool is a metal “card” that can slide right in your wallet. It serves as a knife-edge, a 4-position wrench, a saw blade, and more. It comes with a protective sheath and weighs just one ounce.



    Everyday Carry Suggestion: Katadyn Mybottle MicroFilter

    Water is always a primary concern when getting prepared. The Katadyn® Mybottle Microfilter serves as a water bottle that can turn into a MicroFilter (kind of like a water filter superhero). The filter insert can be kept separate in a backpack or purse while the beautifully designed bottle can be filled with clean water for drinking. If the need arises, the filter fits inside the bottle and you can drink from a dirty water source like a river or a stream. The filter will block Giardia, Cryptosporidium, and bacteria like E. coli. It even improves the water’s taste. You’ll probably carry a water bottle with you anyways, why not carry this one?

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    Another recommended item, the paracord bracelet, can double as a preparedness item and a fashion statement. This bracelet is made from 7+ feet of woven, military-spec 550 Paracord rope (an easy-to-use rope that is strong and versatile). If you need to, just take the bracelet apart and you’ll have a solid strand of cord to use in a variety of ways.

    Everyday Carry Suggestion: Switch 8 Recharger

    Being able to communicate with loved ones is important while you are out running errands, on a hike, or on the road. The Switch 8 Recharger by Goal Zero® is a great way to have a back-up power source for your cell phone or other small electronics. Without fail, right when you get a flat tire or your car won’t start, you’ll notice you only have 5% battery left on your phone—great. By having your small Switch 8 in your purse or backpack, you can quickly plug in your phone and make the calls you need. It works great with smartphones—even the new iPhone.

    Everyday Carry Suggestions: New Millennium Bars

    What about the possible need for food? Of course you could carry an extra granola bar or bag of chips, but one of the fruit Millennium Calorie Bars would be a better option. With the consistency of a sugar cookie, each bar provides 400 calories of energy. There are nine different fruit flavors and one bar will easily fit in a pocket in a purse. They store for 5 years, even in a car during the summer months—you can’t beat that (especially not with a greasy bag of chips).

    Everyday Carry Suggestion: SHIELD Kit

    Let’s not forget about your kids while they are at school. The Shield School Emergency Kit is a compact group of essentials that fits perfectly in a school backpack as an everyday carry. Each item in this kit can store for several years and provides needed comfort and nourishment during an emergency event. This portable kit isn’t just for your kids. It is small enough to be carried in a backpack or left in a desk drawer at work.

    These are just a few ideas for an everyday carry that can serve as tools, water supply, power, or food when a need arises. Of course, there are several other items that work just as well, including portable survival kits. Take a look at what you carry with you everyday and ask yourself—will this stuff help me in an emergency? If not, it might be time to add a few items to your everyday carry.

    What are some items you carry with you to be ready? If you don’t carry anything yet, what items do you think you’ll start carrying?

    --Rob

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  • Do you love getting your Emergency Essentials catalog each month, but feel like you just don’t have enough time to sit down and read it? Well, we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Now you can shop at home or on the go with our NEW Online Catalog. Waiting in line at the bank? Waiting for your waiter to bring you your check? Hop online and check out the latest from Emergency Essentials.

    Simply go to BePrepared.com, and on the left-hand side of the homepage, look for the “quick shop” heading. Click on the “online catalog” link.

    If you click on any of the pictures below, they will take you to the online catalog. (Note: The online catalog works best in Google Chrome or Firefox)

    The online catalog has the same layout as the printed version. Here’s a sample page from our July catalog:

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    If you are familiar with our old online catalog, you might notice that we’ve added some new features to this version. Here’s a quick run-down of the features you should know about.

    #1. The Zoom

    You can enlarge the printed text of the catalog (a plus sign will show up if you hover over a blank area of the page).

    #2. Add to Cart

    Click on an item in the online catalog, and its product page comes up so you can learn more or add it to your shopping cart. With this option, you can now buy products instantly without having to call in, or fill out an order form and send it in.

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    #3. The Scroll Bar

    At the bottom of the online catalog, there is a scroll bar that allows you to skip to specific pages if you know exactly what you’re looking for. Once you scroll to the page you want, click on the mini “preview” version and it will take you to the full-size page.

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    #4. The Tool Bar

    At the top of the catalog is a toolbar with icons for home, search, Facebook, and download options (arrow pointing down). These options allow you to search the catalog for specific items (search results are highlighted in blue), post pages of the catalog to Facebook, or download pages of the catalog onto your computer. Also, if you are scrolling through the catalog, the home icon lets you go back to the cover page.

     

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    These are just a couple of highlights to get you started on your online shopping journey! Now it’s your turn to test it out. Go onto BePrepared.com and try out the NEW online catalog and tell us what you think.

    Will I Still Get a Printed Catalog?

    But are you a purist?—you love the feel of a book in your hands; you live for turning its pages. If you are on our mailing list, you will still receive a printed copy of our catalog!

    I Want to Subscribe to Your Catalog Mailing List (for Printed Catalogs)

    If you aren’t on our mailing list and would like to get a printed catalog each month, just click on the tan box at the top of the BePrepared.com homepage that says “request a catalog.”

     

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    We have a new newsletter email: sales@beprepared.com

    Don’t miss out on product highlights, sales, giveaways, order confirmations, and order promotions from us!! Please add our new address to your contact list today.

    If you are already signed up on our email list, you should have received a product email from this new address today. If it hasn’t arrived in your inbox, check your spam folder to see if it got sent there by mistake then be sure that you add our new email address to your contacts.

    If you’re not signed up for our email newsletter, click here then choose the tan “Newsletter Sign Up” box at the top of the page.

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  • Using Whole Egg Powder

    This week’s feature product is the Provident Pantry®Whole Egg Powder. Ideal for baking and cooking, and including in dry ingredient mixes, our Whole Egg Powder is a wonderful addition to your food storage. This product is easy to rotate and can be used in your favorite family recipes. It is packaged and preserved for long-term storage so that you can use it now or years from now.

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    We’re not the only ones who think it’s great. One of our customers left this product review of the Provident Pantry™ Whole Egg Powder on our website:

    I have used this product in baking and have made egg drop soup without any family members commenting about "something being different". In the long run, it seems to cost less and it is certainly more convenient than having to run to the store for a carton of eggs before I can make a cake or a batch of cookies. ~ Granny

    Like Granny says, cooking with whole egg powder won’t have your family commenting on “something being different” or refusing to eat! Here are a couple of recipes from the book Cookin’ with Dried Eggs, that you can make using Provident Pantry®Whole Egg Powder.

    The book includes an excellent chart on how to convert recipes that use fresh eggs into the equivalent measurements for Whole Egg Powder, so you can still cook your favorite recipes. Pick up your copy today and start cookin’!

    Hootenanny Pancakes (German Pancake)

    1 C. dried whole eggs 3 C. warm water
    3 T. dried milk                                   1 C. flour
    ½ t. salt    ½ C. margarine

    Mix water, dried eggs, dried milk, and salt in a blender until fluffy. Tap in the flour a little at a time, beat until well blended. Melt margarine in 9x13 pan at 425°F. When butter is bubbly, pour in batter and return to oven immediately. Bake 25 minutes. Serve with jam, syrup, or powdered sugar.

     

    Macaroni and Cheese Casserole                                                 

    2/3 C. macaroni 1 T. dried green pepper
    2 C. boiling water ¼ C. dried cheese
    ½ t. salt 1/3 C. dry whole egg
    2 T. dried parsley 3 T. dried milk            
    1 t. dried onion 1 C. warm water

    Cook the macaroni in the boiling, salted water until tender. Drain and combine the macaroni, green pepper, parsley, and onion. Mix together cheese, egg, milk, and warm water; blend well. Pour over the macaroni mixture. Place in a greased pan, bake at 350°F. for 50 minutes. This recipe makes 2 servings.

    If you are interested in finding more ways to cook with the Provident Pantry® Whole Egg Powder, check out our recipe for Scrambled Egg and Veggie Wraps. You can purchase a copy of Cookin’ with Dried Eggs from our website or in our stores.

    Pick up a can of our Whole Egg Powder and try out a couple of recipes. They’ll taste just the same as using eggs fresh from the carton!

     

     

     

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  • Hi, friends!

    Check out this fantastic product review from Kevin in Oklahoma:

    My wife Debbie and I were customers of [another] brand of storage foods because we had been able to taste them at a home demonstration and found them to be the best tasting products for storage food we had found. That is until we ordered some MyChoice™ sized cans of the Provident Pantry products from Emergency Essentials to try out. All I can say is WOW, what a shock! We tasted the sweet corn (tastes just like it is right out of the field fresh), green beans, ground beef, potato dices, freeze dried Raspberries, freeze dried Raspberry yogurt bites, and the instant fat free milk.

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    I work nights and the products came in after I had left for work but my wife got them and opened the freeze dried Raspberry yogurt bites and the freeze dried whole Raspberries to taste as she is VERY picky concerning the taste of those items. The text I received from her was that the food had come in but there might not be any of the Raspberry products left for me to taste when I got home! They tasted far superior to the products from the other company and were much cheaper, too! (For example, the Sweet cherries from Emergency Essentials are $15.00 per #10 can cheaper than the other brand for the same product and sizing.)

    When I got home I mixed up some of the instant nonfat milk as I am super picky on milk and tried it against some of the other company's product which I had thought was great. The Provident Pantry brand was a hands down winner in that test. I even compared it to some store bought milk we had and there was absolutely no difference in taste!

    Powdered Milk tastes delicious!

    I made up a dinner of ground beef, potato dices (reconstituted and fried like fresh potatoes), sweet corn, and green beans with a glass of freshly mixed milk and I can say without a doubt it was just like I had made all of it with fresh products from the grocery store!

    We are sold on the taste, quality, and pricing of the Emergency Essentials storage food and will be having the original members of the other brands taste test group over to let them do a tasting of the Provident Pantry brand to get their opinions on it. I will send test results on that as a follow-up. We use our storage food on a daily basis as a way to both keep it in rotation and to save money on our monthly grocery bills. The products allow us to practice portion control and virtually eliminate any leftovers that end up getting wasted and thrown out.

    We are now full time customers of Emergency Essentials and are establishing our monthly orders as part of our regular grocery shopping budget.

    Thanks for the great service!

    Kevin, Oklahoma

    Thanks, Kevin! We’re happy you’re so thrilled with our products. (We think they’re pretty great, too!) Experiences like yours are one of the reasons we love helping people prepare.

    --Sarah

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