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  • Guest Post: Kelly Kettle Customer Review

     

    Kelly Kettle combo - Stainless Steel

    A few weeks ago, we purchased a Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Base Camp.  This purchase was made after many trips to the store to look at it, and some hours spent researching it on the internet.  We purchased the kit, which includes the kettle, pot stand, cooking set and fire starter.

    Our main purpose for the purchase was to use it for camping and hiking.  We take many day trips, and it’s perfect for heating the water for camp meals or coffee.  The first time we used it on our back patio, just to try it out.   We boiled water in about 4 minutes, which I thought was awesome, considering the fact we were using the kettle in a blocked area, with not a lot of airflow.

    After using it just once, you realize just how amazing this product is.  The great thing about it is you don’t have to carry any special type of fuel.  All you have to do is round up some sticks and twigs and you’re ready to go.  We have access to pine cones, so we use small ones.  Not only is it good fuel, but it smells great too.

    After using the Kelly Kettle, and thinking about it a bit, I realized that it has many uses other than just camping.  Earlier this summer, an auto accident caused the power to go out at our home for about 24 hours.  Now, we have electric appliances, so, making meals during this time required some creativity.  If we would have had the kettle, we could have easily made emergency meals since we keep them around for camping and hiking trips.

    When hiking, you can also get your water from a lake or stream, especially if you carry a water filter system as we do.  Not to mention you are boiling the water anyway.  This will save you from packing water around.

    Give the Kelly Kettle a try; it’s an awesome product.

     

    Jeff W, UT

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: emergency cooking, Customer Reviews, Survival, water, guest post, warmth

  • Become an Emergency Essentials Guest Blogger!

     

    Emergency Essentials Guest Blogger Program

    Do you have some great tips for emergency preparedness, a story about surviving disaster because you were prepared (or surviving a disaster that got you thinking about preparedness), favorite food storage recipes, or other information you want to share with Emergency Essentials’ customers? Then you may want to become a guest blogger for Emergency Essentials!

    Submit your tips, idea, experience, or other article and we’ll pay you with an Emergency Essentials $20 gift card if we choose to publish it on the Preparedness Pantry Blog. You can submit as many guest blog posts (articles) as you’d like. Want a Volcano Collapsible Grill to make that pizza, but it’s out of your budget? Become a guest blogger with Emergency Essentials and you could earn enough gift cards to pay for it!

    Here are the guidelines you’ll need to keep in mind if you're interested in being an Emergency Essentials guest blogger.

    • The blog post must be at least 300 words.
    • The blog post cannot already be published elsewhere.
    • We reserve the right to edit for grammar, punctuation, and content as needed.
    • If we make major edits, we will pass the blog post by you for your final approval before publication.
    • Your name and state will be included in the post unless you specifically request otherwise (you can select a pen name or request to be Anonymous, if you prefer). We like to give you credit for your great ideas and tips!
    • We focus our efforts on preparedness, not political commentary. Please keep that in mind when submitting posts.
    • We aren’t able to publish all posts that are submitted to us. You will only be contacted if we publish your piece.
    • If you’d like to submit a series with multiple posts about one topic, please send them all as attachments in the same email. For a series, you will receive one $20 gift card for each of the posts in the series we choose to publish. We reserve the right to publish only a part of what you've submitted or to combine articles, either to shorten the series or if we feel there is significant overlap between the articles.

    Submit your guest blog post to social@BePrepared.com with the subject line “Guest Blog Post for the Preparedness Pantry Blog”.

    Check out previous guest blogger submissions.

    We look forward to reading what you've got to share!

     

    --Sarah (a.k.a., Urban Girl)

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: guest blogging program, guest post

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

  • 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: 9-1-1, babysitters, children, Emergency, 911, crisis, disaster, guest post

  • Guest Blog Post: MyChoice

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    #10 (large) and MyChoice (small) can of buttermilk powder

    Why I buy MY CHOICE products:

    "You may ask WHY I'd want to buy smaller containers of food storage products. For me, it's an easy question to answer for many reasons, including that there are only two of us left at home.  I am relatively new to long-term food storage. We've opened several of the #10 cans and it's taken us more than a year to use up the products -- like onions, peanut butter, dry milk and carrots. Based on that, I haven't opened or experimented with butter powder, dried eggs or egg whites or tomato powder. I figured we'd end up with half the stuff being unusable a few months after opening because we couldn't use it fast enough.

    "I just bought a can of MY CHOICE butter powder for the sole purpose of opening and experimenting with it. Though smaller than a #10, these cans are a generous size, and the butter powder is fabulous! I first diluted it too much so it was soupy, but I was adding it to rice during cooking, so that was no problem. It made the rice taste so much better! Truly buttery.  My next experiment was on hot biscuits. For these, I actually followed the directions on the can. My re-hydrated butter was delicious and melted inside the hot biscuits just like regular butter-- something I was very skeptical about before. Good bye to butter in my freezer!

    "This experience has me excited to try other products. I'll also change some of my food storage decisions, for example now that I understand butter powder, I'll increase the number of both MY CHOICE butter cans and the #10 cans.  The second decison is to buy some of the new November MY CHOICE items including the tomato powder, egg whites, egg powder and chopped onions next.  The tomato powder and egg products are for me to practice using in daily recipes.

    "I'll buy the onions because it took me 18 months to go through a #10 can.  I'm now hooked on the canned product but don't want to open the big can. I prefer these 'expensive' canned onions. Turns out that when I buy fresh onions, I end up with about 20% waste because we don't use them fast enough. About 80 percent of my onion use is for chopped onion, so now I have the item available and only buy fresh onions when a recipe requires whole onions or onion slices. For me, it's less expensive and more convenient to buy and use the canned chopped onions. The rehydrated onions cook exactly like fresh -- I saute, brown, sweat them and they are wonderful. A side benefit is that they don't make you cry!!

    "I'm looking forward to additional MY CHOICE products soon (I hope), like cheeses, other vegetables and even meat products so that I can increase my capabilites and skill at using my long-term food storage without having to needlessly open a whole # 10. MY CHOICE will also help me build my skills to use the product in the #10 cans more quickly and effectively as we rotate them or need them during emergency situations."
    Gretchen
    Arizona

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: customer review, mychoice, guest post, food storage