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  • Looking for a Little Help with Urban Preparedness?

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    Hi, friends!

    Urban Girl here with a little hint to help you navigate our new site.

    With the launch of our new website, we also launched a great feature that allows you to customize your home page to better suit your specific preparedness needs and interests.

    One of the custom options is Urban Preparedness, which is obviously dear to my heart . Take a look at the Urban Preparedness customized home page here for articles, tips, related blog posts (from yours truly and others), etc.

    Happy Prepping!

    --Urban Girl

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  • Oat Recipes to LOVE

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

    Thanks, Kate!

    --Sarah (aka, Urban Girl)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Basic Oatmeal Pancakes 


    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


    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.


    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

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  • Pennies for Prepping: January 2013 Results

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


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


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

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

  • Urban Girl: Pennies for Prepping

    Hi, friends! Urban Girl, here.

    I’ve been thinking about prepping a lot this past year (obviously). And I’m still in the mode of paying off student loans at this point in my life, so I’ve only got a small budget for  preparedness items each month. Still, there are those whose preparedness budget is smaller than mine.
    I frequently see comments on Emergency Essentials’ blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages from those who are living paycheck to paycheck, and can’t seem to get enough ahead to budget for prepping supplies or food and water storage.
    Does that sound familiar to you? Well, I’m planning to do a special prepping project this year—and I’d love for you to join me if you’d like.
    I like to pay cash for most things I buy, because I’m a very visual person, so it helps me to actually SEE how much cash is left in my wallet for the things I’m planning to buy in a month—or just in a pay period. But the one downfall of that system for me is loose change. I despise having loose change hanging out in my pockets, the crevices of my purse, and even my designated change purse.
    So, here’s what I decided to do: I’m taking an old #10 food storage can, cutting a slot in the lid, and making a “preparedness piggy bank” out of it. At the end of each week, I’ll dump the entire contents of my change purse into the bank, and at the beginning of each pay period, I’ll put in any cash I have left in my wallet. Each month I’ll total what I’ve saved. Maybe it will be a couple dollars—maybe it will be more—who knows?
    This money will ONLY be used to buy items I want for emergency preparedness. Some months I might not buy anything so I can save up for a slightly larger item. Some months I might buy a small $1 or $2 item that will come in handy.
    Every time I make a purchase using my pocket change, I’ll show you what I get. And at the end of the year I’ll show you everything I was able to afford—without any scrimping or extra budgeting on my part.
    What do you think? Will you take the Pennies for Prepping challenge with me? If so, I would love to see what you buy each month! If you’re participating, you can email your experience and pictures of what you buy to social@beprepared.com. We might just feature you on the blog or Facebook!
    Happy prepping!
    —Urban Girl

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  • Urban Girl - What I've Been Up To

    Urban Girl here.

    Can you believe it’s almost the middle of November? Where did the year go? It seems like I was just posting about planting my garden, and now Utah has a foot of snow on the ground.

    Here’s a quick update on what I’ve been up to since I last posted:

    I got a car kit put together with a basic 3-day emergency kit and a basic car repair kit. I had a spare red backpack hanging around from my college days, and I had some extra first aid items on hand, as well. So I assembled those into the backpack, added some bottled water, and got some MRE’s and a Millenium bar combo to add into the kit. That covers most of the very basics; now I just need to add an emergency bag or bivvy, a headlamp, and some spare batteries.

    I bought some fire extinguishers. We had a kitchen fire at my house last year, and no one could find an extinguisher, so they used powdered sugar to put it out. Luckily that worked, and the fire was extinguished before it forced us to evacuate. But now we can avoid scrambling for something to put our fires in the future.

    I bought a few packs of hand warmers. Winter is long in Utah, and if I got stranded on the road, I would definitely want some of these readily available.

    I also purchased a Tote-able Toilet with 2 Enzyme packets. Enough said, right?

    So, that’s what I’ve been up to. What about you?

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  • Recipe: Creamy Sausage Crumble and Vegetable Stew

    Recently, Faye from West Virginia submitted a recipe through a product review of the Preparedness Pantry™ Sausage Crumbles. I gave it a whirl in our test kitchen, and the results were pretty tasty!
    Faye calls it Sausage Crumble… but since that’s also the name of our product, I took the liberty of re-naming the recipe to Creamy Sausage and Vegetable “Stew.” It's a really versatile recipe-- you could even substitute chicken for the sausage (or keep it as-is) and use it as a chicken pot pie filling. (Yum!)

    Yield: 4 medium servings, 6 small servings
    Serving suggestions: serve over toast (how Faye suggests serving it), mashed potatoes (how we tested it), rice, biscuits, quinoa, or wheat berries.
    Variations: Add diced tomatoes, sour cream powder, carrots, or other varieties of cheese to suit your tastes.


    • 1 cup water + 3/4 cup Provident Pantry™ Creamy Soup Base
    • 1 teaspoon Provident Pantry™ Garlic Pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon Provident Pantry™ onion powder
    • 2/3 cup dehydrated Provident Pantry™ green peas
    • 2/3 cup dehydrated Provident Pantry™ sliced mushrooms
    • 3/4 cup dehydrated Provident Pantry™ sausage crumbles
    • 1/3 cup dehydrated Provident Pantry™ shredded cheddar (do not reconstitute before adding to mixture)
    1.     Set a medium pot of water on the stove to boil.
    2.    Put the peas, mushrooms, and sausage crumbles in a
    medium mixing bowl.
    3.    Once the water has started boiling, pour enough into
    the mixing bowl to cover the sausage and vegetables. Let sit for five minutes
    while you make the cream mixture.
    4.     Measure the creamy soup base, garlic pepper, and onion
    powder into a small mixing bowl. Add one cup of water, and whisk until smooth.
    5.     Serve over mashed potatoes.
    *Please note that this is different than the directions on the can.
    This recipe was a big hit in the office—everyone who tried it wanted a second serving.
    Enjoy! (And thanks, Faye, for the great recipe idea!)
    --Urban Girl

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