Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • Preptember™ Sale Ends Today!

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    Is it just me, or has Preptember™ flown by once again? Pretty soon we’ll be taking down the water filtration tree and packing away those MRE wreaths. It’s as if the season gets shorter every year! But don’t let me put a damper on the festivities. We still have a few hours left to celebrate before the Preptember™ sales end tonight at midnight (Mountain Time).. In all your preparatory jubilation, don’t let these opportunities fall off the radar!

    You can see all the fabulous September sales here, but these are my favorites:


    Mountain House Super Sale is the absolute best deal out there! Today is the last day to order no. 10 cans of Mountain House brand freeze-dried entrees for 40-50% off the regular price. Both individual cans and combo packs are included in the sale, so stock up!

    Loads of big-ticket items are on sale as well. How about $50 off a Bosch mixer, $60 off a solar generator kit, or $80 off a Deluxe grain mill?

    Kits and packs can be an efficient way to get everything prepared in one go. Check out the sales on emergency kits as well as three, six, and and twelve-month food supplies at considerably reduced prices.


    Kelly Kettle combo - Stainless Steel

    The Kelly Kettle Large Stainless Steel Base Camp Combo (say that ten times fast) is not only on sale, it could be free! Check out the Kelly Kettle Combo giveaway before the contest ends (tonight at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time)!

    And remember, all orders over $150 get free shipping through the end of the day! Don’t wait! Brew up a little freeze-dried eggnog and make the most of the last days of Preptember™!

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  • Preptember™ Food Storage Recipes

    Since food storage is an essential part of any emergency preparedness plan, it’s important to help your family feel comfortable with eating items from your food storage—before an emergency hits. If you “eat what you store, and store what you eat,” your family will have a sense of security and normalcy if a disaster strikes.

    Making food storage recipes for your weekly meals now will help your family to get familiar with food storage and will also help them understand that food storage doesn’t just mean MREs, wheat, and dry alphabet soup mix. You can make many of your family favorites from food storage.

    Here are some food storage recipes that you can add into your weekly meal rotations. These recipes are quick, easy, and tasty!

    In honor of Preptember™ we cooked up some Prepper’s Pie



    Prepper’s Pie

    1 Tbsp. Clarified Butter or Olive Oil

    ½ C Freeze Dried Onion

    ½ C Dehydrated or Freeze Dried Carrot

    1 ½ C Provident Pantry Super Sweet Freeze-Dried Corn

    1 C Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Green Beans (or black beans, pinto beans, or peas; whatever sort of legume you want to throw in there)

    1 ½ C Provident Pantry Freeze-Dried Roast Beef Steak Dices (or freeze-dried ground beef, Beef Crumbles, Beef TVP, or Freeze-Dried Cooked Roast Beef)

    4 C Instant Mashed Potatoes (or more if you like a thicker layer of potatoes)

    1-1  ½ C Provident Pantry Beef Gravy



    Rehydrate onion, carrot, corn, beans, beef, and mashed potatoes according to directions on the can. Sauté onion in melted clarified butter until golden and clear or slightly browned (don’t have to sauté them too long or else they will become soggy). Add all ingredients BUT the mashed potatoes in a rectangle shallow glass pan. Mix ingredients together by hand so that the distribution of items is even. Bake covered at 300°F for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and spread the potatoes evenly over top. Return to bake uncovered for about 20 minutes. If potatoes are not golden on the peaks, top broil for a minute or two.

    Variation: Keep the gravy out of the casserole until everything has cooked, then spoon it over the top of the potatoes, or right onto the plate and place the serving of casserole on top.


    Like the Prepper’s Pie and want some more food storage recipes to try? Check out some more food storage breakfast, dinner, sides, and dessert recipes below.


    Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bars

    Ham and Cheese Pop-Ups



    Easy Hearty Beef Stew

    Pecan Chicken Casserole



    Food Storage Pasta Primavera

    Bake Beans Western Style Recipe



    Raspberry Crisp

    Banana Oat Crumb Cake



    These are just a few recipes to get you started. Check out the rest of our food storage recipes on our Recipes page.

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  • Baby Steps--CERT and Neighborhood Plans

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    Casual Group of People in a Row - Isolated

    Okay, ready to have your mind blown? Today’s post is a baby-steps-within-baby-steps post. Since we've been talking about CERT today, we thought it would be useful to brush up on the basics by revisiting a previous ‘baby steps’ series on the topic of preparedness networks. The articles and resources linked here are a great place to get started as you think about neighborhood networks and emergency plans.

    Step 1: Mix ‘n mingle
    The very first, most basic, and most crucial step to building a useful neighborhood network is to get to know your neighbors. Build trust, look for common interests, let them know you’re willing to help. Ultimately, you’re looking for complementary skills and resources, but none of that matters if you never speak with them.


    Step 2: Get to work
    Once you’ve built a social network, you’ll have likely identified those who would be open to participating in an emergency response network. The next step is to get it all down on paper: names and contact info; skills and equipment; lines of communication. Information overload? Organize it all in this ultra-handy neighborhood emergency plan packet. You can also take advantage of tools like Facebook groups to communicate both before and after a disaster.


    Step 3: Build your team
    With a basic plan in place, you can kick it up a notch and focus on bolstering specific elements of your neighborhood network. The ‘baby steps’ post here links to an article by a former Navy SEAL about elements of survival you may not have considered (fitness, finances, and the psychology of endurance, for example) and the importance of a strong team.

    Your own personal preparedness is vital, but enlisting the help of a supportive group of neighbors can create a pool of physical and emotional resources that might spell the difference between just surviving and thriving.

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