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The Prepper Letters: Thinking About You and How to Can to Eat Healthy and Save Money

TPL-ThinkingTo: sallyjoeTX@******.com

From: julie79@*****.com

Subject: Thinking about you.

 

Hi Aunt Sally,

How are you?  It’s been so long since I’ve talked to you.  I think the last time was at the reunion at my parents place a year ago.  I had such a good time listening to all the old family stories.  I hope we get to do it again soon.

Scott was switching the channels last night and started watching a show about preppers.  One of the ladies on the show was canning her own vegetables.  I thought about the canned peaches you took to the reunion.  Those were the best peaches I have ever tasted.  You need to teach me your recipe.  I guess you can teach me how to can while you’re at it. ;-)

Well I hope Uncle Joe is doing well.  Give him my best.  Talk to you soon.

Love,

Julie.

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To:  julie79@*****.com

From: sallyjoeTX@******.com

Subject: Thinking about you.

 

Julie,

I was so excited to see your email in my inbox.  I think about the reunion often and it brings a smile to my face.  As I get older, I tend to treasure those times!

Canning isn’t really that hard.  What’s funny is that in the past, everyone used to do it.  Now, it seems like people are rediscovering it for the first time.  I’m glad for that because many are taking responsibility for their own food and trying to eat healthy.  Besides, if you do it correctly, canning can save you money.

There really isn’t a recipe to the peaches.  You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

I would love to visit and show you how to can.  But again, it’s not really that hard.  I use an All American canner, it will probably out last me and it doesn’t require replacement gaskets to make a good seal.  If you think you might want to try it, here are a few “how to” articles that I think are really good.

If you would like to see a video on how to can, this is a good one to watch – How to Use a Pressure Canner.

Also, remember that I’m just a call away.  So, if you want to try it, I can walk you through on the phone.

Stay safe Julie, the older I get, the crazier this world is becoming.  Give my best to Scott.

I love you.

Aunt Sally

 

About: The Prepper Letters is a series of letters (emails) that are sent between Aunt Sally and Julie. The emails discuss matters of preparedness.

 

 

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The World is Going Crazy

Take a deep breath, relax, hug your loved ones.

It’s going to get even more crazy…but that’s why we prep!

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Preparedness Questions for a Better Online Community

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I read a lot  in an effort to post the best PREPAREDNESS content on Prepper Website.  Sometimes though, I wonder if the Preparedness Community might have some questions that are not getting answered by the Preparedness websites and forums.  In an effort to provide a place to exchange ideas and gather information, I have created this questionnaire with 4 short questions.

I will keep this questionnaire up for about a week and then synthesis the questions and  share them here.  My goals is to provide Preparedness bloggers with a host of great questions and topics in which articles that are valuable to the Preparedness Community can be prepared and posted.

The questionnaire is anonymous.  So, feel free to ask any preparedness related question that you might have.  I hope that this questionnaire and the responses from the preparedness community will be a blessing to all.

Peace,
Todd

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Top 10 Prepper Website Posts of All Time!

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This summer (2014), Prepper Website hit a sort of milestone.  The actual day past me up, but somewhere between droughts, earthquakes, CME’s, war, terrorism and financial collapse, PW linked to its 10,000 article!  When you take into account that I post many of the best articles on preparedness, that’s a lot of great content that the Prepper Community is putting out!

In celebration of this milestone, I decided to look back at the articles that generated the most traffic and share them again with you.  They are as relevant now as they were then.  I hope you enjoy them!

The Top 10 Prepper Website Posts of All  Time are:

  1. Survival Communications on the Cheap…or…How I put together a HAM radio setup for less than $120.00 that allows me to talk with other HAMS hundreds of miles away. – The Survivalist Blog.
  2. 30 Survival Tips From Les Stroud – Prepare4survival
  3. Sugardine, an Easy to Use, Homemade Antiseptic – Preparedness Advice Blog
  4. 8 Easy Ways to Increase Your Preparedness Knowledge - Food Storage & Survival
  5. VID:Quick Tip — Easy Way To Delimb A Pole – Reality Survival – Youtube
  6. 3 Ways to PROTECT Your Family in the Future - Ed that Matters
  7. Baby Steps: Have to Evacuate? Take Your Info Along – Emergency Essentials – Be Prepared
  8. Sorry to Get Your Panties in a Wad, But This Has to Be Said. **WARNING – Contains Graphic Images** – Whole New Mom
  9. We’re Living Within A Money Bubble of Epic Proportion – Peak Prosperity
  10. VID: Here is how to find a survival water source in vines - Survival Common Sense

Now, I believe that a lot goes into how many times an article gets viewed on Prepper Website.  For instance, if I only link to 6 articles, there is less of the “new posts” to choose from.  So, there are many GREAT articles that didn’t make the list.  I’m working on another way to highlight those! :-)

I also want to share some of the top internal Prepper Website pages and posts.  These range from The Featured Website of the Month to a product or book review.  Here are the Top 3.

  1. Prepping for the Beginner – List of links/articles
  2. Page 2 News - Feeds from news sources on: collapse, precious metals, liberty movement, 2nd ammendment, war, Middle East, etc…
  3. An Open Letter to Family & Friends

And lastly, the Top 5 Preparedness Websites that have the most “click outs,” meaning readers have clicked over to their articles are:

  1. SHTFPlan
  2. Backdoor Survival
  3. The Survivalist Blog
  4. Modern Survival Blog
  5. Graywolf Survival

I’m sure over time, these articles and websites will change. I look forward to many more years of providing great content to the Preparedness Community!

Peace,

Todd

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3 Barter Items You Probably Haven't Considered But Will Be Valuable Even If the Poop Doesn't Hit the Fan!

barter1The idea of bartering gets a lot of attention in the Preparedness Community.  Many preppers believe that when the SHTF and our economic system crashes, precious metals and bartering will be the system of exchange.  As a result, preppers stockpile certain items that might be desired in a post-SHTF world.

There are many lists out there.  From time to time, someone comes up with a new list that includes items that others haven’t considered.  The thing that preppers need to remember is the difference between “needs” and “wants.”  If you want to stockpile items, you should be concentrating on what people will “need” vs. what they might “want” in a post-SHTF situation.  Of course, some people’s “wants” might be another’s “needs.”  So, this can always be subjective.

I think about items that I would want if I was in a post-SHTF world.  I try to imagine a typical day and what would be valuable to me and maybe to others.  Below are three items that might be barter worthy if/when the SHTF.

Medicine – This is a no brainer.  In a post-SHTF world, people are still going to need medicine and have health issues.  Yes, if all hell breaks loose, those who know how to use herbs to heal will share with the rest, but that will take time and people will still need meds!  However, what I want to highlight here is not just the stockpiling of meds, but the stockpiling and repackaging of medicines.

If you are planning on bartering with some sinus medicine, there is nothing that says that you have to barter away a whole bottle or package.  This idea really hit home with me when I read one of Rawles’ books, I think Survivors.  In the book, there is a character that stocks up on seeds.  Later, she starts a bartering store and one of the things she barters with are seeds.  But she doesn’t barter away the whole packet, she barters a few seeds for items that people might want/have.  The same concept applies here with meds.

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Above you will see some meds that I have in my Altoids First Aid Kit.  I purchased the plastic bags at Walmart in the crafts section.  In the pic, I have Advil, Sudafed and Benadryl.  Wouldn’t it make sense to barter a small package of meds instead of the whole box or package?  You could even barter away a combination package.  Think like a business here!

If you choose to do this, keep all the meds in their original package until you need to barter them.  Remember, medicine expires, but it doesn’t go bad, it just loses its potency.  So rotate them, but never throw them away.  And for those of you who just want to know this…just stay away from Tetracycline if you are concerned that it will harm you.  I believe the issue with Tetracycline was fixed, but whatever…there are other options.

hornAir Horn – Air horns make a lot of noise…basically a big horn sound in a little can.  This might fall in the “wants” category, but it could easily find itself over in the “needs” category.  Let me explain…

Make a Perimeter Alarm – What if you find yourself at your bug out retreat, camp ground, house, etc… after the SHTF with just your family.  If you are not part of a big group that has trained and setup proper defenses, you might have to live in constant worry and fear that someone sneaks up on your family in the middle of the night.  Setting up a perimeter alarm with an air horn is so simple and cheap, you will kick yourself for not having this option available to you.  Check out this article over at Outdoor Life for more info.

 

 

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Communicate with Far Away Neighbors – We camped out on our first couple of trips to my dad’s property in East Texas.  We can see our closest neighbors behind us, but they are really far away.  But still, in the woods, at night, sound travels.  One evening, our neighbors decided to play loud music and shoot off a ton of firearms.  This went on all hours of the night.  I suspect that mom and dad weren’t home.  It wasn’t very cool to have to try and sleep through all that, but it brought home the idea of how sound travels out there.

So in a post-SHTF world, you could setup with your neighbors that certain blasts on the air horn mean certain things.  For example:

  • 3 blasts of the horn = emergency come quick (could mean having to defend against others)
  • 2 blasts of the horn = meet me half way, I have something to tell you

I’m sure there are other uses that we can come up with, feel free to share below.

greatstuffGreat Stuff Foam – You’ve seen this “stuff.”  A big red can that shoots out expanding foam.  In a post-SHTF world, houses will shift, repairs will need to be made, holes will need to be sealed.  If you are a carpenter and have the materials, this won’t be a big deal.  But there are many who won’t have the skills and more than likely won’t have the materials since all the Home Depot’s will be closed.  This stuff might come in real handy!

In closing, when it comes to stockpiling items for barter, I think you need to be real careful.  You should first make sure you have the important preps taken care of: food, water, self-defense, medicine, shelter,etc…  You also need to really think through what might be needed in a post-SHTF world.  Some things that I have seen on lists might not really be necessary.  You could find yourself with a bunch of stuff no one needs.

For more articles on bartering, click here and here!

 

 

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