Thursday, June 14, 2012

Instant Lightsticks

Instant Lightsticks are awesome for any emergency need.  They can be used for disasters, power outages, survival or even while camping outdoors.  Lightsticks can make a huge difference in any emergency its even waterproof.  Take it swimming with you if you want.  Just flex the lightstick to activate and instantly with a shake or two you have light!

Kids love them for all situations.  They also work in keeping the kids distracted from the stress of everything that might be going on. They can be used just for fun while camping or extracurricular activities.

Advantages to Instant Lightsticks:

- Lightweight
- Most have clips that you can hang them up with
- Waterproof
- Floats
- Lightweight
- Instant Light
- No Bulbs or Batteries needed

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Jet Boil Personal Cooker

The Jet Boil Flash

It all started in 2001 with a simple but powerful idea. Frustrated with heavy vacuum bottles and clunky stoves, Jetboil founders Dwight Aspinwall and Perry Dowst set out to make outdoor cooking easier.

They discovered that the secret to a fast and friendly design lies in increasing heat transfer efficiency. Alternating between lab and mountains, a series of designs were subjected to intense experimental and field testing. The result is a series of products as reliable as they are remarkable; as usable as they are unique.

Flash™ adds more enjoyment to your favorite outdoor adventure. Like all of Jetboil’s innovative systems, Flash is an all-in-one design, combining burner and cooking vessel in one compact unit. Everything you need is stacked and stored inside the 1.0 liter cooking cup. The system lights with the click of a button and within two minutes provides two cups of boiling water for cocoa, coffee, instant soup or a gourmet freeze-dried meal. The newly designed burner secures the igniter, protecting it from bumps along the road.

Flash™ is designed to be one of the safest cooking solutions out there. The cooking cup clips onto the burner, preventing accidental spills, and the fuel canister tripod ensures overall stability. The insulating cozy has a color-changing heat indicator that signals when contents are hot. 

* 1.0 Liter FluxRing® cooking cup with insulating cozy, featuring Flash color-change heat indicator 
* Adjustable stainless steel burner with push-button "through-cup" igniter 
* Drink-through lid and insulating bottom cover/measuring cup 
* Tripod base for added stability 
* Available in Gold (orange), Violet (purple), Sapphire (blue) and Carbon (black)

When I first saw the Jetboil flash, I was very impressed with how well everything was stowed away. The legs on the orange tripod fold inwards and take up very little space when packing. The tripod attaches very firmly to the canisters.  The burner uses standard thread screw-on style fuel canisters. The base cover attaches to the base of the cup with three small plastic tabs.  Slot them into corresponding holes in the base of the cup, give it a quarter turn, and the base cover is attached. This cover also serves as a measuring cup with a small lip that marks 1 C.  On the interior of the cup, there is an engraved line halfway up the side with the words "Max Safe Fill 2 Cups." 
 While the cup can hold (4 cups) of liquid.

Even our troops use Jet Boil for all of its many conveniences

Monday, June 11, 2012

Emergency Essentials Semi-Annual Mountain House Sale

Get ready, preppers, because we’ve got great news for you! For the entire month of June, you can take advantage of the best pricing available on Mountain House® freeze-dried food in #10 cans! We only offerMountain House cans at this low price twice a year, so now’s the time to stock up on your favorites and branch out to try new entrees, snacks, and ingredients.

Here’s how the sale works:

  • You automatically save 20% on any Mountain House® #10 can you buy
  • If you buy 6 or more #10 cans of the same item, you get an extra 5% discount for a total savings of 25%

Mountain House products are high-quality, flavorful, and nutritious foods for you to keep in your emergency food storage, your camping and backpacking supplies, and in your cupboard for those times when you just don’t want to cook—but you still want a delicious and healthful meal for your family.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to try freeze-dried ingredients or just-add-water entrĂ©es, now is the time. And if you already have some favorites in the Mountain House product lineup, stock up now so you’ll have the food your family loves in case of an emergency.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How to get your man interested in emergency prep: It all comes down to the zombies

Loved this article I found  on my local news website!  It sure grabbed my attention with the headline alone!

SALT LAKE CITY -- Do you have a husband who claims to understand the importance of food storage but is less than enthusiastic when it comes to No. 10 cans? Does your son groan when asked to move your canning jars from the attic to your kitchen? I, too, pondered how to get the men in my family more excited about emergency preparation.
And then I noticed something.
It began with Will Smith’s "I Am Legend." Then came the video games, the TV series "The Walking Dead," finally solidifying with James Dashner’s "The Maze Runner." Suddenly my husband and son couldn’t talk enough about how to prepare for a zombie attack. Discussion groups were popping up in my son’s Sunday School class, and I was even invited to join a Facebook page dedicated to preparing for Zombies.
So if your spouse just can’t seem to get excited about water barrels or freeze-dried zucchini, here is a list of top 10 prep questions designed to ignite more enthusiasm.
If a zombie falls into your water supply, avoid trying to sterilize the water with bleach. Zombies are considered MACRO organisms and won't be affected by common household bleach. Throw the water out with the zombie.
In case of a Zombie attack:
1) Do we have an adequate water supply?
The rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person per day. Along with 55-gallon water barrels you can use soda bottles to store water, but avoid milk jugs since they deteriorate too quickly. Eight drops of bleach per gallon will kill microorganisms (16 drops for cloudy water).
Note: If a zombie falls into your water supply, avoid trying to sterilize the water with bleach. Zombies are considered MACRO organisms and won’t be affected by common household bleach. Throw the water out with the zombie.
2) Do we have enough food if we couldn’t go to the market for several months?
Start with a 72-hour kit, get a three-month food supply and then build up to a year’s supply. Many sites provide free storage trackers or calculators to determine what you need for your family as well as serving as an inventory.
Note: A 72-hour kit is a must if you are forced to leave your home quickly due to a zombie infestation in your community. Depending on the species, most zombies are relatively slow and stupid but they don’t get fatigued, so time is of the essence when you need to get out of Dodge while you can.
3) Do we have emergency fuel?
The type of fuel needed for heating, lighting and cooking will vary depending on your location, living arrangements and space constraints. Emergency Essentials has a great article about the pros and cons of various types of fuels. Keep on hand a good supply of candles and matches. Whatever fuel you choose to store must be done with caution and common sense.
A 72-hour kit is a must if you are forced to leave your home quickly due to a zombie infestation in your community.
Note: Never let a zombie play with matches as they are often very combustible. Your dwelling could go up in flames along with all of your emergency prep (and possibly you with it.)
4) Do we have comfort foods on hand?
Fighting off the walking dead can be stressful, even in the best of times. Our family likes homemade popcorn, chocolate, jam and granola bars, and we keep a fair amount stocked in our food storage. Your list might include macaroni and cheese, cookie ingredients or pudding. Sit down now with your spouse and make a list while the yard is quiet.
Note: It’s harder to think of these things when you’ve got the distraction of fingernails scratching on your doors and windowpanes.
5) What about non-food items?
Think about your personal hygiene. While your significant other may claim your breath could kill a zombie, in reality this often is not a very successful form of self-protection. Store such items as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and soap. Make a list of paper products, pet needs and first aid items. (Click here for a suggested list.)
Note: While it’s best to avoid a zombie scratch as it may lead to infection and a new personality, having adhesive bandages and antibiotic ointment on hand will help with those nasty scratches and scrapes you may incur while scrambling away from an impromptu zombie visit.
6) When the power goes out.
Although zombies are generally clumsy when it comes to dexterity and can’t physically cut your electrical lines, for some reason power outages are common during zombie attacks. Keep flashlights close by and stocked with fresh batteries. Food in a refrigerator can be kept cold for four hours if the door is kept shut. A full freezer will hold the temperature for 48 hours and a half-full freezer for 24 hours if the lid is kept closed. Keep on hand a food supply that will last for several days and that does not need to be heated or refrigerated.
Although zombies are generally clumsy when it comes to dexterity and can’t physically cut your electrical lines, for some reason power outages are common during zombie attacks.
7) What about a garden?
Raised garden beds are great for small yards. (Click here for a kit that takes less than five minutes to put together or here for directions on making your own.) Fill the bed with the best soil possible. It’s better to put a ten-cent plant in a five-dollar hole than the other way around. Keep a year supply of seeds on hand.
Note: Zombies are not usually attracted to gardens like other common rodents. They are meat eaters and avoid fruits and vegetables at all costs.
8) Keep your car fueled and your cellphone charged.
Although zombies like chasing cars, they aren’t very fast, and you can use your vehicle to level several at once that may be blocking the roads. Keeping a battery-operated AM/FM radio close by will keep you up to date on community emergency information and plans.
Hint: When driving, aim at zombies at a right angle as hitting them straight on may cause “shrapnel” to fly through your windshield, resulting in costly damage and possible loss of life — yours. (Because — of course — they are already mostly dead.)
9) What about loved ones outside of the affected region?
News of a localized zombie attack will spread quickly across the United States. This will undoubtedly cause panic to those who may wonder if you have been a victim of a zombie Thanksgiving feast or managed to make it safely to a shelter.
News of a localized zombie attack will spread quickly across the United States. This will undoubtedly cause panic to those who may wonder if you have been a victim of a zombie Thanksgiving feast or managed to make it safely to a shelter. The Red Cross has developed theSafe and Well website where outside friends can know of your well-being. You will be able to post messages on the website indicating your status, current whereabouts and that you will contact loved ones as soon as possible. During large-scale zombie attacks, you can use the toll-freeContact Loved Ones (CLO) voice messaging service at 1-866-78-CONTACT. CLO lets you leave and pick up messages.
10) What is our family plan?
FEMA’s website has a great Family Emergency Plan template in PDF form. Each family keeps a card with emergency contact information and where to meet in case of disasters. Pick a family gathering site in case a disaster happens when family members are separated due to work or school.
Note: Avoid meeting places like cemeteries and morgues, as they are often a hotbed of zombie activity.
These are just jumping-off points to help out in frank discussions with the male members of your family. Remember, no one expects a zombie attack, but being prepared for one will bring peace of mind to even the most skeptical.

Ramona Siddoway is a freelance writer who has published articles in Belgium, Angola and the United States. She lives with her husband in Houston. You can read more at

Friday, June 1, 2012

Food Storage Comparison Checklist

If you click on the following link below it will take you to The Ready Store which has a PDF file all ready to tell you what to look for when comparing food or even between companies.  You want to make sure that you are getting the best deal possible.  Take the challenge and compare the companies out there with something of interest for you.  I hope that this easy comparison chart will help you out in researching your emergency preparedness needs. 

Freeze Dried Food

Thursday, May 31, 2012

How are you Prepping?

I want to know how are you prepping?  What things are important to you that you have taken steps already to being prepared for an emergency.  Please leave me a comment on what your doing.  

    Maybe you have done some of the following: 
    * Planted a Garden 
    * Bought some extra cans at the grocery store 
    * Started your Water Storage 
    * Planned your Emergency Family Plan

Again these are just some basic ideas.  Let me know what you have already done or what your plan of action is to accomplish in June!


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Solar Battery Charger w/ Meter

Have you ever needed a battery and went to go find one and realized you didn't have anymore. Well how about having some rechargeable batteries that can be ready when you need them. What about in an emergency when your power is out for who knows how long and your going through batteries like crazy. This inexpensive Solar Battery Charger is great as you can recharge those rechargeable NiCad and NiMH batteries as long as you have sun. This unit has a meter on it that tells you how much charge is in them or  needs to be charged for. Full sunlight is not necessary to charge but will charge faster if in direct full sunlight.

The Solar Battery Charger w/ Meter will charge two D-Cell batteries in approx 11-21 hours in full sunlight. You can not charge more then one different size batteries at the same time. They suggest you use NiMh batteries whenever possible for better results.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Recipe using White Distilled Vinegar

Since we talked yesterday about Vinegar I thought you might enjoy a recipe using it since it is Friday.  Enjoy!

Five Bean Salad

1 Can (16 Oz.) Green beans
1 Can (16 Oz.) Wax beans
1 Can (16 Oz.) Garbanzo or lima beans
1 Can (16 Oz.) Kidney beans
1 Can (16 Oz.) Peas
1/2 Cup Chopped cauliflower
1/2 Cup Chopped celery
1/2 Cup Chopped onion
1/2 Cup Chopped green pepper
1/4 Cup Chopped pimento
1-1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Paprika
1 Cup Cider or white distilled vinegar
1/2 Cup Salad oil
Drain beans and peas; place in a large bowl. Add cauliflower, celery, onion, green pepper and pimento. In a small bowl, combine sugar, paprika, vinegar and oil. Pour over vegetables; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours or longer.
Yield: 2-1/2 quarts

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vinegar and its many purposes

Vinegar: vinegar4
The dictionary defines vinegar as “sour wine” or “a sour liquid obtained by acetic fermentation of dilute alcoholic liquids and used as a condiment or preservative.”  The vinegar produced and used today is much like the product of years past, but with newly discovered flavors and uses. The mainstays of the category – white distilled, cider, wine and malt have now been joined by balsamic, rice, rice wine, raspberry, pineapple, chardonnay, flavored and seasoned vinegars and more.
Why do I store it?
From the kitchen to the bathroom and beyond, vinegar is the most flexible of products sure to have a daily use in your home and life. Vinegar is commonly used in food preparation, particularly in pickling processes, vinaigrettes, and other salad dressings. It is an ingredient in sauces such as mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Vinegar is sometimes used while making chutneys. It is often used as a condiment. Marinadesoften contain vinegar. Many remedies and treatments have been ascribed to vinegar over millennia and in many different cultures, however, few have been verifiable using controlled medical trials and many that are effective to some degree have significant side effects and carry the possibility of serious health risks.
Most vinegars contain insignificant amounts of some or all of the mandatory nutrients required in nutrition labeling. Nutrition labeling is not required if the product contains insignificant amounts of all of the following components (calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron) as outlined in the Chapter 21, Section 101.9(j)(4) of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations. Most vinegars have less than 3 calories per tablespoon and no fat. Seasoned vinegars may contain more calories due to the added ingredients. Check the label of your favorite vinegar product to determine the nutrition information for that product.
Kinds of Vinegar:
Specialty vinegars make up a category of vinegar products that are formulated or flavored to provide a special or unusual taste when added to foods. Specialty vinegars are favorites in the gourmet market.
  • Herbal vinegars: Wine or white distilled vinegars are sometimes flavored with the addition of herbs, spices or other seasonings. Popular flavorings are garlic, basil and tarragon - but cinnamon, clove and nutmeg flavored vinegars can be a tasty and aromatic addition to dressings.
  • Fruit vinegars: Fruit or fruit juice can also be infused with wine or white vinegar. Raspberry flavored vinegars, for example, create a sweetened vinegar with a sweet-sour taste.
The Vinegar Institute conducted studies to find out and confirmed that vinegar’s shelf life is almost indefinite. Because of its acid nature, vinegar is self-preserving and does not need refrigeration. White distilled vinegar will remain virtually unchanged over an extended period of time. And, while some changes can be observed in other types of vinegars, such as color changes or the development of a haze or sediment, this is only an aesthetic change. The product can still be used and enjoyed with confidence.
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More info on Vinegar found at

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

HUGE Nitro-Pak Sale

Just wanted to let you guys all know of Nitro-Pak's Biggest SALE of 2012.  Check out their site for these amazing offers as I haven't seen these prices for a long time.  Even on other items besides food you don't know what deals you might find.  I even noticed their 72 hr Executive Kit which is for 2 people is on sale for $99.99 and normally sells for $139.99.  I believe the sale ends May 31st.

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Mountain House
Year Supply of Entree's
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Nitro-Pak #10 Cans
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Freeze Dried Food
MH Pork Chops
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Nitro-Pak Select Reserve
Easy Meals Security Pak
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Ulitmate Pak 2400 calories /day
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Freeze Dried Seasoned Meat
Was $130.00
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Save up to $1000 of our top selling food reserve units, 25% on most Mountain House #10 cans, 15% off all MH Pouches, 25% off ALL Backpacker Pantry #10 cans and 15% off all pouches! Don't snooze on this SALE! Buy NOW and SAVE HUGE!" .

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grain Mill Comparison Chart

Grain Mills are wonderful for grinding wheat or other items into a flour.  Electric Grain Mills are wonderful if your using them on a more regular basis.  However since we are an Emergency Preparedness site its not always economical since if there is no power then you are not grinding any wheat.  So its nice to have a hand grain mill as well.  You can go basic or can go all out depending on how much wheat you are wanting to grain or use. 

Whisper Junior Hand Grain Mill - I was given one of these as a gift a few years ago and just pulled it out last week to try it out.  I was in the middle of a recipe when I realized I was out of flour and needed more so I opened the box and put it together and made my own wheat flour.  It was nice as it came with two different burrs that I could shoes from and could vary the fineness of the flour I wanted to create. 

Country Living Hand Grain Mill - This meal is one of the best hand grain mills out there.  It will virtually grind many types of grain including: wheat, rice, beans, corn, peas and even beans.  It will grind about 2 pounds of fine flour in really only 8 minutes. Made of heavy solid cast steel. 

Back to Basics Hand Grain Mill - This is as basic as you get just as its name.  Small and very compact and does the job.  It won't produce as much as some of the larger units but is very economical and priced and would be great to have as a backup for an emergency vs. maybe something that is larger or more expensive.  

The Wonder Mill - I personally have not tried this buy my sister in law just received one as a gift and she is a bread maker and loves it.  She said it makes the best flour with her wheat and makes it quickly.  This is nice for the convenience if you have electricity and something on a more regular basis. The Wonder Mill is designed more for home use without the mess or noise level that many other electric grinders make.

K-Tec Electric Mill -  The manufacture of this electric mill makes amazing units between grain mills to blenders.  Their technology is wonderful as I own one of their blenders.  I can only imagine what this grain mill could do with its capacity of making 9 lbs of flour in an hour. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Whole Wheat Pancakes Recipe

Whole Wheat Blender Pancakes

1 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup Whole Wheat

Blend for 5 minutes in blender. Then Add:

2 Eggs
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 cup honey
2 Tbsp Olive Oil

Blend for another minute to mix ingredients. Then pour on a hot griddle.
(Optional) Stir in Fruit for extra flavor such as any berries, bananas or even nuts.

These pancakes are a family favorite and something we like to eat on the weekends when the family is all together.  The kids just love them and beg for more.  The honey adds just enough of a sweet taste and helps keep this recipe healthy instead of adding sugar.  Feel free to play around with this recipe as we also add groats  sometimes instead of all wheat and switch it by maybe half wheat and half groats (oats)