Prepping Ideas For Cold Winter Days
My friend, Sharon, at SimplyCanning.com started my thinking about prepping in the winter when she posted on FaceBook about canning beans. Now I've never thought about canning beans before, but what a great idea!
You know how long it takes to cook beans (pinto, navy, red, black). There's the soaking, then the rinsing, then the cooking, then you can use them in a recipe. But what if you did all that beforehand (canned them) and they were ready whenever you wanted to include beans in your dinner menu? (Sharon has a canning book, Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning, available on Amazon that will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about canning. It would make a great gift for someone.)
But that's what started my thinking - besides, what else can you do on a cold snowy day? So here are a few ideas:
Read a book or two.
- Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath, by Ted Kopple will enlighten you as to what is really scary about the U.S. electrical grid and how easily it could be hacked or just break down.
- One Second After and One Year After, both by William Forstchen. If you read these two books, believe me, you will gain much insight on what exactly we need to survive in an extended power outage.
- 1984 and Animal Farm, by George Orwell. If you haven't read these two books sometime in your life, you should read them now. Yes, 1984 was a long time ago, but the messages are SO relevant now that it is seriously scary! Read these and you WILL want to prepare ASAP.
- Build the Perfect Bug Out Survival Skills: Your Guide to Emergency Wilderness Survival, by Creek Stewart. Winter would be a good time to read up on this subject and winter would be the worst time to have to bug out!
- The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way, by Joseph Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP.
- Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use - This subject would be good to learn now for everyday use, not just in a crisis.
Read with your children to help them understand what preparing means to them.
- The Boxcar Children Series - You may not think reading fiction can help children learn about preparedness, but this series will keep their attention as well as help them to think about being creative when survival is at stake. I read these books as a child, read them to my children and still love them!
- Jake and Miller's Big Adventure - A Prepper's Book For Kids - Children can learn how to use food storage, water filters, first aid kits, Mylar blankets, and emergency radios even in the scariest of adventures.
- Little House on the Prairie Series - This well-loved series can teach all of us how to be creative and survive without all of our electronic gadgets.
Inventory Your Survival Supplies
You won't even have to go out in the cold to accomplish this task. Just grab a clipboard, pen and paper. (Need help doing an inventory? Check here.)
Can or dehydrate produce from the grocery store.
Costco and Sam's Club have large containers of already fresh, cut-up fruits and vegetables. It's so easy to just throw them into the dehydrator and then vacuum pack them when they're finished. (I just dehydrated some sweet potatoes. Read about it here.) Or can some beans, apples, meat, or any other product that might be on sale. Save money and, add to your food storage at the same time.
Do your preparedness shopping from your computer, tablet or phone.
I seriously did nearly all my Christmas shopping this year from my computer. It's just too easy to take a few minutes, find what you want, and they ship it to you. (Let UPS do the driving!) So if you still have shopping to do, don't forget all the sales that are available during holidays. And check again in January — usually lots of sales at the beginning of the year.