Just because you can’t do everything, doesn’t mean you should do nothing.

I used to be envious of people that started prepping or becoming self-reliant in the 2008 when I started prepping and adding in some self reliance stuff. Now I’m one of those type of people that have prepped over the years a little or a lot as money was available.  I think the greatest thing to have in prepping is time.  That does not mean you need a lot of time or money to get started prepping, but you must start with that first step and anything you do can make a difference in the future.  Even if no disasters happen you can take a break from shopping, save up money, buy tools that can be use for a new hobby.  I have not found a downside to being prepared for the future.  

Flour for baking bread. As a bit of an armature historian I know bread tends to be a basic staple of life.  Every culture has a bread, muffin, flat tortilla/pita type product. I’m into baking bread and it can be very simple if not always easy to make bread but I have found that a small 1 pound loaf of bread will last me a weeks worth of toast for breakfast and a couple of sandwiches.  So I need to store at least 50 pounds of flour along with some yeast, salt and some other odds and ends to make 1 year’s worth of bread.  

You don’t have to buy 50 ponds of flour to start making bread. Ten pounds is easy to handle and you can start learning to bake bread.  Making bread is simple that does not mean it is easy as it takes some experience to learn how the dough feels when you make a good loaf.  Don’t feel bad if you make a loaf of bread with the density similar to a brick.  I can’t speak for all bread makers but I have baked a flour bricks. 

Beans and rice are always recommended for dry good storage food. If you know how to cook them as dried beans need a soak and long time to cook.  A nice ting about beans, rice, oats and many other whole grains is they expand in cooking.  A pound of dry beans can become 6-8 serving by just adding some water and heat. Rice , corn grits whole grain barley all become more with some water and heat.  So grains don’t need a lot of storage area.   

But Jamie I don’t like that food.  That is okay buy and store what you want to eat. I have bought cases of ramen and some of the Kung pao sauce I like along with crushed peanuts to make a meal.    It has taken me about 10 years to find a way to pay more to buy local at an acceptable price point.  Most people don’t have a Freezer so buying/freezing food is not an option.  The don’t have the space to garden or storage for canned foods.  I do think given the size of most American closets you can store at least 15 gallon water per closet and not damage a floor as that is only 120 pounds of water storage. 

I love Igloo 5 gallon jugs as you can store hot water for 24-48 hours.  I’m not sure how long cold water is stored. If given time before a disaster strikes I would fill every insulated water jug with hot water and then the tub, sinks and even pitchers with cold water. Just to have water on hand also to have warm water on hand for at least a couple of days. 

Butane stoves if you need an alternative cooking source to electric stoves. Butane stoves don’t generate the CO2 that can kill you like many alternate fuels. Grills, BBQs and propane grills out doors are good cooking items to have on hand. Don’t get dead because you tried to heat your home with a grill. Add extra blankets instead. It would be dumb to prepare and die to carbon monoxide be cause you got lazy or were an idiot.

You can choose to get ready and be an active agent in your survival. Or you can choose to do nothing and depend on others be it the government or charity. I can’t say prepping will guarantee your surviving but I can say doing nothing will almost guarantee you will die. Sad to say many people would rather die than struggle to make a better if not perfect life. That is sad.

6 Responses to Just because you can’t do everything, doesn’t mean you should do nothing.

  1. Sbrgirl says:

    Another good post, Jamie!

  2. Anna says:

    With current events and the very real potential for things to go south soon and fast, I’m so very thankful that I’ve been prepping for 40+ years. That means although I am not part of the solution I am at least not part of the problem. I will not be part of the panicking mobs vying for the last can of beans on the shelf. And I have not contributed to only one can of beans on the self because I bought my beans back when the shelves were full. When I shop I’m replacing what I’ve used but I still won’t take the last can of beans because I still have beans in my pantry.

    • Jamie says:

      Anna: Not being one of the people looking for help reduces the number of people in those lines or taking from people that are in need.

      I have a lot more peace of mind since I became more local in my shopping and have the freezers almost full of meats. I’m not sure if the milk deliveries will continue if things get bad locally so I’m freezing milk i pint jars. Yes I’m leaving space for expansion so the jars don’t break!

  3. Tom MacGyver says:

    Just so y’know; a pressure cooker will cook dry beans in about a half hour, as opposed to having them soak overnight and then cooking them for hours. If you still have power, one of those “Instant Pot” type automated pressure cookers are GREAT for beans and rice!! Find yourself a stovetop pressure cooker to use if power is out. Being able to cook things in less time will save you propane or Coleman fuel!

    Don’t forget the spices and condiments! Yeah, you can survive without them, but why make a disaster worse with tasteless food?

    Water: I found a gizmo called a “Waterbob.” These are single-use bladders that you fill with water in your bathtub. It has a spout on it for dispensing water. Using one of these will allow you to fill the tub all the way to the top, as opposed to the point where the water starts going down the overflow drain. It will also keep dogs from lapping up water from the tub, and will keep bugs and other contaminants out. You can get them on Amazon.

    • Jamie says:

      Tom, I have the insta-pot, a stove top pressure cooker and a pressure canner. I often used the the Insta pot to cook up Chicken thighs to make home made dog food as well as cook rice.

      I love spices and herbs and have stocked up on spice mixes I like. Adding in cooking sauces for unusual flavors like Kung Pao, Korean BBQ or curries to add different flavors are fun to cook with even if you start with some ramen noodles, rice, and add leftovers.

      I have not bought or used a a Water Bob, I went hard core getting food grade water barrels. I’m blessed to have enough room to store water in 50 gallon barrels without affecting my living space. I would hate to lose using my tub but the Water bob is a good option to start with if you have limit storage space and funds. I think the Water Bob is sort of a easy and inexpensive option to have on hand to start having some water storage until you can afford to get a more permanent water storage solution.

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