I recommend these survival books you will need in hard copies, not the e-book versions. If we lose power, and we will, we want a hard copy of certain books. I had a reader ask me to remind all of us to get hard copies of survival books. Now, as I’ve mentioned before I will not be hiking up into the mountains to flee my neighborhood. There again, if my house is flattened from an earthquake or flood, I will have to evacuate. I only buy hard copies of books that I need today, or possibly next year for knowledge to help me and my neighborhood get through just about any disaster, including an EMP. If you haven’t read Ted Koppel’s book as outlined below, I highly recommend it. I was actually interviewed and recorded for my thoughts about living without electricity. Although my thoughts were not included in the book it was a compliment to me to be asked for my ideas.

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I recommend these cooking stoves for survival, and I’ll tell you why. If and when we lose power I want you to think about how you would cook some meals, or boil some water for that matter. If you have a generator you will be set, until the fuel runs out if it’s gas powered. If you have a woodburning stove that’s awesome if it’s cold in your home, but not in the summer if it’s 100 degrees outside. I think most of us have a gas (propane) barbecue, or maybe one that uses charcoal briquettes. Those are great for short-term cooking only because they would use way too much fuel to boil a gallon or two of water.

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I will show you how to bake bread and survive any disaster today. Yes, you can make bread with my no-fail recipe. I promise. A few years ago I wrote a post showing how you can make bread three different ways. Well, since then I have learned to make bread in a Dutch oven so now I can show you how to make bread four ways. Now, not everyone has a wheat grinder so today it’s all about making white bread. After a disaster, white bread will fill the belly and you can serve it with soup. I hope people in your community are teaching each other how to make bread with or without a bread mixing machine. If it’s a freshly ground whole wheat bread class, you rock. I grew up making bread so it’s just a way of life for me and saves me lots of $$$ on my food budget.

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Today it’s all about how to cook after disasters hit. And disasters will hit our neighborhood or community at least once in our lifetime. Sometimes they will hit more than once. If we are prepared we will not fear, I promise. Here’s the deal, you do not have to spend a lot of money on emergency cooking devices. I’m going to talk about all the ones I have used and recommend. Keep in mind some of my sponsors have given them to me to do a review. Let’s be real here, I will only write about the ones I love. The others I have refused to try because I saw how flimsy they were at the store. Some I have shipped back to the company and could not do a review for them. I’m here to teach the world what does work. Period. I’m always on the look out for new products, but the old standbys still work the best.

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Today, it’s all about how to use a Lodge Dutch Oven and love it! I mean really love using it. My husband received an email in a group message asking about Dutch ovens. The question she asked was “what Dutch oven brand should I buy and can I use it indoors as well as outdoors”? Here’s the deal, I grew up with Lodge cast iron products from the time I was very little. My mom always had the brand called Lodge. I was not paid or given any product from Lodge to write this post, just in case you were wondering. My mom fried eggs, bacon, cheese and so many things in her Lodge cast iron fry pans. You can actually cook with a Dutch oven outside with just charcoal, for instance. You can also bake something in your Dutch oven in your conventional oven inside your home.

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Today it’s a quick reminder on how to be prepared with Dutch ovens. You heard that right if you have a Dutch oven or two with some charcoal and a fire starter or match you are good to go. What I mean by this is that you can be prepared to survive by boiling water and making meals with them. I highly recommend this style because of the lid structure and size. Lodge Camp Dutch Oven, 6 Qt I can’t lift more than a 6-quart Dutch oven because of the weight. I like this style because you can use the lid to stack other Dutch ovens on top of each other and the lid can be used as a griddle. Very little fuel (charcoal or lump charcoal) is needed to use one of these cast iron gems. Please think of a Dutch oven as an oven using charcoal to bake your food. Whatever you bake in your conventional oven you can bake in one of these. My PRINTABLE chart will help you get the temperature required to bake your recipes. No special cookbook is needed.

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