Any "preppers" out there?

RobinB

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we had a dinner sampler night where each family member shared a dehydrated dinner meal just wanted to see which ones we liked, it was fun and we laughed a lot. many years ago would store MRE's but they got expensive and i know the hiker meals are pricey also but i like to keep some of that stuff on and as well. years ago my sister and i were walking out of the store and she was teasing me about buying a big can of powered eggs, but she had a carton of cigarettes, hum!

We bought some of the dehydrated meals, but haven't tried any. How were they?
 

Rose E.

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I don't call myself a prepper but I try to live "Little House on the Prairie".
I collect the seeds from the garden for next years garden. I can, dehydrate and store my food. There are two wells on my property. For power outages I have gas and solar generators.
I do keep a get home bag in the car. That's because I don't trust governments.
My biggest draw back is I'm married to a man who wants to live like "Star Trek". He's waiting for the transporter.
 

Work4Peanuts

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I don't consider myself a "prepper" but I like to think that with good home management I am more or less prepared for emergencies, with plans in place for the most common emergencies we have in our area. I have basic supplies for my family that I rotate as they get used, with enough stored water to last our family for several days.
I think the one thing that the Lord has laid upon my heart is that we shouldn't worry about the future, because He will provide our daily bread. Being prepared for basic things (like a power outage during an ice storm) falls under the Proverbs 31 description of a virtuous wife, but there comes a point where it's just flat out hoarding.
 

Jan51

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Do most of you buy bottled water or put water in cleaned milk jugs with a few drops of bleach (which is what I do)? I've wondered how long it's good for--sometimes I dump out all my water, reclean, and put new water in. But if they haven't leaked, is that good for years?
 

ReadyOrNot

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Do most of you buy bottled water or put water in cleaned milk jugs with a few drops of bleach (which is what I do)? I've wondered how long it's good for--sometimes I dump out all my water, reclean, and put new water in. But if they haven't leaked, is that good for years?
Jan51- I used the same method when I prepped for Y2K many years ago (our suburban water source is on the power grid, so I was worried). The water jugs lasted a few years, but eventually the plastic degraded and sprung tiny leaks. I think this would be a good method as long as the jugs are checked regularly and replaced every couple of years.
 

Tall Timbers

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Jan51- I used the same method when I prepped for Y2K many years ago (our suburban water source is on the power grid, so I was worried). The water jugs lasted a few years, but eventually the plastic degraded and sprung tiny leaks. I think this would be a good method as long as the jugs are checked regularly and replaced every couple of years.
Most winters we'll lose electricity several times, and sometimes the outage can last a week or longer. I can store a meaningful amount of food and supplies for such times, but water... I don't have adequate means to store a meaningful amount of fresh water. Containers and space are both an issue.

I've tried melting snow in containers around our wood stove to use for toilet flushing... but it takes a ton of snow volume to get a few gallons of water...
 
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Work4Peanuts

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I buy bottled water and I store it in plastic milk jugs. At Sam's around here you can get a very large amount of plastic drinking water for less than four dollars. If we go out (like day trips), and we want to grab a water, we can. That's how I rotate stock. The plastic milk jug water can be used for cleaning and gets rotated less often. I also buy distilled that my mom can use in her cpap machine.
 

sherryh

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We bought some of the dehydrated meals, but haven't tried any. How were they?
we liked most but i think it was the food choice more than the brand. I figure it this way if you are in a situation where you need the meals it may not be about the taste but about having the food. The MRE's don't last as long as the dehydrated meals but i do think the Mountain House was good. The MER's are ready to go no added water where the Mountain House needs water, so that is a thought to concider. I have eaten a lot of MRE's and they are calories packed, but also heavy if you were to carry them any distance. My sister friend bought a dehydrator that he can make his own meals, which he says the food is much better, it will even dehydrate soups! He does a lot of mountain backpacking and now carries his home grown meals (luckily guy). I didn't ask the price but i know it was spendy.
 
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