Category Archives: Clothing

Save Money by Using Leftovers

One thing about being a prepper is to utilize everything that is available.  Using leftover saves money, you can then use for other purposes.

We just recently had a family birthday dinner for two family members and I always try and ask what kind of dessert they would like and sometimes I ask what they want to eat. Well this time I didn’t ask what they wanted, because I had the menu in my freezer.

I always try to buy meat on sale and then freeze it for one of my families get together.  This time there was a turkey and a whole chicken that needed using. …

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The Wonderful Wonder Oven/box

My wife has been using a Wonder Oven or box for quite a few years with great success.  She uses them for cooking and transporting foods.  When we go on a camping trip or picnic she will bring something to a boil and place it in the oven, when we arrive, we have a hot cooked meal ready for us.  Be sure you bring it to a good rolling boil and heat it clear though before placing it in the oven.  Because they are well insulated they will do double duty and serve as a cooler, they will keep ice cream frozen for longer than our store bought coolers.…

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Emergency Shoe or Boot Repair

Now I know almost nothing about shoe or boot repair, it is a skill I should learn more about. However I do know a couple of things that might help you in an emergency.

If you damage your shoes while hiking or camping you may be able to make a temporary fix.  Look for pine trees of other evergreens that are oozing sap. Scrape some of the sap off with a flat piece of wood or bark and apply it thickly to where your shoe or boot is damaged.  If you are wearing tennis shoes this will act as a temporary glue. …

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Sewing and Repairing shirts

My in-laws had a mishap at their house last week, which resulted in us cleaning out their attic room.  My mother-in-law saves everything and the attic looked like a thrift shop leftovers party.  She was reminiscing about the old days and how everyone made due with what they had.

These discussions lead to the subject of men’s shirts.  When she was young (she is 91) when the collars and cuffs frayed you took them off and reversed them so the good part showed on the outside. If the elbows wore out you made them into short sleeve shirts. When the shirts finally wore out you used them for rags or made rag rugs out of them.…

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How to Cook With Wheat Berries

The most common wheat used and sold is Hard Red Wheat and White Wheat.  Hard Red spring wheat has strong gluten and generally used for standard bread flour.  Wheat is used in cakes, pasties, cookies, crackers and breakfast foods. So you have to use the flour according to what you are going to bake.

Wheat is an important product and needs to be in your home storage, but don’t just store it.  Start using it now before you have an emergency and then wonder what to do with it. Some of us (not just adults but children also) are allergic to wheat so you must find out before you start storing wheat.…

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Wool Still Works

Another guest post by C.E Harris

Recently I relocated the buttons on my Filson double-cruiser and Mackinaw vest to give more room to fasten around my aging middle. When I bought these back in 1972, I was told by the sales advisor at Eddie Bauer to buy one “not less than two full sizes larger than I wore now,” because quality woolens are “lifetime garments” which I would “grow into.”  A sad truth to be sure.

When I got out of the service I wore a size 43 suit.  When I walked into the store I had intended to buy size 44. …

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Hats, What Kind do You Wear?

In today’s sociality when the weather is to hot or to cold or any other adverse condition most of us run from our air conditioned house to our air conditioned car and simply avoid the bad conditions.  But what happens if a major disaster occurs, we may have to face the outside conditions.

Now most of us have the sense to have a good jacket.  However, in talking to some of the less prepared types one thing that they forget about is hats.  Remember, in the winter you can lose a significant amount of body heat from your uncovered head.  In the summer, you can suffer from heat or sunstroke from an uncovered head.…

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Squirreling Away Food for Winter

You need to preserve the summer harvest.

Hi everyone, I hope you’re enjoying your summer and the heat. I am not a fan of the heat so I have been inside making my own steam.  With my new 30 qt pressure cooker and new set of knifes my husband gave me for my Birthday. I had my own sauna going for three days and now am marking and packaging the results. (Adding to inventory also)

The past few days I have been chopping, canning, vacuuming and drying. If you stood in my kitchen to long, you may have ended up in a jar. …

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Finding Military Surplus in Garage Sales and Junk Shops

Being retired I have time to hit all the local garage sales, junk shops etc.  Just recently, I found three Swiss Army twenty-inch long pickaxes with their leather covers.  These are a very handy little pickaxe, while they are a bit heavy to carry in your pack; they are great for your vehicle.  They are probably made during the 1940s or 50s.

Now I don’t live near any big army bases, but things seem to pop up regularly.  The last three weeks has been exceptionally good.  I found three woodland camo shirts, 4 Alice packs, only two were complete with frames and webbing, four sets of ACU camo, one US load bearing vest, gen 2 and some miscellaneous pouches. …

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The Wonderful World of Duct Tape

You need to store duct tape.  Duct tape has many uses, on Mythbusters they even built a boat out of it. Now I am not advocating that you build a boat from it.  But it does have hundreds of uses; whole books have been written on them.  I have used it for a temporary fix on radiators hoses and to repair tennis shoes.  I came home one day and the door of the freezer was taped shut.  My wife explained that she had shoved so much food in the freeze the door would not stay shut so she taped it shut. …

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