Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens

Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens

Kathy Harrison

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 1603420355

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


If disaster strikes and public services are limited, you want to know that your family will be taken care of. With an eye toward self-sufficiency, Kathy Harrison guides you through preparations and contingency plans that will keep you healthy, safe, and calm in a crisis. Learn how to inventory and rotate your food supply, pack an evacuation kit, maintain communication with loved ones, and much more. You’ll soon gain the ingenuity and resourcefulness to get your family through even the most unfortunate circumstances.

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pump for the well, but they had a limited amount of fuel and did not want to waste it on nonessentials. Though it would be several days before they would need to dig into the supplies in the basement food storage area, they did a thorough check to make sure everything was in order. The days remained busy. There was always food to prepare. Each day they baked bread and made a batch of yogurt. There was water to keep heated, wood to carry, and the fires to tend. They did little wash but the

uninsulated spaces or exterior walls. If this happens, shut off your main water supply, so that if any of the pipes have broken, they won’t leak when they thaw. THAWING PIPES WITH A HAIR DRYER You’ll know a pipe has frozen when you turn on a faucet and get no water. Usually pipes freeze at certain points, rather than along their entire length. To find the spot where a pipe has frozen, follow it back to a juncture with a second line. Then turn on the faucets on this second line. If they work,

canning, process the quart jars for 40 minutes at 10 pounds of pressure. DEHYDRATING I AM A CONVERT to dehydrating. The finished product is so convenient and the process so simple. It is especially good for families with limited time and storage space. You can make do with little equipment beyond a dehydrator, and if you live in a warm, sunny, and dry climate, even the dehydrator is optional. You can also dry in your oven if you don’t mind tying it up for twelve hours. I dry a lot of

tried-and-true reference. I give here some of my favorite recipes, which will allow you to get a sense of the basic process and, hopefully, a taste for the joys of pickling. PICKLING SPICES It will be helpful to make up batches of mixed pickling spices ahead of time so you can make pickles when the mood (or the cucumbers) comes on you. * * * SWEET AND SPICY MIX 1 or 2cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces 5bay leaves, broken up ½ teaspoon dried red chiles, chopped 1tablespoon

batter consistency. Pour into a greased loaf pan or muffin tins. Bake at 350°F until the tops are golden, about 25 minutes. YIELD: One loaf or six muffins Note: Some people prefer a sweeter corn-bread. If you are one of them, you can add a cup of sugar (or to taste) to the mix. * * * CANNED BREAD In preparation for a winter storm, you could double this recipe and put up a dozen jars of bread in the time it would take to drive to the supermarket, battle the crowds, and return home with

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