What has been your single most useful purchase in prepping??

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#1 Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 8:45pm
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What has been your single most useful purchase in prepping??

HI NEW FRIENDS,

What has been the most useful/helpful purchase that you've made in prepping? 

I recently bought a dehydrator that I am hoping to make good use of this summer!

: D

Prep On!

Lainey

Edited by: Laineyisat on Nov 8, 2014 - 5:07am
Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 8:55pm
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The Berkey water filter is by

The Berkey water filter is by far the most useful thing I have acquired so far in my preparations. You can only live (at most) 3 days without water...

It is so easy to set up and use. IMHO, getting one (if you don't have water purification already) is a no brainer...

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 8:58pm
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GUNS

My guns. I love when OIG knocks on my door the first thing they ask is if I am armed because they know I have class A. Now I just climb out onto my farmers porch roof and make them talk to me from my front yard.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 9:11pm
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Pressure Canner

I can save food, bake bread in 15 minutes, Dried beans in an a hour, save freezer burnt meat and I just found some plans that turn the canner into a distiller.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 9:23pm
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Like Mr. Black, I would have

Like Mr. Black, I would have to give props to my Berkey. Critical prep item, but it's also seeing plenty of immediate use. Great way to clean up public water supply, especially if you throw on the flouride filters.

Second place goes to the dehydrator, for the same reasons - helpful for both future and immediate needs. Everyone around me suddenly wants home-made beef jerky yesterday. And I've turned my kids into dried pear junkies. They don't even ask for __________ (insert crap packaged food) anymore.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 9:44pm
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My JetBoil stove.  Not

My JetBoil stove. Not exactly a stove, but it will boil a liter of water in about 2 minutes, light weight, packs tight and uses little fuel. Maybe not practical for a family, but I like to hike and camp alone and have used mine a lot and love it. I know it, my case of fuel, stored water and 3 months of food will serve me well anywhere, anytime. Love it like my Hennessey camping hammock, but that's another conversation.

Jetboil has become increasingly popular over the past few years and they have a whole line of products. I've only used the original pictured below but I'm sure their other systems are of equal quality and performance.

Got fire? surprise

https://www.jetboil.com/

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 9:49pm
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I love this thing! 12Ga.  

I love this thing!

12Ga.

I live in a van down by the river!
Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 9:57pm (Reply to #4)
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using a pressure canner as a distiller?

ooh, ooh, ooh!

Can you share that info!?!?

: D

Lainey

I just spent my birthday money on a pressure cooker!

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 9:58pm (Reply to #3)
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pardon my ignorance.... OIG??

Help me out, Bill!

What's OIG!?!?!? (Class A??)

Sorry. It's a learning curve thing!!!!! work with me!

Lainey

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:00pm (Reply to #5)
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dried pears!

YUM!!

: D

Lainey

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:01pm (Reply to #6)
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re: jetboil!

alrighty!

That's a new one! Sounds useful!

Thanks for sharing!

Lainey

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:02pm (Reply to #2)
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re: Berkey

yep!

I'm with ya!

Lainey

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:04pm (Reply to #7)
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re: 12 ga

ooooohhhhh!

sleek & shiny.

G*ns is our next investment. May I ask where you found that baby and what it cost?

: D

Lainey

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:15pm (Reply to #5)
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Food Dehydrator

MelloYello wrote:

... Second place goes to the dehydrator, for the same reasons - helpful for both future and immediate needs. Everyone around me suddenly wants home-made beef jerky yesterday. And I've turned my kids into dried pear junkies. They don't even ask for __________ (insert crap packaged food) anymore.

+1

After getting a Berkey water filter, I also purchased an Excalibur 3900 Food Dehydrator. We use it all of the time and it is amazing how little space dehydrated food takes. Like MelloYello, we make all of our own snacks (jerky, dried fruits) and it is comforting to know we have a nice stash of food for when the SHTF.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:17pm (Reply to #9)
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oig

Laineyisat wrote:

Help me out, Bill!

What's OIG!?!?!? (Class A??)

Sorry. It's a learning curve thing!!!!! work with me!

Lainey

OIG = office of inspector general

Class A = carry conceal permit

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:19pm
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Food, water, batteries, TP

Just the basics. Extra canned food, MREs, water, and toilet paper. At the end of each year, we donate the canned food and buy replacements. Win win.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:22pm
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People ALWAYS forget

People ALWAYS forget shoe-laces. Good luck trying to walk miles in boots with no laces.. 

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:22pm
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Best Prep

When I started I bought two very large rubber totes and filled them with about 150 pounds of canned and dried goods. Along with a few 25 pound sacks of rice, that is probably my most important step in being prepared.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:27pm
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Food

I have started a pretty substantial food storage plan in the basement. Also have a Berkey. But I think my Survival Seed & Herb bank are the best. I have enough seeds to plant a 1 acre crisis garden and also have enough herbs to make all my own medicines and tinctures.

I tried uploading a picture...how in the hell do I do that?!

-Agophillic The silver bullet represents our ability to take down the fiat standard from the private central banks by buying silver.
Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:29pm
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#1 prep item

a farm in a small rural community.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011 - 10:30pm
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Berkey and Food Grinder

Food and Water come first. The Big Berkey is superb. Note that they don't ship to California and a couple of other states, because those States don't allow water filters which haven't passed the States' tests. Which is BS. But yes, you can still get a Big Berkey. Just go to one of the dealers over the Internet. I had no problem. They are happy to take your money in these times.

My backup plan, if that didn't work, was to ship it to a relative who was out of State, and have them send it down. Fortunately I didn't need to do that.

Then, a wheat grinder. It's easy to store wheat (NOT FLOUR) for a very long time if it's done right.

Next comes cooking, but things are more flexible there. Worst case, just use your BBQ.

And batteries, flashlights, glowsticks. That's a good start.

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