How to Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven

We are going to be holding a FREE Sun Oven Cooking Essentials webinar next Wednesday (April 27th) and we want to invite you to join in! We’ve been thinking about solar cooking a lot as the weather is starting to warm up and we are lucky enough to have Paul Munsen from Sun Oven International speak to all of our readers about the benefits of cooking with the sun and how to use Sun Oven’s in particular. We hope that you will join us for this great class (there will be a special offer on Sun Oven’s at the end for those who listen in too). Click here to register now and get reminders as it gets closer to the event as well as a replay link if you miss it!

For those who don’t have the budget for a heavy duty solar oven right now, you can still join in the fun! We put together a little solar “oven” using a simple pizza box and other basic materials you should already have hanging around the house. So take a few minutes, grab a few helpers, and make yourself a little solar oven and start practicing up! Obviously this little project won’t cook as hot or as quickly as a real Sun Oven and the capacity is much smaller, but it can definitely be used in an emergency. So we hope you will listen in to the webinar, and either make one of these fun Pizza Box Ovens or grab your own Sun Oven in our awesome webinar package.

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Materials Needed:
- One empty pizza box (the bigger the better)
- Aluminum foil
- Plastic wrap
- Black construction paper
- Scotch tape
- Ruler
- Pencil
- Knife or razor blade

Step 1:
Measure and draw a straight line about 1 1/2 inches from the outside of the box.

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Step 2:
Use a knife or razor blade and cut three edges along the drawn line (leave the top edge uncut to act as a hinge)

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Step 3:
Cover the inside of the top flap with aluminum foil. Also cover the inside edges of the pizza box with the foil. Tape it all down securely.

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Step 4:
Cover the open area of the lid with plastic wrap to help retain heat and keep bugs, dirt, and moisture out. Do two layers of plastic and tape it down very well.

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Step 5:
Tape black paper in the middle of the box bottom to absorb the heat from the sun which will be reflecting in.

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Step 6:
Prop the lid open with a pencil or ruler and aim the box into direct sunlight to start cooking!

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Optional: You can roll up newspaper rolls and stuff them in the sides to add insulation. You can also use a thermometer inside to test your temperatures.

Hopefully you can have a little fun making your own solar cooker. It’s a fun activity to do with the little ones. It didn’t get super hot and I had to hold the box down with a crowbar because it’s so windy in my area. But it definitely got hot enough to melt cheese so there are a few things we could use it for in an emergency!

Don’t forget to register for the Sun Oven webinar to learn more about solar cooking and the higher quality Sun Ovens if that’s something you are interested in! Here is a little more information about the webinar:

Sun Oven Cooking Essentials Seminar

Want to know more about how to cook with the power of the sun? The Sun Ovens Cooking Essentials Seminar will show you the fundamental sun cooking and baking techniques to help you warm up to the idea of cooking with the sun to save money now and be better prepared for emergencies. Whether you have a Sun Oven and want to learn more or you know nothing about solar cooking you will find this seminar beneficial.

Date: Wednesday April 27
Time: 6 pm Mountain Time 7 p.m. Central Time
Click Here to Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-storage-made-easy-sun-oven-essentials-seminar-tickets-24270332217

LAST DAY OF MARCH MADNESS SALES

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This has been a crazy week with our March Madness giveaways receiving thousands of entries!  We appreciate everyone joining in the fun on Instagram and also sharing in other ways.  We are excited to announce the WINNERS of each giveaway.  You guys are going to LOVE your prizes!

If you were not selected as a winner, don’t forget you can still purchase any of these items ON SALE for the rest of the day today.  So you can still “win” by saving a little money :)

Here is a list of each product, the giveaway winner, and a link to where you can purchase it at the sale price:


All-American Sun Oven: 
The All-American Sun Oven is what we use for powerless cooking anytime it’s sunny enough to cast a shadow. It saves on fuel and functions just like a regular oven.  When they recently did some improvements on the oven, we did a post about them. You can learn more here.

Giveaway winner:  @karengdelaney
–> March Madness Sale: Sun Oven + $160 worth of accessories for just $325 (60% off accessories)
Click here to learn more about the SUN OVEN or buy now


Thrive Life Go-To-Pack of Thrive Foods:
Thrive Life foods are some our very favorite to eat and store. The quality is fantastic. In this Go-To-Pack (an exclusive for the Thrive Life March Madness sale) you’ll see a variety of products that you may find yourself running out of.   We have a blog dedicated exclusively to Thrive foods that you can follow to learn a lot more. It’s called Your Thrive Life.

Giveaway winner:  @brigescott
–> March Madness Sale: Save up to 50% on ALL Thrive foods and shelving through midnight MST tonight!
Click here to shop the THRIVE LIFE March Madness Sale


InstaFire Bundle:
lnstaFire is a great product to use as a fire starter or even as a stand-alone fuel. It can be stored inside in convenient buckets, it burns in any kind of weather, and will even burn wet wood. It is handy to use in any kind of portable stove or even just on the ground. When we were introduced to this product the owners came over and showed it to us in action and cooked us dinner. Check out more details and the video here. 

Giveaway winner: @omartha2
–> March Madness Sale: 1 5-gallon bucket + 1 24-pack of InstaFire BUNDLE for just $90 (10% off!)
Click here to learn more about INSTAFIRE or buy now


HERC Tea-Light Candle Oven:
While butane stoves are great for stove-top cooking indoors, we had yet to find a good solution for oven cooking indoors.  The HERC tea-light candle oven is a great solution for cooking without power in an oven inside. You can see more information and specs on our intro post here.

Giveaway winner: Anna McDonald (via email)
–> March Madness Sale: Save 10% + get 100 candles & digital cookbook FREE with purchase of HERC oven
Click here to learn more about HERC OVENS or buy now


Fortress Clothing Jacket Liner:
Fortress clothing is a complete heat storage solution. The clothing will keep you comfortable in -30 degree weather up to 70 degree weather. We met with the owners and tested it out on a bitter cold day. We even got some video footage at a freezing lake. Here is the introduction post and video we did.

Giveaway winner: @kathoyer
–> March Madness Sale: Enter coupon code “march” to save $60 off of a jacket liner or coupon code “madness” to save 20% off any other products at FortressClothing.com
Click here to learn more about FORTRESS CLOTHING or buy now


Prepare My Life Planner:
The Prepare My Life Planner is an organized emergency preparedness plan. Not only does is it designed to store and organize all your important documents it ALSO contains a step-by-step plan to help prepare your home and family for an emergency. All of the pages, pockets, pouches, and folders are included. Full instructions on building your own binder can be found here or a full intro to the Prepare My Life Planner can be found here.

Giveaway winner: Linda Franks (via email)
–> March Madness Sale: Get 1 free Inflatable Solar Lantern with purchase of a Prepare My Life Planner
Click here to learn more about the PREPARE MY LIFE PLANNER or buy now


Inflatable Solar Lantern Bundle:
These inflatable solar lanterns contain ten LED lights. There is a solar panel on the bottom and a three mode button with a LOW, HIGH, and BLINKING mode. Light weight, inexpensive, and doesn’t require batteries. This makes a wonderful preparedness item for 72 hour kits or to keep on hand at home. See more details in our store.

Giveaway winner: @geekbearinggifts
–> March Madness Sale: 40% off + a free carabiner when purchasing a 5-pack of solar lanterns
Click here to learn more about the SOLAR LANTERNS or buy now


WonderMix Stand Mixer:
You may be familiar with Kitchen Aid or Bosch. The Wondermix is not totally comparable to either one of them, it has some distinct pros and cons. There is a summary of what we found to be pro’s and con’s you might want to check out if you’re in the market for a mixer. Read full post here.

Giveaway winner: @kerrijams
–> March Madness Sale:  Get a FREE blender attachment and cookie whips with a WonderMix for just $299
Click here to learn more about the WONDERMIX or buy now


WaterBrick Bundle:
WaterBricks are some of our favorite water storage containers because they are small enough to carry and easily stackable. These are great in a lot of scenarios. Check out our WaterBrick review click here.

Giveaway winner: @lball61
–> March Madness Sale: 4 Waterbricks+ 1 Spigot for just $89.99 (save $10)
Click here to learn more about WATERBRICKS or buy now


Thrive Life Cansolidator Shelf:
Some of the most popular food rotation shelving from Thrive is on sale.  The shelving makes rotating a breeze and keeps your food storage organized. We dedicated an entire post on determining which shelving unit may be best for you. You can check it out here.

Giveaway winner: @clowe247yahoocom
–> March Madness Sale: Save up to 50% on ALL Thrive foods and shelving options through midnight MST!
Click here to shop the THRIVE LIFE March Madness Sale


Chef’s Banquet ARK 390 Food Bucket:
This incredible food kit has nearly 33 pounds of compact just-add-water meals. That’s a lot of food! The ARK 390 has enough food to supply one person with 2,000 calories a day for 30 days.  Sometimes it’s just nice to know you have a good stash of meals that will last a long time and store well and compactly. We have a variety of these just-add-water meals in our food storage.

Giveaway winner: @seanahal1989
–> March Madness Sale: Use coupon code FSME390 and save $85 off each ARK 390 bucket you purchase
Click here to learn more about the ARK 390 BUCKET or buy now


Food Storage Made Easy eBook Bundle:
The Food Storage Made Easy 3 PART FOOD STORAGE PROGRAM contains a Babysteps Checklists Guide, Food Storage Made Easy Encyclopedia, and Recipe Appendix. This full program is a roadmap for buying your food storage and learning how to use it, so that you can have confidence in knowing that you are prepared for a major emergency or any of life’s little every day inconveniences.

Giveaway winner: @emilysteinhafel
–> March Madness Sale:  Get the Food Storage Made Easy eBooks for $10. Use coupon code “marchmadness”
Click here to learn more about the FOOD STORAGE MADE EASY EBOOKS or  buy now



If you were one of the winners we will be contacting you within the next day or two via Instagram or email to get your mailing address so we can get your prize sent out to you.  

Thanks again to everyone who participated.  We had a lot of fun sharing our favorite products with you!

March Madness Giveaway and Sales

GIVEAWAYS AND SALES ARE NOW CLOSED!

It’s MARCH and what would March be without a little March Madness fun to go around? We are so excited to share our March Madness promotion with you. It’s the biggest event we’ve hosted on our blog so far and YOU guys get to benefit from it! We have gathered almost $2000 worth of our favorite food storage and preparedness products to give away to some of our lucky readers. Not only that but we have arranged for some awesome deals on each of the items being given away so that EVERYONE can be a winner! Keep reading below to see all the prizes, find out how to enter to win, and see what the sales are.

If you are new to Food Storage Made Easy make sure you sign up for our free monthly newsletters so you don’t miss future events like this and to get free food storage tips sent to your email inbox every month!

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How to Enter Giveaways

  • Download the Instagram app on your smart phone or tablet
  • Follow us @foodstoragemadeeasy
  • “Like” the image of each product you’d like to win
  • Earn bonus entries for each friend you tag in a separate comment
  • Winners will be announced Monday morning

If you are unable to use Instagram please email us at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net for alternative methods of entering the giveaway.

All sale prices will be valid from Thursday March 17th through Monday night March 21st at midnight MST.

List of Giveaways/Sales

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All-American Sun Oven

Giveaway: One All-American Sun Oven (no accessories)
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Sun Oven + $160 worth of accessories for just $325 (save 60% off retail pricing of accessories)
Click here to buy now

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Thrive Life

Giveaway: 1 Go-To Pack of Thrive Foods
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Save up to 50% on ALL Thrive foods!
Click here to shop the March Madness Sale

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InstaFire

Giveaway: 1 5-gallon bucket + 1 24-pack of InstaFire BUNDLE
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: 1 5-gallon bucket + 1 24-pack of InstaFire BUNDLE for just $90 (10% off our everyday low prices)
Click here to buy now

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TitanReady USA

Giveaway: 1 HERC Tea Light Candle Oven
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Save 10% plus get 100 candles & digital cookbook FREE with the purchase of a HERC oven.
Click here to learn more

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Fortress Clothing

Giveaway: 1 Jacket Liner (for temperatures -30° TO 70° F)
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Enter coupon code “march” to save $60 off of a jacket liner or coupon code “madness” to save 20% off any other products at FortressClothing.com
Click here to learn more

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Prepare My Life Planner

Giveaway: 1 Prepare My Life Planner
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Get 1 free Inflatable Solar Lantern with purchase of a Prepare My Life Planner ($20 value)
Click here to learn more

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Inflatable Solar Lanterns

Giveaway: 5-pack Inflatable Solar Lanterns + 1 carabiner
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: 40% off + a free carabiner when purchasing a 5-pack of solar lanterns.
Click here to buy now

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Wondermill

Giveaway: 1 WonderMix Stand Mixer
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Get a FREE blender attachment and cookie whips with purchase of a WonderMix at only $299.
Click here to buy now

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WaterBricks

Giveaway: 4 WaterBricks + 1 Spigot
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: 4 WaterBricks + 1 Spigot for just $89.99 (save $10)
Click here to buy now

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Thrive Life

Giveaway: 1 Cansolidator Pantry
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Save up to 50% on ALL Thrive foods and shelving options!
Click here to shop the March Madness Sale

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The Ready Project

Giveaway: 1 Chef’s Banquet ARK 390 Bucket
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Use coupon code FSME390 and save $85 off each ARK 390 bucket you purchase
Click here to buy now

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Food Storage Made Easy

Giveaway: 1 Food Storage Made Easy eBook Bundle
Click here to enter

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March Madness Sale: Get the Food Storage Made Easy eBooks for just $10 for the bundle. Use coupon code “marchmadness” at checkout.
Click here to buy now

All sale prices will be valid from Thursday March 17th through Monday night March 21st at midnight MST.

Food Storage Helps for Groups (and families)

Often times in communities or churches there are people tasked with the responsibility to help those around them become more prepared. In communities it’s called CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). In some churches its called the Emergency Preparedness specialists.

I was recently asked by a friend of mine who is the E-prep specialist at our church for some help planning the year. After working with her on a calendar for the year this idea was born. It’s a Monthly Preparedness Projects calendar. It’s not exactly what I did with my friend but it’s something that I thought you all might like. We shared this handout with our newsletter list last month. Are you on the newsletter list? If not you can sign up here. Today we are publishing it on our blog along with a couple other tools you may find useful. If you know someone who is an Emergency Prep specialist feel free to share this blog post with them. They may thank you for making their lives easier!

Monthly Preparedness Calendar


In this monthly preapreadness calendar we give you ideas with a link to full instructions and details of projects you can do with your family or community to become more prepared that month. Each project is designed to take just a few hours.

Lesson Plans

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We created these lesson plans for you to use when you have events, group meetings, enrichments, or even just family activities. The lesson plans and/or handouts can also be helpful for you to share with friends and family members.

Emergency Preparedness Plan

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This is a document you can hand out and use for any activity or group. We compiled information from a lot of different resources and created a Family Emergency Preparedness Plan for you to download. This document will guide you through developing your own Emergency Preparedness Plan.

Hopefully these tools help you in your journey. Also our Encyclopedia has TONS of resources. We also do group buys on our ebook. Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn more.group

Cold Weather Clothing Bins

Babysteps. We started this journey with Babysteps. There were several topics we didn’t tackle straight away. We worked on 72 hour kits, water, basic food and necessities first. We tabled the concept of powerless cooking for a couple years because it was “scary” at first. Well then we tackled powerless cooking, we tackled sourdough, and now we’re tackling cold weather clothing. Make sure you read until the end because there’s a video where I show you how I’ve started this project.

Back in November we introduced Fortress Clothing to you . Finding them was a dream. These clothes are amazing and we recommend you check them out, and make sure you use our coupon code found in this post to get a deal. Right now their clothing doesn’t come in kids sizing and we know that it’s not necessarily in everyone’s budget to get them so we wanted to share some ideas we have developed. It’s still a work in progress but we’re feeling like we’re getting somewhere with it.

LEARNING ABOUT LAYERING AND COLD WEATHER CLOTHING


A facebook reader shared a couple articles with us that had some great info. The articles talked about layers, types of layers base, mid, outer), and different types of fabrics to use within each layer. Different fabrics breathe differently so make sure you check out these articles:

Intro to Layered Clothing: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/a/11061/Introduction-to-Layered-Clothing-Systems
How to Layer Clothing for Each Season: http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/a/11070/How-to-Layer-Clothing-for-Each-Season

MY BINS


After reading these articles I went to Ikea and got some bins to store each of my family members items in. I watched sales and got the items for each kid and made sure to get them a little big for next year too. My kids actually got a lot of these items for Christmas. They loved it. I keep most of these items in the bins except for days we go sledding. That way I know we aren’t losing stuff around the house (because that happens here). My bin contains my bug-out bag from Fortress. It seriously made that part of this project way easier.
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Contents in my bins (for my kids and husband):

  • Boots: I made sure to get some that were rated for cold weather but also waterproof
  • Socks: I got some wool socks at Costco for my husband and myself. I had a hard time finding kids sizes so I got some black womens ones for my boys.
  • Underclothes: I found some great thermals that weren’t cotton at Costco. I got a couple of each size.
  • Pants: Target had a sale on snowpants 50% off and I got some that were a few inches too long for each kid. They fit well enough this year but will for sure fit the next couple of years. I also have sweat pants to wear over the thermals and under the snow pants in case it’s way cold.
  • Coats: I have a variety of coats for my boys. I plan on keeping their winter coats in their bins once winter is over but for now we are keeping them in the main laundry room closet.
  • Mittens: I have gloves, mittens, and more gloves and mittens. Depending on what things we will be doing “outside” I think we will need both.
  • Balaclavas: I got some balaclavas from Amazon to use for now but I would like to look into other options and investigate the fabric on these a little more.

To see a video I made and posted on facebook when I first started my bins click on the image below:
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Emergency Kit for Kids at School

Valentine’s Day is one of those funny holidays that everyone celebrates in vastly different ways. We both feel like the most important thing is showing your loved ones that you LOVE them in whatever way works for you. Jodi likes to make heart pancakes and pink milk for breakfast, decorating the table in red and pink with little goodies. Julie pins hearts up on the wall and her boys get to take one down each hour and read the backs which are full of reasons that she loves them.

We’ve posted in the past about a Valentine’s gift idea for your spouse that works in an office. It’s a thoughtful gift that can be put together fairly inexpensively but really shows that you care about them. Well this year we decided it would be fun to do a similar thing for our KIDS.

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Depending on your school rules and the ages of your kids you may want to adjust this list to fit your needs. Also, you will need to have some conversations about where this will be kept and when it is appropriate to break into the supplies. All items should fit into a gallon zip-lock bag which can be stuck in a locker or kept in the bottom of a backpack. Printable contents list and gift tag can be downloaded here.

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School Emergency Kit Contents List

Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 11.13.47 PMLaminate your contents list and include it in the bag so that you can remember what needs to be included in case the kit gets “raided”. Cut out the tag and tape it to the front. You can wrap it or set it out with cute Valentine’s decor to give it to your kids on Valentine’s Day. Even big “kids” will appreciate the gesture and feel a little more comfortable knowing they have some supplies in case of an emergency (big or small). We don’t want to scare them … we want to empower them.

Side note: If you are working on your Monthly Preparedness Projects we emailed about last month, this will work for your February project so you can kill two birds with one stone this week!

Our Favorite Bread Recipe in the WonderMix Mixer

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We’ve posted before about the BEST whole wheat bread recipe. Yes we said BEST! We both make it quite frequently, sometimes doing a half batch, sometimes doing a full one. In the world of kitchen mixers people have normally had two options, a KitchenAid or a Bosch. Well we just recently got a new WonderMix Kitchen Mixer (produced by the makes of the WonderMill) to try out so of course I knew the real test would be in its ability to make our favorite recipe. It is too large to fit in a KitchenAid so we’ve always preferred to make it in a Bosch. Check out my video below to see how well it did in the WonderMix!

More About the WonderMix

I’ve used both a KitchenAid and a Bosch so it was fun to try out another kitchen mixer option. The WonderMix is not totally comparable to either one of them, it has some distinct pros and cons. Here is a summary of what I found just with this first experiment. I’m excited to try it out on some other baking adventures over the next few weeks.

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Large capacity for big batches of dough
  • Comes with lots of attachments
  • Dough divider helps knead small batches evenly
  • Great price point for a powerful mixer

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Dough comes up over the hook
  • Possibly feels less rugged than a Bosch but need to experiment more
  • When you take the bowl off the mixer it doesn’t sit flat on the counter, the center rod pokes out at the bottom

There are so many different things you can use the WonderMix to do such as: creaming butter, mixing cookie dough, whipping meringue, mashing bananas and potatoes, shredding meat, making smoothies, and much more!

Do you know what CERT is – is it for you?

CertlogoFor years I have heard of CERT certification and have been curious about it. I have wanted to become certified but between pregnancies, nursing babies, and my schedule I haven’t been able to make it work. This month however my church was sponsoring a CERT class that would run 2 Saturdays ALL day. I knew it would be a sacrifice to attend but I also knew a typical CERT certification course ran for weeks one night a week. A weekly schedule for many weeks just doesn’t work for me right now so I jumped on this opportunity. I am only finished the first Saturday but I’m really excited about what I am learning and wanted to encourage you all to check it out, learn more, and eventually become CERT certified if it works for you. As I finish the certification I’ll share some of what I have been learning with you.

WHAT IS CERT

CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.

Some things I learned on the first day:

  • More about disasters that can happen in my community with a lot of information on earthquakes
  • How and when to turn off utilities
  • What to do in case of fires
  • Triage and communication plans
  • Carries and holds for moving victims
  • Basic first aid
  • Search and rescue techniques
  • Basic psychology issues to be aware of
  • Organizing block captains and tagging/assessing homes
  • Using cribs to remove victims from under obstruction
  • Setting up an NEOC (Neighborhood Emergency Operation Center

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE


One of my favorite things was when we got to put out a little fire with an extinguisher. I can honestly say I have never used an extinguisher and if push came to shove and I had to use one I PROBABLY would have panicked. Now that I have practiced using one I feel confident I could use one in an emergency. It’s just like so much of what we teach and talk about. Practice, practice, practice (when you don’t really need it). Then when it comes time to using those skills you’ll have confidence in your abilities.

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Here are a couple links that might be of interest to you in learning more:

CERT information page
Find a nearby CERT programs

60+ Hand-Picked Self Reliance/Preparedness Resources

Do you LOVE when a deal is so good that there is just no way you can pass it up? We have something like that that we wanted to share with you today! We joined together with 60 other bloggers/authors to provide an INCREDIBLE eBook bundle that sells for 95% off of the cost of buying each book individually. Even if you are only interested in a few of the titles this is something that is worth grabbing now. PLEASE NOTE: This package will be gone forever after January 24th.

Introducing the Back to the Basics Bundle

The Back To Basics Living Bundle is a huge collection of eBooks, eCourses, and memberships to help you live a simple and more self-reliant life, even if you live in a high rise in the city. Take a look at all of the helpful topics that are covered in the bundle.

Our Top Picks

We bought an advance copy of this bundle and have browsed through tons of the materials already. We have been learning about preparedness for 8 years and still found multiple topics that we are excited to delve more into. Some of the items first on our reading list are:

  • Whole Wheat Bread Making
  • 10 Minute Prep Freezer Meals
  • Dehydrating eCourse
  • The Debit Card Envelope Budget
  • Easy Peasy Chores
  • Tips for the Beginning Beekeeper
  • Vegetable Gardening Basics
  • The Beginners’ Book of Essential Oils
  • Wonder Oven Cooking Videos
  • Your Own 72 Hour Kit Plan
  • Practical Simplicity
  • and the Household Organization Pack

There is enough golden content here to keep us with our noses in our kindles for weeks! If becoming more prepared, more self-reliant, and living a simpler life are part of your goals for this year, this huge collection of resources will be invaluable to you.

Limited Time Offer – Sale Details

Starting today you can get the entire Back to Basic Living eBook Bundle for just $29.97 (only $6 more than the retail price of just OUR ebook series). If you prefer to have the materials sent to you on a flash drive you can pay an additional $10. Here is what is included in the bundle:

  • Our Food Storage Made Easy eBook Series
  • Over 60 other preparedness/self-reliance resources worth $550
  • 8 digital courses/membership programs including: Empowered Eating, Dehydrating eCourse, The Debit Card Envelope Budget, Back To Basics Homeschool MP3 Collection, Vegetable Gardening Basics, The Mother magazine, Prepping Crash Course, and Practical Simplicity
  • Over 10 bonus offers for big discounts on helpful products
  • Free getting started guide to start your basic living journey


Learn More or Grab Your Bundle NOW!


 

Is Food Storage on Your Mind This Christmas?

This is the time of year where our readers, our families, and our friends all ask us for advice because they want to “get some food storage” for Christmas.  We love the idea of spending Christmas budgets on something useful that is a great long-term investment.  However, that’s sort of a hard question to answer with a one-size-fits all solution.

A common theme we tend to see is that a lot of people who want to “get prepared” don’t want to learn a whole new system of cooking, worry about rotating, changing their family’s eating habits, etc.  Their strategy is more of a “get it and forget about it” mentality.  If this is your style, or you are buying gifts for someone who tends to think like that, the best route to go is just-add-water meals.  

Even if you enjoy following a more traditional food storage plan or like to “eat what you store, store what you eat”, we recommend keeping about a 3 month supply of easy meals on hand for a shorter term emergency or to grab-and-go in an evacuation situation.  

We are so excited to share TWO fabulous deals we have worked out exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers specifically for these Christmas-time purchases people are looking to make.  These are the best prices you can get for this many servings.
 

SHORT TERM – GRAB ‘N’ GO

90 Serving Meal Bucket + Goal Zero Kit COMBO
For the month of December get a FREE Goal Zero Switch 8 Kit ($99 value) with each purchase of a 90 serving meal bucket. These two items together are perfect for your grab ‘n’ go kits. Have all the food you need for a short term disaster and charge your devices while you’re gone. PERFECT for Christmas gifts!
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LONG TERM – YEAR SUPPLY

Lindon Farms 1 Year Supply Package
Through December 31st, save 35% off of individual meal bucket pricing by ordering a one year supply (12 buckets). Each meal bucket features a broad variety of 19 different JUST-ADD-WATER gourmet meals and provides 3 meals a day, 4 servings per meal, 2000 calories per day for one person.
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COOKING TOOLS

Don’t forget that if you store these types of just-add-water meals you will need to store extra water and also have a source to easily boil water to cook the meals.  Here are a few items that can help with that!

  • WaterBricks - Easy to store a lot of water but small enough to be able to easily access and use.
  • Butane Stove - Use indoors, just like a regular stove-top.  Must store lots of butane.
  • Firebox - Can be used with a wide variety of fuels.  Light and small for portable use.
  • InstaFire - Versatile fuel that can quickly boil water using any small stove, firepit, etc.
  • All-American Sun Oven - While useful for many things, it also will cook your just-add-water meals without using any fuel.
  • HERC Tea Light Candle Oven - Safe to use indoors for when bad weather or privacy is a concern.  Cooks with tea light candles.

OTHER GIFT IDEAS

  • Inflatable Solar Lanterns - These make great stocking stuffers or inexpensive gifts to add to 72 hour kits.  Never worry about having batteries on hand or candles that run out.  These lanterns take up very little space and charge from the sun!
  • Snackies - Instead of filling up on unhealthy treats, get your kids (or kids-at-heart) some healthy snackies.  Our kids eat these like candy and we fell totally fine letting them do it!  Order these or any other Thrive goodies before Dec. 11th to guarantee arrival before Christmas.
  • InstaFire Packets - A 24-pack of instafire can be split up for multiple gift recipients.  It is a handy fuel/fire starter for backpacking, 72 hour kits, or stove-in-a-can type gifts.  It’s so easy to boil water and is very safe to store and use.  We love InstaFire.
  • Food Storage Books - Any number of these books would make a great gift for someone just getting started or for a veteran food storage pro in your life.  You can never have too many books on being prepared and there are always new ideas in every one.