An idea I had . . . any suggestions?


mom of 3 angels

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I was visiting with another mom this morning and discussing the election results, etc. She's very concerned and not feeling at all prepared for any trouble that might be coming (doesn't know how to make bread, has very little emergency food stores, etc.). So I suggested we get together every other week or monthly or whatever she wants while the kids are at school and practice or learn some skill that will help us better provide for our families. I'm inviting a couple of other moms to join us. Should be fun. I told her to make a list of the things she wanted to learn and we'd start with those. We'll see what she comes up with. Any suggestions on what to practice? She's really a novice, I'm not so much. I'll keep you posted on how things progress . . . the more I share preparedness now the fewer people who will be sending their kids knocking at my door in the event we ever need to use our skills . . .
 

HK4U

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Cooking from scratch, canning and food storage, first aid and of course self defence would be somethings that come to mind. Keep us posted on how it goes.
 

Red Hat

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Get some fresh fish and live chickens. Learn to kill and clean them then cook them. A grocery store may not have anything so you have to do it yourself. :smile:
 

squisher

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Get some fresh fish and live chickens. Learn to kill and clean them then cook them. A grocery store may not have anything so you have to do it yourself. :smile:
Good plan, but you may have to work your way up to that kind of thing. Some of the more "urban" moms may balk at that kind of thing (My wife doesn't even care for the fish at the grocery that's not pre-fileted because she'd rather not know what it looks like before she eats it).

If you're going to go that route, fish is a good start. Maybe progress your way up to whole frozen chicken before you go for a live bird. It will depend on the comfort level of your "student" however.

I grew up on a farm, so none of that's an issue for me :)
 

boris

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i suggest

first aid and self defense. give or make a list of food for her to store. if you are able to shop with her that can be better. maybe even sewing.
 

mom of 3 angels

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These are some great suggestions--thanks guys!

Yep, she's not quite ready for the "turn a live animal into tonight's dinner" lesson yet. We'll have to work up to that. She once came over while I was cutting up a deer hind quarter on my counter and the look on her face was priceless! She prefers her meat looking like a steak or hamburger, not still in the shape of an animal. Too funny. Fish would probably not be too difficult for her to stomach. We'll see.

I've got a couple other ladies interested also who are not so novice--we're starting Monday with bread.
 

boris

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how about this?

i might also would give her things she can study and take notes ,especially some of the mormon websites. i have strong theological disagreements with them, but boy do they have the preparedness thing down. and do some wilderness camping with her.
 

toreskha

Titles are un-American.
In a lot of SE Asian countries, they just cook the whole fish, head on, and then eat off of it using chopsticks, working around the bones. It might be best to practice doing it that way, which is the most realistic if you're in a survival situation and don't have the time or tools for much processing. After you do that, everything else is easy.

Come to think of it, you might want to get proficient in using chopsticks while you're at it. Forks and knives aren't always easy to come by, but you can easily make good quality chopsticks out of a simple piece of wood.
 
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boyzoi

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one thing to keep in mind is preparing mentally....we have become very comfortable with our abundance in this country, try to empahsize the likely hood that it will become necessary to make do with less; dont waste anything!!! leftovers from meals, if not for yourselves can be used to feed the dog, the chickens etc.
you'd be surprised how much you can do without when you put your mind to it and have to.......fasting is a great example, besides being Biblical, it is actually very healthy. try to make sure the foods you are storing are focused foods, whole foods with out chemical precervatives and not laden with artificial flavorings etc. Vitamins that are food based and not synthetics. Foods that will build your immune system, heavy in Omega 3. there is a wholefoods supplement base called Omega3Basic that you mix with juice, water or whatever that is a great example of this idea.
 

Husky Girl

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You might also look into various community courses for preparedness advice. I coordinate a program called CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) that teaches disaster preparedness, first aid, search and rescue, and fire supression. You can find more info at: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Most communities have something like this program, even if it's under a different name. They are usually run through city or county government under the police or fire deparments. You can also check with your local emergency management agency. There is a ton of information out there and many of the govenrment agencies have info/brochures/classes and sometimes even supplies for free or very low cost.
 

tattedupboy

Thank God I'm alive!
For those of you suggesting she learn how to kill and clean live chickens, there's just one problem with that. There aren't exactly very many chickens running around wild outside of farms. Here in the city, I can't just walk outside and see a chicken running around.
 
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boyzoi

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you're going to have to learn how to catch pigeons....... I hear they make a great stew taste like chicken :haha:
 
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boyzoi

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I dont care what anyone says.......aligator dont taste like chicken:bad:
 

mom of 3 angels

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Yep...fatten Rover up, just in case.
Ha ha! When we got our dog my husband said, "well, she's kind of skinny if we ever need to eat her", and I said "funny, I was thinking the same thing." So I think she's safe--I'd rather have her around anyway.

As far as chickens go, we're plenty rural to own chickens, but you don't find them just wandering around, so we'd actually have to get some chickens first and raise them before being able to make dinner out of one. Although there are grouse/chuckar/etc. around . . . just have to find them.

Had my ladies over yesterday to make bread and it went really well. Two had never made bread from scratch and the third had, but she used her mixer to do all the kneading, so it was a good experience for all of them and I got my bread made for the next couple of days. Got my friend talking today about getting some flour and yeast so she can try it at home. It's sure not so scary or daunting once you've done it. We're supposed to meet next Monday at one of the other ladies' house--we're going to bottle butter. This is one I've heard of but never done. Makes shelf stable butter until it's opened. We'll see how it goes. We've got a long list put together of things to do and learn and we'll probably have to call in some specialists on some of the topics. Should be interesting anyway. Always good to practice those skills you may need . . .

 
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boyzoi

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youre gonna need my address so you can overnight a loaf of that bread....:man_in_love:
 

HK4U

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Ha ha! When we got our dog my husband said, "well, she's kind of skinny if we ever need to eat her", and I said "funny, I was thinking the same thing." So I think she's safe--I'd rather have her around anyway.

As far as chickens go, we're plenty rural to own chickens, but you don't find them just wandering around, so we'd actually have to get some chickens first and raise them before being able to make dinner out of one. Although there are grouse/chuckar/etc. around . . . just have to find them.

Had my ladies over yesterday to make bread and it went really well. Two had never made bread from scratch and the third had, but she used her mixer to do all the kneading, so it was a good experience for all of them and I got my bread made for the next couple of days. Got my friend talking today about getting some flour and yeast so she can try it at home. It's sure not so scary or daunting once you've done it. We're supposed to meet next Monday at one of the other ladies' house--we're going to bottle butter. This is one I've heard of but never done. Makes shelf stable butter until it's opened. We'll see how it goes. We've got a long list put together of things to do and learn and we'll probably have to call in some specialists on some of the topics. Should be interesting anyway. Always good to practice those skills you may need . . .


That bread sure looks good. Wish it did not cost so much to over night it I would order one from you.:biggrin:
 

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