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52 Prepper Projects: A Project a Week to Help You Prepare for the Unpredictable Paperback – November 6, 2013
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James Talmage Stevens, also known as “Dr. Prepper,” is the author of the bestselling Making the Best of Basics. Originally self-published in 1974, it has since gone through thirteen different editions and has sold more than eight hundred thousand copies.
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"Fill your container with clean water, the purer the better. Add bleach. I follow the FEMA guidelines of 1 teaspoon of non-scented bleach per gallon of water. The bleach and water mix should smell slightly of chlorine. It’s safe, since the chlorine looses its effectiveness over time and will eventually degrade. When filling and capping, make sure you don’t recontaminate the container with your hands.
Store your water in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight to protect the plastic."
NO NO NO. 1 tsp per gallon is for the sanitizing solution, not to be actually drunk! From the FEMA website:
Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, and rinse completely so there is no residual soap.
Additionally, for plastic soft drink bottles, sanitize the bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart (1/4 gallon) of water. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.
Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. (If your water utility company treats your tap water with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean.Read more ›
Think of the book as a smorgasbord. Pick and choose the projects you want. As David says at the end of the book, it's not about the specific projects, it's about learning to become self sufficient. It's about the journey.
Over the years, I've done some of these projects in various forms with varying degrees of success and can say those work. I'm familiar with the concept behind others. Even with over 30 years of prepping experience, there are many projects that are new to me.
A few of the projects I've done, but didn't really like. Pemmican, icky, yucky, poo. I know it was the staple of the American Indian and Frontiersman, and I'd certainly make and eat it to survive in the wild if need be, as it's a crucial way to preserve fat. Might I recommend his project of making Sourdough Bread instead? If you want to go all Bradford Angier, you can bake bread on a stick.
Quite frankly, some of the projects scare the crap out of me. I don’t feel qualified to make and use Sugardine Antiseptic Solution. What the sugar would be up to would worry me. Cheese has always scared me too. Given this, I must quote David, "Traditionally cheese making was a way to store milk. It is much simpler than I expected, and was the project that broke the confidence barrier. Once I made my own cheese and said, "I can do this," I was much more willing to try more complex projects.Read more ›
It is presented in a way that does not try to convince you to become a full out-and-out "prepper" but it does make you think about living with no preparations in mind, and gives an unprepared person a very easy system to achieve a level of preparedness without breaking the bank. Some excellent time and cost saving projects will help anyone new to the idea of self reliance get started in the best ways and help prevent oversights in your planning.
I Highly recommend this book.
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Some of the instructions to the projects were vague, at best (for instance, the chicken tractor), and some of the weekly buying supplies had no reasoning behind the items... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ms. Deb 1107
This book has tons of relevant projects for anyone from the beginner to the seasoned prepper. The projects range from things that can be accomplished in a few minutes all the way... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott T Bohyer
This is a nice little book to add to your list of self reliant reading. If you are wanting to know how to get started prepping for whatever this is the book for you.Published 5 months ago by ttvanwink
Great guide for a someone who is just starting and unique ideas for the more practiced prepperPublished 6 months ago by Steve D. Mcdannald