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Medical Experts • Re: Benefits of Vinegar???

August 12, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Hubs has been taking a shot of Braggs ACV with a little water every evening. I think he read to do it at night and it doesn’t make him get up in the night. His blood work is Monday. His doctor gave him 3 months to get his A1C down or he would have to get on meds. We are trying to avoid the meds with low carb diet, weight loss and ACV.
Fingers crossed that he’s made a difference.
Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:03 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Groups

July 31, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We, too, have reached out to learn our new community. I agree that locals will reach out to connect with their neighbors when the time comes. Some folks don’t believe in that and see locals as threats. I think it’s to your advantage as a prepper or as a group to blend in to a certain degree with your new environment whether that’s where you live full time or if it’s a part time BOL. I don’t want to be seen as an outsider after an event when you will need some alliances.
I’ve heard of groups but have not seen one that is truly successful- I would love to hear from one. In SC it was an OPSEC issue as to why you didn’t hear a lot of talk, maybe that’s the case all over.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:49 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Groups

July 31, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We, too, have reached out to learn our new community. I agree that locals will reach out to connect with their neighbors when the time comes. Some folks don’t believe in that and see locals as threats. I think it’s to your advantage as a prepper or as a group to blend in to a certain degree with your new environment whether that’s where you live full time or if it’s a part time BOL. I don’t want to be seen as an outsider after an event when you will need some alliances.
I’ve heard of groups but have not seen one that is truly successful- I would love to hear from one. In SC it was an OPSEC issue as to why you didn’t hear a lot of talk, maybe that’s the case all over.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:49 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JULY 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

July 31, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

After the tomato canning marathon of July, we decided to purchase a SS canner. We may can outside next year and have 2 canners going.

We joined COSTCO over the weekend and restocked a few preps. We had a SAMs membership in SC and it’s been over a year since we shopped at a warehouse store. I also wrote down a few prices so I can judge if it’s a good deal to purchase there or from an online source.

We’ve been cleaning out the garden of spent plants. I still have a few things producing.

Raised the chicken feeder as the birds are growing. Made some climbing branches for them play on. They’re snacking on end of season cucumbers and tomatoes.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:37 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JULY 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

July 31, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

After the tomato canning marathon of July, we decided to purchase a SS canner. We may can outside next year and have 2 canners going.

We joined COSTCO over the weekend and restocked a few preps. We had a SAMs membership in SC and it’s been over a year since we shopped at a warehouse store. I also wrote down a few prices so I can judge if it’s a good deal to purchase there or from an online source.

We’ve been cleaning out the garden of spent plants. I still have a few things producing.

Raised the chicken feeder as the birds are growing. Made some climbing branches for them play on. They’re snacking on end of season cucumbers and tomatoes.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:37 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Groups

July 31, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I saw this last night and read it to hubs. We were surprised that more folks had not weighed in on this subject. But, it is a much written and spoken about subject in the prepper arena. I do have personal experience but I’m gonna try to leave out too many personal details. :|

First off, most people are very independent and used to being in control of their own lives. Being in a group, you have to relinquish some of that control unless you’re the top dog and typically their is only one top dog. So that means a whole bunch of worker bees and only one Queen. ( use your preferred analogy). This causes all sorts of reactions from people depending on their personality and upbringing. As a whole, our society carries around ALOT of emotional baggage – this all comes flying out in a group. Most often in the form of jealousy. Oh what a wicked gem is jealousy. The root of many an evil. It causes people to back away, doing less work, it causes talking behind others back, it causes friction and ultimately causes members to leave or being asked to leave.

The other issue we have encountered is differing levels of work ethic. What one family sees as priority, others do not. Why are they doing this, why aren’t they doing that? Another issue of control. There always seems to be those that work hard and those that do not. And the guilty party (or parties) never see themselves as a problem.

Ultimately it is a vetting process that most people do not do thoroughly. I know that we didn’t. Having that experience, I would advise people to give this a lot of thought, prayer and time before you get into any kind of permanent arrangement.

The stress of a SHTF scenario will make and break groups. Who really knows how people will react when it all goes down. Those of us who find ourselves in very small, disintegrated groups, are hoping that when our family and friends all arrive that it somehow works. Otherwise it’s gonna be miserable and possibly deadly.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:30 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: Groups

July 31, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I saw this last night and read it to hubs. We were surprised that more folks had not weighed in on this subject. But, it is a much written and spoken about subject in the prepper arena. I do have personal experience but I’m gonna try to leave out too many personal details. :|

First off, most people are very independent and used to being in control of their own lives. Being in a group, you have to relinquish some of that control unless you’re the top dog and typically their is only one top dog. So that means a whole bunch of worker bees and only one Queen. ( use your preferred analogy). This causes all sorts of reactions from people depending on their personality and upbringing. As a whole, our society carries around ALOT of emotional baggage – this all comes flying out in a group. Most often in the form of jealousy. Oh what a wicked gem is jealousy. The root of many an evil. It causes people to back away, doing less work, it causes talking behind others back, it causes friction and ultimately causes members to leave or being asked to leave.

The other issue we have encountered is differing levels of work ethic. What one family sees as priority, others do not. Why are they doing this, why aren’t they doing that? Another issue of control. There always seems to be those that work hard and those that do not. And the guilty party (or parties) never see themselves as a problem.

Ultimately it is a vetting process that most people do not do thoroughly. I know that we didn’t. Having that experience, I would advise people to give this a lot of thought, prayer and time before you get into any kind of permanent arrangement.

The stress of a SHTF scenario will make and break groups. Who really knows how people will react when it all goes down. Those of us who find ourselves in very small, disintegrated groups, are hoping that when our family and friends all arrive that it somehow works. Otherwise it’s gonna be miserable and possibly deadly.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:30 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: The truth about Rice and Beans

July 30, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I agree that it’s what you’re used too. In our Deep South neck of the woods, it’s red beans and rice on Monday since that was typically “wash day”. So, across the Gulf Coast you will see Monday’s lunch special will be Red beans & rice.
Now in GA, we see a lot of field peas or purple hull peas which I’m not used to. So I would say, different regions have different “bean” preferences.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:08 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: The truth about Rice and Beans

July 30, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I agree that it’s what you’re used too. In our Deep South neck of the woods, it’s red beans and rice on Monday since that was typically “wash day”. So, across the Gulf Coast you will see Monday’s lunch special will be Red beans & rice.
Now in GA, we see a lot of field peas or purple hull peas which I’m not used to. So I would say, different regions have different “bean” preferences.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:08 pm


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General Food Topics • Re: Electric vs Gas Operated Stoves and Ovens

July 29, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We opted for a 500 gallon propane tank. We, too, have multiple cooking alternatives in a SHTF: camp chef (w/separate propane bottles), sun oven, volcano stoves and a wood fired stove up at our barn’s outdoor kitchen.
In response to folk’s concern for running out of propane or it being hard to get – that’s going to be, or at least could be, an issue for every single type of fuel and any electric power regardless of source. So as my daddy always says, you pays your money and you takes your chances! We put our money into propane for our homestead.
We would go into super conservation mode of course should we find ourselves w/o the ability to get more.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:50 pm


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General Food Topics • Re: Electric vs Gas Operated Stoves and Ovens

July 29, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

We opted for a 500 gallon propane tank. We, too, have multiple cooking alternatives in a SHTF: camp chef (w/separate propane bottles), sun oven, volcano stoves and a wood fired stove up at our barn’s outdoor kitchen.
In response to folk’s concern for running out of propane or it being hard to get – that’s going to be, or at least could be, an issue for every single type of fuel and any electric power regardless of source. So as my daddy always says, you pays your money and you takes your chances! We put our money into propane for our homestead.
We would go into super conservation mode of course should we find ourselves w/o the ability to get more.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:50 pm


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General Food Topics • Re: Electric vs Gas Operated Stoves and Ovens

July 29, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

When we built our cabin on our homestead we opted for a Premiere battery ignite gas stove. We have a propane tank that we keep topped off at 80%. We felt that was the best option for us. There’s no clock or oven light – very basic and that’s what we wanted. I’ve had it for 8 months and like it a lot. We don’t use the oven in the summer, I have a countertop convection oven for little stuff. We don’t have a microwave either.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:38 pm


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General Food Topics • Re: Electric vs Gas Operated Stoves and Ovens

July 29, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

When we built our cabin on our homestead we opted for a Premiere battery ignite gas stove. We have a propane tank that we keep topped off at 80%. We felt that was the best option for us. There’s no clock or oven light – very basic and that’s what we wanted. I’ve had it for 8 months and like it a lot. We don’t use the oven in the summer, I have a countertop convection oven for little stuff. We don’t have a microwave either.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:38 pm


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General Food Topics • Re: Electric vs Gas Operated Stoves and Ovens

July 29, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

When we built our cabin on our homestead we opted for a Premiere battery ignite gas stove. We have a propane tank that we keep topped off at 80%. We felt that was the best option for us. There’s no clock or oven light – very basic and that’s what we wanted. I’ve had it for 8 months and like it a lot. We don’t use the oven in the summer, I have a countertop convection oven for little stuff. We don’t have a microwave either.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:38 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: OK: lets Talk About the Nasty Stuff-Hygiene

July 29, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Excellent info Kappy – thanks
My 2 cents was that latrine issues are the hygiene priority. That and washing hands.
Someone mentioned making soap. I’m sure that’s an eventual need in a LT situation but stockpiling bar soap in a tote is very affordable and stores easily. We have purchased soap and saved hotel soaps (for the last 6 years).
One last thing is taking care of any scrapes, cuts or wounds. Have cleansing products for serious wounds, these can be as simple as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or something like hibiclins found on Amazon, along with bandages. This will go a long way in decreasing infection.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:05 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: OK: lets Talk About the Nasty Stuff-Hygiene

July 29, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Excellent info Kappy – thanks
My 2 cents was that latrine issues are the hygiene priority. That and washing hands.
Someone mentioned making soap. I’m sure that’s an eventual need in a LT situation but stockpiling bar soap in a tote is very affordable and stores easily. We have purchased soap and saved hotel soaps (for the last 6 years).
One last thing is taking care of any scrapes, cuts or wounds. Have cleansing products for serious wounds, these can be as simple as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or something like hibiclins found on Amazon, along with bandages. This will go a long way in decreasing infection.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:05 pm


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A.N.T.S. • Re: OK: lets Talk About the Nasty Stuff-Hygiene

July 29, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Excellent info Kappy – thanks
My 2 cents was that latrine issues are the hygiene priority. That and washing hands.
Someone mentioned making soap. I’m sure that’s an eventual need in a LT situation but stockpiling bar soap in a tote is very affordable and stores easily. We have purchased soap and saved hotel soaps (for the last 6 years).
One last thing is taking care of any scrapes, cuts or wounds. Have cleansing products for serious wounds, these can be as simple as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or something like hibiclins found on Amazon, along with bandages. This will go a long way in decreasing infection.

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:05 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JULY 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

July 28, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

It was a good year for tomatoes. Canned tomato sauce, salsa (28 pints!), preserves, jelly, roasted Romas, and pickled. First year at canning dill pickles. Froze some shredded zucchini but ate most of it fresh – sometimes eating it every day. Made plenty of zucchini boats and lasagna. We had so much rain this month that we struggled with the garden. Only a few yellow squash, one cantaloupe and few green beans.
Our new chicks are growing and adjusting to their new home.
Grapes, cultivated and wild, are doing wonderful. Won’t be long and I’ll be canning jam, jelly and juice!

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:56 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: JULY 2017 – What Did You Do To Prep This Week/Month?

July 28, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

It was a good year for tomatoes. Canned tomato sauce, salsa (28 pints!), preserves, jelly, roasted Romas, and pickled. First year at canning dill pickles. Froze some shredded zucchini but ate most of it fresh – sometimes eating it every day. Made plenty of zucchini boats and lasagna. We had so much rain this month that we struggled with the garden. Only a few yellow squash, one cantaloupe and few green beans.
Our new chicks are growing and adjusting to their new home.
Grapes, cultivated and wild, are doing wonderful. Won’t be long and I’ll be canning jam, jelly and juice!

Mrs FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:56 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: The truth about Rice and Beans

July 28, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Something else would be a pickled relish such as chow chow, pickled peppers or stewed tomatoes. I had a lot of tomatoes this year so I pickled some. In reading recipes from blogs, pickled veggies were/are popular in places such as Russia. They’re good for digestion and offer some of your summer bounty in the winter. My son and I figured all that would be good with beans and rice.
The hubs recently started a Tbsp. Of Braggs vinegar each night in a small glass of water. Says it helps his gut. I’m thinking it would help gut issues should a diet change be necessary. Any all natural vinegar with the “mother” would work. Braggs is very popular but there are other brands.

Mrs. FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:34 pm


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General Preparedness Discussion • Re: The truth about Rice and Beans

July 28, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

Something else would be a pickled relish such as chow chow, pickled peppers or stewed tomatoes. I had a lot of tomatoes this year so I pickled some. In reading recipes from blogs, pickled veggies were/are popular in places such as Russia. They’re good for digestion and offer some of your summer bounty in the winter. My son and I figured all that would be good with beans and rice.
The hubs recently started a Tbsp. Of Braggs vinegar each night in a small glass of water. Says it helps his gut. I’m thinking it would help gut issues should a diet change be necessary. Any all natural vinegar with the “mother” would work. Braggs is very popular but there are other brands.

Mrs. FP

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:34 pm


General Family Preparedness • Re: Prepper Spending Challenge! How would you do it?

May 8, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I think you do what you have to do. It’s better than doing nothing at all.
As far as a challenge to myself, I’m a bargain shopper so I would probably take the lump sum and buy in bulk, dry goods, canned goods (to rotate in my everyday use) and get long term garden seeds.
BUT, most people cannot front that large sum. We didn’t buy anything that expensive at one time. It takes time…years, to be where you want to be as a prepper and most would tell you it is an ongoing process. We started in 2011, thinking we were in the house we wanted to be in. Later decided to move to an even more remote area on a homestead. All our preps moved with us, buckets, #10 cans, home canned food, household pantry goods, everything.
Just because you rent, don’t stop or hold back from prepping. You never know when it could happen.
Also, try not to judge yourself against what you read online. I can tell you that some people do lie about what they have. I never would’ve thought that until I saw it for myself.
You have to do what you can for your family, given your own set of circumstances. We don’t know what the future holds but we are doing our best to prepare.

Mrs. Forward Preppers

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon May 08, 2017 5:40 pm


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General Family Preparedness • Re: Prepper Spending Challenge! How would you do it?

May 8, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I think you do what you have to do. It’s better than doing nothing at all.
As far as a challenge to myself, I’m a bargain shopper so I would probably take the lump sum and buy in bulk, dry goods, canned goods (to rotate in my everyday use) and get long term garden seeds.
BUT, most people cannot front that large sum. We didn’t buy anything that expensive at one time. It takes time…years, to be where you want to be as a prepper and most would tell you it is an ongoing process. We started in 2011, thinking we were in the house we wanted to be in. Later decided to move to an even more remote area on a homestead. All our preps moved with us, buckets, #10 cans, home canned food, household pantry goods, everything.
Just because you rent, don’t stop or hold back from prepping. You never know when it could happen.
Also, try not to judge yourself against what you read online. I can tell you that some people do lie about what they have. I never would’ve thought that until I saw it for myself.
You have to do what you can for your family, given your own set of circumstances. We don’t know what the future holds but we are doing our best to prepare.

Mrs. Forward Preppers

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon May 08, 2017 5:40 pm


General Food Topics • Re: HONEY: powder

May 8, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I think it’s just another sweetener to use where it would blend in like beverages and baked goods. We have some but from another vendor – I think it may be granules. We have honey too but due to a severe allergy in our family we will not have our own bees. We have enough stinging things flying around here in the deep south.
I could think of many uses when you want to conserve the real honey and use the powder and granules for a sweetener only. It certainly doesn’t beat the real thing but there are many substitutes for “the real thing” in our society! :D

Mrs. Forward Preppers

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon May 08, 2017 5:28 pm


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General Food Topics • Re: HONEY: powder

May 8, 2017 ForwardPreppers 0

I think it’s just another sweetener to use where it would blend in like beverages and baked goods. We have some but from another vendor – I think it may be granules. We have honey too but due to a severe allergy in our family we will not have our own bees. We have enough stinging things flying around here in the deep south.
I could think of many uses when you want to conserve the real honey and use the powder and granules for a sweetener only. It certainly doesn’t beat the real thing but there are many substitutes for “the real thing” in our society! :D

Mrs. Forward Preppers

Statistics: Posted by ForwardPreppers — Mon May 08, 2017 5:28 pm