"Was just reading your book and you have some fabulous ideas! A couple of tricks I wanted to share. We get soda bottles from different people and store things in them. I especially like to use them for storing water. And the small bottles are great for things like salt. Another idea is that some places put the hand/feet/toe warmers on clearance at the end of winter. You can use these instead of the little oxygen things to help store food longer. I am looking forward to getting time to sit down and read your blog!
You friend in prepping,
Thank you for sending that in. It seems like soda bottles would be good storage containers because they're of a heavier plastic than water bottles or milk jugs. Good suggestion. Of course, after you wash them good, make sure you let them dry for a couple days!
I'd never heard that about the hand warmers, but if they're oxygen-absorbing, that would work. I'll have to look for some at the store myself! I wish I had one right now so I could double-check for harmful chemicals or any other reason why they wouldn't be wise to use, but I don't have one. So I'm publishing this and not really sure if it's safe. Please use caution until I have more information for you.
I also got an email from a reader named Sue that started with "Just read your book – gave me some ideas on things to start storing! Thanks... will be starting with rice and getting the 5 gallon buckets from our bakery ($0.50 each)." She went on with some great suggestions for the new book, Poverty Prepping II, which will be included in it, along with credit to her for the ideas! Thanks a bunch, Sue! Keep the ideas coming, folks!
My favorite kind of emails from readers are those that give some insight into their lives. It's interesting to read what people have been through or what prompted them to think what they eat, how to get it, and whether they should store food.
Here's one from a remarkable woman named Jackie, printed here with her permission: