On the radio show this past Saturday we did a “Best of” replay as it was my 12 year wedding anniversary so I took some time off.However, I don’t believe that I ever provided you folks with the link for the show prior to that one which was on the topic of hoarding.  In this particular show I discussed the realities of so-called anti-hoarding laws, highlighted your rights and freedoms in this regard, and I also shared with you some ways that you can be more careful in keeping your preparedness information more private. Every once in a while I do a show in which I feel really good about it after I’m finished. This was one of those kinds of shows so I hope that you’ll take the time to listen to it. Here’s the link. Hoarding: PP blog radio show

We’re nearing the end of the 6 months of opportunity to purchase butter, other dairy products, and meats at a reasonable cost before we start seeing the retail prices in these categories begin to skyrocket. So be sure that you keep an eye out for any specials on these items and take advantage of them now astheir “discount prices” in the future are not apt to be too spectacular.  I’m not able to get precise information as to whether or not the retailers are aware of this anticipated jump. So I have no idea if it’s going to take them by surprise and thus cause them to price things in a knee jerk reaction when it happens or if they are trying to gradually expose their customers to it by incremental increases now in anticipation of hard to swallow pricing later.

Remember, canning meat is one of the easiest things to do.  Just put it raw in clean jars, add some water, pop the lids on, and then put them in the pressure canner as per the manufacturer instructions. I’ve done a blow by blow article on canning meats here. Yes, You Can Can Meat!

By the way, I’m actually a bit surprised at how well my first-time-ever garden is doing! I’m using the Mittleider Gardening Method as much as possible and I can totally understand why it’s so popular! I’m so excited for the pink and yellow tomatoes that are going to be popping up as well as my big red  “Mortgage Saver” tomatoes.  I feel like a kid a couple weeks before Christmas as I watch these babies grow! If nothing else, feeding the garden weekly with the Mittleider Gardening suggested blend has been helpful.  I have a goal to show the blue squash, the pink tomatoes and the Chinese beans at the state fair this year. I don’t care whether or not a judge likes my produce. I’ve simply set a goal to enter; so not matter what, that’s what I’m going to do.  I’ll take pictures and post them in a couple of weeks.

Just as a reminder, I will definitely be going to central Ohio. I’ll be presenting a regional fireside on the topic “The Sacred Nature of Preparedness” on the 10th of July at 7:00 p.m. While it will be held in a LDS/Mormon church, it’s open to everyone. I’ll be addressing the Spiritual Principle of Preparedness, more specifically we’ll be exploring a great deal of the Old Testament, as it sheds a great deal of light on the greater purpose of our self-reliance efforts than just the typical “food storage”.  It’s actually quite fascinating to see just how much the Old Testament has to teach us on that level. Most people just spout the typical “it wasn’t’ raining when Noah built the ark” kind of stuff from the Old Testament, but we’ll be looking a lot at Moses and his dealing with the House of Israel as well as Joseph of Egypt and how clearly these two instances apply to us today and help us understand the big picture in our preparedness efforts.

I have to say, though I teach a lot of classes which I really enjoy and have fun doing, this is my absolute favorite one to present. It’s so fun seeing the light bulb go off in people’s mind and to provide a fresh look at preparedness that people aren’t expecting. I love it! And I love the opportunity to discuss the first Principle of Preparedness. Though it’s the most important in prioritization, I’m rarely in the proper circumstances or environment to get into greater detail in that regard.  I personally invite you to come and join us. So far it looks like it will be a well-attended event. I’m hearing from a lot of folks who are coming from all areas of Ohio and even Michigan and Kentucky. If you come, be sure to bring your scriptures and, as it will be held in a chapel, Sunday dress is recommended.

Last but not least, some of you are getting into the spirit of winning this month’s Preparedness Pro Giveaway! Way to go! The more you comment on the blog or on Facebook (or both) the better your chances of winning are! Keep it up! And by the way I love it when you guys post links to articles and such that might be of interest to other readers. I can’t possibly put it all up there with my day, so I love the community effort! Thanks for that!

TTFN (That’s Tigger speak for “ta ta for now”)


Diana Smith · June 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

As a gardener with over 45 years under my bibs it is so neat to see new gardeners so enthused about growing their own….I dream of a day when every yard and balcony has something edible growing…less grass, more food! Just started canning meat so took a peek at your tutorial on that. Love having meals ready in a jar.

Donnella · June 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Wish I were closer so I could attend the fireside. I’ve read most everything on your website and agree that the spiritual aspect is the #1 priority. It’s easy to become overwhelmed in our preparedness efforts unsure about the timeline of coming events. Speaking of Noah…I went to bed last night thinking of how God told Noah to get busy building the ark but I don’t recall about Noah having a time frame. It was all about daily diligence and obedience to His word.

Francie · June 21, 2011 at 2:15 am

Thank you! I just listened to your show on hoarding… as I was sorting my coupons into my binder! It is amazing how many comments I get about my “extreme couponing” when people see me shopping. Here are my most common answers- “I buy 4 papers.” and “No, I don’t dumpster dive.” and “I have never seen that show.”
What I don’t mention is I also re-recycle the papers my neighbors put out and get more free coupons. My late father-in-law used to say “You don’t have to tell everything you know.” This applies to discussing our preparedness.
If someone is sincere and asks for help, I share websites. I invite people I know to shop with me so I can walk them through…
Saving money on groceries and other items has allowed me to purchase my sun oven. Thanks for your encouragement.

    Kellene · June 21, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Couponing is how I was able to afford my Sun Oven as well! *high five*

Laurie · June 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Do you have an article here about the coming rise in prices for meat and dairy? I think it would be a good read for me to look at the timeline and reasons, etc.

    Grannytraveler · June 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    There have been episodes on the national news about the horrible drought in Texas and how ranchers are killing off their cattle and dairy herds as they are so expensive to feed and are water intensive. Instead many are switching to goats. If you follow the news both on TV and in the print media it is difficult to miss the coming signs of higher prices. There have been a plethora of articles about how this won’t be the summer for grillin’ as the price of meat is expected to go through the roof as the herds are decimated. You have to keep up on what is happening in the world and don’t rely just on one source of info. Why does Kellene have to supply the article for you? Remember that to be really prepared you have to be aware of what is happening around you.

becky shook · June 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I truly love reading the articles you have i am really interested in the waxing cheese….would cheddar cheese be considered hard would moz be considered soft i like to have moz on hand for pizzas


Susan · June 21, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi Kellene, Just listened to your show on hoarding. It was very informative and I appreciate your efforts to share your preparedness know-how. Since you encourage people to be selective on how much info they share with others regarding their preparedness efforts, I was wondering if you have ever felt that you have compromised your own security by being such a fountain of knowledge for others. I was glad you addressed that specifically. Thanks.

Sharon Andrew · June 22, 2011 at 2:24 am

I really need to take your course on couponing soon so I can save more money.The prices at the store are high already.I sure would like to know what to do with our 401 before it might be worth nothing.There seems to be nowwhere safe.Do we take it out and buy some more of what we need?Buy land and maybe some small animals?If we wait too long I really don’t believe we will get to use it at all.

Karen Huedepohl · June 22, 2011 at 2:29 am

Thanks for the “heads-up” on the prices going up soon on dairy & meat. I guess I’ll be canning a little sooner than I thought! LOL

All your hard work to feed us information we need, is very much appreciated!
Thanks Kellene!

Karol · June 22, 2011 at 3:51 am

Thanks for the warning on the dairy and meat prices. I will be looking for any sales and stocking up. Really want to try canning some meat.

Robin · June 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

The garden sounds great! Thanks for the heads up on dairy. Looks like I will be shopping to stock up on butter and cheese next weekend. I keep as much as I can in the freezer but we go through it pretty fast.

Canning Granny · June 27, 2011 at 10:24 am

LOVE your posts… thank you for being the voice of reason in what could be a panic-ridden time!

tammy · June 27, 2011 at 6:21 pm

My garden looks like it will do well too. Lots of green and starting to see blossoms. Hopefully we get lots of produce for our efforts.

Can’t wait to see photos of yours.

Keren · July 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Thanks to you, I have become addicted to canning! You gave me the nudge I needed last month. Since then, I have canned chicken, beef, pork, and strawberry/rhubarb sauce. I laughed the other day when my hubby asked me “just how long do you expect this famine to last?” With our bulging pantry and now home canned area, I feel very self-sufficient and good about myself.

I have a question, I make my own dog food using long grain brown rice and store bought canned chicken. I forgot to take it to the freezer and left it out for about 16 hours. Can I save it by canning it or should I just throw it out and start over? If I can save it, how long and at what pressure? Thanks again for all you do. 🙂

    Kellene · July 11, 2011 at 3:54 am

    I LOVE it!!! 🙂 If it were me, I’d throw it out and start over. Sorry I don’t have better news for you.

Keren · July 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Thanks…… not what I really wanted to hear but it is what I expected. 🙂

CJ · July 18, 2011 at 11:51 pm

My Garden has flopped this year! too Soggy too many snails!!! do you have an answer for snails that is not poison?


    Kellene · July 19, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Diatomaceous earth works on snails.

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