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I've saw this book "Making the Best of Basics Family Preparedness Handbook".  https://www.lehmans.com/product/family-preparedness-handbook/

 

I was wondering if anyone here had it?   Lehmans lists the table of contents.   Several of the chapters would not be useful to me  (celiac disease, food allergies).   If you omitted the chapters dealing with most foods and recipes, is the book still worth it?   Or is it common knowledge?

 

 

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It does have a lot of recipes, but also some useful nuggets you won't find elsewhere, such as how long a gallon of lamp oil will give you light. The food preservation info was good too.  I found it worth the money, and even bought one for my sister in law when she asked about prepping basics.  I liked it because it was more oriented to how to survive using old-time techniques rather than a lot of expensive and high maintenance 'stuff'.  I also liked the cross referencing it did to find other sources of info and 'stuff'.  

It would be one of my rock bottom basic library, along with nuclear war survival skills, dare to prepare,  and cooking with home storage.

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What size is the font, and what edition do you have?  I'm still having a lot of trouble reading, and by this point I'm probably not going to get much better.

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Mine was printed prior to Y2K, then the newer ones I got for my SIL were used editions from Amazon from 2004.  Info was the same, some updates on the 'links' printed inside, but much, much, MUCH cheaper!  The font was fairly large (14 or so) except in the reference/link pages, that was phone book sized.  OMG remember

phone books?  Youngsters don't even know what they are for. (LOL.)  I just tell them they were for using with the phone that hung on a wall.  Then they get reeeeely puzzled! LOL!

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I have it and it does have a lot of useful knowledge in it. Mine is the 2010 edition and yes, the print is pretty small. Not tiny but small none-the-less. I'd have issues with it if I was lying in bed reading it but sitting in a chair with the light right beside me wouldn't be a problem. And my eyes are bad lately.

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My LDS friend gave me this one decades ago.  Then she needed a copy quick, to teach a class.  So I sent it back to her and replaced it with a good condition-used copy....which I knew I could find easily.  I use their instructions for making yogurt.  Other stuff. 

 

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I don't have the book...but I did manage to collect nearly all of the Foxfire series and absolutely love them!  What a treasure trough of knowledge from the old timers!

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I'm glad that I bought it!   The chapters "Water" and Energy and Fuels Storage" are worth the cost of the book alone.  There's alot of neat information in it.   I've only been skimming here and there.    The medical chapter is written by Joe and Amy Alton (authors of "Survival Medicine Handbook").

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Which edition are they on by now, OOTO?  I've got the 10th and I just went to check.  There is no Medical chapter in this one. 

 

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I got my first copy of it just after Y2K and actually made the home made vacuum pump sealer they mentioned in it.  Were the auto salvage fellows ever puzzled when I went to them for parts!  I had to make a copy of the plans and show them.  The contraption worked, too!  but now we have oxygen absorbers, and other consumer sized vacuum pumps so it is rather redundant now.  L)OL - we called it "wankenstein"......

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It's the 12.5 Version.  That is the 12th Revised edition reprint, April 2013.

 

Mine doesn't have a home vacuum sealer pump in it that I've seen.   Now I'm wondering how this compares to the older editions.  

 

There's so much information   :reading:  and no index at the back.  There are chapters listed in the beginning and the subtopics and what page that is on in that chapter.  

 

 

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