July 27, 2015—The idea of preparedness often evokes thoughts of gray skies, zombie hoards, underground bunkers, tricked out battle rifles, slugs, snails and puppy dog tails. This image is propagated by Hollywood which, for monetary reasons, tends to paint apocalyptic thrillers in the male gaze.
The result is that girls often feel alienated by the modern prepper movement. Hacking of limbs with a machete tends to have less of an appeal to the fairer sex, but that doesn’t mean they are in the dark when it comes to the threats our country faces.
Katie Owen has published two books that speak exclusively to prepping for girls. She joins me on the Prepper Recon Podcast today to talk about how prepping differs for women and men. Katie has perfected several valuable skills that will help her and her family survive natural or man-made disasters. She focuses on holistic home remedies, gardening, bee keeping, canning and more recently, the tiny house movement.
Katie gives some fantastic advice about keeping bees in today’s show as well as some little known uses for honey. She explains how well honey will store and how you can use it as a barter item in an economic collapse. Many scoff at the thought of the dollar ever being worthless, but the scoffer’s counterparts in the 2001 Argentinian collapse quickly learned to adapt to a barter society or were cut out of the market.
Katie shares some great ideas about canning as well. She has worked on several recipes that allow her to store ready-to-eat full meals in Mason jars on her shelf that require no cooking what so ever. While prepping for girls and boys may be different, both paths are necessary to make a complete plan. And while men aren’t wired to prep the same way as girls, we do have a high appreciation for the sugar and spice and all things nice that the ladies bring to the table.
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