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Making the Best of Basics Handbook

Making the Best of Basics Handbook
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  • Personal & family emergency preparedness plans
  • Long-term food storage techniques 
  • Healthy recipes using basic ingredients
  • Preserving garden produce
  • Sprouting heirloom seeds
  • Baking sourdough bread
  • Dozens of charts, tables, lists & recipes
  • Updates & revision from previous copies
  • Wide range of practical advice 
  • Exhaustive research & detailed directions


Making the Best of Basics Handbook

If you were temporarily out of work, how long could you sustain yourself and your family in a near-normal manner? To what natural, man-caused, or personal disasters are you vulnerable? If the transportation system were disrupted, how long could you and your family live on the food in your home? Do you know what to store, how much you need, or where to get it?

In today's world you can't afford to be unprepared. If you want the security of being able to live from your own personal resources for up to a year regardless of external conditions, Making the Best of Basics will show you how. With over 800,000 copies sold, Making the Best of Basics has long been the standard resource for in-home food storage and family preparedness. Edition 12.5 has been expanded, revised, and updated. Making the Best of Basics is the most comprehensive single volume ever compiled on in-home storage.

Making the Best of Basics Family Preparedness Handbook provides:

  • A plan for acquiring and maintaining your in-home food storage
  • Charts defining what foods and nonfoods to buy for your in-home storage
  • A Family Factor to determine quantities of foods and other items for your family

Peace of mind follows preparation. Let Making the Best of Basics do for you what it has already done for more than a generation—make preparation both possible and manageable—and give your family a measure of security in an uncertain world.

Newly updated version 12.5, soft cover, 8-1/2" x 11", 562 pages.

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Brand James T. Stevens
Width 8.5"
Depth 1"
Height 11"
Product Weight (lbs.) 3 lb.
Page Count 562
Binding Perfect
Cover Softcover
ISBN 9780983046530
Origin USA


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    Well researched and presented.
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    I have not read much of the book yet. I was impressed with how much material that is in the book. I am amazed at the organization on the book and the chapters that are in the book. This book is exactly what I was looking for. I am a Christian and I am a avid reader of the bible. The bible says we live in this world, but not of this world. Dr. Preppers Handbook is the guide to live in this world.
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  • It has lots of information
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    I bought this book for a very specific purpose in mind. I wanted help coming up with a list of items to have as part of my food storage and emergency preparedness kits. I found what I was looking for but it was not as easy as I had hoped.
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