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Clearance: 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


Clearance: Making the Best of Basics Handbook

This is a new, unused item of a discontinued model. Please check the table below to see how we rate our clearance items.

Note: The product images on this page are of a new item, with the exception of any images marked “Clearance item”.

This popular book is now out of print. We were able to acquire a few copies with some shelf wear, so we're offering them to you on clearance, for less!

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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Descriptions of Ratings for Clearance Store Items

Rating Description
(Expanded descriptions in next table)
Minimum Discount Mechanically Perfect Standard Return Policy Full
R1 Returned. Non-working surfaces have new or nearly new appearance. Working surfaces may have slight wear marks. Very close scrutiny is required to tell that the item isn’t brand new. Packaging may not be perfect. 10% Yes Yes Yes
R2 Returned, nearly-new appearance. Slight to moderate flaws on non-working surfaces, such as a mixer cabinet or lid.  Varies by item Yes Yes Yes
FR Factory refurbished. Mostly returned items which have been brought fully up to new-equipment performance specs at the factory. Varies by item Yes Yes No
D Demonstration items have been operated briefly at Pleasant Hill Grain. Varies by item Yes Yes Yes
SDB From new stock; has moderate damage such as a scratch, dent, or paint blemish. Varies by item Yes Yes Yes
NOS New old-stock. A brand new item that isn't the newest model. Varies by item. Yes Yes Varies by item

Additional notes:

  1. The ratings are for cosmetic condition only. All Clearance Store merchandise is guaranteed to function perfectly.
  2. Items are offered under normal terms of sale: Please review policies before ordering.
  3. Some clearance items ship in plain (but carefully boxed) packaging, rather than the manufacturer’s original carton.
  4. Important: All clearance items may have been exposed to various allergenic foods.

Bottom Line: If you’re a highly detail-oriented person, we recommend sticking to “R1.” But after a week’s use, the only real difference between one of these items and a brand new one will be the money you saved.



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BrandJames T. Stevens
Product Weight (lbs.)3 lb.
Page Count562


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