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She Bakes, I Dehydrate

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 20:05 Written by 

I really enjoy the prepping lifestyle, more specifically the building of my food reserves. My preferred food storage method is dehydrating. I dehydrate between 20-50 lbs of fruits and vegetables a week. In fact, my Excalibur dehydrator is busy almost every day. I meticulously plan the dehydrating schedule, food packaging, and meal creation, and repeat the process every week as if it was a normal household chore. In contrast, my better half enjoys baking. Whenever we expect friends or family to drop by, my wife is busy making cookies and brownies. Even though our “likes”, or should I say obsessive hobbies, revolve around the kitchen, it is rare when one will help the other. She bakes. I dehydrate.


Prepping has become the most expensive hobby I have ever enjoyed. For years, I fished tournaments spring - fall, but now my excess money is spent buying equipment, food, medical supplies, and other things we store for that future need. I have been lucky that my wife does not want all of the materialistic “wastes of money” that the average American lusts over. Instead I am afforded the ability to purchase items to improve my preps, like my Excalibur 3900 Deluxe Food Dehydrator

While I am lucky to have a “somewhat” supporting spouse, there are things you can do to win the support of your family members. Keep in mind while they may support your prepping efforts, or at least tolerate them, they may not be inclined to help out. 

Communicate

Communication is key for all aspects of a relationship. This extends to setting aside money and other resources for your prepping goals. When making purchases, first ensure you have available money, and then discuss purchases with family members. While you may not need to get permission, by involving your family members they may become more interested in your cause. This act also invites ownership, even if your family members are not physically involved in building your preps. Additionally, by talking about your purchases and demonstrating the use of a specific item, you are providing familiarization training to your family members, whether they know it or not. 

Balance, Negotiate, and Compromise

If your family members are not always supportive of prepping, try your bartering skills. If your spouse wants to purchase an item that you determine you really do not need, negotiate a compromise. Explain that you would like a thingamajig, and if you can purchase it - your spouse can visit the evil-in-laws. Trade your want for theirs. Finding a middle ground, or balance, will help you achieve your prepping requirements. It may just take a little longer. 

Assign Responsibilities

Try to involve family members by assigning responsibilities. While you may meticulously manage your preps as I do, you can still involve your family members. First, try to assign basic to intermediate tasks to your family and then gauge their responsiveness. If they are not showing the attention to detail to live up to your standards, attempt to move them in the right direction. If they continue to not make your standards, then your experiment has failed, and you can go back to doing it yourself. In most cases, you can find something for each one of your family members to be responsible for. This can be ensuring your children are responsible for their Survival Bag, family members help with the packaging of food, or your spouse is responsible for the inventory of items. There is nothing wrong with conducting quality control. So until they have proven reliable, check over their work.  

Leverage Skills

If a family member has a particular skill that is useful for prepping or survival, learn to leverage their strengths. We all have things that we are good at. Identify each family member’s strengths and set up a plan to learn from them, or have them help you out. Even if a particular family member is not interested in prepping, you can still ask them for help. This help can be the transfer of knowledge or a service. Again, your bartering skills can be used here. Explain that you would like to learn something, and in turn you will buy a case of beer. 

Be Patient

Ok, so we have all faced the debate whether or not something would ever happen, or the taunts that you are crazy. Take an indirect approach to influence your family members that are not interested in prepping. I have always believed that leading by example is the best means to win the support of others. If a particular family member does not want anything to do with your crazy idea of prepping, do not solicit help or advice. Instead, continue your prepping plan and hopefully they will be inspired to start prepping as well. When I first started prepping, my in-laws scoffed at the idea. Eventually, other members of my extended family started prepping, which got my in-laws to start thinking about it. While the in-laws have not committed a single penny to prepping, recently they were looking to purchase a house and pointed out that their potential property would have a great bug out location for my family. My point here is - they are possibly coming around to the prepping lifestyle, and I have not made any attempts to convince them prepping is the way.

Conclusion

There are many ways to get your family involved in prepping. Of the topics I discussed, I highly recommend patience and compromise. It is easier to achieve your goals if you are sympathetic to theirs. Additionally, being aggressive when trying to get their involvement and support, could isolate you and the concept of prepping. Prepping is a lifestyle, and it takes time. Over time, hopefully your family members will come around to the idea. But, until they do… Be Prepared. Get Connected.

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