I had the rare pleasure of spending an afternoon with a 75 year old grandma prepper yesterday. She is the grandmother of my son-in-law and what a neat lady! The visit was a surprise to her. My daughter and son-in-law normally spend Sunday afternoons with her at her rural property in the Texas Hill Country, but they did not tell her I would be with them yesterday. We had a nice visit, just casual conversation for the first hour or so. But then the daughter and son-in-law went off to do their own thing and Granny and I got into so some deep discussions about prepping. She brought up the subject of canning and dehydrating food from the garden and then asked me, rather hesitantly, what I thought of the way things were going in this country. She clearly did not know I was already a prepper! I certainly didn't realize she was but I'm glad to know it.
We exchanged several recipes for canning and I learned several things from her. I had no idea you could can things like flour and fresh nuts and rice. They will keep even longer canned, so good to know! She is making me copies of some really old (circa 40's and 50's) canning pamphlets she has from Kerr and Ball and she gave me a handful fo dried hot peppers that she said are prolific and good for lots of things. They are not habaneros but one tiny pepper, crushed and stirred into a pot of chili will take it from mild to three alarm ...and one dried pepper placed in a stored sack of flour will keep the mealy bugs at bay forever. The dried pepper is easy to see and remove from the flour and does not affect it at all. I explained EMP's to her and gave her some of my tips of my own ...things to stock up besides food and ways of storing that would not make them conspicuous and a target.
Granny said she started prepping back in 1999, in preparation for Y2K. She kept on prepping through about 2005 but said used more than she preserved in 2006 and 2007. But when she got serious again last summer when she said she 'could see the way things were going.'
She's a smart cookie and is in a good location if she has to hole up for a while. She has two grown sons that live on the homestead and help her maintain things. She said her other three sons and my daugthter and son-in-law know to come to her if things get bad too. I'm glad for her sake and for my kids to know she's one of us.