Although I wasn't constructing a bug out shelter or doing some other exciting preparedness activity today, my first foray into making yogurt has many of the hallmarks of something people should do to be prepared, such as...
- It was useful to me. We eat yogurt so it is something that is needed, not a useless activity where the end result would be of no benefit to me.
- It involved constructing something. I made one product out of another product--something many people don't do because they usually just go out and buy what they want. But what happens if the product you want is not available? With a little knowledge, you will be able to actually make the product you need (we're talking basic stuff here, not alloying metal or making rubber).
- It saved me money. For the price of a half gallon of milk ($1.25 on sale) I was able to make almost three 32 ounce tubs of yogurt (at a store cost of $2 per tub).
- It was a learning activity. No matter what you want to learn how to do, start small, do the research, try (and if it fails, try again), and refine your efforts.
The bottom line is that no matter what you are doing to be prepared for the next big disaster, whether it is building a food stockpile, or something as simple as hemming a pair of pants, the most important part of being prepared is knowledge, a can-do attitude, the ability to find and process the information you need, and experimentation to achieve your desired results.
P.S. If you want to make your own yogurt, I found the recipe here.