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SurvivalBlog.com ^ | 5/13/12 | John D.

Posted on 05/13/2012 3:20:10 PM PDT by Kartographer

I am a deputy sheriff in Louisiana and patrol primarily on the night shift. A few nights ago my shift was alerted that the main city in our parish was under a complete "black out", meaning a total loss of ALL electricity. The reason for the blackout was unknown but the repercussions were great. The power stayed out for a mere hour and a half, but that was all it took to cause chaos all throughout the city. In this hour and a half multiple shootings occurred, multiple wrecks occurred on the highways and city streets, and multiple stores and businesses were broken into and looted due to security systems malfunctioning. All within that small hour and a half. It really shows how fragile the order in our cities hangs in the balance. People who would probably have been watching television or engaging in other peaceful activities, were gathering in the streets starting fights. All because the lights and tv turned off. Wow. Only a handful of people had nothing to worry about because they were prepared with a few necessities such as: flashlights, food, water, protection (I.e. Rifle, handgun, or shotgun).

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To: JRandomFreeper

Got it - it has a capicitor bank in the middle.

Like I said - too small to be of use.


101 posted on 05/13/2012 8:43:23 PM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
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To: patton
No. Go look at schematics. It's a true sine wave inverter that can be synced at the triacs.

Outback has some monster ones for use in grid-tie applications.

/johnny

102 posted on 05/13/2012 8:46:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: patton
too small to be of use.

And the paired 3kw units have an effective 50 amp service plug. Hell, my entire house runs on a 60 amp service. What are you talking about 'too small'?

I think your technology is dated and you need to study up on modern inverter tech.

A 12 or 24VDC genset feeding an inverter can make any kind, frequency, or phase AC that you care to specify. I can get 400hz, 3 phase, 480VAC out of inverters that stack nicely. At respectable power levels, like 30kW.

An inverter doesn't care about whether the power comes from solar panels, or an alternator.

And Honda married an alternator and a modern inverter.

No-one has used banks of capacitors for phase regulation in years. Or motor driven inductors for that matter. Or even sync-selsyn equipment.

The F-16 does still have a motor generator for some of the 400Hz ac stuff, but solid state is taking over.

/johnny

103 posted on 05/13/2012 9:00:48 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Running On Empty

marking


104 posted on 05/13/2012 9:06:13 PM PDT by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: JRandomFreeper
I don't want them for scrambled eggs, but for everything else, they are just fine. They make great crepes.

Good to know. Crepes are quick to cook and are very versatile.

105 posted on 05/13/2012 9:08:55 PM PDT by bgill
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To: FreedomPoster
I’d sure like to see a town identified here.

Me, too. It went from the main city in the parish to a small town.

106 posted on 05/13/2012 9:15:02 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill
And cheap. Flour, milk powder, egg powder, baking powder, salt, melted fat of some kind and water for savory crepes. Add some sugar for dessert crepes.

Fast, easy, and good. Pancakes are basically the same, just thicker.

And much better than attempting scrambled eggs from powder.

/johnny

107 posted on 05/13/2012 9:15:21 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: djf

I was asked what I wanted for Mother’s Day. I asked for a solar generator. Didn’t get one.


108 posted on 05/13/2012 9:21:51 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Fee
Provident Pantry and Mountain House taste good. Tried Wise buckets where the meal comes in pouches. No meat in meals, but soy substitutes

Be careful of soy substitutes. That stuff can tear your tummy up something awful. I'd hate to go through that especially with a tp and facility shortage.

109 posted on 05/13/2012 9:26:02 PM PDT by bgill
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To: JRandomFreeper

what is good for scrambled eggs? other than real eggs....any product out there that is the real deal?


110 posted on 05/13/2012 9:28:43 PM PDT by cherry
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To: bgill
God gave me too many squirrels and feral hogs to be eating meat substitutes. I am truly blessed.

Soy sucks, unless it's soy sauce for flavoring, or spicy bean paste.

/johnny

111 posted on 05/13/2012 9:29:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Johnny, would you mind posting your crepe recipe using powdered eggs?

Thanks,
Susan


112 posted on 05/13/2012 9:32:29 PM PDT by DukeBillie
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To: cherry
Real eggs. I've done all I can. Researched it, tried it all, looked in McGee for technical tricks, and all I can come up with is real eggs. Same for over easy.

So now I have access to local chickens and fresh eggs. One does what one must.

However... that being said... if you can raid a duck's nest and get freshly laid eggs (a black marker is good for marking older eggs)... duck and goose eggs are to die for when making scrambled eggs, omelets, or over easy. Big, rich, and full of flavor. I never pass a chance to steal duck eggs.

But mark them. First day you check the nest when mom is off it. Mark all of them.

You can take the unmarked ones the next day.

Getting an older egg is less than optimal.

/johnny

113 posted on 05/13/2012 9:35:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Lots of squirrels, fish, snakes, deer and other creatures here. Someone cleared out the feral hogs here a couple years ago. Soy sauce on pork chops, yummmm. Super fresh, like hours, pork chops grilled just right tastes like beef, double yummm.


114 posted on 05/13/2012 9:37:11 PM PDT by bgill
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To: DukeBillie
Don't mind, but I'll have to make it in the morning so I can get quantities. That's like my cornbread or biscuit recipes. I have no idea how much of what I use, I've been doing it so long.

/johnny

115 posted on 05/13/2012 9:39:46 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bgill
And I have a lake full of fish within walking distance. Neighbor pulled a 44lb yellow cat out 2 weeks ago. I grabbed the head and cut the cheek steaks off of it. They were bigger than some cappie that I've eaten.

/johnny

116 posted on 05/13/2012 9:43:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Duck eggs make really good smooth cheesecake, too. The only thing I don't care for them in is angel food cake, as they seem to make the cake taste a little metallic.

Don't use a “permanent” marker as it may make the future ducklings ill, esp. if you mark the end that has the air sac.

117 posted on 05/13/2012 9:46:15 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: tumblindice

OMG....stop. That was so funny, my ribs ache!


118 posted on 05/13/2012 9:50:54 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: piasa
Another egg thief. ;)

Only problem I've had cooking with them is sometimes a faintly fishy taste. I assume that's from eating the greens in the lake. And for me, that's no downside for breakfast, as Sunday breakfast special here is herring, stewed tomatoes and beer.

For all my baking, I use dried eggs. Never made a cheesecake with dried egg though. Cheesecakes are too blasted expensive to make these days.

/johnny

119 posted on 05/13/2012 9:53:57 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Neighbor pulled a 44lb yellow cat out 2 weeks ago.

That's a BIG cat! Had he drowned? lol

120 posted on 05/13/2012 9:57:16 PM PDT by Errant
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thanks I understand. I’m that way with a lot of my recipes.


121 posted on 05/13/2012 10:01:12 PM PDT by DukeBillie
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To: Errant
I'll be dreaming of a 44 lb yellow catfish doing naughty things to you tonight for that sad joke.

BTW, don't try to lip a 44 lb catfish into the boat. Use a gaff. They don't really have teeth, but they do have some nasty little multi-row needle things they use in place of teeth.

Sleep well.

/johnny

122 posted on 05/13/2012 10:10:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

123 posted on 05/13/2012 10:23:34 PM PDT by Errant
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To: JRandomFreeper

They also have very pointed and sharp fin spikes with which they can stab you and infect you with whatever bacteria are in the mud they wallow. Some catfish use those fins to walk from pond to pond don’tchaknow.


124 posted on 05/13/2012 10:31:28 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN
I carry tin snips on the boat. I know. The fins come off before the fish comes in, or right after.

/johnny

125 posted on 05/13/2012 10:34:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Joking aside, I think your yellow catfish is a cousin to our appaloosa catfish here in Louisiana. It’s a great tasting fish, as they are predators - not scavengers.


126 posted on 05/13/2012 11:21:25 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Errant
The one the neighbor caught got hooked on a palm sized red-ear perch. But the bait does have to be alive.

I've never had problems with yellow cats flavor here.

Blue cats can sometimes taste a little.... muddy, or something.

But the big yellows. Pure meat. I put the head in my kitchen sink to take out the cheeks, and it filled the sink, side to side, front to back, and stuck out over the top.

Needless to say the cheek steaks were as big as a filet mignon.

/johnny

127 posted on 05/13/2012 11:41:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

RE: Chickens... Grandma lived up on a mountain and had chickens who laid all thru the winter. She took all her leftovers, boiled them into slop and fed that stuff to them, along with their feed. She swore that was the reason she had eggs year round. Lord, I wish I still had her around to teach me all she knew...


128 posted on 05/14/2012 12:01:58 AM PDT by Humidston (For the first time in my adult life I FEAR my government.)
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To: Humidston
Science says that egg laying is directly related to daylight hours. Artificial lighting is regularly used in factory farms to keep the hens laying in winter.

Nothing wrong with feeding them well with leftovers, but daylight has a lot to do with whether chickens lay or not.

/johnny

129 posted on 05/14/2012 12:05:31 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: wbill
“Get eggs fresh and “uncleaned”. Store in a cool dry place and only clean off the feathers, chicken poop, etc as you need to use them.”

I think I would rather have cleaned eggs coated with mineral oil. You're less likely to get sick from salmonella, etc. and less likely to attract vermin, which could be a real concern.

130 posted on 05/14/2012 12:21:43 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: Kartographer

I have a few strings of led icicle christmas lights which I plug into my inverter and they put out quite a bit of light and only draw a few milliamps of juice. I have a small generator to keep things charged. The led christmas lights are a little pricy but they are brighter and safer than oil lamps or candles and they last for a LoooooooNG time.


131 posted on 05/14/2012 12:24:40 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: driftdiver

Only two years? The Chinese bury them for a hundred years and call them a delicy.


132 posted on 05/14/2012 3:29:23 AM PDT by BTCM (Death and destruction is the only treaty Muslims comprehend.)
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To: outofsalt

I cannot say what a bargain those Christmas LED lights can be, especially after Christmas. They make excellent emergency lights. With a mild deep cycle boat battery and a small cheap inverter you can get a long running emergency light from them.


133 posted on 05/14/2012 3:59:07 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Hugin
Well- I thought about this post after I wrote it; I think that I made it sound worse than it was. It's not like there was a large pile of feathers and crap all over them. They just weren't the "pristine" ones that you find on a shelf in your grocery store.

My family used to be friends with a chicken farmer. They used to give us eggs, periodically, when they had too many to know what to do with.

First time they offered, Mom and Dad said "Sure", figuring that they'd get a dozen or two. Instead, we got 20 dozen! When Mom and Dad said "What the @#$@@ do we do with all these?" the farmer gave them the word.

Basically, when you clean off the eggs, you clean off a natural coating on them (likely what the mineral oil replaces). It's at that point they'll start to spoil. So long as they're not washed, they'll keep for a long time.

Like I said, these weren't what you'll find in the stores. They were odd sizes, some were double- or triple- yolked, and so on. But they kept fine for months in our (cool, dry) cellar.

It's also worth noting that even when we were hitting the end of the batch - after several months - they still tasted better than anything in the store. Makes me wonder how old the storebought ones are.

134 posted on 05/14/2012 6:11:07 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

The store bought ones aren’t old. They are just from chickens who have been fed cheap food and bred for volume of eggs.


135 posted on 05/14/2012 6:19:09 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JRandomFreeper; Publius
As I recall, John Galt worked as a short order cook in the socialist world when he wanted to. But he did it on his own terms.

No, you're thinking of Hugh Akston, the non-sellout of the two formative profs who taught Galt, Francisco, and Ragnar Danneskjold in college.

136 posted on 05/14/2012 7:44:04 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thank you for that. I have been looking at the dehydrated hash browns, but wasn’t sure.

We always bake extra potatoes when making them, anyway. Store in the fridge and peel and grate and they make fine hash browns w/no waiting for liquid to seep out and no problem with oxidation. They stay good for several days.

DH worked in a country club restaurant while in school and they always recycled leftover baked potatoes this way.


137 posted on 05/14/2012 8:25:54 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Thank You Rush

I think it is sodium silicate, forget the common name. It was used to repair cracks in boilers, IIRC.


138 posted on 05/14/2012 8:31:45 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Thank You Rush

I remember!

It is called water glass. Don’t know where to get it today.


139 posted on 05/14/2012 8:34:06 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal
It is called water glass. Don’t know where to get it today.

These days if you try to buy some chemical they don't sell to the public every day they'll probably put you on the terrorist watch list and not let you fly on airplanes. :(

140 posted on 05/14/2012 9:34:31 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Kartographer; All

This story sounds too convenient...when, where and in what town did this occur? A search through news could not locate the source of this tale.

I learned alot reading through all the prep comments...particularly about eggs and hashbrowns :)

Thank you all for sharing the knowledge!!!


141 posted on 05/14/2012 9:39:10 AM PDT by An American! (Proud To Be An American!)
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To: doorgunner69
Sounds racist to me, say Maxine Waters.

Yeah, but when EVERYTHING sounds racist, that's the same as NOTHING sounding racist.

142 posted on 05/14/2012 9:40:42 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: FreedomPoster

I was cranking all of my gas powered stuff over the weekend and going through the paces on each for a short time and when my generator finally cranked and run and sputtered to a stop, I learned a lesson for future use, keep extra spark plugs on hand. It was no problem then, but after a hurricane with no store open, it would be major. Also, keeping plenty of the proper oil on hand is a good move too.


143 posted on 05/14/2012 10:16:15 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (This space available--inquire within)
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To: Paladin2
Our local prepper group just got together last week and had a world-class presentation on the use of solar energy. Some of the important things learned...
144 posted on 05/14/2012 10:31:34 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: rightly_dividing

That’s a good call on spark plugs. Oil I always have around.


145 posted on 05/14/2012 11:25:21 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: driftdiver; wbill

>>The store bought ones aren’t old. They are just from chickens who have been fed cheap food and bred for volume of eggs.

I’ve been buying some “real” eggs lately from people at farmers markets. They’re about $6/dozen here, and they’re worth it.


146 posted on 05/14/2012 11:28:05 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sounds like my block.

First time I met some of my new neighbors was during a black out.

And we got HAMMERED! Was so much fun, our wives didn’t tell us the power was on till later.


147 posted on 05/14/2012 11:49:00 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Kartographer; Travis McGee; Squantos
The power stayed out for a mere hour and a half, but that was all it took to cause chaos all throughout the city. In this hour and a half multiple shootings occurred, multiple wrecks occurred on the highways and city streets, and multiple stores and businesses were broken into and looted due to security systems malfunctioning. All within that small hour and a half. It really shows how fragile the order in our cities hangs in the balance

We own the night.

148 posted on 05/14/2012 3:20:50 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: archy

I love Sophie !!

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149 posted on 05/14/2012 4:05:46 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos
I love Sophie !!

Which version preferred?

150 posted on 05/16/2012 12:38:48 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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