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Posted on 05/18/2012 10:27:58 AM PDT by Kartographer
Weekly Preppers' Thread to post progress, good buys, DIY projects, advice and ideas
Good superpail (SP) prices especially on wheat.
Recreational Reading - Online post-apocalypse fiction.
“The Union Creek Journal - A Chronicle of Survival”
Pretty good read
Short excerpt from first chapter:
November 2, 2014: The New Normal
Im looking out the window and the first snow of the season is falling. The flakes are nearly as large as the tip of my thumb; theyre slushy and coming down hard and fast. Its early November and the snow bespeaks the promise of a long, hard winter. The Farmers Almanac on my kitchen table suggests as much a winter colder and wetter than average.
The one thing the Farmers Almanac didnt predict is probably the single-most important thing in our lives these days the fact that this will be the first winter in modern history where hundreds of thousands or millions of people could literally freeze to death in their homes. I know that may sound strange. Given all of the modern conveniences of the twenty-first century, how in the world could the majority of citizens of the northern United States be at risk of freezing to death?
Technically, I suppose its not just the citizens of the United States that are at risk. Im pretty sure that nearly anyone who lives anywhere in the world where the temperatures drop to freezing or below is at risk as well. I have to assume, though, as we really dont have much contact with the world outside of North America. For that matter, we really dont have much contact with people, period. Air travel, automotive travel travel over any significant distance at all is pretty much out of the question. Electronic communication is all but gone too, with the exception of a few short-wave radios and Ham operators. Were living in a virtual stone age. The skeletons of modern conveniences are a constant reminder of what used to be. The harsh reality is that the world has devolved to a point on par with the early nineteenth century in many ways.
just purchased chimney fire starter from home depot. eliminates need for lighter fluid.
learned how to pollinate tomatoes. shake the branches with flowers.
learned how to make laundry detergent. fels naptha soap , borax, washing soda. all at walmart.
Best source(s) for “heritage” non-hybrid seeds?
Looking for the voices of experience.
Over here on the ‘Get prepared for Argentina 2014’ track: I added 50L of water storage and 1/2 a Kg of silver this month. Plus about 100 bucks worth of tinned goods.
And ... that’s it. I’ll see if I can do better.
I need some more kamut and rolled oats...
Doesn’t look like they have the kamut.
Cabela’s: Herters brand .223 ammo. 62 gr HP, steel case. 4.69 for a box of 20.
Went “bang” every time I dropped the hammer in a Rock River M-4gery.
Rice and beans are good to eat anytime and are probably the #1 basic food for long term storage. But both definately benefit from a piece of ham or pork thrown in the cooking pot.
But in a remote camp or a SHTF scenario we won't be able to take a leftover hambone out of the freezer or run to the food market for some ham hocks. And plain rice and beans will get pretty boring after the first fifty pound bag or two.
That's where an item called "Soup Base" will come in handy.
Throw about a tablespoon of soup base in with a pound of rice and beans and it flavors them nicely.
Dry "Soup Base" is used by professional cooks and places where larger quantities of food are prepared. It is similar to boullion powder and comes in various flavors like pork, beef, bacon, chicken, Turkey shrimp, vegetable etc. Not only can it be used as a base for soup or to flavor rice and beans, it also makes a good dry rub for meats.
Look for it in your local wholesale or commercial food warehouse.
Minors and Knorr are the brands I most commonly see but there are other brands as well as no-name generic. It usually comes in one or two pound cans and will keep almost indefinately, even after it is opened. It usually costs around $8 to $10 a pound in the local stores, a little more on the net. But since it is concentrated it doesn't take much to flavor a pot of beans and/or rice.
For more info: http://www.soupbase.com/Soup-Bases/departments/1/
oh and if u want a bunch of recipes for standard shtf prep supplies like flour salt etc. www.grandpappy.com
wealth of info on cooking and gardening for preppers.
we bought fr patriot supply
I have had good luck with the Heirloom Seed Company in Pennsylvania www.heirloomseeds.com and they have a large selection for veggies and flowers.
For larger quantities and a huge selection of varieties I buy here:
For common varieties at economical prices check out your local Wal-Mart.
Click this link for more information:
Question about the heirloom seeds —how long would those packets last? Is there a special way to make them last longer? Freezing, storing in cool, dark place? suggestions?
We decided to open up a can of freeze dried peach chunks from Emergency Essentials. They make a delicious snack. They also rehydrate beautifully. We are going to order another case.
This should help with some of your concerns:
Home Gardening Tips
How to Survive Hard Times (Index of Articles)
During Hard Times Should You Know Some Basic Gardening Skills?
Vegetable Recommendations for New Gardeners
How to Harvest, Process, and Store Vegetable Seeds
How to Grow Each Type of Vegetable Seed
Heirloom Vegetable Seeds Available on the Internet
How to Grow Fruits, Nuts, Grapes, and Berries
How to Grow Fruit Trees From Seed
How to Convert Human Waste into a Safe Garden Compost Fertilizer
The Benefits of Mulch
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