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Posted on 08/31/2012 8:35:42 PM PDT by Kartographer
OLdie, but a GOODIE!
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Weekly preparedness thread. Post your tips, good buys, goals reached and questions here!
My buy this week was Nesquick powder 14 oz can $1.99 at a local Mexican Good chain.This will make powdered milk much more palatable. A plus it’s in metal cans! Yes not the cardboard cans that it comes in in the American version. The cans should keep this fine to use for good long time!
This coming week, I can concentrate on goodies. One of these is a deep-freeze. Another is a power supply for the well pump.
Since I just came back into flush times, today I purchased 2 boxes of the Idahoan dehydrated hash browns from Sams Club(tm). The packaging isn't as robust as the Rainy Day Foods(tm) taters, but if I'm going to keep nipping into them every morning, a couple of boxes seems like a good investment.
Local place has this stuff called Criders Chicken and Dumplings for $1.99
A while back, I bought a couple cans and tried it, it was excellent! Very versatile also, you can add veggies or whatever to your hearts content.
Went back a day later and bought a case.
Was in the place yesterday and they still had it, so I bought another 4 cans, tomorrow I will probably finish off what it takes to make another case.
They also had these 10 packs of cheapo lighters for $1.99, so I bought two, and will probably buy more.
Selco points out over and over how important lighters were, so important that he rigged something up so he could refill them.
If my daughter had driven us to Sams Club in her pickup truck... I would have had a small one to find space for tonight. Small, but cheap, and they had the electrical specs for it. Once it was at temp (full of stuff) I could run it off the solar panels I have extant. With enough power to keep the radios and e-book happy.
I tried to pick blackberries the other day on my way home from Seattle but couldn't find a good area without a major road but I got a few...will try again in a week or two...many were still red...
and two boxes of peaches to take care of as well....
All of my kids could make fire by the time they were 7. Batteries and steel wool, flint and steel, magnifying glass, bow method, road flares on gas-soaked wood, whatever.
Fire defines human. Lighters are nice. Alternative skill sets are required, here at chez briarhaven, anyway.
We have requisites for the deep-freeze. The Bride is a disabled vet, with back issues; this means very specific height and depth needs, or she can't get to the contents.
Currently, we're vulnerable to a grid-down situation because we'd lose power for the well pump. Hence the need for the solar backup...
“I purchased 2 boxes of the Idahoan dehydrated hash browns”
Interesting - I have been buying the smaller boxes of those hash browns at the grocery.
My portable oven came this week.
Through no fault of my own, I have ended up with absoutely no fishing gear. Now, guys, don’t laugh - I bought a LADIES Shakespeare rod and cast reel and it came with a small tackle box full of enough stuff to catch fish. I’ll get some more lures. YES, IT HAS SOME PINK ON IT!
Neighbor froze some home-grown leeks without doing that. Like eating nylon infused cardboard.
"Stocking Up" by Rodale Press 1977 (Ed, Carol Huppington Stoner, ISBN# 0-87857-167) is really good info on stocking up (go figure). It's a dead tree book, but I keep it around.
I got packs and packs of the quad zero steel wool around, use it sometimes for gun touchups, sometimes woodworking, whatever..
The nice thing about a superfine steel wool is even a 1.5 V battery is enough to get it going.
Yard sales are good for used fishing stuff.
I have two - bar fire starters and a big bag of laundry lint for starting the fire.
I bought strike anywhere matches years ago, a big batch of them, and they are sealed in large cans to keep dampness away.
Also have boxes of Coglins (think that’s the name) sure start matches that strike even when wet.
Also have a block of Bic lighters (think it was 25 in that block) from Sams.
I definitely will have fire.
I tend toward field expedient because I always seem to be stuck at the ass end of nowhere when gear gets passed out.
Our heat index today was 105. Not going to garage sales - can barely make myself go to grocery when milk runs out.
We have been shopping at Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron, Ohio for such things as gas freezers etc. We are about to order a Blizzard Upright Freezer, 18 cu ft...
An upright freezer lets you enjoy the full value of bulk purchasing or freezing your produce, meat and wild game, while taking up much less floor space than a chest freezer. Blizzard freezers give you the most space for your money.
18 cu ft Upright:
4 quick freeze interior shelves, 5 deep pocket door shelves, 1 deep slide out basket
Built-in digital wireless thermometer.
CSA approval pending.
62”H × 31”W × 36”D, 340 lb.
Price is $2595, and they will change the orifice for natural gas use (we have free gas, and when push comes to shove we will run a line directly from the well.
Just sayin... you can get tons of survival-useful stuff at yard sales.
Me, I’m set on the fishing end, living in the northwest and been fishing for salmon and steelhead for the last 20 years. Also have two or three of the collapsible poles with spinning reels loaded w/ about 10 pound test.
Hint for fishing type people: it may or may not be legal in your local jurisdiction, but stream trout LOVE white corn!
Yeppers. One trick in a big bag of tricks.
I got to spend a quality day with my daughter and some of the grandkids. Turns out that:
a) I'm more mellow and laid back than when I was raising her... and
b) I'm a harsh SOB for requiring certain skill sets and behavior.... and
c) Grandpa John teaches cool stuff you don't learn in school... He rocks.
I had a great day. ;)
“I always seem to be stuck at the ass end of nowhere when gear gets passed out.”
You could make silk out of a sow’s ear. It was about a week ago I realized for the first time in my long life, I had NO fishing anything. Everyone should have line and hooks.
We are also looking at a 14-17KW gas fuelled generator, to run on natural gas. Same deal...free gas, and will run a line from the well to the house.
The freezer first, then the generator. We will have the line available when we need it to run from the well to the house...while we can get it. We have the know-how available to us...
“We have been shopping at Lehmans...”
Oh, wow, I’d like to just walk around in there. That’s sort of the holy of holies of good stuff, to me.
Lol! Good for you!
Me, I been busy harvesting stuff from my garden, especially seeds. Carrot seeds, chard seeds, celery seeds, purslane, got pea pods on the vines still drying out, greens beans, NZ spinach seeds (well, they’re still flowering, but they will seed up soon)
The NZ spinach is one I really like. Mostly because it’s prolific, had good drought tolerance, and the biggest plus, THE SLUGS AND SNAILS DON’T GO NEAR IT!
And edible plant here in the NW is best if it’s slug-resistanr!
You must have great fishing there and are probably cool while you’re fishing. Can’t imagine fishing for salmon. I’m in Texas.
Thing is, if I was fishing for survival, I wouldn’t even bother trying to catch salmon.
I’d be at the local ponds filling my stringers with crappies and bluegills and sunfish and the occasional smallmouth bass...
Those little panfish are bony buggers, but they will hit just about anything!
You are legally required to evicerate or gill grass carp. They are good eats. Alligator Gar is also good eats if you have tin-snips to clean them with. Recipes available on request.
I find that they are most likely to show up with 400K volts applied correctly, or stuff that goes boom. (We won't discuss walnut hulls)
Certainly not currently lawful, and I don't suggest that anyone do that.
"You gonna fish? Or you gonna talk?" Old joke...
“You are legally required to evicerate or gill grass carp. They are good eats. Alligator Gar is also good eats if you have tin-snips to clean them with. Recipes available on request.”
I don’t want your recipes - I want you to clean them and cook them.
That's very, very expensive.
LOL - Love that killer pink rifle. I do have a pink pepper spray gun - looks like a gun and has a holster.
“That’s very, very expensive.”
How ‘bout we barter? I have lots of stuff I could trade for that meal.
She's good with pink rifles. I should get her one before I shuffle off this mortal coil. I expect I will, just for stuff and giggles.
The lake that is the closest to me (< 1/4 mile), if you go down there and hang your feet in the water, the bluegills literally attack you!
They don’t have much at all for teeth, so it just tickles, I always crack up when I see kids go in the water and start screamin.
And there are some MONSTER bullfrogs in those waters, but they are very, very wary.
If you want to can with permanent lids, the Tatler lids are on sale at 30% off for 12 boxes of 12 each.
Best firestarter around is a cotton ball with some petroleum jelly. It really works and it is cheap.
Teach a kid some skills. I did, today. Any day with grandkids is good day.
My prep purchase of the week: bulk spices at $6-$10 a pound online (much cheaper per pound for 25 pounds, but that’s A LOT of garlic powder). For about twice the price of grocery store spices in their cute bottles, I can get enough to last through several years. I store them in a cool, dark, dry place and refill the cute little bottles as needed. I just replaced a dozen spices that were running low after quite a few years.
http://www.bulkfoods.com/spices.asp Note: This is not the only online bulk foods site, and I’m not sure whether it’s the cheapest, but it is one option.
You can never, ever, have too much garlic!
I’m looking for a 12 volt solution (car batteries charged by solar panels) to pump water from my well, should the grid go down for awhile. Could hand pump, but a nice auto solution would be nice. Drop a hose or pipe down the well-head, pump the water up and into an outside faucet/garden hose hookup to re-pressure the house water/pump system reservoir. 220 VAC backup systems (wind, solar) to run the existing well pump are hard to find. A pressure switch would be nice, too, that stops the pump at about 50 psi. I may have a source for the pump but need more info on the pressure switch, and suitable charging power from the panels (or a windmill).
For one who is only a novice at gardening, please advise me what NZ spinach is?
New Zealand spinach.
Have you thought of boat shows?
A bilge pump will operate only when the level of water reaches a certain height. You could adapt it to kick in when the water is reduced to a certain level.
Marine batteries typically are deep-cycle. Plus, many boats and yachts trickle-charge their on-board batteries with solar panels wrapped around the spars. These marine PVC's are essentially blankets with the cells woven into them; since they're for marine use, they can stand long exposure to the elements.
Food for thought!
True, but if you use enough to need more than 25 pounds before it goes bad, you need to plant it in your yard. Garlic grows like a weed.
Excellent suggestion! Thanks!
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