Skip to comments.Food Storage Basics
Posted on 09/21/2012 10:02:30 AM PDT by Kartographer
Store a variety of foods like fruits, vegetables, snacks, and desserts along with your staples of wheat, beans, powdered milk, and sugar.
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I will start things off I went to the dentist and finished the last of the major work I need done! Now I just need to do my do diligence and I should be ok.
Why do I list this? Because during SHTF you dont want to have major dental problem! Anyone who watched Tom Hanks movie Castaway will understand!
Canning ‘maters’ today.
I am way behind, but just started doing some vacuum sealing, and possibly jumping in to pressure canning.
Couple of “must listen to” interviews with Steven Harris here:
Dealing with large scale blackout.
Keeping the stuff in your freezer & fridge cold.
Alternative power supplies (your car).
One advantage to northern living is the natural refrigeration we get. I’ve kept meat in big rubbermaid totes in the garage for better than a month with no real thaw.
My neighbor was talking about the insulation properties of straw and now we’re thinking about stacking straw bales with frozen stuff just to see how much we can extend the natural refrigeration.
Kind of appropriate considering the fact that my house sits on the site of an old icehouse that used straw for insulation.
BTW, you haven't had cornbread until you fresh grind your own corn. Same with wheat bread. Much better than the packaged stuff.
Thanks. Didn't know that.
There is NOTHING that improves the taste of powdered milk. Vile nasty stuff. Was forced to choke it down as a kid. Won't have it in my house no matter what hits the fan. Wouldn't even consider it if it were a zombie deterrent. Evaporated milk is only slightly less vile so have a few cans of that. To each his own.
After an expensive (even at diy $) much needed repair (and ten more still on the back burner) this summer the budget isn't there for even an extra can of corn. So, changing gears back to organization of what is already on hand. That's a free cost exercise and might save some $ when a long forgotten something pops up that is a useful prep item. Clearing out junk will give more space for preps.
I love sriracha sauce but it is too hot for me. I am attempting to make my own this afternoon, I have the chiles on the stove as we speak. I will let you know how it works. There are recipes on the net but I’m going to do it the way I had it in my head before I read the recipes.
Beer is for drinking. ;)
That’s why I buy Nestle Quick at the local Mexican food store to make it more palatable and why the mexican version? Because the 14 oz size comes in CANS not cardboard tubes.
One of my senior papers in culinary school was all about the capsicum molecule family, and included tables, graphs, and some original research.
I love my spicy food. ;)
“Because during SHTF you dont want to have major dental problem!”
You don’t want to have ANY health problem during SHTF, that you can fix before that happens.
I had double cataract surgery earlier this year and I thought about if I had put that off, with eyesight getting worse and worse and a long term emergency happened, I could go blind because the surgery wouldn’t be available. Now, with that over, my eyesight is 20-20.
I would say “prep” your body. If you need minor surgery for anything, do it now while you still can. During an emergency, your eyes, arms and legs and feet need to work. Maybe you need a hearing aid - get it now.
Body prep is important.
A pot of rice with a half pound of burger in gravy and a can of green beans makes a quick, hot and satisfying one pot dinner for four people.
Nah... I don't want to hear what most people say anyway. ;)
otoh....keep some Hershey's choc. syrup around....
“Nah... I don’t want to hear what most people say anyway. ;)”
You should want to hear zombies creeping up to eat your brains.
I'm about to do the same - taking care of the personal maintenance stuff is a wise investment right about now. I had Lasik surgery done two years ago for much the same reason - I don't mind being dependent on $15 reading glasses from Walgreens; losing or breaking prescription lenses could be big trouble in the future (think of Donald Pleasance's character in "The Great Escape").
With my cataract surgery, the left eye is “fixed” for long vision and the right eye is “fixed” for medium vision. Being “fixed” means they don't adjust - they are “fixed” where they are.
That means I can't read, period, without glasses to allow that. That scared me to death. As a result I have two prescription reading glasses, and two from the drug store in the strength I need. One of those is extremely small in a case in my purse and they stay there. If I'm away from home and the prescription pair I wear gets broken, that means I can't read jack until I get home, so those tiny ones in the purse will allow me to be able to read in case I need to read before I get home.
In a long term emergency, surely four pair for reading will be enough.
Today, though, I had to use a jewler's loupe to read some fine print on a can of bug poison. Even glasses can't help with everything.
I don't have to worry about fuel. I know how to render liberals for their fat. ;)
I can highly recommend the Grandma’s Country Cream dried milk. I cannot tell the difference between it and the 2% milk from the grocery store. No after taste at all. We use it everyday on our cereal, in coffee, cooking and just to drink a cold glass. Its cheaper than buying the nasty stuff from the grocery store. A case of 6 #10 cans is about $86. Each can makes 5 gallons.
However, now I have a pair that only has the reading prescription in it and it's very small so I can see over the frame when not reading. I hated to have to pick a new frame but saw a small one made out of thin pink metal and put it on and it fit the bridge of my nose perfectly. Then, the eyeglass lady said, “That is a child's frame.” Then she said, “But it fits.” I got those. Didn't realize the metal was titanium but it is so I understand those could get bent and go back the way they were - like they are unbreakable.
Hopefully, I am through with dealing with frames for a long time.
When I began prepping years ago, I always kept in mind use as little fuel as possible. That guided all my choices for cooking fuel and food ingredients that would cook fast.
Many people don't seem to understand that concept. They will have something large to cook on that requires a lot of fuel to get the job done. I always went with as small as possible and hot as possible using small amounts of fuel.
Thanks for the reminder. I’ve been considering doing the same. Here, shade is important (not much atmosphere overhead at over 9,000 feet, and we’re a few degrees latitude down from you), but meat should stay deep-frozen for about three months in clean, well sealed, insulated containers.
Noticed something else during the short summer here (July). This is for folks who live in sunnier climates that are a little warmer than mine. A large water container left in the sun gets water pretty hot. We covered one with foil, shinier side outward, and the water actually got colder. Don’t know how much that would work at lower elevations.
I also hoard prescription glasses. Recently embarked on an Internet study of sights and optics for rifles to avoid overspending just to try this and that. Whoah. Quite a study for people with bifocals.
Well, it turned out pretty good. Just a little bite to it, I got it a little too sweet and a little too garlicky but I think I got it down for the next batch and I can use this batch for cooking.
I don’t like hot chile, I can’t even eat jalepenos, I go strictly mild and even then I find a hot one every once in a while.
I roasted, peeled and chopped 50 lbs. of green chile too.
Sounds like you have a recipe that works for you, adjust and fire for effect. ;)
I try to be mindful of those that don't like really spicy, but sometimes, I forget.
I just consumed a bowl of soup that was out of date since 2/2/2011. I will check in tomorrow if I have a case of botulism.
This week: i bought batteries gloves extra reading glasses.
this week i ordered quick clot from amazon. must have for first aid.
went to lds cannery today. omg the savings were incredible.
also look up colloidal water. wow! friend just made me a bottle.
next week fire extinguisher. learning to make lye soap. need goggles rubber gloves face masks.
huge week for me. lots of progress.
Ooops, it must have caused memory problems because I forgot to check back in. Other than that I have not had any problems digesting the soup.
LOL! Glad you are ok. I’ve eaten canned food that was about a year out of date - and am still here to prove it also.