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All Things Prepping, Simple Living, Back to the Basics [Survival Today, an on going thread]
vanity | 2/26/18 | CottonBall

Posted on 02/26/2018 12:12:20 PM PST by CottonBall

I’ve been missing the vast amount of information on prepping, survival, camping, simple cooking, the old ways of doing just about everything – all the things nw_arizona_granny knew so much about and shared with us, along with numerous other posters with a vast array of skills and knowledge.

We have our various related-threads here, a recipe thread, a gardening thread, and even a prepper thread. They are all great and I don’t mean to take anything away from those and the hard work their owners put in.

But I was missing a place to talk about ALL those things, to get the camaraderie that we used to have on granny’s thread.

I learned how to can on those threads! The pressure canner was not my friend, I thought, but I bought one and stared at it for a month, intimidated. Then I read the directions for another month. But with the help and encouragement of posters on granny’s threads, I jumped in and now have my very own food storage room in the basement with lovely jars of shelf-stable meats, vegetables, and fruit. When we moved, I fashioned my food storage room – and insisted upon having a basement – from what I learned on her threads. Getting started gardening was from her threads. Making my own cleaning products….the list is endless.

So I thought I would take the chance and start another comprehensive prepper thread and see how it goes. I used to have granny’s ping list since I made one of the threads for her, but alas, with numerous computer changes, I cannot find it. So please pass this onto any posters you think might be interested.

We’ll just keep it running until..whenever. Granny created a new thread at 10,000 posts or so. I do like the idea of having ONE thread to go to – because often I cannot find or keep track of the weekly threads. I won’t be posting lots of recipes or tidbits myself – to any mods concerned about the size of this thread. I’d just like a place to chat, post questions, post ideas, make new prepping friends.

Here are granny’s threads, if anyone wants to peruse them:

nw_arizona_granny’s Thread #1

nw_arizona_granny’s Thread #2

nw_arizona_granny’s Thread #3



TOPICS: Food; Gardening; Health/Medicine; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: cooking; food; gardening; granny; prepper; prepping; simpleliving; stinkbait; survival
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I was missing granny's threads and friendship again recently. And the knowledge on her threads!

For instance, a poster and I were discussing how long canning lids last. In my heyday of prepping, I bought 2 cases of Ball lids. I also bought a lot of tattler lids and have been enjoying learning how to use those. BUT I don’t know if I should be using up the Ball lids or if they will last.

And the rings on the tattlers, not sure about those either.

Nor how to best store any of them. I LOVE mylar and oxygen absorbers! But I don’t know if that’s the best way, or perhaps a foodsaver, or if they should be in my moist cool basement or in the drier, warmer house….

This subject doesn't really fit on any of the other weekly or subject-oriented threads that I know about. Sorry if I am stepping on any toes here.

Anyway, that’s the sort of thing I could ask on granny’s threads and get 5-50 responses! We could bounce around ideas and share any experiences we had.

So…here we go!

(I hope someone else will join me here, LOL!)

BTW, I’m now an East Tennessee Appalachian granny, so I figured I could start this thread – in memory of nw_arizona_granny.

1 posted on 02/26/2018 12:12:20 PM PST by CottonBall
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To: CottonBall

I’m in. Need info for composting.


2 posted on 02/26/2018 12:16:43 PM PST by Mercat
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To: CottonBall

Prepping is great! We could actually solve most, if not all of our problems in this country if we just stocked up on piano wire. I can think of a million and one uses. And it can be reused, so it’s safe for the environment. Yes, this country sure could use some piano wire right about now.


3 posted on 02/26/2018 12:19:44 PM PST by goldendelicious
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To: Mercat

One third dirt/leaves/lawn clippings, one third shredded newspapers, one third kitchen scraps minus meat. Water it in and turn it every few days. Worms are beneficial.

For goodness sakes, don’t ever bag your lawn clippings or leaves. Mow them into the lawn and don’t put chemical fertilizers on your lawn.


4 posted on 02/26/2018 12:23:28 PM PST by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: Mercat

Me too!


5 posted on 02/26/2018 12:23:42 PM PST by CatQuilt (Lover of cats =^..^= and quilts)
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To: CottonBall

When you’re canning jelly don’t throw out the pulp. Make it into preserves.

After you have the preserves, again, don’t throw out the leftovers. Mush the peelings and whatever leftovers around a colander to get every little bit and turn that into fruit butter. Frankly, I’d rather have fruit butter than jelly any day.


6 posted on 02/26/2018 12:27:55 PM PST by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: goldendelicious

Give me ten


7 posted on 02/26/2018 12:28:19 PM PST by cyclotic (Trump tweets are the only news source you can trust.)
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To: CottonBall

Hands down best videos on how to and the whys of food prep.

https://www.youtube.com/user/imstillworkin?feature=watch


8 posted on 02/26/2018 12:30:50 PM PST by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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To: CottonBall

marked,,,,,,


9 posted on 02/26/2018 12:31:14 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: bgill

For goodness sakes, don’t ever bag your lawn clippings or leaves. Mow them into the lawn and don’t put chemical fertilizers on your lawn.

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I’ve read that you don’t want too much grass. I tend to keep it half leaf matter (or more) than grass because I think I read before that it throws the nitrogen balance off too much. Maybe someone here could weigh in


10 posted on 02/26/2018 12:32:12 PM PST by z3n
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To: z3n

I was referring more to composting than to mulching though


11 posted on 02/26/2018 12:33:10 PM PST by z3n
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To: Mercat
I hate mylar....I'm not on my storing binge like I was....I'm trying to use up my stored food as much as possible, then start again...

I will use only glass canning jars, or similar, like those large Vlasic pickle jars, my fav....

I'm going to store in these smaller amts because that is sufficient for my family here at my home, but also good for giving to adult children, friends who are in need...

I do use oxygen absorbers...

my basics are rice, salt,sugar, pasta,flour,and some store can items but I'm moving away from canned veggies and spaghetti sauce...canned veggies give little nutrition and I now worry about spaghetti sauce eating away the insides of cans...will buy sauce in glass jars from now on...

at one point I had 140 jars of tuna and several large cans as well, and many, many cans of salmon...

I bought too much progressive soup...

so you learn..

12 posted on 02/26/2018 12:38:16 PM PST by cherry
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To: goldendelicious

What? No string, rubber bands, or giant aluminum foil ball?
;-)


13 posted on 02/26/2018 12:42:51 PM PST by Flaming Conservative
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To: CottonBall

I think I used to be on this ping list, but looks like I’m not any more. Can you please add me? Thanks!!


14 posted on 02/26/2018 12:42:54 PM PST by MayflowerMadam (Have an A-1 day.)
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To: bgill

Fertilizing your lawn is an admission that you have too much spare time. Pray instead for drought, nature’s own lawnmower.


15 posted on 02/26/2018 12:48:41 PM PST by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust Sessions. The Great Awakening is at hand...MAGA!)
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To: CottonBall

Put me on your list please.


16 posted on 02/26/2018 12:50:14 PM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: CottonBall
My son and his firemen coworkers swap "bug out bags" and try to survive for the weekend on someone else's items. It helps them tweak the contents on their own bags. He filmed one such adventure that I found quite interesting.
17 posted on 02/26/2018 12:55:08 PM PST by Quilla
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To: bigbob
I really really want to put garden boxes on our front lawn, and get rid of some of the grass...if my hub will agree...

the front of the house gets the best sunshine and I think my maters would do better...

18 posted on 02/26/2018 1:04:08 PM PST by cherry
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To: CottonBall

bump


19 posted on 02/26/2018 1:08:24 PM PST by Albion Wilde (We’re even doing the right thing for them. They just don’t know it yet. --Donald J. Trump)
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To: Quilla; leaning conservative; MayflowerMadam; piroque; bgill; goldendelicious; Mercat

wow, You guys are quick! I just posted this thread and haven’t pinged anybody. In fact, I don’t know who to ping! I used to have granny’s old ping list but lost it along the way. But I’m sure many of the posters aren’t around anymore, that was years ago.

Let anyone you know that might be interested we are here.


20 posted on 02/26/2018 1:11:51 PM PST by CottonBall (Thank you, Julian!)
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