Sunday, February 18, 2018

FOOD

   You will probably have to supplement your prepped / stored food with renewable sources. Hunting, gardening, and livestock kept on premises. 
   Stored food is rice and beans, canned food, and staples like flour, salt, sugar, and spices. 
   I have stockpiled a good amount of rice and beans. Simply because they last pretty good if stored right. I purchased 50# sacks of rice and beans at Sams, ( Costco, etc. ). Bought new 5 gallon plastic with lids at Lowes. I put a plastic trash bag in the bucket and filled with commodities . Added a few oxygen absorber as I filled. Twisted off the sack and put the lid on. You might need a hammer to whack the lids and insure a good seal. Mark the bucket to identify what and how much is inside. Also date the bucket. After beans age, they harden and are a little harder to cook. Adding a little baking soda during the soaking process will help soften them up. A good soaking will help here and shorten cooking time. Rice, I have some Minute Rice, but it is a little pricey . Although it does save fuel in the cooking process. If you have renewable fuel available, ( wood , etc ), regular rice is a cheaper option and is easier to store. 

   Storing ANYTHING remember, sunlight, temperature, and moisture are your worst enemies.

   Canned foods. We used to own a restaurant so we had an account with nearby wholesalers. Sysco, Food Service, and the like. We bought a good amount of # 10 cans of , vegetables, fruits, cheese, spaghetti sauces, puddings, and so on . Canned meat ( beef )is harder to come by and expensive. Canned fish, ham, or chicken  is a good option. Some stores have a limited selection of these larger cans at a reasonable price. Smaller cans are fine, depends on how many you are prepping for and price per serving is cheaper in the larger cans. I have had some of these cans for 7+ years and cant tell they are compromised. Shelf life depends on your 3 enemies. especially temperature. If and when you do use them, just use a little common sense. Notice if can is swelled up or rusted. When you open it, look for any visible signs of something wrong. Smell . Taste a little bit to check for any kind of off flavor. 
   One mistake we did make. We bought a new upright freezer. Stocked it with cheese, hams, hens, turkey, peanut butter, wieners, and cooking oil. Over $800 worth of food. Completely packed. Guess what ? About 6-8 months latter I noticed something running out the bottom. Everything ruined. Maggots everywhere. What didn't spoil, was ruined buy the odor. For instance, the peanut butter. Normally it would have been alright but the smell permeated the plastic container. Same with the Crisco containers. Its almost impossible to buy anything packaged in glass anymore. Notice the next time you are in the store. All plastic or paper. The cause ? This was a frost free freezer. Something happen to the defrost switch and it stuck on defrost mode. The power light on the outside was still on. It was getting power...just warming mode to defrost. I have a friend that this happened to. I still have a larger chest type freezer. I do open it up to check it. Lesson learned. 
   This is getting kinda long, so, more on food later.
 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Water ... P S.

Just a postscript to yesterdays post. You think your water is always going to be there ? A lot of things can happen.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WATER

WATER.....   You should start thinking about this right now. Storing some is an option. But know this, 6 months to a year is probably a maximum shelf life for stored water. Containers, temperature, and original source will affect this. I think it is a good idea to have at least some stored. You are going to need water the first day and everyday thereafter. Dehydration sets in faster than you think, and can cause a lot of problems.
   I live in a semi-arid region of West Texas. Ranching country. So there are some windmills with large water tubs for livestock. Windmills are being phased out and replaced with solar pumps. These tubs are an option. ( land owners approve ? ). There is a creek about 6 miles north of me with a gravel road going to it ( public access ). I have prepped 12 volt transfer pumps, hand pumps, and several 250 gallon containers on a trailer to transport. One family member lives about 1 block from me. They have a electric water well. In this area, underground water is safe to drink. I have EMP hardened the well house the best I can and leave the pump disconnected from public commercial source. I have 3 generators for power outages, ( we will talk more about power sources later). 
   There are a lot of ways to sanitize your water. I caution you, be VERY careful with your water. Contaminated water can make you very, very sick. Remember health care might be almost non-existent . Waterborne diseases are caused by drinking contaminated or dirty water. Contaminated water can cause many types of  diseases, including Cholera, Guinea worm disease, Typhoid, and Dysentery. Water related diseases cause 3.4 million deaths each year ( imagine a SHTF scenario ). Also Cryptosporidium infection (cryptosporidiosis) is an illness caused by tiny, one-celled cryptosporidium parasites. When cryptosporidia (krip-toe-spoe-RID-e-uh) enter your body, they travel to your small intestine and then burrow into the walls of your intestines. Later, cryptosporidia are shed in your feces. Crypto can come from runoff water. Dirt tanks and streams ( like the one near me ), and rivers. I have a Berkey filter but there are a lot of filters out there. Do your homework. Still the safest way to be sure you have safe water to drink is to boil it. I know this uses your fuel, but better to be safe. Luckily I have an endless supply of mesquite wood available. 
   Take a good look at your situation and options. Form a plan and implement it now. 

 
God Bless.

    
 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Prepping 101

   I have been prepping for 12 or more years. I have learned a lot of what to do and a lot of what not to do. Sometimes the hard way. 
   Since we cannot forecast what kind of event might trigger SHTF, it is not possible to know exactly what we might need. Prepping is not an exact science so don`t stress over  having everything perfect. The basics first. Water. Food. Shelter. Then medicine, fuel, tools, firepower, and so on. Consider your circumstances and what resources you already have. Your location ( bug out or hunker down ).Form your plan. Maybe write it down. this will be a work in progress so don`t expect to get set up in the first 30 days. Do your homework. There is a lot of info out there. Hopefully you can get your family onboard. This will be a huge asset. I am prepping for 14 people ( family ), for a year. Most of them admit a need for prepping. Not everyone is as sold on the idea as I am. They are prepping in their own way. And not all prepping is aimed at " doomsday ". For instance, right now with the flu epidemic, we have dipped in to supplies just so we don`t have to go out in public and be possibly exposed to the virus. ( coffee and such ). Not to worry, the others will show up when SHTF and I will have plenty for them to do. There is strength in numbers so talk to your people and try to figure out how they are thinking. 
   This post is somewhat for the beginner but I will post more info on what I have learned in future post. I think I will start out with Water. Water is something you MUST have right up front. Remember the rule of 3`s. 
   God Bless you, and God Bless America.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

WELCOME

    Welcome... to my blog ! First off... I am Not politically correct. I`m sorry if you are offended. There is a lot of stuff going on nowdays that offends ME. Corrupt politicians. Disrespect for our flag. Men going in ladies restrooms. People dressing like vaginas. People publicly threatening our president. MSM = Mean Spirited Media publishing fake news. Illegal immigrants getting welfare. Hollywood actors thinking their opinions matter to me ( they are entertainers, not any kind of experts). Muslims coming into this country trying to change our laws and way of life. A court system that disregards the Constitution. Cop killers. And... I could go on and on, but you get the idea. I am a conservative, gun toting, Bible thumping, freedom loving, American. Deal with it or... move along.