Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by melbo, Aug 9, 2006.
I did my part to help install a new government... which took power today.... God Bless America!!!
We are continuing to go thru our canned and boxed goods, tossing those that expired in 2015 or before. I'm not just cleaning things out willy-nilly, I cook and taste at least one of them before tossing. Canned beans have gotten pretty hard and tough, even after simmering for an hour. Hamburger helper and other side dishes are mostly rancid (can smell when opened, don't have to cook). Getting lots of shelf space freed up.
Who's next in line after the politicians, progressives, and other forms of the left?
been buying this n that in the way of foods,to home canning,some...got a pair of half gallon jugs of lamp oil..and a few other items,since i last posted here..collected some recipes in which i can eat then n there or home can it then n there.
This weekend? Leaves. Old, dead, brown leaves, that were all over my back yard! For what? Well, admittedly, some went in the yard waste recycling bin, for pickup. But 6 good sized black plastic bags (about a bushel each, maybe?) got filled with crunched up leaves, which were then wetted down, tied up the tops, and put out where they can catch some sunlight, to heat them up. With a few holes punched in the bags (to admit air), it should help break them down, so I can either use them as mulch, or as composting ingredients.
A week ago? That was MBW (Mylar Bagging Weekend), where I (finally!) got around to putting up a bunch of my dried beans and rice, for long-term storage. With some trial and error, I found out that 1-gallon Mylar bags with Zip-Lok style closures can hold ~6 pounds of beans, while the non-zipper 1-gallon bags will hold ~7 pounds of rice.
I was able to put away:
four 7# bags of long-grain enriched rice
two 7# bags of split peas (they don't leave much room, with that 7th pound, but I got a good seal, and the O2 eater didn't have to work as hard!)
four 7# bags of Pinto beans
one 7# bag of Great Northern (white) beans
two 6# bags of Navy (white) beans
four 6# bags of black beans, and
three 6# bags of light red kidney beans
This next weekend, since I now have the process a bit more streamlined, I'll put away the remainder of my rice I currently have on hand (35 pounds), pinto beans (~20 pounds), black beans (18 pounds), plus 6 pounds each of peas, kidney & navy beans. The yearly sell-down of last year's bean production should be right around the corner, and I'll stock up then, to have more to bag.
Oh yeah, and I'm getting my gardening stuff together, for a hopefully successful spring/summer growing season, too!
220# brown rice in buckets and 10 radiation dosimeters and charger. Purchased an Outernet wifi kit.
Not much...just tilling for some melons, getting ready for some blueberry bushes and some raspberry vines.
New carb on the genny.
Ben watching some You tube on small engine issues, seems that a spare carb or rebuild kit is a thing to have and store for long term, Its the common failure point on store small equipment.
That, and either NEW Spark Plugs, or a way to clean them... (Sand Blaster).......
Try a sand blaster with baking soda.
I have found that recovered spark plugs seem to last longer in 2 stroke snow mobile motors.
I found a new plug would last about 24hrs of run time, with the recovered plugs it was up to 40hrs.
A completely unexpected result.
When you put the generator away for a while first only run ethanol free gas. Then when you shut it down flood the carburetor bowl with 2 stroke oil.
The easy way to do this is with the engine running turn the fuel off, pull the fuel line off then attach a measuring syringe of 2 stroke oil to the line (yes with the engine still running) and push 2 stroke oil into the carb until it stalls.
Then to restart drain the 2 stroke oil out, turn on the gas till it looks like gas mostly gas coming out the carb drain. Catch all the 2 stroke and gas and dump it into the gas tank with some fresh ethanol free gas.
Sounds like it takes too long?
It's a lot faster and cheaper than ordering and installing a new carb.
Oil pan has a point...sometimes even an ultrasonic cleaning won't help. Keep ethanol out of the picture if you can!
10 cases of #10 cans quick oats from Augason Farms @$3.78 a can and a 50# sack hard white wheat to cook with until I can do it consistently well.
Some nice gentleman in a brown truck left a package by my door. Now what to do with a case of M193...
Waiting for the ground to dry out to get some stuff in the garden...this weekend is supposed to be dry, so hope is still there
Started 8 blueberry plants from cutting will see how that goes, setting fence for cattle and new garden location. Last storm left me a couple cords of soon to be firewood.
Put in 3 blueberry plants last weekend. I know yellow labs love to eat them, but now I shall see if anything else shows interest Hopefully, not.
Kinda light on other preps...1000 nitrile gloves was it.
Put in some strawberry plants, too...now, wild strawberries (the itty bitty ones) are all over the yard! Hope they don't cross germinate - or if they do, it is for larger fruit.
Put in a few Potatoes,Tomatoes,Shallots,and 3 Habanero plants.
200 rounds 5.56 XM856 Tracer from American Eagle.
This was actually last weekend (just been too long, since I was last here....shame on me!).
(Mylar) Bagged & Bucketed the following:
24# Black beans
14# Navy beans
14# Green split peas
60# Pinto beans
6# Great Northern beans
18# Kidney beans, and
49# Long Grain Enriched Rice.
Stopped at Sam's Club, Friday, and picked up 24# of black beans, and another 50# bag of kidney beans, along with a package of Quaker Oats instant oatmeal, in a 10# size (two 5# bags). Figured I'd store them in Mylar bags for a year or two, and see how fresh they still taste, then decide whether or not to continue storing them, or just go buy some long-term stored, retail oats.
I also stopped by my nearby Walmart bakery, this morning, and picked up almost a dozen food grade buckets, of various sizes. They charge $1/bucket, but they're in good shape (all I did was wash them, and set them out to dry), and the girl counted 8 (at a buck apiece), basically giving me 3, for free.
This weekend, I started out moving my 4x8 foot above ground grow boxes out to the back end of the back yard, where they should see plenty of sunlight. Lots of dirt to move, too, but I figure I have at least a couple weeks, before anything is ready to go in the ground. Lots of seedlings started, with about half already poking up out of the seed starting media, so hopefully we'll have a good growing season, this year.
Purchased a Ruger American in 9mm to see if I liked it. I do.
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