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  2. Jeepers

    Re-Canning Food

    Thanks. That helps a lot. I know there are recipes out there for making ketchup but I've never tasted it. I THINK Mrs. Wages even has a packet of the dry stuff that you just add tomato sauce to. Or maybe it's Ball. I'll have to check into that. A big container of mustard like Tessie had would last me 2-3 years canned up. I know old bottled ketchup gets really dark. I've seen it in my pantry but never tasted it. I'm not opposed to pressure canning it. Most of the time I'd rather pressure can than water bath can anyway. I'm putting mustard, ketchup and bar-b-q sauce on my to-do list for next years canning.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Ambergris

    Urban Survival Course by Selco

    Menopause gave me a beard, but a shaver keeps it down too much to help, especially since nature gave me a lot of curves. You know what I just remembered? Cigarettes. They are designed to light very easily, to burn very evenly, and to go out only if stubbed out. Also make outstanding barter material, I bet, if they aren't two years old by then. Or maybe old nicotine is better than none to the addict? Don't know. Does anyone know a smoker who might have tried a two year old cigarette? Annarchy, have you seen these? They run a buck or two apiece. They say they will hold a two-liter bottle, but those keep bouncing on my hips and falling.
  5. Ambergris

    medical testing - ugh

    No call yet. No news is good news. My animals are all up on their shots, which increases their safety margin drastically. Friend of mine was bitten by a bat, and had to have the shots because she went psycho on the bat and damaged its brain too much to permit testing.
  6. Ambergris

    Re-Canning Food

    https://ask.extension.org/questions/277860 The guy who answers this question is described as an expert. I checked through other places, and most of them say yes, sure--IF you pressure can instead of water bath canning. Others say "yes, I water bath these, although I pressure can meat" or something like that. I have personally eaten recanned ketchup. It was dark and kinda gummy. Tasted like a barbecue sauce that had gone off. Not sure what brand it started off as.
  7. Jeepers

    Re-Canning Food

    I like the 'idea' of re-canning food. Every time I'd ask about it I'd get "Why would you want to do that?!" Sigh. The same reason I 're-home' bulk food. Because living alone + Sam's Club = too much in one can for one person to consume at one time. Same as to why a single person would buy 1 potato. Because one person may only want a baked potato once a month or so. Sorry, kinda testy about the 'why would you wanna' question. Living alone and being a prepper can have it's own set of problems and solutions. I want a well stocked pantry and I prefer the commercial ( French's, Heinz) etc. taste of foods I grew up with. But buying a dozen jars of something verses buying 1 large can and dividing it into a dozen is not very economical. Anyway...I was watching canning videos AGAIN and saw Homestead Tessie redoing her mustard. She even water bath processed it. I could do that. I'd love to have those jars of condiments on my shelf. She said she was doing catsup next. And holy Saaaaweet Baby Ray! Oh yeah. She even put some in the squirt bottles for the fridge. And look at those cute little jars.They are definitely OCD approved! So what do you all think? Am I missing something here? Is it safely doable? I miss my canner so much. The video has a long intro and outgo so the good stuff is between 0:55 and 3:27 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwO-dLXRoC8
  8. Mt_Rider

    medical testing - ugh

    I wondered about that. In our case long ago....the vet [who also got bit] transported the brain himself to a University hospital several hours away, for immediate testing. Vet also had to have twenty-something shots and it was his second time. He had some nerve damage to one arm even with.... {or because of???} ....the nerve toxin shots. It's much improved now tho.....decades later. That would certainly be unexpected for a 'lovey' to turn psychotic suddenly. Well, praying he's not a carrier of anything bad! .....cuz the rest of your animals would then be suspect. But by then there would have already been 10 days since last contact for them too. MtRider ....we'll wait anxiously with you!!
  9. Mt_Rider

    Urban Survival Course by Selco

    Annarchy....like the shelter/tent...in dull green. Question: is there any difference between a "spotting scope" and a "monocular"? I just happened upon mine at a garage sale. Range of vision is quite narrow. Tested it watching a fox one day. I could see it with plain vision...then try to find it with the scope. Takes practice to note landmarks. Then...you can count the whiskers if it's not far. Would you travel parallel to roads then? Not on the road....being female alone? That is a serious consideration. Have make-up to create chin-stubble? Look like a crazy old coot? Lots of potential for subterfuge. Unless DH died in accident....I do not drive so would not be alone. Makes some things more possible. Hopefully that includes making some time on the highways/roads with wheeled devices tied to the back of my belt. And TWO canes [sticks, ski poles, snake-pokers, whatever] for bi-lateral motion. But....no small wheels off-road. MtRider ... ya got high snake boots?
  10. Mt_Rider

    Urban Survival Course by Selco

    There goes my MS....twisting things backwards again. Yesssss....the trick candles stay lit better. {MS-brain somehow had them going out no matter how you tried to light them.....grumble, mumble....exactly backwards! } As for the pine tree inner core used as a water filter, that's a handy new one for me. LOTS of pine trees around here. They specify E.coli ...bacteria. So not virus. But way better than a used sock. 4 liters/day. Thanks! ...I'll see if my brain will store that data right-side-up. Hmph! MtRider ...Putting trick candles on my shopping list.... Had some for that purpose long ago... Also want 2 Sawyer mini filters!
  11. Annarchy

    Urban Survival Course by Selco

    Very interesting. My big BOB, for the monthly trips, is a backpack, that’s designed to put most of the weight on the hips 1 overall flight suit; multiple pockets 2 pair of socks & underwear stocking & baseball caps sunscreen multi-tool, sharp pocket knife, small whet stone space blanket a few MRE’s life straw fork & spoon ziplock with sugar, salt, pepper, & coffee packets, hand sanitizer, and single packed wet wipes. small plastic comb (great for removing cactus) small LED flashlight, larger LED w/extra batteries bic lighters, in case one gets wet, a couple books of matches Lightweight windbreaker jacket w/removable fleece liner bandana ziplock w/1st aid; (I use a mechanical pencil lead refill container to store needles in) We’ve managed to miniaturized most of it, for the sake of weight. 10x monocular a military compass 2 bungee cords to attach the 1 person tent - https://www.survivalfrog.com/products/solo-1-person-backpacking-tent?a=1?variant=38676789313&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI14OOp72S3gIVQdbACh3-lwPPEAQYCCABEgLXhvD_BwE a lightweight blanket & lightweight 0* sleeping bag 1 pair of military hiking boots, adjustable walking stick. A long range & short range person protection items with refills. That’s just the very basic list of what’s in it. We’ve added a few other comforts, I can’t recall, at this moment. The total weight, including the tent is about 20 lbs. I always carry several gallons of water, in juice bottles. Worst case, I would use the rope in the car, to hang a gallon or two on my belt, putting all the weight on my hips. If, I’m stranded somewhere between my destinations, due to SHTF, I’d hike towards the closest destination. Being female, I would get out of sight, as best as I could. Including, disguising myself to look like a transient. We’ve discussed several scenarios, where getting home would be the only option, instead of heading back to the big city. Yes, it would take months to walk 400 miles and would challenge every survival skill I have. Around home, we don’t go out that much. I carry a mini-BOB in my purse, and a medium one always stays in the car. Enough to sustain 2 people 3-5 days.
  12. Jeepers

    Urban Survival Course by Selco

    Good thinking Amber.
  13. Jeepers

    medical testing - ugh

    Poor thing. Sounds like he has medical and emotional issues.
  14. Annarchy

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Tired... Yesterday we enjoyed the luncheon, entertainment was a pianist and an artist. Today was the annual fall fashion show, by Chico’s and a silent auction. When we got home, spent quite some time on the phone, trying to get info regarding long term and custodial care benefits from her insurance company. At least, they are sending an updated policy book. Hers was dated 2006 and 2011. Just a tad outdated. Tomorrow is running some errands for mom and finish up my ToDo list.
  15. Ambergris

    Urban Survival Course by Selco

    Actually, I do like the trick candles--the ones that keep relighting themselves after they're blown out. Think of the wind blowing those out. https://www.offgridweb.com/survival/tree-branch-water-filter-developed-by-mit-scientists/
  16. Ambergris

    medical testing - ugh

    There was a stray. He has been getting thinner, and has been getting increasingly aggressive to my cats and to the barn cats that came with the place. He hissed so much I thought it might be nervous/anxious hissing like my brain damaged kitty does. So I reached out and let him sniff me. He was transported with delight, purring up a storm as I scratched the top of his head and under his chin. I sat down and was looking out over the yard, trying to prioritize cleanup, and he flopped down beside me. Just companionable, you know? Then he whipped around and bit my leg, just out of nowhere. I went inside and my cat moaned through the storm door at the stray, who charged the door headfirst, bounced off, and charged/bounced again. I looked down and didn't see any blood, so I was ready to forget it, but then just a bit of blood started oozing. So I cleaned it and put on a drawing salve, and set out a trap with canned food. Took two nights to catch him--he clearly knows a trap. But he took the bait, and the next day I took him to the pound. He had a seizure on the way, poor thing. But he charmed the lady who checked him for a microchip. We talked about the possibility he just has a bad tooth or something, so that the pain sometimes overcomes him. Between bouts, he's a lovey. So he got signed up for a ten-day quarantine instead of a postmortem brain examination.
  17. TheCG

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    I made a big pot of chili. It's definitely a chili day.
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  19. Jeepers

    DEHYDRATING

    Very nice! I love looking at food that's been prepped!!!
  20. Jeepers

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Ohhhh, lovely!
  21. Jeepers

    What are you canning today? Part 8

    Are you going to can your oranges? I saw where a couple of people canned the little ones and they turned out very bitter. They decided that you have to remove the outer casing and not just the pithy white part. They said the Mandarin oranges we buy in a can have been chemically treated to remove that "shell" for lack of a better word. What's that called anyway. i can't remember who all did them. It might have been Linda's Pantry or Kneady Homesteader. I'm sure it was Noreen's Kitchen though. I'd check it out but I'm on the Kindle. I wanted to do some of those little 'cutie' oranges but I'm not up to peeling each section. Maybe some of the bigger oranges. Maybe add a couple of grapefruit slices to the mix. I really miss my canner! Anyway, anyone doing citrus fruit be sure to remove the little bag around the sections very well before canning them. Bag, sack, shell, membrane, cover, pulp holder...what the heck is that thing called?!
  22. Jeepers

    medical testing - ugh

    Oh my Ambergris. I didn't know you had been bitten. I'm sorry that happened to you! Keep us informed please.
  23. Jeepers

    Winterizing An Air Conditioner

    You're supposed to winterize a furnace??? Uh-oh. All I've ever done is change the filter a couple of times a year. I suppose it should be professionally cleaned every 3-5 years. I've skipped that step too. Guess I've just been lucky. I think I need a new thermostat though.
  24. Jeepers

    Multipurpose for common items

    I don't know where some people are buying their condoms but they would provide a VERY small shower. I'd think a water balloon would hold a few more ounces. LOL. As for storing things in them, they have an unpleasant odor to them. I'm going back 40 years here so things may have changed since then. I think I'd only use them for their intended use. Just sayin' I saw another use for panty liners/pads. Someone put them in their shoes for extra cushioning. Would probably help absorb stinky feetz aroma too.
  25. Twilight

    Winterizing An Air Conditioner

    Bringing wood into the house was the problem. I am supposed to have a furnace in this week. I will use it as I need it. I do hope the stiffness will go away. For now putting small wood in the stove makes me wonder..... putting heavy wood in is next to impossible. Yes I love wood heat!!! But I will not have to worry about winterizing a furnace ...
  26. Mt_Rider

    WHATCHA DOING TODAY?

    Sure is purty!! Spiced pears are wonderful! MtRider
  27. Mt_Rider

    medical testing - ugh

    RABIES?!?! That word still FREAKS me!!! 3rd grade. LOTS of shots in stomach with HUGE needles! Oh...sorry. My phobia. NOT as many shots now. AND yes...you are wise to wait out the cat tests. Good thing you were ABLE to catch the cat. Our farm cat tested completely positive...as suspected. Hope yours was just a wild stray?????? How did you get bit.....was it aggressive? Or was it simply cornered? Aggressive would be a rabies indicator. Our cat was actually foaming at mouth....but many folks were ignorant of such things in those days. Until it happens to you. Keep us posted MtRider
  28. Mt_Rider

    Urban Survival Course by Selco

    Yeah....I'm not really thinking of cache around here........ Cuz WHERE? The ground is frozen half the year. Up a tree would be the only real place...and you'd have to find a tree NOT on personal property nor within easy sight of same. Then all those considerations of things not being damaged by freeze/hot changes. Also....the wildlife would tear into things if they smelled edible. Raccoons will tear apart ...just because they can. I've thot of a cache on THIS property in case the house would collapse [it CREAKS AND SNAPS badly during winter frigid temps] or something. Best I've done is stuff permanently in my truck....which doesn't leave the property except rarely. AND NONE CAN BE FOOD.....bears will rip the topper off or take a car door off. That's why I have bags to travel with me and come back into the house. 3 bags have wheels to be dragged....and are also backpacks. If I had to take a shortcut for safety or other reasons, use backpack mode. I'd have to dump most weight for that to happen tho. I could go a distance dragging pack on roads tho. Water bottles that stay in the truck SHOULD HAVE BEEN PARTIALLY EMPTIED........before we went to zero degrees this week. Middle of Oct....middle of family reunion....middle of my mom in hospital.....and we get VERY EARLY ZERO DEGREES. Um...little help here! Hope I don't have cracked, full bottles that I'm not remembering. Meaning.....I cannot cache a full/sealed/sanitary bottle of water in winter months. Unless you dig down past frostline....and then you still can't get it out during winter. I hear you on anything rubber. It dehydrates here and stocking up on bandaid sale doesn't work. I keep rubber type things in the fridge for longer life. Or I just change them out regularly. I've used Nuprin way after 2 yrs...... Batteries leak....I keep them out of the device [headlamp] unless I'm actually using it daily. Cuz....that saved my good headlamp already. Crayon: You're right. I just tried to light it outside [protect from wind] and the paper doesn't really burn...drowned in wax as I held a lighter to it. So I peeledd the paper away a bit and paper soaked in wax did stay lit briefly. I stuck a wooden toothpick down the center and that burned ...but it wouldn't last long. It might be ok for getting a fire started tho....dripping the wax. But B-day candles will stay lit better. [don't get the trick candles tho. LOL] If we had to veer off the path/road very far, we're surrounded by Nat. Forest lands. Good in one sense but easy to get turned around when hills, ridges, mts are all around you. Only 2 real roads and 1 Forest Service path to get from 'town' to here. Rugged country in between if you're off the path. The spotting scope aids navigation as well as sighting others [human/critter]. Lighter than binoculars....but way less distance. First one I got had X5 magnification and was useless. Remember CGA's Dakota fire hole for keeping down visible light from it. Have trees above to disperse a little smoke. As for shelter/warmth in most of the seasons here.... Well...just aint no way to stay alive without a couple of big roaring fires at your back and front. Less you can get up against a stone face. I carry the Bivvy sack but wish it was not bright orange/silver. I'd have to cover it with branches! Would do little in winter as warmth for below zero nites. Wonder if Koa counts as a "Three Dog Night" for keeping us warm if we had her with us? As for food, I wouldn't make it walking for 4 hrs without FOOD! High protein! Three days would not give me merely a headache. I'd get weak-er quite rapidly. Not hunger....SHAKES! Even the energy bars and gorp and jerky would not really be that great. Better than nothing but I'd still get the shakes. I think I ought to break into the "lifeboat rations" and see how I react to them. Again...nothing with food SMELL could be in a cache. Water filtered with tree branch.....tell us that one, please. I know respiration with a plastic bag over a green leafy branch. Doesn't produce much...needs heat....don't try it on pine trees. In winter...we've got that covered. Melt snow in a ziplock inside coat while you're traveling and overwarm. Don't chill yourself otherwise. We have several water sources between here and there. Not necessarily on the back road which is Option A....cuz it travels along the high ridge. No industrial waste or anything out here. Giardia. Animal poo. So the ziplock I have was made up with a completely different set of circumstances. Definitely not as a cache. Just an easy thing to throw into my "town bag". Many things are multi-purpose but others should be gleaned out. Probably never get around to it....till I'd have to carry it. MtRider .....so many circumstances daily....different bags. Lot of common stuff. Some different stuff.
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