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  1. I add broth because every time I've raw packed, there's not enough broth to cover the meat. Bone in or bone out. I just fill it up half way and it works out pretty well. Only one or two out of each load not to seal. A load for me is 24 pints
  2. OK, I've got a pretty good start on it. There is some stuff that I wouldn't have a clue how to use... need to work on that area. My brother is a paramedic and we're preping for him and his wife. It's a good exchange for us. He's got knowledge we don't have, so we're willing to share our preps. Plus he gives us money every so often to prep for him. I'm going to beprepared to start a list of stuff. From their prices, I can get pretty comprehensive for 100 bucks. I'll work on this today. Any other tips or ideas?
  3. Good one. I might add topical benedryl as well. One thing I'm debating is a tube of EMLA cream. It's a really strong numbing agent, used for removing moles and whatnot. It numbs all the nerves on the surface of the skin. Not too awful expensive, and it might be really useful in an emergency situation. What do you think?
  4. Ohh, I just checked it out. Thanks! That will help a lot. And cheap too!
  5. I got a large tackle box at Wal-mart this afternoon, with great plans to make it into a first aid kit. I'm also planning to have several smaller first aid kits for the car/truck/work. I'm planning on spending maybe 100 dollars to outfit it. What would you add to a family first aid kit? Also, I'm planning to buy two of everything and put the extras in a big tote marked "extra medical supplies". That way we can use the first aid kit daily and have the extra supplies as the "TSHTF" back-up. Any ideas are welcome!
  6. Here's my thoughts. If you're canning for immediate consumption knowing that there's medical care and hospitals available at a moment's notice, that's one thing. I still don't agree with it, but it's probably not going to be life threatening. However, if you're canning with the idea that medical care might not be immediately available, it makes sense to use the best available canning practices in order to keep you and your family safe. How bad would it be to survive a disaster, only to die from botullism due to unsafe canning practices.
  7. Honestly, elastic is $1.00 for a yard or so. I'd just pick up 5 or 6 and rotate them every 2 years or so. I've got elastic 2 years old that holds up fine. It's just like anything else. Rotate when it gets old.
  8. I make diapers too. However, I think the laundry situation for any type but flats and maybe prefolds will be too hard. Fitteds are wonderful and easy, but they're much, much more difficult to wash without a washing machine. Same for all in one cloth diapers. They have their place, and I'll be using them everyday in a few months, but for ease of washing, I'd stick with flats in an emergency. .
  9. Hi all, I thought I'd write up a post on diapering in an emergency. I'm a newbie in most stages of preparedness, but this is one topic I can write loads about. If you have a baby in the house, this is a vital skill. There are two methods. First, if you are anticipating a major lack of water or inability to go outside, stock up on lots of disposible diapers. There's not much way around this. However, if you have the ability to get creek water, lake water, well water, any type of water... it doesn't need to be potable, this is the method for you. First, stock up on 24-36 flat diapers. These are basically a 27 inch square of cloth. Little lions has the best prices that I've found. http://little-lions.com/page47a.html You ought to be able to find them many different places though. Just type in "flat diapers" into google. Here are different ways to fold the diapers. It's really not hard once you get used to it. Here's my favorite fold http://www.diaperware.com/picturepages/flatfolding.htm Or you can fold it into a square and use any of these folds to finish. http://www.dy-dee.com/html/Folding/folding.html Finally, you can simply fold it into 8ths and put it into a good wrap cover such as these http://www.thirstiesbaby.com/covers.htm To wash these diapers you will need a 5 gallon bucket, a plunger, and some laundry soap. Get the most basic, cheapest one you can find. Diapers don't need any additives. Put 8-10 diapers at a time into the bucket and fill until they are covered. Plunge the heck out of them with the plunger for many minutes and then empty the water. Fill again and plunge again. Then fill with rinse water and plunge one more time. Wring out and hang to dry. This way of washing ensures that you have diapers for your baby even if you run out of disposibles. Finally a word on covers. The above covers I showed are great, but if you are a knitter, stock up on wool. Wool is a wonderful cover for diapers. It absorbes 300 times it's weight of liquid and has natural antibacterial properties and contains natural lanolin for waterproofing. You only have to wash it once a week or so, unless it becomes poopy. Simply have 3 or 4 covers available and rotate so they dry between uses. Buy some lanisohl from the baby aisle to add to the wash water and it will stay waterproof for a long time. Simply type "free longies knitting pattern" or "free wool soaker pattern" to get many free patterns. Feel free to post any questions. I can probably answer them, and if not, I'll ask my mom. She diapered 3 kids without a washing machine when she was dead broke using this method.
  10. These sliced ones are 6 dollars a can if you buy 12 cans. Great deal! http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_F...E_Potato+Slices
  11. I got a 6 pack of rice, wheat, and oats. I'm going to order about 100 dollars worth each pay period til I have a good supply. This is wonderful for me. I'm newly pregnant and sick and the idea of trying to package large amounts of grain and finding a place to store it is overwhelming. This is a perfect size for storing in the top of closets or under beds. Between this and the grouop specials from EE, It seems that long term storage is manageable now.
  12. I've been going through both websites, and if you break it down into quarter cup servings, honeyville is cheaper than EE in almost everything. However, EE has a bigger variety.
  13. I make diapers, and one of the things we add to diapers to make them waterproof is anti-pill fleece. I get the really thick heavy stuff from Joann's fabrics. Put it on the bottom and it's as water resistent as you need it to be for a normal period. Now, I'm making some postpartum pads now, and I'm using a fabric called PUL, or poly-urethane laminate. It's basicly laminated fabric. This will make them very waterproof. I have to order this fabric online, but since I make baby diapers, I use the scraps for pads. I'll be happy to send anyone a sample from my stash, if you PM me.
  14. Well, I used to be like this, then I figured out what to do with the fabric. Sew it into diapers for soon to be baby! Then, when baby finally decides to make an appearance, I can look at said yummy fabric on a little baby bum. There, problem solved. Except, now I want to buy more fabric so I can make matching t-shirts I guess you never win.
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