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  1. I guess, I have always been a one in the cupboard, and one in use type of person. Unfortunately everyone around me, are "use everything up, and then complain like mad, as there is none in the house" people. Boards like these help me get more organised, so I (nearly) always have a spare somewhere. It takes me all morning to run out to the shops for that one little item I need, so I save time, if I buy in bulk, and save money if I buy stuff on special offers. What does my other half think? Well, a couple of years ago, he got worried about the next pandemic, and wanted us to think
  2. There was a program on WW2. At the end of the war, the Germans couldn't get/didn't have enough of, any other fibre, so some German uniforms were made out of nettles! Can't remember anything else about the program. Anrol
  3. Provided we had electricity, I think the children and I would be OK. It's husband that would go nuts. He doesn’t like to stay "in", as stay in the house, or even in the garden, he wants to go further afield. And if the electricity went out, he would go insane, without the TV or internet.! Losing electricity would also mean, the freezers would defrost. A big problem. But then in previous quarantines in the UK, those in quarantine have had all the services (electricity, water, gas), food drops, etc. Life went on, and they had to stay home, till they were shown to be clear of the illnes
  4. I always thought beef cattle had to a certain age to be slaughtered and eaten for meat. Certainly in the UK, cattle for beef must be under 30 months of age. Dairy cows can be, in cattle terms, ancient (15 years old), and still be good milkers. And ancient cattle, I believe are tough. Probably used for dog food.
  5. Originally Posted By: Homemaker How would you cook it? Well the way I cook it, is to take the ox tongue, roll it up and tie with string. Sounds easy, well this thing will unroll, as fast as you roll it up. LOL You need about 4 hands to do it effectively. I also have problems getting the skin off before I cook it. Might be easier afterwards, but in my case the tongue is tied up. The skin is a bit chewy but edible, if you don't take it off. I put my ox tongue in a pan, with a ham that needs cooking. I cover with coca cola (the with sugar variety), and add things like onions, carrot
  6. Originally Posted By: Christy Interesting topic. Has anyone ever compared if you pay more when you make your own bread in the breadmaker versus storebought bread? I used to bake loaves with my breadmaker. Now I mix dough, and bake rolls, or very small loaves in the oven. When I baked loaves, I worked out it was 70p a loaf. Now a couple of small loaves is about 20p. That cost will double, when I can finally get to the whole food warehouse and buy some decent flour. I am using cheap supermarket flour at the moment, and it isn't as nice. On another BB, I also found, this link, ho
  7. Originally Posted By: CrabGrassAcres Preps, like clothes are purchased to be used. My pantry is a buffer, so when I don't want to go to the shops, or I can't get out, I have something in the house. My pantry is for all of life's emergencies, whether that is when a child is sick, and I have to stay home, when I planned to go out. No wrapping child in layers, and making them go out. It is for is for bad weather, power outs, and so on. And it came in jolly useful, when I had a houseful of guests, and the local supermarket only delivered half my order. My pantry will probably come in
  8. Flour, IMO, goes off so quickly, it needs to be used soon after it is bought, or it goes stale. I only buy a few months of flour at a time. I have some wheat berries I can grind for bread, and barley grains I can grind for pastry, cookies, and so on. I buy new grains, and vacuum seal them up, and use the grains I bought last year, in my cooking. This concept of storing something like flour, and not using it until an "emergency", seems almost like saying, my child, who is growing like a weed, can only wear their "Sunday best" once a month. Yes my child did wear their posh suits for the
  9. Kevin B 123, I didn't get it, until my father died, but funerals are for the living, they are not about the dead. Sounds odd. IMO, they are for those who feel a loss, so that they can adjust to the one they love, not being there. Ceremonies mark important events in our lives, baptism, marriage, death. Most cultures celebrate, put a stake in a ground, when something major happens. All could be discarded, but I think people need to show that something significant has happened to them. I doubt my father cares where his ashes lay, but we the living do. It is nice for the living
  10. Originally Posted By: DenimDaze I think if you haven't gardened for a couple years before you really need to, you are in DEEP trouble! I'm guessing it will take me another year to finish making all my 'new gardener' mistakes, so maybe more points if you have successfully grown food for more then two years? I have been reading some gardening threads. One person said that year one was a learning experience, and so was year two, year three, year four, .....and at the end of year 10 they were still learning. I am end of year two gardening, and in the UK we have had the two wettest summ
  11. Originally Posted By: Kevin B 123 Michelle, the welfare-hand-out(s) to the able bodied is but 1 gaping hole in the Tax road. Many foreigners come here from afar, get a loan, buy a business, of which they pay NO taxes for 7 years, ( and which time they MAY sell to a relative for another 7 years, and so on) . Sheezz Business that operate overseas, and pay taxes there, do not have to pay then here! THAT is just dead wrong— all these BIG business that have been laying off AMERICANS for years, to hire foreigners in a foreign land. US banks are in Guatemala, Bonies Aeries, Mexico, England, G
  12. I would be concerned about burning plastic, even outdoors. For me, personally, it would have to be the absolute end of the world. In the UK, most carrier bags do degrade in landfill sites, to something relatively harmless. My understanding is that burning raises the temperature of the plastic sufficiently high to create some fairly harmful stuff (dioxin for one), that can last for years. The noxious smoke can drift for some distance, before depositing its load. It is one of the reasons, so many people complain about incinerators, that burn rubbish and generate electricity. Yes you c
  13. Originally Posted By: Campy While a gun or knife "may not be allowed", If not, carry a knife. It is YOUR life and well being that is at stake. I haven't checked the facts out, but the police in the UK say, that if you carry a knife, you are more likely to be stabbed than if you don't. Something to do, with your attackers disarming you, and using the weapon against. Anrol
  14. I have a 9 tray Excalibur, and I am very pleased with it. As far as I can figure out there are two very good dehydrators, the Excalibur, and one I forgot the name of that, which isn't available in the UK. When I was looking everyone recommended, getting the biggest dehydrator you could, because everyone said you would use it. There were some wonderful shaggy dog stories, about how someone had started with a small cheap dehydrator, and worked their way up to the biggest, most expensive, highest quality one they could find. And how they wish they had just gone for the biggest, best qual
  15. There is also a book Handy Farm Devices and how to make them by Rolfe Cobleigh. My little boy loves the book. Anrol
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