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  1. Thanks I never thought of using boiling water to rehydrate the peas. I will try that and see if they are any softer that way.
  2. I tried some of my dehydrated peas last night - YUK!!! I soaked them for 2 days, then simmered them for about 15 minutes. They came out "quite firm" , not soft like frozen, canned or fresh peas, but not hard either. They were also very "bland". I wound up throwing them out. Any ideas on what (if anything) I can do to improve the softness and flavor ? I really hate the idea of tossing out several pounds of dehydrated peas. FWIW, I have had no problem rehydrating brocolli, celery, carrots, or corn. Thanks
  3. I have several types of antibiotics in my preps and would like to have some detailed information (if available) on how long they are good for. A few years ago AARP had and article that tested medications 5 years beyond their expiration date. The article said that the meds retained between 75% - 90% of their original potency. The down side was that they didn't specify what the meds were. I have Amoxicillin, Tetracycline, Pennicillin and Doxcycline in my preps. Recently, I was told that antibiotics lose their effectiveness (potency) after 1 year. Does anyone have any knowledge on how long they are good for ? For instance: After 1 year the antibiotic only has 50% of it's potency and after 5 years 25% of the potency, etc. If I could get a breakdown I would know how much to use. I prefer not to have to go buy new antibiotics every year, but if they aren't going to be effective........................... Thanks
  4. Hi Arby, Since you state you are on foot, I surmise you have a particular location or locations in mind. Have you considered setting up a cache ? If not at the location(s), somewhere in between. It would save you you time and effort in the event you had to "take to the woods".
  5. Picked up a couple of eyeglass repair kits today (the ones with the screws in them) and ordered some seeds in for the spring. Still trying to figure out how to jockey the money to get some more freeze dried food - that stuff has really gone up in price this past year. Last year I USED TO/COULD buy freeze dried chicken and diced beef for about $30 - $35 a can - now it is $50 a can.
  6. One thing I found out today - Have an extra pair of eyeglasses (if you wear them keep your old pair for "just in case") AND a repair kit (the one with the screws in it). If you wear contacts, get a pair of glasses (for SHTF time) Mail order glasses are pretty inexpensive. The last pair I bout online, with bi-focal lens cost me $45 including shipping. The DW had the lens fall out of her glasses (no extra or old pair). The 1st repair kit did not have the correct size screw, the extra kit in the preps did though. I will pick up some extra kits in the AM.
  7. I am not sure if this is the correct forum for this. Mods, if this is inappropriate for this forum please move it. I consider it a prep item in the medical catagory. I use this method for my colloidal silver. This info was copied from an article on another site. How to make your own Colloidal Silver in consistent and effective batches I have been using my home-made Colloidal Silver for over 15 years. The first couple of years I thought it was a piece of cake to make it with a couple of coins and a 9 volt battery, but was greatly mistaken. I continued having health problems, though admittedly, not as severe as before. I spent much time pondering, and the secret is that VERY small particles are mandatory for silver to suffocate viruses and also some bacteria. First, I learned to NEVER add salt or any chemical to the water. Clumps will form, destroying the product's effectiveness PURE water and silver is the only way to make effective Colloids. It does take some time, but the result is amazing in its disease fighting ability. Silver is known to oxidize, or absorb oxygen (tarnish if you will) readily. This makes it effective on pathogens ONLY if it is smaller than the target pathogen. IOW, it must attach itself to them, because Silver colloids operate by absorbing oxygen from the host pathogen by depriving it of the oxygen it needs to multiply. Colloidal ions are attached by the charge they carry due to the electrolysis method of manufacture. They are attracted to the pathogens through this charge. Exposure to light acts to neutralize the ionic charge over time, so colloidal silver is always stored in a dark container. The secrets to making extremely small colloids are simple, and can be done by anyone with a small capital investment and then made continually for virtually pennies per quart. The method I am about to share has been proven to produce consistent and effective results. The method is like a recipe. You must follow it, much like any recipe, to achieve consistent results. The only thing you will need that is extraordinary is a milliamp meter. You can pick one up at Radio Shack, and if you do not know hpow to use it, get instruction from either the booklet that comes with it, or get someone to demonstrate. There are only 2 wires on it, so how complicated can it be? While you are there, pick up a set of small "clip leads". These are usually sold in packages of 6. (you only need 2). Also buy Three 9 volt alkaline batteries. On the way back, stop by Walmart and buy a cheap ($5.95 here) aerator (bubble blower) for a fish tank, and a couple of feet of clear tubing for the aerator. The Silver source. Buy a silver sheet piece from someone like http://www.silversupplies.com/catalog/meta...ver/sheet.shtml Purity must be .999. The gauge of metal can be any they list, but I suggest the 26 gauge. Thickness is not that important, but LENGTH and WIDTH is. The sheets are sold in 6 inch by one inch pieces. (Cost with shipping is about $25) Buy ONE sheet. Cut two 1/4 inch X 6 inch strips from it. You can use scissors to cut it. Try to be very consistent in width. Dont worry that it curls while you cut it. It is easy to flatten again by placing in a book or merely bending it back with your hands. THEN, using a ruler, measure 1 and 1/2 inches from one end of the strip, and scribe an easily visible line across each strip using a sharp knife or other pointed tool. Once you have made the strips, WASH them in a solution of warm soapy water to remove any oils used in rolling them, or any skin oils you may have contacted them with. You should never have to wash them again, unless you drop them on the floor. Simply clean them between uses by wiping with a wet paper towel between the thumb and forefinger, and pulling the strip through. Next, get a one quart WIDEMOUTH mason jar. The widemouth is important, as it sets the spacing between the strips. Wash the inside of the jar, and DRY well with a paper towel and place it in the microwave on high for a couple of minutes, to make sure it is completely dry. Bend a small hook (or lip) at the scribed end of the strip so that the strip will hang on the lip of the mason jar, and the scribed line is about an inch or so below the top of the jar. Now, a little bit of basic electricity. The colloidal size is a function of the current flowing in the solution soon to be described. Likewise, the current is controlled by four basic things, which is why all the accent on dimensions above. 1) the conductivity of the solution. 2) the size of the strips hanging within the solution. (length and width) 3) the spacing between the strips. This is why a WIDEMOUTH jar is used. 4) the applied voltage (batteries) (you need 3 to make 27-28 volts) Finally we get to the water (solution). NO "tap water", NO "spring water". These are rife with impurities. You MUST use distilled water. AND just not ANY old distilled water. I have searched high and low and only found two brands which work in my area. Much of what is sold as distilled water is done using metallic distilling equipment. It is highly conductive and will NOT make effective colloidal silver. Don't waste your time. You WILL have to search and buy several brands before you find one which is glass distilled and is suitable. Don't worry, for you can easily test the water. In fact that is the first step in this recipe. Steps: 1) Hang the two silver strips inside the jar. 2)Snap the three 9 volt batteries together in series. Proper contacts in each battery neatly fits the other. When you get them snapped correctly, two batteries face the third. (the 2 batteries on the outside face the center battery). The two terminals left open are (one on each outside battery) attached by clip leads as follows. 3) Connect one terminal from the batteries to one of the milliampmeter leads. Clip the other milliampmeter lead to one of the strips hanging in the jar, using as an attach point the end of the bent hook on the outside of the jar lip. 4) Move the second strip to the opposite side of the jar from the first one. (Remember spacing is important). get the strips as close to opposite as possible. 4) Connect the final battery lead to the other strip. using your fingers, get the strips hanging straight down as close as possible to the inside of the jar. Now to test the water for suitability. Carefully pour your "distilled" water into the jar until it reaches the scribed lines on the strips. Monitor the milliampmeter for a reading of .2 milliamps (200 microamps) or less. Less is better. Anything over .2 milliamps means the water is too conductive, and it WILL NOT make effective colloidal silver. Use it in your steam iron, and try another brand. You must find a source of low conductive distilled water. For those near a Food Lion or Publix, both these are suitable, at least in my area. Assuming you have found suitable low conductivity water, place the tubing from your aerator all the way to the bottom and hold in place with a clothespin or other method. Turn on the aerator to be sure it does not move the strips, but only "stirs" the water by bubbling. MONITOR the milliampmeter. You are looking for a final conductivity of 5-6 times the starting current, but in no case more than 1 milliamp. (The colloids will be too large, and begin to clump. If you start at 100 microamps, stop at 600. DONT rush it. DO NOT HEAT the water. It will take from 2 and 1/2 to four hours to make depending on the water temperature for the final current to result. Once your final current is reached, remove the tubing, strips anddisconnect the batteries. Using a non-metallic funnel, place a clean coffee filter in it and filter your colloidal silver in a dark container. I use a dark glass beer bottle, but the opaque bottles hydrogen peroxide comes in work great also. Anything to keep light at a minimum. You will notice small gray particles caught on the filter or remaining in the jar bottom. They should be minimal in quantity. These are clumped colloids. If you notice these increasing over time, it is a sign that your water quality has deteriorated or some foreign salts have built up. Clean your equipment and microwave the tubing of the aerator and the jar. If you exceed 1 milliamp of current, the size of the particles will rapidly increase. this is not the most effective colloidal silver. You should experience virtually NO metallic taste with small colloids, because they are smaller than your taste buds can distinguish! Try to use your silver within two weeks, as the colloid ions lose their charge over time. Dose: Prophylactic-- a swig (about a teaspoonful) morning and night. swish in your mouth and swallow. Minor Cuts-- soak a bandaid in the solution and apply as normal. Infection-- double the prophylactic dose. Care of strips and equipment. Wash and dry the jar. Wipe the strips gently with a moistened paper towel between your fingers. DO NOT "polish" them. The gray color is a natural feature, and actually decreases the cook time with use. This is because of the increased microsurface area due to the "tarnish". Keep your equipment in a dust free box between uses. It's a kind of pain to use the recipe, but I have perfected it with much trial and error. NO colds, staph or infections of any kind in 12 years. My comments: I have found that the "Pocono Springs" brand of distilled water at Shop-Rite meets the criteria in the article. For a dark bottle I took an empty 20 oz soda bottle (with cap) and after masking the neck area and cap off, painted the bottle with Krylon "Fusion" black paint. I have been using the same bottle for about 5 months with no sign of the paint coming off. The multi-meter I bought at Wal-Mart ($17) as well as the "clip leads" ($3) and the air pump, tubing and air stone ( about $10) . I already had the 9volt batteries. Total cost for everything is about $55 without the batteries .
  8. The DW is an R.N., Reiki Master, Board Certified Reflexologist and Healing Touch Practitioner. According to SEVERAL of the publications she receives, one of the best ways to build up your immune system to minimize getting a cold or the flu is with vitamin D. These publications state that you should have a minimum of 1,000 units of Vitamin D3 daily - 2,000 units per day is preferred. The key is that IT MUST BE VITAMIN D3. Unless the bottle states that it is D3, you can not be certain of what you are getting. Theoretically, 15 - 20 minutes a day of exposure to BRIGHT sunshine will provide the Vitamin D you need. The only problem is that now that winter is coming we do not have as much of our body exposed to sunlight as we do during the summer months.
  9. "I have a water question too - Do you guys dump & refill your water containers annually? I have been doing this, but wonder if I need to. I know the water goes "stale" after a while, and figured it would be nicer to drink water that was "fresher." Am I just making work for myself? (I have plenty of other stuff to do...)" If you are not already aware, the milk containers and soda bottles are made to biodegrade in about 2 years. If they are kept away from sunlight and in a cool stable temperature they will last longer - how much longer I do not know. I feel a lot of the "stale" taste will depend on how the water is stored and what (if anything) is used to stabilize it. I use Aerobic Stabilized Oxygen in my 55 gallon drums of water. The Aerobic Stabilized Oxygen is advertised as keeping the water safe to drink (with little or no aftertaste) for 5 years. Last night I went and got some water from one of the drums (water has been in the drum 2 1/2 years) and compared it to some "fresh" water from the well. The results: Clarity and color were the same. The cold stored water had a very faint "aftertaste", however the after taste was not objectionable and I feel most people would not notice it unless they were looking for it. I heated up the balance and made some tea. I could not taste any difference between the stored water and the "fresh" water. Hope this is of some help.
  10. Whoo Hoo !!! Made my first batch of colloidal silver today. I found a set of detailed instructions for the equipment and how to do it. According to the instructions, when the liquid is filtered into the containers there should be few, if any, "clumps" - I had one VERY small clump. The "shelf life" is only a couple of weeks before the charge dissipates (extremely tiny particles), but I wanted to make sure I could do it BEFORE the cold and flu season arrived. Now to start using it and see if I can see any difference from it.
  11. 'Lavenderflowers' date='Aug 31 2009, 01:26 AM' post='311242'] I tried searching using many words and didn't find anything about what to start saving up in the form of currency. Cash, silver, gold, stamps??? Food, seeds, dry goods??? fuel, wood, gas??? animals, water, other?? I have started getting a few things together and the obvious keeps staring me in the face. What do you save for? I have a little of all of the above, but nothing that would get me very far as most of my assets are tied up in the bank, stocks, property, that sort of thing. There are too many doomsday senarios to try to get enough for all, so I guess the basic things would be the best bet?? I have been trying to read up on several of the sections, but there is sooo much and I have hardly scratched the surface. So, if this is in the wrong place or there is a more detailed thread elsewhere, please let me know. Thanks. ******************************* If the government is still in existence, paper money should still be worth something (although inflation may make it only worth a fraction of it's face value). If the government is gone (in my opinion, a more likely scenario), I suggest gold and silver in small denominations (1/10th oz, 1/4 oz gold and 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz and 1 oz in silver). For barter most any of the following would be good: 1. antibiotics, medical supplies and medical knowledge (advanced first aid or better) (antibiotics without a prescription can be gotten here: http://www.calvetsupply.com/index.asp?Page...mp;Category=262 They are labeled for fish, birds, but are identical to what you get at the pharmacy) 2. ammunition (This is a debatable item as it is something that can be used against you. If you decide to use this I suggest 22 long rife ammo) 3. small livestock such as chickens or goats (not so much for the animals, but for what they produce - eggs and milk, possibly butter) 4. clothing (jackets, boots, gloves and hats. This would be good for long term and/or cold climates) 5. fishing line, hooks, bobbers, etc. 6. tobacco, alcohol (whiskey, brandy, etc in 1/2 pint or pint bottles) 7. food (canned, dehydrated or freeze dried) 8. Garden tools (shovels, spades, hoes, axes and hatchets) and Heirloom seeds (open pollinated) would be good for long term SHTF 9. Manual tools (saws, hammer, etc) and nails/screws (they are heavy, but would be in demand, especially in a long term SHTF) I would not consider wood or gasoline for barter. Depending on the part of the country you live in and whether you are in an urban or rural environment and your storage space can determine other items you may want to consider. Think about it. What would you be in need of or want if the SHTF ? This is the stuff you want for barter. BE PREPARED TO PROTECT IT !! Once folks find out you have stuff to barter, there will always be a few that will try to take it from you. Hope this is of some help.
  12. As if we don't have enough to be concerned with about the swine flu vaccine - now this is added. Note that Dr. Wodarg states that "Swine flu is not very different from normal flu. “On the contrary if you look at the number of cases it is nothing compared to a normal flu outbreak,” http://www.bild.de/BILD/news/bild-english/...-of-cancer.html Posted Sept. 6, 2009 German health expert's swine flu warning Does virus vaccine increase the risk of cancer? 21.08.2009 - 12:33 UHR The swine flu vaccine has been hit by new cancer fears after a German health expert gave a shock warning about its safety. Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg is a politician and a specialist in lungs, hygiene and environmental medicine. He is the chairman of the health committee in the German parliament and European Council. Lung specialist Wolfgang Wodarg has said that there are many risks associated with the vaccine for the H1N1 virus. He has grave reservations about the firm Novartis who are developing the vaccine and testing it in Germany. The vaccination is injected “with a very hot needle”, Wodarg said. The nutrient solution for the vaccine consists of cancerous cells from animals and "we do not know if there could be an allergic reaction". But more importantly, some people fear that the risk of cancer could be increased by injecting the cells. The vaccine - as Johannes Löwer, president of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, has pointed out - can also cause worse side effects than the actual swine flu virus. Wodrag also described people’s fear of the pandemic as an "orchestration": “It is great business for the pharmaceutical industry,” he told the ‘Neuen Presse’. Swine flu is not very different from normal flu. “On the contrary if you look at the number of cases it is nothing compared to a normal flu outbreak,” he added. The chairman of the health committee in the European Council has urged for a careful and calm reaction to the virus. Up until now, the producers of the vaccine did not know how many orders they would have by the autumn, but the German Government is now a guaranteed customer. Even the pharmaceutical companies are trying to exploit the fear of the swine flu pandemic.
  13. I have had problems with the link and I thought it was due to some changes I had made on my computer.
  14. ['Louis1' date=Sep 2 2009, 07:55 PM' post='311607] ='Cricket' post='311563' date='Sep 2 2009, 01:24 PM']The education department's suggestions include building background knowledge for students about Obama, and then asking, "What do you think he'll say to you?" During the speech, students should be instructed to "think about the following: What is the president trying to tell me? What is the president asking me to do?" Another exercise would be to have students write letters to themselves about "what they can do to help the president." "These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals," the recommendations suggest. Implicit in all of this is the message to our children that they are expected to obey the government and take in active role in supporting government mandates. Here is a link to the government site that has the teacher instructions. http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml There are even specific instructions for PreK to 6th grade! The littlest kids!! These include " [Ask] why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials, like the mayor, senators, members of congress, or the governor? Why is what they say important?" and " Create posters of their goals. Posters could be formatted in quadrants or puzzle pieces or trails marked with the labels: personal, academic, community, country. Each area could be labeled with three steps for achieving goals in those areas... " Hmm.... sounds to me like more than a study hard and stay in school speech. Don't be so cynical! It's for the Children. You "missed" the last part of the article.......................................................... "I’m sorry, but I don’t want the President of the United States asking or telling the kids of the United States to do anything. This isn’t 1950s China. And what -- exactly and precisely and specifically what -- is the President going to be talking about during this address? The war? Healthcare reform? Voting issues? Nobody knows, which is also scary. The White House needs to be completely transparent beforehand about what the President intends to tell the kids of America. Because if it’s anything other than “obey your parents and your teachers,” the President may well be out of line." ...................................................... The last part of the article is what bothers me. The writer of the article makes a very valid point since NO ONE KNOWS WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY AND HE IS NOT INDICATING WHAT HE IS GOING TO SAY..............so much for "the transparency"
  15. If you can get through (I have had some problems connecting to the site) they have an excellent list of downloadable PDF and/rtf format manuals. http://survive.urbanbushpeople.org/
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