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  1. Nido is the only form of powdered milk we like. I've even got one can that is open in the freezer for occasional use - what I like about it is that according to how much water you add you get anything from cream to skim milk! Wish they had bigger cans - #10 cans would be great! Walmart is the only place we've found Nido in Florida though.
  2. For those asking where I'm getting them, go here: http://www.providentliving.org/location/ma...026-1-4,00.html and see if there's a "Home Storage Center" near you. Give them a call and ask if you can make an appointment to come and purchase some food storage items....let them know you are willing to volunteer for a spell, and they might let you come. The first time I called, they told me they were not letting non-members in. So I found a coworker who was a member and got the info I needed from her to call back and ask again - this time I will be allowed in. I'll have to volunteer some time using their machinery to can some items for them, but I'll get such great prices I won't mind. Good luck; hope there's one near you!
  3. I'm sorry for the confusion, let me explain: I have the opportunity to purchase either #10 cans of dry pinto, white, and black beans (uncooked) or buy a 25lb. bulk bag of these dry beans to take home and vacuum-seal them into bags with oxygen absorbers in them. The bulk bag is significantly cheaper than the canned beans...to get an equal amount of the canned beans would cost me more than 3 times the cost of the bulk bag. These are not cooked beans, they're dry beans. Hope this helps in understanding.
  4. Thanks - I'll get the cans, and hope to be able to go again to get more later!
  5. If I store them in the cans, and the cans are someplace that may have temps up to 80 degrees will the beans go rancid in the cans?
  6. Thanks, it is for cooking. I see that the maker of the Crofton pressure cooker is out of the country - so it would probably be difficult to find the replacement parts for it..... Guess I'll put the Presto on my Christmas wish list!
  7. I have the opportunity to visit the nearest LDS cannery and purchase some food storage items. My dilemma is this: should I get the dry beans in #10 cans, or buy the bulk bag and vacuum-seal the beans at home and store that in my spare refrigerator or freezer? Doing it myself will save a little money, thereby allowing me to purchase more, but I don't want it to go bad. I need your advice! Thank you!
  8. We just had an Aldi's open up near my workplace, and they are advertising a Crofton SS Pressure cooker for under $40.00 - so I'm wondering if this is a good deal or if I should pony up almost double the price for a Presto SS one? Thank you!
  9. What is the difference between hard red wheat berries and hard white wheat berries??? Can both be used in these recipes that call for wheat berries, does one taste better than the other? I'm looking for more recipes that call for wheat berries, without grinding them up and making flour. Thanks!
  10. Thank you for starting this thread!!!! I agree with it being a looong winter, and have so much to learn about beans!!!
  11. Originally Posted By: Stephanie I'm discovering more and that prepping is a process, or it certainly has been for me. We're all at differing levels of this process, facing differing circumstances financially, location wise, etc. And we have to start somewhere. For many it's just buying an extra few cans of food or a pack of toilet paper. I myself tried to start with the suggested 72 hour kit then moved on to the 3 months, and etc... As I said it's a progressive thing. Yes, it's a progression for everyone. We may not all be at the most extreme level of preparedness - but we're working on it! Finding out what everyone else considers to be their top priorities is a way to learn what I might have overlooked in my own ignorance, so THANK YOU EVERYONE for sharing your knowledge and insights with us all. Let's all remember one of the most important things - to be kind to each other while sharing our knowledge and thoughts. I consider it a blessing to have this group to talk with each day - and if the worst happens will miss you all and will pray for your well-being.
  12. CrabGrassAcres, that's a wonderful list - fudged or not!!! THANKS!
  13. (I got this via email and had to share it with you - sorry if this isn't the place for it, but it was my best guess.) *Subject:* The Birk Economic Recovery Plan Hi Pals, *I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.* Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a */We Deserve It Dividend/*. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up... So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon; that equals $425,000.00. My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a *We Deserve It Dividend*. Of course, it would *NOT* be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000.00. *What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?* *Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.* *Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads* *Put away money for college - it'll be there* *Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.* *Buy a new car - create jobs* *Invest in the market - capital drives growth* *Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves* *Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else* *Remember this is for every adult U.S. Citizen 18+ *including* the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces. If we're going to re-distribute wealth, let's really do it... instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President. If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, */Let's bail out every adult U.S. Citizen 18+!/* *As for AIG - liquidate it.* Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. *Here's my rationale...* */We deserve it and AIG doesn't!/* *Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."* But can you imagine the */Coast-To-Coast Block Party/*! How do you spell *Economic Boom*? *I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion* */We Deserve It Dividend/* more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington, DC. And remember, The Birk plan only /really /costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam. /Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest./ Kindest personal regards, Birk T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic *PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals, as it's either good for a laugh, or a tear, or a very sobering thought on how to best use **$85 Billion!!**
  14. Here's an important article on how to store your pancake mix - preventing mold: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/pancake.asp
  15. Here's my top 10: 1) water 2) powdered milk 3) sugar 4) grains: corn, oats, etc. 5) honey 6) toilet tissue 7) soaps 8) canned goods that we eat 9) tea - loose and bags 10) chocolate in all its forms!
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