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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 volu
  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'r
  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 millio
  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!
  16. What are the top 10 items you consider essential to have stocked up right now - 'at the verge' as it were?
  17. If you could buy a home and property anyplace in the USA where would you choose to go? I'd like to look online for my dream home: with an acre or two of wooded land, a creek or river, fireplaces, someplace to build a large garden and maybe have a small bit of livestock. What state would you look in - where would you recommend for your dream home, preparedness-wise? Maybe I'm asking for a lot, but what does it hurt to get your opinions? Thanks!!!
  18. Just to clarify - I was asking about breakfasts to have in case of power loss and general collapse of civilization and normalcy, not everyday breakfasts. Thanks for the creative solutions!
  19. You're right, we don't have winters really (and I miss them - usually)....but I think that will be a blessing this year, eh? I'm worried about family in northern states, but they seem to be as prepared as possible.... Mostly I was thinking if/when we lose power, what to have stored to have for breakfasts. I can bake and cook breakfasts fine for him now, but if TSHTF I was wondering what foods to stock up on that wouldn't require any cooking, other than maybe some hot water (which I could do on the grill, or propane stove, or even canned heat). Everyone has come through with a lot o
  20. Kevin - I'm definitely going to have to try some of those grains on him. I understand why he doesn't like oatmeal (the mucus-like quality of it grosses him out) but maybe he'd like some of the others. Thanks. Staceyy - those are things he definitely likes! What kind of powdered eggs do you use? Frozen eggs? Like eggbeaters kind? I do store roast beef hash, have you tried that? I like it better than the corned beef hash. Thanks! Thanks everyone for the ideas - now I have some new things for him to try!
  21. Oh, Lady Yarrow - would you please post your recipe for the Scottish whisky cake? My hubby is Scottish, and I think he'd like that. How did it turn out? Did you like it? I also remember fondly those hermit cookies of my childhood...but I've never made them. (now I'm homesick and wanting fall weather!)
  22. Thanks for the recipe! That might be more tasty than the ones you buy. Peanut butter powder? Would you reconstitute with water or oil? Where do you recommend purchasing this? Thank you again!
  23. I have a very picky hubby - doesn't like oatmeal or pancakes. So I'm looking for other ideas for breakfast foods to store. Thanks!
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