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  1. Most of us may be familiar with Clear gel, a modified corn starch that is used to thicken sauces and pie fillings etc.

     

    There are 2 types....regular and instant. The regular is the only thickener that I know of that is approved for canning.

     

    I have just recently learned that you can substitute regular clear gel for pectin. There are some adjustments that need to be made to the recipe when using clear gel instead of pectin but the great news is that it has no expiration date like pectin does.

     

    This will be a great item to store in our long term preps!!

     

    For more info go to:

     

    http://www.foodsafety.wisc.edu/assets/pdf_Files/using_clear_jel_03.pdf

     

    and 1 source to purchase in bulk:

     

    http://www.myspicer.com/shop/clear-gel/

     

     

  2. Our group took classes to prepare for the Ham test. However, we learned that you have to "identify" yourself every 10 minutes while on air, you can not use any form of code talk, your personal information is listed online & the govt can suspend all ham operations in an emergency.

     

    With all that we decided not to proceed. We all have short wave radios we can listen too for global information, have walkie talkies for short distances and bought cb radios with SSB (single side band) which can get 20-30 mile range. I can pick up a lot further than 30 miles on mine but can not transmit more than about 25 miles. It suits us fine because we all live within 20 miles of each other.

     

    Just something to think about.

  3. Recently purchased one of those cheapie Harbor freight solar panel kits. Need to set it up and test it.Will probably have to buy a better charge controller for it.

     

    I need to also buy another inverter. The one I have is 1500 watts but it is a "modified" sine wave...Some equipment won't run well on it..so I need to buy a "pure" sine wave one. They are alot more expensive so will buy a smaller wattage..My dad's oxygen concentrator needs pure sine wave.

     

    Also recently bought a cb set up. Have to get the antenna put up and test unit. After that I will unplug and emp proof the cb radio.

     

    Just ordered a 2nd hand murs radio. It's a portable base unit for some security sensors we have but can also use it as a 2 way radio, so needed a 2nd one.

     

    My next few purchases are a 2nd solar kit..that will bring us up to 90 watts...still not much..(for Christmas) and some motion detector lights.

     

     

     

  4. What I am wondering about is the cost of policies outside of Obamacare. Sure, they say they can't deny you for preexisting things, BUT noone said they did away with the MIB..medical Information Bureau. I am sure they will still look you up and charge you accordingly.

  5. Here is an excellent article on EMP. I know we are probably tired of reading about it but I am so glad I read yet another article. With the predicted possible solar flare threat coming up soon, it would be wise to read this article.

     

    http://www.futurescience.com/emp/emp-protection.html

     

    Here is an audio program with an astrophisicist talking about the predicted solar flares.

     

  6. This is really cool.

     

    I came across this 2 part video on testing your faraday cage. I have done the radio test in the garbage can but not the cell phone test.

     

    All of my small mini faraday cages blocked the signals except the metal eye glass case (probably because it does not have a real tight closure.

     

    However, if I wrap my cell phone in alum foil, it blocks the signals.

     

     

    Part 1
    Part 2

  7. Edited to add more info:

    Well, of course after I posted I found what I was looking for. :sigh:

    Come to think of it, we probably did get it at Sears. D-ex used to buy a lot of his tools there. This is a lot easier on the back than a regular scythe because of the long handle.

     

    http://www.sears.com/seymour-mfg-co-we-30-grass-weed-cutter-11inch/p-SPM6581730001?prdNo=37&blockNo=37&blockType=G37

     

     

    The link didn't work. Can you tell us the name of the tool please.

     

    Thanks

    Never mind..It's working now.


  8. Edited to add more info:

    Well, of course after I posted I found what I was looking for. :sigh:

    Come to think of it, we probably did get it at Sears. D-ex used to buy a lot of his tools there. This is a lot easier on the back than a regular scythe because of the long handle.

     

    http://www.sears.com/seymour-mfg-co-we-30-grass-weed-cutter-11inch/p-SPM6581730001?prdNo=37&blockNo=37&blockType=G37

     

     

    The link didn't work. Can you tell us the name of the tool please.

     

    Thanks

  9. I've been wanting one of these for a long time. I found this Green Mountain Mower in almost mint condition at the flea market today for 25.00!!! I think the owner probably didn't realize that it needed to be adjusted as it didn't cut to well when we got home until we made some adjustments. It cuts great now.

     

    I also got 4 cases of Mason quart jars for 20.00.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Vermont-Country-Store-Mountain/dp/B007BLAFII/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1366501906&sr=8-2&keywords=Green+Mountain+Mower

     

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  10. I was getting tired of digging in my garbage can faraday cage everyday to get out my cell phone & charger, and zip drives so I started looking around for something small to keep them in that would be more handy.

     

    I am not sure that these will work but I think as long as the lids fight tightly and you wrap your phone, zip drives , etc in paper towel or newspaper, etc to isolate unit from touching the tin, they should work.

     

    I gathered all the small tins I had and they seem to work great. I can still keep my zip drives on my desk. I also fouind and old hard steel eyeglass case to keep my cell phone in when I am on the road.

     

    I am sorry that I have forgotten how to resize the pic.

     

     

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  11. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my small group started taking classes to prepare for our ham radio licenses. After 3 classes and many hours of study, we have decided to not go the ham radio route.

     

    Each class we learned different things that discouraged us from continuing.

     

    Of course in registering, you are put on another list.

     

    Every ten minutes you have to state your call letters (who you are).

     

    You can not use any type of code talk.

     

    During WWII the govt jammed the signals and it was forbidden to use the radios.

     

    Although you can transmit much farther on a ham radio, it just didn't seem worth it to us. We were planning on spending about 800.00 plus to get a mobile unit ( much more powerful than a hand held), with a very good antenna, plus a marine battery, etc.

     

    Then we thought about marine radios. You can not use them on dry land!

     

    Soo, we are back to cb's which are only good for a few miles.

     

    We all also have short wave radios. You have to buy a better antenna for them, but they can pick up channels all over the world for info.

     

    I have 2 ham radio books if anyone would like them at a discount. One I haven't even opened.

     

    Ham Radio for Dummies

     

    and

     

    Technician Class

     

     

  12. I am not making my own spaghetti sauce from home grown tomatoes anymore. It takes 45-50 pounds of tomatoes to make 7 qts of sauce. It is very labor intensive and takes 6-8 hours of simmering down the sauce to reach a nice thick consistency.

     

    I have decided to buy my tomato sauce & paste to make my sauce, then can it.

     

    I also buy the #10 cans of tomato sauce and dehydrate it til crisp, then grind it to make tomato powder. The powder can later be rconsituted to the desired thickness for sauce or paste and takes up a lot less space.

     

    I will use my home grown tomatoes to can stewed tomatoes.

  13. The more the merrier, Dogmom! LOL - one year I was making salsa in late December because my tomatoes and peppers were still producing! I ripped them all up in October this year though to make room for favas and onions.

     

    For those who aren't able to garden year round, can you eat something with a homegrown product that you put up during the warmer months? For example, for lunch today, I had vegetable soup that I had frozen a few months back. I grew the cilantro, New Zealand spinach and the celery that went into the soup in my yard. As far as I'm concerned, that counts for my challenge! I'm also about to start dehydrating orange and lemon peels from my citrus trees to use for tea flavoring during the summer. I'm totally counting that come August when it's 5,000 degrees outside and I can't peel myself off of the couch to go pick a zucchini! Or, what about sprouting? My lettuce beds are lousy this year. I'm hoping I'll get a months worth of salad fixings out of them in the early spring but in the meantime, I'm sprouting! Who needs lettuce on a sandwich when you've got fresh grown sprouts? They were grown on my property, so I'm counting those too!

     

    My goal is to be more mindful of what I eat and produce. I can't grow 100% of my families needs, but I can try and make us more sustainable.

    Save some of that orange peel to make orange extract. I zest mine when processing our oranges. I do the same with lemons.

     

    I'm also about to start dehydrating orange and lemon peels from my citrus trees to use for tea flavoring during the summer.

  14. The more the merrier, Dogmom! LOL - one year I was making salsa in late December because my tomatoes and peppers were still producing! I ripped them all up in October this year though to make room for favas and onions.

     

    For those who aren't able to garden year round, can you eat something with a homegrown product that you put up during the warmer months? For example, for lunch today, I had vegetable soup that I had frozen a few months back. I grew the cilantro, New Zealand spinach and the celery that went into the soup in my yard. As far as I'm concerned, that counts for my challenge! I'm also about to start dehydrating orange and lemon peels from my citrus trees to use for tea flavoring during the summer. I'm totally counting that come August when it's 5,000 degrees outside and I can't peel myself off of the couch to go pick a zucchini! Or, what about sprouting? My lettuce beds are lousy this year. I'm hoping I'll get a months worth of salad fixings out of them in the early spring but in the meantime, I'm sprouting! Who needs lettuce on a sandwich when you've got fresh grown sprouts? They were grown on my property, so I'm counting those too!

     

    My goal is to be more mindful of what I eat and produce. I can't grow 100% of my families needs, but I can try and make us more sustainable.

    Save some of those peels to make orange extrac. I zest mine when processing our oranges. Can do the same with lemons.

     

     

     

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2175038_make-orange-extract.htmlt

  15. Well the solar panel description left out the most important info. It didn't say how much actual power the thing produces. I've never seen one of those that would actually power much of anything, not even a cell phone. They are just too small. What kind of battery are you talking about using with it? Your inverter can only power something if there is sufficient charge on a large enough battery. Hate to pop your bubble, but I figure best to say something now than to let you get to where it is your only option and you discover it is completely inadequate to the task at hand.

     

    Maybe I didn't clearly explain what I plan to do. These solar panels for a car battery do not charge a dead battery. They only keep a trickle charge on a good battery preventing a sitting battery from going dead.

     

    If we won't be able to get gas we can still keep a car battery or a golf cart battery, etc charged. then you hook the inverter to the battery. It converts the DC battery power to AC power. ( just like an inverter in a travel trailer does). You then can plug ac electrical appliances into it. Depending on the size (wattage) of the inverter determines what appliances you can run on it.

     

    I plan to use it to plug my laptop into it (via ac cord) to use and to charge the laptop battery among other tools such as a drill, etc.

     

    I have done extensive research into this to make sure I got one powerful enough to run a few ac things off of it.

  16. I have one called a Professional 6. We spent over 500.00 for it thinking we were getting a better one.

     

    I have only used it about 10 times for bread as I prefer to make bread by hand.

     

    We use it mostly to grind meat up but have only done that maybe 15 times.

     

    It now is making a screeching sound!

     

    I called Kitchenaid and they told me I was not suppose to grind meat on high...sigh.

     

    If grinding a 3 lb roast cut into THIN strips can do this to a "professional" machine, then it is trash.

     

    Save your money and get a Bosch!!

  17. I recently bought a used laptop in great condition to have for after SHTF. I am sooo tired of printing out info. I have (6) 4" binders jammed full of "How To" articles. I have spent sooo much time reformatting to Word, buyiing ink and paper.

     

    From now on I put everything on a flash drive.

     

    I purchased this solar car battery charger to keep any battery charged and will plug this inverter into it to have to power up the laptop. It is also powerful enough (1500 watts) to power small tools such as drills, etc if needed.

     

     

    http://www.amazon.co...battery charger

     

     

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    http://www.amazon.co...ywords=inverter

     

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    You have to do a bit of research to see what this will power. It's not for daily use, just ocassional . You also have to have heavy gauge wire to connect it to battery and an inline fuse installed.

  18. My small prep group are getting our ham licenses first thing this year so we can keep in contact.

     

    Next, I am running out of storage room. My spare bedroom pantry is just about at it's max. I have been dehydrating more to save space.

     

    Also am gonna be canning in much smaller jars, like 4 oz jars for many things as home canned food does not last as long as commercially canned food because it doesn't have preservatives in it. I can't use a 1/2 pint of catsup or applesauce, etc at one time and have had to throw alot away.

     

    Buying more silver.

     

    Paying down debt....sigh

     

    .Buy bigger galvanized garbage can for larger faraday cage.

     

    Figure out what we need to do solar hot water.

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