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  1. Until now all of my focus has been to bug in. I only have a very basic BOB. I have never given much thought to a Get Home Bag. However, lately...I keep getting these thoughts while I am away from home of " How would I get home if an EMP or Solar flare were to hit right now"? I am almost always at least 10 miles from home when I am out. I also almost always have my 85 yr.old dad & 88 yr old mother in law with me. We would have to walk home. I am learning multiple routes home to avoid having to walk on the interstate. I am making a list of things to have in the car and in a b
  2. Well, still working on the corn. I tried the pickling lime method last night and soaked it overnight. I didn't see ANY hulls this morning . I think the lime may have just softened them so much that they don't even look like hulls on the corn. I rinsed it very well then tried to grind it on my Wonder Mill using the stainless burrs instead of the stone ones. I didn't want to chance mucking up the stone burrs. It jammed up the mill, was as thick as I don't know what. After cleaning that mess up, I put the corn on my dehydrater. I am gonna dry it out and then grind it again. H
  3. Update: I tried the baking soda method today and it did not work doing as article instructed. I even recooked it a little longer and let it set a while longer. It only barely softened the hulls. I had to literally peel each kernel of corn with some effort. Sooo, I am now soaking the corn after being fully rinsed of baking soda in a pickling lime solution overnight & will report back tomorrow.
  4. For those of in the south or anywhere where corn will become a main staple in our diets should the SHTF, it is important to know this information. This post will be long. It is all of the excerpts I have copied from different sites for my binder. You may want to do more research and decide for yourselves. I will be attempting to make hominy for masa and grits. Hominy can be dehydrated to make masa for totillas or tamales or grits. It can be used fresh and soft in soups etc. There are different methods of making hominy. Pellagra is a vitamin deficiency disease most commonly caused
  5. Wasn't sure where to post this. I wish we had a "product review" forum. I stumbled across this and wondered if anyone here has ever tried them. This is the site to purchase them http://www.uvpaqlite.com/
  6. Everyone is ok here. We thought we would have to evacuate due the dam situation in Mississippi which would flow into the Tangipahoa River. All within 1 mile of the river were encouraged to evacuate. We are 5 miles from the river.
  7. We are ready. Sure glad we have a hand pump on the well as we won't be hooking generator up to the electrical panel this time. Shouldn't be to bad... Stay safe all in it's path.
  8. The info originally came from Jackie Clay at Backwoods Magazine. http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/JackieClay/page/3/ bottom of page Canning hamburger I have canned several batches of hamburger over the years. I brown the burger and pack hot in pint jars fill to head space with broth and process for the “book” time. I am getting complaints that the texture is too fine and a chunkier product is desired for spaghetti and chili. Any suggestions for keeping the product coarser? Howard Brewi Valdez, Alaska The way I generally process my hamburger is to lightly brown it in
  9. Here is another method of canning ground meat...called "dry canning". Supposedly, the texture remains the same as fresh cooked ground meat. Here is a taste test review of it comparing it with fresh cooked ground meat, not canned.
  10. This chart was found at the Aermotor Windmill site below. Gives a good idea of just how much water we need for certain tasks. I am sure some quantities could be reduced...but just a general guide. http://www.aermotorwindmill.com/Sales/CommonQuestions.asp Average Water Needs In Gallons Milking cow, per day 35 Dry cow or steer, per day 15 Horse, per day 12 Hog, per day 4 Sheep, per day 2 Chickens, (per 100) per day 6 B
  11. Some interesting prep articles http://projectchesapeake.wordpress.com/category/preparedness/ Off Grid Refrigeration 25 Must Have Items for Building A Homestead What Skills Do You Really Have? Silver Bugs Take Heed, Buying Opportunity Ahead The Barter Exchange and Security The Three Stages of Crisis When Radiation Arrives, What Do You Do? Fifty Tools and Technologies to Rebuild Civilization There older articles as well.
  12. An Executive Order You Should Know About http://kaygranger.house.gov/weekly-enewsletter-executive-order-you-should-know-about I know a president can do this in time of an emergency, why now? Hmmmm, better keep more cash/gold/silver on hand. With all that is going in Washington these days some things don’t make the news the way they should. Fourteen days ago President Obama issued an Executive Order that you should know about. This order gives an unprecedented level of authority to the President and the federal government to take over all the fundamental parts of our econ
  13. Bumped up to share link for sturdier spigot for the Big Berky. http://www.infused-v...thyourjaro.aspx
  14. The first thing I noticed when we received our Big Berky was that it had a plastic spigot. That will be the part that breaks! I searched and found a chrome spigot the correct size and reasonably priced here and ordered one. http://www.infused-vodka.com/chromecurvedneckspigot-patentpendingnotavailableforresaletoaddtoyourinfusionjarusethedropdownlistassociatedwithyourjaro.aspx
  15. Maybe it's just me....but I'm not going to any govt site to "check out" my computer.
  16. Welcome back ((((A New)))) Chalmette would be your best bet if working in Belle Chase. Not a big town, but you could go into Slidell for malls, etc. Every town has bad areas so check all areas well before deciding. I use to live in Meraux. Yes, it was flooded during Katrina but that was do to the MRGO ( Miss. River Gulf Outlet). It has been closed since. Mandeville is very expensive and full of snobs. Slidell is getting bad (drugs, crime). I live about 20 minutes outside of Mandeville and 45 min to Slidell. We could meet up !
  17. Many, many plants look very similar and it can be very dangerous to ingest something that you are not 100% without a doubt sure of what it is. You must be able to identify the stem shape, leaf layout/pattern, flower, root etc all before making a 100% identification. I bought this book to help me identify the many weeds/plants on my property. Botany in a Day http://www.amazon.com/Botany-Day-Patterns-Method-Identification/dp/1892784157/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334282990&sr=8-1
  18. I'm enjoying the series too, but I wonder if it will deter many people from prepping. All they are showing are people with tons of money. Might have people saying " We can't afford to prep". Wish they would show a few average preppers.
  19. Seeds are living organisms that need some oxygen. Do not use oxygen absorbers with them and do not vacuum seal them. Store in canning jars and keep in refrigerator or freezer. The oxygen that is in the jar is sufficient for them.
  20. Texana: I am concerned as well about heat since I am in Louisiana. Do you have a well? A "pump house"? Well water is cold and the pump house seems to be the coolest place around here in the summer with no ac. We were thinking of lining the walls with sheets of styrofoam, putting in some shelves and maybe using it sort of as a root celar to store mostly root crops... Just a thought. If you eat what your storeand rotate your food, you shouldn't have it more than a year or 2. Here is a chart for dehydrated foods. Storage Life & Temperature of Dehydrated Foods Temp
  21. I recently bought one of those small galvanized garbage cans to make that faraday cage I posted about recently. This morning after reading about the cme I lined it with carboard and put my radios in it...just in case...
  22. I meant to say "CME" Alert, can not edit heading...anyway, similar effect http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/01/23/strongest-radiation-storm-in-7-years/print Some excerps: Planes expected to reroute following massive solar eruption. "There is little doubt that the cloud is heading in the general direction of Earth," Spaceweather.com announced in an alert. The blast from the immense solar radiation storm let loose with a so called coronal mass ejection (CME) that will hit the atmosphere Tuesday morning, something NASA and NOAA monitor for as it could cause problems for
  23. I think someone had posted a link to this online book recently. It was very good on how to make due with less, substituting ingredients in recipes etc. I had planned on printing it all out, but decided to see if by some chance a copy of the old book was available. I found a few 2006 editions available for 15.00 each and ordered a few copies for friends. It is a nice addition to my Prep library. Foods That Will Win The War And How To Cook Them (1918) http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15464/15464-h/15464-h.htm
  24. Windmorn: I went to the conference. I am so sorry I did not see this post until today or I surely would have said Hi. for you.
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