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  1. Can smoked or bratworst be dehydrated? I see huge sales on skinless smoked sauage and would love to slice it really thin and drying it like jerky and using it in soups later. Is that safe?
  2. I'm alive, just had more disasters in my family than I can count! But I feel right now I need to include time for myself and this is where myself wants to be.
  3. Hi everyone, it's been a long time since I have posted here. I have been going through my very own disasters and haven't been around long enough to post, but in the last week I have found so many thing I needed to share I decided to MAKE myself make time to share them. A warning it is a long one, but I think it's worth reading. In the past two years I have found several things you may not consider important enough to store in your preps (I know I didn't think they were important) here are the things I have learned. 1. Wedding tulle. The small hole stuff. The smaller the better! Get as
  4. Did you check and see if they germinate before you tossed them? We lost a whole bucket several years ago and we tested the beans to see if they germinated and yes they did so we planted them the next spring to see what they would grow. We ended up refilling the bucket that following fall. Just a thought. The bugs didn't bug the plants.
  5. Went grocery shopping last week at Walmart and was shocked to find the entire three 10 foot long racks of ALL types of sugar were gone! Every single bag!!! I needed sugar for jam so I headed out to the other grocery store and they had plenty of sugar and it was cheaper than Walmart. So I wondered is it a run on sugar or was there a bug outbreak. Can sugar get an outbreak? It did scare me but good so I bought extra sugar at the other store.
  6. I have a big bag that I got at Sam's club a year and 1/2 ago and it still works great for cakes and stuff so they must be right about the 3 year thing. Seems like a mineral would last forever. hmmm
  7. As for which ones need to be cold or not. The medicines you get have the manufacturer's name on the prescription label on the bottle, you can look up their website and there is usually information on each medicine at their site for general use. IF you need more information on the medicine you can call the manufacturer like I had to do and ask their medical rep about that medicine. In my case that was easy because my kids condition requires that we keep extra pills for stress dosing. So I explained that sometimes we have those pills here for a whole year and I needed to know how to store them s
  8. Ok here's my tip: Be One with Nature. If you can't beat them BRIBE THEM!!! I have a real terrible problem with deer, rabbits, turkeys, fox, and wood chucks. So we put up a chicken wire fence around our garden plots and then we tilled a small area out near the woods and threw a packet of lettuce, clover, and cheap wheat seeds in there and let them go to town. They don't try so hard to get into my garden if they have their own and if they want it weeded they can do it. Plus since I am saving seeds and just hate to throw any extras away I can just toss them into that bed and the animals can
  9. I have two kids with life threatening conditions so I know just how you feel. I had to do some major research to find out just how to store medicines and how long to store them and fortunately I had a really good pharmacist who just took several classes on it and was very concerned for my kids. Here's what she told me to do. 1. Buy enough meds (over the counter) for a year. If they have longer Exp. Dates then buy enough till that exp. date. 2. For the prescription medicines depending on your insurance you can usually go a week ahead of time to get your refills which after 4 months is
  10. I just want to point out something most don't mention. Though we are fighting a battle on the southern borders of our country they are NOT the easiest area of the US to get past. Though we know of the hundreds and maybe thousands who come accross those same southern borders it's the hundreds and thousands we don't know in the northern areas that people should be worried about. There are areas between Canada and the US where you can drive thru because the check point is a toll booth with a sign that says sign in when you pass. Yes we need to stop the illegal immigration and protect our borders,
  11. I read somewhere that if you have city water you don't need to add anything to your water because it already has clorine in it, but if you use well water you should add a few drops of clorine into it to kill any bacteria. Does anyone know how many ml is recommended. I would be using a medicine dropper to add the clorine and since I am allergic to clorine on my skin I am not real thrilled with the idea of adding it to my stomach. I used to have problems drinking city water when I lived in the city (not to mention taking a shower!) That was why I considered doing the canning jar method, but stil
  12. We left the pipe open, but capped it off and we have our well pipes in our basement so the old well pipe is still sticking out down there. So my DH is building a box to hold one of those cast iron hand pumps on the old pipe. Our new well has the power pump on it. So we have water either way. They are two seperated pipes with two differnent pump systems. Hard to explain, but they work. I just have to haul water from the basement when we have to use the hand pump. You should know we have a shallow well so it is easier to pump water up from. Those deep ones are hard to pump up by hand becaus
  13. We had to replace our well recently and was advised to move the well spot a couple feet away to prevent the caking from minerals from blocking the water flow so instead of pulling the old pipe out we left it there and capped it with a hand pump and a valve. So now when I need water and the power is out I can use that hand pump. (we loose our power all the time so this is needed often). I am still planning to can some water as soon as I fugure out if I need to add something to it before I can it.
  14. http://mrssurvival.com/forums/index.php?sh...mp;#entry300865 Here is what we use for our garden. And last summer I got 46 pints of green beans, 60 quarts of tomato sauce, a bushel of onions, a bushel of potatoes, 40 pints of dill and bread and butter pickles, 6 quarts of frozen swiss chard, a whole summer's worth of lettuce, radishes for ever meal, a half bushel of green peppers and jalopeno pepers, and a pint of strawberries. Oh and a huge amount of zucchini! This year I am using the topsy turvy planters for the tomatoes so I can grow wheat and corn in the beds in the back. We grew enoug
  15. Just came from shopping and yes Sugar has gone WAY up. A 10 lb bag is $7 a bag!
  16. One thing you might consider if you turn both canners on at the same time and have to set a timer for them you might want the same size so you can set the time for both at the same time. I know when I stack pints in my canner the time for it to steam up is MUCH faster than when I use one layer. So if you use the stack one at the same time as the single layer there will be a time difference between them.
  17. Couple more things to look at that might be making you have this problem. 1. Artifical sweetners 2. Medications (there are many that cause real problems) 3. Margarine instead of butter 4. IBS can give you the runs if you are under a lot of stress, but they usually have cramps too. 5. Oils you cook with. 6. Gall Bladder I have the same issues here, but they are from the medication I take and it has caused me problems in the past with work. I've been forced to cut back to a lower dose and cut off certian foods to compensate for the lack of meds. But at least I can be out and
  18. I've noticed this before, but recently I found another surprise. I buy spaghetti sauce from the Classico brand and they have always been 24 oz. jars but are good made mason jars so I save them and can applesauce in them since it's the perfect size for applesauce pie and I process them as if they were quarts. Figure better safe than sorry right. Well I went and bought the three pack of these at Sam's Club and discovered those jars are true quart size! Good thing I figured it out before I used them in my skillet lasagna recipe or it would have been soggy. Anyway turns out the ones at sam's are
  19. All the smaller fabric stores in our "Big City" near by closed when Hobby Lobby moved in. They have cheaper fabric, but nothing like Wal-Mart had. sniff sniff. I have a good red flag comment. Went to the park tonight and that place was packed. People were getting $5 pizzas from Little Ceasars or bring picnic dinners and eating there. Before, we had the park to ourselves, but now it's cheap entertainment! A movie now days is $8 bucks a ticket, $15 bucks for a popcorn and a small pop. You could buy the movie and a months worth of popcorn with the fancy toppings for that! Talk about ha
  20. Wow do you know how many loaves of bread I could make for that? Hmmm I think it's about $.30 a loaf for me to make it with bulk flour and bulf yeast and that's if I don't use sour dough starter which uses even less yeast!
  21. Detroit is bull dosing about half of the city and making it into farm land. Millions of people have left the city! More Millions have left the state. Millions and millions of jobs have left the state and the country. My little town has whole streets with no one living in them. Parts of town look like a ghost town. Wal-Mart no longer sells over half of the products we used to buy all the time so now I am making most if not all of them from scratch. A head of lettuce which is half the size they used to be cost $1.30 a head. Bread is $1.50 a loaf for the cheap stuff! Fabric pric
  22. Bravo! You can also dry them diced too and then when you make soups just toss them in dry and they will soak up as you cook it. I am going to try rehydrating some and see how they do at frying for hash.
  23. How come we wash the bath tub... just to put a dirty kid in it? Why do we get "On" the plane... when we get "In" them?
  24. Did the links work? Or do I need to post the whole recipe? I will if you need it. I like the recipe site though case they print off the size you need them for your recip box.
  25. I used this recipe, but used my mixer instead of the bread machine (had one once hated it gave it away and went back to the mixer) http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Soft-Giant-Pretzels/Detail.aspx I'm going to try this one next time it's simular, but a little different. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mall-Pretzels/Detail.aspx I liked the first one, but it had a bit of an after taste from the baking soda so I am going to use less and see if that helps. Also I discovered you need to keep the water at a steady simmer not a rolling boil because when you put the dough in the flour on the do
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