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  1. MM, Ice melt is what you put on your steps and such to thaw the snow and ice. I thought of the bags breaking too. If I try it I will probably use a heavy duty outer bag and a lighter one inside for the water. Jeepers, you would be using an inverter (12volt DC to 110 AC) (a converter, I believe, is the opposite) for the car and they do use extra battery power to work. There are many different wattages to run different things. Most car ones are rated for small things like charging or even small tv's. I'm not an expert but as far as I've been told heat takes more power so it wo
  2. Interesting. I like the old documentaries. I wonder if they have newer processes now. We might end up liking the old way better if we only knew what all they add. I agree Euphrasyne. Use as much as is possible. Many many years ago my Mom worked for Swift. That was when a lot of the processing was still done by hand. She worked in most areas of the plant at one time or another. In her late eighties she could still butcher, pluck, clean, cut, and package chicken faster than four of us together. She taught me to use the bones, cartilage, tail, wing tips, and even feet. I still
  3. -7 here this morning with a wind chill temp of -31. Sun is shining brightly though so it should help warm the house some. I will mostly likely sit in the sunshine later with a good book. I'm reading Janet Evanovich's Eleven On Top. I absolutely love her Stephanie Plum books. We all need comic relief on cold days like this and these fill the bill for slap stick humor.
  4. This is a super topic with LOTS of good ideas. I have both a heating pad and a heated throw that are 12 volt with cigarette lighter plug ends for use in a vehicle. They give only very gentle heat but it all helps. Now that we have that type of system in our house they are inside but if I have to leave I will definitely take one or both with me. I have electric ones too which are well used too. I just saw something for making your own hand warmers on FB. You put a cup of ice melt crystals in a zip lock bag, put 1/2 cup of water in another zip bag, and then put the sealed wate
  5. Berberine is a chemical compound found in many plants, especially those in the berberis family. Barberry is probably the most well known one but it might be wise to be sure where your supplement has come from. Cinnamon does come from the inner bark of several different trees but be aware that most 'cinnamon' we have today is actually cassia, a different species that has been allowed to carry the name cinnamon in the US. It is usually cheaper to buy. I use both for different purposes depending on the taste or medicinal properties I'm looking for. Always be sure to learn as much
  6. Thanks MM. That was really interesting. I like these types of videos too. I was amazed by how roughly those cucumbers are handled, thrown around, beaten in the jars, and generally banged and bumped. I would never dream of treating my cukes that way It's a wonder those pickles get to us in the shape they are in. I did catch one statement that said they buy from out of the country as well as within our own. Their web site says some of their peppers are grown for them in Peru and that those jars are labeled a product of Peru but it doesn't exactly tell the other countries of o
  7. Virginia, I was thinking about how neat it would be to see that water falling and how great it is that they even announce it before hand so people can enjoy it. There's something energizing about running water. Dh and I often go to our nearby locks and watch the barges 'lock' through. You can stand at the fences and talk to the workers if they aren't too busy and I've more than once seen a family show up to 'visit' with one of their members on the barge. The tugs can only take a few barges through at a time so it sometimes takes a long while but it's interesting. Not as inter
  8. We have locks and dams on the Mississippi river too but I know the gates (rollers?) have to be opened and closed depending on the water level and that takes electricity. I suppose a hydroelectric dam creates it's own power to run whatever needs it. Still, Jeepers said it all. It still has to be stored or sent somewhere. Hospitals and ER's and such would be hard hit. I do believe they might be the first to get electric back once it was available though. We talked somewhere about the components mostly being manufactured out of the country but I'm not sure if we mentioned that a
  9. What a waste, Annarchy. 840 magazines. Wow. I would have thought some of the bigger libraries, like state ones, might have wanted them. 70 years....
  10. Mt_R, I have canned water that way in the past and had it keep for a long time but as I used our water it has too much lime in it to be really useful. It would be handy to have extra water in those stored jars but our house is small and the only place to store them would be in the attic where it gets really hot and really cold. I'm not sure about lids though. I suspect they might be hard to find or expensive for a while with so many people turning to gardening and canning now. This is definitely something I need to decide on and get it done. Thanks everyone for all the suggestions.
  11. I LOVE my old old old vitamix. I use it for so many things. I especially like it for making raw soup with. It not only blends but gently heats it from friction. I saved a penny today by starting two jars of sprouts and planting a flat (inside) of microgreens, 1/3 broccoli, 1/3 clover, 1/3 lettuce. And another of pea shoots.
  12. Same below zero cold here too. So far no frozen pipes thanks to heat tape and pipe insulation but if the wind picks up with it, like it's supposed to, we probably will have some. I pray the electricity holds..... DH and I have been reading (taking turns reading aloud) Jack London's Scarlet Plague. Written in 1910 and published originally in installments and then later in book form I am amazed at how he was able to include (perhaps predict) many things that did not occur until years later. AND how it might pertain to our pandemic today. Thought provoking.
  13. I haven't seen that in particular but often times using part of a current name means before the company merged or changed something. At least in the antique jars it does.
  14. Homey, you can grind the tomatoes as long as they are dried very dry. Tomatoes will keep if dried leathery like most fruit but they don't grind well in that state, depending on what grinder you are using. I HAVE used a meat grinder for things like fruit and tomatoes but they will be softer and best used right away or kept in the freezer for longer storage. I have taken my dried tomatoes and put them in a low oven for a short time to finish drying them if they are too soft to grind and have even roasted them a bit in that way for a nice different taste. Powdered/ground dried tomatoes will
  15. I'm following this because I use an old Oster Kitchen Center that has all sorts of attachments including a grinder and food processor but It's already been repaired twice and it's going to need to be replaced at some point. I use it a lot and would consider one of the commercial ones to replace it. I like the looks of the Kenwood but I don't see a meat grinder with it??
  16. I hadn't thought of the O2 generator Homey but that brings to mind other medical appliances. MY son uses a nebulizer but thankfully has a 12 Volt one as a back up. But what about Cpaps? I have an electric recliner but it has a battery back up to at least get the chair down if needed. Sewage disposal bring to mind water plants too. Most water is treated by computer as we recently saw in Florida where someone hacked the system. I can see both of those things bringing a wealth of problems to cities. All communications run on electricity at some point al
  17. Thanks everyone for all your responses. The more we can inform and educate the better we will all be. The info on Vitamin K is not only important for those of us on blood thinners but also for everyone to learn about the different sources of vitamin K. I would not put down life saving medicines. They have a definite place in people's lives but I believe food should be our first medicine of choice and pharmaceutical meds if needed. I take antiarrhythmics and blood thinners because of a brush with death (twice) during open heart surgery. Modern medicine saved my Mom's life more than once to g
  18. That's not old Euphrasyne, I have some glass cookware that is almost 6 decades old that I got new!!!!!! (and still using) Where do the years go???? Come to think of it I have some of my grandmother's glass/crockery cookware too? That I still use.... Hmmmmm.
  19. I know that we’ve had lots of discussions in the past about living without electricity but times are changing. Modern technology has advanced and we live now in a world of electrical dependence. But do we know what ALL we depend on for electricity? Just to give us an idea of the enormity of electricity let’s look around us, not just in our homes but in our lives, and make a list of everything we can think of that uses electricity. I’ll start with some things that are so common we may not think of them. You add your list. Automatic doors Elevators Cash registers Tr
  20. Krystalbear. We have had several new members in the last few months. Perhaps we should welcome them also! Welcome ALL new members. Please come and introduce yourselves and let us know if there's anything we can help you learn or find on the site. And please, jump in and share your expertise with us.
  21. It definitely would not be easy if it weren't for the testing I am able to do from home. If the SHTF and I had to do without that I would probably have difficulties but at least I now know what works and what doesn't. But then, if there were to be that sort of situation I imagine a LOT of people with all sorts of issues would be in the same boat. Insulin dependent diabetics in particular would be at horrible risk without meds. I'm not sure there is an alternative for them.
  22. Of course I will answer any question I can. I'm just sorry it took me this long to reply. I somehow missed this post in my 'run' through Mrs. S last night. (it's strange how that 'run' never seems to burn up much calories OH well, I suppose my brain cells like the exercise ) Okay, questions: Frozen Broccoli comes in florets or chopped and I dehydrate it right out of the bag but do try to separate out the bigger pieces and cut/break them to match. The chopped sometimes will get small enough to drop through the trays though so I usually use a smaller grid if do
  23. MM, you shouldn't get me started on dehydrating so I'll apologize ahead of time for the long post. I REALLY like dehydrating .... A couple of times when we've had extended outages and had to salvage what was in the freezers I've canned frozen veggies and they seemed to do fine with the addition of water in each jar. I've also dehydrated a LOT of frozen veggies. I love the way dehydrated foods store and how versatile they are. I make crackers and cookies in the dehydrator even. I often buy bags of mixed, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, and etc when on sale and dehydrate them. They a
  24. I was just thinking of that Ambergris. Or perhaps tossing them into a soup. One with tomatoes in it would help cover the taste easily enough.
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