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  1. Well, glass mayonnaise jars are going the way of the dodo so it's mostly spaghetti sauce and other such stuff that sometimes comes in jars that will accept a canning lid and ring now. The 'can I can using mayonnaise jars?' debate has been going on for decades and it has ardent supporters of both sides of the issue. As I see it the question really comes down to how much risk of breakage are you willing to accept? Generally speaking the non-canning jar type of food jars are not as heavy built as the purpose made canning jars. This means that they are not able to withstand bumps and knocks as much their stouter cousins so could break more easily during processing. Which is not to say canning jars won't break, but generally speaking they don't break as easily. I prefer to save non-canning types of jars for water bath canning if I'm going to use them for wet-pack. Pressure canning seems to put more stress on the glass so I prefer the stouter jars for that. So far as the seal is concerned if the lid is sealed it is sealed. I've never managed to accidently knock the lid off a non-canning jar any more than with a canning jar. We should all train ourselves to check to be sure a jar is still properly sealed first before we open it anyway. .....Alan.
  2. They're very useful and a good idea for those who can use them. They're not very space efficient though so I can't use them myself. .....Alan.
  3. Serve right away for best results. This is good on pie, crisps and cobblers, as well as many other places. For a more stable product, see my recipe for Whipped Topping. So, does anyone have her recipe for the more stable whipped topping? Given proper packaing and storage conditions both regular and instant non-fat dry milk can be stored for years. The whole milk can be stored for at least three years in the can that both Nido and Klim come in. .....Alan.
  4. Not if they're vac-sealed. It would be redundant. .....Alan.
  5. They are what they are - a doughy lemon or coconut flavored (depends on the brand) kind of cookie type thing. They don't spoil easily in the heat nor go bad if they go through repeated freeze/thaw cycles. They're specially formulated to give you the necessary calories without increasing water needs. I don't recommend buying the 3600 calorie packs though unless you're certain you're going to eat that many calories in a day or three. I think it's better to buy the 1200 or 2400 calorie packs so that you don't have so much open at one time. Order a representative sample of each one you are interested in and try them for yourself. It's the only way to know for sure if they'll do the job for you or not. But if you try them and find them not completley to your liking think about what other foods you might be able to substitute that will meet the requirements the life boat rations do. There aren't many. .....Alan.
  6. I have an old iron almost exactly like the one at Lehman's Getting the thing well-seasoned to begin with helps a lot then using plenty of Pam with each waffle. The iron needs to be HOT when you pour the batter in. Not smoking hot, but not a lot less either. Cook for a time on one side then flip it over and cook the other side. Exactly how long to cook on each side is experiential. You'll just have to experiment to see what works best for you. We wrecked the first three we made with ours, but gradually figured it out. .....Alan.
  7. Originally Posted By: cookiejar Okay, Has anyone tried them? How about Daltrex or Mainstay? SOS foods? I'm stocking for my car and know they can take our extreme heat. Right now, I've got a couple of Mountain House meals but I really don't think their meant to *bake* in my car heat. (Or freeze in my northern buddies vehicles?). So, tried any? Like any flavors? Yup, I'm shallow and I am shamelessly looking for tastyyyyyy! You are going to be disappointed I'm afraid, but it's not all bad. As you said the food has to be able to take the extreme heat of a car interior for long periods of time. Unless you're going to rotate the food out monthly (at the least) your choices are fairly limited if you live in the southern half of the country where it stays hot more than half the year. You're on the right track though. What you want are U.S. Coast Guard approved lifeboat rations such as what Datrex or Mainstay produces (there are other manufacturers to be found). The key is they have to be Coast Guard approved because part of their requirements is that the food has to be able to withstand long periods of extreme heat or cold without significantly breaking down nor increasing water requirements. Flavor is... well, it is what it is, a big doughy coconut or lemon flavored cookie. It's not the sort of thing I'd want to eat for a week, but then most car kits usually only include food for three days or less and for that short a span of time I can live with them. At least they'll be edible when I need them. Rather than buy them in the big 3,600 calorie packages I'd look for the smaller 1,200 or 2,400 calorie sizes. Less waste if need to open one, but don't finish it and less expense to replace them when the time comes. And it will come, lifeboart rations will keep a long time, but nothing edible is going to keep forever in those conditions. I recommend buying the smallest packages you can find of every lifeboat ration you come across and try them. You'll know right quick which ones you want. Last I looked Emergency Essentials had a good selection and there are other places as well. For the folks outside of the U.S. look for life boat rations that are S.O.L.A.S. (Survival Of Life At Sea) approved. That's the agreement between nations that covers lifeboat rations and other marine emergency equipment. Many nations have rations approved by whatever agency passes for their coast guard and will be sold as such. .....Alan.
  8. Originally Posted By: ROOTER Living in a hot humid climate I was wondering how much my long term storage will (or won't) be compromised by storing in the garage. I've just about run out of room inside and am not anywhere close to where I want to be. All my wheat, corn, rolled oats, beans, and pasta are stored in buckets with mylar bags and oxygen absorbers Well, high storage temperatures equate to shorter storage life and there's just not much to be done for it. That said though, some foods will tolerate the heat better than others. I really recommend storing non-heat sensitive non-food items in the garage but if you just gotta put your food out there then I'd do it in this order. This is presuming it's all in properly sealed Mylar lined buckets, #10 cans, or some other good packaging. Salt Sugar - any kind of granulated sugar, white, brown, etc. White rice White flour pasta (as in not egg noodles, no flavorings, not whole or mult-grain) Wheat berries Whole corn All of those will tolerate heat fairly well though I'd still put them on a shorter rotation than I would if I'd kept them in cooler conditions. .....Alan.
  9. Originally Posted By: MommaDogs Even when calculating in the shipping, they do not work for grains/beans. They seem to be good for freeze dried foods. The shipping is why I piggy back on the LDS's ward stake. The shipping is very reasonable. It's $0.16 a pound to have it shipped. For instance, that same 50 pounds of wheat that I mentioned, with the discount, is $19.98, plus $8 shipping, comes out to $27.98 at Walton. Honeyville has that bag of wheat at $51.69 plus $4.49 shipping, coming out to $56.18. Each second bag from them comes out to $51.69 since the shipping is a flat rate, while Walton's is still $27.98. I calculated it out to ordering over 5,000 pounds and it never catches up to the savings from ordering with Walton. If you call Gay at Walton Feed, she can direct you to the local LDS ward/stake head and you can call them directly to see when they will next be ordering. What you say is true and I have been taking part in my local area pool order for a long time now. There just isn't any cheaper way to get it shipped from two thirds of the way across the country. The catch though is the lag time. Here in Florida we still haven't received the order that was supposed to get here in July and do not expect to see it before next month. This is stuff that we sent in and paid for last winter. Four months late and counting. It's cheap (relatively speaking), but it is not quick. This is the way it's always been and I do not expect to see it change in the forseeable future. .....Alan.
  10. I have directions for how to use dry ice in fumigating grains in the FAQ. You can read or download it for free via the URL in my signature below. Dry ice works well with coarse textured foods such as grains, poorly with fine textured foods such as flours and meals. .....Alan.
  11. Originally Posted By: Cricket Manual can openers would probably be terrific barter items after the For a month or so, maybe two. .....Alan.
  12. For hot environments such as vehicle interiors then lifeboat rations such as what HSmom links to above is the way to go. If you're the type that will keep other foods rotated monthly then other types of foods can be used, but the Coast Guard approved lifeboat rations from companies like Mainstay and Datrex hold up to the heat for a long time. I like the 1200 calorie bars if I can get them. Less waste if one is opened and not entirely consumed. .....Alan.
  13. The problem is there isn't anyway to make a true Meal, Ready-to-Eat with the preservation methods available in the home. We can buy prepackaged ready to eat components such as soft pouch tuna, chicken, whatever. But that's no different than buying an MRE. We can also vac-seal dehydrated or freeze-dried foods in plastic bags but those are not ready to eat. They have to be rehydrated first and possibly cooked if fully cooked food wasn't used in the first place. There are plenty of ideas in these areas. Just Google a bit on "backpacking foods" and you'll find them. Not quite the same as a real MRE but with proper advance planning they'll get the job done. Just make sure you pay attention to the calorie counts so that you don't shortchange yourself. .....Alan.
  14. Here's your live prep test! Hope everyone in the area came through OK. .....Alan.
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