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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Vacuum Sealing Oatmeal

November 7, 2017 jean11 0

I think we all start packing our foods one way – and then shift to another method later. I started by lining the 5 gallon pail with mylar, then pouring in oatmeal, or flour, or beans, etc. Two or three years later I realized It would be smarter to p…

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Greetings from San Diego, CA

November 2, 2017 jean11 0

Hi Brian and welcome to the forum. Usually first on the prepping list is water and (long term) food. Keeping a list (inventory) is a very good idea that you will appreciate later. On a side note hubby and I love camping at Silver Strand on Coronado….

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Hello from OR

October 28, 2017 jean11 0

Hello Xx and welcome to the forum. I can tell by your post that you are wiser than your years. I can’t comment on defense as my hubby takes care of that, but, I might be able to suggest food items that are not expensive and store easily for long ter…

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Check In Here Mississippi Preppers • Re: New Grenada County Prepper

October 3, 2017 jean11 0

Welcome aboard “Doc” – we’re glad to have you. One thing I’d like to mention is how valuable an inventory is of your items you’ve purchased for your “stash”. For me, when I bring my prepping supplies home and place them on the kitchen counter I grab my inventory and write it down. Hard to remember what you bought last year, let alone five years ago. Now I list them by category – Canned dinners/fruits/vegetables/meats. Dry grains/oatmeal/rice/beans/flour/pancake mix, etc. each is counted. First Aid, Hygiene, Kitchen Items, etc. etc. It makes me feel better knowing exactly what I have – and what I still need to get.

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Food & Water • Re: Powdered Milk…Your Favorite Brand?

October 1, 2017 jean11 0

Augason Farms has a #10 can of Swiss Whey D’Lite – milk flavored Whey Protein Drink that tastes great! It tastes just like milk. There is 83 servings per can. Hubby is lactose intolerant and this milk is perfect for him. We went through the first can and liked it so well that we ordered another 12 cans which are put away in our stash.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Sort newbie from SW NH

October 1, 2017 jean11 0

Hi Balamban and welcome to APN. Your story of collecting supplies is much like mine, and most folks here on the forum. But thank God we do have supplies. I don’t know what to tell you about being able to use your laptop, when the time comes. Probably ought to find other things to keep you interested and busy – maybe down load books on a kindle, or for that matter physical books will do too. Playing cards, board games, etc., even doing handwork would keep your hands busy.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: New but slowly making progress

September 25, 2017 jean11 0

There is a lot of good advice here. I’d like to add a bit of my own. Freeze dried food was mentioned earlier on this post. I was excited when I received my first order, but disappointed when I opened several cans to find that they were not filled to the top of the can. They had settled to only 2/3 full. For your family of 6, this might not be what you intended to purchase. Like many preppers I then focused on buying rice, northern beans, flour (bread), cornmeal, canned goods, and I home canned meats bought on sale. Welcome aboard Slim!

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Introduce Yourself • Re: New but slowly making progress

September 25, 2017 jean11 0

There is a lot of good advice here. I’d like to add a bit of my own. Freeze dried food was mentioned earlier on this post. I was excited when I received my first order, but disappointed when I opened several cans to find that they were not filled to the top of the can. They had settled to only 2/3 full. For your family of 6, this might not be what you intended to purchase. Like many preppers I then focused on buying rice, northern beans, flour (bread), cornmeal, canned goods, and I home canned meats bought on sale. Welcome aboard Slim!

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Check In Here California Preppers • Re: Hello from cental valley

September 5, 2017 jean11 0

Hi karrahk – You can change your screen name if you wish. Better to do it now having 2 posts, rather than wait until you have many more posts. I think when you change your screen name you loose your prior posts, and start over. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

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Drying, Dehydrating, & Smoking • Re: Help with long term food storage.

August 27, 2017 jean11 0

I would go ahead and taste some of the pears to see if they are worth saving. My guess is that they are still good. This summer I’ve had an abundance of yellow crookneck and pattypan squash. I decided to cook it first, then dehydrate it, and it turned out surprisingly good. It’s vacuumed sealed and I’m glad I have it.

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Drying, Dehydrating, & Smoking • Re: Help with long term food storage.

August 27, 2017 jean11 0

I would go ahead and taste some of the pears to see if they are worth saving. My guess is that they are still good. This summer I’ve had an abundance of yellow crookneck and pattypan squash. I decided to cook it first, then dehydrate it, and it turned out surprisingly good. It’s vacuumed sealed and I’m glad I have it.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Tx medic

August 20, 2017 jean11 0

Hello medic85, and welcome aboard. I’d like to encourage you to keep a list of everything you buy for your preparedness stash, because I think you’ll be very glad you did.

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Introduce Yourself • Re: Tx medic

August 20, 2017 jean11 0

Hello medic85, and welcome aboard. I’d like to encourage you to keep a list of everything you buy for your preparedness stash, because I think you’ll be very glad you did.

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Vacuum Sealing • Re: Buying a vacuum sealer,question

July 15, 2017 jean11 0

I started out with Seal a Meal machines, maybe 2 or 3 of them a decade or longer ago. They didn’t do a good job but it’s what I had. I’m on my second FoodSaver, model V2430 – and I’m very happy with it. When putting away food for long term storage I try to buy in bulk somewhat, and then transfer food to vacuum bags, usually 1 gallon or larger. This machine does a great job of removing the air and sealing the bag. These go into 5 gallon buckets lined with a 6 gallon mylar bag that is vacuumed and sealed when full. I think this is how most of us do it. One other thing, it has been said that white flour won’t last but 1-2 years before going bad. With this in mind I pulled out my vacuumed bags of flour that were 3 to 5 years old and replaced them with new flour. The thing is, they were not bad, at all. They were all still good, no problem. Getting back to FoodSaver, it is easy to buy replacement parts through the company.

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Gardening • Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

July 13, 2017 jean11 0

You might to consider concrete block for your raised beds. We made the switch last summer and I couldn’t be any happier. We used 6 inch block, stacked 3 high with a top cap, and we used concrete glue to put it together. Easy, fast, cheap, permanent, and it looks great. I did line the inside with black 4 mil plastic before we filled them with mulch. I did not want the plant water to escape through the block and cause other problems outside the beds. It’s so nice to be able to sit and pick or plant, or groom the vegetables.

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Gardening • Re: RR Ties for Raised Garden Beds

July 13, 2017 jean11 0

You might to consider concrete block for your raised beds. We made the switch last summer and I couldn’t be any happier. We used 6 inch block, stacked 3 high with a top cap, and we used concrete glue to put it together. Easy, fast, cheap, permanent, and it looks great. I did line the inside with black 4 mil plastic before we filled them with mulch. I did not want the plant water to escape through the block and cause other problems outside the beds. It’s so nice to be able to sit and pick or plant, or groom the vegetables.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Who Will Be Your Doctor?

June 13, 2017 jean11 0

Yes IceFire, you are right about all of those issues. I’ve researched much of that myself, but, when the time comes to use them I have 4 RN’s within two blocks, and an MD next door. For me the important thing is having a supply of antibiotics in place and waiting.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Who Will Be Your Doctor?

June 13, 2017 jean11 0

Yes IceFire, you are right about all of those issues. I’ve researched much of that myself, but, when the time comes to use them I have 4 RN’s within two blocks, and an MD next door. For me the important thing is having a supply of antibiotics in place and waiting.

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A.N.T.S. • Re: Who Will Be Your Doctor?

June 12, 2017 jean11 0

Driver, it is quite easy to get antibiotics by mail. fishmoxfishflex.com has been providing quality antibiotics for years. Their source is Thomas Labs who have been in business since the mid 80’s. I have bought a number of their antibiotics, and used them, and they worked as expected. They come in bottles of 100 for a very reasonable price.

They sell Amoxicillin, Keflex, Ampicillin, Metronidazale, Cipro, Tetracycline, Erythromycin, and more. These are human antibiotics that are also used for fish in aquariums.

I’ve also used them on my dog. Where as my dose would be 500mg for Keflex, Scotty’s dose is 250. So he has his bottle of 100, and I have mine. Again, they did the job nicely.

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