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« on: November 16, 2010, 06:51:53 PM »
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  • 10 Things To Do Now!

    by M.D. Creekmore on Thursday, June 3, 2010
    survival food storage

    What would you do?

     

    No matter how much I beg, some of you, no doubt haven’t done anything to prepare (you know who you are). I don’t know what else to do. All I can do is give you the information, it’s up to you to act. No one can do it for you.  

    No doubt some of you are intimidated by my repeated suggestions of storing and using whole grains. If it doesn’t come from the supermarket shelf it’s strange and unfamiliar and you want no part of it. Fair enough.  

    But you still need to prepare. Here are ten things that you can do right now  that will make you better prepared than probably 90% of the population.  

    And everything is available at your local shopping center – so it’s easy. You can do all ten steps at once or divide each into a separate week and shopping trip. But you need to get it done as soon as possible.  

    Keep in mind that this is only a starting point and isn’t presented here as a completed list.  

    1. Head to the nearest Wal-mart, Kmart, Costco or whatever and pick-up 20 lbs of white or brown rice and 20 lbs of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice.  

    2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs mixed beans, 5 lbs of white sugar, 5 lbs of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs oats, 10 lbs each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.  

    3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.  

    4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.  

    5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf and toss two 40-ounce jars in the cart.  The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.  

    6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.  

    7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick up 400 tablets “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. I buy this brand at the local Wal-Mart - comes in 200 count bottle for $8 each.  

    8. Now to the department we all love – sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.  

    9. While you’re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this should be a good start.  Also a good universal cleaning kit.  

    10. And lastly pick up  the best LED flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also grab two boxes of wooden matches and several multi-purpose lighters.  

    Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started.  

    What would you add to the list?
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    « Reply #1 on: November 16, 2010, 07:31:52 PM »
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    What would you add to the list?



    Money to do the ten things.


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    « Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010, 07:38:18 PM »
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  • Dry milk, tea & coffee.  Pepper & yeast.  Raisins keep forever too.  Oatmeal.  Soap & bleach & a first aid kit & a radio.  I'd also throw in some old towels & cloths & then be very tight-lipped.  Always keep your gas tank full.
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    « Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 07:53:27 PM »
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  • Thorn, raisins might last forever, but we had to throw out a bag one time because it had maggots in it.  Yuck!  Anybody know how to avoid that problem?

    Always keep your gas tank full - good advice, Thorn.  Do this also if you have a car just sitting that you're not driving, so there's not as much room for moisture to get in the tank over the wet seasons.  

    I'd say, if you can't afford to stock up, at least buy an extra bag of rice or dried beans each time you go to the store.

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    « Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010, 07:59:31 PM »
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  • I store my raisins in a big glass wide-mouth mayo jar with the cover tightly screwed on.  I learned about bugs too so now everything is in glass jars that I'd saved.
    "I will lead her into solitude and there I will speak to her heart.  Osee 2:14


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    « Reply #5 on: November 16, 2010, 08:20:27 PM »
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  • Don't store your rice in refrigerator, it needs to be put in a dry place, if it get moist it will turn grey when you cook it.  

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    « Reply #6 on: November 16, 2010, 08:48:08 PM »
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    6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix.  



    Forget about the vitamin C drink mixes. I dont care what your looking for vitamin C in, it starts oxidizing quickly as soon as it comes in contact with oxygen, which is exactly what happened well before the manufacturer put the stuff in the bottle or whatever.

    Pass it up (the powder stuff) and get some fruit or herb teas. They'll add some variety to your water. lol.
    "Louvada Siesa O' Sanctisimo Sacramento!"~warcry of the Amakusa/Shimabara rebels

    "We must risk something for God!"~Hernan Cortes


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    « Reply #7 on: November 16, 2010, 08:58:11 PM »
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  • I'd like to add at least one item.

    Some empty 5-gallon gas cans.

    If you can afford it, have a few 5-gal cans FULL and a bunch EMPTY. Gas goes bad eventually, so you need gas stabilizer or you need to rotate your stock.

    When you wake up one day and hear about nuke attacks (etc.), you're NOT going to be able to get gas cans for love or money. If you're quick (and lucky) you could go to the gas station and fill some up -- but nobody's going to have gas cans for sale.

    2 years ago during a hurricane we had people from Houston here, and they cleared out the gas can supply in San Antonio. We saw people with gas cans on an external rack on the back of their truck -- not just red (gasoline) but also yellow (diesel) and blue (kerosene). I seriously doubt they had diesel OR kerosene -- they just got whatever cans were LEFT!

    Gas is very important. You can't eat it, but it allows you to travel (move your family, scout for resources, etc.) AND it's super valuable as a bartering commodity.

    Long story short: A gallon of gasoline can do the work of around TWENTY MAN-HOURS!

    Think about it: a gallon of gasoline can propel a 2,000 pound vehicle twenty miles! How long would it take a man to push a car that far? And a 1/2 gallon of gas would mow quite a bit of grass with a mower -- how long would it take a man with a scythe? As little as a 1/2 CUP of gasoline would power a chainsaw long enough to fell a mature tree (1 foot diameter). Felling a tree that size with an axe would take a while!

    Gas is a power-multiplier, just like a gun is a force-multiplier.

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    « Reply #8 on: November 16, 2010, 09:01:27 PM »
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  • The general idea is -- the more stuff you can have prepared NOW, the more stuff you'll be able to do when everyone else is running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

    For starters, don't sit there staring at the tube (or monitor) -- get out FAST and buy a bunch of supplies, whatever you can. Gasoline, food, water, medicine, vitamins, cooking fuel, etc.

    You want your prep run on "the morning of" to be a BONUS run, to get a few extras or perishable goods -- not a shopping trip that your survival will depend on!
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    « Reply #9 on: November 16, 2010, 09:03:53 PM »
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  • You want to have some cash on hand, in SMALL BILLS otherwise some people might insist that they "keep the change" when they sell you something.  ATMs might be out of money or non-functional. Banks might be closed or bathed in chaos.

    You should know your way around your city, where things are, including nearby towns. Have a good old fashioned map and know how to use it. Don't get spoiled by GPS and Google Maps!
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    « Reply #10 on: November 16, 2010, 10:17:53 PM »
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  • Quote from: MyrnaM
    Don't store your rice in refrigerator, it needs to be put in a dry place, if it get moist it will turn grey when you cook it.  


    What about those icky little moths?  I always keep my rice in the freezer due to them.

     :ready-to-eat:


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    « Reply #11 on: November 16, 2010, 10:28:10 PM »
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  • Your choice moths or gray rice, but if you eat a moth, make sure its not on a Friday.    lol!

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    « Reply #12 on: November 16, 2010, 10:53:10 PM »
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  • Moths are cold-blooded, so you can eat them on Friday I think.
    (if you want to, that is)

    I thought I heard a priest say that eating insects was OK on Friday?
    I don't have time to look it up right now.
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    « Reply #13 on: November 16, 2010, 11:01:27 PM »
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  • I guess the maggoty-looking worms that become moths are better for weekdays, then.

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    « Reply #14 on: November 16, 2010, 11:05:27 PM »
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  • Quote from: Elizabeth
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    Don't store your rice in refrigerator, it needs to be put in a dry place, if it get moist it will turn grey when you cook it.  


    What about those icky little moths?  I always keep my rice in the freezer due to them.

     :ready-to-eat:


    I suggest putting your grains in plastic buckets filled with nitrogen. That or store them in vacuum sealed bags (of decent size).
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