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March 20 what have you done to prep today

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    Posted: March 20 2006 at 5:47am
Happy first day of Spring everyone.......
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Good morning, Muskrat. I'm going to try to organize a few things today. I keep tripping over stuff we'vee brought in from the store....
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I am still looking for a solar panel to power up the Xantrex Xpower 1500 I bought. Ordered some 3M 9211 masks over the weekend.
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Spare propane tank, 20 more N95 masks, gallon of Drano and 10 jars of Ragu.  I must also take the time to organize this week.

 

 

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Good morning..Libby me also..I got all the canned goods dated and stored on the new shelf downstairs...I think I have enough chicken noodle soup its on sale here and I have been buying about 10-12 cans a trip to the store...I re-arranged a few things for some more space...and now I am right here in front of the computer...

booked the kids for thier phsyicals(and I will get more repeats for scripts and get some spares in hopefully)..and will be booking their dentals...and booked puppy for her rabies vaccine...

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Originally posted by Tulip Tulip wrote:

Spare propane tank, 20 more N95 masks, gallon of Drano and 10 jars of Ragu.  I must also take the time to organize this week.


 


 




This may not amuse you, but I am ROFL, as I misread your posting, the first time I thought it said you bought 10 ... y e a r s ... worth of Ragu.


LOL.

Incidentally, last night somewhere online I read that canned spaghetti sauce doesn't last as long as JARS of sauce, due to the acidity of the tomatos interacting with the metal of the cans.

I spose that seems 'obvious,' but it's not anything I ever thought about before.
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Hi Omega,

I have heard that also, but I bought the Ragu because I know that my kids eat it.  And it was a great price at 1.00 a jar.   Wanted more they have a 10 jar limit.

 

 

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lol..Tulip that is when I would eighter take the kids with me or I take the limit out to my car turn around go back in and go through another cashier..hey I like my sales...
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That's funny muskrat, I thought I was the only one who did things like that.

Hubby went to town for me today so I didn't have to do. He bought the rest of the lumber needed to finish my shelves for my preps.

He also picked up some more butter that was on sale. We put that in the freezer.

I am working on my lists of what I need to purchase when I get my income taxes back, hopefully soon. I am also looking at what we currently have in stock and where the holes are in my preps.

Don't put off tomorrow what you can PREP today
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Built shelves for the preps we are accumulating on the living room floor.  Cleaned out the garage so it is no longer a Major Medical Claim looking for a victim. We had preps there but in an emergency we COULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN TO THEM in a safe and timely manner.  Ohhhh my back....

We have Ragu but it occured to me that just the two of us couldn't eat a whole jar in one sitting. No refrigeration = 50% WASTE, meaning the price just doubled.  I want my wife to make her famous spaghetti sauce, which uses the Ragu as a base, in a huge batch.  Then I will re-can it into pint jars, which between the two of us can be finished off in one sitting.  I'll need a pressure canner and some pint jars for that.  Guess what goes on next month's prep list? 

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Originally posted by bruss01 bruss01 wrote:



We have Ragu but it occured to me that just the two of us couldn't eat a whole jar in one sitting. No refrigeration = 50% WASTE, meaning the price just doubled....



Surely, something SO acidic as Ragu Spaghetti Sauce can sit out overnight with absolutely NO danger --- I can't imagine that something like that would go bad so quickly.

Please enlighten me, if you would.....
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Omega -

Wife is a Virgo, won't trust anything that has set out... food poisoning is not something to be gambled with in a pandemic.  I'll agree that the risk isn't a sure thing, but it would be a gamble, one I would like to avoid.  It gets hot here in the summer and things can go bad with amazing rapidity in 100 degree heat.

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I added the following to my preps today:

4 shampoos, 4 conditioners, 1 razor, 1 Clorox Anywhere, 5 bags of candy, 2 dish washing detergent, 4 body wash,  24 double rolls of TP. 

I also filled 10 - 2 liter bottles with water. 

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Read one article about how EASY it is to dehydrate foods in the microware, and how QUICK the whole job is, and found out that this is so.

But this afternoon when I checked google for more articles about microwave drying of foods, many commentators state it CAN'T be done, (huh??) or else that you'll ruin the essential oils.

Glad I didn't research this before simply trying it out.

Simply chopped up a few green ends of green onions, tossed them on a plate, NUKED for two minutes, removed & stirred around, NUKED for three minutes, removed & stirred around, and then NUKED to a crisp for four more minutes.

I'm gonna buy some fresh spinach next time I go to the store and see how that dries up in the microwave -- which is taking MINUTES, as opposed to sun-drying for days in the heat of summer, or oven drying for at the very least many many hours, usually overnight.

I have NO idea why there are microwave dehydration kits for sale IF it "ruins" foods -- I'm not sure if the authors I read really have any PRACTICAL familiarity with this, or were simply hypothesizing without any firsthand experience.

I just read on "Latest News" that the Red Cross says that Americans should prepare for a length from four DAYS to four WEEKS ----- I am very irritated with this, there is a BIG diff between four DAYS and four WEEKS.
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Haven't done anything today because I have the regular flu, unless you count trying the elderberry stuff. 
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I bought a silver car sunshade and some black paint (to try out the solar cooker on www.solarcooking.org supposedly can bake bread and cook other items, boil and pastuerize water), also got a car battery charger, 3 cases of individual bottles of water, 1 gallon of water, some more cans of chili, more kitty litter. Also found alot of clothing marked down at KMart to 1.50-2.00 for winter shirts and fleece, jacket 5.00, which is not prepping but can use them for Christmas gifts for my 2 daughters and it was exciting finding stuff for so cheap. Also went to the doctor to get my pneumonia vaccine and couldn't get it because dr. said I sounded congested in the head and I had taken ibuprofen which would have masked a temp if I was sick, he said if I wasn't really sick by the end of the week he would give it to me then, just didn't want to give it in case I was coming down with something. Did get albuterol inhalation medication for breathing machine, another inhaler (I think I have 6 now), antihistamine and more ibuprofen.
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Hamburger rocks (takes a long time) and repackaging.  The repackaging is important because if this thing goes pandemic it will mean less garbage and no telltale empty boxes in my garbage (if there is garbage pick up).  I can also just toss the plastic bag containers or reuse them for other things.  
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Some herbal meds I ordered came today.  Also, a cookbook I ordered for cooking without electricity and a survival guide came.  At least I have reading material. 

 

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   I did a lot of organizing today.  I'm tired of tripping over stuff.  I'm having a new shed built this week,so I can some stuff out the house until I get ready for a garage sale.  I will use this extra space for preps.  I checked into buying a used outdoor porta pottie. Stored 10 pounds of oatmeal 56 individual packets of grits. Recieved my order of 10lbs. of red clover tea, 5lbs. of brewers yeast, and 10 pounds of raisin granola fruit and nut mix.  Called to day to see how much a manual well would cost to install.  Don't won't to be dependent on the water system if i can help it.  Even if i get the well done, i will still store water in 55 gal. drums.  bought 3 -15 gal. plastic drums and 6-35 gal. drumbs.  The 55 gal drumbs will come this week.  I have gotten these drums for a very reasonable price.  A guy in my area sells them.  Otherwise it would be to expensive to buy all of these. 
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I ordered a single-burner sterno stove tonight.  Figured that I would probably get sick of eating cold stuff.  Can you use those indoors, or do you have to use them outdoors?
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