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    Posted: March 01 2017 at 3:35pm
I can't believe it's March already! I did get a few OTC meds last month, but I want to get more this month. I also want to get a few more canned goods. What is everyone else going to work on?
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I just found this report from Finland....it outlines everything that we prepare for.  Stunning and disheartening....existential risks.  

 These disasters could cause an almost unimaginable loss. They would lead to immediate harm, but in their most extreme forms, they have the potential to wipe out humanity entirely.


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These disasters could cause an almost unimaginable loss. They would lead to immediate harm, but in their most extreme forms, they have the potential to wipe out humanity entirely.

And wiping out all humans may not be a bad idea! At least we would not have to worry about global warming anymore.
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I'm hoping to start my balcony garden back up again.  just need to figure out how to keep maintenance from killing it this time. Otherwise, otc medicine,  and cat food/litter.
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I just ordered a few more cases of freeze dried meals and am rotating my canned goods.
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I do not eat can goods anymore so I have just freeze dry and dehydrated #10 cans of food. Just hope they are ok when needed.

I am going to cover my whole garden with black plastic this spring to kill all of the weeds. Weed cover has broken down and lets the weeds through. I would love to find a weed cover that really works and does not disintegrate over time. So I am trying this to kill the weeds and next year I will plant again.

I have not done much in prepping just feel like I have what I need and if I don't will try and get it last minute, if possible. I hope the people on here that really follow the pandemic stuff will give us maybe one day ahead of other people.
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Great report Chuck, thanks. 

Flumom, that's a great idea to dehydrate as it'll have a much longer shelf life. 

This month I'm sorting through our store room, which is proving to be a bigger job than I thought. I wish I had started it last year, but better late than never.
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My local Ralph's store is having a clearance sale on Duracell batteries with the ten year guarantee. They're discounted from $6.99 to 99 cents, so I snagged about 40 packs, mostly AA and D cells. We have a few LED area lamps that take 8 of the larger batteries, so we're good for those for a while.
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Kiwimum, my dehydrator died last summer! So going with my "worst possible case" I purchased 2 air dry dehydrators. I have not tried them yet but living in very dry Colorado I am sure if I slice items thin enough they will dry. The Native Americans did this for thousands of years so it should work.

I just do not want to depend on electricity. I only dry what I grow mostly herbs and tomatoes. I will try some apples when they are cheap in the fall to see how "dense wet" items dry.   

I may have to get an electric dryer but I hate to give in to modern methods!
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I pretty much live in the clearance section of Ralph's, Jacksdad. I even get clearance meat.
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We have a great clearance section, Hachi. I guess it depends where you live, because I have coworkers who tell me they never see the bargains I do. I get some funny looks sometimes - a shopping cart full of cereal was good for some interesting comments at the checkout. 18 boxes of Cap'n Crunch doesn't last as long as you might expect either, although I did make use of the special offer on one of them to get an awesome T-shirt Big smile


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Flumom, I gave my dehydrator away because it was really noisy. I found a broken commercial dehydrator at the local dump and took home all the slotted layers, leaving behind the burned out motor. I've got about 8 big round layers that stack on top of each other. I use it for drying mushrooms which grow in our paddocks and just slice them and lay them in the dehydrator and then stand the whole thing on two bricks on top of our woodstove oven. I don't let it touch the stove as the layers are made of plastic. 

I dry apples every year in the bottom warming oven of the stove. I have one of those very cheap apple peeling and coring machines that cut the apple into a spiral. I then cut straight through one side of the peeled and cored spiralled apple and that gives me perfect apple rounds. These I thread onto thin dowelling rods that are the right length to fit across the oven on the racks. I leave the door ajar and about 24 hrs later I have perfect dried apple rings. The peeling machine is fantastic and makes the job so quick. All of this without electricity. I reckon I could dry anything using these two methods. 
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I had an awful selection when I used to live in Riverside County, but it feels like every store I go to in Orange County has an amazing selection of stuff. I typically make my beef jerky with my discount meats :). Haha I forgot what Cap'n crunch tastes like. LOL
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Here's a plan from "Mother Earth News" for a solar food dryer. If you are handy at all it's fairly simple and if not, look for a local handyman.Should be able to pay someone $200-$300 material and labor to build. Would pay for itself in 2-3 years.


http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/tools/solar-food-dehydrator-plans-zm0z14jjzmar
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Originally posted by hachiban08 hachiban08 wrote:

Haha I forgot what Cap'n crunch tastes like. LOL


Just as good after 18 boxes, Hachi  Wink
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