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  1. Freeze dried, canned, or ?

    I've eaten quite of bit of mystery meat in my time as well. Have you tried doing your own canning to see if you can brings your stores up with things you might enjoy a bit more when the stress level goes through the roof.
  2. Freeze dried, canned, or ?

    I take it your posting for general consumption and not for some old gypsy with a backpack. LOL For some reason I get deja vu when I read your posts.
  3. All Things Archery

    Used to do quite a bit when I was a kid. Great way to spend a couple hours after school. Was thinking about getting back into it again even if just for a Saturday morning thing during the winters. There are a couple of great places fairly close to me too but I just got to get up the gumption and do it this winter. Great pics of a great skill to practise.
  4. Frost on the inside but ice on the inside from sleeping in it in winter is something I hope never to experience. Yup that second option is much more appealing. I know it won't be long before I have to break out the scrapper again, What a horrible flashback. I'm turning off the air conditioning right now.
  5. Freeze dried, canned, or ?

    Just fugal is all. My missus said fugal is just another word for cheapskate, sais I probably still have the first dime I every made but that's not true, it was a nickel.
  6. Or the 1/4 inch of ice on every window of the car at 5 am makes such a great start to the day with that fine blowing snow coming of the roof and always in your face no matter which way you turn.
  7. Freeze dried, canned, or ?

    If you have to leave your home your probably not going to be able to carry a lot with you anyways. A mixture of both is always a good idea. Freeze dried foods are still expensive when you look at things like mountain house or alpine meals in cans. There are alternatives that you can look at straight from the grocery store as well. Things like packages of sidekicks and noodle sides. Before I store lots of anything I would try it out first to see if I like it. Canning can be a good friend and makes nice "givings" to the kids when they get homemade jam and chilli's from mom. My prepping revolves around a meal plan. I made a menu for 7 days and tried out everything on it along with feeding it to those others who would be eating it. Decided what was liked and not so much. Then tried different meals made with what was intended to be stored. Over a very short time I had a menu of 7 breakfasts, lunches and dinners along with snacks that we wouldn't mind eating once a week and I could store the ingredients without too much trouble. Over the years some meals and such have come and gone and have revived again. That way I don't store anything I'm going to have to throw out cause nobody will eat it. It also makes stocking my hole in the water and backpacking easier as I grab what I've stored and we eat some on a regular basis. But I do like my refrigerator just the same.
  8. Yeah I could see using a checklist for those. Maybe a checklist for your checklists with that many locations to keep organized. A place for everything and everything in it's place. Just for fun. I have a optometrist with a bit of OCD, Has to do things three times. I told my missus I know we're getting good eye exams but I'm glad he's not a surgeon.
  9. 32 flash lights, Holy Moly I wouldn't remember where haft of them were. Quarterly is a good schedule and I do the same for supplies and such. I rotate so quarterly is a good time to move forward and do inventory. Update the needed list and generally have a look at the general condition of the supplies. I always seem to find things like " I never seen that ding in that can before" best move it forward.
  10. I think it is being addressed by our governments, that's why it's happening. Yup trouble for the common person for sure. Want to control a population put them in fear. Totalitarianism isn't accepted by a population overnight, it has to be indoctrinated slowly for it to work and also to become laisse faire for the next generation. Taking away what some might consider a right can not be done in one fell swoop it must be eased away till people don't realise they had it. Like the right to privacy, if you have nothing to hide why do you need it. Or freedom of speech for that matter, if one has nothing to say why would one need it. You can always make laws to limit it till it means nothing, like making freedom of speech a right as long as you don't offend anyone else. Well no matter what you say someone might be offended. Want to know who rules you, look at who you can't criticize.
  11. Hello from CA

    That's the key, Slow down and plan. You might survive longer than younger people who haven't put any thought in what they would do in a bad situation. Plus if things go bad you can pull your family together and your survival odds go way up. I wouldn't put any money on a ice age but lost of electricity for any extended time would make life harder. There are lots of great sites with good information and lots that do fear mongering trying to sell you something. Another good site is http://foodstorageandsurvival.com/ and this lady provides a nice practical approach to prepping.
  12. I'm sitting pretty close to your previous residence so you both know the area. The area has abundant food production so unless something buggers over the animals or crops I think that if a major SHTF occurred storage and delivery might pose the bigger threat. I grew up with prepping for hard winters as a boy so I did learn from my parents. I practise those skills on and off with various things such as canning and dehydrating. Canning and drying would be a big deal for me come hard times. Due to the high population density I would probably hit the road in early spring if possible and move to a more inhospitable climate with more food abundance. Hunted and snared a good bit when I was young and would hate having to go back to that lifestyle so I hope SHTF never happens. I do not want to skin another rabbit in my life nor any other animal for that matter. Finding a water source isn't a problem here, the bigger problem is navigating around it most of the time. More apt to drown than die of thirst. Joblessness and financial insecurity is one of my bigger fears as well. That is a personal SHFT situation to find yourself in dire financial straights. If nothing happens on a large or global scale you may still find yourself hungry, cold and alone depending on how long it lasts or if you can pull yourself out of it. I have been noticing that wages have been dropping around here from the want ads. Prices have been going up for just about everything. Won't be long before we will be working for shelter and food if we can find work at lower wages at all due to completion for it from excess labor. That may be their plan.
  13. Edible Plants for Survival in the Wilderness

    The make for pretty pictures but If I don't know what it is it isn't going in the pot.
  14. Hello from CA

    There is lots of good info on prepping. With space being limited it would be wise to have a plan so you don't go all willy nilly and waste your money on what you don't need. There are some good sites about prepping with limited space and one such is www.apartmentprepper.com which might help you with some space saving ideas. Plan your preps and prep your plan. Welcome.
  15. I'm of the mindset that my bags should be self sufficient. I treat my bug out bag the same as my hiking bag. If I just grab and go I should be well fed and comfortable for at least three days. Longer if I want to ration and drop the calories below 2800 per day. That's counting on traveling over rough terrain. The only thing I change for the time of seasons is the sleeping bag. If there's time for me to grab more food from the pantry before heading out then 10-15 days out wouldn't be an issue. My bag weight for that long would probably get to about 45 pounds with 15 days of food which is pretty heavy. I would probably drop 1/2 liter of water out of my 1 1/2 carry limit. Just my opinion but I would never look for a tactical bag as a grab and go bag. Just bag weight to volume ratio isn't worth it and the bags aren't designed for long distance carry. What they are designed for is to be sturdy functional mission bags and they serve this purpose well, but for grab and go or bug out you want a bag you can carry for 3-4 hours loaded before taking a break. With that in mind you can probably pick up a decent back packing bag for less money, be more functional and carry as much or more weight over longer distances. It might not have the same cool factor as a tactical bag but having to bug out isn't cool. You can watch a lot of videos on youtube on bugout bags with oodles and oodles of gear in them but really not that functional. Get your big four covered, Pack, Shelter, Sleep and Cooking and keep them below 20 pounds. 7 pounds for any other gear and 10 pounds for food / water (2 pounds per day or about 3000 calories). Every pound you can get off the big four and retain quality is another pound of food or a lighter pack.