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  1. New here

    Welcome from VA
  2. Freeze dried, canned, or ?

    Lol, I actually have 4 or 5 'geezer style' sealed 21 compartment pill containers of herbs and spices in my truck along with food and gear
  3. Freeze dried, canned, or ?

    I have a bunch of freeze dried , some grocery store noodle and rice sides, canned beans and tomatoes, ramen and such stored. My main issue is that after a decade or so as a catering chef, I really can't stand most canned and frozen foods, and prefer to decide around 2pm what's for dinner I can and have eaten some pretty crappy stuff when needed, but rather eat good stuff instead , makes storing what I eat difficult.
  4. I'm in the northwestern part of Virginia in the USA. We get 4 seasons, though, all denial aside, it's getting hotter every year. Maybe 1 bad winter in 7, but those are getting fewer. Good water supply, but that may change with less snowpack in the mountains. Still a lot of undeveloped land around, but that is changing too. Far enough inland to miss the worst of hurricanes and tropical storms, but some of the edges will still hit us. Very little tornado activity, 1 serious (non fracking related) earthquake in the past 70 years. People tend to mind their own business, fairly friendly, nobody objects to open gun carry, so I get no crap for a 3 inch sheath knife on my belt. I kinda like it here.

    I have had some half decent results from cutting off and splitting 1 or 2 year old conifer stumps. A bunch of sap accumulates after the tree is cut down. Maybe I should check a Xmas tree farm:)
  6. Hello from CA

    I agree with Thomas, as well. In addition, I would say "start small". Go after the stuff that is closer at hand first. For me, I'm betting that it's more likely that my truck will break down someplace isolated at night (dammit... always at night with no cell service...) than zombies will come shambling down the block looking for brains to munch on. So, instead of an expensive assault rifle, a sleeping bag, tarp, food and a stove in the truck seemed like a better investment It's often the little stuff that will hurt you. One of the preserved body casts at the ruins of Pompeii was a man who had stopped to remove a pebble from his shoe (or so the tale goes). The small stuff can be prepped for more easily, and no one is ever ready for everything that might happen. Don't let it make you crazy
  7. I'm a bit heretical when it comes to prepping, I guess, at my age. The Big Stuff, like EMP , global climate changes, nuclear war, zombie apocalypse, while possible, are beyond my control. Losing jobs (I just did, again) , flat tires at night and power outages, etc. are more immediate threats. A butane stove, some water and food, and a tarp in your vehicle might be a better first prep than a "Burton Gummer" bunker and arsenal
  8. A mushroom hunter I knew once said "you know what they call somebody who tastes unknown mushrooms to see if they're safe?" "The late ......."
  9. Tomatoes

    It may sound silly, but if weather prevents sun drying your Roma tomatoes, and you have electricity, quarter, the tomatoes, remove seeds and inner gel, lay the pieces on paper based furnace filters , stack 2 deep and top with 1 more, and tie them to a cheap box fan. Run it a day or 2. Better texture and flavor than a heat dehydrator. Works for fruit, veggies, herbs and jerky as well
  10. Geese

    I have never raised poultry, but have been told that geese are great "watchdogs", and if raised with chickens, will take it upon themselves to safeguard the flock. For the Christmas goose, be sure to use a raised rack and a deep roasting pan. Last (and first) time I cooked one, I had to put out 3 oven fires....
  11. Rabbits

    Another rather strange advantage to raising rabbits is that if you keep your hutch inside a greenhouse in cooler weather, you get a free source of CO2 to help out your plants.
  12. A couple quickies: If you have access to a pool supply dealer, there are still a lot of filter setups using DE as filter medium, and it's dirt cheap in bulk. If you are anywhere near a large Asian supermarket, you can get a great variety of very hot dried chiles, as well as low prices and very, very fresh produce
  13. A thought on capsicums. You can do a VERY effective spray by getting the hottest, nastiest dried chile's you can find, and simmering them (outside) in cheap vegetable oil for an hour or so, then straining out the solids. Dogs, woodchucks and deer don't like it either. Think of it as "hillbilly MACE"
  14. DE is basically the fossilized remains of one celled aquatic organisms called diatoms. Once fossilized, they become microscopic razor blades. The stuff gets into the joints in an insect exoskeleton and slice and dice the soft bits. The insect "bleeds out" and dies of dehydration. It doesn't take very long to work. Nontoxic (common anti caking agent in commercial spices) but highly dangerous if you breathe it in. Please wear a mask if you dust with it.
  15. Diatomaceous earth works like a charm Just be careful not to breathe it in. Silicosis, not a poison effect. Still bad news.