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Old 02-21-2011, 03:55 PM   #11
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Whenever the news gives you the average price of gasoline, just remember that it's always higher in CA due to all the taxes and environads.

Mach, maybe just set up individual BOB's and a GOOD* package for your vehicle.

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Thats what I have been doing. I also just got a new tent a new BOB well a second one really. now I just need a good Shotgun and alot of ammo and i feel that if need be i could make my way outta cali and at least into AZ. and scavange from there.
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I just got a used fridge for $12 at an auction and got it cleaned up and running in the garage. I started pulling out the dry milk, eggs, and butter from the super-secret hidey-hole in my hovel to store in cooler temps, hopefully to preserve quality/longevity. I also bought a small jug of olive oil to see how it freezes in the refridgerator freezer compartment.

I'm going to focus on canned meat/fish products to store in the fridge.

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We just got a couple pigs. No seriously, went and picked them up last weekend. We've already got chickens, so at the very least we'll be set in the bacon and eggs dept.

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Hey, pork fat rules!

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We just got a couple pigs. No seriously, went and picked them up last weekend. We've already got chickens, so at the very least we'll be set in the bacon and eggs dept.


Nice. My neighbor's got Angus cattle (and he's an absentee landowner) so we're havin steak. I got an orange grove on the other side. So that takes care of breakfast.
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Stocked up on food when the Snozilla was supposed to have struck the STL region a few weeks back. Mostly canned goods...some soups, veggies, puke-a-roni. Also stocked up on pasta and rice.

This season I hope to have a much more productive garden, and will try my hand at canning some of the yield. My goal is to be totally free of the supermarket veggies by 2013. Assuming I don't bring any more mouths to feed into the world by then, that should be an obtainable task.

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For those that are looking at getting into canning for the first time- couple of quick bits of advice-

Buy a pressure canner, and a copy of the Ball Blue Book. (No, not Blue Balls, Ball Blue) DO NOT attempt to can in a hot water bath. That way lies botulism for all too many foods. Do not try to recycle mayonaisse jars for canning- glass is too thin, and you have not seen a mess until a jar of boiling whatsis shatters.

We mainly can fresh veggies, but now and again will whip up a MONSTER batch of Brunswick stew or Chili- gorge self, can the rest. Old saying among country folks- "You eat what you can, and can what you can't".

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Good advice c3. Thank you.

I subscribe to "Backwoods Home" magazine. It's always got articles about canning and preserving, livestock, planting, guns and a bunch more. It has a decidedly Libertarian slant.

It comes out bi-monthly and I just renewed for another year. Here's a link to their website: BHM Homesteading & Self-Reliance Forum

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Stocked up on .45 acp, saved gas by using the bike, filled up with seeds, planted a few, got a decent lantern. Much more to come. Building multi stage solar still out of plexiglass.

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Made a Sam's run this weekend. Got 6 pack of chicken breast cans, 6 pack of tuna cans, 6 pack of chili cans, 6 pack of salmon cans. 25# of rice, 9# of pinto beans. Big packs of corn, peas, green beans, diced tomatoes. I'm trying to at least double up the amount I usually have in the pantry. Triple is my goal.

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