What have you done lately for Preps?

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by CA357, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I picked up two new kerosene lanterns, two battery powered lanterns, some emergency candles, more propane for the propane stove and some more .45ACP ammunition. I've put together some shrink wrapped food ration packs to keep in the SUV as well.

    Gas is now around $3.60/gal. here. I'm glad I filled the Jerry Cans at the beginning of the Egypt chaos.

    What are other folks doing lately?
     
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  2. c3shooter

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    Changed the batteries in the radiation meter (stop laughing- I live downwind from a Nuke plant, and if you knew how to shop, you could have one for $25)

    Checked over the equipment I will use for gardening (air filters, lube oil for same) and bought a new chain saw (and spare chain, plus 2 cycle oil and bar lube) Snagged broken bags of limestone at Lowes/Home depot for 1/2 price.

    Checked powder and primer inventory (need to grab some more bullseye, and a pound of Trail Boss)

    Advantage in having lived in country for a long time- we already HAVE a lot of the durable things we use in ice storm/hurricane/zombie attack season.

    Afraid that the mice got into the Bourbon over the winter, need to restock. :p
     

  3. willshoum

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    Getr done.......

    This year we are going to can tomato, pole beans and field peas instead of freezing. And what ever else comes our way. I'm glad you mentioned the propane tanks. also I need to stock up on more 22 lr for hunting. :)
     
  4. c3shooter

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    Will- stock up on jar lids, and the salt used for canning (we use Kosher salt, no iodine, better for color in canned veggies)
     
  5. CA357

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    I thought I should mention that I didn't buy all that stuff at once, I have to spread purchases out to stay within our budget.

    Tomorrow I'm planning on reorganizing the garage. Over the course of time, things get used, moved and go missing. So, the first thing is to do that.

    Then, I'm setting up a Go Box for the Pilot. Some time back, I bought a moderately sized job box for storage. It has wheels on one end for portability. I was keeping bulk dry foods in it, but I've shifted some things around and it's empty. I'll be able to store more emergency/bug out stuff in the cargo area in less space and out of sight.

    If I can get that all done, it will have been a good and positive day.
     
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  6. CA357

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    c3, maybe those hard drinkin' mice wandered over from Dave's?
     
  7. dunerunner

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    Planning on canning some chicken and corned beef next month, albacoreTuna this spring. I purchased two butane single burner stoves and I get the refill bottles when they are run on sale. Regular gas here is $3.19. if I buy it at Safeway, I get $.10 off per gallon. Bought another 45# bag of grain last week but that is for beer for the M&G!! :D
     
  8. mach1337

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    Got my tax return 2 weeks ago. bought a dehydrator. already made about 2 lbs of jerky and got a bunch of stuff to make dry soup mix out of. bought my upper for my ar(i think it counts a prep).

    Maybe you guys can give me some sound advice. Im active duty in CA and really want to start better preps. i know preps should be done over time but you should also have a perminant place to store you stuff. well were movin to VA in about 16 months thanks God. any way what would you do I know i want to spend the rest of my career in VA so im thinking that i should just get what i need to get out if need arises and get to TN where my family is much better prepaired to wait it out or fight untill i get my family moved back to the east coast... suggestions welcome
     
  9. amoroque

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    Whoa! What? 3.60/gallon! Holy Moly!

    I've been slacking lately. I need to get back on track.
     
  10. CA357

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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.

    *Get out of Dodge ;)
     
  11. mach1337

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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.
     
  12. fireguy

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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.
     
  13. Troy Michalik

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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. :p
     
  14. CA357

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    Hey, pork fat rules!
     
  15. 7point62

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    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.
     
  16. falseharmonix

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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:rolleyes:. 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.
     
  17. c3shooter

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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".
     
  18. CA357

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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
     
  19. Scratchammo

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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.
     
  20. fireguy

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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.