May 2018 Meeting

May 12, 2018

  • Demo: Packing Dry Goods in Mylar lined 5 gallon pails with oxygen absorbers
    Bring 50# of rice or beans to store
  • Demo: Cooking beans in an Instant Pot for dehydration
  • Dehydrators
Five gallon buckets of rice packed in Mylar bags with O2 absorbers added – sealed and ready to be closed.
Heat sealer used to seal the Mylar bags. An ordinary iron can also be used, but these heat sealers are clearly better and easier.
Instant Pot – a high-tech pressure cooker being used to prepare dried beans for canning.
Beans canned as part of the demo at this meeting.

Also Discussed:

DAK hams – high quality, long lasting, available at CVS (review)

Sources:

Mylar Bags, 5 gallon, with zip lock closure – Discount Mylar Bags

October 2017 Meeting

October 14: So You Think You’re Prepared? – The truth about food storage amounts and how much is really needed for a one year supply. Also, how to make lye and different yeasts and leavening agents using what nature provides in our area.

This program included lessons learned during Hurricane Irma.

  • Pet pad to keep cool when sleeping
  • Tent fan
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Solar battery charger
  • Sterno
  • Canned goods date – only infant formula has mandated expire date. “Use by” and “Sell by” are determined by the company.
  • Dents on a can are OK as long as they are not on a seam.
  • Botulism has a 50% fatality rate for cases not receiving medical treatment.
  • Sun Oven – best to have two for cooking
  • Cast iron works very well with a sun oven
  • 1 year food plan
  • Hormel Chili is listed by Hormel as having indefinite shelf life.
  • Making baking powder
  • Making Sterno-type fuel
  • Making yeast
  • Making flour from beans and nuts
  • Pellet rifle for small game with low noise
  • Herbal Recipes book by Rosemary Gladstar
  • Essential Oils