January 2020 Meeting Notes

January 11, 2020
These are the BASICS. If you’re just getting started, don’t miss this one.

  • Water – THE Most Important Prep
  • How much you really need and where to find it
  • Gutters, harvesting rain water, swimming pool, hot tub, ponds, filters, and purification
  • How to find water in the wild
  • Water storage and transportation options
  • Barrels, jugs, kiddie pools, plastic containers
  • Food, Part 1 – How much do we need – Time, Souls, and Calories
  • Food – Shop for the year, starting right now
  • Food – Methods of storing overview – canning, buckets, dehydration, meals-in-a-jar, MREs, 30-day storage buckets
  • Food – The 52 Week Method

Some of the items demonstrated and discussed:

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It is important that we not get distracted by “Arts and Crafts Prepping” – cobbling together something that can easily and affordably be purchased today. Leave that for those who refuse to prepare. “Arts and Crafts Prepping” is kind of like building furniture out of old pallets – it might be fun, but that is very low quality wood and it will not last long. This isn’t a game that we’re playing, so quality matters. Don’t trust your drinking water to some plans you found on the web that use plastic buckets and sand, when you can buy something made for the purpose that will do the job right.

We are way past teaching “Arts and Crafts” prepping a.k.a. “How to survive in the wilderness” and are now focusing on how to prep in the here and now. Instead of learning how to sterilize water in a soda bottle using the sun…just buy a 100% proven, safe water filter. Now is the time to prepare while the good stuff is readily available and trucks are still delivering from Amazon.

Are you really wanting to go to Walmart or Publix if the coronavirus hits big time in the US or when Antifa takes to the streets because they don’t agree with the election and trucks stop delivering. Do you have a water barrel or 2 or 3? Water is the first to go in a “crisis”. Do you have a large supply of N95 masks?

To that end…prepare now.

Food self-sufficiency is important goal, but it is not a substitute for a good food storage program. A can of “Survival seeds” is not a plan – it is a way to sell a false sense of security.

REFERENCES
How Much Land Do I Need? – “David The Good” gives a great overview of gardening for self-sufficiency.

131 Survival Foods

One Year Supply Guide

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