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Preparedness Nuggets 9

A Cyberbook of Practical Wisdom for Daily Living

gathered from internet discussion groups and edited for web publication by Mrs. Julianne Wiley .

Part the Ninth

Another Mennonite Company

Barleygreen and just carrots

Dried ground beef, sierra cups

Fasting bread

Home remedies: CAUTION

Home-made potato flakes

Live foods

Lloyd's home remedies

Make-your-own yeast

Mormon Cannery

Non-hybrid seeds

Out-of-print books

Plant meaty tomatoes for drying

Solar oven

Storage

Store your seeds underground

Tents and knives






MORMON CANNERY VERY HELPFUL TOP

The Mormons said I was welcome to come down any time to look around, but suggested I make an appointment if I actually want to buy, as it takes some time. Only a certain number of people are allowed in at a time and they spend the entire day there 'dry packing' their food working together as a group. They will help anyone to plan their meals depending on family size and tastes. Even said he would give me some kind of floppy disc for my computer that I can use to plan my meals. Apparently, they have some kind of program that is available. They have a complete line of dried/dehydrated foods we can buy.

I don't know their prices or if they charge more if one is not Mormon. I also expect that if you do go to a cannery, they will try to evangelize. This is okay by me: I can handle that! In any case, they seemed very willing to help me, even though I was not a LDS.

I understand that the Mormon's have cannery's all over the country that we might be able to use to help us. LDS software and cannery locations: http://www.millennium-ark.net/News_Files/Hollys

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LIVE FOODS TOP

I have a book: Making the Best of Basics. On page 187 it refers to Blue Green Algae & other Green Foods it states: THESE WHOLE FOODS PLUS WATER PROVIDE ENOUGH NUTRITION TO HELP SUSTAIN LIFE FOR YEARS.

I called a health food store in our area and it appears that this stuff has a 2 year or so shelf life.For those on a limited budget (most of us) it seems that this would be a good buy. Also, sprouting is really a good food and doesn't require a lot of equipment. I don't really know but it seems that survival is possible with water, this blue green stuff, sprouts, oil for calories, Starkist tuna fish (6 yr shelf life) herbs, grains and some honey could do a fair to middlin job of keeping someone alive and healthy. those are the things IÆm going to try to be sure we have. When push comes to shove we may have to have a boring but healthful diet.

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BARLEYGREEN AND JUST CARROTS TOP

We're looking into a 1-year supply of BarleyGreen and Just Carrots. Both of these products are packed full of nutrients. Canned carrots do not have nutritional value equal to the dried form. BarleyGreen is made from young barley grass. It has more than a dozen vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and more . We're stocking up in order to keep our immune systems in the best possible shape. We will not be able to minister to others if we are not physically well

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DRIED GROUND BEEF, SIERRA CUPS TOP

I dried ground beef (put in oven on low 6-8 hours on baking sheet, stirring once in a while) and used it when we got home (after 7 days, it would have stored much longer.) This time I successfully reconstituted it without losing its flavor by boiling in only enough water to cover it for 15 min. Using canned potatoes reduced cooking time because they were already soft.

Our Sierra cups were as wonderful as ever as bowls, cups, cookpots, etc. My uncle had given each of our children one last Christmas, getting their names engraved on the bottom at a trophy shop. This idea saved dishwater as the children were more comfortable reusing their own unwashed cup.

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USING HOT WATER 3 TIMES TOP

More camping experience: We heat a big pot of water in the morning and dip into it for hot cocoa, coffee, oatmeal, etc. Then it would become the hand-washing, face-washing water. Lastly we would use it for dishwater. A whisk and dish soap made some suds. Dishes were rinsed in another pot of water. We have been rinsing dishes at home this way for a couple weeks after handwashing and it really saves on water. A splash of vinegar helps cut the soap even better when rinsing.

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TENTS AND KNIVES TOP

I have been contemplating purchasing smaller, lightweight tents for bug-out packs for our family but evidently (and this may not be precise), the lightest tent is about 3 lbs. and costs over $200. We recently purchased a second 4-5 dome tent that weighs a lot more than 3 lbs. My uncle suggested that we split up the parts of the tent and carry it that way instead of getting anything new. Another new purchase was 3 space blankets. We lined the bottom of our tents with them and they really helped against moisture and for heat retention. They are lightweight, versatile and don't take up much room - great purchase.

KNIVES: We had all manner of knives with us - survival knives, Swiss army knives, etc. etc. By far the favorite was my husband's buck knife. My 12 year old daughter whittled walking stick handles with it. We used it to scale fish and cut onions. It was extremely sharp and has a safety feature I like which prevents one from folding the blade against one's hand. (I had to take my daughter in for stitches when she did this with her Swiss army knife.) It also looks like an effective weapon if necessary.

CONCLUSION: We will need far more water for TEOTWAKI than I had estimated (at least 3 gal/person/day if you're going to do ANY laundry) and far more fuel. We will probably produce less garbage than I had thought before. Using dried and canned foods will make cooking simple but the biggest time consuming task will be baking bread. All my children will get buck knives in their Christmas stockings (although some may not be allowed to use them) and my nieces and nephews will get engraved Sierra cups. The teotwaki-anticipated lifestyle will pose many more dangers to us and our children, but I will have to entrust all of us to our guardian angels.

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HOMEMADE POTATO FLAKES TOP

Homemade Potato Flakes: Spread cooked mashed potatoes on lightly oiled fruit leather sheets, place in the dehydrator and dry. Break the sheets into chunks, put in the blender, and pulse until ground into flakes.

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FASTING (EZEKIEL) BREAD TOP

"Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them together ...and make them into bread for yourself." Ezekiel 4:9

Ezekiel Fasting Bread #1

1. Combine the following whole grains:

2 1/2 cups hard red wheat

1 1/2 cups spelt or rye

1/2 cup barley (hulled barley)

1/2 cup millet

1/2 cup green lentils

2 Tablespoons great northern beans

2 Tablespoons red kidney beans

2 Tablespoons pinto beans

Stir the above ingredients very well, then grind in grain mill. Use in place of 7 cups of flour in your favorite bread recipe.

Ezekiel Fasting Bread #2

1. Grind the above grain combination. Set aside.

2. Measure the following into a large bowl:

4 cups lukewarm water

1 cup honey

1/4 cup oil

2 Tablespoons yeast

Set aside for 3-5 minutes to allow yeast to grow.

3. Add to yeast mixture:

2 teaspoons salt

Fresh milled flour (about 9 cups) from above mixture of grains

4. Stir or knead until well kneaded. This is a batter type bread and will not form into a smooth ball.

5. Pour dough into 2 large loaf pans (10x5x3), or 3 medium loaf pans, or 2 9x13 brownie pans.

6. Let rise in a warm place about an hour, or until the dough is almost to the top of the pan. If it rises too much, it will overflow the pan while baking.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes for loaf pans, and 35-40 minutes for brownie pans.

NOTE: The flour from step one can also be used in any basic bread recipe

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Ezekiel Fasting Bread #3

1. Sprout grain by placing 1 cup whole wheat (or spelt) grain in two cups water and allow to soak overnight. In the morning, drain the water and save (in the fridge) for use in the bread recipe. Allow the grain to sprout for one day (keeping well drained but damp and watering twice) until it's about 1/16" to 1/8" long.

2. On baking day, dissolve yeast with honey in water and let stand 5-10 minutes until it bubbles up:

1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)

1 teaspoon honey

1 1/2 Tablespoons active dry yeast

3. Blend together in blender until sprouts are well pulverized:

2 cups hot water (water from soaking the grain may be used)

2 cups moist wheat (or spelt) sprouts

4. Blend together in mixing bowl:

Pulverized sprouts

1/2 cup olive oil

1/3 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon vitamin C crystals, or 500mg Vitamin C tablet, crushed

(aids in rising)

2 teaspoons salt

5. Blend flours together in separate bowl; add half to the moist ingredients:

1 1/2 cups barley flour

1/2 cup lentil flour

1/2 cup millet flour

1/2 cup soy flour, toasted

3 cups whole wheat flour (or 3 - 3 1/2 cups spelt flour)

6. Blend in proofed yeast (from step two) and remaining flour.

7. Knead until smooth and elastic, adding 1/2 cup or more whole wheat

or spelt flour.

8. Divide dough, shape, and place in greased pans.

9. Let rise in a warm place until doubled. (You may brush with water and sprinkle with sesame seeds before baking, if desired).

10. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes, or until done.

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NON-HYBRID SEEDS TOP

I've recently ordered from the following two places for non-hybrid seeds, and received my order within 7-10 days. Pinetree has many seeds for shorter growing season in addition to their regular seeds. R.H. Shumway has seeds for southern states and others.

PineTree Garden Seeds, Box 300, New Gloucester, Maine 04260

207-926-3400 email orders superseeds@worldnet.att.net website

orders superseeds, com fax 1-888-52-seeds(73337) The entire catalogue is available on the website; send your credit number in two separate messages. Almost every seed packet is under a dollar!

I've have good seed viability for the last 5 years or so.

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (804)973-4703

this is an expensive catalog but it has some incredible stuff you wonÆt find anywhere else: non-hybrid, open-pollinated, heirloom 18th century European, American, and Indian-era (Hopi, Cherokee) seeds

Shumway Seedsman, PO Box 1, Graniteville, South Carolina 29829-0001

1-803-663-9771 fax 1-888-437-2733 They sell in bulk and wholesale. Also, they carry seed corn etc., hay seed, and the normal items for a gardener.

I still haven't found a non-hybrid sweet corn but may have over-looked it. If you plan on saving the seeds from these non-hybrid, remember carrots are biennial, and also plant certain specie of a plant at a certain distant so they do not cross-pollinate on their own. I think like field corn is 700 feet depending on wind.

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by William Woys Weaver is probably one of the best books out on preserving your own seed and concern for old varieties that I have seen. It would be very helpful in getting started. It has a lot of wonderful addresses in the back.

I wouldn't count on being able to go somewhere and buy seeds anytime soon after teotwaki. It will be just as important to know how to preserve your seeds as to buy non-hybrid seeds. .

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ANOTHER MENNONITE COMPANY TOP

Berlin Seeds is another company which has very good prices. It's a Mennonite company in Ohio. They also carry some handy non-electric kitchen stuff. They carry the Square Foot Gardening book for $16.95.

Berlin Seeds

5371 County Rd. 77

Millersburg, OH 44654-9104

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STORE YOU SEEDS UNDERGROUND! TOP

Most of these companies that sell seeds for emergency storage are packaging them in sealed cans to lengthen storage time. You can put them in sealed plastic bags and store them for long periods of time in the freezer or refrigerator. Basically the cooler and dryer you can keep them the better.

I don't have a basement and I don't want to be dependent on an electric refrigerator so until I have enough money for a gas fridge, here's what a survivalist told me for storing things. It makes good sense especially since I have a hill and woods right behind my house (on my property). You can package seeds in sealed plastic bags and put the bags into one of those insulated water jugs like you get from WalMart for $2.50. Seal the lid with flexible caulking (hard caulking is too hard to remove) Dig down in the ground until the earth feels cool (about 45 degrees.) Even on the hottest days, it's cool underground. Then bury your coolers and make sure you make a record of where you've put things. You can also seal things in wide diameter PVC pipe and cap the ends. Things will stay dry and cool.

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MAKE-YOUR-OWN YEAST RECIPE TOP

From: Maurice Smith <msmith02@snet.net>

Any one can get hops at any health food store or herb farm.

Boil 12 potatoes in 4 qts of water. Till reduced to 3 qts.

Then take out and mash the potatoes and throw into the water 3 handfuls

of hops. When the hops have boiled to a good tea- strain the water over the

potatoes, a small quantity at a time, mixing them well together.

Add

1 teacup of brown sugar

1 teacup of salt

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

When mixture is warm add your yeast of the same sort to make it rise. Put it in bottles or a jug, leaving it uncorked for a day. Set in a cool place.

Put 2 large tablespoonfuls of it to a qt. of flour and when making up. Peel a potato and mix with it. This yeast never will sour and is good as long as it lasts.

Hints: the best flour is worthless without a good yeast. Yeast made up in the morning ought to be fit for use at night. It should be foamy and frothy with a scent of slightly like ammonia. flour should always be sunned and aired before being used. Sift it in a tray and put it out in the sun or near a kitchen fire.

Recipe for Leaven

2 tblsp of flour

1 Tbs. of lard or butter

2 Tbs. of yeast

2 eggs

1 potato

2 tsp. of sugar

Make the leaven soon after breakfast. in winter and at one o'clock p.m. in summer. Let it be of the consistency of batter. Put it in a small bucket in a warn place, to rise till four o'clock p.m. This amount of leaven is sufficient for two qts of flour

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LLOYD'S HOME REMEDIES TOP

I bought Lloyd Duplantis&AElig; book last year ... We have since used the book to treat various ailments and have had great results! $16.95 has saved us several trips to the doctor and some expensive prescriptions! Maybe some items won't be available after teotwaki but if you know what problems your family tends to get, you can stock up now. You might get a good herb book for later. Lloyd's book can be purchased directly at Lloyd Duplantis, P.O.B. 952, Gray, LA.70359

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HOME REMEDIES; CAUTION TOP

The idea of using kerosene as a remedy, internally or externally (.e.g. to eradicate head lice) is NOT A GOOD IDEA. Even though people used these things in the past, they are not safe...here's some examples:

Two years ago, a 16 year old girl in my area (Missouri Ozarks) was being given a kerosene treatment for head lice. Her hair apparently contained sufficient static electricity that during the "washing" over a kitchen sink, her hair suddenly burst into flame. She suffered serious burns over 30% of her body and needed reconstructive surgery to her face.

Kerosene is a petroleum product, the by-product of oil refining. It contains NO antibiotic or healing qualities. When placed on a skin wound, it will close the wound (like Vaseline would) and restrict air flow --encouraging the growth of anaerobic bacteria (ones that don't need oxygen). This could end up being a life-threatening infection. Yes, people used to use kerosene and turpentine on livestock, but this often resulted in an affliction called "proud flesh" -- what we, today, would call a "tissue sepsis" (deep seated infection).

As an oil-based product, if kerosene is ingested (taken by mouth), it will be absorbed into the body -- not just pass harmlessly through to kill intestinal worms. After the petroleum-oil molecules pass into your bloodstream, they will be carried into all your tissues -- bringing with them whatever other impurities and toxins are present in the kerosene. This can produce damage to the liver, kidney, heart and lungs....the person or animal that ingests kerosene will soon have the odor of kerosene on their breath, as the lungs try to "blow off" the poison.

In the olden days, people used whatever they had to treat health problems. Kerosene -- like turpentine, gasoline, raw sulfur, manure plasters, bleeding, and other remedies -- had their day and were proven either ineffective, marginally useful, or downright dangerous.

On the other hand, Herbal remedies, IF CAREFULLY USED, can provide more reliable means of dealing with health issues -- but remember, herbs aren't "safe" just because they grew in the backyard....these are often powerful medicines in plant form, with the ability to cure - or kill. They have to be used with respect and with well-informed knowledge and experience.

For example, a "mechanical" method of dealing with lice: To treat head lice without setting fire to yourself, you can simply coat the person's head thoroughly with cooking oil or lard, wrap the head in a towel for a couple hours, and then wash with a oil-cutting detergent (such as Dawn dish soap). The oil smothers the lice by blocking their ability to breathe. Do this every 4 days for a month. (P.S., the hair will be incredibly soft after all this oil treatment!)

A "chemical" method of relieving worms: Intestinal worms can be treated using pumpkin seeds. Save seeds from pumpkins, soak in salted water (1 c. salt to 4 c. water) for an hour, then spray a flat pan with non-stick coating or toss the seeds with a tablespoon of oil per quart of seeds. Roast at 200 degrees for 10-12 minutes or so. To treat worm problems, fast for 48 hours, drinking only water, then eat pumpkin seeds to your heart's content (2-3 meals worth). Worms are paralyzed and pass through the system with the first bowel movement.

Alternatively, worms can often be flushed from the system using a combination of chopped fresh garlic, apple cider vinegar, fresh rosemary herb, and grated carrots (doesn't taste too good).

I'm sure the author of the book is a good person; but even the best people can subscribe to outmoded ideas. A good herbal book is "The Herb Book" by John Lust; also, Rodale Press has published a large number of "home health care" books. Your local library should have copies.

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STORAGE TOP

The Mormons teach their people to use various places in the house such as the space under the beds and closets. The Christiansens, who write Full of Grace, have a monthly column ("Chantry's Pantry") which is where we share recipes because when they lived in cramped quarters their daughter, Chantry's closet was their food storage. I have a large pantry but, alas, no basement OR air conditioning. For seeds, I might go underground.

By sealing the seeds in a cooler or large PVC pipe and burying it, I can keep them at a pretty constant, cool temp

Went yesterday to a couple of bakery/delis and obtained 5 gal. food grade storage buckets for $1.00 each and 3 gal. for 75 cents. We are getting ready to "clear out" a large walk in closet for more storage.

Water, like everything else it seems, stores best in cool, dark places. A problem arises when you place water in plastic jugs on a concrete floor. After several months, the concrete "flavor" passes through the plastic and into the water. Besides being flat, the water tastes like you're licking the floor! An easy solution to this is to buy a couple of 2x4's and put the tanks of water on them so that they are off of the concrete. This is the same idea that we used when storing seeds, fertilizers, etc.

We have many of the smaller, 5#, bag in the box type containers under all our beds. These are the easiest and safest way to store water for any length of time. The light weight metalized bags inhibit algae and bacteria growth. The cardboard boxes slide under a bed or stack in a closet. The boxes have handles for lifting and the bags have a spout (spigot) for easy pouring. They will also work in a garage, even in freezing weather. The bags are designed to hold 6 gal. of water but you only fill them to 5 gal. This allows for the extra space needed during a freeze. You can order these from Emergency Essentials at http://www.beprepared.com or call 1-800-999-1863 for a free catalog. I believe they cost about $20.00 for a set of 5 kits (25 gal. total)

The site address for the HUGE 200 gallon "bag in a box" water storage unit can be found at http://www.watertanks.com

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PLANT 'MEATY' TOMATOES FOR DRYING TOP

We've planted several varieties this year hybrid and non-hybrid alike, and have found when dehydrating them, that the meatier non-hybrid "German Queen" gives us the best results. Some of the hybrids which are labeled "beefsteak tomatoes" have shriveled up to nearly nothing when dehydrated due to the high water content . You can actually use any variety of tomato, but the meatier types (such as "plum" tomatoes) just give you more end-product per pound of fresh.

It's really very easy. All you do is slice the tomatoes and lay them on the dehydrator trays. If you have the screens to go over the trays, it's easier because the tomatoes tend to be sticky and the flexible screens make it easier to get them out. They are done when they are like fruit leather or dryer.

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OUT-OF-PRINT BOOKS TOP

http://www.bibliofind.com/

http://www.interloc.com/

http://www.antiquarian.com/bookworm/

http://www.bibliocity.com/

The Backwoods Home Independent Energy Resource site has a wide selection of alternative power books http://www.backwoodshome.com/linkpage2.html

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SOLAR OVEN TOP

From: "Susan S. Cox" <12541124@email.msn.com>

Well. I did it. I built a solar oven. I found the plans for it at

http://www.accessone.com/~sbcn/cookit.htm .

They were not real easy to follow because some of the measurements are not there, but the pictures were good. I spray painted the outside a dull black for heat absorption (my idea) and lined the interior with the shiny side of foil as per instructions. It took me the better part of an evening, but it was fun.

Well, I got up this morning and it was cloudy but, not to be discouraged I put my little project out on the deck and, for a test put a Pyrex dish with water in it out for trial. I went out an hour later ( fairly cloudy but some sun peaking through). Touched the oven and it was cool. All that work for nothing I thought. THEN I touched the dish. WOW it was hot. 30 min later it tested the water with a thermometer and it was 200 degrees.

It works, friends!!!! And I wasn't even using the right kind of pot. A black, thin metal pot is recommended. I went out and bought a 4 qt, thin metal, mid-night blue stock pot. A nice little pot. Tried that, and it heated even faster.

For much greater detail about my plans for adapting my "urban homestead" to meet the looming challenges of peak oil, climate instability, and economic irrationality, see Gatewood Urban Homestead, the permaculture design for my home.