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Awesome! Thanks for the great thread! Did the experience make you more or less likely to add animals to your prepping plans? I am thinking of chickens or dairy goats.
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Awesome! Thanks for the great thread! Did the experience make you more or less likely to add animals to your prepping plans? I am thinking of chickens or dairy goats.
We could do chickens but, decided to hold off because we rent. Hoping to buy a place of our own in a couple of years. Having animals would have made this a lot easier.
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Absolutely excellent thread, Thanks !
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Well done the food looks great lol.
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What an inspiring story! And hats off to your family, for pulling together and turning a negative into a great big triumph! Best of luck to you!
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Several of you asked about the oil I had in storage. We first used the olive oils in the kitchen pantry. We prefer it and I wanted to make sure we didn't waste any. The ones in the storage pantry were the 1.75 gallon Canola oil from Costco. It was kept dark and at a little less than room temperature. By the time we used it all, it was 18 months old and still fine. I am thinking we were lucky.
I am no fan of plastic storage, as in time it will let air in. I would prefer glass. That said, I would not hesitate to keep a years worth on hand and will keep this much in stock as soon as I rebuild the pantry. I was pleasantly surprised that most things lasted as well as they did. Much longer than most people recommend.
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First of all great write up! I think this is exactly why most of us come to this site, to see how this is done. You did a fantastic job with what you had!

Second, could you tell us how you managed the non food stuff? Like toilet paper, aluminum foil, running water?, etc. I know that you already mentioned mending clothes and trading for your son's yearbook photo's. I was just wondering if there was non food stuff that you wished you had more of.
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I think what you did is admirable. Having spent many years over the road in a truck I understand where you are coming from. I think it is great that you took a look at your supplies, used them and found out exactly where your shortcomings were.
My hat is off to you for a job well done!
Thank you for sharing with us. I think we will get some good information from your experience.
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Second, could you tell us how you managed the non food stuff? Like toilet paper, aluminum foil, running water?, etc. I know that you already mentioned mending clothes and trading for your son's yearbook photo's. I was just wondering if there was non food stuff that you wished you had more of.
Good question!

With a family this size we usually buy in bulk so most things lasted. We had a few hundred rolls of TP. We had several hundred sq ft of foil and butcher paper. We just ran out of plastic wrap but, we don't use it much. We have lots of Tupperware.
Things I wish we had more of... hmmm...
1) Ziplock bags. Not needed but, a nice, practical thing to have.

2) We ran uncomfortably low on laundry detergent. We only had enough for 400 loads worth or so of commercial detergent. We almost had to make some homemade. Lol

3) We ran out of Dish soap about 9 months in. Had a gallon of concentrate. Again homemade is not an issue. We have supplies for that, if needed, for an extended emergency.

Other personal hygiene and cleaning supplies made it just fine and we still have some left. One thing to consider is if you have children. 2 of my boys have their beards coming on thick now a days. They ran out of razors and had to burn through my stock. I imagine the same impact with someone with a daughter coming of age. Keep that in mind.

Of all these things, I think having more foil would be the most beneficial and plan on stocking much more in the future. It has so many uses.

Of course, none of these are necessities in the true sense. In the short term YES these are needed to ease into a different lifestyle. Just make sure you have the means to do things like our great grandparents did.
We try to separate our preps into 3 groups, that when used together can lead us to sufficiency. This thread is about phase one level preps. The one we all are most likely to encounter in the short term. That is a year of supplies that keep you moving forward with little to no discomfort. This can and will probably move to phase two for a good part of us in the near future if trends keep on the pace they are on. We almost hit phase two. The only reason we didn't is because I have marketable skills that are in demand right now and I had a choice. I'll come back in a few and describe our three tier plan for an extended emergency.

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I checked out the site, and it looks very interesting; one thing that caught my eye, though, was it says "once opened, needs to be kept refrigerated". There are many situations where there won't be refrigeration, and some of those cans are quite large... ideas anyone?
When i replied the other day I had completely forgotten about this primitive method of refrigeration. Zeer Pots

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeer_pot

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Thanks MTShawn, this is the best post in awhile.
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I am happy about all the nice response to this thread. Please let me know how the recipes turned out for you and if you liked them as much as we do.
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Thanks for sharing!

Where did you buy those four containers in the one picture? The one that's labeled oats and beans and stuff.

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You can get those at PetsMart in most cities. They are dog food bins but they work GREAT for other stuff too.
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Aye carumba, thank you!
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We still waiting on the Pretzels ...... Found the Reciepy post from your better half? Thanks!

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It's posted here: https://www.survivalistboards.com/sho...61#post4060461
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Well, I figured I would be working by now. Turns out it is going to be a month or so before my first check. Cash is a precious commodity and we have very little extra and is going to be needed for other things. So we are going to crack open some of our LTS. I have been wanting to inspect it anyway.

The first mylar packed superpails we will open will be 20-22 years old. Kinda exciting. Lol. We will cook small portions to see how they are, quality wise. I will take pictures throughout the process and post them here tonight. Stay tuned.....

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I just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers. I'm kinda far away but if there is anything I could do that might help you guys out, just PM. If it's in my power it will happen.
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I just want you to know that you and your family are in my prayers. I'm kinda far away but if there is anything I could do that might help you guys out, just PM. If it's in my power it will happen.
Thanks, we really are ok. Prayers are always welcome too. Everyone is healthy and we do have family to help if needed. They would never let us go hungry or homeless.
Call this an exercise of self reliance. So many prep without knowing how to cook with it, how to balance a meal and thrive. We did this partly out of need but, also felt a need to put our preps to the test. One reason we prep is so we are not a burden on others. We don't get help from the .gov's and rely on family only when needed.
I figured a lot of people could learn something from this. In a couple of months we will be living the "high life" again, in the modern world while still prepping.
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All I can say is good job! I only hope that we could have such a positive attitude should we have our own personal SHTF I hope you find employement soon & your family continues to have good health.
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