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For those preppers that can’t be bothered to lose such a luxury when disaster strikes…
This is something I learned about very recently and thought I would share with the rest of you. This Tactical Bacon is shelf stable and will last about 10 years.
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We’re well into the supposed doomsday - how’s everyone holding up?
The date is fast approaching. It’s next Friday, to be precise.
As most of you know, that’s when the Mayan calendar ends and a lot of people say it will be the end of the world as we know it.
Is there credibility to it? That depends on who you ask, to be honest. Many people are saying that the date is actually wrong, because Western calendars were created so much later on and have leap years and whatever else there is. There’s arguments against that as well, but I’m not vested enough in the details to give you all the proper information.
Anyways, back to the question: is there credibility to it? The answer is the same as it always is: maybe.
There is always the possibility that something could happen. Maybe the Mayans really did know what they were talking about. Maybe they ran out of stone. Who really knows?
There have been plenty of doomsday dates set over the years. We’ve survived them all thus far, unscathed. There have been epidemics. There have been wars. There have been droughts and famine.
I’m not telling you this to make you more comfortable. As always, preppers should be ready for anything. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
Whether you think something may actually happen or not, always be ready.
everyone’s making apocalypse jokes like there’s no tomorrow
It’s been a while since my last post, but hopefully I can get back into the swing and get regular posts going again.
So, what is this video? Politicians in the U.S., first predicting the economic recession in 2007 and then talking about the possible collapse of the U.S. dollar.
Why is that important? They were right the first time around, talking about the bursting of the housing bubble. Could they be right the second time around? It’s a possibility.
What would happen in the event of the U.S. dollar’s value collapsing? Ordinary people would take the brunt of the hit. Food prices would skyrocket. If you think $4 for a gallon of milk is bad, think about having to pay $15+ for it instead. Energy prices would skyrocket as well. How does a $600 electricity bill sound?
Long story short, the collapse of the dollar would result in unhappy wallets and unhappy people.
The effects wouldn’t be felt just in the U.S. Even in other countries, the dollar is used as a reserve. The hit may be hardest felt in the U.S., but the rest of the world would feel the pinch as well.
I’ve been in the process of moving, which is why there haven’t been any posts for a few days.
Once everything is settled, I’ll start posting again.
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I’m not sure many have considered this - I didn’t really think about it until I just made that last post - but you may want to create a couple year’s worth of calendars to pack with your supplies.
If there is an all out collapse, there’s not really going to be a way to tell the day or time. If you want to keep track of the days, a calendar would be a good idea.
Knowing what day it is could end up giving you peace of mind after doomsday.
Unfortunately, when you start buying food to build your stockpile, the packaging from the store isn’t going to keep it good for very long (unless it’s canned food). You’re going to need to take steps to keep bulk flour, wheat, beans, rice, etc. good.
Remember my post from a while back about food-grade storage buckets? You’ll want to invest in some of those, or find a place that will give you them for free. You can store your bulk items in these containers.
However, just dumping the food into the buckets won’t be enough. You need to make sure there’s a good seal on the container, to keep oxygen out.
There is some debate about what’s food-grade and what’s not - whether any plastic containment systems are truly safe over a period of time. The plastic can start to break down over time, and contaminate your food if you aren’t careful.
To prevent this from happening, you can line your bucket with Mylar - a common trick that preppers use. This will keep your food lined safely, and you won’t have to worry about contamination from the bucket.
Now, you’ll need to make a tight seal on the container to keep oxygen out of it. Just sticking the lid on isn’t going to cut it. What you want to get are Oxygen Absorbers. Don’t take them out of their packets until you’re ready to use them, though.
Once you get your food into the bucket, quickly place the Oxygen Absorbers inside and put the lid on - using a board and hammer or mallet to make sure it’s on tight. It will take a few hours, but the Absorbers will create a vacuum and the lid will pop down, indicating the seal has been made.
Always make sure to label each bucket - putting the type of food inside, the date you stored it, and the date it is good until on the outside of the container. (And always make sure to write it in permanent marker.)
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Anonymous asked: You've covered some disaster topics so far, but I've noticed you haven't said anything about war. That is quite the disaster and in today's world may pose a threat. Your thoughts? What about a war on U.S. soil - do you find it possible?
I agree with you, war is a disaster and definitely a threat in today’s world. It can break out anywhere that people are - even on American soil. It all depends on who’s got the motivation to attack and who they’re attacking.
I can make an I.C.E. post on war, going into detail about the threats and prepping skills to help you make it through.
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I stumbled across a very useful gem of information this evening, one that everyone can put to use.
There is some debate between homesteaders, preppers, and canning enthusiasts alike about what is better: store-bought canned food or canning food yourself. Personally, I’d suggest canning your own food: not nearly as many preservatives, you can make it to your own tastes, etc.
However, if you don’t have the means, time, or patience to can your own food, buying it from the store is an acceptable alternative.
Some would say that items from the store simply don’t have a long enough shelf-life. You’ll have to replace everything every two years… right?
Canned goods are best used within three years of their manufacturing date. However, they don’t actually go bad on that date. The food is still perfectly safe to eat so long as the container is undamaged. Nutritional value and taste will eventually decrease, but canned goods are edible indefinitely.
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