PREP Overlooked Preps

Caplock50

I am the Winter Warrior
Now...back to the subject of the thread. If things do go totally haywire, think maybe you could make your own...machine gun? If the Ancient Greeks could do it, why not you?

 

Loretta Van Riet

Trying to hang out with the cool kids.
I never could understand on this forum how all the men folk would carry on about FLASHLIGHTS.
I thought "what's the big deal?"

I recently decided to get an "upgraded flashlight". Had 2 tiny ones in my kitchen junk drawer.
Bought a RECHOO LED S2000 Super Bright. Holly Cow! I'm having fun!

 

West

Senior nut
I never could understand on this forum how all the men folk would carry on about FLASHLIGHTS.
I thought "what's the big deal?"

I recently decided to get an "upgraded flashlight". Had 2 tiny ones in my kitchen junk drawer.
Bought a RECHOO LED S2000 Super Bright. Holly Cow! I'm having fun!

I got one of them flash lights from....


Have spot lighted a bunch of deer, fox, raccoons, etc.....

Love it!
 

Loretta Van Riet

Trying to hang out with the cool kids.
I got one of them flash lights from....


Have spot lighted a bunch of deer, fox, raccoons, etc.....

Love it!
Oh my! I may have to make ANOTHER purchase!
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Baking powder doesn't keep well as a long term prep item. But its made from individual ingredients that do keep "forever" if kept cool and dry (airtight).

1 part baking soda to 2 parts cream of tartar.

If you want to make a batch to keep for a month or two add a teaspoon of cornstarch to absorb moisture and prevent caking. Otherwise just combine the baking soda and cream of tartar as needed.
I would store large amounts of them airtight and dry, and put a smaller "monthly use" amount of each in a small spice jar so you don't have to expose the larger amounts to the air and moisture too often.

Both are cheap, and if you store pounds of each, could be a good barter item. Combine some and barter as baking powder.
I don't know if this will help the life of my baking soda, but I vacuum sealed the containers in mason jars. I don't use it much and I do have a supply of baking soda and cream of tarter.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

bbbuddy

DEPLORABLE ME
A BYU study found that baking powder from unopened cans has a virtually indefinite shelf-life. It is only when the container is opened that baking powder begins to deteriorate.

Baking Essentials--Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar and Yeast
I bought a bunch of unopened #10 can dry food cases years ago at an auction, for a good price, beans, rice, wheat etc... the only can that is bulging is a can of baking powder. So, it deteriorated, unopened. The rest I will use for barter, or they are my very last eat or starve scenario.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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A BYU study found that baking powder from unopened cans has a virtually indefinite shelf-life. It is only when the container is opened that baking powder begins to deteriorate.

Baking Essentials--Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar and Yeast
True, but the newer cans are aluminum coated cardboard, and they *dont* last like the old sealed metal ones did. I buy baking powder in bulk and vacuum seal in 1/2 pint jars. It does last indefinitely that way.

Summerthyme
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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I bought a bunch of unopened #10 can dry food cases years ago at an auction, for a good price, beans, rice, wheat etc... the only can that is bulging is a can of baking powder. So, it deteriorated, unopened. The rest I will use for barter, or they are my very last eat or starve scenario.
The only thing we ever lost in our LTS was #10 cans of pancake mix and biscuit mix! Badly bulged...

Summerthyme
 

Illini Warrior

Illini Warrior
Ok, but remember, you asked.

The links below are to articles I've written and posted on my blog.
Small Scale Preparation of Eye Drops
Lidocaine for Medical Preparedness
How To Make Injectable Lidocaine
TEOTWAWKI Local Anesthesia Options for Everyone

At the bottom of most articles are links to related articles. If you liked them, I'd suggest going next to the articles on Benadryl. And keep in mind, I'm not a doctor, this is all for entertainment, standard disclaimer stuff.

Prep School Daily is my first stop in the morning to see the daily "tip" - got today's sugardyne use in my database - - I regular link back to Prep School on postings to other prep sites - good info
 

CaryC

Veteran Member
Just as a side note on inner tubes:

You're more likely to need them on tires that will be on things like riding lawnmowers and tillers, etc. than cars. And those innertubes are readily available at tire stores and TSC. Due to non wear on tread but long on time so will be weathered. 2 years ago I put inner tubes on my 2007 riding mower, and last year bought a set for the Troy-bilt tiller at TSC.

Generally people go through tires more rapidly today than in the past, but like caplock said I bet those are still out there as well.
 

Walrus Whisperer

Hope in chains...
I never could understand on this forum how all the men folk would carry on about FLASHLIGHTS.
I thought "what's the big deal?"

I recently decided to get an "upgraded flashlight". Had 2 tiny ones in my kitchen junk drawer.
Bought a RECHOO LED S2000 Super Bright. Holly Cow! I'm having fun!

Those things are retina burners!
 

Terrwyn

Veteran Member
None of my hose nozzles are working today and I had no backup. Mz prepper really fell down on the job. So ordered 4 on Amazon this morning.
 

ainitfunny

Saved, to glorify God.
I have an old 4br house, am widowed now. Unused bedrooms make great pantry and prep rooms.
Dont forget Adult Diapers / or "pull ups" / poise pads for those that are care givers to the fecal or urine incontinent. The price is sky rocketing and they will become unavailable!

Making and changing, and WASHING 2 a day (minimum ) DIAPERS FOR ADULTS is not something you want to have to do !I Think 365 X 2 a day= minimum 730 diapers/pull ups for 1 year care giving for the incontinent.
 

Jubilee on Earth

Veteran Member
  • Zip ties!
  • Hot hands charcoal hand warmers
  • Pocket bellows (or regular bellows)-- we use this more than we thought we would
  • Fire starting bricks
  • Electric blanket - did you know they work with battery packs? We used one camping in the spring when it was cold.
  • Tarps
  • Ice cleats and snow shoes if you're in a northern climate and might have to walk a long distance
  • Rechargeable headlamps... way more efficient than battery powered ones
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Extra barbecue propane tanks (we always keep two as back-up)
  • Instant coffee -- Even if you have a percolator, this is great for a quick cup of coffee in a hurry. Lasts forever, too!
  • Tire grippy zip ties -- Have you seen these? You wrap them around your tires for grip if you get stuck in the snow. Better and easier than chains and reusable
  • Tow straps

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081S6VQGK

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Caplock50

I am the Winter Warrior
I have an old 4br house, am widowed now. Unused bedrooms make great pantry and prep rooms.
Dont forget Adult Diapers / or "pull ups" / poise pads for those that are care givers to the fecal or urine incontinent. The price is sky rocketing and they will become unavailable!

Making and changing, and WASHING 2 a day (minimum ) DIAPERS FOR ADULTS is not something you want to have to do !I Think 365 X 2 a day= minimum 730 diapers/pull ups for 1 year care giving for the incontinent.
Also think about this...you *know* you are going to be totally 'occupied' for a very extended period of time...with absolutely no 'bathroom breaks'...what do you do? Just before 'going on duty', you put on a 'depend under garment' and 'carry on'... So, such 'under garments' are something even the 'working properly' should consider having a 'useful stock' of.
 

Caplock50

I am the Winter Warrior
The mention above about the 'tire grippy zip ties' made me remember something I think will be useful for you all. Way back when I was a 'young'un', I got my car stuck in deep sand...and I do mean 'stuck' and 'deep'. Spent the night sleeping in the car. The fellow I took home, woke me up the next morning and told me a simple way I could have gotten unstuck in just a few minutes. All I had to do was let a good amount of air out of the tires...and they'd have rode up on top of the sand...and I'd have been able to sleep in my bed instead. By letting the air out of the tires, it let them make a 'larger, wider print'...sort of like snowshoes does for walking on snow. Just be sure to get the tires aired back up as soon as you can.
 

Homestyle

Veteran Member
Most older electric sewing machines can be used if no power. Attach a handle like an empty spool of thread on the fly wheel and turn to sew.
 

Txkstew

Veteran Member
The mention above about the 'tire grippy zip ties' made me remember something I think will be useful for you all. Way back when I was a 'young'un', I got my car stuck in deep sand...and I do mean 'stuck' and 'deep'. Spent the night sleeping in the car. The fellow I took home, woke me up the next morning and told me a simple way I could have gotten unstuck in just a few minutes. All I had to do was let a good amount of air out of the tires...and they'd have rode up on top of the sand...and I'd have been able to sleep in my bed instead. By letting the air out of the tires, it let them make a 'larger, wider print'...sort of like snowshoes does for walking on snow. Just be sure to get the tires aired back up as soon as you can.
I watched a Mercedes Benz drive up a 200 ft sand dune in Saudi Arabia. Down there, they drive with low inflated tires across the famous Rub al Khali sand dune desert in the South of Saudi, also know as the Empty Zone.
 

ohiohippie

Veteran Member
A piece of red clay brick can be used to sharpen an ax or hatchet. And just a plain, regular leather belt can be used to hone a knife. That 'grit paste' may make it work faster and/or better, but it's not really necessary. As my Dad taught me, about 5 decades ago, "If it'll dull a knife; it'll sharpen a knife". I've got a small piece of pine 2X4 setting next to my computer so I can sharpen my knife to razor sharpness. Oh and when sharpening/stropping a knife, roll the blade over on its back, not the 'cutting edge'. Without realizing it, when you end the stroke and lift the blade from the whetrock, you roll the edge off of it.
Grampa always had a barber’s razor strap hanging in the back kitchen.
It was wider than a belt.
My sweet gramma after us kids pushed her a tad to hard with bickering would threaten, “I’m going to get the razor strap.”
She never did.
 

Kathy in FL

TB Fanatic
FYI at walmart where they keep the gas cans. They have siphons. Better than getting a mouth full of gas.
Harbor freight has a few as well.

Oh, and a funny. My 17 year old son now reacts to Harbor Freight the same way he used to for an excursion to a toy store. Oy. Definitely a strange world we live in. Apparently he now has his own account and gets coupons and notices of manage specials. LOL
 

Kathy in FL

TB Fanatic
FYI at walmart where they keep the gas cans. They have siphons. Better than getting a mouth full of gas.
And speaking of gas cans, those things are getting freaking expensive. We keep having to replace one here or there over this last year as they were all getting old and starting to split from heavy usage over at least a ten year period. Places where the things are over $20 these days. So if you have a good one, treat it kindly and always keep a spare on hand.

Same for water carrying/storing containers.
 

CaryC

Veteran Member
And speaking of gas cans, those things are getting freaking expensive. We keep having to replace one here or there over this last year as they were all getting old and starting to split from heavy usage over at least a ten year period. Places where the things are over $20 these days. So if you have a good one, treat it kindly and always keep a spare on hand.

Same for water carrying/storing containers.
Tell me about the freaking things.

I've got a couple of metal cans, and they are still good, but the spouts are shot. Cracked and busted. Looked online to just replace the spout and that thing is 20.00. Just the spout.

And on another can the cap and spout were built in together, and cap busted around the threads.

I'm still going to use the metal cans, but the spout is all taped up, just take the cap off, and use a funnel. But the other one is of no use due to not being able to seal it off.

So went to replace it and like 1) expensive for plastic 2) takes an engineer and 3 arms to operate. Don't even think of a metal one.
 
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