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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26310 on: July 30, 2020, 07:35:09 AM »

Canned 14 quarts yesterday. 12 garden stew, 2 green beans. Not quite enough stew to fill the second load so we slide in some green beans. Now we don't have enough for a double batch of pints. Lol
So we should have in a couple of days.
Did not get the elderberrys picked as I got rained out. I'll do that today (I think)

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26311 on: July 30, 2020, 04:59:31 PM »
Did some 9mm reloading...want to finish a box of bullets, before I switch dies to .40SW.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26312 on: July 31, 2020, 01:17:19 PM »
Well, it all started with me.....ordering something from Amazon and receiving the goods from Sam's club.

I had been hunting down some items that have been out of stock for a bit.  I found that Sam's club had such items in stock online at much better prices than Amazon....I upgraded my Sam's club membership to include free shipping and picked up  a bunch of normal home cleaning supplies (bar mop towels, blue sponge scrubbing pads, etc.) along with some mid term food storage items.




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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26313 on: July 31, 2020, 01:54:36 PM »
Well, it all started with me.....ordering something from Amazon and receiving the goods from Sam's club.

I had been hunting down some items that have been out of stock for a bit.  I found that Sam's club had such items in stock online at much better prices than Amazon....I upgraded my Sam's club membership to include free shipping and picked up  a bunch of normal home cleaning supplies (bar mop towels, blue sponge scrubbing pads, etc.) along with some mid term food storage items.

Last year I think?, I was surprised to see a couple of my Amazon orders coming from Sams Club.

Strange bedfellows these days.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26314 on: July 31, 2020, 01:55:49 PM »
Just turned the canner off from processing 7 quarts of garden stew.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26315 on: August 03, 2020, 03:12:46 PM »
Canned 18 pints of green beans

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26316 on: August 05, 2020, 07:04:07 AM »
Picked another bag of elderberry's, totaling 4 more.
Steamed those berries, and got 5 pints of juice.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26317 on: August 05, 2020, 01:43:49 PM »
A couple days ago, I bought a cheap, 120W power inverter ($10 each at Walmart, in the Auto section.) After testing one (the fan is a bit loud, but it seems to work with no dropouts) I bought a couple more and wrapped them up in tin foil (for protection from conspiracy, as well as EMPs.  ;D )

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« Reply #26318 on: August 05, 2020, 01:58:27 PM »
I bought a couple more and wrapped them up in tin foil (for protection from conspiracy, as well as EMPs.  ;D )


Good man for thinking about that.  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26319 on: August 06, 2020, 04:10:02 PM »
Processed 7 quarts of stew.

Smoked tomatoes for that batch, and also threw on some ancho's and smoked those.
Those are now in the dehydrator.

While there was room in the smoker, 4 pork chops and 2 ears ;D of corn somehow fell in there.........

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26320 on: August 10, 2020, 07:21:34 PM »
7 more quarts of garden stew

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26321 on: August 12, 2020, 08:48:06 PM »
Prepared another pot of stew for a canner load, not quite enough for 7 quarts. So I snapped some beans and made a quart to fill the canner.
So, had more beans and continued snapping and filling 3 more quarts while the stew was processing in the canner. Went out and picked a bucket of beans to fill 4 more quarts, and threw those in the canner after I pulled the stew out.

So canned 6q of stew.
Canned 8 quarts of green beans.
Pulled 4 quarts of processed tomatoes from the freezer to start stew again tomorrow.

Wife was off making the easy money with the Census bureau.  ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26322 on: August 13, 2020, 07:53:36 PM »
Canned 10q of stew
4q of green beans

Prepped green beans and okra for the frig

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26323 on: August 14, 2020, 09:24:59 PM »
Canned 7q of stew
Picked a plastic bag of elderberrys
Prepped cantaloupe for the freezer. (future jam making  ;D)

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26324 on: August 17, 2020, 08:14:32 PM »

Prepped 2 more gallon bags of cantaloupe.
Canned 23-1/2 pints of green beans.

23-1/2 is what you end up with when you don't put water in one of the pints.  ::)
Had that jar for supper.  Beans canned ok, just shrunk and the natural juice in the beans kept it from drying up

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26325 on: August 18, 2020, 09:17:49 PM »
Worked up and canned 7 pints of Fritz's recommended Annie's salsa.
It's a hit, I'll make more. I also left out the cilantro, as I didn't have any.
I changed the sugar to brown sugar. 3 jalapeno's is just right. 5 would have been too many as the other green peppers I used was bell and ancho. Yee haw......

Pickled 16 pints of okra.
Worked up and froze 2 gallon bags of cantaloupe. Started giving cantaloupe away.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26326 on: August 19, 2020, 08:50:17 PM »

Worked up 2 more gallon bags of cantaloupe.
Canned 14 pints of salsa

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26327 on: August 20, 2020, 07:27:54 PM »

Canned 11 pints of pickled okra
Bagged 2 more gallon of cantaloupe

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26328 on: August 21, 2020, 08:03:36 PM »

9 pints of Fritz's recommended Annie's salsa, and 3 pints of salsa juice.

Supply run into town.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26329 on: August 22, 2020, 03:21:16 PM »

Pooped out early today. Tired.
We only got 6q of tomatoes canned. All these maters and only a few were ripe enough to can. Maybe monday.......I did pick another bucket full and bring in to finish ripening.

Bag and freeze 2 more gallon of cantaloupe

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26330 on: August 24, 2020, 08:44:37 PM »

Canned 18 pints green beans
Canned 7 quarts of tomatoes

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26331 on: August 25, 2020, 02:36:09 PM »
Need to get some more serious money than my current self-employment can give me, so I'm starting a new job since October. Master armourer in international guns&ammo dealing company. Hope to get some employee discount on ammo LOL. Plus, in case of some serious SHTF, it will be nice to have access to a wholesale storehouse of military weaponry ;)
I'm keeping my home business alive as a side job, so that I can go back to it if needed. But even to keep this running, I need to take the employment, as I need to do some big modifications on the building to get my forgery and other workshops to proper shape. And big modifications call for big money.

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26332 on: August 25, 2020, 02:55:46 PM »
I still don't know jack,  but I did manage to watch one of his newer videos today.

I still love his Duck chronicles , but this was more about how "jack"ed up politics really is.

You may agree or disagree with what he says, but he does make you think.  And that is what we need more of, people that think.

Ordered a new Sierra manual; the old one was about 16 years old. -

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26333 on: August 25, 2020, 08:27:07 PM »

Canned 16 more pickled okra. Done with the canning bit will dehydrate some.
2 more gallon of cantaloupe frozen.
Cut and dehydrated 2 trays of okra

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26334 on: August 26, 2020, 08:27:59 PM »

Canned 7 quarts of tomatoes. Good tomatoes are about over with. 10-15# left out there is about it. There will be the green ones that never seem to ripen. I'll pickle those with something. Maybe onions.

Processed some smaller cantaloupe in the blender. Made 6 quarts of puree that will be used for Ball's Golden Nectar drink recipe. It can be canned.  ;D

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26335 on: August 27, 2020, 09:18:36 PM »

Canned 16 pints of corn. 9 of them I'll call my medley corn. I added 2 cups of red onion, 2 cups of green peppers, and one mystery red hot pepper.
Depending on size it takes 51 ears of corn for aprox 15 pints (less the onion and peppers).

Filled the Excalibur with cut okra

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26336 on: August 28, 2020, 03:07:54 PM »
Cleared another little closet in the house...after two years living here, there are still places full of old junk and we may need that room soon to install some new heating components. Among the various trash, I found a bunch of vintage fishing equipment in relatively good shape, so that's a little win. Also, when I took the rest to the junkyard (once in a month, the village opens the place to get rid of old crap for free), as usual I went through their metal section, to look for old tools and usable blacksmithing material. Found two augers (likely 19th centuy, with original wooden handles, no woodworms in them, nice!) and a little adze, not quite sure what was it used for, maybe some finer timber joinery. I can't believe someone actually throws tools like that to the trash.
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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26337 on: August 29, 2020, 05:58:35 PM »

Hmmmm. Bought a single bit axe at a garage sale. $10.00. Awesome deal I think.
Has a nice heavy head, almost brand new hickory handle, put in very professionally.
Something to use when I cannot buy gas for the chainsaw and splitter.
Now if I could come up with a one man crosscut saw at a deal....

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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26338 on: August 30, 2020, 09:32:10 PM »
^ One-man logging saws are great tools, if you can sharpen them properly. I bought one on ebay, couple years ago. One of the few that were offered with international shipping. Postage was pretty high, but I really wanted that thing (surprisingly, one-man logging saws seem to be almost exclusively an American thing, you don't see them in Europe at all, only 2-men ones). In the end, I payid for it almost as much as a cheap chainsaw would cost me, but I don't regret. I've sharpened it nicely and used it quite a bit. Plus I have a bunch of 2-men saws as well, those cost me like $5 in military surplus store. But I like the option to work as one person only. Nowadays, you can get modern long saws like Silky Katanaboy, which will cut amazingly fast, even through very thick logs, but they are pretty expensive and much more vulnerable and harder to fix/resharpen than the old ones.
Congratz on a good axe find/deal. I've finished another one of my tactical hatchets over the weekend, hope to ship it to the customer soon.


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Re: What did you do today to prep...
« Reply #26339 on: August 31, 2020, 08:04:16 AM »
Thanks for the saw info. I need to do some research on them, which I haven't done.

There a guy on the TV show Mountain Men that is in Alaska. He uses a one man saw.
Thats a good looking saw that he has.