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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1050 on: August 09, 2019, 03:58:03 AM »
Made pizza last night with homemade and canned BBQ sauce, home canned pineapple and home canned chicken. All from the stash and of course cheese from the frig. Homemade crust too. Was very tasty.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1051 on: August 09, 2019, 07:55:02 AM »
Made pizza last night with homemade and canned BBQ sauce, home canned pineapple and home canned chicken. All from the stash and of course cheese from the frig. Homemade crust too. Was very tasty.


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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1052 on: August 09, 2019, 08:07:31 AM »
I posted that at another place where a mutual friend to see it. She took a swing at me but pulled the punch before it landed.  :egyptian: Said she was going to make it.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1053 on: August 17, 2019, 03:17:25 PM »
Got a call from my wife that the battery on the boat is dead. OK, you took my car. In the glove box is a Noko Genius jump starter. Not the best jump but in a pinch it can really save the day.

5 hours later I got a text. "I want one in my car".

I used my preps from 100 miles away.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1054 on: August 17, 2019, 03:52:15 PM »
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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1055 on: September 15, 2019, 08:14:09 AM »
Got stuck in traffic North of Indianapolis last week.  Traffic stopped and alert said hour delay.  Took exit ramp.  Road was blocked with barrier with sign "local traffic only".  Well, might as well test my preps.

Flipped into 4 wheel drive and drove off road arround barricade. Inclinometer and tilt gauges showed incline was well in safe levels.  Got back on road seeing that several others had same idea but turned around at barricade.  Drove 1 mile West on chipped road.  Then eight miles South and one mile East back onto highway.  Completely bypassed stopped traffic and was flying down highway again with only a few other vehicles.

All hail 4-wheel drive vehicles!

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1056 on: September 20, 2019, 08:30:43 AM »
We are in the midst of a huge water main break  (https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/3-rescued-after-carrick-water-main-break-floods-roads-yards/.) At least sixteen schools in our urban/near suburbs area closed due to no water.
Several houses were damaged/destroyed from the flood waters from this break - like I said, it is a huge break. The flood water has knocked down trees and power lines, and power is out to much of this part of Pittsburgh.
About 20-25 years ago, I got a 35 gallon barrel, filled it with water and stored it in a corner of our bathroom. This has been our flushing water this morning. We also have five cases of bottled water in the house (plus several loose bottles - those have handled Mrs. ChEng's coffee.) Not a minor inconvenience, but not a disaster for us, either, thanks to prepping for if it gets bad, or even if it doesn't.  8)

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1057 on: October 08, 2019, 12:41:18 AM »
Today I used my wall flat knife ruler to measure a damage piece of equipment at work.

I normally use it also to cut stuff or open cans so I don't damage my Swiss army knife or leatherman, because it is just a chunk of steel and they are quite cheap at 15$ a pop from amazon.


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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1058 on: October 10, 2019, 11:05:16 AM »
Curing my cough with plantain sirup that we made two years ago.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1059 on: October 10, 2019, 11:30:11 AM »
Curing my cough with plantain sirup that we made two years ago.

Had to look that up. I thought you were talking about the plantain banana but no. I did find some good sounding recipes for plantains in syrup. The banana type plantain not the plant you are speaking of.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1060 on: October 11, 2019, 04:31:21 AM »
I think I've posted about making the plantain sirup before. You just pick a bunch of plantain leaves, take a big jar (we use 4,5l) and layer leaves and sugar, until you reach the top. Then you dig a small hole in the ground, lid the jar and bury it in there. Wait at least two months before you take it out. Strain the content. You should get a honey-like thick sirup, that you keep in cold if possible. The blackened plantain leaves can be discarded.
We also make elderberry medicinal sirup, but that's more complicated. Perhaps another time.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1061 on: October 11, 2019, 06:43:04 AM »
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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1062 on: October 11, 2019, 08:06:16 AM »

We also make elderberry medicinal sirup, but that's more complicated. Perhaps another time.

I would be interested in that recipe when you get time to share it.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1063 on: October 30, 2019, 05:26:11 AM »
I needed to put air in the car tires yesterday. Didn't really want to get out my portable compressor, hose and extension cord. I remembered that in the trunk I had one of those little emergency compressors that plug into the cigarette lighter, also a tire plugging kit. Anyway got the tires aired up actually in less time that it would have taken to get the bigger compressor out, fill the tank and then put everything away.


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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1064 on: November 18, 2019, 08:27:02 PM »
A couple of days ago, I woke up to a very quiet home...the power was out. I hit the John first, flushed, no refill noise. The water (city supplied) was out too. I put another log in the fire box and after running the dogs out, I put on some clothes, grabbed the flashlight by the door and went to my prep stash for 3-gallons of water for the toilet. After a 1/4 mile walk down the street, I found a backhoe operator with a perplexed look on his face. Back to bed. When I got up, I cooked breakfast on my Coleman stove and made coffee the old fashion way, stovetop percolator from the camper. I kept a watch on the freezer temp, the power came back-on before the need of the genset.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1065 on: November 19, 2019, 07:27:53 AM »

Bill, sounds like you are well prepared.  8)

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1066 on: December 19, 2019, 12:44:50 PM »
i forgot my lunch at work today so i grabbed jerky and instant soup from my bob in my car

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1067 on: January 21, 2020, 06:06:02 PM »
Cought a nasty flu, so I've been drinking lots of herbal tea from our supplies of dried herbs. Mostly a mix of lime-tree blossom, elderberry blossom, thyme and agrimony. Unfortunately, I found out that we're either out of plantain/elderberry syrup here, or it's burried in some of the still unsorted moving boxes (yes, we're still working on the new house and our livespace still looks more like a nomad camp LOL). I need to bring home some more syrup from the cottage when I go there. But anyway, I'm almost good now and it reminded me of this request:

I would be interested in that recipe when you get time to share it.

I spent a while browsing through the site, wondering where this recipe should go, couldn't find a suitable thread so I'm just posting it here. Feel free to move it.
So, here's a generic recipe for elderberry syrup; they usually vary in the ways you use to extract the juice from the berries and what kind of flavors and seasoning you add. Just to make things clear, this is about the elderberries that we call black, dictionary tells me you guys likely know it as European elder. Please make sure you know what you're harvesting, as various kinds of elder can be inedible or even toxic. Also, don't eat the black elderberries raw, you always need to boil them for at least 20 minutes! The syrup is great for all the flu/cold kinds of sickness. Look up medicinal properties of elder to see what it's proven/believed to help with. This syrup can be used not just as medicine, but also as preventive care, or just an interesting food/drink sweetener that still gives you a little bit extra.
I'm wondering how would it work with honey instead of sugar; perhaps I'll try it this year. I guess for Americans/Canadians, maple syrup/sugar would provide another interesting variation. If you try it, let me know how it worked!

- 1 large bowl of black ripe elderberries, enough to produce about 1kg of juice
- 500g sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks and/or whatever you feel like adding to a sweet syrup (vanilla, cloves...)
- 1 glass of rum

Wash the berry clusters and remove berries from stems. Fork is a great tool for this. It's gonna be messy work, make sure to wear something nice so you can regret it later. The fine thin stems on the berries themselves don't need to be removed, don't worry about them. Now we need to get the juice out of the berries. You can crush them in some kind of fruit processor I guess, but I never had one of those, so I can't tell how well does it work or not. I would advice to avoid using any means that would grind up the seeds inside. What I usually do is simply putting them in a pot and just start heating them, while stirring them around....the berries, as long as you really harvested them ripe, are very fragile and it doesn't take much to break them up. Make sure you're using a perfectly washed utensil for the stirring/mashing; if you're using a wooden one, make sure it's either new or a dedicated one that you only use on fruits, marmelades etc, not on meat, onion and oils - this will ruin the taste and may cause the syrup to go bad. Keep everything clean. Boil for about 30 minutes. Strain it well and keep the clean juice only. Add sugar and boil for 20 more minutes, keep stirring. Let it cool a little bit and add the rum. Fill into sterilized bottles (we actually keep a bunch of empty liquor bottles for this, those are naturally sterile when kept closed and have the handy screw-top). Now, you don't necessarily have to use rum. It work without it. You just may want to can the finished product. The rum helps to conserve it without canning and adds a nice flavour. You should know that for us Czechs, rum is more like a kind of universal sweet/warm seasoning for many recipes. That being said, our usual local rum is actually not a "real" rum, as it's just flavored spirit, watered down to 38% and has nothing to do with sugar cane. If you're a rum enthusiast, you wouldn't likely enjoy it. Personally, I don't like it much for drinking, either. But in this syrup, hell yeah, it's good. But, if you prefer, just add whatever alcohol you like. Important notice: make sure you make several "special" bottles with generous rum content, that you can easily recognize, but your wife won't. Save them till you get sick, then open and enjoy. You know how flu works, right? With medical attention, it takes only 7 days, but without, it can take up to a week. So, if you're gonna be miserable for a week anyway, at least gain this secret way to smuggle some booze to your bed. It won't cure you faster either, you just won't care.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1068 on: January 22, 2020, 12:40:14 PM »
Thanks.  ;) I'll copy that.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1069 on: January 23, 2020, 05:25:30 PM »
Enjoy!

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1070 on: January 23, 2020, 08:30:14 PM »
Enjoy!

I will. Thanks for taking the time to type that up.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1071 on: February 08, 2020, 07:31:09 PM »
Why did you even buy that bottle of powdered sulfur at the pharmacy 30 years ago, Bill?  Because it's sulfur!  And the pharmacy just had it there on the shelf.  So of course I bought it.  Because you can use it for lots of things, like, like, well, reducing fungus growth when you're germinating seeds!  And immobilizing mercury after a mercury spill!  Of COURSE I bought the bottle of sulfur and kept it for 30 years!

Today: mercury thermometer shattered, mercury on the carpet.

Ha!  Call me a hoarder, will you? ;D

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1072 on: February 08, 2020, 09:59:28 PM »
OK.

Hoarder!!

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1073 on: February 09, 2020, 12:54:23 PM »
Next project: making everything not smell like sulfur. 8)

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1074 on: February 09, 2020, 06:59:41 PM »
I used a my backup car flashlight today; it seems when depositing my trailer and vehicle being towed by trailer in some muck I managed to burn out my high end one.  ($50 dollars).  I just ordered two replacement flash that should do the trick.

I do keep 3 good flash lights in each car.  With one of those lights that can light up the world, while remaining small enough to be EDC class.  I also toss in some spare batteries that are known to have a very good shelf life.


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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1075 on: July 29, 2020, 05:32:14 AM »
My most often used prep is my power bank these days...the village I moved to has a blackout in 2 of 3 storms. I use the power bank for the laptops, as well as for modem. Thinking of some simple way to have emergency room lights as well, since these blackouts happen alomost exclusively on evenings and nights. I do have plenty of candles and kerosene lamps, but I wouldn't mind having some basic electric light as well.

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« Reply #1076 on: August 02, 2020, 07:24:54 PM »
Battery powered source it is best to use lights that run off directly from the battery bank.  This way there is no up/down conversion for light.  To augment my flash light 'habit', I have expand out to a second charger that lets me use a/c or a d/c  source.  I need to setup some pig tails for I think a xt30 connector to allow different ways to use my hardware.

And on the subject of LED lights; those mini-LED lanterns that I have used on real power outages was sure handy when I needed to re-wire a failed switch in the basement. Those lights are  not that powerful; they do keep the hand free when you need to mess with stuff in the dark.

With all the fun going on, masks, no masks, shelter in place, almost every day I use some of my preps to make things a bit more easier to deal with the world.

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Re: I used my preps today...
« Reply #1077 on: August 03, 2020, 04:29:03 AM »
you are spot on DC conversion losses. which accumulate fast.
I have run my tests on charging a powerbank and using this to charge the phone, and i saw 20+5 losses each way.
that is spending half your energy in electronics generated heat,, which is very "expensive" when it comes for solar.

But I will have to "scold" you for not having a good headlamp. And I DIY lightbar with a yard of waterprrof ledstrip...