Less talk, more action: what to do now to prepare, THE COMPLETE MANUAL
Romans , I know what you mean about being in a panic at times . I buy the things I can not raise by the case when the stores have a sale . Time goes by and a darn I have not bought olives in a while and the supply is low . IT IS HARD to keep everything stocked up .
Ok I could make catsup but the number of tomatoes it would take to do so does not make sense when I can grab it for $.90 . Ask around on price of things example 1 gallon of dehydrated onion flakes for $10 from the hospital cafeteria Vs. how many onions , time , and electricity to dry them from your garden ? This I did not even have to think about ! Spices from a restaurant supply . Coffee , coffee,more coffee. Pineapple and the treats we can not grow here . My boys made the green house and raised beds , They have the supplies to make me a canning kitchen outside and Do plan to get that root cellar built when the rain stops . Every year I plant more fruit trees , bushes ,and vines .
I keep three huge freezers full , I am not going to stop until I at least have 2-3 years of food in my basement because you never know when , weather or something will not cooperate . One example is that I have beef in one freezer , some on the hoof for next year ,and bucket calves for the year after . I have 90 acres of prairie hay field and 30 acre pasture to keep going . Same goes with all the animals and their feed.
I have a lot of family to feed and 4 of the sons are in the teen + growing stage . With a lot of girls and long hair I am not good at making Shampoo so this I buy and store . Every family is different and has different needs .
Take your normal grocery list and multiply it by the months you want … My normal Amount to spend would be $1200 a month so this has not been as easy as some put on here. I buy canning supplies by the case , large mouth and small mouth flats . I have seed for three years and the books to learn how to save them each year . I added two boxes on the bee hive and see the brood is doing well .
I am not excited about buying a milk cow but will do it if we can not get to the Amish each week . I keep one refrigerator just for this .
One thing I can not seem to store enough of is Propane ( 1000 gallons=.enough for a year) REALLY NEED TO MAKE A SOLAR heater . Gasoline maybe five days worth for the generator .
We live off one income by choice because I am a stay at home mom . So there is never enough time or money to get everything done. We have a couple years to have the place paid off and many times think about giving in an going into debt for a wind generator . We have not one ounce of gold to our name . Our inheritance is in the stock market with folks who will not listen and our Air Force and Railroad retirement checks will be well you know … iffy at best .
Our prep for this week is hunter safety for the three younger kids and a date night to go buy a new hand gun .. Yee haw ! No we really did splurge and go to the movie ROBIN HOOD . But a lot of times our fun for the week would be a trail ride on horseback …. Except the Hubby because he is a city boy and It will have to get very bad before he would even get his butt in a wagon . .. A golf cart is his idea of emergency vehicle ! I did give up the Suburban for a mini van and am not happy with it as it only gets three more miles to the gallon , you can not haul squat in it , it rides close to the ground and you can not pull a trailer ! Plus you can not put heavy duty tires on it and I am sure to be fixing flats.
I truly hope the rapture happens and someone else will be left behind to use all this stuff . But just in case this is just another cycle in history I am preparing the best as comes my way … one day at a time .
I like http://www.postpeakliving.com for concrete advice on how to prepare.
Fullmoon, thank you for your encouragment. I can’t help but wish you lived next door (90 acres down the road lol). You sound so very self-sufficient so pat yourself on the back first please. I mean even bees? I would loved to have bees! And cows! I have a huge 100ftx60ft garden, plus a 25 tree old apple orchard. Have tons of canning supplies for this summer, but totally stress about WHEN will I find the time to do it all. I was a stay a home mom for 10 years, but we went through a huge job loss for my husband and the two of us started a business up together and now work our tails off. I’m considering asking a lady at our farmers market who cans all the time to let me provide the veggies and fruit and jars and split the finished product.
You remind me great things like buy more coffee, more spices, more canned fruit etc. I have NO meat frozen and no freezer. I have cases of canned tuna and chicken, but boy would I love a freezer full of cow. I’m not sure our solar hook up in the barn would have enough juice for that.
I did just purchase a five year supply of seeds…thanks for your help.
lwb , Good site !
Romans , Yeah for you being a help-meet to the business ! It would take much prayer before I would venture into something with my husband all day everyday . Even after 32 years sparks fly if we do not agree on something .
Just an Idea but you could let a couple live out on your farm for free and even pay them a little to work the place fixing fence, repairing barns . Hire them to garden and to teach you how . , plus how to can the produce . You can get huge amounts of food from that space if you keep ahead of the weeds . Go up on the weekends to check on the place . . Go to the farm actions and buy your garden tools for $1 . Go to the local festivals and meet the people … do not wear town clothes or they will know you are an outsider . They will be willing to help if they find you are good people .
You can hire someone to set you up with bee hives they will work it and save you the honey . This would be a must with an orchard .
All this takes time to learn and a lot is by trial and error . It all depends on the Want To.
The Properties around here do not seem to be coming down in price and the farms are still big . But I see little places here and there that have campers set up and little gardens on them . The People are just buying more land when it come available from Farmers who are retiring . The farm my son-in-law works at just doubled from 350 cow calf pr. to 700 . This takes a lot of pasture and he is in the saddle most of the day .
Yesterday we were without electricity 1 1/2 hours … no reason why just out . I Like electricity … I know we could survive without it but I LIKE ELECTRICITY ! 7000 years without it and people did fine but I really like electricity .. you get where my focus is going to go as soon as I have the money .
Keep studying do a little bit of something everyday .
I love you and want to be you when I grow up. I’ve been looking at michiganbeekeepers.com all day!
As you know I am a major tightwad . So here is a couple places I save money . I go to the pie factory and get their 4 gallon plastic buckets with lid. $1 . Square ones and the gallon ones free . I am assuming they are food grade because pie filling comes in them . I just freeze the wheat , oatmeal , rice and other things a couple days then put it in the buckets … have never had bugs in 15 years . When I make laundry soap I do up a 12 gallon batch as it takes the same amount of time to as doing a small batch and put it in these buckets .
I go to pizza hut and get the gallon pickle jars these I use to store noodles and other things I want to keep mice and bugs out of . I get the left over produce from the grocery store to feed to my critters .
Subway is another place to get pickle jars and such . Oh and since it is wedding time of year you can pick up many candles at the thrift store for $.10 each . I buy flannel sheets to make diapers … many things at a thrift store can be recycled . I just keep my eyes open Musical instruments end up on auctions and TS . Oh my the violin we got for $30 came from Checkoslovakia in 1800 ‘s and is sounds wonderful .
Well I hope we are down here far enough that only the people who are preparing will know what we are doing . I realize this sounds crazy but I do not care if I can save a buck or two it can go to buying olives or chocolate . This info will not be important to many that do not need to watch the budget . But I figure I am keeping these things from going to the landfill too .
Ps , Best place to get free 50 gallon drums for water storage is at a Pop bottling company …. their syrup comes in these . Also dairy farms get the iodine soap to wash teats in the big drums . .. this soap will wash out .
I put rain gutters on the chicken house and cows loafing shed then the water is piped into the barrels and my 12 year old boy put spicket and hose on them to water the animals . Saves on the well pump . Somehow I got a black one this time . I will put that one in a sunny place and see if it heats water warm enough to wash dogs and grand kids in the summer . Boy when they come out from town they just love the dirt <I have to bath them before the can come in .
We have gotten up in the morning to find deer on the back step … someone shot it for the rack and the wife would not put it up . I used to butcher them out and put it up until I figured out that the local locker plant would do it for free when I took a cow or pig in . So we now just skin and quarter them throw it in the freezer and send it over at the same time. One of the lockers will make the deer into saugage and jerkey for you but you will pay for this .
Maybe it helps that we are in a county where we know about everyone or all we have to do is ask one or two people and they will know someone , be brave and go ask … what can they do but say “no “
You know I used to get so mad at the proverbs 31 lady because I just could not do it all ! Then I read closer .. this gal had hand maids . If I did not have so many of my own I would think about finding a teen willing to work to help out . Not sure there are many around with any skill except for texting but I noticed the Amish momma with her little ones has help during harvest time .
I understand the hand maids! I have two girls, but wish they were six. They love to learn all things about prepping though…we just learned to bake bread together. They take care of the chickens and the green house plants. I love thrift stores too, but church rummage is still my favorite. Great thinking on the candles! I’m so excitedabout looking into the jars and buckets from restaurants…we paid $7 a piece for our 5gallon buckets from Wal Mart. What do you mean about freeze your wheat, oatmeal etc? I have always just put the stuff in and added no moisture packets and then sealed. Never heard of freeze first….doesn’t that add moisture?
Kind of excited today as the husband brought guttering home that he found thrown out on a construction site . There is enough to put on every one of our out buildings to save rain water ! Now the 13 year old boy is hanging them . Trying to figure if we should just run some into the the watering troughs . Example the rain water off the back side of the chicken house could be piped straight into the Horse tank .
Baby steps but they are steps .
Steps feel good..I love garbage picking.
I got a whole box of old canning jars last week!
I wish my husband would get a rainwater collection bug, we have a huge in-ground swimming pool,and a big berkey water filfer. Mosquitos are a big issue in Michigan with collecting any water…