This is one of my favorite ways of eating as being outdoors seems to make me hungrier and the food always tastes better. I prefer open fire cooking and this takes some preparation as you are really cooking on the embers and not an open fire. Of course, the previous nights fire is usually still “hot” and simply needs to be stirred to air the embers and you need to add a little kindling to heat it up. Second option is to get the fire hot by actually starting a fire with more wood and/or some charcoal using this to heat up your water or coffee while you make preparations. I use an old flat campfire grill on four legs that can easily be moved out of the way when not using simply because it took up less space to pack and I would not spend the money for a tripod. You can even use logs to place around the fire and balance your cooker on those if you are without a grill, or any rocks that may be handy.
Grilled food Is probably the easiest to make. Cooking otherwise over an open fire may seem more challenging to those who do not use the method on a regular basis, including me! Sandwich presses, popcorn cookers, sticks or long forked metal hotdog or marshmallow cookers are ways most people are familiar with. The most practical item may be the cast iron dutch oven which can be set on the grill, directly on the fire or buried in the coals and used for one pan meals or baking. If a pole or stick can be rigged to stand over your fire it is possible to use cooking pans or pots with handles that will offer a less intense heat to cook with and a manner of keeping food or drinks warm.
Preparing for outdoor cooking might mean finding that cast iron skillet and dutch oven, seasoning them and practice using in your own kitchen to gain some comfort in using. You can use enameled pots, aluminum (for boiling water), and any other cookware you can pack to use. I always kept an old round covered pan for cookware and as my dishpan.
Be creative and you will find using an open fire can be great. After all our ancestors cooked over open outdoor fire as well as in fireplaces and managed just fine.
Lastly, if moving away from your campfire be sure to properly extinguish not only the fire but the embers by covering with water or dirt and mixing it up to be sure you have doused all of the fire. Starting fires can be discussed in a later post.
Another of my favorites is precooking baked potatoes to have “hash browns” with breakfast. Actually, I do this at home all of the time and it makes a one skillet meal for breakfast or whatever other meal you want to call it. Simply add sausage or bacon or ham or . . . .to a skillet, add the potato cut into cubes and brown, then add eggs stir to cook and BAM a one skillet meal.
While looking for good topics to discuss I stumbled upon listings of handout publications on the site for the Department of Health and Human Resources. The link above is for Helping Families Deal With The Stress of Relocation After A Disaster. I understand that these are intended for the responders but are a good first source for anyone looking for a place to begin the discussions of disasters and emergencies.
Did you know that a lot of business’ are required by their insurer to have a “Plan” in place for everything from the building burning down to disaster preparations? Of course many business’ do this after something has occurred which makes them just like the rest of us. Like buying rental insurance after you are burgled, or had a fire in your apartment or one of the neighbors had a fire. My sister was on vacation only to find part of the apartment building had burned while she was on her way home – in the middle of the night and with no where to go.
Coming home and finding all of the products you had stored in preparation for an emergency have gone up in flames is unfortunate – actually ‘disastrous’ – but I think that the person who was so prepared would have gained much knowledge in preparing that would make the situation easier to deal with. Many times the mental preparedness does as much if not more good than the physical items. And that is the point. What you learn during the process is as important as the process itself.
There s a lot of help and all you need to do is look for it and quite a lot of it is free for the asking. Check for local government blogs, community blogs, and Red Cross and FEMA.
During my research I located href=”www.itsadisaster.net”> and purchased It’s A Disaster! . . .and what are YOU gonna do about itby Bill & Janet Liebsch. This little booklet is awesome and I will let you know what I think after I have finished it.
Let the clock begin: will start with banking and card statements. (10:40a)Due to copier time this took 20 minutes.
As I began the process of finishing my paperwork I needed to find my lists (there are templates in Word or other sites will have them) and review what I am missing. The only things left are making a video of the house and the interior(along with all of the junk within) and obtaining a copy of my birth certificate. The difficult part is fulfilling the stash.
I am aware that I do not have adequate storage nor a good designated spot for this storage. For this I will begin with a couple of totes (18 gallon with lids) one that will contain foodstuffs that critters cannot get in. I have also started another list of items I still need to acquire. To begin I am going to allot time every day or every other day to begin putting items into the “stash”. I choose to use Friday as my prep day and will attempt to put items and obtain a short list of needs from my every growing list
Originally I planned to do this “collecting” in one day, at least the paperwork section – but as we all know now that was impossible due to not having it all at hand. Due to my lack of knowledge on the time required I will be altering this post.
Next, I have acquired new check lists specifically designed for bug out bags and I will incorporate them because they list items I might not know. See how easily I am using the language of my peers? The lists use suggestions of more experienced packers which provide me with more choices. Aye, yae yae this is why there are PREMADE KITS.
Honestly, some of this you cannot buy (toiletries and personal items) and I would suggest a list used to gather camping supplies and gear, of which I do have on hand. So I begin again tomorrow and go to the garage and find all of my goodies (tent, sleeping bag, coolers, and my prepacked kitchen and gear.) I will followup to let you know how much time that takes me and Layla of course. She would be a great camping dog. So until the next time I will bid you good day and keep making those lists.
It is nice to see that I am not the only aging boomer with a new interest in survival topics. Some of it is our desire to putter in our homes and yards versus shopping all of the time and some of it is meant for real day to day survival. I have been unemployed since October 2012 and was part of the sequestered unemployed group. My checks kept getting smaller and not covering the bills. I decided it was time for my second (or is it third?fourth?)coming of age and new compensation tactic. I am attempting to create a new career in a venue that passed me by 20 years ago (computers) and to set the tone for my retirement years.
Some boomers have been awakened due to loosing jobs/careers/spouses and are finding out just how much we did have in our low-paying-never gonna see a raise jobs that suddenly are gone. I like to garden but am lousy at vegetables and only the strong perennials survive in my environment. The joy has always been the work and distraction that gardening provides plus the added aspect of being outdoors and feeling healthy. Unfortunately I was involved in manual labor the past 20 years that beat my body up pretty bad and this is making that “joy” harder to hold on to. I have a freezer for food storage no canning skills or supplies and of course not enough income to simply purchase the supplies to begin canning any and everything. When this survival idea was proposed to me I laughed but in delving deeper found that it is indeed legitimate and useful and there was a lot of learning I could do in the process.
Some of the realization came when my brother decided to spend his birthday week assisting me with some overdue house and yard chores and endowing me with some of their stores of food and staples. These along with a shopping trip to Sams Club stocked me up with the basics just when I was beginning to despair. The food pantries are wonderful but usually end of stocking some of the same things again and again so that my diet was becoming rather limited. As a borderline working class status was disappearing in my life I no longer could afford to spend my funds on laying in deep stocks of essentials so I was buying when only I needed supplies. My brother and his wife have both suffered from long bouts of umemployment and hoard like of couple of squirrels. It is January and they were here in July and I am still surviving on their bounty and generosity. This is the reason a lot of boomers are picking up on the survival culture we now live in.
Please share with us any hints or success stories that will benefit older preppers. Sometimes preparedness is as simple as being mentally prepared with the will to carry on with the skills we all forget we have.
I have read so many articles this week that I am afraid I cannot quote where I saw that it costs approximately $100.00 to make your own 72 hour survival kit. However it has been niggling at me for more than a day. This is because I carry Guardian’s 2-person elite survival kit for only $87.22 with NO SHIPPING. There are 38 lines of items in the contents list and I will replicate it here. Please note that this is for TWO persons.
Food and Water: Light and Communication:
24 – 4 oz water pouches am/fm radio with batteries
12 – 400 calorie food bars rechargeable squeeze flashlight
20 – water purification tablets(ea for 1 liter) 30 hour emergency candle
12 hour green glow stick
box of waterproof matches
Shelter and Warmth:
2 – emergency survival sleeping bags Hygiene and Sanitation:
2 – 16 hour body warmers 2 – 24 piece deluxe hygiene kits
2 person tube tent tooth brush and tooth paste
2 ponchos with hood 9 – wet naps
Tools: shampoo and conditioner
16 function knife dental floss pick
leather palm gloves twin blade razor
2 – N95 respirator dust masks 5″ black comb
50 feet of nylon rope 4 – maxipads/bandages
safety goggles washclothes
sewing kit shave cream
6 – picket tissue packs
Guardian 65 piece deluxe first aid kit
Other – for stress relief and activity:
deck of playing cards
infectious waste bag
All of the Guardian kit items are packed securely in reusable, waterproof storage bags, and are safe to store for up to five years.
I do not intend that this article be a rant, rather to finally get my products out there and to show why premade kits are a value and not just a convenience. All of my Guardian Kits and products are available on my website: http://survivalsupplysolutions.com/ If you have questions or comments I am available at 866-900-2336, or feel free to leave comments here or on my website.
This post was originally going to be one installment. Yes I hear a snicker. . .mine is nearly a guffaw! Instead I will begin with this one post and do my best to make in into only two installments.
Okay, let us just start at the beginning and look at compiling a list of preparations needed. First we need a list and I have two pretty old ones I kept from my AARP newsletter and another from USA Weekend. Let’s start with the USA Weekend as it is shorter: (via American Red Cross) Flashlight (check), battery-powered or hand crank radio ( ), extra batteries – for flashlight, radio etc (check), first aid kit (check), 7 day supply of medications (check/but not everyday), copies of personal and financial documents ( ), emergency contact information (check), extra cash ( ), maps ( ), extra car and house keys (check). Okay, now let’s see how long this takes: contact list took about ten minutes; personal and financial records: ( @ one hour – still working on, find I do not have all I need)*
Really, now, this is going to take some time but once it is done only updates or major changes would be needed.
I was not prepared for the amount of paperwork needed for me to flee my home. Tax returns? Credit Card statements? and don’t forget the car title; then there are the business papers! But when I stop and think about it these would be needed to file claims, contacts for bill payment – or lack thereof -, medical records/contacts and all the meds (ouch). The copier is a little slow and I am filling some of that time here with you. It also says the documents should be in a sealed container along with that cash. and backups on a flash drive.
*I am at 2 hours and I have forgotten the tax records and all of my bank statements. Geez.
I will restart the timeclock in just a moment, I want to mention that the cash stash can be one of just many issues I will need to overcome as I am short of cash these days. However I have been receiving rebates lately for going from my land line and slow Wi-Fi to Uverse and I believe I will start the money stash with those. I realize that the debit cards will not be good as there may be no place to use them and I may need to look at just stealing some money from the old savings account.
Now I will surrender to common sense and end this as installment one. Stay tuned and see how much more time I need to complete my emergency ‘go-bag”.
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This article is short and to the point – women are becoming a larger portion of the “sustainable movement”. Sounds right to me as so many of the necessary skills are of traditional “women’s” areas – canning, clothing, crafts and creative thinking to name a few. Women can easily pass on sustainable skills to children by including them in their projects and teaching less wasteful habits.
The Boomer Generation learned outdoor fun as no other following group, and so many skills can be linked to outdoor fun and living. Chores such as gardening, leaving a smaller footprint, recycling and upcycling. These things taught us how to take care of ourselves and we need to restore those values to people and children today.
Our parents disdained these survivor/sustainable skills as unnecessary due to the changes they made to society during and after the wars in Europe and Korea. Our generation spoiled most of our children by giving them the freedom from chores and other skills needed to survive without any conveniences. We now know that life as we have known it may not be sustainable without changes and sacrifices: changing the future by learning from the past and reserving resources so that future generations can enjoy our prosperity.
Women have claimed the rights the boomer women fought for and with it their responsibilities: serving in the armed forces, entering public service and sharing equally with men. Many of these things have broadened their interests in retaining skills and learning how to provide more for themselves and their communities.
Let’s all stand with these women and start training ourselves and them to show a better future for all of us.
This has been a very interesting year here at Survival Supply Solutions. Web launch, marketing strategies, looking for followers and finding new sources of inspiration on Facebook and Twitter. I still feel like a rookie and constantly question my authority about survival topics. Fortunately, there are lots of good hearted people willing to share information and experiences as well as sources and their contacts.
As the holiday season kicks into high gear I realize how much further I have to go in order to call myself a true business and a real source of knowledge for my fans and friends as well as the public. As I have regained my true identity, that is to say the me outside of external pressures and roles, I realize that I still wish to learn and create and share with others. I am having fun creating from my own ideas and regrouping previous skills into projects that not only entertain me but can prove useful or fun to others. This gets the creative juices flowing and I start to realize how much of this survival attitude is about being creative. Trying new ideas and incorporating skills I had forgotten into useful purpose is enriching my day to day existence. It is alarming to see how few of the younger generation are self sufficient not even able to cook for themselves much less “surviving” without their daily conveniences. I realize this is dealing in generalization but with the population becoming more and more urban there are fewer and fewer being introduced to a simpler lifestyle.
Could you do laundry without a machine? Cook and bake on an open fire? Even start that fire? Know how to dress to survive even a short while without heat or shelter? This is the current reality and certainly has helped to spawn so many different sources trying to get this information out in a manner that will draw the interest of these urbanites.
I did not camp or cook outdoors until meeting friends in my twenties that were willing to share their skills with me. My family never had a vegetable garden or “put up” food. My mother always said she had enough of that when she was younger and did not care to do it for herself. Thankfully she was a good and resourceful cook giving me and my siblings some skills to carry forward into this uncertain future. I realize now how much I owe to those early friends that gave me enough knowledge to not fear an outdoor life.
I can sew and knit. I enjoy my solitude and quiet. I prefer to go all day without the radio or television as background as I am comfortable with my thoughts and imagination. As much as I enjoy my cell phone I can certainly go without it – as evidenced by the many times I leave home without it. I can still find my way around without a GPS even if I still need more practice with a compass and I am not afraid to be on the road by myself or out of the city.
So this holiday season I am thankful for the contributors to my skills and the confidence I am gaining to forge ahead alone in this uncertain and unknown future. I will not panic over the unknown but embrace it. I will make a good effort to pass along skills to others and ask for the help when I need it.
How are the rest of you coping? Let me know what we should explore and discuss to continue this conversation.
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