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Tips, ideas, and off label uses for preparing for emergencies.

 
Storm*

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Tips, ideas, and off label uses for preparing for emergencies.
For example, if the power goes out, even those with generators could conserve power by using the rechargeable solar path lights like those found at home improvement stores as interior lighting.

Leave them out during the day to charge, and bring them in for inside lights at night.
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Very cool idea!!!
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Very cool idea!!!
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Thankshf I hope some other posters can add more good ideas. GLP has a lot of smart and creative people posting.
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Re: Tips, ideas, and off label uses for preparing for emergencies.
Well - this may not be all that smart or creative....but I try to keep my extra freezer stocked with pre-cooked food. In case of a power outage, we can conserve energy by not having to cook meat, etc. I've been experimenting off and on over the years and you'd be suprised at how well some foods freeze and how great they are after being thawed out.

Cheese, eggs, pasta all freeze well.

Also, having quick cooking grains available, (like minute rice and quick oats and barley), will also help conserve energy. I think it's good to have options when energy resources are limited....
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Re: Tips, ideas, and off label uses for preparing for emergencies.
Well - this may not be all that smart or creative....but I try to keep my extra freezer stocked with pre-cooked food. In case of a power outage, we can conserve energy by not having to cook meat, etc. I've been experimenting off and on over the years and you'd be suprised at how well some foods freeze and how great they are after being thawed out.

Cheese, eggs, pasta all freeze well.

Also, having quick cooking grains available, (like minute rice and quick oats and barley), will also help conserve energy. I think it's good to have options when energy resources are limited....
 Quoting: Dried Up Hag



Do you scramble the eggs? That is a good idea, and one I would never have considered. Good protein source, and would heat up fast. Great for adding to rice etc.

Thanks for the idea.
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Re: Tips, ideas, and off label uses for preparing for emergencies.
Well - this may not be all that smart or creative....but I try to keep my extra freezer stocked with pre-cooked food. In case of a power outage, we can conserve energy by not having to cook meat, etc. I've been experimenting off and on over the years and you'd be suprised at how well some foods freeze and how great they are after being thawed out.

Cheese, eggs, pasta all freeze well.

Also, having quick cooking grains available, (like minute rice and quick oats and barley), will also help conserve energy. I think it's good to have options when energy resources are limited....
 Quoting: Dried Up Hag



Do you scramble the eggs? That is a good idea, and one I would never have considered. Good protein source, and would heat up fast. Great for adding to rice etc.

Thanks for the idea.
 Quoting: Storm*


I've found that fried eggs turn out the best....but I've got quiche pies that turn out great...but if I add veggies to the quiche, then when it thaws, it's a bit watery.

Pasta should be tossed w/olive oil before freezing...then pan-fried or baked to get the best results after it's thawed.

ALSO - a dear friend taught me this: Keep plenty of fish hooks around - you can hang them in trees to catch birds. I cringe to think of it, but someday it may come in handy.
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Wow, I never would have thought of hooking birds. I have thought about catching them if needed.


When I was a kid my dad used a live trap to catch birds in his orchard with the thought that the grounded bird would scare others.

It was a wooden frame. There was chicken wire type screening on all four sides, and the top. The bottom was open.

He would dig a small crawl space, with cherries or berries leading into the trap, which laid over the little ditch area.

Birds would eat and then duck under to get more fruit inside the 'cage', but were rarely smart enough to duck back out.

It was maybe two feet by two feet and ten inches tall.

This has been almost 40 years ago and I was fairly young when he did it. I am not sure if my explanation made any sense.
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No - I totally can picture it....and that's a bit less disgusting than the "hook" idea! ;)
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No - I totally can picture it....and that's a bit less disgusting than the "hook" idea! ;)
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Yeah, I would have to be pretty desperate to use the hook method. But it beats starving.

Speaking of live trapping. You could also buy one of those have a heart traps. They are good for possum, raccoon, dog, cat, etc. They are used to catch strays, or relocate wild critters. The nice part is if you catch something you are not desperate enough to eat, you let it go.
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Re: Tips, ideas, and off label uses for preparing for emergencies.
For example, if the power goes out, even those with generators could conserve power by using the rechargeable solar path lights like those found at home improvement stores as interior lighting.

Leave them out during the day to charge, and bring them in for inside lights at night.
 Quoting: Storm*


I have some of these along with light sticks from the dollar tree. No power with those either and kids love them!
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Re: Tips, ideas, and off label uses for preparing for emergencies.
Well - this may not be all that smart or creative....but I try to keep my extra freezer stocked with pre-cooked food. In case of a power outage, we can conserve energy by not having to cook meat, etc. I've been experimenting off and on over the years and you'd be suprised at how well some foods freeze and how great they are after being thawed out.

Cheese, eggs, pasta all freeze well.

Also, having quick cooking grains available, (like minute rice and quick oats and barley), will also help conserve energy. I think it's good to have options when energy resources are limited....
 Quoting: Dried Up Hag



Do you scramble the eggs? That is a good idea, and one I would never have considered. Good protein source, and would heat up fast. Great for adding to rice etc.

Thanks for the idea.
 Quoting: Storm*


According to a woman on the preppers show on Nat Geo, you can coat your eggs with with food grade mineral oil and store them for a year. We just started that experiment, so I can't confirm that yet.
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According to a woman on the preppers show on Nat Geo, you can coat your eggs with with food grade mineral oil and store them for a year. We just started that experiment, so I can't confirm that yet.
 Quoting: Epic Beard Guy


Wax also works, since it hardens at cool temperatures.

The common method is to coat it in an oil-based surface and then coat that with bran or flour.

You should be able to store them to 6 months to a year, but one bad egg can spoil the bunch. So if it doesn't work for you, then check to make sure the eggs were fresh when you started.
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Re: Tips, ideas, and off label uses for preparing for emergencies.
Thanks everyone.

I dehydrate peppers, herbs, and garlic. Great for adding some flavor to bland meals when fresh is not available. They take up very little space.
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Re: Tips, ideas, and off label uses for preparing for emergencies.
Buy a dutch oven and cast iron ,,,be prepared to cook over a fire. Magiyfying glass to start fire on sunny days to save matches/fuel
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Buy a dutch oven and cast iron ,,,be prepared to cook over a fire. Magiyfying glass to start fire on sunny days to save matches/fuel
 Quoting: smokahontas


If you have a big screen television, you can use the lens inside of it as a giant magnifyier for cooking in the sun.

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