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    Chef on the coast
    Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:33 pm
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    Welcome officially GTW! I bet you learned very valuable info from your parents. Sounds like you have lots of info yourself to share with the rest of us as well. Pull up a chair - make yourself comfortable and enjoy the ride! icon_smile.gif
    Yummy Viola
    Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:29 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    We saved lots and lots of food in preparation for Y2K. Of course, it turned out to be a fake scare, but it was a great learning time for us. We had saved up all kinds of food that we never eat! We were stuck with pounds of dried beans and cans and cans of vegetables for instance. We don't cook dried beans that often, and I certainly prefer fresh vegetables. I rarely open a can of vegetables in normal times.

    Sooooo, now I'm saving up for the next disaster a little smarter. We know we'll need lots of protein-rich foods to work hard, stay warm/cool, etc. to get whatever would really need to be done in real hard times. So I have cans of chicken breast, roast beef, tuna, beans and milk saved up. This is stuff we will eat anyway, so I can rotate stock as I'm adding to it.
    Speaking of rotating stock: I'm adding more of the staples to my stash that I use every day, and as I buy it in my weekly shopping, I'll take the one from the front of my stash shelf, and add the new one to the back - rotating stock. I do that with rice, quick oats, olive oil, coffee - stuff I know I couldn't do without if a disaster hit.
    Coffee - we didn't have it the monumental ice storm that hit us this past winter. We were desperate. Now we have a wood stove for brewing coffee (oh yeah - and for cooking and staying warm) and we bought instant coffee for real emergencies.
    Gandalf The White
    Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:56 pm
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    Welcome, Viola!!

    Guess we've all learned a bit about what each of us, as a family and as individuals, need and want ... I don't buy canned beans, but rely on dried beans, and soak and cook some each week ... so I put about a pound in a screw-top bottle and rotate those bottles through the system. I have friends that use other approaches: some love chili and much more than a pound of beans a week ... for others, beans may be a "once a month" item ...

    Let's see what we can learn from each other ...

    Regards,

    GTW
    Chef on the coast
    Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:53 pm
    Forum Host
    An official welcome Yummy Viola! We always like it when people pop in and introduce themselves. It's been pretty quiet in this forum since the swine flu hype died down. icon_biggrin.gif
    Gandalf The White
    Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:59 pm
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    Chef on the coast wrote:
    It's been pretty quiet in this forum since the swine flu hype died down. icon_biggrin.gif


    Sad to say, H1N1 will be back towards the end of the summer, and start cresting in the fall ... that's the pattern for flu season ...

    Regards,

    GTW
    Chef on the coast
    Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:00 pm
    Forum Host
    That's how it is. That's when people will flock back to this forum thinking we might have some grand glorious new way to do things. We don't. icon_lol.gif
    Mia in Germany
    Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:41 am
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    Hi all,

    after having been a silent reader for some time, I now decided to join in. The actual reason was the headline of last saturday's local newspaper: First case of swine flu in the small town to which our village belongs.

    To start - as it's obvious, I'm in Germany - not exactly the place with the most hurricanes, earthquakes, epidemics, terrorism etc. world wide... Especially the place where I live is a quiet piece of earth with no obvious dangers from natural or human powers.

    My interest in emergency supplies developed over the past five years. DH and I work in food coaching and general prevention - teach people how to live healthily so that they don't get ill. Make their own stuff - food from scratch, soap without artificial additives, do sports, whatever. Compared to the health insurance system in the US, the German system still is very good. But with the exploding costs due to typical civilisation diseases, it's only a matter of time until our system breaks down.
    During our work we came to meet lots of people from all branches, so we also came in contact with engineers who are developing alternative sources for electric power, generators, motors, solar energy, etc.
    Now three years ago something completely new to Germany happened: During a snow blizzard in december 2006 we had a blackout. Our village was lucky, it was only some hours, but some villages in the region were without power for three or four days.
    I think most people already have forgotten this, but at that time there were reports which said that the whole electric system in Germany is fragile because at many points too old and slowly rotting away.
    During the blackout we had no problems so far because we have a fireplace with which we can easily keep warm the whole house. But then we still had no warm water and no electricity - what if something like this happens in summer? When we cannot put frozen food from the freezer into the snow?
    We started to think about how to become independent from the large electric utilities.
    Then suddenly Russia became difficult about natural gas, the price climbed and threatened to climb even more. As our heating system works with natural gas, we started to think about how to get indipendent from gas providers and use our fireplace to provide us with warm water, too.

    So if you're watching the world closely you'll find that we depend so much on modern technic while this technic becomes more and more fragile. The more complicated it gets, the more fragile it becomes, and we have no way to fix it ourselves if something goes wrong.

    I'm not pessimistic, but do we really know what will happen if unemployment continues growing and ecnonmy continues decreasing? Economy in Germany actually is not bad, but it is talked bad and people believe it is - so there is kind of growing depression. Economists even predict rebellions of unemployed people and breakdown of food supplies etc.

    I don't know if all this will happen, but I think we should not be so arrogant to think that we can controll everything in the world and that nothing ever can happen to us when we close our eyes and expect that everything will be comfortable for the rest of our life without us taking responsibility.

    As to emergency food, due to dietary needs I make nearly everything from scratch anyway. We live quite rural, so most people have gardens with fruit and vegetables - so do we.
    We're used to store our own apples during the winter, make sauerkraut, beef jerk, cheese, pickles, homemade sauces from wild fruits, we get eggs from a friend who has her own chicken, venison from a friend who is a hunter, honey from a friend who is keeping bees, milk from the farmer close by...
    Without thinking about emergencies we already started building kind of food network years ago and now found that we are quite independent from most commercial suppliers.
    Of course I always have dried legumes as a staple, as well as rice, millet and all kinds of gluten free grains and flours.
    We even have our own water in the garden which we could filter and drink.

    So this is a German's strange story about interest in emergency food icon_smile.gif
    Gandalf The White
    Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:45 am
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    Hi Mia!

    Welcome to this Forum ... the Forum Host will send you a separate welcome, but since I know you from the Unrated Asian Tag game, I thought I'd say hi!

    You're already further along than most of the people in this Forum -- you have gardens, natural ingredients, and are comfortable making things "from scratch". Unless you're willing to get your own solar or wind generator system, to generate electricity to keep freezers running and to replace natural gas home heat takes a major investment of moeny and time.

    Anyway, we'll be discussing these kinds of issues here, so welcome and I hope to hear more from you.

    Regards,

    GTW
    Mia in Germany
    Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:17 pm
    Forum Host
    Hi GTW,

    thanks for the welcome and nice to meet you here again!

    It's great to have a platform to discuss these things with others who care about it, too.

    Sometimes necessity isn't the worst thing to learn from, and even if I may be a bit more experienced in doing things from scratch and finding natural resources, I have learnt many of those things from this site or have been inspired to do them by ideas I catched here.

    I'm looking forward to learn more and share what I've already found out!

    Mia
    Chef on the coast
    Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:24 pm
    Forum Host
    Welcome Mia in Germany! icon_smile.gif Thanks for taking the time to stop in with a whole different perspective from another continent! We appreciate your candid manner. You have a great way with your wording. I wish as many people here in America took your view on things as well. Please pull up a chair and join us! We value input from everyone - no matter where they are. In the end - we all face the same difficulties. Love your barter system with your friends. icon_smile.gif
    Mia in Germany
    Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:43 am
    Forum Host
    Hi Chef on the coast,

    thank you very much! I really enjoy this site with all the great people around. You see, I grew up in a totally not German atmosphere between Romanian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian people, and although I now live in this rural, conservative, typical German village, I still have the luck to work with Dutch, Turkish, Sri Lankan, Arabian, Assyrian, Greek and people from dozens of other different cultures, and whatever kind of profession you can imagine from university professor to carny. So I really feel blessed with this diversity because I know that most people in Germany as well as in the US don't get such a multitude of views and perspectives to learn from. And I really wish there were more people around who care for their world and the people.

    By the way - already learnt something: Barter system! Didn't know the English term! icon_biggrin.gif
    SloppyJoe
    Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:04 pm
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    Wow. No new replies in months. Ok...here goes...

    Guess I don't get around Zaar as much as I should because I just found this forum yesterday. With that being said, I was so excited to have found it! Other "foodies" that are prepping! I love to cook as much as the next Zaar person but we are getting back to basics. Gone to the wayside is all the "fluffy" stuff I used to dabble in. Now it's whatever recipe I can glean from this site that is compatible with our food storage.

    I don't have a crystal ball but I think we are headed for some serious hard times in the US, even worse than what we are experiencing now. I've been feeling it most of this year. I don't know how deep or how severe, I just think it will be significant enough that a well stocked pantry will be worth it's weight in, well...Gold? I don't know about that but it sure will be worth something in keeping us fed!

    We were fortunate as we had a decent supply of pantry items when we started. Enough to shore us up for any short-term event, at least 30-45 days. But we soon discovered we needed more so I took up canning and home dehydrating several months ago. Then we took it to the next level, long term grains, bulk food items and commercially Freeze Dried.

    We are now comfortable, no where near being done, but comfortable. We have canned, dehydrated, Mylared, 02'd, bucketed, purchased Freeze Dried, you name it. We have a Grain Mill, Solar Oven and Katadyn Water Purification System. I try to practice a new Food Storage recipe at least once a week.

    Zaar is a great tool. When I have a question about canning, I post it. When I want to find something for Whole Wheat, I look it up. Oats, I look it up. It's amazing what you can find here. And everything is tried and true. And the bonus is, it's all done by fellow food lovers.

    Who said Food Storage needed to be boring? Come what may, we will eat good, for as long as it lasts. I'm looking forward to participating in some conversations here. icon_cool.gif
    Chef on the coast
    Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:28 pm
    Forum Host
    SloppyJoe - WELCOME to the EF/S forum! Sounds like you have tons of great ideas to share with us about what works for you and your family/area of living. icon_smile.gif
    ConnieR
    Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:43 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    How did you become interested in Emergency Food/Supplies preparation? We live in the Country and have been stranded for extended periods of time without power or the ability to leave the property. Am hoping that this forum will give me some tips on how to be better prepared.

    How did you hear about this forum? I was looking for a recipe and found this forum by accident.

    Have you ever had an emergency (natural, man-made, or financial) that caused you to dip into your supplies? How much of a difference did it make? Snow, Ice and loss of power have been our biggest problems. Having supplies set aside really helped. Could have been better prepared.
    Chef on the coast
    Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:31 pm
    Forum Host
    ConnieR - welcome to the EF/S forum! We hope to get to know you better. icon_smile.gif
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