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Old 02-25-2003, 06:32 AM
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Karen--breathe!!! Take it easy! I know it's easier said than done, but remember that the more flexible you are (the more things you can do) the more likely it is you'll stick around.

I've never frozen bread dough--I usually just freeze the loaves. Ooh, think of the space to be saved!

I forgot who mentioned it, but could you post the site about war preparation? It sounds interesting. (Homekeeper, I think it was you?)
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Old 02-25-2003, 06:49 AM
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Good Morning Ladies-

Under the thread "What did you do today that was frugal"? a fellow board member "Blondie" shared her life experiences during WWII. I had asked her to post but couldn't remember which thread I was on where someone ask for this. So if anyone would like to know about her personal experiences, go to that thread, go to the last page and go backwards about 4 pages. It is quite a long thread and one of my favorites. She is Autumnmom's mom.

Anyways, I just wanted to let you all know that I am enjoying the ideas being put out on this one, especially about canning meats. I have wanted to try that for a long time but was afraid. Oh and I appreciate whoever looked up the info. on freezing bread.

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Old 02-25-2003, 07:06 AM
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Question Preparedness Site??

Hi there Homekeeper!!! Would you please post the site you mentioned on Preparedness??? i would love to glean more info from it......thanks to Anna also for the thread mention...that's where I am going next!

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Old 02-25-2003, 08:02 AM
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Emergency preps site

Here are the links for the emergency preps site. It is in 4 parts so far...don't know if more will be added later or not.

There is also a site put out by the red cross I think...or poison control center...regarding the various bio agents, and how to recognize symptoms, what to do if exposed, etc. I don't remember that one, but maybe you could do a search on it. I guess this thread is getting off the original subject. Maybe we should start a section on that? I've got some stuff for it!

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Old 02-25-2003, 10:24 AM
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WWII experiences

I was talking to my mil again last night about the depression and she said some of the things you couldn't get were: Panty hose, cigarettes-people were lucky if they could tobacco to roll their own, rubber tires, coffee. She said with the ration on gas, food delivery to the stores was scarce which was why people had victory gardens and the manufacturer's stopped producing goods for the public, everything was made for the military.

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Old 02-25-2003, 12:13 PM
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I just read every post in this thread. I have to say that you ladies have an incredible wealth of great information! It makes me proud to be a member of this group!

You guys are the best! Thanks for all the wisdom!

Does anyone have any ideas about books on preparedness? I have read a couple, but some were so focused on disaster and things like buying gold, that I didn't get as much concrete information as I would have liked.

I am wondering where you buy dehydrated foods? I am interested in dehydrated onions, tomato powder and other items that it would be hard to cook without. I don't know how I would make most of my main dish recipes without onions!

Thanks for your help,
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Old 02-25-2003, 01:13 PM
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Dehydrated Foods


Minced onion is dehydrated, do you have that in Canada? I have never heard of dried tomatoe powder, would be great if they had it though. There is a bulk food place in America that sells alot of that stuff and even has some articles on preparedness. You can also check out the LDS site, I don't know the exact address but it stands for Latter Day Saints Mormon and they teach alot about being prepared for any disaster. The Dollar Stretcher's( old library archives is another place to look, just keep checking under stocking up sections and it should give you a better idea. Hope this helps.

P.S. [email protected] has also been doing a running thread on disaster preparation "Being Prepared".


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Old 02-25-2003, 01:17 PM
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I buy dehydrated onions, mushrooms, cut up vegetables for soup in the regular grocery store. These items are also available at Sam's Club. I'm sure there are many other things available that are dehydrated.
I also have some MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) which we bought 7 years ago in an Army/Navy store in our city. I've never used them. I have many canned items, fish, and other things that can be eaten without cooking.
Although I volunteered for the Red Cross, I'm not into making a big stock of things in my home for a disaster. In the disasters in which I worked, the people had to leave their homes. Their shelter, food, clothing and personal items were provided by the Red Cross, not brought with them.
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Old 02-25-2003, 02:02 PM
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Here is a great site for home storage foods. they have everything.

A good book, for those who are not familiar with using dehydrated foods, is the cookbook written by two women, Peffy Larton and Vicki Tate, called Cooking with Home Storage. In this book is a sheet that tells how much to store, substitutions, etc. You can even find recipes on how to cook meats and vegetables not usually found in stores. , or at

Here is a magazine that has been carrying articles on preparedness for some time, and you can read either the online issue (doesn't have all the articles, but has many. Archives of older issues too) or order a subscription.

Another useful magazine, Countryside, also carries many online articles that would be handy in emergency situations.

For those gardeners who don't know what to do with all that produce... The Practical Produce Cookbook; How to Plant, Pick, Prepare and Preserve Produce. (compare cost with next site) (has other foods as well)

Hope this helps some!

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Old 02-25-2003, 02:27 PM
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I forgot a site...has lots of info on food/water needs. It also has US hazard maps, shelter plans, etc....

Hopefully no one will ever need it, but you never know. With the tornadoes, hurricanes, etc...this info could come in handy.

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