• We’ve all had fruit go bad on us and if you’re like me you usually know what when wrong. You left it out too long. You washed it then put it in a container before letting it dry and it went moldy. You forgot it was in the crisper until it was limp or rotten. You know the drill. The following tips may help you get more shelf life from your fre…[Read more]

  • Icefire, you are so right. Fresh is best. That said, a couple of years ago I vacuum sealed some Aunt Jemima’s mix (must add egg, oil and milk or water). I opened it up and made pancakes with it and they came out okay, but not nearly as good as when you make your own mix.

    Question: How long do things like Baking Soda and Baking Powder stay good if…[Read more]

  • Guns, BT works on caterpillars, but it doesn’t kill them fast. Neem oil works and, within reason, so do soapy sprays.

    I’ve found the best defense against such critters as corn ear budworm is to plant varieties that mature very early. Sunrise Seneca, Candy Mountain and other Northern Minnesota varieties work very well here in AZ. They mature…[Read more]

  • whitebear54 replied to the topic Curing potatoes? in the forum Gardening 2 years, 10 months ago

    They’ll last longer if you cure them. But in a SHTF scenario you might be eating them as soon as you harvest them.

    I don’t have a cool place to store them so I simply place them in a single layer in cardboard boxes or garden flats and store them inside in a dark room. It’s very dry here in AZ so I don’t have to worry about excess humidity like…[Read more]

  • whitebear54 replied to the topic Anasazi Beans in the forum Gardening 2 years, 10 months ago

    Update: This year my Anasazi beans are doing quite well in the three sisters method. I’ve harvested most of my corn but the beans are climbing the stalks like champions. And my Hopi Grey squash is spreading out beneath the corn and beans and beginning to set fruit.

    One thing about Anasazi beans for those of you who haven’t tried them. They are…[Read more]

  • @edea1976 wrote:

    Has anyone tried baking in a solar oven? My father-in-law has plans to build one in the spring.

    I’ve been baking blueberry/zucchini bread, applesauce/zucchini bread, cornbread and even brownies in my All American Sun Oven this year and it works great. Here in very sunny NW AZ my oven can hit temps of 350-400 if I carefully keep…[Read more]

  • D_Loki,

    Great post, man. Thank you for multiple excellent suggestions.

  • whitebear54 replied to the topic Books in the forum Books 6 years, 7 months ago

    I’m with several posters here who love “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” and almost anything else by Heinlein. Asimov, Bova and several others too. I’m a book junkie–all types of books, though mostly fiction and prepper type non-fiction.

    But if you are a Prepper and you love fiction, try “Lucifer’s Hammer” by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. It’s…[Read more]

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