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Postby c4talyst » Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:32 am

Greetings all,

I've finally decided to stop merely reading and post something. I'm Larry. I'm somewhat of a nerd/techie, but also hands-on (machinist, electronics, basic carpentry.)

I'm in the Boston area, a renter, but starting to look at farther-out options, both figuratively and literally. I have family issues keeping me here, but those will change in the next year or so. Thus, I'm in planning mode, though starting on preps I can, as I can. Right now, I'm experimenting with making hardtack and variants, since one need I see is long-shelflife food one can eat without cooking. I'm also looking into DIY oxygen scavengers; I *think* I'm on the track of something cheaper than current options. Eventually, I'd like to store SHTF bulk foods in metal or plastic barrels, but 5-gallon buckets are where my budget and storage abilities are today.

Anyone reading knowledgeable and willing to advise about towing/hitches?

Interested in hearing from anyone in the area.

Best regards,

Larry
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Re: Hello, anybody home?

Postby PatrioticStabilist » Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:16 am

Grow food, can and dry it.
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Re: Hello, anybody home?

Postby NJMike » Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:09 pm

Welcome Larry! Let us know how the experiments go.
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Re: Hello, anybody home?

Postby c4talyst » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:50 am

NJMike wrote:Welcome Larry! Let us know how the experiments go.


@NJMike,

Thanks for your encouragement; I appreciate it. Here are three photos of my first couple batches:

Hardtack:
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Experimental whole-wheat "firmtack:"
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Five lbs of firmtack, in temporary containers:
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Next, making more in larger rounds to pack efficiently into 5-gallon buckets. My best guess is that a bucket will hold about 10 Kg -- 25 lbs of hard or firmtack. So ballpark two weeks rations per bucket. Not fine dining, but I'd rather have it than not.

Stay tuned.
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