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Build-a-bag for your car (or for a Christmas present) for under $75Build-a-bag for your car (or for a Christmas present)... As the holiday seasons are upon us and you're probably going to be doing a lot of running around shopping. It's a good idea (if you don't already have one) to put together a little contingency bag for the vehicle. Shopping crowds are ridiculous in some places. Those crowds can cause just as much chaos as a severe weather...

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Raised Bed GardensRaised Bed Gardens Introduction So you want a vegetable garden, but don't have a large area to till up for the project? Your “soil” is hard as rock? A good way to compensate for such lack of space and rocky soil is by gardening in raised beds. Doing so helps you overcome problems with our less-than-perfect soil. A raised bed for vegetables...

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Lowering your Heat Bill This WinterLowering your Heat Bill This Winter  Replace old and worn weatherstrip in doors to reduce heat loss and drafts   2. Seal baseboards and caulk windows. This is especially an issue with older homes with wood floors. Cold air can come right up through the baseboards or the windows. Caulk is fairly cheap and this fix will save you BIG. 3....

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Winter Storm Fact SheetWinter Storm Fact Sheet A major winter storm can be lethal. Preparing for cold weather conditions and responding to them effectively can reduce the dangers caused by winter storms. Be familiar with winter storm warning messages. (See Winter Storm Watches and Warnings) Service snow removal equipment and have rock salt on hand to melt ice...

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Winterizing Your GearWinterizing Your Gear On equipment with plastic fuel tanks drain the tanks before storage. Conversely, you should fill metal fuel tanks to prevent them from rusting. In either case, drain the carburetor bowl. Generally, equipment managers "winterize" equipment to increase or maintain performance in winter or prevent problems after long periods...

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Homemade Granola Bar Recipes

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4ab630a00464200a89199fe740284a32I like granola bars. A good homemade granola bar can be very filling, easy to pack and you can pretty much make them with anything you want. Good for backpacking food or the school lunchbox. Here are a couple decent recipes for granola bars.

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Canning Meat

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meat-066Pressure canning is the only safe method for canning meat, fish and poultry. It is the only way you can destroy the bacterium that causes food poisoning (clostridium botulinum). Be sure to process canned meats for the correct time at the correct temperature in a pressure canner. Canning low-acid foods, such as meats, in boiling-water canners is absolutely unsafe because the botulinum bacteria can survive this process. If clostridium botulinum survive and grow inside a sealed jar of food, they can produce a poisonous toxin. Even a taste of food containing this toxin can be fatal. Boil foods 10 minutes at altitudes below 1,000 feet to destroy this poison. Boil foods 11 minutes if you live above 1,000 feet.

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Long Term Storage Of Dried Milk

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 powdermilkTypes of Nonfat Dry Milk

Regular and instant nonfat dry milk are made from skim milk that has been dried by spraying into hot air. Instant milk is regular milk which has been further processed causing it to clump together which results in a product that is easier to reconstitute with water than is regular nonfat dry milk. They both have the same nutrient composition. Regular nonfat dry milk is more compact and will require less storage space, however, it is harder to reconstitute. The most common type of dried milk to be found in grocery stores is instant nonfat dry milk. Dried whole milk may also be available, however because of the fat present, it will not store as well as nonfat dry milk. Dried buttermilk is available to be used in recipes calling for buttermilk. It will not keep quite as long as nonfat dried milk since is has a slightly higher fat level.
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Freeze-Drying food at home

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Process-of-freeze-drying1You probably don’t have a good vacuum chamber at home, but you almost certainly have a refrigerator. If you don’t mind waiting a week you can experiment with freeze drying at home using your freezer.

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Freezer Bag Meals

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Freezer Bag Meals

Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1

Supplies Needed …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1

Basic Cooking ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 2

Beef Dishes ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 4

Chicken Dishes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5

Meatless Dishes ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 8

Seafood Dishes …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12

Introduction

Spend any amount of time in the outdoors and you have probably found that mealtime is full of trade-offs. Do you choose foods that fuel your body or foods that satisfy your taste buds? Do you spend the extra time to prepare a real meal or grab a protein bar on the go? Freezer Bag Cooking minimizes these trade-offs by changing the concepts of traditional outdoor food. It offers simplicity, convenience and variety. The cooking gear needed is minimal, lightweight and can be bought, found or even made. Meals are prepared at home and put into zip top freezer bags. When ready to eat, the meal is prepared in and eaten out of the freezer bag. Mealtime becomes fast, effortless and cleanup is as easy as licking your utensil and sealing the zip top bag. Also, with meals portioned into individual freezer bags, making meals for multi-day trips, families or a group is painless.
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Canning Butter

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Butter is a useful item for cooking that doesn’t do so well without electricity, but it will lend itself to being canned.

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1. Use any butter that is on sale. Lesser quality butter requires more shaking (see #5
below), but the results are the same as with the expensive brands.

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Kunapajala – A Liquid Organic Manure of Antiquity

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seaweed-extract-powder-250x250The dictionary meaning of the Sanskrit word kunapa is “smelling like a dead body, stinking”. The manure kunapambu or kunapajala (jala=water), which was prepared and used since the ancient times in India, was appropriately named
because it involved fermentation of the animal remains, such as flesh, marrow, etc. Documented references to kunapajala are found in two possibly contemporary documents, viz., Vrikshayurveda by Surapala, who possibly lived around 1000 AD in eastern India and Lokopakara compiled by a poet Chavundaraya in 1025 AD in Karnataka in southern India. While Chavundaraya did not give details of preparation, he suggests use of kunapajala in several situations for improving tree growth, flowering, and fruiting. In Vrikshayurveda of Surapala, we find the following verses (Sadhale, 1996).

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Wilderness survival techniques and tips

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Survival equipmentGeneralized awareness of the skills needed to survive in a wilderness situation. Whether you are simply going camping at a commercial campground, taking a short hike, or backpacking into a pristine wilderness area… be prepared. Never
leave to chance those few articles that may become lifesavers. Above all, always let someone know your itinerary and the time you plan to return. The following is a list of items that should be included in a basic survival kit:

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MRE Information and Recipes

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menu-c-mre-no10-meatballsMRE HISTORY

MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) were born on Earth, but grew up on Apollo flights to the moon, in Skylab floating workshops and on every U.S. Space Shuttle flight from Enterprise to Atlantis. In the 1970s retort pouches (the popular name for thermo stabilized, laminated food pouches named after the retort cooker) were put to their first real test by the U.S. Space Program. The Program was looking for delicious, easy to prepare, “normal” food that wouldn’t increase human stress the way that freezes dried food and “toothpaste tube food” did. More than any other technology, retort pouches have satisfied the Program’s needs. And so, over 20 years ago, retort pouches found a home at NASA, where all their unusual characteristics were much appreciated and they have been successfully feeding astronauts in flight and on the moon ever since.
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Building a Plumber’s Stove

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Materials List

1/2 pint ( 8 fl oz ) paint or stain can with press-on lid

3-inch-wide by about 12-inch-long piece of sheet metal ( thin guage steel – not aluminum )

( 1 ) Radiator hose clamp – big enough to go around the can

( 1 ) Bag of cotton balls
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