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A Successful Garage Sale

 

My wife saw a sign being post for a garage sale early this morning.  She called me and I ran right over there.  We ended up making some very good finds.  We purchased a Ronco Dehydrator, new in the box, 8 boxes of canning lids, a new field jacket liner, two extended cold weather parkas brand new, one each in woodland and desert camouflage plus some stuff my wife wanted.  We paid $30.00 for all of it.

The dehydrator we don’t need, but some of our friends need one, so we will pass it along.  The canning lids we will use, we always need more. …

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Some Handy Kitchen Hints

Lemons will stay fresh for months if you keep them in a covered container filled with cold water in the refrigerator. Be sure the container has a tight fitting lid! Change the water every week or so.

Onions stored in a brown paper sack in or out of the refrigerator will keep much longer than normal.

To have fresh tasting tomatoes in your winter salads reconstitute dried tomatoes.  Spread the dried tomato slices out in a shallow pan and spray with warm water.  Let them set for 15 minutes and spray for a second time.  Repeat this until the tomatoes have plumped to about the thickness of fresh tomatoes. …

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Frogg Toggs Pro Action Rain Suit

I have wanted to test my Pro Action Rain Suit from Frogg Toggs for some time.  Unfortunately, the weather has not been cooperating, not enough rain.  However, during my recent trip to the Pacific Northwest I was able to put it to the test.  There was plenty of high winds and heavy rain

The suit is quite light weighing in at two pounds.  It is compact and fits into a small stuff sack.  The materials feels  strange, almost like a paper towel, however do not let that fool you. The material seems to be quite strong.  According to Frogg Toggs it is made from waterproof, breathable, 100% recyclable, nonwoven polypropylene material and features completely taped seams.…

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Take Care of Your Feet

Taking care of your feet on a long hike is always important. blister

Toenails: First step, make sure your toenails are trimmed, especially for any hikes that involves long descents. It’s best to clip your toenails as short as possible.  Put a toenail trimmer in your pack.

Socks Stay away from 100% cotton socks which absorb sweat and can bunch and cause blisters.  It’s best to wear socks made from synthetics, or a blend of synthetics and wool.  These will wick moisture away and keep your feet drier and cooler.  Make sure your socks  fit properly.  Socks that are too big can bunch together in boots and create friction areas that result in hot spots or blisters.…

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1898 Recommendations for the Klondike

This is a section from the Official Guide to the Klondike put out in 1898.  It was well respected at the time and this section covers mainly food and clothing.  The food ration was purposely made about 50% high to allow for cold, hard work and some loss to conditions.  I thought it is an interesting piece and gives some insight to the problems one can face in a cold climate.

HowardGuide to the Klondike 1998

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Preserving your Leather Boots

Sno-sealThe other day I dug out a pair of boots that had been sitting in my hot garage for about 20 years.  They were a pair of US Military issue black boots.  Where I live, the garage often heats up to 100 degrees or more in the summer.  I normally do not store prep in it because of the heat.  The last time I used the boots I had coated them with Sno-seal before putting them away.

Surprisingly the boots were in good serviceable condition.  I cleaned them up tried them on and found that they still fit fine.  After renewing the coat of Sno-seal, I set them in the sun to get warm so that the Sno-seal would penetrate well. …

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Losing Weight and Clothing

overweightI am currently like all too many people a bit overweight.  Come a major disaster and we have to use our food supplies, being cubby will attract attention.  Regardless of how much food we stock, it may become necessary to lose weight to avoid attracting attention.  This means that our clothes will not fit.

There are a couple of solutions to this problem.  One is to cut our clothes down so that they fit right.  However, I am going to suggest that you don’t, let them be baggy so you look like you have lost weight.  It may even be a good idea to keep a few over size items of clothing around. …

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Treadle Sewing machines

treadle sewing machinesMy friend and ex-mother-in-law is getting up in years and lives where it’s cold and snowy. Since a fall and back trouble she has been thinking of reducing her house hold items and moving to a smaller place. Needless to say I have a car load of material, batting, thread and even some furniture.

I arrived down the hill with my load of goodies and wondering where am I going to store all of this material. Of course my husband right away says we will finish putting up more shelves up for you in the sewing area. He’s so thoughtful.

Anyways with this inherited car load of material am planning on making some wonder ovens for some friends and church bags, so as I am getting started I am looking at my sewing machine and going wow, what if I didn’t have electricity?…

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Home Made Washing Machine

I received permission from Harv to post his design for a homemade washing machine.  Looks like a simple easy to make design that will get the job done. If anyone has a good idea for a wringer send it in.

Howard

I’ve been looking at manual washing machines and decided I couldn’t afford $500.00 for a store bought one….so I just built my own…for less then $35.00….now all I’ve got to do is find a reasonably priced wringer or build my own…Harvwashing machinewashing machine2

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To Make Cheese you need Rennet

 

cardoon thistleTo make cheese you need rennet.  Rennet is extracted from the inner mucosa of the fourth stomach chamber of young, un-weaned calves.  It is a natural complex of enzymes produced in any mammalian stomach to help a nursing baby digest mother’s milk. In the food industry, rennet is used as a coagulant – in cheese making.  There are recipes for making it from calf stomachs that you can do at home.  Of course you have to have a calf and be willing to butcher it.

Rennet is available in tablet form which has a shelf life of some years if kept cool and in the dark. …

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