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  • #31
    Re: What are FluTrackers personally doing about the various political, social, economic, disease uncertainties - Fall 2014

    Reading some of the posts above was like reading my family history. They think I'm certifiable but I'm the one they come to when something goes wrong and they expect me to be able to fix it. It doesn't matter whether it is a minor cut, a flat tire, a power outage, an oncoming hurricane or whatever.

    If there was to be a major wide spread crisis with interruptions in JIT I would expect wild game, freshwater fish, cats, dogs and pigeons to disappear in short order.

    I take some issue with the posters attesting to the wonderful taste of squirrel and the ease in preparation. IMHO it is an acquired taste I have no intention of making the effort needed to possess. In this area the tannic acid found in their major food source, acorns, may have something to do with this. Soaking the meat in salty brine overnight is supposed to help. Not. The meat is sticky. The hunters in my family never managed to skin one out without leaving some hairs on the carcass, which inevitably found their way into the stew. The bird shot and small bones didn't help either. Yum!

    Right now I'm working on preventive maintenance.

    The vehicles have all been recently inspected by a professional mechanic and any needed repairs done.

    The family has all had recent physicals, needed vaccines, dental work is up to date. Still working on eye care.

    Pets and live stock have been checked over by a veterinarian and have had their vaccines.

    Major systems in the home have been inspected and maintained: water, sewage, electrical, heating and structural.

    Security system, smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are in working order.

    I have my regular garden and have started working on a guerrilla garden. The guerrilla garden blends into the landscape and is made up of edible and medicinal plants (legal ones). Many of the plants are native species. To the untrained eye it looks like scrub and weeds. There are advantages to living in the country and not having to deal with Home Owner Associations.

    I am also working on my skill set. I know how to can (water bath and pressure), dehydrate, salt, pickle, ferment and freeze food. It is not that hard to turn milk into cheese and fruit into wine. Recently I learned how to smoke meats and cheeses. Charcuterie is a much neglected art form.

    This evening one of my family member said I hated technology. They are wrong. I love modern refrigeration, air conditioning, central heating, indoor plumbing, the internet, TV, labor saving devices, cars, planes and more. I also know how to live comfortably without them.
    We were put on this earth to help and take care of one another.

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    • #32
      Re: What are FluTrackers personally doing about the various political, social, economic, disease uncertainties - Fall 2014

      Originally posted by ming View Post
      But gert, if that was true then why would indigenous people in remote areas always be wiped out by new germs, like flu and measles etc? They would be eating non-refined, natural foods.
      For exactly the reasons Gert presented. An individual's microbiome is tailored to that person's environment and diet. It develops to deal with the local organisms. Gut bacteria and an immune system that have never encountered a new organism don't have an adequate response, if any at all, and the new organism usually wins.

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      • #33
        Re: What are FluTrackers personally doing about the various political, social, economic, disease uncertainties - Fall 2014

        Originally posted by Amish Country View Post
        This evening one of my family member said I hated technology. They are wrong. I love modern refrigeration, air conditioning, central heating, indoor plumbing, the internet, TV, labor saving devices, cars, planes and more. I also know how to live comfortably without them.
        Lol, I get the same thing. I happen not to care for central heat and a/c, but I'd be one unhappy camper for a while without the internet. We'd go back to books, card and board games and actual conversation without it, but my current circle of friends is international and I would very much miss them.

        Speaking of books, I'm surely not the only one boarding them as much as food?

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        • #34
          Re: What are FluTrackers personally doing about the various political, social, economic, disease uncertainties - Fall 2014

          Originally posted by Lizw View Post
          Speaking of books, I'm surely not the only one boarding them as much as food?
          I'm on the look out for a good hard back set of encyclopedia. Some of our current set went MIA sometime during out last move.
          We were put on this earth to help and take care of one another.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Gert van der Hoek View Post
            Re: What are FluTrackers personally doing about the various political, social, economic, disease uncertainties - Fall 2014

            This is a nice description of what I am doing, starting a little more than 2 years ago.

            Some quotes:


            Dec 9, 2014

            More: Primal Docs
            I've got an almost empty jar of Bubbies sauerkraut in the fridge. I eat it without heating it to preserve the culture bacteria.
            “‘i love myself.’ the quietest. simplest. most powerful. revolution ever.” ---- nayyirah waheed

            Avatar: Franz Marc, Liegender Hund im Schnee 1911 (My posts are not intended as advice or professional assessments of any kind.)

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Emily View Post

              I've got an almost empty jar of Bubbies sauerkraut in the fridge. I eat it without heating it to preserve the culture bacteria.
              Have you thought about saving the juice from the kraut and putting some cut up fresh veggies (appropriate to pickling) in it? Hint: don't use broccoli.

              Getting back on topic: I have been working on acquiring skill sets that I think may be useful. I have just finished training in butchering and charcuterie. I figure people need to eat and being able to preserve foods using what is available or can be improvised may be useful. Over time I have acquired just about everything needed for processing and preserving meat at home.

              Right now I'm considering priorities. What is the best allocation of my time, effort and resources? I'm not sure how much longer the PTB can keep the all the balls they are juggling in the air. I will be pleasantly surprised if they manage to hold it together for another year. We can live in hope. In the mean time I hope that everyone here has prepped appropriate food security for themselves, their families and loved ones. If I can help any of our members with that effort please feel free to message me.
              I just have a feeling it is time to get ready. No feeling of doom or foreboding, just a need to get organized, get uncluttered and tidy up some loose ends.

              Wishing everyone a little belated happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
              We were put on this earth to help and take care of one another.

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