2021 Preparedness - Dual Focus: Week 47


Food - Week 47: Canned Evaporated Milk & Oil(s)... Fats


Thanksgiving baking sales are happening at your local store. This should include canned evaporated milk. Stock up now by purchasing 8 cans per family member.


I realize you may not normally use canned milk, but it is great to have on hand for times when reconstituting powdered milk is not an option. Canned milk also contains fats that are crucial for toddlers. It makes great mashed potatoes and makes powdered milk taste more like the real thing.


If you are lactose intolerant add some boxed milks such as almond or coconut to your General Store shelves. Again remember they don’t count as dairy so if you can take Lactaid do it and eat dairy. Please remember that soy is not good for you since soy is now an additive in almost all of our foods. We are now exposed to too much soy and it is creating health problems. Soy increases hormone levels and is terrible for anyone dealing with a thyroid problem. If you are currently drinking soy milk please change.


While we are thinking fats remember fats are important in a balanced diet. This week add oil to your General Store. We all use different oils and have opinions on which are best so I'll leave the choice up to you. Remember way....back when I asked you to mark your oil, ketchup, shampoo, etc. to determine how much you use? Now is the time to use that information when adding oil. I know sites tell you to store gallons and maybe you use gallons. I probably use a gallon or a little more in a year. I just don't fry foods and don't make salads using oil, you may. So, add a gallon of oil to your stockpile this week. I store in smaller bottles since I use it sparingly and oil spoils more quickly after opening. Remember our goal is three months, not a year. If you are storing for a year, add more.


General Store - Week 47: Duct Tape, Zip Ties and Super Glue


This week we concentrate on keeping things secure. Store duct tape, zip ties and super glue. After a weather disaster all these items will be essential as you repair damage and secure your home.


We have all seen lists of things to do with duct tape and it’s mostly true. You can fix a lot of damage with duct tape, create a shelter by taping tarps together, patch holes in tents, keep drafts out, and much more.


Super glue is the glue version of duct tape, it can be used in hundreds of ways. Keep them in your grab and go kit in the house where it isn’t too hot. Duct tape does not survive well in the heat.

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