No, not my junk. Today’s subject is a two-fer ( at the same total word count ) on storage oil and storage meat and the sad, pathetic and new normal state of its availability. Then, I throw in my vacation so as to have a “what I had for dinner last night” article just to hack off people. I do apologize for the lack of any notice that last Monday was going to be a vacation day and comments would not be posted. That one kind of got away from me as Friday was pretty much a run around until I’m blond work period. A few weeks ago I got tired of smelling the storage oil that had finally turned rancid at about the five year after expiration date mark, and decided it was time to dump them. Remember, out in the boonies I have neither trash pick-up nor are burn barrels a great idea. And no car to haul in trash. So I dug a hole and scraped out twenty buckets of lard. I’d already replaced them with plastic container shortening ( the old wax paper types are worthless for long term storage ). Being in the eighties still most days, the glob melts and soaks into the ground. Here is the thing. NO animal was attracted to this free high energy bonanza. Not our cat who is kind of weird and loves butter and yogurt and pudding. Not any neighbor dogs. Not carrion birds. Not even insects. This crap is NOT food to them. It shouldn’t be to you, except as storage food where it will keep you alive when no other fats are available.
From Elko to Gardnerville Nevada is 330 miles. There are four Wal-Marts on that stretch ( Reno is out of the way, and the second Wal-Mart in Carson doesn’t count either being off the route ). Out of those four, I was able to purchase thirty pouches of cooked hamburger crumbles only. My goal had been fifty with more purchased monthly. Now, thirty itself ain’t bad. That replaces storage meat I’ve eaten over the years ( as the very old cans start to rust ). My post-apocalypse food pantry doesn’t contain daily meat-merely weekly and I’m thankful for that. But for that many stores to all be out of stock TWO FRIGGIN WEEKS after the savage pig-dog’s on Obammy Bucks have shopped for the month is indicative of larger issues. Do NOT, let me repeat, do NOT, expect stores to have anything worth a crap food storage wise on a short term normal basis and absolutely zero three minutes after any panic great or small. It ain’t just Wal-Mart but the JIT system in general. As I’m only shopping once a month because of the car rental, it might take me sixty more days just to get back up to my original goal of this last shopping trip. I don’t think I’m being paranoid to suggest that the distribution system and the system carrying capacity are both already in the process of failure.
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