CAN OIL UPDATE
When I last wrote on my marriage of a brilliant minions suggestion and my worship of the most important food group, I realize you were all agog yet troubled. My, you exclaimed, what could possibly be a better idea ever. Alas, the evil spouse is a Yuppie Scum who won’t be seen with any generic items in the kitchen so I am unable to emulate my favorite survivalist writer. I wept for you and so did a little experimentation and am happy to report you too can now be just like me except the pretty hair. I had taken empty Master Chef coffee cans ( the dark blue Wal-Mart coffee that is a reasonably modest $5.28 a can and tastes much better than the Wally generic or the Kroger generic ) and used them as a can to protect my Crisco type cooking oil. You turn the coffee can upside down and place it over the oil, flip that upside down and put the coffee can lid on, then flip back over. The oil is then right side up and protected by the can against rodents or what not. Now, I suppose a lot of you don’t drink that brand of coffee because you are all refined and have fine tuned sensibilities and consider ten dollar a can Folgers the very least you can drink. Well, lucky for you I had run out of blue metal coffee cans but had plenty of the plastic Folgers I get from work ( the stores donate the open cans to us- evidently the majors think they are losing money on $12 a can coffee so they have cheapened the glue on the plastic seals ). They were JUST a smidge too short for the Wal-Mart generic shortening cans. But by taking off the oil lid they then fit. Just cram the oil lid in the side between the two container walls. These are the Folgers red cans with a barely indented carrying handle- the 33 ounce cans. I’ve not only replaced my then $5 lard pails that are all too old and have been repeatedly frozen by being in the travel trailer over winter ( they now sell for $7 up ), I’ve more than doubled my cooking oil on hand. You don’t want to just store the waxed paper oil cans as is-but by putting the protective plastic over it you’ve now got the better packaging at half the price.
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