TRASH BAG MEAT-post 1 of 2 today
I’m a tight fisted bastard. Not in a Scrooge McDuck treasure filled room sort of way. I don’t hoard my money and gleefully count it and want more. Not past a minimum saving account we all need because I’m sorry but if you call yourself a survivalist and your primary emergency savings are untapped credit cards you just aren’t paying attention. No, I’m a miserly frugal bastard in that I won’t spend money on anything if I don’t have to. And that doesn’t mean clipping coupons, that means not buying what the coupon was for in the first place. Who cares if you got a double coupon spent on the double Senior Day discount and your $8 Tide costs $5. You are still not saving money. Making your own laundry soap for fifty cents a gallon, now THAT is saving money. And are you still putting that laundry in a clothes dryer? What The Eff, dude? If I can line dry my clothes in Florida, you have little excuse for still owning a machine that is expensive, tears up your clothes and doesn‘t do half as good a job as old Sol. Sell that whore and buy preps ( and invest a little in a rigid metal line which works so much better than rope ).
Now, obviously, although I should be able to NOT say obviously but some people shoved their broomstick too far up their ass and damaged their ability to stop taking everything so seriously and are anal, some things you just need to spend money on as a means of winning the war by losing the battle. The Old Lady is never going to resort to cloth hankies this side of the apocalypse and it is better to simply buy damn Kleenex even if it hurts. And as tight as I am, I have ZERO desire to start using re-useable cloth ass squares before I need to. Just buy the TP at Family Dollar. The last time I checked they were a better deal than Wally. It isn’t rocket surgery, you just calculate how many square feet of two ply you get for each dollar. Since Wally is a bunch of thieving bastards, the $5 twelve pack has less than the Family four pack per dollar. Wally is 80 square feet and Family is 120 ( keep in mind this comparison was probably over a year ago, but I imagine Wally has just gotten worse as far as being in stock and price per. Family had an issue being in stock but that quickly passed whereas Wally has rolling shortages on everything pretty much always. What? You don’t have a minimum of a years worth of TP on hand just to keep buying only on the sales? ).
Some things are just retarded to buy. Like bags of whole wheat flour. Surely, buy a bag or two to see if your pampered family will eat the stuff. But then, never buy another bag again. Most folks want $4 or $5 a five pound bag and I don’t recommend you keep the stuff to the recommended expiration date. I think whole wheat flour goes rancid a lot sooner than their claimed year. Plus, the cheapest bag is $3 and if you buy a bag of wheat kernels for $12, that is 25 cents a pound. The remaining amount of 35 cents means you get a free grain grinder after your third bag of kernels. Granted, you have to eat a lot of wheat flour to break even, but I just look at it as an additional grain grinder for the collapse. It takes time to grind ( three times with a $52 Victoria Pro corn grinder-a course, medium and then fine grind ) which is a plus as I need to stay busy and occupied, and you get a much healthier product much cheaper. Now, I’ve spent years buying the store product. In Florida we didn’t have air conditioning and I simply didn’t want to grind up that crap if I didn’t have to. But since the payback period is so long, even eating both breakfast and lunch whole wheat, it was a rational choice to splurge ( but of course that was back when the pull date was a lot sooner. Now I think you are getting a bad product ).
And some things are beyond retarded to buy. I mean, it is like an insult to mankind in general. Buying the product is akin to flinging off your clothes and swinging from trees with your chimpanzee buddies. Something like Zip-Lock bags to store your freezer meat. It isn’t that the generic version is all that more inexpensive, nor is it like your twenty cents per bag is a good investment for your $2 a pound dead animal. They are so completely unnecessary. It might be a token amount but it is a good litmus test to see if you are even capable of living in the coming reality. Plastic shopping bags are perfectly fine for keeping meat from getting freezer burned, and we routinely eat over one year old stored meat and have had zero issues. We have a storage freezer that is huge, and I wouldn’t endanger that investment in meat. Okay, it isn’t like it is a $800 side of beef. We just never buy unless on sale. $1.70 hamburger, 99 cent brown meat chicken, 99 cent pork. I’ll go months without buying a certain meat until it is on sale again, and still we have a problem finding room in the freezer almost all the time it is so brimming. And yes, I hate the electric dependency, but this isn’t apocalypse food, it is extreme budget shopping food. We routinely lose power but it is never long term.
Take your Wal-Mart plastic shopping bag and find the spot without a hole. Place the meat there, then twist the remaining bag above that. It should look like a radish you just pulled out of the ground. A lump on the bottom, a long neck and a flowering leafy section above is the rest of the bag. Take that top surplus and force that around the meat making a double or triple ply wrapping around it. Twist the opening close. It is pretty much not going to move or unravel. I put an H, P or C in marker on it because you can’t tell what the heck it is. The NOL hates chest freezers and doesn’t care about the electric use so we have an upright freezer. The bottom is the newest meat and is moved up. Yes, a slight pain to move everything up a shelf each time the house freezer gets empty ( up and from the basement to the house. Everything stays rotated and we don’t date the packs ) but if you don’t discipline yourself the stuff will eventually go bad. I imagine a chest freezer is simpler to rotate as you just have baskets in there for ease of sorting and finding even if it takes up room. Just a word to the wise-you watch EVERY penny and the dollars take care of themselves.
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Ziploc bags are one of the key technologies for the survivalist. Of course you can store your things airtight for decades and still see them.ReplyDelete
But the real thing is that they're terrific to store tap water with. A three litre bag stores one day of drinking water. If you have some forewarning of a disaster you can fill your bathtub with this sealed bags and you'll have one month of clean , uncontaminated water.
Try to do that stunt with the water you poured directly in the bathtub... Actually you don't even need a bathub, you can buy about a gallon in volume of Ziploc bags, fil them and pile them up between two pieces of furniture, in a corner etc. etc.
You don't need those big water drums, strange chemiclas etc.
There was a survivalist somewhere whose signature was "Ziploc everything". I still use his advice to this very day, and have influenced a lot of friends a family to spread that goodness.
(You can also purchase small ones for such things like different types of buttons, pieces of a machine you'd want to repair etc. etc.)
Perhaps I just never spent enough money on them to get high quality ones and my lack of love is due to my frugality.Delete
yes, the no name brands will work sometimes, fail other times, and dont work as well as your method for meat or other solids in the freezer (if you dont get *all* the air out of them you get freezer burn) Your grocery bag method gets all the air out. If you were to then place those in ziplocks you would get a little better protection, but not worth the cost. But the name brand ziplock (or glad) works well for soft or liquid foods, especially when you move to get all the air out of the bag before freezing. They also work well enough if you have an O2 absorber (medium term not to exceed a year or two).Delete
I will miss them when they start getting too expensive to buy (we already wash and reuse them multiple times until they wont get clean or keep a seal), and will keep in mind your technique for freezer meat until we don't have any plastic at all.
Being only one step removed from the crazy bastards that fill up their house with stacks of old newspapers and magazines and everything else, I agonize over throwing away any Wal-Mart bag. Finally, they came in handy for something besides the small garbage can liners.Delete
And then there are places that outlaw plastic grocery bags. I save any I happened to get when I go to another town. (Will keep this info.)Delete
Every place, even the good ones ( fer instance, the mythical Idaho has high taxes, jobs only in the big city, and is a target for every cheese dingus around that knows anything about prepping )has weird laws outsiders look askew at. No trash bags in BFE is not saving the planet if everyone else has them.Delete
I had to laugh about your little rant against clothes dryers... yes, hanging them out works most of the time. Even hanging them up inside when the heat is on. But I have had clothes actually get moldy before they dried because the weather was too damp for too long.ReplyDelete
Hmmmm. Perhaps coastal Florida is far less humid with a steady breeze than most other places East.Delete