Wednesday, May 22, 2019

more bread adventures


MORE BREAD ADVENTURES
Some days I’m brilliant and other days I gaze around in confusion and wonder how the hell I just did that.  Usually, the days I get proper sleep ( over seven hours ) are the ones I have a hard time formulating new material.  I think when I get only six hours sleep, several days in a row, my mind wanders and mines the sub-conscience.  Of course, too many of those days and you start losing sharpness.  It is like taking a day off of work.  You lose productivity but if you don’t take the loss, in the long run you are in far worse trouble.
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So on those days, if I’m unable to channel Super Bison, you get a more boring less spectacular vision.  I’m wondering what the heck to talk about and finally said, meh, sad panda, you get an update on my holy quest for the perfect flour as frugally as possible.  I’ll go out of my way to be frugal.  Not sure if any of you picked up on that or not.  I understand when a tool purchase is necessary, but I’ll move heaven and earth to do that as cheaply as possible.
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For instance, do I NEED a new movie to watch?  Of course not.  I do ration that ( not that it is very hard, with so much crap being put out now.  Two good studios are “Icon Productions”-Mel Gibson- and “Cinestate” which recently did Brawl In Cellblock 99, on Amazon Prime, and Dragged Across Concrete at Redbox ) but I’ll walk to one Redbox or bike to another to pick up a $2 movie ( bastard whores state sales tax gets it close to that ) rather than stream a movie.  At twice the old Blockbuster rental price which was bad enough.
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Yeah, Spanky, each dollar does add up.  And if you don’t pay for physical media, before you know it only streaming is left and Commie Bezos is censoring BadThink movies.  So, by paying LESS, you are supporting conservatives.  You are still supporting the Post Office, right?  Still mailing crap even when you don’t have to?  They support Unions and no censorship ( well, don’t be a sick puke and mail kiddie porn, dumbass.  It is hard to defend NOT censoring that ) and who else does that?  You have joined Gun Owners Of America, haven’t you? 
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That is the only way to change the NRA, if nothing else.  Vote with your wallet.  Anyway, let’s get back on track with being as frugal as possible.  Hey, if you don’t like tangents you are at the wrong place.  I suggest most other commercial prepper sites that only don’t spend like drunken sailors ( the NRA “leadership” ) because they haven’t the means.  I TRIED to not buy a fancy grain grinder.  I did.  I tried to talk myself out of it.  You’re a MAN, dammit, eat your course meal bread!  Yeah, that don’t cut it when a third of your calories are wheat.
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As I already said, if all I get after the apocalypse is course flour, well, thank you Baby Jesus because at least I have enough to eat.  But in the here and now, surrounded by bacon and Big Macs, Dorito’s and Jimmy John’s sub sandwiches, I already feel like I’m a leper, divorced from consumerism and good food.  I’m eating all this damn wheat because it is healthier ( damn you, old age! ) and oh so much cheaper.  But home made flour in the cheap Victoria/Corona mill doesn’t taste super wonderful.
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I can choke down one bread ( microwave bread, one half cup of flour.  You should not be surprised that a half cup makes a HUGE platter of bread.  It is cow masticating lengths of time to consume it all ) with course flour.  I yell at my colon and bowels, “screw you, you little humpers.  You don’t want to work?  Take THIS!”.  But two more?  Gag.  I need a little variety.  I WANT it to the point I’ll find excuses to not eat.  Yeah, surprise, flour and water nuked tastes like cardboard.  Wet, slightly moldy cardboard left out too long.
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Again, don’t mistake Times Of Prosperity finickiness with Post Collapse appetite.  I know I’ll eat pretty much whatever when I have to.  But I don’t have to, right now.  It is more of a frugal budget necessity.  I want freedom, which means less income needed.  So, a finer flour is a tool to help me eat cheaper.  In the morning, when I am really hungry, I can choke down a fine flour bread, no butter.  A few hours later, a course flour with butter and salt.  A few hours after that, back to fine flour, butter and bit of sugar sprinkled on top. 
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There is my variety.  It works.  My body thinks it is getting different foods.  Silly, stupid taste buds!  I tried to get a finer flour out of my Victoria.  I normally grind 3 o’clock course, noon medium and 9am fine.  At 7am, you are grinding the metal together, which you do NOT want.  I went as far as I could, to 7:30 position, just easing off the plates touching.  Even grinding four times, this simply wouldn’t grind fine enough. I saw no change at 7:30 compared to 9. 
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I tried both red winter wheat ( best protein grain for commonly available ) and then white wheat ( softer, a bit less protein.  But I stock both because the times I shop at the feed store, it is with whatever they have in stock.  I think the red tastes better, but that is just me ).  No difference, except in the ease of grinding.  Well, dammit, I had to go ahead and buy the $108 grain attachment to the KitchenAid ( which the NOL already has, bless her heart ).  The problem I had was the mixed reviews.  Some hated it and others backed up the ads claims of pastry fine flour.
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And, it works! Identical to store bought!  I knew it would be super double short bus retarded to try to grind wheat kernels whole in the machine.  Too many folks broke their KitchenAid’s doing so ( especially those with the 300 watt rather than the 600 watt machine ).  So I pre-ground in my Victoria, once on course and once medium.  This is no big deal, as those two are the easier grinds.  It is the fine grind that you put the most muscle into.
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The Victoria add on hopper allows you to put in a pint jar worth of kernels, and when ground that amount is just about right for the KitchenAid attachment hopper size.  The attachment comes in ten settings from course to super fine.  You cannot just place the flour from the Victoria into the attachment and set it at one ( finest setting ).  You must set it at 3, grind it and then run it through again on 1.  I started grinding on low speed than went all the way up to the fastest.  Set on JUST low speed, the motor heats up from running too long.  Think of it as a gasoline engine, not a diesel. 
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At first I ran the flour through twice, one right after another.  But in the interest of NOT breaking the NOL’s machine and having to replace it, I’m now letting the machine cool down in between.  That is probably overkill, but what am I in a hurry for?  There is no need to grind five pounds of flour at a time, especially since I store it in the fridge ( it would take up too much room ).  Every few to five days I’ll just run another batch of fine, keeping it separate from my course flour.
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Now, all of the above?  Yes, White People Problems ( referred to as First World Problems if you are surrounded by OtherColors and don’t want to incite a mob ).  Even earning $300 a month average ( NOT complaining!  Eternally grateful I have that generous of minions!! ), I still make enough to have White People Problems.  How sweet is that?  Oh, do I have enough ammo?  Ooh, my delicate sensibilities demand refined whole wheat.  Mercy, I STILL have to exercise to avoid getting fat, even eating that much grain.  I’ll sure miss having these problems!
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19 comments:

  1. Yes, I concur with the wise method of reasoning to adopt some first world aids, devices, methods etc usage now in "gravy days" before a collapse dictates a change. Used as labor aids and comfort practices it saves precious 'time' and wear and tear on equipment and workloads on your body. This is tactical thinking and practices to husband stored reserve resources and help the carry capacity of your biological body unit much farther along, with the objective of prepping for survival as that macro strategic objective.

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    1. Well, sure, that all sounds nice, but if I'm not careful next I'll be justifying AR's and FLIRS! :)

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    2. I believe it was the Hudson Bay Company that gave this advice to its people once long ago, and I've stuck by it for over seventy years now:

      There is no sense traveling hard, just to travel hard.

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    3. Is that the same as "worker smarter, not harder"?

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    4. Si Senor' you know it.

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    5. Well if you keep the ar and flir to a singular number for infiltration garb and night time force multiplier reasoning only, you may be forgiven my son. It is not of the carnal sins, so not so bad.

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    6. I got your "force multiplier" hanging! More evil has been done by preppers in the name of Force Multipliers and Not Just Survive But Thrive, than all other excuses.

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  2. Unrelated topic comments. It seems the estrogen drenched Nevada legislature is making it perfectly o.k. for any one to help abort babies by any means (drug induced or wire jobbed) at any age with no legal ramifications or restrictioning or quality control means. Despite one's stance on a issue, it is an example of the wrong people in control of things going off the roadway of reasoning and into the emotional weeds.

    They are also going rogue against electoral college procedures. It is akin to Las Vegas telling Elko 'what is what' and if it is not liked, then tuff shit deplorable "we are kinda in charge now chumps". Minions are advised to be aware of those low level political happenings local and regional as well as those big headline bannered macro economic, social, political machination distractions. Stay frosty.

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    1. This is why I don't follow the news. Well, I would anyway, if newspapers were still worth a wet fart in a rainstorm, but since they aren't I just ignore 90%+ of the news and avoid blood pressure spikes. Minions are my usual source for local happenings, sadly. It was bad enough having a RINO government, but I guess now we don't even deserve that. Straight up Cali Lite gov.

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    2. Yep, Cali lite. The stepchild that gets dittled, repeatedly, against protestations by fellow community members. Just use news to glean only pertinent information to you: overnight body counts, traffic problems, weather. The rest is just blabber to ignore while sitting on a thread bare couch while reading that Bison Prepper blog in the morning.

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    3. Scratch weather. Mr. Barometer is a more accurate forecaster and doesn't act the clown while doing so.

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    4. City weather babes usually have big breasts, so just tune in for visual stimuli, and get the weeks overview for
      A dress code advisory for the pending wolverines operations. Just saying..

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    5. Okay, you got me on that one.

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  3. On weight loss , from the time I was like eighteen years young until five years ago ( my little dust up on the motorcycle) I always have been 6' 2" and 200 lbs. Since coming on five years now , I've not been my usual active self and consequently not consuming much food. I'm currently down to 180 lbs. Lots of muscle loss I guess. Gotta keep working on increasing my appetite.
    I think a nifty project might be to procure some milling type stone wheels and build an old fashioned type grain mill. Only maybe power it by pedal. With my limitations physically now, gotta keep active doing more shop type projects.
    Though I have finally gotten the fence done after two months of slow progress. Wouldn't have even dreamed two years ago that I'd be able to do such a project.
    Have to start practicing more with the bow, only four months till archery season. Damn good upper body exercise...
    Speaking of grinding , I'd like to do some foraging for wild acorns and make acorn flour. There are tons of Oak hammocks out in my hunt area. Deer just love those things too. So the best way is to get em before they fall... hopefully I won't fall off a ladder eh lol.

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    1. If you fall off a ladder, you know for sure Baby Jesus is trying to tell you something. :)

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  4. Thanks for finally writing about >"more bread adventures" <Loved it!

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  5. Nopey Opie, falls are not allowed !

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    1. Unless you spilt salt that morning eating eggs, but didn't notice it, then while on the ladder a black cat comes over attracted to the eggs smell on your breath. Then you are kind of screwed. :)

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