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Thursday, December 30, 2010

State officials shut down a kerosene pump at Eatonton store

Post by: philandjudi

State officials shut down a kerosene pump at an Eatonton store on Tuesday, because it could be dangerous.
A release from the state Department of Agriculture says the pump at the Long Shoals Country Store on Sparta Highway could be contaminated with gasoline. That could cause an explosion.
The release says the inspectors noticed the problem during a routine checkup. The kerosene was sold during November, the state says.
If you think you bought some of it, you should immediately return it to the store to get your money back.
The release says officials closed the pump until they fix it.
Department of Agriculture inspectors are working with the distributor to find out how many gallons were sold, and are testing other stations that bought kerosene from the same distributor, the release says. :eek:

Test small quantity in a spoon and hold match against it, kerosene will not catch fire unless gas is in it.

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Food Storage Weekly Suggestions

Many years ago I received a weekly suggestion list of items to buy to help me with my Food Storage program.
It is still a useful reminder and I would like to offer it to Members here to keep us always mindful of adding to, using in a timely manner and replacing items we need and use on a regular basis.

Each week add one item to your regular shopping list. Get a marker for adding the date purchased on items to aid you in rotation. Buy the largest amount you can sensibly afford; but remember that it is better to buy a little and get started with your food storage program than to go into debt or put off any progress until you can afford to buy the whole year’s supply at one time. Very few of us will ever be able to do this. Like the hare and the tortoise…slow and steady wins the race.

Replace items as you use them! Remember these items are IN ADDITION to your regular grocery buys.
If you miss a week, skip to the next week, forget it and don’t get behind; any progress you make will help you be better prepared. Share any “hot buys” and bargains with other members here.

Week One
Get nuts! Drug stores have after Christmas sales on most canned nuts. Dry roasted nuts keep best.
I like to combine week one and two as spices are usually on sale this time of year.

Week Two
Spices, herbs you use most often: Pepper, bay leaves, cinnamon, oregano, chili powder, cloves, ginger, ect.
I have seen many coupons in newspapers for money off on spices and flavorings..clip them and use them to save even more.
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Feds target airline pilot for exposing TSA security sham on YouTube

A Sacramento-based airline pilot is the subject of a federal investigation for exposing what he says are serious flaws in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) airport security protocols. According to ABC News10 in Sacramento, the 50-year-old pilot who requested to remain anonymous says that TSA applies its strict screening protocols to passengers and even flight crews, but ground crews are freely able to access secure areas with a simple card swipe.

"As you can see, airport security is kind of a farce," the pilot explains in his video, as he shows an entrance to a secure area. "It's only smoke and mirrors so you people believe there is actually something going on here."

The pilot has worked for his airline for more than ten years and had been issued a federal handgun to carry with him in the cockpit. But after blowing the whistle on the serious security breaches taking place at the airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff's deputies shows up at his house to confiscate the weapon, and they also asked him to give up his state-issued concealed weapon carry permit.

On December 6, the pilot also received a letter from the TSA explaining that "an administrative review into your deputation status as a Federal Flight Deck Officer has been initiated," a move that he believes is a warning from the Feds saying not to mess with the system, unless you want to face the consequences.

According to the same ABC News10 report, the pilot's airline asked him to remove the videos from YouTube shortly after he posted them, but portions of the videos captured as part of the ABC News10 report can be viewed at the following link:

Monday, December 27, 2010 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

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Swine flu pandemic outbreak sweeping through Britain even though 70 percent were vaccinated last year

(NaturalNews) A swine flu pandemic is sweeping through Britain despite the fact that 70 percent of Britain's over-65 population was vaccinated against swine flu last year. This year, that number is nearly the same -- 68.5% -- but flu vaccine proponents insist that until everyone is vaccinated, the flu will continue to infect people.

What these vaccine advocates absolutely will not admit, however, is how many of those who are sick with the flu this year also got vaccinated last year. This little detail is left out of every mainstream media report on vaccines and the flu. They simply refuse to mention this all-important number, leaving readers to leap to the incorrect conclusion that only those who were not vaccinated get sick with the flu.

Most infected patients were previously vaccinated

That assumption is false. In fact, of the 450 critical care beds in England that are now occupied by flu patients, I have no doubt that most of those infected patients are people who received flu vaccines in the past.

Such statistics are never made available to the public or the press, of course. To release such statistics would expose the Great Lie of the vaccine industry: That flu vaccines simply don't work on 99 percent of people!

In fact, the people who are most susceptible to catching the flu are precisely the very same people who get vaccinated. Why is that? Because vaccines weaken the immune system in the long run, leaving you more vulnerable to future infections. They deny your immune system the opportunity to practice its own adaptive response to invading microorganisms or viruses, thereby causing your immune system to atrophy in the same way that a wheelchair-bound person will experience leg muscle atrophy.

The immune system is a lot like a muscle: Use it or lose it!

But flu vaccines provide weakened viruses to the immune system (along with other preservative chemicals that can be extremely dangerous to neurological health). It's sort of like working out your muscles at the gym but having your trainer do all the heavy lifting for you. Obviously you're not going to have very strong muscles in the end because your body won't need to invoke a very strong adaptive response.

The same is true with vaccines and the flu: If your body is exposed to weakened flu viruses year after year, it gets lazy and weak, and when it one day comes into contact with a full-strength virus circulating in the wild, it's not in good enough shape to handle the challenge.

Vitamin D deficiency is widespread in Britain

At the same time this is going on, a person who is vitamin D deficient will also have an alarmingly weak immune system response because vitamin D activates the immune system to do its job. In people with extremely low vitamin D levels, even vaccines containing weakened viruses won't solicit an antibody response. But instead of testing patients for vitamin D deficiency and prescribing that with the vaccine, conventional medical doctors and contagious disease authorities robotically urge everyone to just "get multiple vaccine shots" as if following one failed vaccine with yet another failed vaccine will somehow make them both work.

That's idiotic, of course. And the other idiotic thing about all this is that if people had sufficient levels of vitamin D circulating in their blood, they wouldn't need seasonal flu vaccines in the first place! That's because a strong, healthy immune system with lots of circulating vitamin D is universally effective at halting ALL seasonal flu strains, with near 100% success in those with vitamin D levels between 50 - 70 (ng/dL).

The three main reasons behind Britain's flu pandemic

So the real reason Britain is suffering a swine flu pandemic right now is actually three-fold:

#1) It's winter in the Northern Hemisphere, and Britain is so far north (of the equator) that the people living there aren't currently generating any vitamin D whatsoever. This makes virtually the entire British population ridiculously vitamin D deficient throughout the winter.

#2) The majority of the British population has been subjected to flu vaccines in previous years, weakening their immune systems and making them more vulnerable to this year's flu strains.

#3) The flu strain itself is so successful in the wild precisely because so many Britons walk around in chronic states of immune suppression (from vitamin D deficiency, chronic stress, poor dietary habits and so on). This creates a "viral breeding ground" which encourages more rapid virus mutations that make vaccines obsolete anyway.

The question you are not allowed to ask vaccine quacks

The vaccine-pushing quack medical community believes that if they could magically convince 100 percent of the people to get vaccinated, they would have this problem licked. In their own minds, they have unscientifically convinced themselves that a vaccine equals automatic and full protection against a flu virus.

And yet even they won't dare ask this simple question: Of all the people sick from the flu who are right now lying in Britain's hospital beds, what percentage were vaccinated against the flu last year or this year?

The answer to that question will expose the outright fraud of the vaccine industry because the answer is a very large number. No one in the medical industry dares ask that question, of course, because they realize that delving into the actual re-infection rate of flu vaccine recipients would expose their quackery and fraud, causing yet more people to lose faith in vaccines which are, after all, sold based entirely on misplaced faith and clever propaganda.

The flu vaccine propaganda, of course, demands that people never be allowed to collide with the scientific facts about how many people who are vaccinated against the flu still catch the flu anyway. (The flu re-infection rate.) That's why you will NEVER see an honest answer to this question released by hospitals, vaccine companies or vaccine-pushing doctors.

Keep taking your flu jabs, everybody. But don't ask whether they actually work, because that question isn't allowed to be asked in the cult of medicine that dominates the sick-care landscape around the world today.

We wouldn't want actual science to interfere with a really profitable con job now, would we?

Monday, December 27, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030845_Britain_swine_flu.html#ixzz19JfOYEgc

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ideas for BOB Foods

When Farside and I held our Practice Bug Out Retreat, we each shared ideas on what types of foods we had packed. This may not be a new idea for many, but one never knows, so I am sharing what I often do when planning a campout and want to travel light but still eat familiar foods.

I premeasure oatmeal, salt and powdered milk into a vacuum sealed bag and place a sticker with the information on how much water to add when cooking it. Then I also have a sealed bag with my sugar, raisins and chopped pecans ready to go; a nice familiar feeling breakfast that would give me a lot of comfort if away from home. I also prepackage my loose black tea in homemade tea bags for use. The other sealed bag is a serving of complete Buttermilk pancake mix and a side of home dried blueberries, just add water. Tang breakfast drink rounds out a well balanced meal.

This idea can be used for lots of dried food items to go into your bug out bag. I recently purchased a cookbook called “Dinner Is In The Jar” by Kathy Cook. This book has many recipes for soups and stews using dehydrated vegetables, grains and pasta. With the addition of canned meat or freeze dried meat this would be heaven sent in case of a bug out situation or even a power failure at home. Farside and I kept a pot of water on the campfire continually for coffee or tea and a pot of soup could slowly simmer all day while one is working at other activities.

http://www.dinnerisinthejar.com/ For ordering information.
I plan to work through this cookbook to find recipes, tweak them to our taste that my family will enjoy and vacuum pack meal size amounts for my BOB. Having a home vacuum packer is a great way to assemble foods to carry that are more in keeping with what you are already enjoying on a regular basis. Do some creative brainstorming and see what favorites you can come up with using your vacuum packer to add to your BOB food selections.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Welcome new members

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Pleasure to find some like minded people! You can call me Lester. I was hesitant about putting myself out on this internet as one of the prepared, but ya'll seem nice enough, and whats the point of surviving if you've got no one to share the brave new world with? ;)

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Hello all, I'm Ron, old guy, still working in the northeast metro Atlanta area . My wife and I have been reading a little about prepping and survival for a while now and we have begun in a small way stocking up on food. Looks like we have a long way to go and a lot to learn. I lucked into this site following up on an ebay listing for survival food. I'm excited about the extensive resources and advise available here.

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Hi from Georgia,
Just wanted to say hi and participate in the discussions, learn, and maybe offer my 2 cents worth. :)

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Hello my name is April and I am fairly new to prepping. I have been prepping for only a few months and need advice on getting the family(husband and teenage kids) involved. At this point in time they humour me but every day that goes by I feel an urgency to do more and learn more. Any advise is appreciated. Thanks.

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Papa Squirrel

Hi everyone-
Brand new to the site, as well as to prepping. My bride and our 5 kids have a cabin on 5 acres in the Waleska/Jasper area of Georgia. We have both agreed that our previous lives were not sustainable, and we have both started learning how to simplify and get out of the rat race. In a sense our quest for simplification and sustainability is part of our retirement planning, with our goal to be to decrease our living expenses and debt so that we require less savings to support a more realistic and infinitely more appealing lifestyle once we do decide to retire. I'm a former Army medic and EMT and now work from home which provides me with a lot of flexibility. Our location has some definite issues when it comes to long-term sustainability and survival preparedness. Water (and not the best quality) only from a deep well, not an abundance of grazing land due to slope and 4/5 of the land with hardwoods, lack of any significant storage (5 kids help see to that) and much much more! But we do have some basics - reliable heating with a large woodstove and lots of hardwoods as mentioned earlier, a quiet out of the way location, great areas for fruit trees, surrounded by wilderness, and lots of potential. We've started tackling all of the issues as money and time allow, but we would definitely welcome the input and wisdom of those with more experience to help us avoid costly mistakes. Looking forward to it!

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Hello all. Just recently got into prepping, survival skills. Look forward learning from those who have been doing this for a while. Located outside of Atlanta just east of Stone Mtn.

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I'm Eris. :) I live in on East Side of Atlanta near Athens. I'm still new to prepping, so I still have a lot to learn. I work in a Library and I am planning on going back to school to get my Masters so I can become a real Librarian. Yeah, odd I know that you have to have a Masters in Library Science to be a real Librarian. It's nice to meet all of you and I am looking forward to learning all that I can.

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Hello everyone, My name is Mike and I live in Georgia. Served 24 years in the military and now I am retired disabled vet and full time student.
Thanks for having me.

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howdy folks i'm new to this forum but not new to preping.central GA

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I'm glad to find this network and am really interested in finding people near me to meet with or talk with about their plans. I am new to this and just started making my plan for my family. Not sure how to prepare...I most want to plan a second location for my family and I to go to as of Sept 2012. Most concerned about Political and Earth Changes come 2012. Thanks! Bonnie

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Hello all. I'm a 37 year old male and I'm a fledgling prepper/survivalist. I'm a prepper on a shoe string budget that the present economy is straining my efforts severely but I accept that and persevere. I'm here to learn and pass on any info or lessons learned that I can. I look forward to getting to know all you, my brothers and sisters in self reliance.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

UN says hand them over, will you?

Author cherokeenut

On another site I saw a poll asking what will you do when the blue helmets come to your door asking for your guns. 57% responded "what guns?" 35% responded "go out in blaze of glory". So here's the topic for discussion, realisticly what will you do? Your family is safe and you knew this was coming, do you hand over your weapons thereby opening yourself up to robbery, lie and say you don't have any, or that they were stolen, or pull out the semi-auto from behind your back and give the grunt 5 or 6 rounds?

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Monday, June 21, 2010


by Moggy

PLEURISY ROOT (Asclepias tuberosa) is for the most part a medicinal herb. It is a diaphoretic (a substance that causes sweating), expectorant; antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, nervine (slightly sedative), tonic and an excellent sweating agent to break up colds, fevers, flu and all bronchial problems...an excellent therapeutic agent for pulmonary catarrh and difficult expectoration.

Native to America and Canada, Pleurisy Root is a perennial plant that produces orange or yellow flowers. American Indian medical practitioners named this herb after the condition it was used to treat; pleurisy. This plant reduces inflammation, relieves spasms in the airways, promotes perspiration, and helps clear the air passages of secretions.
Pleurisy root was used by Native American tribes both internally as a remedy for pulmonary infections and topically to treat wounds. The Eclectic physicians seized upon these ideas and continued to use the plant primarily for lung problems such as pleurisy and pneumonia. It was also used as a diaphoretic for all manner of infections.

For over a thousand years, indigenous North Americans including the Menominee, Delaware, Cherokee, Mohegan, Iroquois, Navajo, Omaha, Rappahannock, and Ponca used pleurisy root for lung and respiratory infections; also for other ailments. Some tribes used the root for rope and weaving.

Some American Indians used to boil the tubers for food, prepare a crude sugar from the flowers and eat the young seed-pods, after boiling them, with buffalo meat. Some of the Canadian tribes used the young shoots as a potherb, after the manner of asparagus.
Pleurisy root can be of benefit for eruptive skin diseases to bring out the rash and bring down the fever...externally a compress of the tea for acute flare-ups of bursitis in shoulders and knee joints...also has a positive, relaxing effect for intestinal disorders such as IBS.

Pleurisy root was an official medicine in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1850 to 1905... it should be avoided for those taking heart medication and by pregnant women. The plant can be found along roadsides, however, it is far better to plant seeds on your own property for two reasons: one to prevent extinction of the plant, and the other so that when the above-ground part of the plant dies back, you will know where it is in the event you need the fresh root in fall or winter.

The roots of most medicinal plants are harvested in the fall, when the top of the plant has died back. Many roots are gathered at the wrong time of year, and are sometimes only 1/3 as potent as they should be. The seed pods contain hundreds of seeds, each with a silky-soft, fluffy parachute that allows the seeds to float in the wind seeking new places to grow. People used to stuff pillows and clothes with the seed fluff and even use them to make lifevests. They also used the seed fluff as wicks in candles.

from Advanced Treatise in Herbology by Shook

1 ounce Asclepias tuberosa (Pleurisy root), cut
1 1/4 pints distilled water

Pour boiling water over the herb, cover and allow to stand in a warm place for 20 minutes; then strain.

DOSE: 1/2 teacupful (a little less than 4 oz) in 1/2 teacupful of hot water while patient is closely covered in bed. Repeat dose until free perspiration is produced and apply hot cloths, wrung out of same strength infusion.

This remedy possesses specific action on the lungs, assisting expectoration wonderfully, subdues inflammation rapidly, brings about reabsorption of exudates and exerts a general tonic effect on the whole organism.
In addition to using the above formula, you can also make a tincture from the pounded root infused in vodka. Dig up the root...clean it well and allow to dry, then pound it so that the chemical constituents will be absorbed by the vodka...place the root in a brown quart jar and fill with 100% vodka. Label, date and put in a cabinet, shaking it once a day for six weeks. In lieu of a brown jar you may use a mason jar that is then placed in a brown bag to prevent light from weakening the herbal medicine.

Dose: 20 to 80 drops in water, 3 times daily.


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Thursday, April 22, 2010


by Moggy
PLANTAIN (Plantago major) has a long history in herbal medicine. Externally, it is effective on any kind of skin disorder or insect stings when the leaves are bruised and rubbed on the skin. It can be made into an oil or ointment and stored for external use when the season doesnt permit gathering the herb. Put this on your to-do list for next Spring.

A most useful plant, Plantain will ease a long list of skin complaints such as cuts, swelling, rashes, wounds, sprains, bruises, ulcerations, eczema, poison ivy, mosquito bites, hemorrhoids, diaper rash, boils and blisters. It is an effective agent that draws out the poison from bee stings, snake bites, and spider bites, it draws out splinters or thorns, and reduces the risk of scarring with severe cuts and scrapes. In certain sensitive individuals minor dermatitis may result from external use.

Internally Plantain can be drunk as a tea made from the leaves as an aid in detoxifying the body, thus works well as a remedy for colds, flu, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, hypertension, rheumatism, bladder issues, fevers, gastritis, ulcers, irritable bowel, sinusitis, kidney stones, diarrhea and many more ailments.

Poultice: the crushed leaf can be applied directly to a wound, bite, or skin irritation. For abscesses around the teeth, inflamed tooth roots, or remaining infection after a root canal. It has been known to save teeth that were otherwise doomed to be lost. For wounds, stings, bites etc., you can even chew the leaf first and apply the chewed leaf directly to affected area which makes it a good plant to know if you plan on a camping or hiking trip. As an infusion in milk, plantain can be used on hemorrhoids. Plantain can be dried and used as a tea for winter, or used fresh during the summer.

Medicinal herb tea: For colds and flu use 1 tablespoon dry or fresh whole Plantain (seed, root, leaves) to 1 cup boiling water, steep 10 minutes, strain, sweeten. Drink throughout the day.

Healing salve: In a large non-metallic pan place 1 lb. of entire Plantain plant chopped, and 1 cup lard. Cover, cook down on low heat until all is mushy and green. Strain while hot, cool and use for burns, insect bites, rashes, and all sores. May be used as a night cream to combat wrinkles.

Nutritionally, Plantain contains a goodly amount of vitamins A, B-1, B-2, C, and K. For healthy eating harvest young leaves in the Spring, boil in salt water or tear and add to salad greens. The seeds are also edible and can be dried on the stalks and then added into soups and stews to enhance flavor and increase nutrition and fiber.


1 cup dry green lentils
1 small onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup chopped young plantain leaves
1 clove sliced garlic
1/4 cup wild rice
6 cups broth
1 tablespoon butter*

Heat the butter in a large saucepan and add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Saute until tender. Add the lentils and Plantain leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer partially covered for about 2 hours. Add the rice and cook for another 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.

* Olive oil may be substituted

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Sunday, April 18, 2010


Post by Tigger2 from our forum:


Where do they come from? How do they get in your food?

You just bought a bag of beans. You looked at that bag and did not see any weevils. You put that bag of beans up for six months. You come back to look again and you got weevils or bugs. The female weevil bores a small hole(think microscopic) in the bean while the bean is still on the vine. She lays her eggs in that hole. The hole is way too small to see.
When you bring the beans, flour or corn meal home, the food gets warm and warmth is what the weevil eggs need to hatch. The weevils are not there but the eggs are.
The eggs hatch and then you got baby weevils. Soon after that you got adult weevils.
You need to treat the dry food that you store up. This includes dry beans, flour and corn meal. If you don't treat the food the eggs will hatch and spread like wild fire. The weevils will go to your pasta and everything else.
There are two ways to treat the stored food: freezing and heating. If applied properly, either cold or heat will kill the weevil eggs. I have found from working with it that freezing is the easier method. I just throw my beans, flour and corn meal in the freezer for at least 72 hours. Most modern freezers are set at around 0 degrees F. That is enough cold to do the job. The job is killing the eggs not getting rid of them. There is no way that I know of to get rid of the weevil eggs. Your goal is to treat the food so the eggs don't hatch. Most of the time, I forget and leave the food in the freezer anywhere from two weeks to a month.
Dry beans are the worst culprit for weevils. They are washed off(maybe) and put in a bag. That is weevil heaven. Those eggs are just waiting for some warmth to hatch. And they will.
Flour and corn meal are both made from grinding a seed into a fin dust that we call flour. The grinding process without a doubt kills most of the eggs but some will survive. And then they hatch.
Pasta is made from flour that has been cooked with heat. That heat will kill the weevil eggs. So, if you got weevils in your pasta, they probably migrated from another food supply.
Now, let me get back to the other way of treating your food, heat. You can use heat to kill the weevil eggs. I have tried it and it is a pain in the butt. Heat is hard to regulate or control. Too much heat and you will burn your food. Not enough heat and you are wasting your time and energy. Stoves are pretty much useless. Sun light does not get hot enough. The easiest way that I have found to use heat as a treatment for weevil eggs is a food dehydrator. I have 2 food dryers. They get up to about 150 degrees F. That is hot enough to kill the eggs. It takes time. There are not that many articles on how long it takes to kill the eggs with heat. There is no way that I can tell you how long it will take. My best guess would be 12-24 hours with a standard pre-set food dehydrator.
The bottom line is that if you don't want weevils in your food, you got to treat the food. You treat the food with cold or heat. You want to kill the eggs so they don't hatch. There is not really much you can do about the eggs. They are there. If you have ate beans, you have probably ate weevil eggs. Just don't think about it.

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Monday, March 22, 2010


by Moggy
SLIPPERY ELM BARK (Ulmus fulva) held a place of honor in 18th and 19th century America until our once-great elm forests were decimated by Dutch elm disease; as a result, our herbal healing heritage is poorer by far. This herb is a demulcent (soothing, mucilage-forming), emollient (soothing and protective for skin), expectorant, diuretic, nutritive (providing specific food nutrients) and one of the most valuable remedies in herbal practice. The parts used are the inner bark. The powder should be greyish or faun colored and can be used for making poultices or mucilaginous drinks. Its mucilage content coats, soothes, and lubricates the mucus membranes lining the digestive tract, making Slippery Elm an excellent treatment for ulcers, gastritis, colitis, and other inflammatory bowel problems. Its high fiber content helps normalize intestinal action; it can be used to relieve both diarrhea and constipation.
Colonials were taught by American Indians to use slippery elm bark as both a food and as a treatment for wounds, sore throat, and many other ailments. Before refrigeration, the bark was soaked in water and wrapped around meats to retard spoilage...it was coarsely ground and mixed with water to turn it into a spongy mass to mold into bandages that were used to cover wounds. To make a poultice for wounds, stir enough water into the powdered bark to make a paste and apply to the site. It will form a natural bandage that will stay in place for hours and can be removed by moistening with water.
Slippery elm bark is not only most soothing and healing to all parts to which it comes into contact, it also possesses as much nutrition as is contained in oatmeal...and when made into a gruel, forms a wholesome and sustaining food for children, elders, and invalids.
Mix one heaping teaspoonful of the herb into a thin and perfectly smooth paste with cold water. When thoroughly mixed, pour on one pint of distilled water, steadily stirring. If desired, it can be flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon rind, etc. This makes an excellent drink in cases of irritation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines, and if taken at night at retiring, will induce sleep. As mentioned above, this remedy is valuable for those suffering gastro-intestinal disorders.
Slippery elm bark is considered safe for pregnant women, infants, elderly, dogs and cats.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


by Moggy
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is found growing along roadways and in meadows. It is a biennial, producing leaves the first year and fruiting and dying the second year. Easy to raise as once planted it will scatter its seeds and multiply itself. Mullein leaves and flowers are used as analgesic, antihistamine, antioxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic and sedative. In some cases the roots are also used.
American Indians used to relieve lung congestion by smoking dried leaves of the herb Mullein although I wouldn’t recommend doing so due to threat of an allergic reaction. They also used Mullein as a treatment for hemorrhoids and gout.
Mullein is a beneficial remedy for toning mucous membranes and reducing inflammation; in the case of the respiratory system it facilitates expectoration; in the case of hemorrhoids it eases the discomfort. In both situations it reduces inflammation.
There are so many ways to use this healing herb. To clear the lungs from congestion, boil about a cup of the leaves in a quart of water, pour into a bowl and make a tent by leaning over the bowl and covering your head and the bowl with a towel. Take shallow breaths at first and then inhale the steam deeper; do this for five or ten minutes.
For both people and pets you can easily make an herbal oil for earache or for the animal problem of ear mites by soaking about a teaspoon of Mullein leaves in two tablespoons of warm olive oil. When the leaves have absorbed all the oil add a clove of chopped garlic, mix well, and strain through a fine clean cloth. Using a dropper, squeeze a few drops into the ear. It will soothe and heal.

A remedy for checking distressing cough and expectoration in all pulmonary diseases. Also for hemorrhage of the lungs, stomach, intestines, or any other internal part. It is considered to have more curative value in tuberculosis, coughs, and bronchitis than comfrey,lungwort, pleurisy root, or any other herb used in the treatment of respiratory diseases. Formula by Shook.

1 ounce mullein leaves (cut)
½ pints distilled water

Boil the water and pour over the leaves. Cover and let steep in a hot place for 15 minutes. Strain through muslin to avoid the hairs. Sweeten with honey to taste, or add one ounce of food grade vegetable glycerine. Cool, bottle, and keep in a cool place.

DOSE: Three to four ounces or more 3 or 4 times a day between meals. Children less according to age.
MULLEIN COUGH DROPS...recipe by Karyn Siegel-Maier
½ cup mullein leaves, packed
1 cup boiling water
1 1/3 cup brown sugar

Steep the leaves in the boiled water, covered, for one hour. Strain. Add brown sugar. Boil until the mixture reaches the soft candy stage, then pour onto a greased cookie sheet. With a butter knife, score out squares while the mixture is still soft. Allow to cool completely, then break into individual squares. Wrap each drop in waxed paper.
Do not use this herb if pregnant or breast feeding.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


by Moggy
Surviving in a world that is in a state of upheaval means knowing how to heal yourself when physical problems arise...or better yet, how to prevent problems from arising in the first place. Any of the states in the Appalachian Mountain Range have a wealth of natural remedies growing in the forests that comprise this range, especially Georgia (Sosebee Cove in the Chattahoochee Nat’l Forest is a botanist’s dream come true) and North Carolina, as the Cherokee Indians have left behind what may be considered an encyclopedia of healing remedies.
To begin, let us explore Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica). It is a nutritive..kidney ally..alterative, antiseptic, anti-diabetic, anti-rheumatic. Natural remedy for the pain of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tendinitis and bursitis..preventative of prostate problems.
Stinging Nettle is a wonder herb of nourishment and powerful enough to heal damaged tissue. Kidneys, lungs, intestines, and arteries are tonified, strengthened and gradually altered toward optimum functioning. The chemical constituents are mucilage, iron phosphate, potassium phosphate, magnesium phosphate and potassium chloride..and in the fresh plant, formic acid. The chemistry of this plant makes it extremely valuable as a therapeutic agent in inflammatory and catarrhal conditions. Organic iron phosphate is nature’s quickest and best remedy for all inflammation; potassium phosphate is the basic food for brain and nerves; and potassium chloride is nature’s masterpiece solvent of fibrin.
The anti-inflammatory substances join with the rich concentration of the minerals boron and silicon to help ease pain of the above diseases. The fresh leaves can be used raw and applied directly to the rheumatic pain area as they increase circulation and draw out pain.
For the purposes of men’s sexual health, the key ingredients are the sterols that lessen the action of DHT, the form of testosterone that causes the prostate to enlarge.
A cup or more of nettle tea taken daily relieves and helps prevent water retention.
Use two teaspoons of dried nettle leaves per pint of boiling water.
Use three to four teaspoons per pint of boiling water.
HERBAL INFUSION (for energy):
One ounce of dried nettle herb
One quart of filtered water
Place the herb into a quart jar and fill to the top with boiling water. Stir with a wooden spoon and add enough water to fill the jar to the top. Cover tightly and set aside to brew for at least four hours or overnight.
To use: Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the herb. Be sure to refrigerate your infusion, as it will go bad at room temperature once it is done brewing. Drink within 24 hours.
I steam a few handfuls of freshly picked Stinging Nettle (use gloves to prevent being stung) for about 15 minutes and top with a wee bit of butter.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pioneer Stew

Pioneer Stew
Author Unknown
Makes 8 servings

1 1/4 cups (1/2 pound) dried pinto or kidney beans
3 cups cold water
1 tsp salt
1/2 to 1 pound ground beef ( beef TVP® may be used)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup finely diced green pepper
1 16oz. can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 16oz. can tomatoes, undrained
1/2 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sharp American cheese

In a large saucepan place washed and drained beans, cold water and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes. In skillet: cook ground beef, chopped onion and green pepper until meat is browned and vegetables are tender. Drain off fat. Add meat mixture, corn, tomatoes, chili powder, and salt to taste to beans. Simmer 20 minutes.Combine 1 Tbsp flour with 2 Tbsp water. Stir into stew. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly. Stir in cheese.

This is real good while camping or on a rainy, chilly night... SciFiChick, try this an let the possums go...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Food Shortage

I don't know how many of you have seen this:

Government cover-up of food shortage feared
Reports show demand growing, production declines estimated at 30%
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=121378 If you haven't read it it might be wise to do so.

Not only is it wise to grow your own food, or even a portion of what you eat, but at some time it may very well mean the differance in you continueing a free way of life or one of government handouts. I, for one, don't intend to stand in line while armed troops watch my every move just to get food. Even in this cold snap we're having, food can be grown. Convert a storage shed to a "green house", add light and a small heater for climate control. Where there is a will there is a way.

I got a book for Christmas. "How to Survive the end of the world as we know it" by James Wesley, Rawles also the founder of SurvivalBlog.com. It's a good book and has alot of useful info, BUT, I disagree with his accessment of what a person needs to survive. Granted it would be nice to have all of what he say's you'll need but you would also have to win the lottery to buy it all. The "average person" can't prepare that well.

People have "gotten by" with alot less. I subscribe to the K.I.S.S. principal (keep it simple stupid) I believe if you have shelter, water, food and weapons you can "buy" enough time to build on what you need to get by until it gets better (for you) by having these, you'll have more time to prepare for the long haul. Also, alot of People are "loners", I am for the most part. I am also smart enough to know I can't do it alone with a family to worry about. I have developed a group to help with this. Don't rush on picking People to share your "location" with. Living in close quarters you want to make sure you can count on the others to pull their weight. To me, Lazy equals dis-honesty. Your life, your family and others may depend on this...
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