Tuesday, November 17, 2009
IN THIS ISSUE:
IT'S HOT: How to survive extreme heat
WHAT IS A B.O.B.?
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IT'S HOT: How to survive extreme heat
At the FEMA website, one of the ways it says to prepare for extreme heat is to have an air conditioner installed in your home. That is good advice, but what if there is an emergency and the power is knocked out and you don't have an air conditioner? Here are some ways to keep your cool in extreme heat, and how to treat yourself or someone else who is overcome by the heat.
First, don't panic, if you are in a situation, any situation, the first thing that you should do is to make sure that you are calm. Even if you are accustomed to a very cool, air conditioned atmosphere, know that your body will eventually grow accustomed to the heat. It may take a few days, and you may get very fatigued, but do not worry, your body will adjust. In the 2 to 6 days that you need for your body to get accustomed to extreme heat , your circulation, your heart action, your breathing and your sweat glands will adjust.
If at all possible, stay out of direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours of the day. If you must be in direct sunlight, cover your head. Also, if possible, keep yourself hydrated. Thirst and dehydration can dull your mind. Drink plenty of water when you have it . Also, cut down on your food intake, it takes extra water to carry off wastes from your system.
Knowing that you need water, and the air temperature is high, the next thing to consider is the amount of activity that you can do. If the weather is hot, say, 110 degrees F. and a man is doing hard work in the sun, his body will require about 5 gallons of water per day. If your body does not get the required amount of water your ability to concentrate, make decisions, and work will quickly decline.
The average body temperature is 98.6 degrees F. Your body cools its self off by sweating. The warmer the temperature, the more activity you do, the more sweat your body produces. Sweating is the main cause of water loss. If your body quits producing sweat during hot temperatures and heavy work, you will have a heat stroke. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention.
So what can you do to maximize the amount of water that you have available?
Get out of the sun! Find shade or make it. Put a cover above your head and put something between you and the hot ground. Don't move around a lot.
Keep your clothes on. The more that your skin is protected from the wind and sun the more your body will conserve water. Your clothes will absorb your sweat, and keep it against your skin giving you a cooling effect. By staying in the shade, not moving around a lot, not speaking, breathing through your nose and keeping your body covered by clothing, your water needs will drop dramatically.
Once again, if water is scarce, do not eat. Digestion requires water. Eating food will use water that you need for survival.
Thirst is not a reliable guide for your need for water. If you just drank when you were thirsty, most people would only take in about two-thirds of the water that they need. To avoid dehydration, follow these guides as set out by the U.S Army.
At temperatures below 100 degrees F, drink 1 pint of water every hour.
At temperatures above 100 degrees F, drink 1 quart of water every hour.
Drinking water at regular intervals helps to keep your body cooled down. Even when your water supply is low, just sipping will keep your body cooled and reduce sweating. DO NOT ration your water. If you do you will most likely become a victim of the heat.
Heat Casualties (This section is taken directly from the US ARMY SURVIVAL MANUAL 1992, BARNES AND NOBLE INC.)
No matter how much instruction people receive on how to avoid becoming overheated, some heat casualties will occur. Following are the major types of heat casualties and their treatment when little water and no medical assistance are available.
Heat cramps. These are caused mainly by loss of salt due to excessive sweating. Symptoms are moderate to severe muscle cramps in legs, arms, or abdomen. These symptoms may start as mild muscular discomfort. This is the time when the person should stop all activity, get int eh shade, and drink water. If the person fails to recognize the early symptoms and continues with physical activity he will have severe muscle cramps and pain. Treat the person the same as for heat exhaustion, below.
Heat exhaustion. This is caused by a large loss of body water and salt. Symptoms are headache; mental confusion; irritability; excessive sweating; weakness; dizziness; cramps; and pale, moist, cold (clammy) skin. Take the following steps immediately: Tet the patient under shade, make him lie on a stretcher or similar item approximately 18” off the ground, loosen his clothing, sprinkle him with water, fan him, and have him drink small amounts of water every 3 minutes. Ensure that he remains quiet and rests.
Heat stroke. This is a severe heat injury caused by extreme loss of water and salt and the body's inability to cool itself. The patient may die if not cooled immediately. Symptoms are no sweating; hot, dry skin; headache; dizziness; fast pulse; nausea and vomiting; and mental confusion leading to unconsciousness. Take the following steps immediately: Get the person to shade, lay him on a stretcher or similar item approximately 18” off the ground; loosen his clothing; pour water on him (it does not matter of the water is polluted or brackish); fan him; massage his arms, legs, and body. If he regains consciousness, let him drink small amounts of water every 3 minutes.
If there ever is a heat emergency in your neighborhood, please do not forget to check on the young and the elderly that are there. They are the most susceptible to heat related injury. Take care of yourselves and your neighbors. That is what it is all about.
WHAT IS A B.O.B.?
BOB is an acronym for Bug Out Bag. What is a bug out bag? It is a grab and go bag, box, backpack, or sack that can be grabbed up if you have to go. Whether it is from a storm, an evacuation, or whatever. A bug out bag contains things necessary for short term survival. Everyone is different so bug out bags differ too. Some folks like to put personal niceties, some put in guns and ammunition. The BOB, or 72 hour bag as it is also known, that is discussed in this article is just basic, other items can be added if wanted or needed.
There are several types of BOB and some people have different bags in different places. There is a man that I know of who has what he calls his everyday carry( things that he keeps on his person); his day bag ( a bag that he carries all of the time); his car bag with things that he might need if he is in the car on the road somewhere when emergency happens. It is good to be prepared where ever we are. This article will cover both a basic emergency pack and a car pack.
THE BASIC PACK
The contents of a basic survival pack for 1 person should contain the following items:
A container to hold it all in ( a backpack is great, but a tote bag, a bucket with a lid, or other container will work.
A flashlight and extra batteries , or a crank flashlight that does not need batteries.
An emergency radio and extra batteries.
A folding stove with fuel tabs, or fire starter sticks.
Some finger food (granola, dried fruit, candies, chocolate, trail mix, jerky) enough to keep you going for a few days.
Water 1 gallon per day is a good amount, but in an emergency situation a few 1 liter bottles will do.
Water purification tablets, or a water filtering bottle in case you run out of water.
A pocket knife
A rope or paracord
A pair of work gloves
A small first aid kit
Paper and pencil
Zip lock bags (for water, food, to keep extra clothes dry, etc)
A good survival manual is a plus.
Having a card, or sheet with emergency information, contact numbers, medical information, etc is a very good idea. Have one for each member of the family.
This is a very basic kit. Some other things to consider packing are:
A spare set of clothes (sweat shirts and sweat pants are good, along with underclothes, socks and a good pair of shoes put in ziplock bags to keep them dry)
Powder and lotion for chafing and dry skin
A good lip balm
A bed roll or sleeping bag
Pajamas, or long johns
A small tarp or piece of plastic (a solar blanket is small and compact)
A rain poncho ( it can serve for more than just a raincoat)
These things should keep you going until either help comes or you can make your way to a safe place.
All of these things should be packed together, and put in a place where they can be grabbed at a moments notice, in case of an emergency. For more than one person, either the pack can be made to accommodate more people or separate packs for each individual can be made.
If you have a car, there are some basics that you need to keep in the car at all times. They are:
Jack and tools to change a tire
Some food (jerky, granola bars etc)
Flares or emergency Triangle
These things should be packed in a box or backpack where they are easily accessed should an emergency arise.
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Greetings, and a warm welcome to The Rescue Me Right Survival Newsletter,
I hope that everyone made it through the hustle and bustle of the last few weeks and are rested up and ready to make the new year a great one. I know that I am ready to go. I have added some new features to the website in the last few weeks that I hope will be beneficial, or at least entertaining. The first new feature is a new page called Weather and Things. On this page, you can check your local weather conditions and any warnings or notices that may be out for your area. Also on this page is a link to earthquake info from all over the world. It is interesting to watch how much activity is going on . The second new feature on the website is a link to my new blog Survivalgal. Here you will find interesting how-to articles, just fun facts, recipes and who knows what else. I hope to update it every day, so check it out often.
In this month's newsletter, there is only one story, but it is a winner. I have been e-mailing with my friend Triple B. and he has graciously agreed let me use his article on how to actually cook in a thermos bottle. Not only is the food hot and nutritious, but it is very energy efficient to make.Sound good? Then here it is.
The Humble Thermos Bottle.
It’s not just for your hot beverages.
(cook meals and save energy/time with your thermos bottle)
Written & illustrated by TripleB
With the cost of energy & fuels within the past couple years at their highest we’ve seen. More and more people are feeling the punch and trying to find alternatives to save energy whether it is from heating or cooling their homes or foods. Whether your home or range top stove is powered by electric, fuel oils, propane or the like the costs are all the same = rising. With people on limited incomes and many elderly people finding it harder and harder choosing between heating their residence or use higher costing energy to cook their meals there is one sure fire way to cook various meals simply, cheaply, nutritiously, yummy. It’s with the simple humble narrow necked Thermos bottle.
The ideal & action of cooking with a thermos bottle is not a new one actually. All one has to do is type in a internet search under “Thermos Cooking” or “Cooking With A Thermos” and one will find some useful information on such. I myself discovered this method of cooking from the internet years back also. The internet is a blessing and curse for many. Much useful information can be gained by such tool. But one must weigh both sides of a story or article you might come across. Trial and error is the norm. Some things I’ve seen on the internet intended to help or instruct a person can be down right dangerous too. But this system is one of those rock solid systems I’ve tested and use as I have learned. Something you too can try with relative safety. But still yet, there is a safety factor in this since you are dealing with hot boiling water, food items, narrow spouts and a screw lid container
Many have used their thermos bottles to keep their liquid beverages warm to piping hot for years. But many still may not realize that a meal can be literally cooked in a quality thermos. Notice I said “quality” thermos. There are lots of thermos bottles on the market today from styrofoam insulated/lined bottles to the fragile silver glass lined models. The glass lined variety can & will eventually break on you while using them for cooking in any great capacity of time. And don’t go sticking your thermos bottle in the microwave please.
My experience has shown and been pretty conclusive that although these cheaper bottles are good at keeping some items warm enough to ingest within several hours down the road. And some will cook up items like rice and small beans & peas. They will not hold up to the repeated use of actual cooking as that of an all steel constructed double walled vacuum thermos bottles will. Many of the cheaper varieties sold today just will just not cut the mustard nor will they work like a real deal quality made brand name models.
I own several different thermos bottles (about 8) from cheaper models to nice all stainless double walled insulated ones. For the purpose of cooking one would be wise to consider the two I mention here. The Stanley model thermos bottle or the nice models from the company simply called “Thermos”. Both are really good thermos bottle companies. The “Thermos” company has been around for over 100 years & the Stanley company has been around for 95 years (at the time of this writing 12-2008). That’s a pretty good testament of their quality by any measure.
These quality bottles can be had for around $25 for the 1 quart version at many local “mart” stores still today. And you can find them sometimes on sale for another $5 off. These are still quality manufactured thermos bottles that the work-a-day person can afford. And if you’ve never owned a high quality thermos bottle, my advice is you get your self one. You won’t be disappointed.
Why the talk about a high quality thermos? Simply because they work and work very well for the intention of actually cooking in them constantly and being able to take the abuse. The two companies listed above are battle tank tough. They take repeated use and punishment quite well & seal up very well. And I know they work better than any other brand I’ve ever owned.
Now that we’ve established some info for you in regards to using at least a well made thermos for the purposes of cooking. Let’s cover real quickly the model thermos you should use for cooking & what you might try and test for yourself. From there you have an endless array of what your imagination can come up with to put in your thermos and cook.
If you are going to use a thermos bottle to cook in you’ll do well in getting a “narrow neck” model. I can not stress that enough or the importance there of. The good old classic narrow neck model is what you want to actually cook meals in & will retain its heat for a pleasant hot/warm meal even well into the next day when you’re ready to eat it.
Sure, you can buy the wide mouth model also if you want (and I have one too). But the wide mouth models loose their heat quite fast as compared to the narrow neck models. The wide mouth just dissipates the heat to fast & is less efficient for certain types of cooking. It will no doubt cook up rice, lintels & split peas that are small surface area items but when it comes time to cook meats and legumes like pinto beans you will see a wide mouth doesn’t come close to the abilities of a classic narrow neck model for thoroughness and speed of cooking & keeping items hotter over a longer period of time, not even close. So I suggest getting the narrow neck 1 qt. or larger capacity ones. They also make 2 qt. (1/2 gallon) model.
The wide mouth (to the right in the picture) are tempting because of the easy access and pouring abilities of potatoes and meats. And they do surpass well in that department but you will do well with avoiding the wide mouth model as your “primary” cooking thermos. I’m “not” saying the wide mouth won’t work, they will, but not as well as the narrow neck model & the wide mouth won’t come close to keeping stuff piping hot for a period of time like the narrow neck one will. You might have to cut your potatoes and meats in smaller pieces to get them in the narrow neck model but even then it will cook faster since you cut down the thickness and surface area of such items making your cooking time even faster. Less bulky items = less time it takes the heat to penetrate said item and cook it = you’re eating well in less time (which I call being fat, dumb & happy a lot faster).
Most food items that I know of with my limited knowledge will cook at 180 degrees and since much of this type of cooking is bringing water to a boiling point, which is 212 degrees at sea level, some items you try/or cook might not need to be brought to a literal boil actually. Some foods might get over cooked at 212 degree water temps and degrade some nutrients according to some educated cookers, or so they say. I’ve never found that to be any provable case myself nor affect the taste. But then again I’m no food, fat or calorie scientist. I will say this, from my experience; don’t leave rice in more than a couple hours or it will get more paste like and super soggy like mush. Myself & what I usually cook, I bring my water and all contents going in the thermos to a rolling boil on the stove together and then pour it into the thermos then seal it up. If you live in a place and have no stove top but have access to a microwave and have cooking ware that is rated as microwave safe (not your thermos for heavens sake, a bowl). You can still boil items and place them in your thermos bottle. Although I’m no fan of microwaves or the health factors about them coming to more light. If that’s all you’ve got, well then, there you are. You might just have to use what you have too.
If you add your food items to your thermos first and then pour the boiling water on top of it all then cap it off you stand a chance at your water becoming cooler faster because the food items will draw the water temperature down cooling the water a lot faster. I know that might be nit-picky but I have noticed in my testing that cold items in a thermos don’t cook up as good or fast. But if you toss all your goodies in with the water as you bring it all to a boil it all gets heated together nicely and will go into the thermos already really hot and start cooking immediately thus cooking faster. It’s quite useful to “prime” your thermos with hot/warm water before using it also. We’ll speak on that in a bit.
Now for a quick safety note: So far I’ve only had a thermos lid pop off once and that happened recently as I was writing this article. I don’t know why or how but when I was testing some dumplings with smoked turkey in it. I placed the thermos on its side and about 10 minutes later I heard a pop sound and seen my thermos lightly spewing hot liquid on top of the counter. The lid was screwed down tight like always and bottomed out with the serving cup screwed down on it too. Strange occurrence but apparently it can happen. Maybe too much pressure built up in it with the dough swelling. Don’t know but it was weird. Only time I’ve ever seen that happen with a quality thermos. You sure wouldn’t want that happening in your vehicle on the way to work that’s for sure.
Please be careful when using your thermos and boiling water. You’re trying to pour something extremely hot and scalding into a narrow area with chunks of food product at the same time. DO NOT….repeat…..DO NOT hold your thermos in your hand as you try pour hot boiling water into it without a funnel. Please use a funnel…..or you will regret it eventually. You might think you are nimble and can balance a pot of hot water in one hand just fine while pouring it into your thermos but all it takes, heaven knows that I know, is one slip, one sneeze, one bump from your toddler in the leg and you WILL let go of that thermos when that boiling water rolls down the side on your fingers. You will let go in a post haste manner too. Not pleasant. I did that long ago when I first started using my thermos for cooking various items thinking I had everything under control just fine. Thank heavens I had it over the sink when it happened. Make sure you place your thermos firmly on the counter top or even better down in the kitchen sink. Just in case a spill or slip does happen the sink catches the boiling hot liquids and not the front of your body like your waist area or toes as it flows off the counter to the floor or on a child as the case could be if it fell over on the counter top and spilled out everywhere all of a sudden on you. The bottom of a standard Thermos is a polished metal and slippery (on many models, especially Stanley).
For a funnel you can use a canning funnel (a funnel used in pressure canning of food found at your local store) if you’re careful. If you use a metal canning funnel you can slightly bend the bottom inward and it will balance inside the mouth of a narrow neck thermos. Or you can just cut a milk jug in half leaving the handle. Balances right on top of the thermos then. And just use a spoon or rap-n-tap the food into the thermos by jiggling your new home made funnel and the food will fall right in as you pour your contents into your thermos. You can also make a funnel with the pouring end of an empty 2 liter soda pop bottle. The milk jug is nice because you got a built in handle already and you get plenty volume sticking up as not to get any splash back on your arm or hand using the cut milk jug method
Now when you use a thermos like a 1 qt. model it will hold 1 quart of water. Remember to take into count that you will have food taking up space too so you will not be able to get a whole quart of water into the thermos because of the food products displacement. So you should toss your food item into the thermos bottle and then your water. Fill it up to the bottom part of the thermos bottles neck and now you’ll have the amount that will pour right back into your thermos without over filling and wasting anything or making a mess.
Pour the contents of food and water into your sauce pan (cooking pan) and season how you want, if you want, bring to a boil and then pour it back into your thermos. That’s really pretty much all there is to it. Do it fast so you don’t loose heat. But do it carefully as not to injure your self. It’s not a marathon race. Just do it efficiently quick.
You can also use a dedicated pot just for your thermos cooking if you want. You can make (by scratching in) certain level marks for various known items of food per volume of water it takes to fill your thermos bottle. All depends on the amount you normally cook and what item you are cooking. Like a marked area in the pot for rice might be different for pinto beans since beans are larger and might displace more water volume dependant upon the amount you use. You just got to test it out for yourself and you will soon see for yourself.
If you want to do some simple testing then just take a hand full of whatever grain item you want to test and use that amount. You’ll be able to see how well or not it does and adjust from there. It’s not hard. Most of this type of cooking is usually reserved for singles or married couples but if you have a larger family you can still cook in this manner with less power & time. Just buy more thermos’. They don’t take up that much room under the sink.
So what exactly can you cook in your thermos? About whatever your mind can come up with that deals with hot water. Corn, Beans, Peas, Rice, Soups, Stews, Noodles, Lintels, it’s your choice and your imagination. If you can cook it normally in a stew or cooking pot on the stove with water, or if you can cook it in a crock pot, you can cook it in a thermos. With less time at the stove, less time on your feet, tons less energy used, with a lot more time you can be doing something else constructive or with your family. This is not rocket science.
NOTE: Remember to lay your thermos on its side after you fill it. This will allow its contents to cook evenly throughout. Your food items will be evenly displaced throughout the hot water that way. This is also safer in case you do ever experience a blow out. Face it toward the sink. Then if an accident does happen while you are away. The contents will just spew toward the sink and not all over your cabinets or ceiling if the bottle was standing upright making a horrible mess.
Also make sure you fill your thermos all the way up to the proper level at the bottom of the neck. Don’t leave a lot of air space or your water will cool faster. Not only does this help retain heat. If it’s a small meal you’ll still have plenty of liquid to drink as a warm seasoned drink and will help keep you hydrated and help in digestion of any food you ingest. To digest food you body has to use its hydration to do so. So you’ll be putting water into your body this way to help digestion.
Here are some pictures of the process & examples you can try and go from there with your own ideals.
* Rice – ½ cup of white rice will make a serving for 2 people and literally fill a 1 qt. Thermos when all puffed up. Only takes about 1 ½ hours and it’s ready to eat (sometimes up to 2 hrs, depending on how fast you are with your system or if you primed your bottle beforehand). You don’t even need to pre-soak rice. Simply rinse your rice (if you want), toss it into the required pre-measured amount of water to boil and after it comes to boil pour it all into your thermos. Cap it tight, sit it on its side preferably facing the sink in case you do have a accident or blow out (at least point it in a direction away from other electrical appliances or people). As you can see in a picture below this simple half cup of rice made a plate full of food.
Granted also you can just bring your water to a boil with the rice in it and then turn it off, put your sauce pan lid on and walk away and it will cook too. But this way you can take it with you right then and not wait while it’s on the stove soaking up the heat. Not worry about nosey kids or spouses coming by and picking up a lid to see what’s for chow allowing heat to escape or wandering hands of wee ones coming by and grabbing a pot off the stove and possibly pouring the contents down upon them. And this manner will allow the rice to be really hot when you’re ready to eat. Along with some extra liquid you might want to drink on a cold winter day, even if it doesn’t taste real good just plain. It can still benefit you. I like rice sweet myself so I put raw honey in mine to cook so even the hot liquid that remains I get out of the thermos is sweetened some what and quite palatable.
When I cooked this ½ cup of rice in a 1 quart Thermos tonight, while at the same time maintaining my camera to take all these pictures of the process, the pot on the stove went just below boiling by the time I poured it. So the water was just either right at 212 degrees or right under. Either way it really don’t matter that much since rice cooks up pretty quick while you go mow the lawn or go sharpen your axe & chop some firewood or go to the store for a item or simply kick back with a good book. The water was still moving but I didn’t get it off the stove at rolling boil. But 2 hours later when I opened it up to pour the rice out. I stuck the thermometer in the water and the water temperature was hovering around 185 – 190 degrees. I’ve cooked rice in 1 ½ hrs. more than once. And depending on how fast you want to cook then here’s a bit of information that needs to be mentioned. It’s called “priming” your thermos. I didn’t prime it this go around in the cool of winter in an old house I live in. So that alone will cause your cooking time to be a tad more. To “prime” your thermos simply run hot tap water or pre-warmed water into your thermos (if you have the water to spare to do this, if not, no
worries), cap it and let it sit while your food items and water that will be going into the thermos for cooking is in the process of starting to boil on the stove.
This will warm up the thermos and stainless steel side walls prepping your bottle. When your food on the stove starts to boil pour the priming water out of the thermos bottle or save it in a container & when it cools down you can either drink it or use it for you next go around with your thermos cooking. But this pre-heating action will prime the thermos and your water from the stove will stay hotter even longer if you need it too & your cooking times will be noticeably faster especially in the winter.
* - Pintos – It’s best to pre-soak your Pinto beans (or other large or hard legumes) either over night or while you’re gone to work for the day (1 cup is a plenty good meal for one person). Cover your amount of beans with about an inch (or tad more) of water in a cereal bowl and you’ll be fine. You can just boil up the hard legumes after a good pre-soak and toss them into the thermos for the next days munching or several hours later in the day or evening to eat. They will cook also without pre-soaking but will have a firm texture usually (if you don’t pre-soak them). It really depends on how long you leave them in the thermos. If you like that texture then by all means go for it. But if you like the softer texture of beans like I was raised up with in a slow cooker crock pot or mom tending a boiling pot for hours on the stove top having to monitor the water level, using energy you might not be able to spare, then you need to pre-soak your Pintos. They will cook up quite nicely then. After pre-soaking over night or throughout the day while you’re gone to work. Toss the beans in water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling pour all contents into the thermos and seal immediately. Cap tightly and place the drinking cup on loosely at least. Let them cook over night for your next day’s lunch or boil them up in the morning after a nights soaking to have for an early dinner that same afternoon. Pre season them with your salt, garlic, pepper, onions, spices, deer meat chunks, smoked turkey pieces, whatever your hearts desire. When you pre-season any food you put it in the thermos it will be all soaked in and already & tasty when you’re ready to eat. And what liquid you don’t use immediately will be a tasty treat when you want to drink a warm/hot drink in the winter time.
How much salt? How much garlic or other spices? Whatever you would normally used to season a nice large bowl of chow is what you should use. Everyone is different in the amount of seasoning they prefer. Just use what you normally would for a large bowls worth of eating and you’ll have a starting point to use. If you need more, then after it’s cooked, add more to your liking. This isn’t a article on recipes nor a cook book. It’s a basic starting point for you to use to get you on your way to using less energy both utilities and human & to free up time for your self without having to maintain a constant awareness that a burner is on while around the house or when you leave the house.
With the heating energy you used to boil beans for a long time in a regular pot on the stove, and the energy you might use in conjunction with baking up some sweet corn bread, you could be just putting your attention & effort into the corn bread more so since this method allows the thermos to be cooking the large legumes that only took you like 5 minutes to bring to boil, 15 seconds to pour them into the Thermos, 5 seconds to cap it & about 2 seconds to lay it on its side and walk away. Maintenance free cooking basically is what it boils down to (no pun intended).
Some might be thinking why not just put them in the crock pot and when you get home they’re ready to eat. Remember, we’re talking about energy savings and efficiency here. Limited power usage & water usage. Not having an electrical appliance on while you’re away from home worry if your house is going to burn down while you’re gone. It only takes a few minutes to boil the water for this type of cooking in your thermos and you’re done with energy consumption. What if you had no power? If you can build a fire just even long enough to boil the required amount of water then you’re still good to go and can cook in your thermos.
Say you’re going on a hunt or a hike, although a thermos is a bulky item and might be heavy in a back pack for some when it’s full of contents (this is where the pint size thermos shines), you could be presoaking your grain in warm tap water for hours in your thermos while you are on the trail or headed
to your favorite hunting site and when you’re ready to boil your water and start the cooking regiment. You simply pour the contents you’ve already got in your thermos into a sauce pan you might pack with you to cook in (heaven forbid you go into the wilderness without at least a cooking pot to boil water and make the simplest meal, go prepared). Bring it to a boil, pour it back into your thermos, seal it and let it cook a few hours. At the end of the day or next day (either way) you’ll have a full hearty, nutritious meal waiting for your stomach. Or you could pre-soak them the night before you go out and then just boil them up real quick in the morning before you head out and put them in your thermos and by the time lunch rolls around you’re ready to eat. It’s nice to have a hot meal with hot liquid in the dead of winter in the wilderness. So like I said this is all about less effort, less time stressing and more time saving energy and more time doing things you either need to get done or want to do.
Is this a cooking method I use exclusively every day? No, but it’s sure a nice cooking skill to have knowledge on and know how to do when the time comes and you need to do so to conserve energy and time.
There’s another food item that don’t weigh anything that you could carry with you that would make you a happy camper if needed in the cold or if you were stranded in the wilderness and just needed something good to fill you up and keep you going. And you can pack enough of this food item into one pocket on your back pack that would last you a week…..literally….and will fill you up. Our forefathers used it when crossing the mountain ranges. I’ll write about that simple food item soon. 90% + of you have it in your home right now.
Even so, as mentioned before, a thermos might be a tad bulky or heavy for some people in their pack. It could come in quite handy if things went bump in the night on your simple outing and you got lost in the wilderness or got turned around in the woods while out tracking game or trapping or just out hiking in a place you thought you were familiar with. If you had something to boil water in over a fire you’d have a item with you that can still cook with little effort on your part in which leaves you more time to construct a shelter, plan your way out and/or be able to cook some food for you while you are on your way out of the wilderness. Never know. They’re just another ‘lil handy item to have around.
Large legumes take the longest to cook this way from my experience, but not so long that it’s not worth it, that’s for sure. But then again I am a legume fan. About any bean is my friend. Look at it this way. What would you rather do? Spend a couple hours watching and having to maintain beans boiling on top of the stove for hours or in a crock pot for hours burning electricity or gas that’s costing you more and more? Or, simply do a tiny bit a preparation by pre-soaking your beans (pick out any floaters or items that float) during the day or over night while you sleep and simply toss them in a pot of water and bring to a boil in all of 5 minutes of your life then pour them into a thermos and be on your way? It doesn’t take long once you do this a few times to realize the efficiency of this system and costs saving benefits & amount of time you just freed up for your self while your meal is cooking in a thermos with no additional energy costs.
I've never put the “literal” clock to the amount of time it takes to cook large beans (legumes). I’ve always just done it either over night or early in the morning and let them cook for me while I’m gone to work. Either way, try a half cup of large beans first and see how your results turn out. You will know pretty quickly how you need to adjust anything if you actually do have too from there. You can toss in any veggie you think you’d like that requires really hot water for a while to cook them up and add some meat if you prefer. Real smoked turkey is great in beans & so is deer meat chunked up small. Salt, black pepper, fresh garlic clove. You pour that over some Indian fry bread or sweet corn bread, mmmmmm, if you don’t like that. Then I would have to think there’s just something not right with you
Other foods to consider are Wheat berries (wheat grain, seed). Let them cook overnight in your thermos and the next morning you will have a ready made hot cereal. If you like add cream or milk, brown sugar or honey, whatever you like. If you blend them like I learned from a person on line you wind up with a oatmeal texture hot cereal full of nutrients & will give you plenty of go power for the morning.
You can try out spaghetti noodles also. Don’t take long in a sealed container that 212 degree water just went in and sealed to maintain that heat for as long as possible. Break them in half and fit them in your thermos. Add your boiling water, cap it, set it on its side and walk away to do something else constructive while you wait a bit for them to cook up. Make up whatever sauce you want to go on them real quick while you wait.
Egg noodles also. You can make your own stew with egg noodles pretty simple. I take a hand full of noodles, deer meat (or turkey), new potatoes, carrots, peas (whatever you like). Season them in the pot of boiling water. Bring all contents up to boil & then pour them all into the thermos bottle. Cap it, lay it on its side & the next day at work have a steaming hot 1 quart meal of stew. Throw in a bullion cube too if you like. Won’t hurt.
Explore the ideal. You might find something you like and what all you can make. The sky’s the limit. So you don’t have to just use your thermos to keep your coffee hot or cold drinks cold. You can actually cook a meal quite easy in one. Hope it works out as well for you as it has for me. Just use some common sense & a tad of pre-planning & you’ll discover quite a few things you can cook in your thermos that will save you some time and energy. Have fun. BBB.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Issue 1 Volume 2 December, 2008
Did everyone have a good thanksgiving? I sure hope so. I spent the day with my parents and a whole lot of friends. The food was good, the company was good, and the leftovers were great! We were blessed to not even see a deer on any of the roads on the trip down or the trip home.
In this issue:
There are all kinds of good things in this month's issue.
Nana's Ice Storm is a great survival story from the winter storms in Oklahoma last year.
Proper Care of a Pocketknife offers some practical advice on how to take proper care of a pocket knife.
Instructions on How to Build a Personal First Aid Kit
Nana's Ice Storm
On the evening of December 8th, an ice storm bitterly blew across all 77 counties of the state of Oklahoma. By the morning of the 9th, there were around 27,000 people without power in the Tulsa area. As the day wore on, the rain continued to fall along with the temperatures outside. By nightfall, the power outages were increasing. The next morning, while there was a surreal silence, you could hear the sounds of snapping trees echoing like gunshots and the shooshing sound of branches hitting the frozen earth. It was around 4:00 a.m. the morning of the 10th that our power finally succumbed to the frailty of a falling tree. Complete silence and darkness came upon our house as suddenly there was no glow from the alarm clock and no hum from the furnace. My first inclination was that it would be back on in a jiffy, but deep down, I knew, that would not be the case.
The events from the previous winter began to replay in my mind, as I remembered when a few counties south of us went through a very similar situation in February. People were without power for as much as 10 days or more, dependent upon shelters, the Salvation Army and eventually FEMA for support.
Thankfully, the night before I had packed an overnight bag for each of my family members along with some grocery essentials, with the idea that when our power went out, we would retreat to the home of my trusty parents- right? Wrong! They had already called earlier in the night to say that they had lost their power. No problem I thought, I’ve been blessed with two sets of parents, so I still had a backup.
Yahweh had given me the forethought to not only pack bags but to also lay out candles, some flashlights, and an old-fashioned phone-you know the kind with a cord? So, under the glimmering light of my Glade-scented candle, I dialed up Mama at around 5:00 a.m., only to find out that they had lost power as well. My mind began to go through the options. Father-in –law, no power: brother, no power: aunts and uncles, no power.
With nowhere left to turn, and some residual heat in the house, we decided to go back to bed and wait until daylight to re-access the situation.
As I lay there, listening to the trees popping and the freezing rain continuing to fall, I remembered the scripture Matt. 24:20, “Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.” I prayed that Yahweh would give me the wisdom to make good decisions, the strength to endure whatever problems we were about to encounter and the right attitude to see me through to the end. I asked that above all, He would keep my family, mainly my children, warm and safe and that this ordeal would only last as long as necessary to learn from it what we are supposed to. Earlier in the year, while some of our brethren were going through this south of here, I told my husband that I felt it was a warning to us and that we were supposed to take heed and prepare ourselves in the event something like it would happen to us.
By morning, we were able to hear some news on our radio and learn that there were an estimated 200,000 outages in the Tulsa area.
My husband’s place of employment was reporting power going off and on, but he was finally able to go in around 11:00 a.m. Something we were grateful for because if he doesn’t work, he doesn’t get paid. Around 4:00p.m., he called me to say their power at work had finally gone off and that their generator had failed, so they were sending the guys home. It was with that same phone call that he informed me that the power to the water treatment plant had gone out and that we should expect to lose water within the next 12-24 hours.
I filled every empty vessel I had with water. The bathtub, pitchers, canisters, a cookie jar. I set empty storage totes outside to catch rain water. It’s amazing how much water you can catch from the rain.
Thankfully, I had groceries in the house, but the events of the ice storm earlier in the year were still going through my mind. Stores weren’t able to open because they had no power or if they could open, they were only taking cash. People weren’t able to get to their money though because the banks and ATM’s were without power. Gas stations couldn’t service people because they had no power.
A trip to our local grocery store in search of D-cell batteries had been to no avail. While there, we noticed the line to the only gas station with power was what looked to be about an hours wait.
The destruction from the ice was breathtaking. Funny how the ice wasn’t prejudice in the victims it chose. No one had escaped its effects. I’ve seen tornadoes rip through a swatch of land or a town, but never had I seen something so widespread as this. Looking over the hills while driving into town where the Tulsa skyline usually lights the sky, it was dark, a sight I had never seen.
Because we have a natural gas cook stove, I was able to keep the house warm by running the burners and boiling water. We hung blankets over the windows and in the hallway to block off the bedrooms and keep most of the heat just in the rooms we were occupying. We were holding steady at 65 degrees. I thought of people in Russia and places like Norway and Sweden and other bitter cold places where 65 degrees probably felt like summer and would probably be welcomed. I was thankful that I wasn’t in Minnesota where my friend had just written to me about -2 degree temperatures. That night, as I put a second layer on the boys to go to bed, I thought, ‘no big deal, we’ve camped at the Feast in cooler temperatures.’ Isn’t it ironic the things Yahweh uses to prepare us and we never even realize it at the time?
Day two began with the house at 55 degrees, something you expect when you wake up in your zipped up nylon temporary dwelling, but not within the 4 walls of your humble home.
A call in to my husbands shop revealed they were still without power, so he didn’t go to work.
As I prepared breakfast for my family that morning, I didn’t prepare the normal quantities, thinking already that I should conserve what I had in the event that the stores weren’t able to open.
It was midmorning when Mama called and said my step dad had driven to Texas with the intention of buying a generator. To our knowledge, there weren’t any left in the state of Oklahoma and he was determined to drive south until he acquired one. It was official then, one way or another, we would be sleeping with heat tonight!!
I realized that Yahweh had heard my prayer; He kept my family safe and warm. My husband was able to return to work the next day and his employer generously paid him for the day he had missed due to the power outage.
The toll of the power outages in the Tulsa area alone topped out at 314,000. Our power was restored 5 days later. My mother was restored 8 days later and my aunt and uncle were still without 12 days later.
We learned a valuable lesson about preparedness, generosity and the kindness of others. I know that without them, my family would’ve been cold, but thankfully, we were not.
Of course, through it all, I remained upbeat and positive, something I believe is very important. After all, pouting and griping doesn’t restore the power. With my sense of humor in tact, I sat laughing to myself as I made a list of things you don’t have to concern yourself with in the dark.
Does this bag match my shoes?
When was my last brow wax?
Do my socks match?
Black or navy?
Is it time to do my roots?
Are my panty lines showing?
Do these pants make my butt look big?
But, in all seriousness, as I said, a lesson in preparedness was learned and I also have compiled a list of things you may want to keep on hand in the event that something similar would ever happen to your or your family. Keep it all together in an easily accessible location so you don’t have to gather the stuff in the dark or in a moment of chaos. Remember to stay calm; our family members pattern their reactions after ours.
These are merely suggestions and definitely not what I would consider everything you would need, (remember those of you that know my husband, know I am married to ‘survival Sam’) just some things I found came in handy.
A phone ( old fashioned-with a cord)
unscented candles (pumpkin spice becomes nauseating after a while.)
Strike anywhere matches
Bottled water (it’s easier to contain this way)
Canned goods and/or Dried goods
Blankets (at least one per family member)
Warm clothes (one set per member including hats and gloves)
Battery operated radio
Feminine products (you just never know)
Baby wipes (not just for babies)
Lantern (rechargeable or gas)
Puzzles or games for children and/or adults
A screwdriver (helping for opening toys to rob the batteries)
A list of your utility companies and their phone numbers
A list of contacts for both in and out of state
A stash of cash (around $100 or more.)
A small generator ( at least one capable of running a space heater and one small appliance.)
A good sense of humor
It should go without saying that by all means, men should be asked to remember to return the toilet seat to the down position when there is a power outage. As a matter of fact, the rule should be, if the lights are out, they should be seated to do their business. All in agreement, say, “Aye”!
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Proper Care of a Pocketknife
Almost every camper knows how indispensable a pocketknife can be. A pocketknife can be a lifesaving tool in an emergency situation. With a pocket knife you can cut a rope, open a can, whittle a stake, punch a hole in a belt, or slice a piece of bread. You can tighten a screw or make shavings to start a fire.
A good pocketknife can do all these things and much more. A good knife for general use has a couple of cutting blades, a can opener and a screwdriver.
Some do's and don'ts for safe knife use.
DO keep the blades closed at all times that the knife is not in use.
DO close the knife before you pass it to someone else.
DO cut away from yourself
DO keep your knife sharp and clean. It is easier to control a sharp knife than it is to control a dull one.
DON'T carry a knife with the blade open
DON'T throw a knife.
DON'T cut toward yourself with a knife. If the blade slips you could seriously hurt yourself.
DON'T use the knife to pry, it could bend the blade or snap the end off.
DON'T strike the knife with another tool.
Taking care of a pocketknife
Most pocketknives are made of material that does not rust. But dirt and dust and lint can get inside the grooves and the blade does get dull with use.
open all of the blades. Twirl a small bit of cloth onto the end of a toothpick, moisten the cloth with light oil, and wipe the inside of the knife groove. If you have used your pocketknife to cut food, or to scrape up a really nasty mess, or to spread peanut butter and jelly on a sandwich, in order to kill the bacteria and nasties that get on the blade, wash it in hot soapy water and dry it with a soft cloth.
Sharpen your pocketknife on a whetstone. A whetstone is a granular stone that is made of material that is harder than the knife blade. Some people put water on the stone, and others will use a light oil, while others use the stone dry. Individual preference varies along with the type of stone used.
For general use knives, hold the blade against the stone at about a 30 degree angle. That means that the back of the blade will be lifted off the stone about one third of the way from vertical. Push the blade along the stone like you are taking a slice off of the top, or move the blade in a circular motion. Sharpen the other side of the blade in the same manner. Wipe the blade with a soft cloth and examine the edge under a bright light or against the sun. A dull cutting edge reflects light and looks shiny. A sharp edge is so thin it has no shine at all.
Thanks to the Boy Scout handbook for the information in this article.
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How to Build a Personal First Aid Kit
Carrying a few first aid items in a pocket, purse or glove box of your car, will allow you to treat cuts, scrapes, blisters, and other minor injuries, and can provide initial care in the case of more serious emergencies. Everything in this kit will fit into a zip-lock bag and can be carried with very little trouble. Get into the habit of taking along a personal first aid kit wherever you go.
PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT
Adhesive bandages 6
Sterile gauze pads, 3-by-3 inch 2
Adhesive tape 1 small roll
Soap 1 small bar
Antiseptic 1 small tube
Scissors 1 pair
Latex gloves 1 pair
Mouth barrier device for
rescue breathing or CPR 1
Plastic goggles or other eye
Pencil and paper 1 each
Thanks again to the Boy Scout Handbook.
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Issue 1 November 2008
Greetings, and welcome to the first installment of the Rescue Me Right Survival Newsletter.
In this issue:
Preparing our homes for winter storms
Is your car ready for the winter?
Preparing our homes for winter storms
Brrr, the weather is starting to get cold. It's time to start preparing for winter weather.
Not only do we need to put away summer clothes and bring out the warm sweaters and socks, but it is also time to prepare our homes for the coming cold weather.
Here in the mid west we really never know what kind of winter to expect. Will there be a lot of snow, ice storms, or just rain? We really need to ask ourselves what could be the worst thing that can happen in a winter storm? Winter storms can be very dangerous and also very damaging. Ice storms can knock out power for days, sometimes weeks, so being prepared is very important.
Here are some fairly easy things that you can do to prepare your home before a winter storm hits:
Bring outdoor furniture and any things that could be blown about by strong winds indoors or to a garage or shed. Strong winds can blow things around and do a lot of damage to a house, and other property, if not tied down or put up. Also, furniture and other outdoor things, grills etc will last much longer if they are put away into a garage or shed.
Look at the trees in your yard. Is there any dead wood that could break off and cause damage to cars, homes, fences or other property? Are there branches that could get into power lines if they got iced? These may need to be trimmed or removed by a professional tree service.
Make sure that you have flashlights with extra batteries and candles for light in case of a power failure.
Keep extra drinking water on hand. Remember, if you have a well with an electric pump, you will lose all water during a power failure. If you know a storm is coming, have some tubs or buckets for cleaning and toilet flushing. You can also fill the bathtub for these things.
Have a battery operated radio and extra batteries so that you can keep up with weather reports and news about the storm.
Stock up on rock salt, sand or kitty litter (the old fashioned clay kind, not scoopable) for spreading on slick sidewalks and driveways.
Have snow shovels ready, and in a place where you can get to them.
Keep a space heater and fuel handy-- especially if you have electric heat in the house.
Keep food in the house that you can prepare without electricity. Make sure that you have a crank can opener if you are using canned goods and a bottle opener for canned juices.
Keep cell phones charged and ready to use if needed, also make sure that ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers are on all phones, landlines and cell phones so that emergency contacts can be made quickly if needed.
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Insects and animals are wonderful weather indicators. Their actions can give us a clue to short term climate changes. For example, spiders can apprehend what the weather conditions are going to be like within the next few hours. When the day is going to be fair and nearly windless they will spin long filaments that they will roam and scout continually. When it is going to rain, they make their webs shorter and tighter and stay in the center.
Insects are especially aggravating before a storm. Also insects do not fly as high as usual when there is bad weather coming. A good indicator is to watch the birds that feed on them. When they are flying lower than normal, the weather is probably going to change.
Source: Skills for Taming the Wilds , by Bradford Angier, copyright, 1967, by Bradford Angier.
Is Your Car Ready for the Winter?
Winter weather is tough on cars. With the cold, the ice, the salt, the slush, your car takes a beating. Having your car prepared for the cold weather driving is so important. Here are a few tips that you can use to make sure that your car is ready for the road in winter conditions.
Have your mechanic check the following: antifreeze, battery, heater, thermostat, brakes, defroster, and tires ( for tread and for tire pressure).
Look at the lights on your vehicle, are the front and rear lights operational? Do your hazard lights work?
Check your wiper blades, are they in good shape? Also, check your wiper fluid, sometimes wiper fluid will freeze, make sure that you have a fluid that will spray in the coldest of weather conditions. (If you don't you may end up stopped and scraping your windows on the side of the road, not safe or fun.)
Check the nozzles of your wiper fluid system, sometimes they get clogged with dirt and debris. Use a pin to unclog them if they are clogged.
Before winter hits, wash and wax your car, this will help prevent damage caused by road salt. It is also a good idea to rinse off your car during the winter to keep the salt damage to a minimum.
Have your car prepared for an emergency on any winter trip, short or long by keeping the following stored in the trunk: an ice scraper, a shovel, a first aid kit, a flashlight and extra batteries, blankets, matches, extra clothes, bottled water, and non perishable snacks(peanuts and granola bars are good), gloves, a hazard triangle or flares, jumper cables, and a tow rope or chain.
If you have a rear wheel drive car or truck you might want to carry some sand or kitty litter for traction if you get stuck.
Whenever you go out, make sure that your car is cleared off of snow or ice for maximum visibility. Don't for get to clear all of the windows, the hood , trunk, roof and head and tail lights. These things may take a few minutes longer to do, but can save you having an accident due to poor visibility or having the snow/ice flying off your vehicle into another person's window.
If you are going on a long winter trip, plan your route and let someone know that route before you leave. That way, if you do have an accident, or do not arrive at your destination on time, the authorities know where to look for you.
Always keep a half tank of gas in the car.
Keep your cell phone charged and with you, and keep ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers on your phone.
Before you drive in any winter weather conditions, review winter driving instructions on how to stop, brake, what to do if you slide, etc. These things are so important for you to know.
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Sunday, November 2, 2008
I also know that if we are not prepared to meet our maker when the time comes, that we are going to be left outside in the darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. I hope that the products that I have chosen will help people to be prepared and that the services that are provided on my site will be helpfull for those who read and use it.
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Much love and blessings to all,
Friday, April 11, 2008
Let me tell you a bit about my family. I have a wonderful husband of almost 28 years, his name is Ted. He is a fantastic and funny guy who loves me and my quirks with all his heart. I have four handsome sons, and a lovely daughter. I also take in strays,(actually, they are just friends of the kids, and just friends) I never know how many people will be staying at my house at any given time. Right now there are only two, and I consider them all family.
Since this is mainly a homeschooling blog, I will be posting many articles on sites that I have used, methods that I have tried and current things that I am doing in the homeschooling of my last child (I am done with the first three and it has been one of the great joys of my life). I ask blessings on you all, and give you this with much love always,
Emergency preparedness links
- I am a SAHM of 5, most of whom are grown now. I have a LOT of interests including, knitting, cooking, crochet,gardening,bible study, sewing, jewelery making, and sooo much more. I am married to Ted, a wonderful husband for almost 28 years. I have homeschooled, and am still homeschooling my youngest child. I love Yahweh, and am saved by his son Yahshua. And I hope that this blog will bring blessings to all who visit here.