Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The Self-Reliance Manifesto
An expert’s advice on how to survive anything, anywhere.
Len's advice has always been practical, effective and (best to my mind) frugal without compromising effectiveness. Anyone who purchases his works will not be disappointed.
In this comprehensive, fully-illustrated guide, McDougall reveals how to make water safe for drinking, build a fire in any conditions, find and build shelter, use basic medical skills, and more. McDougall has field-tested everything from kayaks, backpacks, and boots to cameras, tents, and water filters, and because of his research and experience, everyone can feel more safe. 200 color photographs and 100 black-and-white illustrations
If you're a novice and grew up in a city with a thirst to learn about how to survive the great outdoors, this book is great! Len walks you through step by step instructions on ways to make fire, purify water, use weapons, create and find shelter, etc. Len has constructed a concise source that is both practical and easy to understand.
A place to start reading on the basics of survival, in both urban and wilderness environments. The chapter titles lay out the fundamental topics: fire, water, food, shelter, medicine, security and defense, and coping with disasters. Appendices add: edible plants, poisonous plants, knots, and tracking.
This is a first look and an elementary look at survival. McDougall's approach is practical and assumes no prior experience or study. If you're just beginning to think about these topics, this book will orient you to the subject. As a whole, the book is colorful with pictures and focused on the very basics. It isn't going to overwhelm or intimidate beginners.
This is not a book for readers seeking intermediate or advanced instruction and techniques.
I guess you have noted all the sites that sell freeze dried/ dehydrated foods. These sites don't tell you that canned commercial food remains safe for years, although the taste and nutritional quality may suffer after time.
Many canned products now have a "for best quality use by" date stamped on the top or bottom of the can. "Expiration" dates are rarely found on canned food.
Canned food has an almost indefinite shelf life at moderate temperatures (75° Fahrenheit and below).
Most canned foods in grocery stores have dates stamped on them indicating when they will provide the best quality and taste, but few have true expiration dates, notes the Canned Food Alliance on its Mealtime.org website.
Commercial canning processes use heat to kill organisms that would cause spoilage, so intact cans keep food edible and safe virtually forever, the alliance notes. Peak flavor and nutrition remain for about two years, however.
Keep canned goods away from heat and moisture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises they don't be stored near a stove or sink, or in a damp area. Foods with a lot of acid, such as fruit or tomatoes, are best used up within a year and a half, while other canned foods remain good quality for much longer.
Throw canned foods away if the can leaks or bulges. This indicates spoilage or bacterial contamination according to the Canned Food Alliance. Dents or rust that do not cause leaks will not damage the food inside.
Reading Can Codes
Each canned food manufacturer has a unique coding system. Some manufacturers list day, month and year of production, while other companies reference only the year. These codes are usually imprinted on the top or bottom of the can. Other numbers may appear and reference the specific plant manufacturing or product information and are not useful to consumers. If you have specific questions about a company's product, most manufacturers offer a toll-free number to call for questions about canned food expiration dates
Note: For month coding, if a number is used, numbers 1 through 9 represent January through September, and letters O for October, N for November and D for December. If letters are used, A=Jan. and L=Dec., unless otherwise noted.
Note: For year coding, 8=1998; 9=1999; 0=2000; 1=2001; 2=2002, etc.
Can canned food be heated in its container?
A. Yes. If it is necessary to heat canned food in the container, the top must be removed to prevent pressure build-up. The opened container may be covered loosely with a piece of aluminum foil. Then place the can in a saucepan of hot water and simmer on the stove top. Food cans should never be placed in a microwave for heating. To heat canned food in the microwave, open the can and place the contents in a microwave-safe container.
So if you want to purchase good "survival food" you don't have to purchase freeze dried/dehydrated foods that will last 20 years. Canned foods that are not damaged will also last for years and they are much cheaper.
Its almost a survival scam when it comes to some companies telling you to be prepared by buying foods that are freeze dried/dehydrated etc.
Just go to the grocery stor and stock up on canned goods. This is the best and cheapest way to be prepared.
Of course if your on the move freeze dried/dehydrated foods would be better and easier to carry in a back pack etc.
The Deal on Food Dates
“Freshness Date” or “Best if Used By Date”:
This tells you how long a food will be fresh and at top quality if it is stored properly. After that date, the product may still be safe to eat, but may not taste as good.
Foods with freshness dates: Bread, salad dressing, raisins and cereal. Many canned products have a “for best quality use by” date stamped on the top or bottom of the can. “Expiration” dates are rarely found on canned food.
Save the Date
• Check dates as you store food.
• Find a product with no date? Label it with the purchase date.
• Place newly purchased items behind existing versions of the same item so older items are used first (first in, first out).
When obama or other Pharaoh makes the dollar collapse maybe you and I can be prepared just a little and provide for ourselves and loved ones.