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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Our General Store…Alocohol…Paint Can Heaters…Holiday Savings Club…Emergency Plans

First a request. I have had so many contact me and ask for samples of emergency plans for their families and also for groups, especially church groups. If your group or family has an emergency plan, outlining how they will account for members, where they will meet, what emergencies are most likely to occur and how to deal with those, emergency contacts, etc., please send those to me. I will compile the best ideas to share with you and others who are working to prepare their members. Please send those to Carolyn@TotallyReady.com.
We haven’t talked about our Holiday Club Savings Account for several weeks so as a reminder you should now have either $55.00 or $110.00 in your account. For those who may have  missed it we are adding either 5 or 10 dollars to a savings account to be used for holiday meals and parties. We all spend extra on those special meals for the holidays and end up with extra debt because we just have to have all those traditional foods and treats, after all, the holidays wouldn’t be the same without them. Each Monday we add cash to our holiday stash, you choose the amount based on your budget. The important thing is to do it every week. As with all preparedness, consistency is the key.
This week we are adding rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide to our stash. You can purchase both of these at most dollar stores. Add one bottle of hydrogen peroxide to use for cleaning wounds and six bottles of rubbing alcohol.
We are adding more alcohol to have on hand to use in Paint Can Heaters. If you are unfamiliar with these they are easy to make and inexpensive, while providing a great source of heat for warmth or cooking. Alcohol burns clean with no dangerous fumes. This being said, I would still never use a heater of this type in a confined space without ventilation, such as a closed car. I would never use one in a car during an emergency since there is an open flame, and while the alcohol is absorbed and cannot spill, an open flame is always a concern.
To make a Paint Can Heater/Stove you will need:
a new paint can with a lid
1 roll of inexpensive toilet paper
1 quart bottle rubbing alcohol
Remove the cardboard roll from the center of your TP. Squash the toilet paper and force it into the paint can. Pour entire bottle of alcohol over the paper. Cover with lid and seal tightly.
That’s it. You are ready to go. When you need heat simply light the alcohol. The alcohol will burn but the toilet paper will not. When the alcohol is gone simply cover with the lid, wait for the heater to cool down, and add a new bottle of alcohol. It is now ready to go again. If you should put out the fire before the alcohol is gone you will need to pour a small amount on the top to relight the stove but you will not need an entire bottle. The alcohol will burn for about eight hours.
To use as a stove you will need a grate or even a cake cooling rack to place on top of the can. Place a pot on the rack and you are ready to go. This fire will be very hot so all foods will need to be closely watched.
Do not use cans without a tight fitting lid as the alcohol will evaporate. If you don’t have a paint can you can use a number 10 can (coffee can size can). Prepare the can as you did with the paint can but do not add the alcohol. Pour alcohol into the heater just before using. While I would never use one of these in a car they are a great addition to a car kit. They are easy to light in an emergency and the flame can be used to start a larger fire for warmth and cooking. They would also be appropriate to use in a shelter as long as you are awake. NEVER leave anything burning while you sleep.
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Emergency Water Purification Calculator

I stumbled onto this neat little tool,, thought I would share :)
scroll down the following page for an interactive calculator,

http://www.csgnetwork.com/h2oemergencypurifycalc.html

Great Sites for Breadmaking Enthusiasts

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Nothing beats the aroma of fresh homemade bread!  I believe it is my favorite way to rotate the wheat we store in vast amounts.  The web is full of great sites for breadmaking enthusiasts, with tips from professional bakers and experienced homemakers.  I love to peruse the varied bread recipes and techniques found on these sites.  Here are a few I recommend:
www.thefreshloaf.com : I just printed off a recipe from this site for Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bread (above) that looks divine.
www.artisanbreadinfive.com : For both recipes and techniques, this site is fantastic!
www.bread-making.org : This site has nice info and the only recipe I’ve seen for pumpkin bread in a bread machine.
www.baking911.com : Great information for every cook, but especially if spending time in the kitchen is new to you.  There is a nice, detailed section on breadmaking 101.

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