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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Manifold Cooking

By Joseph Parish
The thought of using your car manifold to cook your evening meal on tends to bring back memories of my days in Forward Air Control when we use the engine compartment of our MRC-107 Jeep to heat up water for instant coffee or to warm up an quick meal. Coupled with our C-Rations the system worked perfectly each and every time. 

How many people reading this article have ever considered this process when planning a bug out? Think of the fuel you could save after all you are likely going to be running your engine anyway so why not cook your food while you are traveling? 

The system is not something that I cooked up (pun intended) but rather it is a procedure used for many years in military field maneuvers. It has proven to be so successful that one person has even taken the liberty to write a book on the subject entitled "Manifold Destiny". It’s a trial and error method to determine if the food you are cooking is actually fully cooked or not. I can remember many times having to place the can of food back on the engine because it wasn’t cooked enough. Another downfall of this system is that since you are unable to stir the food it may not always get consistently heated throughout. 

While in the field the foods that I would cook with this method were those which could if necessary be eaten cold. In reality no cooking was absolutely necessary but it was merely a matter of improving the taste. Most were precooked and presented no hazard if not warmed up completely. I did not try to cook any raw pork or chunks of raw chicken. It was however great for one of my favorites selections, “Beans n Franks”. 

Now for a word of precaution, don’t do as I did. Never place unopened cans of food on your engine. I did that once and became extremely involved in calling in an air strike only to forget the can was on the manifold. Believe me I had my favorite food all over the engine compartment and the front of the jeep. These unopened can will explode. I learned real fast to poke a small hole in the can with my friendly government issued P-38 can opener or to open the can using the lid as a handle. 

I did at one time make hot dogs on the engine by wrapping them in some aluminum foil. I must admit that they came out exceptionally tasty. The aluminum foil could also be shaped into a cooking pot or pan and used as a conventional cooking tool. There you have it, a simple method of cooking food while you travel. Try it and see how you like it. If I may recommend please try the “Beans n Franks”. 

Copyright @2010 Joseph Parish

Thoughts On Getting Started In Preparedness

pondering striatic@flickr 300x225 Thoughts On Getting Started In PreparednessPreparedness is a mindset.  You have to realize that getting prepared isn’t a one-time thing.  It’s a fundamental shift to the way that you think and the way that you live your life.
And honestly, everyone is different and everyone will have a different level of preparedness that they’re comfortable with.  And there’s nothing wrong with that at all!
Preparedness is a way of life that’s different from what our society considers to be normal today.  It wasn’t always like this.  If you look back in history, most people were prepared for a broad variety of events as a rule.
But today it’s rather rare for someone to be prepared for random events or emergencies.  In fact, if people know that you are a ‘Prepper’ they will often look at you like you’re crazy. And this can be a problem for you.
It’s important to not look at preparedness as something that is just getting ready for the Zombie Armageddon.  Realize that you’re more likely to lose your job or get into a car wreck than for the Zombie Armageddon to finally hit us.

Don’t Be Hasty If You’re New To Preparedness!

ant and grasshopper 300x288 Thoughts On Getting Started In PreparednessIf you’re just getting started with emergency and disaster preparedness, I know that you’re feeling pretty excited about getting prepared.
You’re going to want to share your new views and opinions and knowledge with the world.  But I want to caution you to be careful about that for two reasons.
The first reason is the old fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper.  You know the story.  The grasshopper plays all summer while the ant works hard at putting away food for the winter.
The winter comes and the grasshopper comes to demand that the Ant share.  You don’t want this to happen to you.
The second reason is a bit more pragmatic.  If people know you have preps, they may tell others, and you could have a swarm of people on your doorstep in an emergency situation.
Or worse yet, you could be accused of hoarding.  Not a good day.
So be extremely careful who you share information about your preps with.  Sometimes close friends and even family can be that Grasshopper.
Be low key, be subtle, be private, and be careful.

What Should You Prepare For?

survival guide mrsmashy@flickr 300x187 Thoughts On Getting Started In PreparednessMost people who are getting started in preparedness have no idea what they should be preparing for.  Usually there are one or two things that push you into the preparedness mindset, but as soon as you start thinking about it, you realize that there are a whole slew of other things to add to the list.
The key thing to remember is that preparedness is like insurance.  You spend your resources on it, and hope you never have to use it.
Now that’s not completely true for many areas of preparedness, like food storage, because you should be using that as part of your regular life.  But your major disaster plans are things you don’t want to have to use, right?
You have to think about what kinds of things are likely to happen to you given your life circumstances, your environment, and the people around you.  Make plans, prioritize, and take action.  Above all, take action.  At least one little thing every week will get you where you want to go pretty darn quick!

Getting Ready!!!!

If you ever watch T.V. you may see the ads for Ready.gov you know the ad, (Get a kit, Make a plan and Be Informed)

I know as most of you that three days of food is a joke, hell if you remember hurricane katrina it took five days for FEMA to get bottles of water to the people at the super dome. I think that the Ready.gov push is a plan to give people a false sense of preparedness that will lead a lot of people(AKA Walking Dead) the the FEMA camps or at least lead the people into becoming a refugee, and we all know that the last thing you want is to become a refugee under the control of the government (FEMA). Don't fall for this junk prep like you need to live off your storage, because you will need to just that! Here is a good ad....
Get Seed, Know how to use them, store enough food and water for six months to a year, Have a few guns and lots of ammo and know how to clean and use them, have survival skills and stand ready to defend freedom!!!!

This is the info from the web site.

Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

Emergency Supply List

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

- Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
- Cash or traveler's checks and change
- Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
- Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
- Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Through its Ready Campaign, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Ready asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

All Americans should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a listing of some basic items that every emergency supply kit should include. However, it is important that individuals review this list and consider where they live and the unique needs of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet these needs. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time.