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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Simple Survival Tips - Protecting Your External Senses

We should always keep in mind the importance of our external senses and the significant role they play in our survival. We use them everyday and sometimes forget to give them the proper care and protection so that they can function properly and help us avoid the loss of our body’s primary source of protection. There are several simple steps that can be taken to prevent the loss or impairment of your external senses. The absence of just a single one of your five external senses could have disastrous effects on your survival.

1.) Our sense of sight - This enables us to see and locate objects in our environment so that we can take the appropriate action. It allows us to see potential hazards and thereby avoid dangerous circumstances that could affect our survival. Using the proper equipment can shield your eyes from possible injury or irreparable damage. A good pair of protective goggles or sunglasses is usually all it takes to prevent the majority of injuries. Depending upon the activity, sometimes a face shield may be appropriate. Any type of eye problem that could affect your sight should always be treated properly and as soon as possible.

2.) Our sense of hearing - This allows us to sense the location of objects by the sounds they make. It helps us guide our sight to the source of that sound so that we may determine any possible danger and thereby avoid it. A simple set of ear plugs or a pair of ear muffs may be all you need. Don’t forget proper hygiene for your ears and try to avoid loud or excessive noise.

3.) Our sense of smell - This sense can make us aware of things you may not be able to see or hear but that may still be a danger to us. It could be as simple as a gas leak or it may be a rotten odor from food that should be avoided. A simple dusk mask or a respirator can help to protect your sense of smell from the effects of dust particles, paint fumes or toxic chemicals that could damage your sense of smell.

4.) Our sense of taste - This sense warns of harmful items before they may be ingested and thereby avoid their harmful effects. It enables us to distinguish those items which are edible and those that aren’t. Practicing good oral hygiene will help to insure your sense of taste is working properly.

5.) Our sense of touch - This sense prevents us from many harmful effects and can prevent us from such things as a serious burn or impending frostbite. It also helps our body to manipulate objects and perform delicate tasks. A good pair of gloves and a little common sense will go a long way in protecting your sense of touch.

All of our senses work in conjunction with each other to keep us safe. The loss or impairment of any of your external senses can leave you at a serious disadvantage in a survival situation. Using good hygiene practices and the proper protective gear will help protect your senses so that they can protect you.
Staying above the water line!

Tomato Sauce from Dehydrated Tomatoes

Tomato Sauce from Dehydrated Tomatoes

A very effective way to preserve and store fresh garden grown tomatoes is to dehydrate them. This post is about one thing you can do with your dehydrated tomatoes, later on. That is, to make tomato sauce!
There really is no right or wrong way to make tomato sauce, because it really depends upon your own tastes, preferences, and your willingness to experiment with what you have around the house!
While there is a lot of information out there about how to preserve various foods, like dehydrating your own tomatoes, I thought it would be fun to do a post on one way to prepare and actually use your preserved foods afterward – in this case, to make tomato sauce – perfect for pasta.

Here are a few conversion assumptions that I use for dehydrated tomatoes…
  • 1 typical size fresh garden tomato will result in about 6 slices, each about one-quarter inch thick – excluding the end pieces.
  • 1 typical ‘can’ of diced-stewed tomatoes from the grocery store (my cans say 14.5 ounces) is equal to about 30 slices of tomato.
For example, when a recipe calls for 4 cans of diced tomatoes, I will substitute about 120 slices of dehydrated tomatoes.

Keep in mind that re-hydrating dehydrated tomatoes will not be as ‘pretty’ as the original, but, believe me, most of that original flavor will be there, just a bit mushy instead. For sauce, it doesn’t matter!

Modern Survival Blog recipe for tomato sauce, using dehydrated tomatoes

The sky’s the limit, go ahead and experiment!
  • Dehydrated Tomato Slices (about 120), cut into smaller pieces, re-hydrate, strain – save 3 cups strained water for recipe add
  • Water (3 cups)
  • Tomato Paste (optional, thickness to taste, 3 cans… 6 oz. cans)
  • Garlic (8 cloves – chopped)
  • Onion (1 – chopped)
  • Sugar (1/4 cup)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (1/4 cup)
  • Parsley (1/8 cup – dried, or 1/4 cup fresh chopped)
  • Basil (2 tsp.)
  • Oregano (1 tsp.)
  • Sage (1 tsp.)
  • Marjoram (1/2 tsp.)
  • Salt (1/2 tsp.)
  • Pepper (1/2 tsp.)
  • Olive Oil (1 Tbsp.)
This tomato sauce recipe is good as it is, or you can add meat to it and enjoy just as well.

Tomato Sauce Recipe Instructions

After cutting the dehydrated tomato slices into smaller pieces, dump them all into a pot of water (cool or room temperature) to re-hydrate. Stir them up so they are all covered with water.
The tomatoes will be re-hydrated enough in 30 minutes. Then, strain the tomatoes. This gives the recipe a base-line of tomatoes to start with…
Then, add all ingredients into a pot, and slowly bring to a rolling boil at medium heat.
Then, lower heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, use a masher to mash the ingredients.
Then, taste test, and realize the magnificent flavor!
Add meat if you wish, then simmer until all flavors are blended, and any meat is cooked. This is typically about one hour on low heat.
If you had added tomato paste, you should use a covered pot. If not, then boil down to your liking.
Remember, you can’t go wrong. Use your own experimental judgment!

Hopefully this will encourage you to consider dehydrating your excess tomatoes during the summer growing season, which will greatly reward you during the winter months!

Video How To Make Tomato Sauce from Dehydrated Tomatoes

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