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Success!!! I am absolutely giddy!

pasta sauce

This is what the jar of pureed sauce looked like when I started yesterday. As it dried, the fact that the tomato is a fruit and the sauce is on the sugary side created a fruit leather consistency initially.

But I pressed on, and discovered that I am not fond of this Gardenmaster dehydrator! I’m looking forward to finding an Excalibur I can relieve someone of. Anybody have one they don’t want?

No, really. Seriously. Please? 🙂

Anyhow… Eventually, almost 24 hours later, the sauce dried out enough that I could peel it from the fruit leather tray and place it on the drying rack.

It finally was crispy enough this morning to tear it into about 1″ size pieces and put them into the bowl of my Ninja mixer (which I adore).

And then…the massacre:

It worked!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy moly, it worked!!!!!

A big jar of sauce like the one on the left had become these perfect little chunks and crystals of tomato sauce. Amazing. 🙂

Dinner for 6. 🙂 That’s about 2/3 of a box of Quick Cook (3 minute pasta), an entire bag of frozen peas, and a whole jar of pasta sauce. My theory behind using the Quick Cook is that if I use the right amount of water, the whole thing will cook up at once, thus reducing our need for fuel.

Here’s a picture of the three original states for comparison of size! My storage space requirement has substantially dropped!

Sweet! 🙂

We’re going to cook it using the rocket stove that Adam made to test out how functional it is in an emergency situation.

I’m really looking forward to that!


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soaring cost of cheap fuel (oil) = soaring cost of food production = soaring cost of food

A few months ago, just out of curiosity, Adam and I watched the documentary “Collapse” featuring Michael Ruppert. We were so deeply shocked, disturbed,  and amazed by the revelations about the coming economic collapse that we set out to debunk his claims.

We failed. Miserably.

The more we pay attention – and turn off American news broadcasting – the more we understand how close our world is to complete economic failure. Peak oil has arrived (or come and gone, depending on who you ask), food prices are skyrocketing because of it, and our country’s drunken economic stupor is on its last leg.

Don’t believe me? Do the research.

Hard to comprehend? Just think about it… Cheap oil (meaning that which can be harvested and refined at a profit) is dwindling. Oil is the foundation for our industrialized world. It’s in everything: plastic, food additives, cleaning products, body care products, medication, cars, houses, clothing, fuel, packaging…everything.

Oil is harvested using machines that use oil and have plastic parts. The oil is then shipped via vessels that run on oil to a refinery that refines the oil using machines that use oil and are made with plastic parts, and then store it in barrels made from oil. The different refined states of the oil are then shipped via vehicles that run on and are lubricated by oil and have parts made of plastic to their destinations where they will be further refined into other products….

See where this is going?

Our oil demand continues to rise, but the supply of cheap oil is dwindling. It should be obvious by this point that this situation is not going to end well.

these ten basic food items cost just shy of $25

If you look deeper than the surface political sheen that American news puts on the African and Middle Eastern revolts, you’ll find that the deeper problem is food prices. Simply put…people are starving. The shit has hit their fans, and it’s only a matter of time before it spreads across the ocean. The United States are not immune to this.

So, now that I’ve ruined your evening (just like watching “Collapse” did for us – you’re welcome), I’m going to share with you some of the plans we’re working on to ensure that our family handles any possible outcome with success.

For about a month and a half or so, we’ve been working on creating non-perishable food storage to last for at least three months for our family. When I started, I had no idea how challenging that goal would be! Did you know that the average family generally keeps only three days worth of food in their homes? Crazy, huh?

My goal for our food storage is to provide three meals a day with a healthy nutritional balance. I also feel that it’s important to have morale boosters included – yummy treats like pancakes, pudding, and chocolate. =09

three boxes full to capacity - not even enough for a month

The meal plan (laid out in this spreadsheet – EMERGENCY FOOD LIST XLS – I hope you find it useful!) For breakfast, I have a grain (oatmeal, pancakes, etc.), fruit (applesauce, canned fruit), and evaporated milk – sometimes with Carnation Instant Breakfast added. For lunch, I have rice, beans, and sometimes a soup and a meat (canned tuna or chicken, etc.). Dinner is pasta, sauce, and veggies. The occasional dessert will be chocolate pudding and, hopefully, some yummy brit Ambrosia or custard (canned) in the future. There’s also room on the spreadsheet for all the extras – snacks, baking supplies, vitamins, and water. Never forget to store water.

box #1 - about 70 pounds of rice, pasta sauce, Honest beverages (hey, it's water AND a morale booster), and other items

box #2 - lots and lots and lots of canned food with chocolate pudding stashed between

box #3 - mostly breakfast delights and squeezy fruit for Caroline

Can you believe all that food would barely get us through about 6 weeks or so (if we eat two meals a day)?

I hope I’ve given you some food for thought. Ooo…I can see you rolling your eyes at me now over that lovely pun. But in all seriousness, keep an eye out on the future by checking the global news reports. Some great jumping-off points can be found in my sidebar to the right. Transition US is a wonderful site, too – I just can’t seem to find a web button to use on their site.

Good luck, and I’m happy to help you with your planning if you need it. ❤

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