Prep Genrl Weekly Prep Thread: January 17~23, 2021

aviax2

Contributing Member
I put an order in at Sam’s to top up and replace some items.

2 containers of coffee, 1 box of tea, 2 jar pack of peanut butter, 2 containers of cashews, 2 boxes of goldfish crackers, 6lbs each of angel hair pasta, penne and elbow macaroni, Cracker Barrel mac&cheese, instant mashed potatoes, dried cranberries and apricots, a couple boxes of cold cereal, breakfast biscuits, snack cakes and 24 boxes of Kleenex. DH went to Sam’s last week but forgot to look for toilet paper and they didn’t have any online (that I would buy).

I‘m hoping and praying that all is well with Southernbreeze and her DH.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
DH will not be happy but I placed a small order to walmart, and i'm trying to stay away from Amazon, but I've not been very successful. I've been back sliding on organizing what I have so I need to get back to that. I do have a couple of small items coming from amazon and they are supposed to be delivered tomorrow which is a federal holiday. One thing I've ordered is a fire retardant blanket in case we have to use one of the propane heaters in the bedroom, it sparkes a bit when lighting it.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

ReneeT

Veteran Member
Busy morning - the boys wanted French Toast; I'd picked up one of those 16oz loaves of cinnamon raisin bread when I stopped by Aldi on my way home from work Friday morning, so we had the fixings for it. I may have enough of the bread left to make a 16 oz custard cup size bread pudding tomorrow morning (I leave the bread out under a flour sack dishtowel overnight so it's not as soft). I'll have it to carry in my work lunch as my dessert as Hubby doesn't care that much for it.

At the rate they were chowing down, I'm going to go ahead and pull out the next size larger winter clothes tub for the older boy, just in case - his size 8 shirts are getting pretty tight and I only had one size 10-12 in his closet. The younger one is a size behind him so I'll just move things from one dresser to the other. I need to sort through younger grandson's outgrown things and carry the best of them to town on one of my work days; cousin who was a foster parent told me about a foster child clothing pantry that is in need of clothing.

I hit Rural King Friday morning for bird feed, checked to see if the wool socks were on sale yet but no luck. I'll keep checking for those, and for small size wool gloves - the fleece lined gloves just don't keep my fingers as warm.

The younger boy is trying to con Papaw into letting him ride his dirt bike - I'm not too excited about the idea since it's snowing and some of the snow is melting; looks a little too slick to me for his level of skill - we'll see if he talks Papaw in to it. Older grandson is just rolling his eyes; no way he's going to pry himself away from his new book to go out in the cold :lol:

I've been looking at the CVS ad - if anyone needs to stock up on vitamins, it looks like it might be a good week to do so there. Some CVS brand vitamins are on sale buy one get one free. Nature Made vitamins are also on sale BOGO (Elderberry, D3, etc..), plus there is a 'Spend $30, get $10 Visa gift card' deal going on for those plus some other OTC stuff. Several other brands of vitamins are on sale as well. CVS brand pain relief is on sale buy one get one 50% off - aspirin is supposed to be a help with Covid by 'thinning' the blood, so that might be a stock up item as well. I did stock up on more chewable Vitamin C and multivitamins last week during another BOGO sale, so we were set for about a year of our use until I left a couple of bottles of C at daughter's house for their use and for the oldest grandson - he's a lineman apprentice and has been out in all kinds of weather lately.

I need to do more pantry arranging before I do much more stock up shopping. Also need to can up some more pork 'n beans so I can rotate out some of the dry beans I have on hand. I may use some pintos as well as white beans in the pork and beans.

Well, darn - looks like I better look around and see if I can figure out what to feed those boys for lunch - seems like I just got done with the breakfast dishes :lol:

You folks all take care out there; stay safe, stay sane!
 

coloradohermit

Veteran Member
I went out into the yard and started up the generator. I hadn't started it for a few months and it took a few sprays of starter fluid, but it did eventually start and I let it run for a few minutes. Good news, just in case.
 

paxsim2

Contributing Member
Started a list of things we need and we will prioritize them accordingly. Did a small instacart order. Tomorrow I will work planning the garden, getting more laundry done and finding space for more food items. Praying for those who are under the weather!
 

Walrus

Veteran Member
Been busy puttering around, but did do something I've been wanting to do for a while.

I got the parts which were needed to convert my chainsaw from using the toothed sprocket clutch drum to an industrial rim sprocket. And they fit and worked great right from the get-go! Whew....
 

school marm

Contributing Member
Most of our activities this week revolve around helping DS and DDIL get the fixer-upper house they just closed on ready to move in. Between their online college classes, the kids have all been helping get the painting done before the carpet is installed on Thursday. My job has been to provide meals.

My Smith's had cases of 15-oz cans of pumpkin for $11.76 for 24 cans (50 cents each). I have a large family, so I got 3 cases. And I got to do my first loads using the freeze dryer that DH and DDs got me for Christmas. The priority is meats, cheeses, and eggs.
 

Walrus

Veteran Member
Freeze-dried eggs are good! Don't fill the tray up too much, they can make a big splattery mess inside the racks. What a mess to clean up without damaging the heating coils on the bottoms of the shelves.

We only use our own fresh eggs for freeze-drying so I don't know whether or not store-boughten eggs will work. When we first started dehydrating eggs, we couldn't get them to rehydrate well. Talked with a local dehydrating guru and was told that the eggs needed to be fresh. We had finally begun to get our own eggs by then, and discovered that they could be up to 3 days old before dehydrating, and they would rehydrate easily. So we've not used store-boughten eggs for anything since then (nor had to with our own eggs finally), and have had success both dehydrating and freeze-drying.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
The microwave died. Fortunately, its replacement was already sitting in the hall closet. It was nice not having to go out on a snowy day!
We have a second one if the main one goes out and I have a new in the box coffee pot in the closet, just in case. Gotta have my coffee.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

20Gauge

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I went out into the yard and started up the generator. I hadn't started it for a few months and it took a few sprays of starter fluid, but it did eventually start and I let it run for a few minutes. Good news, just in case.
I need to do the same. I have a can of starter fluid right on top of it just in case.
 

Bidadisndat

Contributing Member
Ran generator to power workshop to test it under load. Working well but I'm planning to get another one.
Laid out and started preparing soil for planting out sixteen citrus trees which have been in pots too long.
Chainsaws and chipper are going to get a workout as wild winds brought down a number of big boughs and a heap of large branches from the trees at the front of the property. There are a couple of trees that weren't affected but I want them removed so I guess I might prune them to the point where they accidently fall over.
Organising to have new dam, duck pond, retention basin dug and old one filled in. (Need permit to put in a dam or a pond but not for a retention basin. (Same thing but different spelling.) Bureaucratic Bullsh1t as usual.
Got a self-propelled lawnmower from ALDI a couple of years back and it stopped working. Local repair shop said they can't get parts for it and I should buy a Honda, (just like the one they have in stock.) Short search on you-tube, a bit of spanner work and it's working again just fine.
 

amazon

Senior Member
The microwave died. Fortunately, its replacement was already sitting in the hall closet. It was nice not having to go out on a snowy day!
Mine just died! Had to run to WM. Bought a better one, but we can live without it. I do have a nice toaster oven.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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I like them for baked potatoes, reheating coffee, and defrosting/reheating portions of meals I cooked on Sunday and froze. I've lived without them before, but they save me tons of time.
Yes! We certainly *can* live without one, but it's a huge time (and ultimately energy... far fewer dirty dishes, don't need to heat a whole pan of food for someone's lunch) saver. And because we eat 3 meals a day almost 365 at home, we eat a lot of "planned overs"... I'll make meatloaf, for example. We eat it with mashed potatoes and gravy the first night. Have sliced cold meatloaf sandwiches for lunch the next day. Then, I may slice the rest into squares, call them "meatballs" and have spaghetti that night. The microwave makes all that fast and simple.

However, while I'm far from a gourmet cook, I find food cooked from scratch in the microwave to be pretty bad. Dunno why, but texture and even flavor is usually quite different, and not in a good way. I know the professional chefs can tell by taste whether food was ever microwaved.

I've often wondered, though, if they were tasting "microwaved" food, or just the typical, and inevitable differences from storage and reheating? While a few things are actually better the second day (soups and stews, mostly, as it takes time for the flavors to meld and blend), most things are never better than when served straight from the stove.

Summerthyme
 

hiwall

Veteran Member
My wife and I use the microwave everyday. We have a new spare one in storage. They are very handy for many things.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I'm getting nothing done except making sure DH has two good meals a day, well, much better than I had been doing. I need to bake him a pie

god is good all the time

Judy
 

aviax2

Contributing Member
Hmmm, y’all have me thinking maybe I should start looking into shopping for a new microwave! We bought ours in 2010 and it is used at least once daily and when the grandsons are here many times in a day.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Years ago my boss and I talked about what might be the consequences of nuking one's food or drink.

Judy
 

Old Gray Mare

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Went to a health food store in the hopes of getting organic: squash, bulk whole spices and seeds. No much luck. Found a tiny little organic acorn squash. It will still have more seeds than one of those organic seed packets selling for $4.00 each. They did have packages of raw flax and chia seeds.

Found one case of canning jars and lo and behold lids but had to buy the rings with them. Costly yes but couldn't pass up the opportunity.
 

Cag3db1rd

Paranoid Pagan
Put 50# of jasmine rice in the freezer to kill pests today. Stocked up on our usual teas. Installed a few more solar security lights. Got a bigger tea kettle. Started my sweet potato in a mason jar so hopefully I will have slips by the last frost. Got 2 more white totes to drill holes in and sharpie "LIVE ANIMALS" on for moving the chickens and rabbits if we have to bug out. Packed a tote of how-to books to take to BOL. Convinced hubby we need a sturdier structure for our BOL, and that we need to take the lumber we have here out there to help make this happen. Hope this week to take a load to there to start staging preps in place for bugging out.
 

moldy

Veteran Member
DH and I went to the bigger city Monday to hit thrift and farm stores. I was very disappointed. Was able to pick up some ivermectin paste, but no books like i was looking for and prices on groceries were just as high as at home. Working most of the week, but I have today off - so I'm going to go pay our yearly insurance and meet with a client. In between, I'll clean and work on other little projects.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Due to all of these unforeseen circumstances hitting Cary and I all at once, I'm having to rethink my whole pantry. He has been placed on a low cholesterol, low salt diet. Before, and while stocking my pantry, we had no food issues at all, so I stocked everything we normally ate on a regular basis. Now, all that has changed. We're just trusting God with what happens from here on out. Life is always full of surprises, especially, when we think we have it all figured out.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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Sherree... do your own research. I've never found a single good study that shows ANY benefit to a low cholesterol diet! Salt restriction is different... while 95% of people with high blood pressure do NOT react to salt, 5% are sodium sensitive. And there can be other reasons.

But honestly... those two "demands" are (IMHO) simply "routine" from almost all doctors. They aren't trained in nutrition *at all*, and they get their "education" from propaganda put out by the American Heart Association.

When my FIL had 6 bypasses, they insisted he cut out all saturated fat, cholesterol and salt. He was miserable, but complied religiously. Hated meals the rest of his life... and his arteries clogged up within 5 years and he died at 70.

I figure he could have eaten everything he wanted and died at 69.5... or maybe 75. Some things just aren't under our control!

Summerthyme
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Sherree... do your own research. I've never found a single good study that shows ANY benefit to a low cholesterol diet! Salt restriction is different... while 95% of people with high blood pressure do NOT react to salt, 5% are sodium sensitive. And there can be other reasons.

But honestly... those two "demands" are (IMHO) simply "routine" from almost all doctors. They aren't trained in nutrition *at all*, and they get their "education" from propaganda put out by the American Heart Association.

When my FIL had 6 bypasses, they insisted he cut out all saturated fat, cholesterol and salt. He was miserable, but complied religiously. Hated meals the rest of his life... and his arteries clogged up within 5 years and he died at 70.

I figure he could have eaten everything he wanted and died at 69.5... or maybe 75. Some things just aren't under our control!

Summerthyme
Thanks! That's good to know. It's not that Cary eats a lot of fried, high fat foods to start with, and I don't use an extreme amount of salt when cooking.

You should see the list of foods the nutritionist gave me at the hospital that Cary is not supposed to have! It makes up 95% of everything I have stored. No egg noodles, except no-yoke egg noodles. Care to guess how many regular egg noodles I have? Same with rice. Only brown rice, but all I have is white. No canned meats, except tuna in oil, unless, it's canned chicken without salt!!! Reading all of this has sent me almost into shock. Cary has told me that he will continue to eat out of our pantry, but eat smaller portions of the fats and limit his salt intake. More fruits, nuts, and veggies to make up for his limited amounts of red meats. I think we can manage, but it's going to require me to be more careful with planning our meals.
 

Meemur

Voice on the Prairie
I think we can manage, but it's going to require me to be more careful with planning our meals.
I had to change my diet. It's a bit overwhelming for the first two weeks but doable! Just take it one meal at at time and then one day at a time. Pretty soon, it will be much easier.

If you need to give stuff away, perhaps it will bless someone richly. There's still a lot of people struggling right now.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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I think you need to ask WHY they have him on those limits. If its a matter of restricting protein because someone is in early kidney failure, well... that's a VALID restriction! But the limited red meat and eggs just screams "outdated standard heart health diet". Limiting eggs has been PROVEN to be utterly useless in any way... if cholesterol numbers drop at all, it's the "good" cholesterol that drops!

First, find out WHY. His bout of sepsis doesn't seem to be diet related. This sounds just like typical "one size fits all (actually none) garbage for "male over 65".

Sorry... this type of "non-health care" drives me nuts..

Shortly after we sold the cows, my BP went nuts. After it being a solid 110/70 for 50 years, it was spiking to as high as 280/160. Also had racing heart, skipping beats, etc.

Doc insisted I had to cut out all salt from my diet. She had no interest in the fact that I'm a farmer, and my lifestyle means I sweat a lot of sodium out. Nope! Salt was evil.

So..a year or so later, I'd gotten it down to a good place (120/75), but occasionally it was crashing to 60/40.

I made the mistake of mentioning it to the quack. Her FIRST words? "Well, you need to add more salt to your diet"! I hadn't ever cut back!

Summerthyme
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Honestly, I would cut back on his SUGAR before fat (taking into consideration how he eats).
Oh, Cary does love his sweets. He drinks a lot of Lipton Green Tea that comes in the plastic bottles, and wants to snack on sweets that aren't really good for him. I'm as much at fault for that, because I keep cooking and baking things for him. He likes fruit, so I'm really pushing the fresh or canned fruit on him right now, instead of his cookies and cakes. I have no canned fruit in storage, but I do buy fresh when I grocery shop. He has apples right now to snack on.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
I think you need to ask WHY they have him on those limits. If its a matter of restricting protein because someone is in early kidney failure, well... that's a VALID restriction! But the limited red meat and eggs just screams "outdated standard heart health diet". Limiting eggs has been PROVEN to be utterly useless in any way... if cholesterol numbers drop at all, it's the "good" cholesterol that drops!

First, find out WHY. His bout of sepsis doesn't seem to be diet related. This sounds just like typical "one size fits all (actually none) garbage for "male over 65".

Sorry... this type of "non-health care" drives me nuts..

Shortly after we sold the cows, my BP went nuts. After it being a solid 110/70 for 50 years, it was spiking to as high as 280/160. Also had racing heart, skipping beats, etc.

Doc insisted I had to cut out all salt from my diet. She had no interest in the fact that I'm a farmer, and my lifestyle means I sweat a lot of sodium out. Nope! Salt was evil.

So..a year or so later, I'd gotten it down to a good place (120/75), but occasionally it was crashing to 60/40.

I made the mistake of mentioning it to the quack. Her FIRST words? "Well, you need to add more salt to your diet"! I hadn't ever cut back!

Summerthyme
As to the why, his last doctor appt, before this all happened, showed that his BP and cholesterol were elevated. He has already been taking medication for both for several years now, so his doc wanted him to begin limits on triggers. Then, while in the hospital, the nutritionist that came around also told him to start on the limitations, too. I thought maybe it was because Cary is having a kidney removed in a few weeks, and it had more to do with that.
 

amazon

Senior Member
SB, if your husband has kidney issues ask the nephrology nutritionist what are his restrictions and WHY. You should be able to determine which restrictions are most important. Then the general instructions you can work on as a process. Most people cannot change everything at once. If he's overweight work on that. Smaller portions. Find healthier substitutes for what he loves. Get his lab results to see how BAD they really are. Some docs have a hissy if cholesterol is 201. Don't freak out. Gradual changes work best, unless there's a health emergency. Nephrology instructions are important though. It won't be that bad. You try some things and figure out what you can live with. If his cholesterol is hereditary, dietary changes might not make a big impact.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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If his cholesterol is hereditary, dietary changes might not make a big impact.
Exactly.

Hubby's adopted family all have high cholesterol. His youngest sister was running over 400 in college. But when they lived on the farm, drank whole (high fat... 4.5% butter fat from Guernsey cows) milk and ate lots of beef and eggs, their "good" cholesterol (HDL) was high enough compared to the "bad" (LDL), it caused no trouble. When they "improved" their diet... their total cholesterol dropped about 10 points, but the LDL levels jumped.

We, OTOH, run around 220... But our ratio of good to bad is so ridiculous even the quack just shakes her head and says to keep on doing whatever we are.

Summerthyme
 
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