Prep Genrl Weekly Prep Thread: July 5 ~ 11, 2020

ReneeT

Veteran Member
Was starting to doze off in the recliner when Hubby said something about it being Sunday - my work schedule has been so wonky lately that I'm not sure if I'm coming or going, let alone what day of the week it is. It took a pretty good effort, but I managed to pry myself up and out of my chair to get the thread started for the week :lol:

Tomorrow, I plan to get up early and get the garden tilled - finally have a day off that it's dry enough to do so. I don't plan on lollygagging around getting it done as it's supposed to be up in the 90's again. I'll have some weeding to do with a hoe as well, plus I need to get a little more mulch put down under the 'maters and get them tied up to the t-posts - reckon I'd better dig through the rag bag and find me a nice soft t-shirt to make the ties; that's something I can get done tonight so that they are ready to go tomorrow. I'm also going to have Hubby mow a couple patches in the back garden so that I can start prepping it for a late corn crop; will probably toss some pumpkin seeds in there as well.

I bought some dark sweet cherries on sale so will ask Hubby to pit those tomorrow while I'm tilling; then he can run 'em through the food chopper and we'll make up a batch or two of sweet cherry jam - I like a spoonful in my breakfast yogurt and it's also tasty on ice cream.

If I have any energy left, I might give the neighbor lady a holler to see if she wants to do something exercise-y. The nearby indoor public pool where we go to exercise is supposed to open back up tomorrow; don't know if I'll try to head up there with her or not - maybe if we go around lunch time there will be less people there. I'll have to get ahold of her tomorrow morning and see what she wants to do. I need to renew my membership anyway; and the IGA in that town has a couple of sales I wouldn't mind taking advantage of for stock up purposes. That's only about 15 miles from the orchard; might check their FB page and see if they have any peaches left; peach jam sounds good too, and if I've got Hubby home to do the stirring, it sounds even better lol!

Dang, my eyes keep trying to close while I'm sitting here trying to type; reckon I'd better get this posted and either head back to the recliner or give up the fight and crawl into bed!

Take care out there, folks; stay safe!!
 

prudentwatcher

Veteran Member
I hit Walgreens this morning and did quite well---three bottles of laundry soap for $4.79 total, 2 little bottles of Dawn at 79 cents each, toilet paper, a bottle of alcohol (something that is really scarce here), 2 bottles of disinfectant wipes (something even scarcer!), and 2 cans of Spam at $2 each. Would have gotten more coffee, but the dates were shorter than the dates on the 9 or so already in the pantry, so I passed this time. Not much on sale from the other ads, so we will see what the mid-week ads bring. Pretty much have my food and personal preps fully topped off. Ordered some ammo yesterday, so the remaining list is mainly stuff for container gardening for next year and keeping stocks rotated.
 

aviax2

Contributing Member
Hello everyone, I’ve never posted a lot at TB but I thought I would join you if that’s okay.

I have some online orders coming in this week as I keep feeling more and more uncomfortable about the future. I’ll be adding more laundry detergent, dish liquid, (can’t get the Cascade powder I use for the dishwasher, but I do have a couple of boxes squirreled away). Generic versions of allergy meds, aleve and Tyleno. More canned peaches, 3 packs of mandarin oranges and mixed fruit for the grands. Tea, coffee and coffeemat, peanut butter, dehydrated hash browns, snack crackers, spaghetti, angel hair pastas and a box of ramen noodles for my oldest grandson lol.
 

ginnie6

Senior Member
I have lots more squash and zucchini to put up today and another batch of pickles to make. I need to let oldest dd know to come get some fresh veggies too. The green beans are starting to come in. We've eaten two small messes and I have another to cook today. Just need to get enough to can now. We've gotten a couple tomatoes for eating this past weekend and ones for canning aren't far behind.
I'm thinking about making a run for peaches and visiting my sister this week. I haven't seen her since all this mess started. She's high risk so I haven't tried but she says they are getting out and about now.
Last week I bought a case of celery, a case of regular potatoes, and a case of sweet potatoes. I'm dehydrating the celery and have started canning the sweet potatoes. I need to find a good source of corn in case mine doesn't produce enough.
I do need to find some more ammo to the stocks. I think I will give that job to ds.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
I'm beginning to get squash and cucumbers from my garden. Had the first cuke in our Chef Salad on the 4th. Tomorrow, it will be the first gathering of squash. I can already taste batter fried squash for our supper tomorrow night! Tomatoes are doing better, but have a bit longer to wait for them to begin ripening. No more bottom rot, since using Calcium tablets around them. Our peaches are all finished. They didn't do too well this year, so didn't get to put up any or make any jelly. No apples this year. A late frost got them, so no jelly from them, either. Guess I'll have to buy up a few jars of both instead.

The only thing I'm concentrating on for my pantry/freezers is more ground beef. With the shortage and higher prices, I slacked off, and my freezers show for it. I found a new grocery store last week. They had no limits on any of their meats, so I began re-filling the freezers with ground beef. I do need to make another big purchase to finish filling them up.

Other than the ground beef, it's back to "use and replace", "steady as she goes" for my pantry.
 

ReneeT

Veteran Member
Welcome Aviax2! Sounds like you'll fit right in; glad you joined us!

Well, the garden is tilled and mostly hand weeded. I'm thinking about doing another run over it with the tiller this evening, but will likely wait until tomorrow morning instead - lots cooler in the morning that in the evening! I already told Hubby to pick me up some more straw when he goes to town next; I like mulching better than weeding lol!

The nearby pool opened up today, so the neighbor lady and I are heading up there here shortly - hope it's not too crowded! I also hope that I can con the neighbor lady into stopping by the IGA so I can pick up roast chicken dinners for lunch/supper lol!

The neighbor who sells at the farmer's market is open this afternoon; I'm going to run over and pick up some green beans, 'maters, and hopefully some yellow beets/greens; don't know why I've been craving the greens so bad, but I'm not gonna argue with my body over it.

Well; got about 5 minutes til the neighbor gets here; reckon I'd better go make sure my swimsuit still fits!

You folks stay safe out there; there aren't enough of us that we can afford to lose any!!
 

psychgirl

Veteran Member
Hello everyone, I’ve never posted a lot at TB but I thought I would join you if that’s okay.

I have some online orders coming in this week as I keep feeling more and more uncomfortable about the future. I’ll be adding more laundry detergent, dish liquid, (can’t get the Cascade powder I use for the dishwasher, but I do have a couple of boxes squirreled away). Generic versions of allergy meds, aleve and Tyleno. More canned peaches, 3 packs of mandarin oranges and mixed fruit for the grands. Tea, coffee and coffeemat, peanut butter, dehydrated hash browns, snack crackers, spaghetti, angel hair pastas and a box of ramen noodles for my oldest grandson lol.
Your list sounds like mine.
I did get two, 500 ct bottles of Kroger brand ibuprofen yesterday for $9.99 /pack. That’s a pretty good deal and I got the last one on the shelf. Those will go in the basement storage with other preps. It stays very cool down there. I keep extra OTC items there instead of upstairs storage.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Welcome Aviax2 to this forum, it has the nicest folks who post.

I watch a u-tube channel called "Jamerill Stewart Large Family Table", She has 8 children, God bless here. Anyway she does a lot of large batch freezer meals in her videos, but in the last several months she has started a homestead. It includes a huge garden, many farm animals, she milks her goats twice a day, and she has started long term foods storage. In a recent video she had a link on walmart.com for storage buckets. I've not seen any buckets at my nearest walmart store and need a few more. They had a special price on ten, although they were out of stock on the 5 gallon, I went for 3 1/2 gallon buckets. That size will work for me and will actually be easier for me to carry out to the she shed. A five gallon bucket of beans is very very heavy for me, so these smaller ones will be fine, I can still use my 5 gallon mylar bags in them.

I'm always trying to get more organized and get my big big stack of boxed foods put up in jars, continuing to work on that. I ordered canning jars from walmart.com several days ago and are supposed to be delivered today, fedex usually has a hard time getting things delivered timely and it will be interesting to see if they can get 4 cases of canning jars delivered intact.

DH got one of the new 4' deep raised beds planted with a second go round of cucumbers, they are great dehydrated for a snack, I don't count the calories in them. The second bed will have replanted yellow squash and zucchini, what we planted in the ground didn't do anything, lots of blooms but no fruit, I have to look up to see what causes that.

We went to friends for the 4th and she had fried yellow squash, delish. Our eggplant looked like it had died but low and behold it perked up and both plants have product fruit, fried some for DH with his breakfast.

We are starting to get loads of tomatoes, have to figure out what I'm going to do with all of them, DH keeps suggesting making juice, may have to give that a try. I have dehydrated some already.

We've only used a few of my stored canned foods, next time I go to town I'll see if Dollar Tree has any to replace the few I've used.

God is good all the time.

Judy
 

prudentwatcher

Veteran Member
I had to go back to that same Walgreens I went to on Sunday because I had a prescription ready (they called Sunday night). Nobody had really touched the detergent or the spam, so I bought more of both. Also got 4 more of the little bottles of Dawn for 79 cents each, another 6 pack of tp, 2 more bottles of vitamins (now set for over a year), and some chocolate and some granola bars. The alcohol and disinfectant wipes were gone. Also ended up with more bonus reward points--now up to $14 in free stuff whenever I feel like using the points :)
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
My 4 cases of canning jars arrived via Federal Express. Surprise Surprise only two jars were broken. I called Walmart about it and she asked me how many and I said two jars. She refunded me the price of two cases without me having to take them to the store.

Now to order two 50# bags of dog food, I'm down to about 60# that is stored in those very secure containers.

Judy
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
I have a question for all you regulars on this thread......If I put flour or cornmeal in quart canning jars with an O2 absorber in each, will that seal well enough to keep it from spoiling? If not, I need info on those canning jar vacuum sealers. I need more room in my freezers.
 

hiwall

Veteran Member
I have a question for all you regulars on this thread......If I put flour or cornmeal in quart canning jars with an O2 absorber in each, will that seal well enough to keep it from spoiling? If not, I need info on those canning jar vacuum sealers. I need more room in my freezers.
I have used cornmeal that I had stored in clear hard plastic juice bottles that was 5 years old (no O2 absorber). It was fine when I used it. It was not kept in a climate controlled area either.

Here is what the LDS Church says about their sealed #10 cans of flour.....................
"White flour that can be used as part of your home food storage or basic food supply. It can be used for breads, cookies, and more. Each case contains 6 number 10 cans and has an estimated shelf life of 10 years if stored in a cool, dry place."
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
I have used cornmeal that I had stored in clear hard plastic juice bottles that was 5 years old (no O2 absorber). It was fine when I used it. It was not kept in a climate controlled area either.

Here is what the LDS Church says about their sealed #10 cans of flour.....................
"White flour that can be used as part of your home food storage or basic food supply. It can be used for breads, cookies, and more. Each case contains 6 number 10 cans and has an estimated shelf life of 10 years if stored in a cool, dry place."
I've got around 50lbs of each in jip lock gallon freezer bags in my freezers. I need it moved out. I don't like using Mylar bags at all, so was thinking about putting it all in canning jars with O2 absorbers to seal. Sure would hate to lose it all if that won't work. I really don't have the money right now to buy an expensive jar sealer. I have no idea of the cost of those things. I haven't checked into them yet. Can't afford the #10 cans, either. It's all I can do to buy 5 lb. sacks at a time. I've had all of this cornmeal and flour in my freezers for a few years now. Still as fresh as it was when I bought it.
 

hiwall

Veteran Member
I've got around 50lbs of each in jip lock gallon freezer bags in my freezers. I need it moved out. I don't like using Mylar bags at all, so was thinking about putting it all in canning jars with O2 absorbers to seal. Sure would hate to lose it all if that won't work. I really don't have the money right now to buy an expensive jar sealer. I have no idea of the cost of those things. I haven't checked into them yet. Can't afford the #10 cans, either. It's all I can do to buy 5 lb. sacks at a time. I've had all of this cornmeal and flour in my freezers for a few years now. Still as fresh as it was when I bought it.
All the LDS church does is dump the flour into a can, maybe put in an O2 absorber, and then seal it. Same as you would be doing with the jars. It should work just fine for you.
 

aviax2

Contributing Member
Thanks everyone for the welcome.

SouthernBreeze, A Facebook group I’m on have several ladies saying they can’t get the vacuum sealer things and have been told to go to an auto parts store and get a brake bleeder to use. I don’t know how it works but maybe that could be an option for you.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
All the LDS church does is dump the flour into a can, maybe put in an O2 absorber, and then seal it. Same as you would be doing with the jars. It should work just fine for you.
I'm sorry but surely there is more to it than just dumping it in a can, although the can is heat sealed.

Judy
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I bought a brake sealer and it malfunctioned, several months ago. However, I just got another one but a different brand. I've read there can be some break bleeders do malfunction, kind like the luck of the draw. I've used o2s with powdered goods and the jar is well sealed. I also do have a vacuum sealer for a jar function with my older food saver. Mine came with canisters and I put the regular mouth jars in it to seal because the regular mouth cap does not work, although the wide mouth one works just fine. Personally I do think 02s work just fine and seal the jars well. There is also dry canning in the oven. I've not vacuum sealed flour yet, but I read to put a cup cake paper in the top of the jar to keep from sucking flour into your machine. I'm planning to put a good bit of flour in mylar bags with o2's and put the bags in a heavy tote. I don't use flour very often. I have 300#s of wheat to grind for flour if necessary, I stored all of that about 12 years ago and its fine, plus the cases of wheat that I ordered from LDS several years ago.

Judy
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
No there is nothing more to it and it is not heat sealed in any way. Dump in the product, toss in a O2 absorber, and mechanically seal the can. No heat and no fancy stuff.
Well there you go its got 02's in it, that takes the air out.

Judy
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Ok, thanks, All. I'm gonna try a couple of jars just using O2 absorbers, and see how it goes, before I start the big undertaking of doing them all. I was also thinking I may have to get larger canning jars, like gallon jars or half gallons. I don't have any right now. To do all this flour and cornmeal in quart jars will use a lot of jars that I might need later. Would it take 2 or more O2 absorbers to do say a half gallon jar? Gallon?
 

hiwall

Veteran Member
Many have some trouble getting the lids to seal when doing flour because of the floating flour dust. It gets on the sealing surfaces. Good luck on your project!
 

Illini Warrior

Veteran Member
No there is nothing more to it and it is not heat sealed in any way. Dump in the product, toss in a O2 absorber, and mechanically seal the can. No heat and no fancy stuff.

Here is a video on it.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuIki2QmDb0
the LDS canning ops always relied on the factory supplying the #10 cases of cans was running a righteous "food safe" operation >>> not the greatest situation in the world - just like the poly bucket industry >>> they cheat and not always running 100% righteous - always sanitize yourself if you can ...
 

moldy

Veteran Member
Been a busy week; drove home Saturday and back to work Sunday. I am working 4 days this week to help cover for one of our nurses who went to an AZ hospital to help with the next wave of virus.

Managed to get a couple produce packs from the local grocery - a really good buy for $15 each - plus a bunch of peaches. Going to can up some peach lemonade base and peach salsa today I think. Got most of the garden weeded - the spots I"m finished with should be done for the year as the vegetables are big enough to shade most stuff out now.
 

Marseydoats

Senior Member
Ok, thanks, All. I'm gonna try a couple of jars just using O2 absorbers, and see how it goes, before I start the big undertaking of doing them all. I was also thinking I may have to get larger canning jars, like gallon jars or half gallons. I don't have any right now. To do all this flour and cornmeal in quart jars will use a lot of jars that I might need later. Would it take 2 or more O2 absorbers to do say a half gallon jar? Gallon?
Before you go to the expense of buying larger jars, you might want to be sure that you can pick them up. I know I'm older than you are, but it is ALL I can do to pick up a full half gallon jar with my arthritis. No way I could pick up a gallon jar. I know that you have Cary C to help you, my husband won't help.
 

Digger

Senior Member
I am in one of the towns near us in Arkansas waiting on hubby’s medical stuff. The hospital will not let me in so I went to Atwood’s and Dollar General.

Atwood’s has lots of single buckets taking up space. No canning lids. But they did have some cases of jars. I bought 2 ten pound bags of cane sugar from that section.

I bought a wicking T-shirt for hubby’s birthday later this month.

Dollar General looked better on stock. But still low. I bought a couple of toys for the grand boys. I told the checker that they were for Christmas as I was afraid I could not get any by then. She said she had a shelf of toys in the back from last year but had not gotten anything new in a long time. I picked up 2 boxes of regular mouth canning lids with rings there. They were out of wide mouth. It is getting more serious with the supplies all the time.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Before you go to the expense of buying larger jars, you might want to be sure that you can pick them up. I know I'm older than you are, but it is ALL I can do to pick up a full half gallon jar with my arthritis. No way I could pick up a gallon jar. I know that you have Cary C to help you, my husband won't help.
Thanks! I haven't thought about that. I have a bad back with Dr's order not to lift anything above 25 lbs. Yes, Cary would have to help.

I'm in the process now of taking all the flour and cornmeal out of the freezers. The freezer bags need to dry from the condensation. For the time being, I'll transfer the bags to a heavy duty plastic tote that I have empty. The tote won't hold it all, but it sure will give me lots of room while I'm waiting on jars. It's gonna be a couple of weeks before my next shopping trip. If I wasn't afraid it would ruin, I'd just leave the bags in the tote for the duration.
 

Marseydoats

Senior Member
Sherree, I don't know if I would take the cornmeal out. I've had it go rancid in less than a month in our Mid-Atlantic humidity. My house does get hot even with the AC running though.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Sherree, I don't know if I would take the cornmeal out. I've had it go rancid in less than a month in our Mid-Atlantic humidity. My house does get hot even with the AC running though.
Ok. Thanks for that tidbit! I'll put it back in the freezer. Yeah, with our heat and humidity already above 100 temp wise, it could go bad in a hurry, not to mention the bags sweating in the plastic tote! I guess I need to settle down a bit, and think this through more clearly. I'm just desperate to do something with all this flour and meal, so I can fill up both freezers with meat while it's still available!

Just wondering how the older generations kept their meal and flour from going rancid when it was stored in metal lard cans with no cool basement? I remember one of my grandmothers doing that. She had a 5 gal metal lard can sitting in the corner of her kitchen. She stored a couple of months worth at a time.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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People just accepted eating rancid food. Just that simple. Essentially, before refrigeration, food was either dead fresh (and often wonderful) or in varying stages of stale, rancid to nearly rotten. "The goose hangs high" is a phrase describing the "aging" of the Christmas goose... often until it turned green. "High" refers to odor, not distance from the ground!

Since people didn't get instantly sick from rancid grains or fats (unlike actual bacterial food poisoning", they just dumped a lot of herbs or spices on to mask the flavor, and ate it. No one understood oxidation, cellular damage, etc at that time.

As far as storage... your best bet in terms of cost, portability and least risk of breakage is still heavy mylar bags with O2 absorbers. You can buy smaller buckets, so you don'thave to worry about lifting 5 gallons at a time (a 5 gall9n pail holds 25# of flour).

AFAIK, there aren't any gallon canning jars available. Gallon glass jars can be ordered online, but shipping nearly doubles the cost. A few (very few!) items still come in gallon glass jars... the onky readily available ones I can think of are dill pickles at Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, we don't like dill pickles! But I needed half a dozen jars for milk, so I bought 6 gallons of dill pickles and gave them to my Am8sh neighbors... as they finished them, they gave me the jars! It took some time and effort to rid the lids of the pickle smell, but I just lined them with triple layer of plastic wrap, in between storing them in a Ziploc full of baking soda. It cost me about $6 per jar, compared to $11 to have some shipped.

Your best bet is probably going to be 1/2 gallon wide mouth jars. A 100 cc oxygen absorber shoukd be adequate, and you can use the jars for canning clear broth or juice as well. Each of them will hold about 2 1/2# of flour or cornmeal... closer to 3# of dry beans, rice or chocolate chips.

Summerthyme
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Thanks, Summerthyme. I'm so frustrated right now. I just loaded all the stuff back in my freezers for the time being. I don't want to do something rash, and lose it all, simply, because I was in a hurry to do something.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Ok, thanks, All. I'm gonna try a couple of jars just using O2 absorbers, and see how it goes, before I start the big undertaking of doing them all. I was also thinking I may have to get larger canning jars, like gallon jars or half gallons. I don't have any right now. To do all this flour and cornmeal in quart jars will use a lot of jars that I might need later. Would it take 2 or more O2 absorbers to do say a half gallon jar? Gallon?
Yes, you will use a lot of jars, especially since finding 1/2 jars right now is very difficult. As for gallon jars, if you can find any gallon mason jars they will be prohibitively expensive. I also suggest you also get some mylar bags to do larger amounts in, they need to be stored in something sturdy. For me, I'm not using 5 gallon buckets to store flour, too heavy and I don't use flour or cornmeal much anyway. I'm finding 1 1/2 gallon size mylars to be a good size for powdered foods, I do get the zip loc kind, for me its so much easier to seal and then I heat seal (with an iron) the ends after I've zipped the food in.

If you do use some mason jars be sure to put a muffin paper in the top to help avoid the powder in the seal.

I don't take all of my flours and meals out of the freezer at the same time, I do my stuff in smaller batches.

Judy
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Thanks, Judy. I'm leaving everything "as is" for the time being. Done put it all back in the freezers, until I decide what's best. If I had the room for it, I would break down and buy a small freezer just to store it all in, along with all the butter and cheese I also have stored in my larger freezers.
 

Marseydoats

Senior Member
Sherree, I didn't mean to stress you out more. I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off...
Rubber boots were on sale, I got 2 pairs, and that should hopefully last me a year.
The absentee neighbor came home for the holiday, and mowed part of the driveway for me. He likes to mow grass. My husband refuses to mow or start the mower for me, I can't crank it anymore. So now I can open and close the front gate without worrying about getting snake bit.
I got enough dog food to last until the end of August. I don't know if my poor old dog is going to last that long.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Sherree, I didn't mean to stress you out more. I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off...
Rubber boots were on sale, I got 2 pairs, and that should hopefully last me a year.
The absentee neighbor came home for the holiday, and mowed part of the driveway for me. He likes to mow grass. My husband refuses to mow or start the mower for me, I can't crank it anymore. So now I can open and close the front gate without worrying about getting snake bit.
I got enough dog food to last until the end of August. I don't know if my poor old dog is going to last that long.
Oh no! You haven't stressed me out at all. I'm frustrated at myself. I wanted to get the stuff out of my freezers so bad that I got in a hurry, and didn't think things through well enough. To top everything off, I don't know where I would store jars, or even 5 gallon buckets filled with mylar bags. My pantry room is filled to the max with items already sitting in the floor. I can hardly get around in there. I've even begun stacking cases in my bedroom with all the over flow.

Right now, I just don't see a way around keeping it all in my freezers. At least I don't have to worry about it ruining.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Sheree, If you go with mylar bags you can store them in totes that will slide under your beds. and you can do a few at a time. Although I'd order them and oxygen absorbers, they are not as readily available as they were and more expensive. They will keep your food secure for a long long time.

god is good, all the time.

Judy
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Sheree, If you go with mylar bags you can store them in totes that will slide under your beds. and you can do a few at a time. Although I'd order them and oxygen absorbers, they are not as readily available as they were and more expensive. They will keep your food secure for a long long time.

god is good, all the time.

Judy
I've already got underneath my bed filled with those space storage vacuum sealed bags with winter blankets, quilts, pillows, and all of our coats. No more room under there, either. The other bedroom doesn't have a bed or furniture, because it is my pantry room. We only have a 1000 sq. ft. house. I have cabinets top and bottom in my laundry room, and they are all filled with laundry detergent, dish wash, soap, shampoos/conditioner, and other items that don't have to be temp controlled. All full. I do have an outdoor mini barn that isn't temp controlled, but that is bulging with all of our survival equipment like camping/hiking gear, garden tools, and all of my canning jars not in use.

I am totally out of room.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I've already got underneath my bed filled with those space storage vacuum sealed bags with winter blankets, quilts, pillows, and all of our coats. No more room under there, either. The other bedroom doesn't have a bed or furniture, because it is my pantry room. We only have a 1000 sq. ft. house. I have cabinets top and bottom in my laundry room, and they are all filled with laundry detergent, dish wash, soap, shampoos/conditioner, and other items that don't have to be temp controlled. All full. I do have an outdoor mini barn that isn't temp controlled, but that is bulging with all of our survival equipment like camping/hiking gear, garden tools, and all of my canning jars not in use.

I am totally out of room.
Wow, you are full to the brim. LOL have you considered adding a small room or enlarging the laundry room. Or getting a shed and putting an a/c in it, although that can all be expensive. I guess I'm out of suggestions.

Judy
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Wow, you are full to the brim. LOL have you considered adding a small room or enlarging the laundry room. Or getting a shed and putting an a/c in it, although that can all be expensive. I guess I'm out of suggestions.

Judy
That's ok as far as being out of suggestions, Judy. I'm out of options other than leaving well enough alone, at least for the time being. That would be a no on the expanding issue. Our house and property have been paid off for several years, and we would have to go back into debt with a loan to remodel.

It is what it is, and I'm gonna have to be content with what I have to work with right now. I'm still stocking canned meats, so it's not critical that I have more space in my freezers for it. I just wanted to take advantage of having unlimited access to cheap prices on ground beef right now.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
That's ok as far as being out of suggestions, Judy. I'm out of options other than leaving well enough alone, at least for the time being. That would be a no on the expanding issue. Our house and property have been paid off for several years, and we would have to go back into debt with a loan to remodel.

It is what it is, and I'm gonna have to be content with what I have to work with right now. I'm still stocking canned meats, so it's not critical that I have more space in my freezers for it. I just wanted to take advantage of having unlimited access to cheap prices on ground beef right now.
You could always can the ground beef.

Judy
 
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