Prep Genrl Weekly Prep Thread: March 14 ~ 20, 2021

ReneeT

Veteran Member
Morning, All! Hope you are all doing well today? I'm fine, but my computer and I are not getting along very well this morning, so I'm just going to get this thread started and try again later in the day - post caffiene, errands, and possibly grandsons :lol:

Take care all - stay safe out there!
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
I know this is a prepping thread, and I don't want to distract from that, but I need some help with Cary's diet. Soft food diet, until Tuesday, and I'm about out of options of things that he will eat from my storage. He just finished off, for lunch today, the chicken noodle soup I made for him 2 days ago. I cooked him 2 eggs last night for his supper with a few slices of buttered toast. His doctor said no meat, until Tuesday, too. What I was wondering is, would it be ok for him to eat homemade chicken noodle salad for a meal? Chicken is the only meat he can have, but not fried. Any other ideas for soft food would help me greatly! He's tired of soup, and has already said, NO, to just plain mashed potatoes and gravy. I need ideas that can be made from basic foods one would have in their pantry.

If this request is in the wrong thread, please just ignore. I will understand. :)
 

Freeholder

This too shall pass.
I did a quick search, and here is what one website suggests -- you'll have to make adjustments as needed:

Breads, Cereals, Grains
Safe soft foods in the grains group include cooked cereals such as oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat or easily softened cold cereals such as Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes 1. Also acceptable are soft breads and muffins, pancakes, french toast with the crusts cut off and pasta.
Eggs and Dairy
All eggs are acceptable except for raw and fried, with scrambled and soft-boiled considered the best. All dairy products, including chocolate milk, ice cream and yogurt, are included.
Fruits and Vegetables
Juices, both fruit and vegetable, are the best. Other fruits and vegetables that qualify as soft foods include those cooked and canned without seeds or skins 1. The only fresh vegetables allowed on a soft diet are avocados and tomatoes and potatoes without the skins 1. Acceptable fresh fruits include bananas, pureed berries put through a strainer to remove skins and seeds, and melon, if tolerated.
Soups, Sauces and Condiments
Creamed soups are good soft diet foods, as is any other pureed or blended soup like chicken noodle 1. Broths are also well tolerated. For sauces, choose those that are pureed or well-blended. For spices and condiments, use salt, pepper, all finely chopped or ground leaf herbs and mild spices and ketchup. For sweeteners, use sugar, honey, jelly, smooth preserves, syrup and jellied cranberry sauce.
  • Creamed soups are good soft diet foods, as is any other pureed or blended soup like chicken noodle 1.
  • For sweeteners, use sugar, honey, jelly, smooth preserves, syrup and jellied cranberry sauce.
Meats and Entrees
Tender cooked meats like beef, veal, lamb or liver that are baked, broiled, creamed, roasted or stewed are fine, as is stewed pork. Chicken and turkey are allowed on a soft diet if they're not fried 1. Cooked, fresh or frozen fish without bones such as tuna, salmon or white fishes are included, as is canned tuna. Other good protein sources include tofu and well-cooked legumes with soft skins, such as baked beans or lentils.
  • Tender cooked meats like beef, veal, lamb or liver that are baked, broiled, creamed, roasted or stewed are fine, as is stewed pork.
  • Cooked, fresh or frozen fish without bones such as tuna, salmon or white fishes are included, as is canned tuna.
Desserts
Desserts can include ice cream, ices, sherbet and sorbet; pudding or custard; soft candy without nuts, seeds or hard pieces or plain chocolate bars; and butter cookies.
A Sample Soft-Food Diet Daily Menu
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with grated melted cheese, cantaloupe
Lunch: tuna salad made with tuna, mayonnaise and some spices, applesauce
Supper: poached salmon, mashed or baked skinless sweet potato
Dessert: pudding with whipped cream
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
I did a quick search, and here is what one website suggests -- you'll have to make adjustments as needed:

Breads, Cereals, Grains
Safe soft foods in the grains group include cooked cereals such as oatmeal, grits, cream of wheat or easily softened cold cereals such as Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes 1. Also acceptable are soft breads and muffins, pancakes, french toast with the crusts cut off and pasta.
Eggs and Dairy
All eggs are acceptable except for raw and fried, with scrambled and soft-boiled considered the best. All dairy products, including chocolate milk, ice cream and yogurt, are included.
Fruits and Vegetables
Juices, both fruit and vegetable, are the best. Other fruits and vegetables that qualify as soft foods include those cooked and canned without seeds or skins 1. The only fresh vegetables allowed on a soft diet are avocados and tomatoes and potatoes without the skins 1. Acceptable fresh fruits include bananas, pureed berries put through a strainer to remove skins and seeds, and melon, if tolerated.
Soups, Sauces and Condiments
Creamed soups are good soft diet foods, as is any other pureed or blended soup like chicken noodle 1. Broths are also well tolerated. For sauces, choose those that are pureed or well-blended. For spices and condiments, use salt, pepper, all finely chopped or ground leaf herbs and mild spices and ketchup. For sweeteners, use sugar, honey, jelly, smooth preserves, syrup and jellied cranberry sauce.
  • Creamed soups are good soft diet foods, as is any other pureed or blended soup like chicken noodle 1.
  • For sweeteners, use sugar, honey, jelly, smooth preserves, syrup and jellied cranberry sauce.
Meats and Entrees
Tender cooked meats like beef, veal, lamb or liver that are baked, broiled, creamed, roasted or stewed are fine, as is stewed pork. Chicken and turkey are allowed on a soft diet if they're not fried 1. Cooked, fresh or frozen fish without bones such as tuna, salmon or white fishes are included, as is canned tuna. Other good protein sources include tofu and well-cooked legumes with soft skins, such as baked beans or lentils.
  • Tender cooked meats like beef, veal, lamb or liver that are baked, broiled, creamed, roasted or stewed are fine, as is stewed pork.
  • Cooked, fresh or frozen fish without bones such as tuna, salmon or white fishes are included, as is canned tuna.
Desserts
Desserts can include ice cream, ices, sherbet and sorbet; pudding or custard; soft candy without nuts, seeds or hard pieces or plain chocolate bars; and butter cookies.
A Sample Soft-Food Diet Daily Menu
Breakfast: scrambled eggs with grated melted cheese, cantaloupe
Lunch: tuna salad made with tuna, mayonnaise and some spices, applesauce
Supper: poached salmon, mashed or baked skinless sweet potato
Dessert: pudding with whipped cream
Thank You! I never thought of looking it up for myself. I'm exhausted, and my brain is tired, too. Much appreciated!
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Pudding, cream soups, noodles, egg salad, oatmeal, cream of wheat/rice, cottage cheese, beans, mac and cheese (for soft diet)
Thank you! I'm going ahead, and make the chicken noodle salad for his supper tonight. I'll slack off on the onions. By the time Tuesday gets here, and he is cleared to have all meats again, he's is going to be burned out on chicken!
 

briches

Veteran Member
I’m just so thankful to read he’s hungry and eating.

Oatmeal - applesauce - pudding - egg salad - yogurt - these are some things that come to mind.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
I’m just so thankful to read he’s hungry and eating.
His appetite is very much lacking. He only eats a few bites, and done. I just made him a small plate of the chicken noodle salad. He tried to eat it, but could only get a few bites of it down. I'll be glad to get back to the doctor's office, Tuesday. I'm getting a bit concerned about his appetite and the fact that he still hasn't gone to poo, since before he had surgery on Wednesday. Doctor has had him on a stool softener, too.
 

aviax2

Contributing Member
His appetite is very much lacking. He only eats a few bites, and done. I just made him a small plate of the chicken noodle salad. He tried to eat it, but could only get a few bites of it down. I'll be glad to get back to the doctor's office, Tuesday. I'm getting a bit concerned about his appetite and the fact that he still hasn't gone to poo, since before he had surgery on Wednesday. Doctor has had him on a stool softener, too.
Sometimes the meds they put you out with before surgery can really mess with the flavor of food and appetite. One time after having surgery salty things tasted bland to me and bland things tasted salty and nothing tasted right! It lasted at least a week for me. I remember the first thing that finally tasted right and good to me was scrambled fresh eggs that DH made me.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
I'm rearranging and dating cans in my pantry. I went through all of the canned peaches, only one was dated 2020, the others are 21,21,23. All separated and stacked. Those little carton bottoms really do help.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

chumly2071

Contributing Member
With the current market conditions related to firearms and related, I have switched to adding other smaller dollar hardware/equipment things for various prep related topics to help round out more of my "gear". A lot of stuff I have neglected in the past while making shopping lists on Amazon and camelcamelcamel to eventually come back to, but focusing more closely on now, especially with my new work commute. Nothing really major, but it all adds up in capability, and $ over time.

Still trying to hash out how to better network locally with like minded people, and maintain proper persec. In my comparatively few orbits of our sun, I have come down to a very select few I trust and share things with. I've also had my time and generosity taken advantage of too many times in the past, and it makes me cautious. But, I am certain this "networking" notion I have in my brain, as undefined as it is, is going to be more critical going forward, in all sorts of ways.
 

briches

Veteran Member
Picked up 13 pounds of bacon while I was “in town” yesterday (price has gone up $1.20 a pound in the past year, but still at least $1.25 cheaper than local stores). I also picked up 17 packs of block cheese. Hubby smokes this on the grill, and it’s a nice treat.

Continuing to “work my budget” which I believe is key in prepping.

Hubby has been working on his tomato plants. He got over 50 seedlings into cups yesterday (he grows for anyone in the neighborhood who wants them - free).
He’s also going to try potatoes this year for the first time (a Yukon gold and a red).

Slow and steady ....
 

Illini Warrior

Has No Life - Lives on TB
With the current market conditions related to firearms and related, I have switched to adding other smaller dollar hardware/equipment things for various prep related topics to help round out more of my "gear". A lot of stuff I have neglected in the past while making shopping lists on Amazon and camelcamelcamel to eventually come back to, but focusing more closely on now, especially with my new work commute. Nothing really major, but it all adds up in capability, and $ over time.

Still trying to hash out how to better network locally with like minded people, and maintain proper persec. In my comparatively few orbits of our sun, I have come down to a very select few I trust and share things with. I've also had my time and generosity taken advantage of too many times in the past, and it makes me cautious. But, I am certain this "networking" notion I have in my brain, as undefined as it is, is going to be more critical going forward, in all sorts of ways.
you have the correct idea - unless you absolutely positively need something like arms & ammo that's currently ridiculous in price $$$$ <<< PIVIT >>>> concentrate on something is at regular pricing or maybe just the bargains - prepping is also about working within a set budget and using your resources correctly - anyone can throw gads of $$$$ at a problem and hope to solve it ....
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Cary goes back to the doctor, today, to get his staples removed. All is good with him. He's anxious to get back to working around the house and yard getting things ready for summer. It may be awhile, yet, though. Slow and easy for a while longer.

We have severe storms and possible tornadoes moving into our area today, tonight, and especially, tomorrow. We are on alert.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Honestly I am sort of at a loss for what else to do next...
I know that feeling. If you are comfortable with having all your basic bases covered, then it's just a matter of maintaining what you have. There are still times I look around, and try to find more things to buy or prep for, but I'm comfortable where we are at the moment. Maintaining is also a big part of prepping.
 

philkar

Contributing Member
Every now and then I find an area that I feel like I need to add to which is usually clothing or shoes. But prepping now is so different than when I started in the late 90's. Back then, for me anyway, I was just trying to figure out how to keep enough food etc. I didn't feel that evilness abounded...probably a bit innocent on my part. But now I feel like the end game is constantly changing and my prepping is totally different. And that it is always going to be incomplete. For a box checker like myself that lends to a constant state of agitation knowing that box checking is not doable these days! But everyday I get up and acknowledge that HE is enough and that HE alone will care for me and mine. My stress lessens!
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
After all the nice and even snarky comments on my thread about where do you draw the line on your preps, my mind is more at ease. Even Dennis's hoarding comment and not having an off switch. Unfortunately I can relate to that. I did add the Chef Boyardee stuff, but there really is nothing else that I need to stock up on. Now its just replace what we use or if something breaks.

DH broke a little handle on his portable saw mill but he rigged something up that works. I did order a replacement for him, comes from cyna and takes 6 weeks to get here, and cost $40. He is coming along with his cabin build.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
After all the nice and even snarky comments on my thread about where do you draw the line on your preps, my mind is more at ease. Even Dennis's hoarding comment and not having an off switch. Unfortunately I can relate to that. I did add the Chef Boyardee stuff, but there really is nothing else that I need to stock up on. Now its just replace what we use or if something breaks.

DH broke a little handle on his portable saw mill but he rigged something up that works. I did order a replacement for him, comes from cyna and takes 6 weeks to get here, and cost $40. He is coming along with his cabin build.

God is good all the time

Judy
Judy, rest assured, I don't have an "off switch" per say. I'm always resupplying what I use. My family thinks I'm a hoarder, too, but I don't really care what they think, anymore. If things continue to get worse, and I believe they will, I'll also keep adding to my storage, and not just replacing what I use. If I die, before it gets all used, then my DS will have plenty to add to his. Somewhere down the line my extended family fails to know the difference between prepping and hoarding.

Right now, I'm comfortable with what I have.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Judy, rest assured, I don't have an "off switch" per say. I'm always resupplying what I use. My family thinks I'm a hoarder, too, but I don't really care what they think, anymore. If things continue to get worse, and I believe they will, I'll also keep adding to my storage, and not just replacing what I use. If I die, before it gets all used, then my DS will have plenty to add to his. Somewhere down the line my extended family fails to know the difference between prepping and hoarding.

Right now, I'm comfortable with what I have.
You are better organized, although I work on it everyday, unfortunately most days I don't get much done, but at least something. I've been a prepper for years but it don't take much for one person, adding DH in the mix I've added a great deal more. I, also, feel like there will much for the people after us, if they are smart and don't toss it all. I have a first cousin in Texas that is like minded and my brother. But no one nearer to me, including my children, are like minded.

I did go through DH's canned fruit last night and get dates on the cans, nothing was out of date and its all stacked to be rotated.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
We just got back from Cary's doctor appt. Doctor gave him an excellent report! He is still on very light duty for the next 2 weeks, but can eat what he wants now, and can resume driving.

We had a storm go through last night that knocked down one of our neighbor's dead trees into our yard. It's not a very large tree, but big enough. It didn't hurt our fence, but it made a mess. Cary gets to look at it, without being able to do anything about it. It's already making him crazy......He is OCD about how our yard looks. Neighbor who owns the property lives in Huntsville, AL.
 

Marseydoats

Senior Member
After all the nice and even snarky comments on my thread about where do you draw the line on your preps, my mind is more at ease. Even Dennis's hoarding comment and not having an off switch. Unfortunately I can relate to that. I did add the Chef Boyardee stuff, but there really is nothing else that I need to stock up on. Now its just replace what we use or if something breaks.

DH broke a little handle on his portable saw mill but he rigged something up that works. I did order a replacement for him, comes from cyna and takes 6 weeks to get here, and cost $40. He is coming along with his cabin build.

God is good all the time

Judy
Judy, I quit worrying what anybody else thinks about me a long time ago. Dh's know it all aunt, who constantly puts me down, and makes fun of me because I work so hard, told him that if things got bad, they would come here. My response was "Over my dead body." I will give every crumb of food I have to the feral cats and foxes in the neighborhood before she gets anything. They work. They eat rats and vermin that would get in the garden. All Aunt does is sit at the computer all day long. She thinks she can run a farm because she played Farmville and the woman never gets out of her chair.
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
Heck, Judy. If I could have an underground home, I would. With all the tornadoes we have, that would be a good prepping move. If I wanted to have that underground home stocked with 3+ years of food, that's ok, too. It's better to have too much, and be prepared, than not enough. I keep all my stock in rotation, so 3 years worth of food isn't going to ruin. If others don't agree, that's ok, just don't show up on my doorstep looking for a handout when things turn ugly.
 

aviax2

Contributing Member
I hate to see anything wasted and try my best to keep things rotated, but sometimes crap happens! And from that we learn, maybe it’s that family size has changed and you don’t need as much of an item, taste can sometimes change for certain things, health issues can change, and sometimes things just get overlooked somehow. DH and I had a talk about it a few years ago and we decided we weren’t going to get overly stressed about. We pay a lot of money out each year for auto and property insurance. Fortunately we don’t usually have to make a claim so do I feel the money was wasted? No, it’s something we need for “in case” and I sure wouldn’t want to be without it.
 

aviax2

Contributing Member
We just got back from Cary's doctor appt. Doctor gave him an excellent report! He is still on very light duty for the next 2 weeks, but can eat what he wants now, and can resume driving.

We had a storm go through last night that knocked down one of our neighbor's dead trees into our yard. It's not a very large tree, but big enough. It didn't hurt our fence, but it made a mess. Cary gets to look at it, without being able to do anything about it. It's already making him crazy......He is OCD about how our yard looks. Neighbor who owns the property lives in Huntsville, AL.
So glad to hear Cary got a great report.
 

briches

Veteran Member
We had a dollar tree open in our small town (we have plenty of dollar generals, but this was the dollar tres).
I had fun yesterday “checking it out”.

I did restock a few things we had used up (two things of mouthwash, two more things of Crest Prohealth toothpaste that my dentist had recommended, two things of Antacid tablets, a couple of stainless steel dog bowls and toys. They had seeds 4/$1. I bought several kinds for hubby.

Slow and steady continues.
 

hiwall

Veteran Member
We had a dollar tree open in our small town (we have plenty of dollar generals, but this was the dollar tres).
I had fun yesterday “checking it out”.
We had a dollar general and a family dollar in our little town. We never shopped at either. But then the family dollar changed to Dollar Tree and now we stop there every trip.
 

John Deere Girl

Veteran Member
After all the nice and even snarky comments on my thread about where do you draw the line on your preps, my mind is more at ease. Even Dennis's hoarding comment and not having an off switch. Unfortunately I can relate to that. I did add the Chef Boyardee stuff, but there really is nothing else that I need to stock up on. Now its just replace what we use or if something breaks.

DH broke a little handle on his portable saw mill but he rigged something up that works. I did order a replacement for him, comes from cyna and takes 6 weeks to get here, and cost $40. He is coming along with his cabin build.

God is good all the time

Judy
Each of us prep differently, and each of us have different needs. The important thing is being prepared. You do you.
 

Digger

Senior Member
Friday we went to a larger town for hubbys dr appointment. The dr is a nice man. He is a dot Indian I think. He told us he worries about the direction the country is headed. He said the young people don't know how to do anything and don't want to know. I was surprised he said anything like that. Hubby has been seeing him over 5 years so we have developed a friendship of sorts.

While in that town we went to the farm and Ranch store and bought me a chainsaw. I have been trying to talk hubby into getting me one off and on for a few years. We had been buying fire wood for the last several years, but it is hard to find any for sale anymore. I cut several of the logs we had into fire wood lengths. He picked them up with the tractor so I didn't have to bend over to cut except the last cut or two when it got to short for the graffel bucket to hold. Next we will take the splitter to the them. We should end up with 1 1/2 - 2 ricks and we still have more to bring to the house. I really love my saw. I can think of several projects I want to do. Now to convince hubby.

We got the prunings cleaned up. The trees are budding out. There is still some dead wood to cut out. It is very obvious now. Everything is greening up fast. I saw a butterfly yesterday and we awaken to spring storms this morning. I hope our freezing weather is over, but we could have frost till April 20th.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Got my hair trimmed yesterday and as usual she cut too much off, I'm thinking of changing to another hair cutter. Oh well. Although it was nice to get out of the house. Much cooler weather yesterday and today, cold and overcast. But we will be back with the warmer weather in the blink of an eye.

DH is working on his cabin and I'm doing my thing. I use to read the newspaper with my morning coffee but now its look at the computer. Its where I prefer to get my news, although I do have OAN on in the background sometimes for them to get the ratings. I almost never look at newsmax anymore.

After I got my hair cut I went to a small town general store. They carry almost anything you might want. There is a cleaning product that I like that is hard to find and they have it. Its called Crest-O-Mint Mint Oil. I mainly use it as a deodorizer in the bathroom. Disapates the smell of a stinky poo in a second, just pour a small amount in the toilet (after flushing) and such a nice smell, so much better than spraying something in the air and then breathing it. I think my mother used a years and years ago. Another product from years gone by is Jubilee Kitchen wax, although I don't wipe my kitchen appliances down with it like my mother use to do, it was every day, those appliances had to shine.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

aviax2

Contributing Member
I need to get a hair cut in the worst way, it’s gotten so long it’s hard to comb out after shampooing or brush when it’s dry. It gets caught under my shoulders in bed and sometimes DH’s shoulder. I’m almost tempted to take a pair of kitchen shears to it!

The past few weeks has been getting a dental checkup, have to go back in a couple of weeks for a filling, bloodwork done and medical checkup. A1c took a big jump even though I take a script so I’ve got to get that under control. Appt. set up to go in to get things set up for colonoscopy (ugh,ugh,ugh, I despise the prep). By the time I get all this taken care of it’ll be mammogram time again.

I finally made it down to the basement pantry but decided I’m going to need to do an inventory of the working pantry and see what needs to be brought up before I can do a more thorough job down there. It will also help by making room to better organize it. Spring break is coming up at the end of the month so won’t have the Princess that week, maybe I can get most of it accomplished. Fingers crossed!
 

SouthernBreeze

Veteran Member
I need to get a hair cut in the worst way, it’s gotten so long it’s hard to comb out after shampooing or brush when it’s dry. It gets caught under my shoulders in bed and sometimes DH’s shoulder. I’m almost tempted to take a pair of kitchen shears to it!
Same here with my hair. I even wake myself up at night with my hair wrapped around my neck. I've got to get something done to it soon. Before long, I'm going to be sitting on it.
 
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