Saturday, December 25, 2010

Survival Food: Turkey tips!

Used to having a dry turkey? Try this! Turn the turkey upside down and stuff an onion in body cavity. Pre-heat the oven to 325. Cook it until the breast meat is at 165 degrees. Cook it uncovered. Then take it out and let the turkey 'rest' under tinfoil for about 15-20 minutes. The turkey turned out so moist it was delicious!

Merry Christmas!

Well, I am with my family celebrating the holidays. Just thought I would drop you all a note saying I hope all of you are having a good, safe, Christmas with all your families.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Survival Gear: Squishy Bowls Product Test

Well, finally I did a test on those Squishy Bowls that I had purchased a while ago and they have held up to my expectations! I tested them both in the microwave, and in the freezing cold. First test that I did was I put them out in the snow for about 9 hours or so. The temp when I started the test was at about 12 degrees fahrenheit and by the time the test was done, the temp dropped to 5 degrees. They were still just as pliable, maybe slightly stiff but almost as squishy as when I first set them out and they did not crack when I squished them. This was freezing cold temps. I am a northerner so this really impressed me.

Then I tested the bowls in the microwave to boil water. Again, this really exceeded my expectations. Water came to a boil nicely, but one piece of advice, do not handle these when hot with your bare hands. The bowls are dark colored and absorb heat, so be careful when handling them. The bowls them selves did nicely, no warping of any sort. Also, these are not meant to cook with so do not put them over any kind of open heat source, these are silicone after all. It seems that they are microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe (though I have yet to test that). So far this looks like it will be a valuable addition to my vehicle bag.

I know that this is expensive for $20, but I rather shell out the extra bucks for good quality gear. Again, four paws up!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Survival Mentality: Extra Bag Freedom.

I like the idea of having an 'Emergency Vehicle Bag' in my vehicle.

I mean, it feels good to be able to pull over at a park, open up my vehicle bag and cook a hot meal out the back of my vehicle when ever I please. Sure it might be only an MRE, but to me, that is freedom.

And also, practicing using your vehicle bag is not only perfection, but tasty too!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Survival Mentality: Pay it Forward

"Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." -- English Proverb.

I saw this little program that the American Preppers Network has a few months back called Pay it Forward and thought I would mention it. What you do, is you go there and print out one of the Pay it Forward Bucks, as many as you want. And then when you do a good deed for someone, you hand them one of those bucks and ask them to do what it suggests. I like this idea, as it gets the word out about the site and about prepping in general. It has been a while since I heard about it, but I think this would be a good thing to pass around to others. Not a bad deal huh?


Monday, December 06, 2010

Survival Mentality: A Jar of Jelly

Nothing feels good like opening the fridge for a jar of jelly to add to your peanut butter sandwich, but feeling slightly disappointed when you find out you ran out, yet happy that you find another jar hidden in the very bottom of your extra storage bin later.

It is the simple things like that, that I love.

*NOTE TO SELF: Get or make some more jelly!