Wednesday, January 8, 2014

canned oil


CANNED OIL
For some reason, the advice of a minion keeps haunting me.  It had to do with taking a empty coffee can, filling it, placing the lid on and flipping it over for storage.  The mice were almost guaranteed to not be able to get in from the plastic lidded underside ( one imagines they could eat into the wood and go in from an angle on the shelf it sat one, for instance.  Those little bastards are pretty ingenious.  But by and large it was pretty foolproof ).  I’ve always remembered this and practiced it and while, no, I don’t believe ALL members of a race share a characteristic, there might be something to a shared cultural affinity towards a behavior.  Just because I’m Scottish/German doesn’t mean I’m automatically cheap and frugal.  Okay, so the Highlanders were a bit dour- you try eating oatmeal day, sheep guts for a delicacy and a friggin icy North Sea wind blowing up your skirt all the time and see what kind of a mood you’d be in.  no, I think I’m frugal and cheap just because it makes sense in a species survival way.  Yes, I went there.  You are a waster and hence unworthy of living in a resource scarce environment and I am meant to rule the wastelands [ my work computer word processor is being retarded with a gremlin right now.  I can’t hit the shift button without everything just saved or copied, even from yesterday, suddenly pasting on to the document. I’ve wasted fifteen minutes on this already.  So, if you see something that should be in caps but ain’t, that is your reason.  The spell check catches a lot and automatically changes it, but not all ].

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Anyway, I love reusing anything and everything.  I still generate a lot of trash but I try to minimize.  Which is why I reuse cat litter as walkway covering to cut down on the mud.  To be able to reuse coffee cans is just da bomb.  I used as many as I could canning dry beans but I ran out of room doing so [ the cans do waste space being round and small ] plus the beans went way up in price around four years ago.  So I’ve been collecting empty cans.  And suddenly, no warning, sweet baby jesus sent a mental image to me [ it had to be a message of divine nature, otherwise how would I have known I am indeedily doodily his favorite ].  Canned oil.  I really have no idea how this brilliant nugget of wisdom fell out of my ass, but I’m running with it.  Recently lard doubled in price.  The timing might have gone along with the drought in Texas and the following meat shortage, but when you only go shopping once a month, and even then don’t always notice every item, you can miss these exact transition dates.  No way was I going to spend over seven bucks on a tub of lard if I could help it.  And my old lard was nearing its already overstretched shelf date.  Luckily, a can of shortening [ like Crisco brand ] is still just a smidge above four bucks.  A can is just shy of fitting into a coffee can, but the oil being a flexible plastic, you can carefully force the last inch or two in.  flip the can of oil over, lid side into the coffee can, carefully force into the coffee can opening [ the coffee can is the five dollar blue can from wal-mart ] put the coffee lid on and flip the whole thing over so the lid side of the oil is now up and the coffee opening is now facing down.  It’s a tight fit, and good luck getting that sucker out, but you now have almost three pounds of shortening safely canned for storage.

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14 comments:

  1. Jim.
    You might be Scottish-Germen but, SWEET BABY JESUS, made you look MEXICAN.

    Brandy.

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    1. I'm not claiming that a bit of diversity didn't creep into the woodpile way back in the day.

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  2. Oh I forgot the GREASY HAIR.


    SORRY.

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    1. Laugh if you will, but my greasy hair can be mined in the winter for vital fats, keeping me alive.

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  3. The lack of air space should minimize any spoilage from getting started - thanks for the tips! I save our office coffee containers as well - great way to get a free container that is very versatile. Really ticks off my wife (you brought ANOTHER one home ? - thats a bonus, lol) but even she grudginly admits they do come in handy. Great for watering plants - poke a nail hole in bottom and fill with water. Place near plant root - a slooow water drip irrigation that allows the water to seep and soak in rather than run off.

    Also use them to store wool socks (maybe the coffee odor will fight foot odor, lol). Battery storage, - the list doesn't end.

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  4. Jim:

    That Mormon is the only one that got you to post pictures of your self and your compound.

    My question is: why don't you post any pictures of your 303 brit., your mora knives, your tons of wheat prepps , your bikes, van or others stuff. Just like they do on other blogs.

    You know the say. A picture is worth a thousand words. (or something like that).

    ANONY. your minion!.

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    1. I've thought of a daily picture. Perhaps its own blog. I just hate prepper porn pictures for their own sake. We should embrace the written word, not run from them.

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  5. I think I have mentioned this, but your (so far) most valuable advise, beyond being last into the stew pot, was the razor blade saver.

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    1. For the price of one electric razor you could buy the Saver and twenty five years worth of disposables ( might go much further, to thirty years or more, but being conservative ).

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  6. What is it with Brandy/Brenda/Bruno? Did they stop teaching the full alphabet in humanoid school? Why not Candy/Ka-ka/Koo-koo. Some mysteries are beyond human ken.

    Now for the sad news: The last time I went to the supermarket all of the coffee was in plastic buckets. Metal is going the way of glass bottles - Plastic Chinese Death Crap Rules. All of the Survivalist books of yore are going to have to be re-edited - ain't no metal cans anymore. Save your Altoids tins - for they are next. Sort of hysterical? Maybe.

    On mice:
    By the time you start seeing mouse droppings - you're infested!

    The best anti-vermin is my cat Koko: 38 confirmed mouse kills, 6 squirrels, and I have no idea how many winged critters. Twenty pounds of black and white fury. He too has a son, and that's even more scarey. Looks just like him, acts like him. Too bad you're too far away for me to drop him (the son) off in your backyard in the middle of the night.

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    1. Alas, you must go to Wal-Mart for the metal can coffee. Get em while you can. Our scrawny old female is a great mouser. She keeps going back forlornly to the old spots hoping for another infestation.

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  7. Got six large cans of Hill's Bros, on sale the other day a little over six a can plus the manager had given me a coupon for 20% off on that particular day at the farm store..A little over 30 bucks total for six large cans of coffee( metal cans)Spent a couple hunnert there with that discount coupon...saved like 40 dollars on items ALREADY on sale..i also only purchase coffee in metal cans..

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    1. There is a brand I haven't paid attention to in awhile. A great time to stock up on coffee right now, having recovered from the last shortage. Who knows how long the reprieve lasts.

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