Couple of nuggets of information I’ve gathered that I’m passing on. Might be interesting, may not, depending on your interest.
Been pottering about today sorting out the house a bit more because it is raining and I can’t get outside to do what I need to do. So the inside is being sorted and my sheets are being sorted and filed so it isn’t a waste.
I’m planning to treat the wood on the chicken coop to protect it when things get a bit wetter. Makes me wonder how we will treat wood after an event. Now it’s £7 for a big tin but must make a note to find out how to treat wood properly. I have read somewhere that ranchers in the US treat wood so it last centuries.
My chickens are obviously slackers, they are now down to an egg a day from the two a day I got previously. Apparently that is what I should expect. I’ve shown them the pot but they seem unrepentant.
I’m always impressed with human innovation. Some of the US based sites have taken scrap items and turned them into useful prepper items, can ring pulls become hooks, a bike wheel becomes a bow, etc. Making something out of scrap is a skill that many people will pick up after and event but doing it now shows imagination.
For those that don’t know I bought 240 of the PressItIn tins for storage. They work really well. So far I’m storing fire making, water purification and medical kits in them. Next up I want to try boiled sweets and see what they are like in a few months. Boiled sweets usually go all sticky by then. I see the cans as a suppliment to ordinary air tight plastic buckets. The cans for handy items and items for the the back pack. The buckets for main storage.
I’m going to be buying nitrogen to purge out the oxygen in the containers which will make storage easier. I’ll then put tea, coffee, sugar and other like items in them as well. For my larger stores I’ll use the nitrogen to purge all my plastic containers.
At the moment I’m looking at several things to store in the cans. Perhaps some items for barter. As someone pointed out giving a can with a complete wash up kit in including a toothbrush, toothpast, soap, etc. is going to be a great item.
One thing I want to store long term are seeds. Currently I have a collection of seeds that are wrapped in foil containers. I understand that, as usual, moisture, temprature and light are key players. So drying them and storing in air tight containers may be a good solution. Keep them cool and dark and they could last for 20 years. My policy now is to buy seeds every year and store them in their packets in air tight containers. I think I can increase storage life, making some barter items by using nitrogen.