Learn Survival Skills this Summer!

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I wanted to let you know about an upcoming FREE online event where you can learn some great survival and preparedness tips: Summer of Survival.

What is Summer of Survival?

Summer of Survival is an all summer long parade of 24 top experts in survival and preparedness sharing their best advice in exclusive webinars every Tuesday and Thursday evening from June 3rd through August 21st.

Unlike other events that are mostly sales pitches, Summer of Survival webinars will be jam packed with great content. And every attendee will have a chance to get their most pressing questions answered directly by the experts during the live Q&A sessions following every webinar!

Some of the best-known names in the industry will be attending:

Joel Skousen
Rick Austin
“Survivor Jane”
John Jacob Schmidt
James Talmage Stevens (“Dr. Prepper”)
“Joe Nobody”
Melissa K. Norris
Dr. Cynthia Koelker (“Doc Cindy”)
David Kobler (“southernprepper1”)
Marjory Wildcraft
And that’s just naming a few…

Best of all, Summer of Survival doesn’t cost a cent to attend.  You will get a lot out of this – check out the schedule and mark your calendars now.

Sign up for free here:

 

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10 Ways to Relieve Spring Allergies

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10 Ways to Relieve Spring AllergiesBy Tess Pennington

This article first appeared in ReadyNutrition.com.

Now that winter is behind us, the long-awaited season of spring brings with it rebirth, renewal – and allergies. When flowers, grasses and trees begin to set forth their blooms, our allergies show up. Congestion, sneezing and watery eyes are no way to enjoy the gifts that spring brings.

Relieve Your Allergies Naturally

For many, symptoms of allergies can be averted with a simple drive to the drugstore for over-the-counter meds. On the other side, those with more severe allergies must take a more aggressive approach to remedy their allergy symptoms.

1. Herbal Supplements and Extracts

Many herbs have been shown to have positive effects on allergy relief. Spirulina, eyebright, and goldenseal—have been studied for allergy relief and relief in sinus inflammation. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple is sometimes used to curb inflammation after sinus surgery and could be used for allergy relief. Studies show that it reduces swelling and improves breathing, as well.

Some extracts have been shown to have a significant effect on allergy symptoms. According to WebMD, one study, published recently in the British Medical Journal, showed how just one tablet of butterbur extract (Ze 339) taken four times daily was as effective as a popular antihistamine drug in controlling symptoms of hay fever — without the traditional symptom of drowsiness that sometimes occurs.

Other extracts that show promise is nettles added to a tonic made from golden seal and added to a saline solution. This solution is used as a nasal spray and has been shown to have positive effects. ”The saline works to wash out pollen and reduce or thin mucous — the goldenseal has astringent and local antibacterial properties which can aid in this process.”

2. Honey

Evidence shows that local honey can have a profound effect on reducing allergies. The prevailing  theory behind eating honey is similar to gradually vaccinating the body against allergens, a process called immunotherapy. Honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that give allergy sufferers so much trouble when flowers and grasses are in bloom. Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts by eating honey should make the body accustomed to their presence and decrease the chance an immune system response like the release of histamine will occur [Source: AAFP].

3. Steam Bath

Breathing in steam is a simple way to open the airway passages and relieve the symptoms of congestion. Go a step further and add some essential oils, such as eucalyptus oil to the water to create a powerful bond between the steam and oils and helps to ease symptoms of certain ailments, especially those of the upper respiratory tract, nose and sinuses.

4. Saline Spray

Saline spray can also relieve allergy symptoms quickly. You can easily purchase pre-made saline solution at local drugstores, or make your own solution daily by mixing a teaspoon of salt in a pint of warm, distilled water and adding a pinch of baking soda. Bend over a sink and sniff a bit of solution into one nostril at a time, allowing it to drain back out through the nose or mouth; do this once or twice a day. Note: If you also have asthma, check with your doctor before trying this remedy.

5. Neti Pot

I first heard about the Neti pot over 10 years ago, and was sceptical at first. When I used it, I immediately felt relief in my nasal passages. The treatment, which involves rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution, and distilled warm water flushes out allergens (like pollen) and loosens mucus. Premeasured saline packs are available at local drugstores. These can also be used when you have congestion from a cold.

6. Spicy Foods

For a quick relief consider adding some spicy foods to your diet. Foods such as cayenne peppers, wasabi, spicy mustard, fresh garlic, and horseradish can help clear nasal passages and start your eyes watering very soon after they are ingested. Studies have shown that allyl thiosulfinate, an active ingredient in garlic and isothiocyanates, a similar ingredient in wasabi do appear to have a temporary decongestant effect.

7. Drink Tea

Drinking hot tea has a profound effect on allergy symptoms. Holding a steaming cup of hot tea close to the face does double duty in soothing nasal pressure, as well as helping to open the nasal passages. Drinking herbal teas containing menthol work as an expectorant and a decongestant. Similarly, studies are currently looking to the antioxidant properties found in green tea. The small amount of caffeine that green teas contain may also help you not feel drowsy. Those with severe seasonal allergies should steer clear of flower herbal teas such as chamomile until allergy symptoms lessen.

To make peppermint tea: Place 1/2 ounce dried peppermint leaves in a 1-quart jar. Fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water. Cover and allow to steep for five minutes. For added benefit, inhale the steam. Let cool, strain, sweeten if desired, and drink.

(Note: Peppermint tea should be used with caution in children, as the menthol in peppermint may cause them to choke.)

8. Do Some Spring Cleaning

A little bit of cleaning can do wonders for removing dust and airborne irritants found in the home. Thoroughly dust the home, vacuum under furniture and thoroughly clean carpets. Your sheets could also be causing you some allergy discomfort. Therefore, regularly change your sheets (your pillowcase especially). Those with severe allergies may want to consider purchasing a vacuum that has a built-in HEPA filter or attach a filter to the exhaust port of your canister vac (uprights usually don’t have an exhaust port). Many vacuums blast small particles of dust back into the air, leaving behind plenty of allergens to keep you sneezing and wheezing.

Further, if you suffer from allergies, make a point to change out your air conditioning filters. This will help you clear allergens in the home. HEPA filters will help purify the air and are especially helpful when you have pets in the home.

9. Bathe Your Pet

Did you know that 10 to 15 percent of the population suffers from pet allergies? The allergen is a specific protein produced not in the animal’s fur, but primarily in its skin and – a lesser extent- urine and saliva. Regularly bathing your pet with natural products will help reduce you inhaling chemicals as well as reduce allergens.

10. Avoid When Necessary

Sometimes avoiding the cause of your allergy is the best way to keep those allergies at bay. For example, as much as you love the great outdoors, if you are severely allergic to grasses, you may want to steer clear of camping or hiking. Likewise, use a filtered mask when mowing the lawn.

Prepper's Cookbook

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years. Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com

 

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Even your TV can Spy on You

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Even your TV can Spy on You2It’s bad enough that our smart phone can track us, but I found out something even more creepy than that:  your TV can actually spy on you.  The TV is so common and unnoticed, it is present in most homes, with some households having them in nearly every room.

First, a quick story…  I was loading an exercise DVD into the DVD player and I turned on the TV.  As soon as I turned it on, a message popped up on top of the TV screen that said “software update installing”  I wondered about it as this was completely unrelated to what I was doing.  I told Mr. Apt Prepper about it (he’s more tech oriented) and he said it’s because we have a “smart TV.” and it has software updates, just like a computer.

They are called “smart TVs” because they can connect to the internet, allowing you to browse and stream for shows as well as visit such sites as Twitter, Facebook, Skype, YouTube etc.

Although I have not used the TV to access websites, this got me thinking about the implications.  If your computer activities can be tracked, then it follows that the same thing would apply to the TV – I started reading up on the subject and what I found out confirmed my fears.

What is being tracked?

At the most basic level, your browsing and viewing habits can be tracked, allowing advertisers to know your preferences, and thus tailor the ads to you.

However, because of this feature, EVERYTHING that is viewed on that very same TV can also be tracked and transmitted elsewhere – such as your personal family photos, videos of your birthday celebrations etc.  Even if the source of the material viewed is an outside source such as a flash drive, the information will be collected and tracked.

Even worse, a hacker can add just a few lines of code, and turn the camera toward you, watching your every move.

And you can’t just cover the camera with a piece of duct tape because it is within the TV itself.  I know…  I looked for it.  If the TV can be used to Skype, then it does have a camera somewhere.

From what I have read, there is no “off switch”  Even if you opt out, the tracking can still be done, although LG, the company that was discovered doing this says they will disable the feature.

Here are a couple of articles for more information:

Is your TV Spying on You?

Samsung Smart TV a Spy in the Living Room as Webcam Hack Revealed

LG Admits Its Smart TVs Collected Info, Promises Fix So Customers Can Actually Opt Out

What are the options to prevent data from being collected?

  • Look through all your TV’s options and read the Privacy and Terms of Service.
  • Opt out of anything having to do with collection of viewing information.  Every TV is different so the menu options will be different.
  • Don’t connect the TV to the internet.
  • Don’t buy a smart TV.

Just as the smart phone offers a lot of advantages, so do the smart TVs, along with the tracking that comes with it.  More and more, these convenient features comes with a price:  our privacy.  Only you can decide if you are willing to pay the price.

 

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Monday Musings 5/26/2014

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Monday Musings 5262014Welcome to another Monday Musings were we share blog updates and interesting links. Today we celebrate Memorial Day to remember our fallen heroes.   At 3:00 pm (local time) please observe a moment of silence to remember the real meaning of this holiday.

First the blog updates…

Who won the copy of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival? Jeffry won the copy.  The question for the giveaway was What aspect of food storage do you find the most challenging and why?  His response was “I find dehydrating and canning as my next challenges in food storage.Never having done either.”

Inspiration for the Jake and Miller characters – I’ve posted the “real” Jake and Miller photos – the two who inspired me as I was writing the book – See the Jake and Miller Facebook page – check them out!

Moisturizing Salve Benefits – Continued  A month ago, I posted about my moisturizing salve experiment, (aka miracle salve), and I wanted to let you know all the benefits I’ve found so far.   I gave them away to relatives with various maladies and so far, I’ve received reports of improvements in their eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies and muscle cramps.  As far as products I’ve replaced, I no longer have to buy makeup remover, foot softener, hand and cuticle cream, facial moisturizer…  the list goes on.  I even replaced the dog’s hot spot spray with this stuff and it works!  After a month, I am just about ready to make another batch.

Emergency Essentials Mountain House Sale
Just a reminder that the Mountain House Sale ends May 31.   Now is a good time to stock up:  All Mountain House Cans are now 28-32% off!

Emergency Essentials/BePrepared

Now for the links…  Just a very quick one today!

It won’t be a walk in the park   Good discussion on what would happen if there were a long term power loss

If the Grid Fails, Will You Die?

Just ask  Every dollar counts so why not get credit if your service had an outage?  I’ve tried it for internet service and cell service, but never tried it for electricity.

Get Refunds for Services Not Rendered

Kids learn something and you save money too  It’s a win-win situation.

Five Weekend Adventures That Teach Your Kids Frugality

Yet another one  I’ve gotten hacked through PayPal before, so I am not surprised by this.  If you’ve ever used Ebay, change your password now.

eBay Asking Users To Change Passwords Following Hack

There’s still time to start your garden  For many of us, this is the only way to have a garden.

Container Garden for your Porch

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

My new book is out!

Jake and Miller's Big Adventure

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Beware the Painful New Disease from the Caribbean

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Beware the Painful New Disease from the CaribbeanHave you heard of the new “chikungunya” virus that comes from the Caribbean?  Cases have now been found in Florida and from what I’ve heard, the disease is quite debilitating.

What is it?

Chikungunya literally means “contorted with pain” because the virus causes arthritis like joint pain.  Other symptoms include headache, fever and rash.

The good news:

  • It is not fatal.
  • Also, once you catch it, you won’t catch it again.

The bad news

  • The joint pains could last for years.
  • There is no cure, only relief for the symptoms

How does it spread?

Thousands of people in the Caribbean have already caught it due to getting bitten by infected mosquitoes.  Although the mosquitoes in the U.S. are not known to carry it, a single infected person can trigger an outbreak.  The mosquitoes that can carry it are present in the eastern and southern parts of the U.S.

Three cases have already been found in Florida – all were recent travelers to the Caribbean.

For more info, check out the following links:

Mosquito-borne chikungunya virus spreads in the Caribbean

Florida Officials Warn About Painful New Virus

For tips on avoiding mosquitoes, please see my article below:

Protect Yourself from this Disease Carrying Creature

Even if you don’t travel to the Caribbean, or don’t live in one of the affected areas, it would still be wise to avoid mosquitoes since they carry a lot of other nasty diseases.

 

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What’s Your Threat: Economic Downturn

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Whats Your Threat  Economic Downturn

When I started my preparedness journey, I was mainly concerned about preparing for the next hurricane, but as time went on, I felt there may be a possibility for a major economic turmoil in our future.

We already experienced “The Great Recession” back in 2009 when many people lost jobs and businesses.  We had our own share of financial troubles, and, have not fully recovered yet.  Although the media reminds us the economy continues to improve, we can see the writing on the wall.  The government continues to print money, banks continue their bad behavior that led to the decline, and people continue to get in over their heads in credit.  We all know what happened in the Great Depression.  Back them people were a lot more resilient and not as self entitled as people are today.

Even if the economy continues along in its path, there is also always a chance of a personal economic turmoil, if you were to lose your job.  In that situation, everyone else is fine, but you still have to find a way to pick up the pieces and keep going.

Steps to prepare for another economic downturn

    • Avoid debt like it’s the plague.  Adding to your current debt by buying stuff you don’t need only worsens the problem.  The short term boost of buying something new is not worth the anguish later when the bill comes.  Put the brakes on borrowing now.
    • Downsize your lifestyle.  Now is the time to reduce your fixed overhead costs such as housing, utilities and other bills.  You might consider moving to a small house or apartment, giving up cable, going to a lower cell phone plan etc.
    • Make your home more secure.  In a bad economy, thefts and other crimes will rise.  Make your apartment or house more secure while you have resources.  Even a low tech solution is better than none.  Take a class in self-defense, get trained in firearm safety or find options in personal defense.  Your mode of defense is a personal choice, but at least consider your options.
    • Build your emergency fund.   Make it a habit to save some of your income every month.  You may need to rely on savings if you lose your job.
    • Keep cash at home  Even if nothing happens, it is important to have some cash hidden at home in case your credit and debit cards stop working.  A power outage, a security breach such as the recent one at Target, or identity theft can all cause you to lose access to bank cards.
    • Get a side gig.  It is a good idea to develop some income on the side, in addition to your regular employment.  You could try moonlighting at night, or using one of your hobbies to make items that people would buy.
    • Boost your preps.  Before prices rise, buy bulk foods and add to your emergency supplies.  If you were to lose your job, you can use your food storage to tie you over until things get better.
    • Consider buying physical gold and silver.   To find out about buying gold and silver, I accompanied a friend to a gold dealer in town; see Part 2 here.  For more info about protecting your savings using gold and silver, see Economic Collapse:  5 Strategies for Protecting your 401k Savings
    • Develop self sufficiency skills.  Learn to do things on your own, instead of relying on outside services:  bake your own bread, make yogurt at home, use essential oils, start a garden etc.  You don’t have to learn everything all at once, just choose one skill and try it out.  Not everything works out right away – there is a learning curve.  You’ll find some things you like, and some things you won’t.  The main thing is to try it out.
    • Find product substitutes.   We all have our favorite name brands, but sometimes you can replace the pricey brand with a simple solution:  make your own cleaning supplies or laundry detergent.  Or, if you really like your products, try using less.
    • Take care of your health.  Maintaining your health is important, especially if there are stressful times ahead.  Keep a healthy weight, exercise and take care of any health issues now.
    • Take action.  All too often, we get bogged down reading but neglect the next step:  doing what you need to do.
    • Don’t worry.   It can get overwhelming sometimes, and these worries can keep you up at night.  If you are already preparing and taking care of what you need to do, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve done your best.


See what other members of The Prepared Bloggers consider to be current risks, in our first ever blog hop:

What's Your Threat? What's the biggest threat to you and your family? Check out some amazing blogs and how they attack their biggest threats to being more prepared and more self-reliant!
Push Past the Fear and Just Do It!! – Mom with a PREP

Living in Tornado Alley – The Busy B Homemaker

{Forest Fire Safety} – Mama Kautz

Why You Need Food Storage – Food Storage Moms

Break in the Supply Chain – Homestead Dreamer

Drought! – Ever Growing Farm

Medical Emergencies at Home – Preparedness Mama

Surviving a Tornado – Survival at Home

Wildfire – Cooke’s Frontier

Rising Food Prices – Common Sense Homesteading

Economic Collapse – Timber Creek Farms

A Personal Job Loss Situation – Food Storage Made Easy

7 Tips for Keeping Your Family Together in an Emergency – Food Storage & Survival

Massive Blackout– Trailerpark Homestead

How to Overcome a Lack of Motivation to Prepare – Home Ready Home

The Unexpected – Are We Crazy, Or What?

Our Threats Are Many, But Our Worries Are None – Trayer Wilderness

Food Storage Without a Plan – My Food Storage Cookbook

Hurricanes and Nor’Easters – Backyard Pioneer

Hurricanes (What I Wish I Knew Before it Hit!) – Prepared-Housewives

A Financial Disaster – The Surival Mom

Staying Off the Radar – Geek Prepper

Everything Becomes Too Expensive – Beyond Off Grid

 

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Grow More! Spend Less!

Grow More!  Spend Less!

 

Debt-Proof Living

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Destiny Survival Podcast

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Destiny Survival PodcastJust a quick post to share the link for my conversation with John Wesley Smith at Destiny Survival Podcast Radio Show.

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Here is the blog post:  http://destinysurvival.com/2014/05/23/introduce-young-children-to-prepping-with-jake-and-millers-big-adventure/

You’ll also find some great articles on the Destiny Survival blog.  Check them out!

 

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Get Rid of Cable = Save Money for Preps

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Today we returned the cable boxes and unhooked ourselves from Comcast cable.

It all started out when we moved to a smaller unit a few months ago (part of the plan to downsize).   We weren’t on a contract but we had one of those “bundled” plans that was discounted.  At the same time, we were aggravated by their service issues.  We realized that out of roughly 200 channels, we were really only watching a handful.

Here are a few ideas on getting shows:

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  1. An indoor HD TV antenna or a regular antenna allows you to get all the free channels.  Cost is around $12 for “rabbit ears” antenna or $36 for an HD antenna, and the monthly cost is $ 0.
  2. Get shows via Hulu and Netflix, at a fraction of the cost.  Cost is around $7.99 for either one if your TV is a newer model and allows the access.
  3. Watch shows directly from the networks via internet.  Cost= free.
  4. The Roku 3 is small box that is connected to the TV that lets you stream shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu Plus; accessing 1000+ channels and growing.   Initial cost of the Roku 3 is $89, monthly cost depends on what services you subscribe to.

For us, getting rid of cable saves $70 from the monthly bill.  Currently we are on Option 1 but may consider adding services later.  Even adding a small monthly $7.99 bill from Netflix is still only a fraction of what we were spending.

If you are wondering how you might find some savings for the emergency fund or buy some preps, consider cutting out cable TV.    Small steps you can take:

  • Evaluate your family’s viewing habits for a week.
  • Write down the channels you most often watch.  I bet most of those channels are not being used.
  • Do some research on what’s available, talk to the family, then decide.

With all the alternatives available, I am certain we won’t miss it at all.

 

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Monday Musings: 5/19/2014

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MondayMusings5192014

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

First the blog updates…

Prepper Chats  My conversation with John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival Radio will be posted on Thursday, 5/22.  I will send you a link when it’s up.

Soon I’ll be speaking with Donna Miller over at Your Preparation Station  Chatting with fellow preppers is fun and I look forward to them.

Giveaway  Our giveaway for a copy of Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival by Angela Paskett is still going on.  Don’t forget to enter.  We have a fun one coming up later this week, so come back and check!

Now for the links…

Still following this closely   3rd case of MERS virus found in the US

Illinois man tests positive for MERS virus without falling ill

Clean up and reorganize This is a great time to reassess what you have an what you need.  Here are a couple of articles to inspire you.

14 Creative Hidden Storage Solutions for the Over-Stocked Prepper

Garage Organization Ideas

Moving tips  Apartment dwellers move around a lot, I know… These tips will help you keep the costs down.

Moving with Minimal Money: Nine Tactics for Frugal Relocation

Giving thanks   Being financially challenged wears you down, but wallowing in misery only makes it worse.  Gratitude is so much more uplifting.

Gratitude is good for your soul … and your finances

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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Can You Live without a Refrigerator?

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Having a refrigerator in the house is one of those conveniences that we take for granted.  Most homes and apartments come with a fridge, and if it didn’t, most everyone would get one right away.

Why even consider living without a fridge?

  • Long term power outage
  • Personal emergency:  your fridge breaks and you can’t afford another one right
  • Living in a downsized space such as boat or RV.  Many boat and RVs have very small refrigerators
  • Extended camping trips

I experienced first hand not having a fridge available when our fridge broke.  The old fridge was about 30 years old; my parents gave it to us when they upgraded, and it finally gave out.  The repair estimate came out about equal to just buying a new fridge.  At the time, we did not have the finances to buy a fridge outright as we did not want to buy one on credit, so we waited until the next paycheck.

That meant not having a fridge for a few weeks.  After the initial panic – who even lives without a fridge in this day and age – we decided to be creative.

  • We transferred the most perishable items from the broken fridge to a cooler.
  • We started researching what items absolutely need to be kept cool and which ones can last without refrigeration.

After three weeks the new fridge was delivered, but the experience taught me a few things.

Here are a few tips I learned:

Fruits

The shelf life of fruit depends on when the fruit was actually picked, and how ripe it was when you bought it.  Many fruits last a long time without refrigeration:  apples and citrus fruits will last around four to five weeks on the counter.

If you buy pineapples and mangoes, let them ripen on the counter for about three to four days, then eat within 24 hours.  I don’t refrigerate bananas but let them ripen on the counter and eat them before they get too spotty.

Strawberries and other berries are short-lived without the fridge – eat them as soon as you buy them; if you must keep them, eat them the next day.

Vegetables and herbs

Some vegetables such as celery, broccoli and cauliflower will stay fresh when stored upright in some water.

Herbs also store well while sitting upright in water.

Root crops such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, garlic will last one to two months without refrigeration.  But once you cut into the onion, you need to use it right away.

Squash such as zucchini will last a week.

Tomatoes (technically a fruit but considered a vegetable for cooking purposes) will last two weeks if they are still green, or about a week at the most if they are already ripe.

The best way to ensure that fruit and vegetables stay fresh the longest without refrigeration is to buy them from the grower or at a farmer’s market, since you know they just got harvested and were never refrigerated in the truck or grocery store.

Milk

Use powdered milk and just prepare a serving or two for consumption.  Another choice is to use shelf stable milk.

Juice

Apple juice will last a couple of days but most other juices get rancid quickly if not kept cold.  Another choice is to use Tang Orange Drink, or powdered lemonade, and just make enough for use.

Eggs

As we have covered in the blog, eggs actually last a long time on the counter, and if you coat them with mineral oil, they will last for months.

Yogurt

Yogurt will last on the counter overnight but no one really wants to eat warm yogurt so we kept yogurt in the cooler.

Cheese and butter

Cheese and butter, because of the salt content, will actually last a week to two weeks outside the fridge.

Meats

Use canned or dehydrated meat.  Unfortunately, fresh meat won’t last without refrigeration, so we kept the meats in the cooler.

Medications

Some medications such as certain children’s liquid antibiotics require storage in a cool area – these would have to be kept in a plastic bag (to avoid spills) in cooler.

Condiments

Most of the condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and hot sauce (Tabasco) that are in squeeze bottles last for a long time without the fridge.  James and jellies also kept very well.  During our time without a fridge, we just kept them in the pantry and they were fine.

The parts that weren’t so easy

The one thing about not having a fridge is you can’t have leftovers, so you can only cook limited quantities that the family will finish right away.  Another thing that was not easy is not having cold drinks readily available, but that is something that one can get used to.

Truthfully, I really like having a refrigerator and would not willingly give mine up.  But the experience of going without one taught me it is doable and in an emergency, I’ll know what foods to save and what to use up right away.

 

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