Hello Pack. I hope everyone has had a good week of winter prepping. We have had a roller coaster weather ride, going from unseasonably warm, a couple of inches of snow – and yet more mud than ever before on our survival retreat.
I am so sick of dealing with mud. As much as I hate winter, I would very much prefer doing barnyard turnout on frozen ground than in a mud bog.
My hubby scored some great deals during a restaurant supplier sale. He purchased the #10 cans of fruit that have a two year shelf life (shown in the photo above), a 50-pound bag of potato flakes, and copious amounts of oxygen absorbers, this week.
The oxygen absorbers will come in quite handy when we start putting the potato flakes into mylar bags and store them in buckets.
It is the time of year that we replenish the ice in our ice house. The walk-in cooler that is a part of the home butcher shop that came with our survival retreat property gave us the perfect setup for an off grid ice house.
The door to the walk-in is thick and heavily insulated with styrofoam. All we have to do is fill buckets (with firm-fitting lids) with water during the winter, and then allow them to freeze.
Once the water in the buckets has frozen, we carry them into the ice house and line the top of them with straw or sawdust to help insulate them further. This year we are going to build more shelves in between the rows of ice buckets to garner more off grid food storage space.
With a bit of luck, the off grid ice house lasts through June in our Ohio environment. Hopefully the addition of more rows of ice buckets and adding another layer of styrofoam to the walk-in door will garner us another month of off the grid refrigeration this year.
In other preps, we are still waiting on more goat kids to be born. Hopefully I can find another Pygora billy goat to continue plans to grow the herd significantly.
The Pygora herd will be sheared in the spring and their mohair sold – funneling the money back into more survival retreat projects and related preps.
The extra goats will also provide more free land upkeep, increased goat milk yield, and even meat if the SHTF, and we need to use the wethers as a source of protein for the family.
The remaining prepping time this week was spent working on the Old School Survival Boot Camp. I am beyond thrilled about the 3-day event is coming together. We have both prepping families and expert presenters from around this half of the country and into the South, attending.
It has also been really nice to connect with more Pack members on PrepperNet. If you have not done so already, please check out both the online self-reliance community and the Old School Survival Boot Camp event websites – you will not only be glad you did, but doing so could potentially save your life one day!
This Week’s Questions:
- How do you plan to address refrigeration issues during a long-term disaster that forces your family to live off grid?
- What one livestock animal would you see as the most beneficial to raise during a long-term disaster, and why.
- What did you do to prep this week?