Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Downloading your cameras data made easy!

I have and use three cameras. The two I use most often are a Nikon Coolpix S9200 point and shoot with video, the other is a Sony HDR-CX220 Video camera. The Sony is an entry level video camera but does a very good job. The only thing I wish the Sony had would be a plug-in port for a remote mic, corded or wireless for uniform audio volume control regardless of the distance from the camera.

The Nikon has great software, just plug the cord into the camera then into the computer, it tells you what it’s doing and it downloads the pics to the correct folder every time automatically. No messing around.

The Sony is a different matter. The Sony software is complicated and was not written for people who technically challenged. The biggest issue I have with it is it does not use a pop up windows to show you it’s transferring data or when it’s completed, just leaves you guessing. To make things even worse it goes through Windows 8.1, what a pain, nothing automatic about it and no easy way I can figure out how to send the files directly to my video or picture folders like I can with the Nikon.

So, after some brain cramps I remembered I could buy a card reader (I don’t have one in my laptop) and simply slip the camera's card into it and download the vid’s or pic’s right to the folder I want, then erase the card and put it back into the camera and I’m good to go! Blood pressure is finally coming down especially after deleting the Sony junk software!

A simple little USB device with 4 ports for four different sized cards and was only $10.00 at Wal-Mart. Now, no matter what camera I use or borrow it’s easy to download without any complicated camera software and dedicated camera cables plus I avoid my Windows 8.1 and download directly to my preferred picture/video file folder.

The Chip Reader Adapter:

Shown standing on end, the 4 ports for the most popular data chips. Two in the end and two more in the side:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sea Shipping Container Missile Launch Platforms

Many people have never thought of this but it is real. The USA has always went to battle with small under-funded countries to somewhat safely satisfy the weapons manufacturing greed of a few rich people and our corrupt greedy Congress. The small countries can not match our Air Force or Navy so we were reasonably safe from a battle on our soil and therefore safe to wage a battle to make money.

Well times have changed, China and Russia are not backward underfunded countries. Their level of weapons sophistication rivals the USA. In other words, they can bring it to us and probably will. Look what Russia is doing in Europe now, flexing their muscle while we have the most incompetent leadership ever!

When I first saw sea shipping years back it made me think what an easy way to launch a missile from or get a nuke into our seaports and set it off before customs can inspect the containers. Anyplace that has a seaport these container ships can be 50, 40, 30 or even 20 miles off-shore and launch. The flight time would be seconds to target so that means there's no way to intercept and destroy. No-one would suspect anything out of the normal but the top layer of containers could all house dozens of missiles etc. Places like Cuba, Mexico, the Bahamas could already have the mobile containers on the ground just waiting for someone to give the order to push the button. And let's not forget the very unstable N. Korea and Iran who have nukes and delivery missiles. They feel they have nothing to lose and believe we must be destroyed.

Is this all possible? Probably. Get prepared to feed yourself should a few of these things go off.

The video will answer any questions about this real weapons threat.


Club-K Container Missile System 2013
Link to video. It's 8 minutes long but worth watching!

Published on Apr 3, 2013
Concern Agat, Russia.

3M-54E maquette
3M-54E1 maquette
3M-14E maquette
91RE1 maquette
91RTE2 maquette

There are two major launching vehicles: the Klub-S, designed for launch from submarines, and the Klub-N, designed for launch from surface ships. These two launchers can be equipped by the following warhead and guidance combinations:

3M-54E - Anti-shipping variant, Basic length 8.22 m, with a 200 kg warhead. Range is 200 km. Sea-skimmer with supersonic terminal speed and flight altitude of 15 feet (4.6 m) at final stage(2.9 mach).

3M-54E1 - Anti-shipping variant, Basic length 6.2 m, with a 400 kg warhead.
Range is 300 km. Sea-skimmer with subsonic terminal speed(0.8 mach). Allegedly capable of disabling or even sinking an aircraft carrier.

3M-14E - Inertial guidance land attack variant. Basic length 6.2 m, with a 400 kg warhead. Range is 275 km. Subsonic terminal speed(0.8 mach).

91RE1 - Submarine-launched anti-submarine variant, with an anti-submarine torpedo. Basic length 8.0 m, with a range of 50 km. Supersonic speed. The torpedo has a warhead weight of 76 kg. 
Follows a ballistic path into the surface, speed is Mach 2.5.

91RE2 - Ballistically launched anti-submarine variant, with an anti-submarine torpedo. Basic length 6.5 m, with a range of 40 km Supersonic speed. The torpedo has a warhead weight of 76 kg. For surface ship use only. The lightest of all variants, with a launch weight of 1300 kg. Speed is Mach 2.

Friday, June 10, 2016

How to Get Health Insurance on the Road: Obamacare.

Here's a link explaining very clearly how to get Obamacare health insurance for yourself. The author is Bob Wells, the owner of a very informative YouTube video channel, [also listed in my Van Dwelling Bug Out Blogs I follow] about how to become a happy and successful full-time VanDweller or RV Living person. Bob is a 12 year, full-time Vandweller and pays only $50 a month for his healthcare insurance. Great site, hundreds of quality How To's and interviews with people actually living that lifestyle.

Link to Bob's Obamacare article:

Monday, June 6, 2016

Tropical Storm COLIN

If COLIN was already a hurricane it would be of real concern but it doesn't appear it will turn into one. If nothing changes, COLIN will be directly on top of me at 1:00AM Tuesday as a 'Tropical Storm' with sustained winds less than 73mph.

Currently, the NOAA Hurricane Center says, 50mph sustained winds with gusts to 70mph (at 70mph the house sometimes creaks and groans like a wooden boat). It's not life or serious damage threatening except for the possibility of falling trees. Most of mine are old-growth 24-30 inches in diameter and not in prime shape. Should one fall on the house they'd do serious damage if not totaling the house.

I'm not worried too much about serious damage, just not looking forward to the yard and neighborhood clean-up afterwards.

They are also predicting 8 inches of rain, so for many home flooding will happen. As for me, flooding is not likely as all our rain run-off flows into the Intracoastal Waterway just a few feet away.

Storms are one of the biggest reasons I prepare and prepare for the worst. So now we just sit back and wait it out.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

If you Conceal Carry you need to know

If you ever have to use a firearm to defend yourself, then the information below is a 'need to know' before the police show up.

The 6 Things You Didn't Know Would Happen When The Police Arrive

Link to the information:

What REALLY Happens When The Police Show Up?

Do You Know What To Say And What NOT To Say To Stay Out Of Jail And Home With Your Family?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Stealth Motorcycles

U.S. Special Forces will soon have a new weapon at their disposal.

And when it's available to the public it could be the ultimate Bug Out or base camp motorcycle. Extremely quiet, two wheel drive and multi-fuel capable!

Defense One notes:
Both bikes feature cutting-edge hybrid multi-fuel engines that can burn a variety of combustibles like JP-8, Jet A-1, gasoline, propane, etc.. “If it’s gasoline, tell it it’s gasoline, tell it it’s something else. It will figure it out,” said Alex Dzwill, and engineer with Logos. Could you run it on lipids, olive oil? “Theoretically, yeah,” said Dzwill.

Link to story:

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Van or RV interior LED lighting?

Sounds like a good lighting option for your van or RV interior. Dimmer controlled, 3 to 21 watts power consumption @ 12 volts.

Image without lens on.

Product name:
Green LongLife 9090101 LED Dome Light Fixture Single 921 Wedge 230 Lumens 12v or 24v Natural White

Product Description
Green LongLife LED replacement lights are built with the finest LED lighting technology and materials. This Green LongLife LED features: Built-in adjustable dimmer switch; 8-30 volts DC including 12v and 24v--this wide-range voltage is designed to withstand RV power fluctuations that can damage ordinary LED lights; 230 Lumens; Natural White color; 3.0 power watts; 21 High Power 5050 SMD LEDs; beam pattern of 120 degrees; and color temperature of 4000-4500K. Each Green LongLife LED bulb has a life expectancy of 100,000 hours--many times longer than a standard bulb--which saves money and time, especially in those hard-to-reach places. This product does not contain mercury or emit ultraviolet (UV) light.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mom saves nearly $600/month on prescriptions!

Some of you may use a prescription or multiple prescriptions everyday and the cost is brutal. Here's a company, Blink Health, where many medications are less than $10 on the Blink Health website. It's worth a look if you pay for your own prescriptions.

Link to story:

Link to Blink Health:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

BOV's, Van Dwellers

I've added a new preparedness category called: Van Dwellers and RV Living Blogs. These blogs deal with using Vans and RV as back-up emergency or full time shelter.

An older but still very livable van.

A nice inside conversion of a high top van.

A Prepared person is one who has an alternative fixed or mobile shelter and provisions to wait out any one of the many possible disasters that can come upon us. A vehicle like a pick-up with a camper shell, a van, an RV trailer or motor home are all solutions for a safe and mobile shelter. Pick-up's and vans can be your everyday transportation so it's not like your investment just sits in the drive waiting for the day to be used. If you are family campers then RV trailers and motor homes would also get used regularly for fun and just incase, a truly self-contained mobile shelter that you already know you can live in indefinitely.

Off-Grid and living nearly free:
The way our government is destroying our culture and economy today is outrageous. It's possible because of them, that losing your home to foreclosure because there are not enough jobs for everyone including us so we can continue to pay the rent or mortgage can be a likely result. So, what is an alternative shelter?

All of the above but especially the utility vans like the Ford Econoline Van or Chevy Express Cargo Van. These are very popular with the "Van Dweller" crowd because of the low used price and ease of self-conversion to a comfortable long term shelter. Van Dwelling may become a necessity if your financial world collapses or you're simply throwing in the rat race towel in favor of the minimalist lifestyle or your retirement funds necessitate this low cost traveling/living lifestyle.

Below is a link dedicated mostly to Van Dwelling with maybe hundreds of well done videos interviewing Dwellers and how they converted their vans to live in. Many ideas here will help guide you through your own conversion by taking the their best  ideas that suit your lifestyle. It's where I'm getting my idea's for my Ford Mini Van conversion and re-doing some of what I've already done to make it better using actual Van Dwellers designs for livability.


We may someday meet on some free BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land.  :-)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Think your dog is talented?

Watch the video. This dog is truly trusting and simply amazing!

Enjoy :-)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hurricane Season Is Back!

For those of you who live in hurricane country like I do, it's time to review your hurricane supplies such as batteries, lighting, propane, gas, water, food and a camp stove to cook with. Test the generator if you have one, along with a chainsaw because you may have to cut some fallen trees out of the way afterwards to get out of your neighborhood or get re-supplied.

The link I use to track and predict the land fall is NOAA, check it out:

also a link useful for seeing wind direction and speed:

Be careful and plan ahead now!

Updated May 07, 2016.
When is hurricane season? The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak period from early August through the end of October. The Atlantic basin includes the entire Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

What does a typical hurricane season look like? Based on historical weather records dating back to 1950, the Atlantic region will typically experience 12 tropical storms with sustained winds of 39 mph, of which six that turn into hurricanes with winds reaching 74 mph or greater, and three major hurricanes category 3 or higher with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

Florida has been on a winning streak. Coming into the 2016 hurricane season, Florida had gone a record 11 years without a land falling hurricane of category 3 or higher.

Last year's Atlantic hurricane season was quieter than what is typical. The last major hurricane to hit Florida was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. 

But this may be the year that breaks the streak, as experts are predicting an average or above-average number of hurricanes in 2016.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Nuclear Power Plant Meltdowns

What the politicians don't want you to know about nuclear power plant disasters is reviewed in the following link. This is a very good example of the evil of Super Pac money that buys politicians who are supposed to be protecting us and acting in our countries best interests. This is a very enlightening short video worth watching.

About the link:
"This conference was held by Dr. Helen Caldicott, in Montreal, back in March of 2011.
She tells it THE WAY IT IS.
I was born and have lived in the Metro Vancouver BC Canada area all of my life.
All that comes to a swift end in the wake of a completely avoidable disaster.
The northern hemisphere is about to be forever covered in more than a dozen different radioactive elements, all lethal, all essentially permanent."


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fort McMurray fire in Alberta, Canada this week.

Current, real life evacuation from a forest fire and look how many people were not prepared at all. Don’t ever be one of these unprepared people! 80,000 people live in this town so evacuating is always an issue with this many people trying to leave at the same time.

There are many lessons to be learned from watching these video’s. Put yourself in the cameraman’s place. He and all the others caught on the road and  could have been in just one minute, overcome by the smoke and died.

Use your head and if a disaster is heading your way get out of town before anyone else or an evac order is issued.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Battery Powered Bike of the future?

For an RV’er, Boat Cruiser or a grid down transportation [if you have solar to recharge the battery] this may be your ride!

The GeoOrbital Electric Bike Wheel:

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Listen To Police/Fire/EMS Without A Scanner On Your PC!

It may be useful for you to know what your emergency and police are up to. Especially useful for areas away from your location so you can actually hear what’s going on in neighboring towns and what may be coming your way.

Browse the site to see what it offers and how to use it. It is simple to understand.

Click on your state then click on your county.

It may take a minute or two to start hearing the chatter, be patient.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A no-nonsense Survival/Evasion forum based in Alaska

A no-nonsense Survival/Evasion forum based in Alaska by a guy named Bergmann. Lots of good stuff here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Electric Chainsaw by WORX

I’ve owned a couple gas chainsaws over the years and for the small amount I need and use one they were always a pain to start after months of storage.

I had an opportunity to sell my gas saw a few months back and jumped on it, he’s happy and I happier. I had been looking at this electric saw before and research showed me this would do the job for me. For storm pruning or cutting a cord of wood a year this saw will handle that job very well.

The downside of this saw for many people would be the need for an extension cord to power the saw. At a full load TORX recommends a 12ga x 50 feet long max length cord.

For myself, the cord is not an issue because I can and do run the saw off my HONDA 2000i. The HONDA is very portable. I have to have a generator living here in Florida anyway so this saw is just another opportunity to use it.

Saw Specs:
Model WG304.1
15 amps full load, 110volts
18 inch bar length
Chain speed 12m/s
Uses standard Oregon chains and bars
11.2 lbs.
3 year warrantee

Here’s  a link to a YouTube video of a gas saw vs Worx saw. Not a scientific comparison but clearly shows this saw will get the job done. It cuts the same log almost as fast as the gas saw.


I like this saw and recommend it. It’s built solid and has plenty of power. Using my HONDA 2000i I can cut wood anywhere a gas saw can go. And it starts every time by simply pulling the trigger.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Camp Stove Coffee Pot, Percolator Type

Most everyone enjoys a morning or evening cup or two of coffee. But what do you do when a disaster occurs and the electrical grid is down for weeks? Your Mr. Coffee or Keurig brewers are useless.

Here’s where camping gear comes into play with the old fashion Percolator to save the day! The Percolator shown below has two purposes, one for making coffee and the other for boiling water for instant soups, dehydrated pouch meals or water for tea etc. You don’t need a camping stove to make it work, a simple campfire will brew and keep the coffee or water hot all day long.

However, there is one obstacle to making coffee in a Percolator, it’s the coffee grind you use at home! Most households only have the finer ‘drip grind’ coffee in the pantry. You need a coarser grind for a Percolator otherwise the drip grind coffee will pass through the holes in the perk brew basket and be in every cup of coffee. Below I’ll show you how I solved that problem using the Mr. Coffee filters.

The Percolator Coffee Pot:
All metal, no plastic or wooden handles which makes it suitable for campfire use.

The coffee brew basket assembly.

The standard Mr. Coffee filter that I modify to use drip grind coffee in a percolator.

I use a pen of pencil and poke a small hole in the center of the filter. The hole is a little smaller than the percolator basket center tube.

This will make a snug fit around the tube so grounds can’t pass by and get into the finished brewed coffee. Slide it over the center tube and push it down and out to fill the basket.

Add the coffee.

Place the basket lid on and insert the assembly into the pot filled with cold water.

Now you’re ready to brew on the camp stove or campfire.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Rocket Stove using a Camp Stove Oven

In a disaster aftermath when no stores are open and no utilities operating it would be nice to have some baked bread, cookies and PIZZA along with other goodies we would be craving. If you’re out of propane, charcoal or other cooking fuels what do you do? The Rocket Stove will be your family savior.

A few months ago I tested my Coleman ‘camp stove oven’ on my rocket stove and found it was no problem to maintain a baking temperature (325f-375f). So I had confidence I could bake using the rocket stove, just needed to actually bake something and confirm it.

The only concern I had about baking using a wood fire was how much smoke would enter the oven and would the baked goods be overpowered with smoke smell/taste. With dry clean, dry wood that didn’t happen, the baked goods turned out just fine.

I made 8 dinner rolls for the test baking and here I’m waiting for them to rise.

After an hour they’re ready for the oven.

Getting the fire going.

Preheating the oven. Note that with a clean fire/flame there is no smoke.

In go the dinner rolls.

Fresh out of the oven.

Out of the pan and you can see the sides browned just like in a regular oven but the top appears to be discolored like a smoke gray.

You can easily bake using a Coleman camp stove oven on your rocket stove. A rocket stove and a camp stove oven are truly viable disaster survival tools that will make cooking and eating possible in the worst of conditions.

The baked dinner rolls did have a very slight smokiness to them but no different than your fried eggs or fish cooked over a campfire. The bake time was comparable to the home oven. These took just 35 minutes to bake.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Propane Lantern Test

Single Mantle Lantern

Propane Lantern Test:
I tested my single mantle propane lantern @ full power for its’ fuel consumption (although it has 5 lower detent settings to save fuel when max lighting is not needed). Fuel consumption was measured using my accurate gram/ounces digital scale. The results below will aid you in calculating how much propane to store vs hours of light you want/need.

  • 1 hour of burn time consumes 36 grams of propane.
  • 1 pound cylinder (16oz/454gm) of propane will yield 12.6 hours of light.
  • a 10 pound propane tank will yield 126 hours of light or 15.7 nights of 8 continuous hours of full power light.
  • 30 nights @ 8 hours = 240 hours of light, requires 19 lbs of propane (a 20 lb tank).
Option of Liquid Fuel:
The Coleman “Dual Fuel” two mantle liquid fuel lantern may be an option worth looking at. The lantern operates on Coleman white gas or plain no-lead pump gas. Pump gas fuel may be easier to come by in a post disaster situation than propane.

My thinking is everyone who has a BBQ Propane Grill would want propane to run the grill to cook some food. I doubt these people have any camping gear.

The same can be said for the Coleman two burner liquid fuel camp stove.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Food Storage, How To Begin Yours

You’ve read about it and you’ve thought about but just can’t seem to get started storing food because you’re not comfortable with exactly what to do. The questions of what to buy first and how much of it is always in at the back of your mind because you certainly don’t want to waste a dime on foolish uninformed choices! The following is my method for getting started with your food preparedness.

It is especially important for your own morale, that you keep your preparedness foods and menus very simple, like out of a can and into a fry pan or in a single pot heating it with a propane camping stove! Living through a disaster with no utilities, a five course meal is out of the question.

There’s just two rules for food storage:
  • Rule #1,  Keep it very simple with minimal varieties! (You can always make it complicated later, just get some food on the shelf ASAP)
  • Rule #2,  Store only what you've already have eaten or tested and know how to prepare.
Initially you are going to store food for the short term. We’ve all heard about short term and long term storage plans but what are they and how long is each and generally what kind of food is stored in each? Here’s what works for me:

Link to short term, mid-term and long term storage definitions:

Short Term Storage:
  • Up to 2 years shelf-life.
  • Virtually all foods in your supermarket fit this 2 year time frame.
  • This is the food that's in your everyday pantry, just more of it.
  • It is can, pouched, bagged or boxed foods including your home canned food.
  • The source for this food is your everyday supermarket.
  • There should not be any foods in Short Term Storage that requires freezing or needs refrigeration because you cannot ever count on having dependable grid electricity in troubled times.
  • For Short Term storage there's no need for buying kit buckets of food, MRE's or other specialty survival foods.
  • All can or home canned foods needs to be protected from freezing.
Before you start menu planning, let’s start with what do you plan on cooking with? Remember the grid utilities are probably down, you have no operating kitchen appliances that you normally cook with and possibly no running water. How do you cook your food and at night have light to see what you’re doing?

Do You Have Camping Gear?
If not, then it’s time to get it out or buy some basic camping gear such as a propane camp stove and a propane lantern and a dozen propane 1lb cylinders to start with. I prefer propane because it’s safer (can’t spill) than the liquid fuel type lanterns and stoves. If you must have coffee then buy a percolator type coffee pot that can be used on the camp stove or campfire. Other than those items the rest of your kitchen gear will work just fine.

Organized and Dedicated Storage:
This step is very important. You need a place to store, organize and easily inventory your preparedness foods and gear. Like myself, you probably don’t have a place to store an extra months worth of food, water, propane, etc.
The best storage method I found, recommend and use is a wire shelving unit dedicated to your preparedness items. I suggest a wire shelving unit as they are strong and can handle the weight of all the can foods placed in them. You will also need several 5 gallon fresh water plastic cans for cooking and drinking. If the shelving unit will not fit in a utility room or bedroom and ends up in a common place where friends and neighbors can easily see it, hang a curtain around it to keep the contents from being seen by people who should not know you have a food stash.

Now for Your Menu Planning Using Supermarket Foods:
First, before you buy any food you need to create a meal/menu plan and an inventory for just 7 days. This can be a simple hand written inventory and menu that is also used as a shopping list. An inventory is critical to make food storage work. It will eliminate unnecessary purchases or running out of key ingredients for a planned meal which can mean a skipped meal and you going hungry. Remember, there may be no stores open so you can’t run out and pick something up. If you don’t have it in stock, you go hungry!

Why just a 7 day meal plan?
Well, it’s simple and easy to do because it’s only 21 meals to plan and some snacks. A 7 day plan will get a few weeks food in storage quickly without taxing your patience trying to figure out what to eat, just focus on the 7 days. Once you have the first 7 days of food items on the shelves you start on the second week which I keep the same as the first week. Remember, keep it simple or it will become frustrating and you may quit!

After 2 weeks of shopping for food to put in stock, you’ll be more aware of the many, many foods available that are canned, boxed or pouched and will have a better feel for what you can make from the supermarket shelves. At that time if you wish your menu can become more complicated.

Your new Preparedness Food Stock:
It’s also your personal convenience store. If for a dinner or lunch you need some soup or canned ham that’s not in your everyday pantry, just take it from the stock. HOWEVER, here’s where the inventory is important. Have a clip-board with the inventory on it. Hang it on the shelving unit. As you remove an item from stock, change the quantity on the inventory sheet, now when you go shopping take the list with you and buy the replacement items.

When Do You Stop Short Term Prepping?
I feel that 4 continuous weeks of food in storage should get you through most all disasters except Asteroid strikes, EMP and War on our countries soil. After 4 weeks of can and pouched food on the shelf you can start adding/storing Mid-Term and Long Term foods along with your short term food. Just be sure you grow all your storage smartly and in balance. You don’t want to have enough flour to make 300 loaves of bread and only one package of yeast!

Wire Shelving I Use:
Measures 18x48x72, purchased at Sam’s Club for $95.00

Link to Shelves:

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Food Storage Containers I Use

This photo shows the five containers I use for my food storage, they are: 5 Gallon Buckets, #10 Cans, Quart Canning Jars, 5 Quart PVC Jugs and Gallon Mylar Bags:

Link to my container retailer sources:

5 Gallon Buckets:
They are the standard for long term food storage and what I use. They are the best way to store large amounts of dry bulk food that's highly organized, cheap and reasonably safe from critters. To date I have not had a critter chew through any of my buckets. Buy quality buckets; .090 wall thickness and FDA Compliant plastic.
[Recently, food packers have been packing in 6 and 7 gallon buckets. These are just as good as the 5 gallon except when it comes to your wire shelving shelf height spacing. They are much taller, 19.75, 7 gallon vs 14.5 inches tall for the 5 gallon and will require taller shelf spacing so if you are planning on buying the 6-7 gallon buckets in the future set the shelf spacing to accommodate the taller buckets now. Also if you plan to buy 6-7 gallon buckets for your own food storage remember they do cost more and my not be the best value for you.]

Gamma Seal Bucket Lids:
There’s no comparing the Screw On Gamma Seal Lids to the conventional snap-on, pry-off bucket lids for the shear ease of opening and removing a 1 gallon bag of food when needed and then resealing the bucket. Over time, because of the cost, I have converted all my bucket lids to the Gamma Seal lids.

1 Gallon Mylar Bags:
Because of my actual hands on experience, I no longer Mylar bag food in the single, large, 5 gallon size bag. I now use exclusively 1 gallon bags and pack 4 of them into a single 5 gallon bucket. The 1 gallon bags are perfect for refilling the 5 quart jugs I continue to use.
[Note: Some may be saying I’m wasting space in the bucket by only using 4 of the 5 gallons of space. Actually that’s not true. When filling a bucket with a large 5 gallon Mylar bag you’ll find; #1 you can’t perfectly fit the Mylar to the buckets contour and #2 you must leave several inches of open space on top the food level to have space to fold up the excess Mylar bag into so you can get the lid on. Bottom line is the most you can fit in a single bagged bucket 4.3 – 4.5 gallons.]

5 Quart PVC Jugs:
These jugs are FDA Compliant. I found this size Jug the best way to begin Dry Food Storage. In the beginning I didn't want to buy 5 gallon buckets of bulk dry food without being able to at least create and test cook recipes first. If I purchased 5 gallon buckets of a food then what if I didn't like it? I’ve just wasted that money.

The jugs allow me to store small amounts of dry bulk foods. Supermarkets carry most all of the survival dry foods in small, inexpensive amounts such as 1, 5 or 10 lb bagged quantities. The jugs also let me have a wide variety of dry food items in a small space and I can spend $5 or $6 a week building initial amounts while test cooking them along the way.

I’m also a big believer in using and cooking my bulk stored food at least on a weekly non-SHTF basis because it saves on the everyday food budget and allows practicing recipes using it. Remember, store only what you already know how to prepare and like eat. The jugs make this easy. With my jug system I have 16 varieties of dry foods stored in 16 jugs. When a jug gets emptied I simply remove a one gallon bag of fresh food from the appropriate 5 gallon bucket and refill the jug with fresh stock. The remaining gallon bags in the bucket remain sealed and fresh until needed.

#10 Cans:
In the beginning when I was new to buying and stocking #10 cans of dehydrated or freeze-dried foods for long term storage, I needed a way to sample the contents and practice preparing meals using these new foods without the risk of spoilage after the #10 can was opened.

In order to sample the contents of #10 cans they must be opened and immediately at that point the long term food life begins to degrade. There are 13 cups in a #10 can so, if you have 6 or 8 different types of food that you need to practice preparing, a lot of time may pass during this practice time and spoilage of the remaining amount is possible. I get around this problem by opening the cans and immediately transferring all the contents into four, one quart canning jars with an oxygen absorber in each jar. Now I can use one of the jars to take food from for my testing and everyday use while the rest is safely stored in an oxygen free jar to continue its long term storage.

Your probably asking, why do I use a 500cc oxygen absorber in each jar, isn’t that overkill? Yes it is, but here’s why I use that size. I prefer to keep all my preparedness items and methods as simple and uniform as possible, so I stock only one size of oxygen absorber, the 500cc size to use in all my storage containers. If I need let’s say, 1,000cc’s for my one gallon Mylar bag storage I simply use two of them, for five gallon Mylar bags I use eight of them. It does cost a few cents more this way but I find it is a small price to pay for this flexibility and almost all my storage today is in quart jars and one gallon Mylar bags.

Quart Canning Jars:
Canning jars have for years been the staple of storing food without relying on refrigeration. Their uses are almost endless such as in this case, re-packing #10 cans of dehydrated or freeze-dried foods after opening.
Tip: before adding the #10 cans of food heat the canning jars and lid to about 200f degrees. This will soften the rubber seal for a better seal.

Contents of a #10 Can:
Here’s what you can expect to see after opening and transferring the contents of a typical #10 can of food into quart canning jars. [There are 13 cups of volume in a #10 can. About 3½ quart jars filled.]

How much space are you going to need?
This will give you an idea of what you’ll have with just 3 shelving units, 36 buckets and 16 jugs of bulk dry foods along with some #10 can and qt. jars. You will probably double this amount depending on your family size.
This does not include supermarket can, boxed and pouched foods or home canned food stored else ware.
What you see here is over 250 days of 2 cup meals, 3 times a day for two people.
Or 500 days of 2 cup meals 3 times a day for one person.
The overall floor space needed is approximately 2.0 feet x 12.5 feet for just these three shelving units!

My initial 5 quart jug storage:
This is what my start of dry bulk food jug storage looked like before buckets.
All this dry food was purchased at my local supermarket, nothing purchased online. This shelving unit I bought at Target for $40 and it fit nicely in a closet. It’s a little smaller at 18 x 36 x 72 (one foot narrower than the Sam’s shelves) that I use exclusively now. If you noticed, there is a second row of jugs behind the first. Every two jugs is equal to 2½ gallons or ½ a 5 gallon bucket!