Sep 01

Stand Firm In The Face of ‘Useless Eaters’

Useless eaters. The world is full of them. Some people genuinely have issues, but those are the few. There are plenty out there now thanks to our overly generous social system plus our first world idiocy of destroying local manufacturing. But what is a useless eater?

A useless eater is someone who contributes ZERO to their friends, family, government, and society in general but still takes their share (or more than their share) or resources i.e. eats on their family and the governments dime while watching T.V. and doing nothing else to contribute.

An example:

Jodie-SinclairNow, this isn’t just some rant on how social welfare programs produce the scum of society. But what I am saying is that when TSHTF there are going to be people you know who will want to come with you because you’ve done prepping and not only are they mouths to feed, they are also going to try to bring family members and friends with them that are USELESS EATERS.

If someone has spent their entire life taking and not contributing they won’t change just because of the apocalypse. Nope. They are still going to sit around eating up your stores and your hard scavenged food items out of gluttony and boredom and be entitled to do just that.

So what will you do? What will I do? I don’t know. I do know that I will not tolerate an iota of useless eating. EVERYONE contributes. There is no socialism anymore. Those of us that survive don’t have the resources of governments. It’s kind of like the rich people in California who don’t understand water restrictions when they can ‘just pay for it’. It doesn’t matter, if there’s no water there’s no water. Therefore, if you only have so much food everyone contributes or you aren’t in the group. Because someones laziness and gluttony can mean death and destruction for the entire group and that cannot be tolerated at all.

So I don’t know what you’re going to do, but if it’s TEOTWAWKI I know what I have to do, and what that is, is make sure the entire group of contributors and survivors survives and thrives. That might mean some hard choices and doing some things that in today’s society would be seen as…. bad. But then again, if you want to survive a post apocalyptic world, you have to take every advantage and cut all the fat.

So take a good long hard look at yourself. Are you a useless eater? Change right now. Do you know one? I’m sorry.

/end rant.

Aug 25

What $7 in Tomatoes Looks Like

So I was in the grocery store late the other night picking out some tomatoes to make and can some tomato sauce. This is something new to me but tomatoes are cheap and tomato sauce can be used as a base for many things so I felt I should try it, right? Tomatoes are also cheap and nutritious, and even Canadian cheap (we typically pay way more for the same stuff than Americans). So I had a couple of bags of Roma tomatoes and a clerk came out and told me there was an entire 25 pound box for $6.99! Which basically means that they are worth 1/3 of the loose price when in the box. I think he made a mistake but there was no bar code on the thing and I was quick to take advantage of it.

Anyways, this is what $7 in Tomatoes looks like:

IMG_0101Not bad eh? 15 pint jars, that’s 7.5 liters of tomato sauce.

So anyways, with all this news of all these stock markets crashing and various people recommending to stock up on canned food and the such, I think it’s a good idea to kick it up a notch so I’ll be buying more tomatoes and doing even more sauce. It’s plain, basic stuff that you spice up when you actually make food with it. If you’re interested, here’s how you go about this:

  • Get your tomatoes. Probably at least 10 pounds of them.
  • Cut a light x in to the bottom of the tomatoes.
  • Submerge them in boiling water for about 40 seconds then put them in a bowl of ice water
  • The skins should come off like they were just exposed to a nuclear explosion. As in, slip right off. The little x’s you cut before will give you a good place to start the easy peeling process.
  • Shove them in a blender and give it a couple of pulses until you get a chunky but relatively smooth sauce. They’ll probably turn pink because of all the air.
  • Pour it all into a big pot, and boil it. Scoop off the pink foam that forms on the top, that’s just air.
  • I like to boil it down to about half of what it was to thicken it up. This gets rid of water but keeps the nutritious tomato juice.
  • Get your cans and pressure canner and process them for 20 minutes.

That’s it, easy as that and a cheap way to stock up on some good food that you can make soup, stews, and chillis with.

Good luck!