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!

Aug 18

Get Rid of As Much Debt as Possible

We are a world that runs on debt. Lines of credit, credit cards, consumer whorism. Buy this, buy that, can’t afford it? No problem, credit cards! Buy now pay later! Keep this system of unlimited growth growing!

It’s all well and good. The problem is going to be that if (when) the economy collapses, life is going to be very, very hard for all of us. It will be even harder if you owe money. Sometimes, a collapse doesn’t mean all out down and dirty Mad Max style. Take it from someone who went through and lived in a country, Argentina, whose economy collapsed. This is a long video but very worth it, please watch.

If you want to have a chance, GET RID OF AS MUCH DEBT AS YOU CAN NOW. When you do get rid of the debt, MAKE PRIORITIES. Priorities include shelter, food, and health. They do not include T.V., internet, the latest computer or cell phone or gadget, or endless toys for your children. Anything that is not a necessity like food and shelter, only buy if you have the CASH. And when buying, buy smart, look for deals, wait for sales if you can. Build up your cash, lower your debt. Because when the banks come looking for their money they will be relentless. And it’s better they go after someone else rather than you.

I have taken this to heart. As of the middle of this week the only debt I will have will be my mortgage, and I cannot pay that off for a while yet. Other than that, there will be nothing. I will be making a conscientious effort (besides necessities and preps) and take all the money I was putting on my credit card and line of credit and putting that into savings. Then when needs and luxuries come up, it all is paid by cash.

Good luck!