We are cursed with living in interesting times

The weirding is accelerating.  Prices are going up.   Fuel. Fertilizer.   That means EVERYTHING is going up.

Everyone I know that grows the stuff you eat says it’s going to get bad.   Very bad.

I reckon there will be price fixing.   That won’t work.  Then there’ll be food rationing.  That’ll kinda work.

It’s going to get weird.   And dangerous.

In 2017 the average Venezuelan lost 24.25 pounds, and they weren’t fat bastards to start.

Your dumb ass didn’t move out of town.  It’s probably too late to look for a place now.

You need to get some stuff tomorrow.

  • 100# Flour
  • 40# Oats
  • 40# Corn meal
  • 5# baking soda
  • 3#baking powder
  • 2# pounds yeast
  • 3 gallons vegetable oil (I KNOW THIS STUFF IS POISON, WE ARE TRYING TO NOT STARVE.)
  • 50# salt
  • 100# sugar
  • As much REAL lard as  you can buy. Not the stuff with BHA in it.
  • Protein powder.
  • Powdered milk
  • Coffee, maybe instant coffee.
  • Baccy if you smoke.
  • 20 gallons of vinegar
  • Pectin
  • canning jars and lids

    Go to the asian market.  Buy 100# of Jasmine rice, maybe more.
    Go to Sams Club. Buy all the pinto beans in the 50# bag that you can haul.  I mean it.   Buy 300, 400 pounds.  Maybe more.

    Your family can live on beans.  Most of Oklahoma did from 1832 until 1959.

    I know this sounds like a lot of stuff.  It’s not.  It won’t feed a family of four for six months.  It also won’t cost you but about $500.

    Do not fuxx around with this.   Do it now.   Don’t worry about what you’re going to do with it before you “need” it.  You are going to start eating it day after tomorrow, not because the shortages will have already started, but because you need to learn how to deal with the stuff.

    This is just a frugal way to feed your family.  If I’m wrong about shortages or soaring prices at least you will have learned to get back to basics.

    You’ll be in the bonus round if you lay in canned ‘maters, garlic powder, bouillon cubes, okra, BUTTER, jams and jellies and the like, onions and taters (they keep well in the crawl space), canned meat, etc.

    From my friend Todd: 

Include vitamins/supplements/prescription medicine if you take any.

Sanitizing/hygiene- bleach, hydrogen peroxide (35% food grade would be ideal), betadine, isopropyl alcohol.

Basic first aid- banddages, band aids, polysporin, aspirin, etc. Don’t think combat, think everyday needs.

Intoxicants.

How to books- Country Living, Survival Medicine Handbook, Gardening When It Counts, Ball Big Book of Canning, When Technology Fails. You can read about living through the apocalypse in real time!

Train your mind, body, and soul now as it will only get harder with time.

16 thoughts on “We are cursed with living in interesting times”

  1. Scott,

    Is it worth selling a squat rack, platform, bars, etc., to clear workshop and storage space for these and others similar items like essential tools and whatnot?

    James

    1. I don’t know. I’d stack the food on the floor in the kitchen. Most of it comes in big sacks like livestock feed. It stacks nicely. The rest’ll go in the pantry very likely.

      Start eating it. It’s inexpensive. Even if I’m wrong about shortages, the prices are going up. It’ll be a frugal new life.

      You best get the stuff you need and if that means no rack, the maybe there’s no rack.

      1. More curious than anything on your take on the issue of making space in general and where certain things might rank relative to one another.

        The rack has been in its spot for a long time and I have ample space, though I’d trade the space in the house for more land. We live on the outskirts of the suburbs and the farm across the street just sold for $15M so a YMCA could be built.

        In terms of price protection, we’ve been buying freezers and stocking beef and pork from a few local farms up here in Eastern WA. Time for the other staples.

        Thanks for the time you took to respond.

        1. Food stuffs rank ahead of barbells. Most things do actually.

          When life is stressful, you can’t really train anyway.

          I hoed the garden Saturday and I’m still absolutely wrecked. Barely could train at all today. If it gets really ugly, you won’t be fooling around with squats.

  2. I don’t particularly enjoy keeping chickens, but if someone reading this doesn’t have any, they should look into it.

    I’ll say that in the summer we have about 200, and we don’t feed them anything. They forage 9 months a year on 20 or so wooded acres. Even now in March they are kicking up worms and greens, and turning them into omelets. Eat the roosters, protect the mother hens, build a fox proof coup. The children can do the daily chicken chores while your out on patrol.

    According to a 2003 U. GA paper, eggs laid by chickens in presence of fission elements should be clean of any fission elements. The chicken’s body absorbs the radioactive material before it gets to the egg. A chicken to sick from radiation poisoning won’t lay an egg.

    Order some, they even come in the mail.

    1. Life straws could be good in a pinch and are low-tech. They are supposedly able to filter 1000 gallons, which is more than anyone would need for an entire year.

  3. Matt want to get some food safe buckets to store stuff in, Rats and bugs will get into your bags if you just stack them on the ground. Also hard candies, ammo, medical supplies, tailoring supplies, solar chargers, a old ebook reader to supplement the hardback books you get (yes hijack the ebooks, I’ll give you more info if you want it), candles and the supplies to make more candles. This will all be valuable if shit goes completely sideways. Also remember when it comes to important things, one is none and two is one.

    1. There’s a good article on art of manliness about long term dry food storage. 5 gallon foil pouches with oxygen absorbers that can be sealed shut with a clothing iron, and those inside 5 gallon buckets will apparently get 20+ years of stability. The oxygen absorbers are important because a lot of bulk foods already come with some bugs in them, so that stops them from reproducing. The five gallon buckets keep everything else out.

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  5. When SHTF I usually order DoorDash or UberEats. Use this link for 15% off your first meal: https//www.doordash.com/

    Not sure if they will deliver a 100lb bag of rice though.

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