It’s been another busy week here both in terms of the holidays and in terms of being prepared.
Mixed in with all the normal holiday activities associated with a big family is a definite push to build up our food supply. As I have mentioned, Wonderful Wife tasked my with finding a way to have 90 days of food for our family, our whole family. Sixteen people ranging in age from a few weeks to over 80. That’s a lot of food!
As I have mentioned earlier, the approach I have decided on for storing this much food is to rely heavily on dried beans and rice stored in sealed mylar bags in 5 gallon (food safe) buckets. Over the last week we have filled four buckets total; two with rice and two with beans. I have a fifth bucket ready to go. I plan to fill that one with honey, sugar, seasonings and other incidentals. This will be a 90 day supply for my middle daughter and her family.
Once I have completed that set I’ll start on the next one.
By the way, Lowe’s has food grade buckets and Gamma lids at a reasonable price but check them if you order them. They gave me the wrongs ones (wrongs SKU) that were NOT food safe. I asked he to check the items and they found me the right ones.
I ordered a bag sealer online and when it arrived I knew there would be a problem. The box looked like it had been in one of those old Samsonite commercials. Sure enough the sealer is non-functional so I will have to return it. I am impatient so I will probably swing by a resale shop and pick up an old iron on the cheap and use that to seal the bags I have.
Two good points that my son in law brought up that I had not spent much time on; labeling the buckets and including instructions on portion control. I was able to make the labels pretty quickly but I’m still working on the “in case of emergency” instructions.
I made it out to the range to practice with an older SIGP250 that I had not used much of late. I used to be super accurate with that pistol but not so much anymore. If I am going to keep it and rely on it for self defense I need to get to the range with it a lot more often. The other option is to replace it with another Glock 19. I’d rather not spend the money on a new gun right now so…
The primary purpose of that range trip was to help my middle daughter select a carry gun. We took a collection of carry guns (Glock 42, Glock 43, Kahr CM9, S&W Shield) to the range and let her spend quite a bit of time with each one. Looks like she will join me on the dark side with a G43.
I also purchased a(nother) Streamlight TLR weapon mounted light. Right now it is on the SIG P250. These were on sale for a really good price at Primary Arms and I have a couple more just like it that have served me well for a couple of years.
That’s it for me.
What did you prep this week?