Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Week 5 food list & barn

On Monday afternoon Dave worked through his lunch and came home early and we went up and worked on getting the fascia boards and sectional gutter on the west side of the barn.

It snowed on us, cold winds blew then the sun came out and melted the snow on the barn roof. It melted and ran down our coat sleeves and on us as we put up the boards and the gutter. 
It continued to snow now and then and the sun to come out and repeat. 
Just as we were finished what he wanted to get done for the evening the wind changed to the north and a snow storm came in that covered the ground quickly. Temperatures dropped from around 32 to high 20's. 
I stood in the barn out of the wind when I wasn't up on a ladder.
We have 98% of that side done.

Here it is with ice hanging off the roof.
We still need to seal the seams and put the down spouts on.

New 51 Week Storage Ideas Week Five

This is for two (2) people so buy according to your family’s size.

8 cans of salmon or mackerel or a combination of the 2
3 large containers or boxes of instant potatoes
8 cans canned fruits
8 cans green beans
1 container powdered egg or box of egg substitute

Heath food stores and even some grocery stores carry egg substitute.

 Salmon Patties

1 can of salmon or mackerel
take out bones if you wish
1 small onion minced or 1 tsp. onion powder
1 egg
½ c. flour or use 3/4 c. mashed potatoes, sometimes I used crushed crackers
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together, make into patties, fry in oil or whatever until golden brown and turn, do the same on the next side.

I ordered some oxygen absorbers from Honeyville Grains, they had the best price I could find.
From Honeyville's blog:

Why use an Oxygen Absorber?
Honeyville's Oxygen Absorbers will extend the shelf life of your food and will help keep it fresh and prevent discoloration and insect damage (who wants to open up their food and see bugs crawling around....NOT ME!!!!!....use Oxygen Absorbers!!)

How many oxygen absorbers do I use?
With 100cc oxygen absorbers you use about 2 per gallon when storing Grains, Flours, or Rice. You use about 4 per gallon when storing Pasta and Beans. Why you ask? Well, grains, flours, and rice are more dense so there is less oxygen to absorb and get rid of, while pasta and beans are less dense which means more oxygen to absorb.

What does 100cc mean? 300cc? 500cc?
CC is a unit of measurement that is equivalent to milliliters. For example 1cc=1ml. and 1000cc or 1000ml=1 liter. So one 100cc oxygen absorber will absorb 100 cubic centimeters of oxygen. Remember that air is about 20% oxygen and 80% nitrogen. The oxygen absorbers remove the oxygen only. 300cc and 500cc are bigger and stronger oxygen packets. You would just use less packets when packing your food.

They only come in packs of 100 or 200, I don't need that many?
Keep the packets sealed in its original packaging until you are ready to use them. Get your food in the containers you want, then right before you are ready to seal the container, throw the correct amount of oxygen absorbers on top of the food and seal your container. The oxygen packets start to work right away. The remaining packets you can store in an airtight GLASS mason jar or an airtight PETE container. You can even fill your container with rice to reduce the amount of oxygen that is in the container. You will want to use the oxygen packets within 6 months.

Food Storage

"Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” so that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.

"We encourage members world-wide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.

—The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage, Feb. 2007
Little Kaylee fell asleep while she was eating.


  1. The gutters look great. Will you be putting rain barrels under them?

    Do you do anything special to store your instant potatoes? I love having them on hand but have had problems in the past with weevils getting in them.

    Last but not least, I love the red hair on that precious little one. Looks like she had a busy day.

  2. Put your instant potatoes in the freezer for 3 days. Or in a container that can be air tight with an oxygen absorber. Either will take care of the bug problem.


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