Finally got all the eggs oiled and ready for storage. Kind of tedious to sit and rub Mineral oil on 15 dozen eggs but I now have breakfasts on hand for nearly 4 months without going to the store. Eggs can last a long time if you treat them properly and four months is easy to make. I’ve stored eggs up to 9 months but the whites tend to get kind of runny, though the flavor is just fine. It seems fresh eggs straight from the chicken hold up a lot better long term than store bought eggs. At least in the test I have done.
Bacon eggs and toast is a breakfast I can eat everyday with no complaints. I don’t seem to get tired of it but I’ve added oatmeal and hope to add grits to give me some more variety. I have biscuit mixes stored but very little pancake mix. I’m not a big fan of pancakes or maple syrup so I just don’t go to the trouble of storing a lot of it. I think I have about 5 pounds for other family members but they better have their own syrup. LOL
There are a couple of special breakfast meals I like and that is french toast and Frittata. I rally like fritata for using up leftovers and a pan of that can really stretch stuff for a meal. French Toast is great and I can’t taste the difference if I’m using powder or UDT rather than regular milk. So it is easy to make from the pantry if you got eggs.I use real vanilla extract and if your local mega mart has a latino foods section you can get a great buy on the real stuff compared to the “regular” spice area.
I took the plunge and filled up the mini-van. I let it get to a quarter of a tank but I was not to worried about an event happening. Plus I have over 30 gallons of real (no ethanol) gas stored. But things are getting a little more interesting than I prefer so I topped off the tank and it took almost exactly $50.00 and I was hoping to get away with only $40.00 but it had to be done and now I’m feeling a bit more secure as I want the stored gas for the generators.
Picked a few more bic lighters. These are the smaller sized ones that I can add to the barter box or use myself. I looked at some of the places that sell bic lighters through Amazon.com and while the initial price is low the darned shipping costs are sky high. I know it doesn’t cost $14.00 to ship the weight of 50 bic lighters. So I’ll just keep getting them at the local stores. I think some folks forget to add the shipping costs to the total price on some items they get on-line. But it can really make a big difference on the total cost per item. I think the bic’s quality makes up for the higher cost in the long run compared to some of the cheap lighters I have bought in the past.
Last but not least the garden is doing very good I’m already seeing new growth on most of my starter plants. In particular the strawberry and tomatoes. Let’s hope they keep growing and a good harvest is in the works this year. I’m afraid we are going to need all the help we can get…