I was down for a couple of days, seems the stress of trying to get stuff done and watching the PTBs being idiots finally got me. I did get some reading done especially the new/old Chinese cookbook I picked up at the used book store. The book is “Jim Lee’s Chinese Cookbook” and it is very heavy on the techniques of Chinese cooking and all kinds of items you can use for substitutions of authentic ingredients. I learned how to use a wok on an electric cook top, (Don’t use the ring) Get the wok hot before adding your oil and let the eggs set up a little bit like an omelet before adding the rice so the egg coats the rice a bit while cooking. He also recommends rinsing your rice 4-6 times or until the water is clear before you cook it.
I tried out the little backpacker stove I got from Amazon. It seemed to work well and it will crank up the heat quickly to almost blowtorch level. Using the squat Coleman mixed Butane/propane fuel cans the little stove is actually quite stable. It won’t replace a full size camp stove but should work out for basic cooking and heating water in the BOB considering it is about the size of a pack of cigarettes. I still am partial to the little Butane stove I got from AS&S even though it is a bit larger, I can get a better buy on the plug in Butane fuel and that fuel seems to be more available at stores. This week I hope to test out the dual fuel camp stove using unleaded gas as a fuel.
I manage to get started on cleaning the house at least some dusting, vacuuming and scrubbing the bathrooms. I like using the new magic eraser type sponges for cleaning in the bathroom. Saves both cleaning supplies and effort on my part. I seem to be getting more done during the week than the “holiday”. We had a good size storm move through and my daisy chaind rain barrels did pretty good collecting water.
Added a few items from Albertson’s. They have a new Toilet paper on sale so I’m trying it out. I have been able to stock up a lot on the TP because of all of the recent sales. I have a backup plan if the TP runs out but I hope that does not happen! Albertson’s is rotating from summer to fall promotions and they had the small crock pot I like so well on sale for $6.00 so I picked a few extras. I figure they could be used as gifts, barter or pot luck dishes. I got a little Hibachi for $5.00 to have something a little smaller than the big BBQ if I want to cook a small meal and use less charcoal.
I think I have plenty of gifts for cooks and gals now I need to work on the guy stuff. My brother got a new grill he just loves so I think I’ll look at BBQ tools and cooking utensils. There a lot of gifts you can get for your non-prepper that also work for prepping. While you may not convince them to prepare you can get them some of the hardware that can be used if the SHTF.