How cool is that? I get a great price and fill up the pantry on all the stuff I need for Chinese dishes. It will be a big shopping list for me but when you are filling up the pantry from scratch it will cost a little bit extra. It will be worth it as most of the sauces and spices a little will go a long way. I was surprised by how long the shelf life is on the sauces though it makes sense when you find out many of the sauces are fermented.
I will be adding some pastas, Black beans and C&C has a great deal on candy bars for Halloween. I hope nothing will change drastically in this country and we can muddle on through the rest of the year. That means celebrating the holidays so we might as well stock up ahead of time when we get good prices! I figure chocolate will be a huge barter item as well as a morale booster for anyone. I’m not a big chocolate or sweets fan and can be satisfied with a little chocolate every couple of months. But that doesn’t mean other folks feel the same way and chocolate could become highly valued.
The corn futures market is jumping higher because the US harvest is looking awful. So if corn grain products like Masa, Cornmeal, grits and so on are a part of your preps you may want to add a bit more before prices go up! If Whole wheat is available I will add another 100 pounds to my drum. If not I’ll go for dent corn or add some barley. It can save you a lot of money if you stay flexible in what you are buying for long term grains.
My check doesn’t come until next week but my general plan is to stock up on some pantry items that I have been neglecting or I want to bump up the numbers a bit. I have not bought all that much hard liquor and I need to get the “bar” restocked for the holidays and some for trade. I’m not a hard liquor drinker most of the time though I have been known to have a glass or two on occasion. So having liquor on hand has never been a priority for me.
I have been thinking about the big “Grid Down” test the DHS wants to run on 13-14th of November. I never had a warm and fuzzy feeling for the DHS and since Boston my feelings are much more negative. I can add another AGM battery this month and I’m looking at a setup of two 100 watt solar panels, charger controller and wiring to buy in Oct. that will bring my total solar panel wattage up to 260 watts. From what I have researched that is about the minimum you need for wattage to run a few items around the house. I’ll need to add a couple more batteries for storage but I think that that will be enough wattage to recharge the batteries daily. One thing nice about a power outage in winter it’s easy to keep food cold or frozen. With the wood stove and a bit of solar power I think most of my energy needs will be covered.