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by rik_uk3
Mon Dec 06, 2021 1:26 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Lessons from a 100 hour power outage
Replies: 32
Views: 924

Re: Lessons from a 100 hour power outage

Well worth picking up some Hurricane lanterns. They will run about 30+ hours on a litre of paraffin and give out more light and heat than candles (ebay item 283640574841 no connection to seller). B&Q sell paraffin for £2 a litre https://www.diy.com/departments/bartoline-paraffin-4l/257116_BQ.prd The...
by rik_uk3
Tue Nov 16, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 8.
Replies: 936
Views: 59085

Re: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 8.

You've a good positive attitude Pingu and thats half the battle mate, have a great 2022.
by rik_uk3
Mon Nov 15, 2021 2:56 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Degraded stocks of Passata.
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: Degraded stocks of Passata.

I got my first dehydrator back in the 80s and it cost me about £150 from the USA and these days you can pick up a small one for £25 off ebay same with vacuum packers they cost an arm and a leg back then because there were no 'home' packers on the market but again you can pick one up for £25 or less ...
by rik_uk3
Mon Nov 15, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Degraded stocks of Passata.
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: Degraded stocks of Passata.

I don't rely on use by/best before dates, rotate and test a can every now and again. You know canned meat and fish will be good for pretty much as long as the tin is not compromised, other items like vegetables can turn a little mushy but still edible and tinned milk I've already mentioned. Every pr...
by rik_uk3
Sun Nov 14, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Degraded stocks of Passata.
Replies: 7
Views: 346

Re: Degraded stocks of Passata.

Its a high acid food so I'd suggest staying clear of 'value' brands and pay extra for the likes of Napolina brand which is available in jars/bottles not so much for the quality of the food but the better quality of packaging. I've had the same with evaporated milk, Asda own brand 1 year over UBD was...
by rik_uk3
Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Medical and Healthcare
Topic: Public access major bleed kits
Replies: 10
Views: 1636

Re: Public access major bleed kits

I'd like to see included in the mandatory first aid training in all schools a focus on bleed control, application of pressure on wounds etc. You don't need the likes of Celox really for everyday use, research has shown direct pressure is just as good, certainly for the time it takes for medics to ar...
by rik_uk3
Wed Nov 10, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Potatoes
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: Potatoes

Nothing to stop you having a feel around from the top but if you planted end of August I'd say its too early yet and leave them a few weeks. I planted up a 40cm grow bag two weeks after you and I won't touch them until around 22nd December to serve with xmas dinner. I'll lift earlier if the foliage ...
by rik_uk3
Tue Nov 09, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Stealth Allotments
Replies: 33
Views: 1098

Re: Stealth Allotments

Spuds will work well but you can't plant and forget, spuds need earthing up as they grow or you'll end up with not a lot for the pot.
by rik_uk3
Mon Nov 08, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: How are you preparing
Topic: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 8.
Replies: 936
Views: 59085

Re: What Preps are you doing this week? Part 8.

If you go into Tesco look at the £1 section in or near the DIY section, its sells handy stuff like 10m duct tape, thermometers, vinyl gloves, cable ties and twin packs of keyring torches and lots of other bits and bobs. Two for a quid is a good price, the torches are fine for the job and lightweight...
by rik_uk3
Sat Nov 06, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Meat tax
Replies: 22
Views: 818

Re: Meat tax

I'm 67 and my father was a fruit and veg wholesaler in the 50s to 70s. I can remember dad coming home chickens (very much a luxury then) rabbit and hare but the big thing I remember from back then is just how seasonal things were. He'd bring home seasonal fruit and veg as it arrived with the wholesa...