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  • Nona
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    I began to brew beer itself and it is delicious because brewing it is simple and complex..first, like I think when you read the instruction and recommendations all very sloveno. but then when you start to do step by step everything becomes easier and easier and clearer and clearer. And when I cooked my beer I realized that the taste is just incredible and it was definitely worth it. I decided that the next time I will prepare a cheltenham live large barrel of beer and call all the guests for what would we tasted it. I think they'll like it and considering I made it myself it's super

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  • Alaskajohn
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    Coffee is my “addiction” of choice. SHTF I’ll just switch to drinking chaga. No caffeine, but it’s a great substitute hot drink.

    I like the idea of having a stash of cigarettes and booze for barter.

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  • Morgan101
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    Grumpy Gremlin: Good to see you posting again. Welcome back. We are all hoping Diesel has fixed the problems, and some of the older members will come back.

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  • grumpygremlin
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    I gave up smoking 24 years ago and I gave up alcohol 19 years ago. cant think of anything.

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  • GrizzlyetteAdams
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    I firmly believe in the power of 'shrooms for their medicinal properties and general good taste in recipes. Some of them are famous for their energizing properties. So yeah, I am not surprised that there are blends that are substituted for coffee, or added to coffee...

    Which of these do you like to kick-start your day?

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...=Four+Sigmatic

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  • Yenix
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    This is why I believe that stacking up on different "addiction stuff" might become very valuable in dark times. And the huge advantage is, that most of those survive for ages... Alcohol, tobacco... Tea and coffee if packed properly.

    Btw, I am the kind of person who does not start without coffee, but not long ago I found "the mushroom coffee" from Four Sigmatic and this is a real kick-starter. If I need energy... We I feel like a chipmunk after this. It is from Finland I think and not sure you can buy in US though.

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  • GrizzlyetteAdams
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    LOL, I am that way with raw oysters. My father was determined to raise a "proper" Cajun lady, and forced me to eat raw oysters when I was small. Ewww. nope, don't like 'em to this day, however, I love a good fried oyster and shrimp po'boy sandwich.

    For lentil damage control: try the same principle with canned chickpeas. There are lots of recipes on the internet, but here is a general overview: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/81...ted-chickpeas/

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  • Morgan101
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    Grizz: I appreciate the lentil suggestion, but my Mom used to make lentil soup, and for me it wouldn't even stay down. Do you know if anybody sells lentils packaged as you suggested, maybe dried with some seasoning? I would be willing to try again, but making a pot of that stuff brings back some really bad memories.

    God Bless my sainted Mother. At least she only made us try things. If you didn't like it you weren't forced to eat it. If they had forced me to eat lentils I would still be sitting at the table.

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  • GrizzlyetteAdams
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    These are good coffee beans to stash for "hard times," as outlined in post #25. Hooboy, we be getting a buzz off of these, lol.

    Rocket Fuel, Extreme Caffeine, Whole Bean
    https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/p...?package=CS197

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  • GrizzlyetteAdams
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    Hmmm...I forgot to mention an old Indian trick for coffee withdrawals: a tea brewed with dried Yaupon Holly leaves. This plant is the only plant native to the USA that contains caffeine (that I currently know of). Although it is native to the southeast USA, it can be purchased and planted in many areas of the country. Good prep plant!

    Here is an excellent site describing Yaupon: http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/yaupon-holly.html

    Seeds and growing info https://sheffields.com/seeds/Ilex/vomitoria

    The Yaupon Brothers sell a live tree (gallon sized pot) for $15 plus $5.99 shipping. They also Yaupon tea for drinking. https://www.yauponbrothers.com/produ...pon-tree-1-gal

    More growing info: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/re...?id_plant=ILVO

    The tea is hugely popular these days. Here is one of many sources of it: https://lostpinesyaupontea.com/
    Last edited by GrizzlyetteAdams; 01-15-2019, 01:34 AM.

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  • tmttactical
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    GrizzlyetteAdams

    I like the coffee bean idea, I may stock a few myself. I figure by the time I run out of coffee, the world of S has really hit the fan and it is probably time for me to get mean.

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  • GrizzlyetteAdams
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    I have in my stash, a goodly amount of coffee beans. When regular coffee runs out, I will save the beans for grinding for special occasions only. To stave off the horrible, horrible caffeine withdrawal, I will wean myself off the dope by popping one or two beans in my mouth and nibble on a bit of it from time to time, which releases the coffee goodness...

    Once upon a time, I had a three (large) POT-of-coffee-a-day addiction. Found out the HARD way how miserable withdrawal could be when I was stranded on a sailboat because of a storm in the middle of Lake Ponchartrain, New Orleans. Everything went wrong, but to make a long story short: a weekend of no coffee 'bout killed me. I had headaches and nausea for days afterward.

    Then I realized one of the best preps I could have is to wean myself off of coffee which is the only addiction or "vice" that I have...now I am down to ONE blessed cup a day which makes caffeine withdrawal doable (with a little help from my beans, lol).
    Last edited by GrizzlyetteAdams; 01-15-2019, 12:58 AM.

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  • tmttactical
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    I have not had a drink of alcohol in about two years, Never was much of a drinker, so no big accomplishment. I did smoke for about 40 years but gave it up when they reached $5.00 a pack. Did I mention I am a cheapskate. I do plan to stock both alcohol and tobacco for barter and figure they will be super valuable. Now I do drink about 15 cups of coffer a day, like the taste. I also drink it black, no choice in the matter, type 2 diabetic. I figure once the coffee stash does run out, I will have headaches for about a week, as my system goes through caffeine withdrawal. I have had to do without my coffee in the past so I know what to expect. I know what alcoholics or even those forced to go sober will pay (just about anything) for their habits, I don't store precious metals or jewels, just the stuff (luxury sin tax items) that folks are going to really want. Different than what they need. Wants pay better.
    Last edited by tmttactical; 01-15-2019, 12:19 AM.

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  • GrizzlyetteAdams
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    Originally posted by Morgan101 View Post
    ...the thing I would miss the most is potato chips. Guilty as charged. I am hopelessly addicted to them. If TSHTF I would really miss potato chips.



    If you have lentils in your preps, you might enjoy this recipe:
    Here's a satisfying homemade snack to tame those unruly cravings to munch on too many chips, nuts, and stuff. I love the way it quiets my cravings for salt and crunchies. Super low cost, too. You can tweak this delicious and healthy recipe with your own favorite seasonings.


    1 cup brown lentils
    1 quart water
    salt (between 1/2 -1 teaspoon)
    1/2 teaspoon oil (olive, coconut, canola, etc)

    Boil gently for 10 minutes, then let stand 15 minutes. Drain well.
    Stir in the oil until well distributed. Sprinkle on your favorite seasonings (see below).
    Mix well.
    Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
    Spread thinly, in a single layer in a pan lined with foil.
    Bake 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often until crisp. Let cool.

    CAUTION: Watch closely, as they will burn to a nasty black crisp in no time!

    For small portions, I like to use my electric toaster oven. For open fire cooking, use a skillet.

    The mild taste of the lentils makes this a versatile snack because you can flavor it with just about any seasoning, and it'll probably turn out good. Experiment until you find your favorites. Have fun!


    Lentil snack seasoning blends to try:

    Flavor treat #1
    Cajun/Creole Seasoning
    (Don't have any? Make your own. See recipe at the end of the Jambalaya-ya-ya recipe.)

    OR

    Flavor treat #2
    1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

    OR

    Flavor treat #3
    1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


    Other flavoring options to use singly or combined with the above blends:

    --Popcorn Salt (superfine grade, buttered or plain)

    --Powdered Cheese Flavoring

    --Morton's Nature's Seasonings (contains no MSG)


    I'm going to try this recipe with cooked or canned chickpeas, and other cooked beans...if you beat me to it, please tell me your results!
    Last edited by GrizzlyetteAdams; 01-15-2019, 12:43 AM.

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  • Morgan101
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    I don't smoke or use tobacco, so that is not an issue. Alcohol I can take or leave. We have a substantial amount, part of which would be used for bartering if need be, but we don't drink 1 tenth of what we used to. Same with coffee. I like it but wouldn't miss it. I don't think I need any caffeine.

    I do eat what I want, but the thing I would miss the most is potato chips. Guilty as charged. I am hopelessly addicted to them. If TSHTF I would really miss potato chips.

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