• Thank's Kim !   Jak, that is the best thing to do!  Around here you can hardly find things that expire after 2013.  Seems like all the canned stuff in this area is old.  Try to find things that don't need water, that you can eat right out of the can. 

  • They do have good products (Melaleuca).  I was a distributor for a short while, but had to drop out as they expected me to order products every single month (minimum of $60, then when you added shipping handling it was 69.95) as money got really tight and could not afford to do that anymore.  Plus, trying to get people to become a regular customer or a preferred customer was extremely difficult. 

  • Since I am not too good at 'primitive' cooking... I am doing an experiment with myself... For one month, I will learn recipes and cook survival style.. black beans are now simmering... rice and corn bread to come later on today...

    I did a final, well for now final, grocery run, and Cheryl is right... for about 200+ you can really stock up on the staples... rice, sugar, flour, salt... basic staples...

    p.s.  I love Melaluca... I used to be a distributor..  They have THE best products.

  • Just a few comments on natural healing products.
    Whilst Malaluka Honey is very well known for its healing properties, it effects can be very strong. My late father used it to help heal an ulcer on his leg but found it to be too strong – it tends to draw on the wound - which can be quite painful.
    He then switched to PawPaw Ointment (which is made from the fermented Papaya). This is another natural product which can be used as a topical application for cuts, rashes, stings and burns. It has anti-bacterial and antimicrobial properties. As an aside, Harrison Ford was treated for a ruptured disc incurred during filming of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom by papain injections. Papain is an active component of paw paw.
    Papaya has also been used fresh and in tablet form for digestive problems.
    More info at:
    Another natural product is Eucalyptus Oil. This has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is great for colds and respiratory tract infections, dental care, and as an insect repellent. It can also be applied to wounds to prevent infection.
    More info at:
    Whilst I’m on a roll, natural Tea Tree Oil also has many properties. Some sources suggest that when applied topically, it has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic qualities.
    More info at:
    There are plenty of good natural products that Mother Earth provides us. No matter what country you live in, referring to information on native aboriginal cures and remedies is a good place to look.

  • Melaleuca alternafolia is the official name of one variety of Tea Tree oil.  It is a potent anti-fungal, as well.  Its anti-microbial properties are being used in dental care products.

  • In the army I was taught another trick to extend your food supply.  (Also used in the civil war and some meat processers do this today.)  Use 10% sawdust in your ground meat such as sausages.  BUT it has to be soft wood like pine wood. 

  • I bought cases of canned goods that last into 2015 like ravioli, soups with meat. but also canned tommato's, mushrooms, olives, etc...  Dried Potato's, four, and other stuff. The way I see it, it is an investment. If food prices rise between now and the expiration date and nothing happens (to the point that I need to depend on my stash) I will have saved money in the long run, My only problem is How much do I need? I thnk clean water will be the most important wich I don't have that much of. That is one of the reasons for canned mushrooms and canned soups,  that little bit of canning water can be used too.

  • Here you go Jim:

    Manuka honey comes from New Zealand and certain parts of australia.  The bees gather nectar from the blooms of the Manuka bush (also known as the tea tree) which is made into honey.  Scientist who have done research into the anti-bacterial properties of various types of honey found manuka honey to be amongst the worlds most potent. The results are fascinating and have been widely discussed in academic seminars and in the media. Amongst the incredible findings were that manuka honey has such powerful anti-bacterial properties it has been proven effective against the dreaded MRSA superbug. 

  • Good to hear it has been field tested.  I have read that spider webs make a good remedy, too.

  • When I was growing up and got a bad cut that wouldn't stop bleeding my mother put sugar on it. It worked.

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