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August 25, 2008 at 8:12 pm 1 comment

Food Storage Quick Tip #1 – Start at the beginning

When we lived in Washington State, because we lived in a forest, we had
quite a bit of wildlife around.  One morning, I heard a loud banging going
on.  I glanced over at my neighbor’s porch where she kept a metal tin with a
tight lid containing her cat food.  A raccoon had discovered it and was
batting it back and forth across the porch trying to open it.  Soon you
could see him with his little hands trying to get under the lip.  the can
clanked back and forth for a long time.  After awhile, it finally clattered
off the porch, the raccoon following behind.  Raccoons are pretty smart, but
he couldn’t crack the lid on that can.

I can just imagine people having no electricity, a lot of canned goods, and
looking like silly raccoons trying to find away to open them up.  Which
method would YOU use:  Hammer?  Ballpoint pen?  Your teeth?  How about
throwing it off the roof of the house?  It would be pretty darned

Assignment A: Purchase, if you don’t have one already,
a manual (I call it an analog:D) can opener.  Doesn’t have to be expensive,
just has to work.  B: Buy 6 extra cans of food when you shop this week.


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  • 1. Yvonne J.  |  October 16, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Re: the can opener. After struggling *unsuccessfully* to open a large #10 can with my inexpensive can opener and feeling very much like the raccoon you described, I finally discovered the can opener of my dreams at Bed, Bath & Beyond (OXO brand). This one will open even the large cans “like butter.” My first thought was “where have you been all my life?” This is now my standard wedding shower gift (newlyweds have enough challenges, don’t they?). Being frugal, I save all the “coupons” that come with the mailers from BB&B because I found out that even though they have an expiration date on them, BB&B will take the coupon for the full amount even AFTER that date (at least in my area). With the $5 off coupon it makes it not much more than a cheaper/inferior product elsewhere, but IMHO it would be well worth the difference even if I had to pay full price because it is that much BETTER. Really. (No, I don’t get paid for this. I think if you find something really good you shouldn’t keep it a secret.)


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