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Dear Editor,

I am an avid reader and listener, and I want to know if there is a community in San Diego, California that meets or communicates in this area. I am a woman in her 50s, live alone, and have a handful of people I know who share our concerns of the world and what is happening. It is frightening that we are living through this and the people in charge are getting away with it. I have listened to Savage for over 10 years, but you take it to another level. If in fact you know of a group without joining Facebook please let me know. I would appreciate any suggestions.

Sincerely,
CP

Dear CP,

Thank you so much for your email. There are lots of groups out there, but be careful with which ones you associate with. Being prepared is more than being ready… it’s staying off the radar as much as possible too. Don’t get involved with groups which may contain firebrands or mouthy rebels. Keep your circle of friends small and close, intimate acquaintances that you know and feel you can trust. I’m not saying all networks are bad, I’m just saying be careful with whom you associate.

If I had to recommend one network, it would be the American Preppers network. Within the main group are state associations and you’ll be able to find like-minded people in California through the site. Go to https://preppersnetwork.com/ which is the listings of state associations, scroll down to the California section, and click on it. Other states are represented there as well.

Thanks for writing!

The Editor

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Dear Editor,

When I had a fruit stand (all organic – apples, vegetables, cider, etc.), we often dried “whole” bananas, not cutting them up but ending up with a fired banana.  We sold them for $.25 and had a terrible time keeping them “in stock.” We had a deal with a local produce house, and we got all of their “spotted” bananas and damaged cases for CHEAP. By helping them, we had a great source for our dried banana loving customers. I will have to admit… I ate a lot of them too. One thing was being careful of ripe bananas, if too ripe, they could/would “skin over” and before the interior fired enough to get the sugar high enough, they would start to ferment and swell/puff up.  Once we understood what was going on, if bananas were too ripe, we would cut those at least in half or in discs to get them to dry faster. Whole bananas took about 3 days to dry but were chewy and great snack food.

As to the canned butter, there is also GHEE, butter that has all water and protein material removed. It is still used today by nomads in the Arab deserts and is available from specialty shops. It is another way to process butter, at home, for non-refrigeration “storage.”

Thanks for the articles and information.

JD

 

Dear JD,

Thank so much for the additional information on drying bananas and getting a soft end product. And I appreciate your information on Ghee. I found a simple recipe on About.com for making clarified butter that I’ll share with our readers. I’ve included the words from the opening paragraph, but simply click through the link for the rest of the article.

Ghee or clarified butter is used in countless Indian dishes. It is in fact, a great alternative to cooking oil. Homemade ghee is fragrant and adds an incomparable richness to any dish. Ghee becomes solidified at lower temperatures but can easily be melted when required. This recipe makes approximately 850 ml (when in liquid form) of ghee. (Click here to continue reading article…)

Again, JD… thank you for the great information!

The Editor

 

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