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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Guest Post from Ancient Dragon on the Manitoba Preppers Network

Make sure to check out Ancient Dragon's guest post on the MPN here. Ancient Dragon has been a preparedness advocate for years and he shares his prepper "pet peeves" on bug-out bags!!! It's a great and fun read!!! Enjoy!!!

and thanks Ancient Dragon! We hope to get more articles from you in the future!!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A note from Doug - Our Winner of the Safecastle LLC Mountain House Freeze Dried Foods

Here is a note from Doug about his prize!!!!

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Hello to my friends at the Canadian Preppers Network. I'm a little behind in my report, but the Mountain House prize pack did arrive... eventually. The Canadian supplier had received a large order right before the Christmas holidays, which depleted their stocks, so my package was a little late to arrive.


When it did arrive at the local post office, I knew immediately what it was... and so did everyone else who saw the package, before I picked it up, and after I left the post office. Unfortunately, Mountain House isn't too concerned about OPSEC... their name is plastered across the box for all to see. Ok, this was a free prize, and free stuff is always nice, but in the world of 'preppers' and preparedness, most people don't want everyone around them to see them carrying a box of LTS food.



Upon arrival at home, I quickly opened the box. I was excited to get a look at the cans. As you can see... fairly standard can, nice label, includes preparation instructions, and a best-before date (my stuff is good till at least 2034!).



When Kymber asked me if I had tried anything yet, I regrettably had to say no. Unfortunately, Mountain House recommends that the contents be eaten immediately upon opening. Although they do provide plastic lids for the cans, and state that upon opening, testing has shown that contents will be good for up to one week. So while we’re eager to try it, we also don’t plan on eating an entire can of anything right away, so it will remain stored until needed. (see Kymberz note below)



Also, if you are on a low-sodium diet, or blood pressure medication, you might want to be sure you’ve got some extra on hand. Mountain House states in their FAQ (http://www.mountainhouse.com/faqs.cfm) : Why do you put so much sodium in your product? Our products are designed to fit a high-performance lifestyle, replacing some of the sodium lost during heavy exertion.


There isn’t much else to report; We’re happy to have won the contest, and these will store nicely until we need them. A couple of things to consider; heavy on the salt (so be sure to get outside and do some physical activity!), and potential OPSEC breach, if that sort of thing concerns you.

Thanks again CPN!

Doug.


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Thanks Doug - we really appreciate your taking the time to do this write-up...and we hope you enjoy your prize!!!

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Kymberz note:

Vic, from Safecastle LLC had the following to say in regards to how long the food will last once opened:

"MH lawyers will tell you that the food is good for one to two weeks at room temp once a can is open if it is kept dry and covered/"sealed" with the plastic lid that comes with it. In reality, you can at least double that--and if you refrigerate it, it will further extend that length of time."

Vic also said that our own Bow Beauchamp had recently done a test drive of the MH foods while out in the bush. Bow's review (which can also be found here):

I have been using my Mountain House foods during my winter adventures, research and training. I think it is a great staple for the bush. I especially, like the chicken teriyaki.

I've used the food as directed and prepared the varieties in the bush, just adding boiled water. I have had no issues at all with the cans or the food value. I found the portions that they suggested to be a good amount for one person for one meal. Being that I'm 6'1" and 223 lbs. and it filled the hold in my stomach in the bush, its a good portion!!

Some other meal products that I have tried in the past I've found their suggested servings to be a little on the small portion side
to say the least and the taste and quality of the other foods I found poor.

These cans had good clear instructions on them. They suggested that once opened to use them within the week. I tried an experiment with one can and, after opening it, left it. I used it 3 weeks later and the results were excellent--no problems--no loss of flavor or food value.

My conclusion--Mountain House cans make a good bush staple. I think they make a great product.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Another Great Contest for all Canadians - Sponsored by Hometown Seeds!

Our good friends at Hometown Seeds want us all to have peace of mind for our families! And they have graciously offered to sponsor a contest here at the CPN!!!

So how can Hometown Seeds help to provide peace of mind to our lucky winner? How about an awesome package of Emergency Survival Seeds, shipped to anywhere in Canada, for free? I recently wrote about winning a contest at the APN Forum and my prize was a package of Emergency Survival Seeds. I was very impressed with the care that went into the packaging and the healthy look and feel of all of the seeds! You can read more about it here.

The Emergency Survival Seed package includes 16 easy-to-grow, non-hybrid and GMO-free seeds. The vacuum-sealed package will make a great addition to your long-term food storage and has a minimum shelf-life of 5 years - or 10 years if you keep them in the freezer! The package also comes with an in-depth instruction pamphlet and growing guide.

So what do you have to do to enter? Simply leave a comment here on this post and be sure to say "Hometown Seeds - bringing peace of mind to Canadian families!". You can enter once a day until April 1st when the winner will be chosen by a random draw.

In addition, Hometown Seeds is also offering a 10% discount to all Canadians who place an order from now until April 30 - that's an excellent deal considering that Hometown Seeds carries a great variety of seeds!!! Be sure to enter "Canada" in the coupon code when ordering to get the 10% discount!!!

Good luck to everyone and a big Thanks to our friends at Hometown Seeds!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Announcement

For anyone interested in following this year's gardening adventures (stop rolling your eyes Scarecrow!) - I will be documenting the journey (with pics!!!) at the Newfoundland and Labrador Preppers Network!!! The first post is already up!!!