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c Do Omer April 2011

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We are a married couple in ourlate thirties. On our blog, andin this ebook, we go by thenames Canadian Doomer (orC.D.) and Mr D. We have twosmall children. Explosion (atthe time I'm writing this) is athree-year-old who takes life atfull throttle and has been doingso since birth, while Starvationis almost exactly two yearsyounger, far more mellow inpersonality and eats like ahobbit (breakfast, secondbreakfast, elevensies,luncheon, etc …) We live in amajor city in central Ontario,Canada. Due to some poordecisions regarding previouspartners, we both foundourselves lacking the assets andfinancial backbone which wehad built during our twenties.That's not a sob story that weintend to get into. I simply wishto establish that ... we'renearing forty, we have smallchildren, and we're “poor” byalmost anyone's standard. Wedo not own land. We do notown our own home. We do nothave thousands packed away insavings.We are also Doomers. It's adepressing-sounding term.Simply put, it means this - webelieve that the era of cheap,easy oil is over. It's gone.Alternative energy will not saveus. Recycling will not save us. Bythe time our small children aregrown, we believe that NorthAmericans will be living in aworld that is dramaticallydifferent than the world inwhich we now live. There arevarious ideas about how this willplay out in reality, but we arepersonally preparing for a worldin which electricity is unreliableat best, gasoline is reserved forthe military and The Very Rich,food prices are terrifyingly high,and all of the resources that wetake for granted are gone.Imagine a world in which thegrocery store shelves are emptyand those few items that comein are priced at ten times whatthey are now.Are we experts in survival andself-sufficiency?Hardly. In fact, we're the peopleliving next door to you, the onewhere the husband loves hisMassive Multiplayer OnlineRoleplaying Games, the threeyear old knows how to work theDVD player and the wife'scookbook is on the computer.We're the couple that panicswhen the internet goes down forfive minutes. One of us hasalways lived in major cities andwouldn't know what to do with awood stove. The other has nevereven seen a rabbit killed. We
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Contents
What is a Doomer?..................................2Thoughts on Food....................................3Being Too Frugal? ..................................3Safe Canning Methods.............................5Food Security Defined ............................5Optimal Food Storage..............................6Fermented Banana Bread.........................6Personalizing Food Storage.....................7Bread Pudding.........................................8Pickle Juice .............................................933 Ways to Keep Warm Without Heat or Electricity ................................................9Pressure-Canning Meat..........................11Dumplings Make It Better ....................12My Five Year Plan ................................12Donating Expired Food..........................1326 Ways to Prepare for a Post-CollapseWorld ....................................................14Homemade Canned Cranberry FruitSauce......................................................16Rosy Meat..............................................17Radical Frugality...................................17Buddy Burner ........................................19What Is Local? ......................................20Lots of Turkey Broth ............................21Frugal to the Max...................................21Organic or Processed Junk? ..................22Personalizing Food Storage: Sugar .......23Salvaged Beans......................................24Save Water and Energy ........................25Twenty-Five Minute Stew from FoodStorage...................................................25Bug Out Bags for All Ages....................26How to Make Oatmeal ..........................2617 tons ...................................................27Homemade Laundry Soap ....................28Caramelized Onions ..............................30 Not really a Doomer! ............................31Cornbread – Two Versions....................32A Doomer's Library ..............................32What Can Money Buy? ........................33Copyright?.............................................34
 
are both completed addicted tocoffee. We also live in a countrywhere, for the most part, onlycriminals and law enforcementare armed.More than all of this, however,we plan to prepare our familyand get ready for whateverhappens when the ramificationsof a lack of oil fully hit oursociety.And if we can do it - so can you.I hope you will enjoy this seriesof ebooks that I am putting out.Consider this one to be anIntroduction to Prepping,Canadian Doomer Style. Laterbooks will focus on frugalshopping and cooking, the“unmentionables” (likemenstruation and childbirth),transportation in our changingworld, shelter, energy use andconservation.
What is a Doomer?
Usually, when I tell people thatwe're Doomers, they lookconfused. Today, someonenodded and said, "Okay, Iunderstand." Really?! She did,too. It was awesome.So what is a Doomer? Wiki says"A
Doomer
is a peakist (one whohas peak oil related concernsthat oil depletion will lead to asevere economic recession oranother Great Depression) thatalso believes that a MalthusianCatastrophe will inevitablyfollow. Doomers attribute theirbeliefs to humanity's overreliance on petroleum foragricultural and industrialproductivity. Many doomersare also survivalists."If you don't know what a Doomeris, I expect that that justcreated more questions than itanswered. Let's see if I candismantle this, using us as anexample.Peakist - Peakists believe thatwe are approaching Peak Oil orhave already reached it. Webelieve that Peak Oil Productionhas been achieved. This meansthat from now on, all of the oilin the planet is going to beincreasingly expensive anddifficult to acquire. Expectprices to soar. What prices?Well, petroleum (in other words,gasoline) and anything which ismade from petroleum, usespetroleum in its production orneeds petroleum to betransported. That leads directlyto ..."humanity's over reliance onpetroleum for agricultural andindustrial productivity". Andeverything else. Seriously.Petroleum touches every singleaspect of most of our lives. Don'tbelieve me? Try to go a daywithout using plastic, or buyingfood that has not traveled in avehicle (good luck, unless yougrow everything yourself), orusing anything that was derivedfrom petroleum or usespetroleum. If you can do it, andespecially if you're doing it andusing the internet, please tellme how. We've been trying toeliminate plastics, just one smallaspect of our petroleum over-reliance, from our home overthe past few months, and it'salmost impossible.And the guy with the funnyname? A Malthusian Catastrophebasically means that we aregoing to use up all of ourresources - namely petroleum -and return to a subsistence levelof existence. I think theReverend Malthus referred to itas a state of misery. We expectthat climbing prices anddecreasing availibility ofresources will lead to abreakdown of civilizedinfrastructure.Survivalists - One could be aDoomer and do nothing. Thereare plenty of apathetic peoplewho know that things are gettingbad, but they feel that nothingcan be done to prepare. Orperhaps they feel as though theydon't have the time, money,resources or knowledge toprepare.Survivalists are not thosepeople. There are a range ofsurvivalists. Some callthemselves preppers. Some arereligious, some are not. Somestockpile weapons and some donot. Some are, admittedly,crazier than an outhouse rat.Most stockpile food, or work ondeveloping useful (and usuallyalmost forgotten) skills.Whatever the disaster, these
Page 2Prepping in a City Apartment
This made me laugh, and I thought I'd share.How do you keep squirrels out of your shed in the winter? Stop feeding your cat.(Oh, don't yell at me. I wouldn't do it.I don't have a shed.)
 
are the people who aredetermined to make it throughwith intact skin, full bellies anda warm roof over their heads.There is an unfortunate air ofcompetition among survivalists,as though only one type of skillis important.
Thoughts on Food
We believe that we are facing aworld where electricity and fuelwill be in short supply, a worldthat will locally-focused much asour grandparents' world was.What does this mean?Well, it means embracing thecurrent locavore movement, anddrastically decreasing the milesit takes to get our food to us.This naturally leads to growingfood whenever and whereverpossible and rethinking the ideathat food production belongsonly in urban areas. It meanspushing for small livestock incities, and community gardensand farmer's markets withinwalking distance of everyone.It means following the anti-microwave real food movementand eliminating artificial,factory-made food. It meansslow food and soaked grain.It means taking part in the anti-plastic movement because weabsolutely must learn to livewithout petroleum-basedproducts.It means jumping in on therecent canning and preservingfad so that food acquired duringthe local growing season can beeaten all year.It means looking into the(admittedly very small)fridgeless and heat-less (AKAFreeze Yer Buns) movement.My reasons may not be thesame, and I may not doeverything they do (and I'llexplain why in other posts), butI do gain inspiration from a lot ofthese people.Everyone needs to eat, and it'ssomething that we need to doevery day. In a world withoutfridges and freezers, blendersand food processors, heaters andair conditioners, could many ofus manage? In a world withoutreliable grocery stores filledwith a wide assortment ofinternationally-made foods,what would we do?
Being Too Frugal?
A few months ago, I wasspeaking with a close relativeabout something we don't spendmoney on. It might have beencable TV, or it might have beenbuying coffee and donuts at TimHortons. It could well have beenthat she wanted us to join herand her family at a restaurantfor supper and I said "Look, wejust can't afford stuff like that."(Dinner out for the whole familywould cost us at least $60!)Whatever it was, she was quitehorrified that we couldn't affordsuch a basic necessity of life,and began ranting about how weneeded to bring in more moneyso that we could afford to havea little fun. I finally stated"Look, we're doing fine. In fact,we're not only debt-free, but wehave X amount of money IN thebank. Extra money would benice because it would increaseour savings, but it wouldn'tchange our spending."Her response was priceless. Alook of shock passed over herface, and then utter confusion.She said, "So you CAN afford it.You do have the money. You just... choose not to spend it?" Itwas like a foreign concept thatpeople who live considerablybelow the "low income cut off"would choose money in the bankover "necessities" like cable andcell phones. I rarely tell peoplehow much we save because mostof the people we know have farmore income than we do and areliving paycheque to paycheque.Do we spend on non-necessities?Sure - after all, define"necessity". Many would saycoffee is not a necessity, otherssay meat is not a necessity, andmany would agree that our oldcar is not a necessity. I believethat Amy Dacyczyn herself,known to many as one of themost frugal people in NorthAmerica, received somenegative feedback because sheand her husband had six kids,bought antiques and live in avery large house. Some peoplewill say that approved canningtools and methods are anexpensive non-necessity.I've admitted that we go to alocal restaurant every Saturdaymorning for a family breakfast.We thoroughly enjoy it, the kidsare learning how to behave in
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