Contributions to a Food Bank

Food BankGenerosity during the holidays often includes contributions to food banks. Do you think about contributing something healthy? One in seven Americans visited a food pantry in 2013 according to Feeding America. These include elderly, single parents, returning veterans, and the recently released incarcerated. These are human beings whose hard times have forced them to choose between paying the electricity bill or buying food. Many may be suffering from medical problems related to diet. As you consider contributing to a food bank to help feed the needy this holiday season, include nutrient rich, non-perishable food. Here is a list suggested by Super Food Drive.

Grains

  1. Brown or Wild Rice
  2. Quinoa or Cous-cous
  3. Wheat Berries, Amaranth
  4. Steel cut or rolled Oats
  5. Whole Wheat or Brown Rice Pasta
  6. Whole Grain Cereals  (5 grams fiber)

Proteins

  1. Canned Cold Water Fish – water packed: (Tuna, Sardines or Wild Salmon)
  2. Canned Beans & Legumes: (Black Beans, Garbanzo, Adzuki, Kidney, Lentils)
  3. Seeds and Nuts – unsalted: (Pumpkin, Sunflower, Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews)
  4. Nut Butters – natural & non-hydrogenated:  (Almond, Peanut, Macadamia or Tahini butter)

Fruit and Vegetables

  1. Canned Fruit and Vegetables – low sodium and packed in water not syrup
  2. Dried Fruits – no added sugar: (Blueberries, Prunes, Cranberries, Apples, Mangos
  3. Canned Soups – low sodium
  4. Low sodium sauces like Tomato and Alfredo

Herbs & Spices

  1. Green and White Tea
  2. Herbs & Spices – to flavor beans and grains: Oregano, Basil, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Rosemary, Thyme, Dill, Ginger and Cinnamon)

Cooking Oils

  1. Olive oil
  2. Coconut oil
  3. Canola oil
  4. Sesame Oil

 

Share the Joy of the holiday season: Include a copy of your favorite recipe for making a meal using the items you donate.

Billie Nicholson, Editor
December, 2014

This month’s issue includes:

  • During our conversations with Pearl Harbor Survivors, they continued to warn us of the importance of being prepared – on every level, from our national military down to each individual. During World War II, everyone sacrificed to insure that world peace would be restored.
  • Mama’s Last Gift ~ Who would expect 33 year old jelly to be any good? The jelly was firm and no crystallization or mold was apparent. A taste test confirmed the goodness within.
  • Preparing for a Pandemic ~ A pandemic is basically a global epidemic. Learn how to protect your family should a viral sickness begin to spread around the world.

Persimmon Leather

Persimmon leatherPersimmons are a sweet and delicious fruit filled with vitamins and minerals. They contain anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-aging compounds. Persimmons are known to help soothe sore throats and irritated digestive tracts. They’re good for colds, constipation, viral infections and acid reflux.

Persimmon tea is a well known acid reflux remedy that can be made by combining 2 quarts of water, 3 cinnamon sticks, and 1/2 cup of thinly sliced fresh ginger into a pot and simmering for 30-60 minutes. When done, remove the cinnamon sticks & ginger from pot and add 1 cup of dried persimmons. Allow the dried persimmons to soak in tea and store entire mixture in the fridge for up to a week. Sip 1/2 cup of this liquid 1-3 times day to stop and prevent symptoms of acid reflux from reoccurring.

There are two popular varieties of persimmons: Hachiyas and Fuyus. Hachiya persimmons have a tear drop shape and must be fully ripe, almost to a pudding, jelly-like consistency before eating. When Hachiya persimmons are fully ripe, they are decadently sweet and are prized around the world for their flavor and health benefits. Fuyu persimmons are hard and crisp like an apple and they can be eaten out of hand or peeled and sliced into pieces. Fuyu persimmons are also delicious dried and are a chewy snack that can help curb your appetite while being packed with energy. Both varieties can be used in a bread recipe much like zucchini or bananas. They add nutritional and healing benefits to your diet.

Billie Nicholson, Editor
December, 2014

Persimmon leather

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This month’s issue includes:

  • During our conversations with Pearl Harbor Survivors, they continued to warn us of the importance of being prepared – on every level, from our national military down to each individual. During World War II, everyone sacrificed to insure that world peace would be restored.
  • Mama’s Last Gift ~ Who would expect 33 year old jelly to be any good? The jelly was firm and no crystallization or mold was apparent. A taste test confirmed the goodness within.
  • Preparing for a Pandemic ~ A pandemic is basically a global epidemic. Learn how to protect your family should a viral sickness begin to spread around the world.
  • Deer hunting season is a highlight of the winter months. Here is our favorite recipe made in the Sun Oven®. Served with warm Artisan bread, this makes a hearty meal in any weather.
  • Generosity during the holidays often includes contributions to food banks. Think about contributing something healthy in your Food Bank Contribution.

Mama’s Last Gift

As a child growing up on a farm in Virginia, we learned to grow our own food as well as raise a cash crop. Our Mom spent many hours working with us to harvest and preserve food. As she aged, Mom slowly reduced the items she preserved, but still kept making some of those things like jellies. After she passed away in 2008, my sisters and I were clearing out the household goods. In my stash were two jars of jelly, which I saved, probably because she had made them more than that I expected to eat them someday. Mama grew up during the depression and didn’t waste anything, including jelly jars. The two I brought home were old 40 oz., JIF  Peanut butter jars, with the labels still attached, which she used for the jelly, put up in 1981. Who would expect 33 year old jelly to be any good?

The other day I went looking for a jar of jelly and decided to open one of those old jars. Well, shut my mouth. When I opened that jelly, it was “goood.” The seal was sound and there was no pitting or etching of the inside lid. The jelly was firm and no crystallization or mold was apparent. An initial taste test confirmed the goodness within. We toasted homemade bread, buttered it and slathered it with Mama’s homemade goodness.

One jar was made from Scuppernong grapes, which Daddy would have received in trade for watermelons or canteloupe. The other jar was wild berries which he would have gathered on our farm. Some of Mama’s favorite memories were of Daddy, grinning from ear to ear just like a kid, as he walked across the back yard with his baseball cap filled with blackberries.

Mama's Last Gift

A 40 oz. jar of jelly was too big to handle. We decided to divide it into smaller containers. While we were at it, we sterilized new jars and lids and heated the jelly to boiling and reprocessed them in a water bath without adding additional pectin. Each of these large jars made three 12 oz. new jars.  The USDA recommends using home canned items within one year, so I’m not encouraging anyone to do this.

As we enjoyed the homemade bread and jelly,  I remembered my mother. Throughout her life she unselfishly gave of her time, experience and values. It was wonderful to be wrapped in Mama’s arms one more time with her last gift.

Billie Nicholson, Editor
December, 2014

This month’s issue includes:

  • During our conversations with Pearl Harbor Survivors, they continued to warn us of the importance of being prepared – on every level, from our national military down to each individual. During World War II, everyone sacrificed to insure that world peace would be restored.

  • Preparing for a Pandemic ~ A pandemic is basically a global epidemic. Learn how to protect your family should a viral sickness begin to spread around the world.
  • Generosity during the holidays often includes contributions to food banks. Think about contributing something healthy in your Food Bank Contribution.

Preparing for a Pandemic

Community Emergency Response Team

What is a pandemic?

A pandemic is basically a global epidemic — an infectious disease that spreads rapidly to a large population in more than one continent.1 For example, influenza or ebola are highly contagious viruses. Two main features of any pandemic are:

  1. The virus is a new strain that has never infected people before, like the swine or avian flu in recent years, infecting a population which has no immunity to it.
  2. The infections spread on a global scale with a high mortality rate.2

Viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to eight (8) hours. Your exposure to sick people can increase the possibility of catching the disease. During the winter season, viral infection increases due to the low humidity in the air. This allows the germs to remain airborne longer.3 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends keeping a 6 foot buffer from sick people to cut down on the spread of disease.

Research shows anxiety and stress can weaken your immune system leaving you more vulnerable to infections.  Smoking cigarettes weakens the tiny disease-fighting hairs tucked inside the nasal passages and the lungs, which trap and dispose of germs. Drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time weakens the immune system as well as dehydrating a person reducing the nose and throat’s ability to trap germs in mucus.4

Seasonal flu symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing and/or sore throat
  • Runny of stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Swine or Avian Flu Symptoms include:

  • All the seasonal symptoms PLUS
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (exception – children)
  • Can be fatal

What to do when a pandemic is predicted?

Build a pandemic kit: to minimize germ/virus spread, care-givers should limit physical exposure to the contagious elements like body fluids.

  • Disposable hooded Tyvek suits with elastic wrists ankles and non-skid socks
  • Safety Goggles
  • N95-100 particulate respirator
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Liquid bandage spray protects against infection and helps wounds heal quicker
  • Anti microbial wipes to prevent the spread of germs and maintain  sanitary conditions
  • Tissue packs to contain mucus and sneezing and coughing spray
  • Trash bags for sanitary disposal of waste and used protective clothing
  • Antiseptic hand sanitizer gel can be used if access to good old soap and water isn’t available
  • Plastic sheeting is suggested to provide a separation between the sick and the not sick
  • Duct tape to use with the plastic sheeting

Acquire medication: to provide some comfort for fevers and congestion

  • Elderberry juice is a natural flu med, clinically proven to reduce the length of flu sickness – for a sick person: 1-3 Tbs every 4-6 hours; as an immune boost: 1-2 Tbs daily
  • Tylenol/ibuprofen for fever and aches and pain reduction 
  • Decongestants to provide comfort from coughs and colds; saline nasal spray

Food and supplies: to feed your family for the 90 days that it takes a pandemic to circle the globe, infect, kill, and then burn itself out from lack of susceptible hosts 

  • In addition to a variety of food for healthy people, include items that are easy to swallow and nutritious for the sick, like broths and jello.
  • Soap, disinfectants, rubbing alcohol, cleaning supplies
  • Extra bed linens, water proof mattress and pillow covers
  • Gasoline
  • Humidifiers

When to hunker down?

Pay attention to the news and other lines of communication in your community. When you learn that sickness is within 100 miles of your home, it is time to go into social isolation. Did you know that it takes less than 10% of key infrastructure workers calling in sick to disrupt delivery of utilities? That means no electricity. Are you prepared for that?

  • Isolation means no outside contact
  • Do not come within 20 feet of other people; be aware of any coughing or sneezing
  • Do not accept anything from anyone without 10 days of isolation; then sterilize
  • No grocery store for 90 days
  • No work – check on possibility of working from home
  • No school – get school work assignments for children to do at home
  • Don’t go to hospital except in case of immediate life threatening emergency
  • Be prepared for power grid to fail
  • Set up an isolation area for anyone who may become sick

What should be in an isolation room?

This should be in a separate building or outside in an RV, trailer, or tent. Remove all unnecessary items from the room. If someone exhibits symptoms, isolate them immediately. One person should be designated as the care giver. If there are two or more sick people, have them share a room and bathroom. Document the disease progress. If you have to keep the sick in the same dwelling, use the plastic sheeting and duct tape to create a barrier, floor t0 ceiling.

Isolation room contents: put these things in the isolation room and leave them there

  • Tissues
  • Trashcan with a lid and plastic liners
  • Plenty of water for the sick
  • Thermometer
  • Humidifier – extra moisture aids breathing
  • Face masks for the sick to protect care giver
  • Window fan for negative pressure and air circulation
  • Waste bucket

Wash all bedding and other clothing on the hottest setting. Wear gloves when handling contaminated items. Use disposable dishes and utensils. Use rubbing alcohol for sterilizing the sick room. Once infected with a flu virus a person is contagious  for up to 10 days. Protect yourself while caring for the sick by using protective clothing, masks and gloves. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and increase your vitamins to boost immune system.

References
1.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemic
2.  http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/what-is-pandemic
3.  http://www.livescience.com/32284-how-do-we-catch-the-flu.html
4.  http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20311978_2,00.html

Billie Nicholson, Editor
December 2014

This month’s issue includes:
  • During our conversations with Pearl Harbor Survivors, they continued to warn us of the importance of being prepared – on every level, from our national military down to each individual. During World War II, everyone sacrificed to insure that world peace would be restored.
  • Mama’s Last Gift ~ Who would expect 33 year old jelly to be any good? The jelly was firm and no crystallization or mold was apparent. A taste test confirmed the goodness within.
  • As you make your list and check it twice for holiday gifts, (even from-you-to-you gifts), check out our “Prepared Family Combo.”
  • Deer hunting season is a highlight of the winter months. Here is our favorite recipe made in the Sun Oven®. Served with warm Artisan bread, this makes a hearty meal in any weather.
  • Persimmons are a sweet and delicious fruit filled with vitamins and minerals. The Fuyu variety makes a nutritious persimmon leather.
  • Generosity during the holidays often includes contributions to food banks. Think about adding healthy items in your Food Bank Contribution.

Preparedness Lessons Learned from Pearl Harbor Survivors

A History of Preparedness

Since 2011, my husband, Robert, and I have been working with a group of  Pensacola, FL  Pearl Harbor Survivors. They expressed a desire to return to Pearl Harbor to say “One Last Goodbye” to their comrades who had served and died during World War II, especially at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. A day that started out quiet and sunny until bombs began falling from the sky, turning that idyllic place into a burning, death-laden horror. The Pensacola community came together to provide funds for our Survivors, care-givers and a documentary team to return to Pearl Harbor. The 70th commemoration service allowed these heroes an opportunity to honor their fallen comrades and to visit the locations where each man was when the attack began.

During our conversations with the Survivors, they continued to warn us of the importance of being prepared – on every level, from our national military down to each individual. During World War II, everyone sacrificed to insure that world peace would be restored.

Awareness was the first lesson. “It is easy to just go through life day by day and not be aware of what is going on in the world,” said Cass Phillips, “pay attention.”

Work with honor. “Do the work that’s assigned to you with pride, to the best of your ability,” said Bill Braddock.

Take care of your family. Frank Emond said, “Plant a garden to help feed your family and keep the kids out of trouble. Teach them a trade and a hobby. Encourage them to help others. Life is more that just going to work every day.”

Get an education. “Growing sugar beets for a living was really hard work, but it taught us to get an education and find a job doing things you love,” chimed in Jake Gallowa.

Love your countrymen. “In the Navy, we all worked together to keep one another safe,” commented Jay Carraway. “We should always watch out for our neighbors and pray for protection of our active duty military. They are putting their lives on the line to protect us.”

Preparedness Reminders

During our research to complete the book “Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye,” we came across vintage war posters. They serve as reminders for us today: Plant a garden, don’t waste food, preserve food for later… Remember Pearl Harbor and Always Be Prepared. World War II veterans are our National Treasures. If you know one, thank him for his service to all of us. Ask him what preparedness means. Be ready to take notes.

Be Prepared

Billie Nicholson, Editor
December 2014
This month’s issue includes:
  • Preparing for a Pandemic ~ A pandemic is basically a global epidemic. Learn how to protect your family should a viral sickness begin to spread around the world.
  • Mama’s Last Gift ~ Who would expect 33 year old jelly to be any good? The jelly was firm and no crystallization or mold was apparent. A taste test confirmed the goodness within.
  • As you make your list and check it twice for holiday gifts, (even from-you-to-you gifts), check out our “Prepared Family Combo.”
  • Deer hunting season is a highlight of the winter months. Here is our favorite recipe made in the Sun Oven®. Served with warm Artisan bread, this makes a hearty meal in any weather.
  • Persimmons are a sweet and delicious fruit filled with vitamins and minerals. The Fuyu variety makes a nutritious persimmon leather.
  • Generosity during the holidays often includes contributions to food banks. Think about adding healthy items in your Food Bank Contribution.

Squash Chips

  Squash ChipsWhen they were in abundance at our farmer’s market, I bought a bunch of summer squash. They are not one of my favorite frozen foods. In an attempt to find an alternative way to preserve them, I dehydrated them in our Sun Oven®.  They were sliced in a uniform thickness of 1/4”, spread on parchment paper and sprinkled with seasoned salt and dried oregano. Placed in the Sun Oven® and kept at a temperature of less than 100ºF. by leaving the door propped open, they were dehydrated in 24 hours.

The plan was to store them in glass canning jars, add an oxygen absorber and pull a vacuum seal. That happened on the second batch. The first batch never made it that far. We sampled them and the next thing we knew, we had eaten them all. What a treat! They were better than potato chips and no cooking required. I may never cook summer squash again. Try this and let us know you seasoning recipe.

Squash Chips

Squash Chips

Billie Nicholson, editor
November, 2014

This month’s article includes:

Thanksgiving Day – An American Tradition  a change of economic systems led to this holiday for expressing gratitude  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12222

A Winter “To Do” List  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12232  Don’t let cold weather catch you unprepared.

Use household items to make your own Gel packs for sprains and swollen joints.  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12238

Inviting pests to leave your home this winter, naturally. http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12260

Commit these ground to air emergency codes to memory. You may need them this winter. http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12243

 

Super size your rain water storage  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12265

French style Stew   http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12032

Super-Size Your Rain Barrel for Water Storage


Super size water storageIt’s nice to have a supply of rainwater for gardening purposes and, with that in mind, we put a rain barrel to collect water from off the roof of our shop. The usual rain barrel system has a single plastic drum placed under the downspout on the corner of a building. About 30,000 gallons of rainwater falls on the roof of the average home per year. So there is plenty of water to go around. Excess water overflows the barrel and is absorbed into the ground.

We do not want to use valuable stored drinking water for cleaning, washing and hygiene if we lose access to our regular water supply. We decided to expand the amount of rainwater storage by adding two additional water barrels next to our existing one. We used sturdy plastic trashcans we had on hand.

When installing any water catchment system it is necessary to make sure that each barrel is on a sturdy base and is level. As a base we used cinder blocks and 2×4 pressure treated lumber.

Super size water storage

We drilled holes into the trash-can lids and installed garden hoses from one barrel to the next. To keep the hose ends from floating we placed a weight on the hose end. Before inserting the hose fully in place we charged each hose with water so that there would be a siphon-effect between the barrels.

When the water is used from one barrel the other barrels drain too. They also fill up the same way through the siphon-effect. As a final touch we placed a screen barrier at each hole so the mosquitos would not breed in the stored water. We treated the water by adding non-scented, not detergent bleach in the amount of 12 ounces per 50 gallon barrel. This prevents algae from growing in the water. We now have 150 gallons of rainwater storage capacity.

Super Size water storage

 

Robert Nicholson
November 2014

This month’s article includes:

Thanksgiving Day – An American Tradition  a change of economic systems led to this holiday for expressing gratitude  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12222

A Winter “To Do” List  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12232  Don’t let cold weather catch you unprepared.

Use household items to make your own Gel packs for sprains and swollen joints.  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12238

Inviting pests to leave your home this winter, naturally. http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12260

Commit these ground to air emergency codes to memory. You may need them this winter. http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12243

Squash Chips – an alternate way to preserve summer squash without freezing.  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12272

French style Stew   http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12032

 

Inviting Pests To Leave Your Home This Winter, Naturally

Robert & Billie Nicholson

The winter months have their joys and challenges. As cold weather arrives the warm, inviting interiors of our homes bring comfort to us. They also invite unwanted critters of all sorts inside. We are speak of rodents or insects, not relatives, if you build it they will come. We know that humans are a small part of the total animal kingdom, but we don’t have to share the interior of our homes with them.

How do we deal with unwanted animals and insects when they invite themselves into our homes?  You could call a professional pest control company.  Most professionals do a fine job at a fair price.  There are lots of sources for do it yourself solutions including dedicated DIY stores, online outlets and hardware stores.  Most popular solutions have their pros and cons. Pros are “fast and effective when used as directed and easy to use”. Remember to follow application instructions and do not apply more poison than directed. Cons include “expensive and toxic”.

We prefer to use homemade, natural pest control methods. These methods are inexpensive, natural, and less toxic than commercial preparations.

For rodents: Check walls inside and outside of your home for small holes and patch them. Keep your home clean. Keep trashcans as far away from our home as possible. Obtain 100% peppermint oil and wipe along the areas where rodents tend to run and around doorway thresholds. Keep a cat and place litter box close to the door. Keep a dog. Visit a reptile center and bring home snake poo to place near entrances. Use traps or spray diluted hot pepper sauce along rodent runs and doorways. For more info visit  http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Mice-Naturally

Pests leave naturally

For insects: For Carpenter ants that eat the wood of buildings call a professional immediately. For all other ants, roaches and hard shelled insects we use a simple mix of ½ cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. Borax, as in 20 Mule Team, & ¼ cup water. Microwave till it becomes syrup and cool liquid. Store extra ant bait in a small jar, MARK IT IN BIG LETTERS and store it away from children as you would do for any dangerous substance. Place the end of a Q-tip in the solution. Put cut off Q- tip onto a small square of waxed paper where ants or roaches are found. Place bait where ant scouts are or under sinks and near drains. Be patient as ant scouts and workers take their find back to the colony. After a few days they will stop coming for their feast as the poison takes effect. Recently our shower had an invasion of ants. When I observed the scouts I placed a small spot of pre-made solution directly on the tile. Within minutes the workers were on station. When they ran low on our special syrup I just brought more for them. Soon they were gone. Other tips can be found by visiting http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Ants-Naturally

November 2014

This month’s article includes:

Thanksgiving Day – An American Tradition  a change of economic systems led to this holiday for expressing gratitude  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12222

A Winter “To Do” List  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12232  Don’t let cold weather catch you unprepared.

Use household items to make your own Gel packs for sprains and swollen joints  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12238

Super size your rain water storage  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12265

Commit these ground to air emergency codes to memory. You may need them this winter. http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12243

Squash Chips – an alternate way to preserve summer squash without freezing  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12272

French style Stew   http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12032

Ground to Air Emergency Code

If you go hiking or skiing, these symbols may be useful should you need to communicate with a rescue team from afar. You need to send a message your rescuer will understand. Keep a copy of these symbols in your jacket pocket or better yet, commit these to memory.

Symbol              Message

I                        Serious injuries, need a doctorEmergency Ground to Air Emergency Code

II                        Need medical supplies

V                        Require assistance

F                         Need food and water

LL                       All is well

Y                         Yes

N                         No

X                         Require medical assistance

–>                       Proceeding in this direction

Go to a large clear area on the highest terrain. Use whatever you can find as a marker that can be seen from aircraft or search parties.  Pick items that will contrast with the ground. When all else fails, remember the international symbol : SOS

Billie Nicholson, Editor
November 2014

This month’s article includes:

Thanksgiving Day – An American Tradition  a change of economic systems led to this holiday for expressing gratitude  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12222

A Winter “To Do” List  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12232  Don’t let cold weather catch you unprepared.

Use household items to make your own Gel packs for sprains and swollen joints  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12238

Super size your rain water storage  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12265

Inviting pests to leave your home this winter, naturally http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12260

Squash Chips – an alternate way to preserve summer squash without freezing  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12272

French style Stew   http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12032

Home-made Gel Packs

Have you ever had a sprained ankle or knee? Icy gel packs can offer relief of pain and swelling. They are most effective when they can be fitted around the swollen joint to cool the inflamed area thoroughly. You can make your own version of gel packs from everyday things around your house.

Components Needed

  • Water
  • Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • Water tight freezer bag – quart size

 

Directions

  • 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of alcohol to the plastic bag and seal it.
  • Place bag in the freezer for 3 hours (put it in a small bowl to keep it upright).
  • The alcohol will not let the fluid freeze solid, it stays slushy, for a better fit around an injured joint.
  • When needed, remove the bag from the freezer and apply it to the swollen area.
  • Elevate the injured area above the heart if possible. Cold compression and elevation work together to prevent the injured area from swelling.
  • To prevent frost bite or cold burns, place a towel or wash cloth between the plastic bag and the skin.
  • Alternate 20 minutes with the cold compress and 2 hours without the compress for 3 days or until the swelling completely subsides.
  • If the swelling is severe, you can reapply the compress after 30 minutes for the first 1-2 hours after the injury occurs. IF SWELLING PERSISTS, SEE A DOCTOR.

Billie Nicholson, editor
November 2014

This month’s article includes:

Thanksgiving Day – An American Tradition  a change of economic systems led to this holiday for expressing gratitude  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12222

A Winter “To Do” List  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12232  Don’t let cold weather catch you unprepared.

Commit these ground to air emergency codes to memory. You may need them this winter. http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12243

Commit these ground to air emergency codes to memory. You may need them this winter. http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12243

Super size your rain water storage  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12265

Squash Chips – an alternate way to preserve summer squash without freezing  http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12272

French style Stew   http://www.sunoven.com/archives/12032

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