Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Group Orders

Yes, I am still around. Lot’s going on around here. I have been helping our church group get prepared for emergencies and with us in the middle of hurricane season, I’ve been busy. As a group we have ordered 372 single burner butane stoves. I found a good price with one of the wholesale groups that I am a member of and ordered 48 on the first round. Once people saw the quality of the stove, I was under siege to get more. I put in another order for 204 and yesterday I put in the last order of 120 stoves. One of the members went to Academy to purchase some of the Butane and told me that they were almost out. It didn’t dawn on me until then that we would have to go out and find the fuel for the stoves. I went out and priced the canisters and found that Gander Mountain had the best price. Sonja volunteered to talk to the store manager about ordering 200 to 300 of the canisters. We found out today that they should be in by Wednesday or Thursday. I hope they will be able to get more because that amount will fly out of there in no time at all. These stoves are really awesome. They come with a carrying case and are compact and easy to store. They actually cook items, not just for warm-ups.

A friend of mine recommended two books that are excellent for cooking when the power is out. They can be found on amazon.com and are around $ 10.00 each.
1) The Storm Gourmet – A guide to Creating Extraordinary meals without electricity.
Check out this article about the book for a little detail on what’s in it.
CNN.com - After the storm...what's for dinner? - Jul 28, 2006

2) Apocalypse Chow – How to Eat Well When the Power Goes Out
This one is by Jon and Robin Robertson. It gives simple tips on how to shop, store, and prepare gourmet food. Learn what kind of nonperishables to keep on hand.

I like both books because they give different information and have a wealth of ideas.

I have also been working on a frozen berry order. For the last 15 years or so years we have ordered as a group fresh frozen berries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, tart cherries, mango chunks, pineapple chunks, sliced granny smith apples and etc.
By ordering as a group, we get good prices and good fruit. These wonderful berries come out of Oregon and Washington state. This morning I worked on the order for our church group. Thankfully I am not in charge of the entire group order. Due to the nature of the product, we have to pick them up immediately when they come in. It can be challenging but it is worth it.

We also do monthly group orders from Emergency Essentials. Coming in October we will be ordering Hershey Chocolates. November will be Herbs and Spices form San Francisco Herb Co. After that we can rest till spring before we do any more “outside orders”. In the mean time we still have our dry-pack day every first Tuesday of the month. Sonja and I take turns working the shifts for that. It keeps me busy.

Life around here is never dull. Hope everyone is doing good.


At 5:08 PM, Blogger Oh great One said...

We are near Baton Rouge so we don't get the full brunt of the storms but still can be affected by these storms. I'm a little nervous as to what to expect. Last year the neighbors say they were without power for a week because the storm knocked out some substation. EEK!

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Melody said...

You have certainly been one busy lady.

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Fred said...

The CNN artile was excellent, Lucy. I'll print it out so The Missus can read it, too. (I wish she would blog!)

The butane stoves are an excellent idea. We always have a back-up propane can for the grill, just in case. We also have a generator, so, theoretically, no food should go bad. But, if we can't keep the fridge going, we're ready for a feast!

At 12:00 AM, Blogger ramblingrose said...

Wow! I'm astonished at how large your co-op group is! That's amazing. We don't have nearly the risk here in the Midwest (except for tornados), but I'll have to check out that burner. So far, I'm really enjoying your site.. just found you, so lots of browsing to do!

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At 4:17 AM, Blogger Jack said...

How od that you're talking about hurricaine season...I was looking over my post about Katrina from last year and saw your comment and thought I'd say hey.

So, hey.

At 6:36 AM, Blogger Danny Sims said...

Wow. What great planning. You guys are awesome!

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Big Dave T said...

Butane stove, eh. I would have thought down in Texas they just would have fired up the barbecue. Throw some mesquite in the Weber grill and you can roast whatever while the power is out.

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Evey said...

Just stopping in to say hello:) Glad to see you are keeping busy!

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Oh great one - Baton Rouge is not in the surge zone, but it can get plenty of wind and rain. Tree damage was the biggest problem in Baton Rouge after Katrina.

melody - yest I have been busy.

Fred - the butane stove is wonderful. You can cook inside with it as long as you give it some venitaltion. If the power goes out, remember NOT to open you refrigator door. The food will stay longer if you don't open the door. After about six hours, plug you refrigator into the generator and let it run for about an hour. Turn it off and keep the door closed. Every few hours, give it a boost. You don't have to run it the entire time. Same thing goes for the freezer. KEEP THE DOOR CLOSED! You can now cook something from a can with your Butane stove. We like Spam and Pork N Beans. Hopefully your power won't be out for too long of a time. Once you open the door, then you will have to contineously run the generator to keep things cold. Remember that the generator needs to stay outside, use a long cord.

ramblin rose - the butane burner is good for anytime the power is out for any reason.

jack - glad you came by. Any time you love near the coast, you have to be prepared for hurricanes.

Hi Danny - Missed ya. Those stoves are good for camping too.

Big Dave - It never hurts to have multiple fuel sources.

evey - Hey, long time no see.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Thanks for the tips on the fridge. I'm sure we'd have a problem keeping it closed as you suggested, based on three teenage girls always looking for food. We always have plenty of food in the pantry just in case, so that should help.

Thanks for the info - I'll remember it if we ever get to that point.

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WEll it's great that you can get a discount.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Fred, glad the storm fizzled over Florida. TF's mom and dad are getting rain now. Hopefully it is a nice soaking rain that will give the ground some much needed water.

daybyday4-2day - Yes it is good when I can find a bargain that will help so many people.

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Rachel said...

You have been busy! Sounds like good planning to me though!

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous nettie said...

Geesh. Your stoves make my head spin.

At 12:24 AM, Blogger TNChick said...


I pray the weather doesn't become harmful.

I've been busy too, but not that busy!

COme have some birthday cake at my site today =)

At 10:50 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Wow, i am so impressed with your emergency plans, i hope to god my local authoririties have a decent plan ready for us this coming season.


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