My the Lord bless and keep you and yours. In response to your mention of the Japanese bread in a can. I found [a similar] canned bread locally (through a friend in West Virginia) at a “Martins Grocery store.” They are mostly a Northeastern U.S. operation. The canned bread is made by B&M (the same company that makes the beans) for about $2.65 a can if I remember right. Tried the Bread and Raisins and it must be kept moist and it is best (IMO) warm and with butter. It is very good, but I have no idea of the shelf life [since] it is not [marked] on the can. I have nothing against the Japanese and who knows B&M might be Japanese owned, but I find it easier to get here. You can cut it by opening both ends [of the can], and then pushing out the desired amount, using the edge of the can as a guide, cut it exactly how you want. This is a link that is almost amusing about the bread.
Here is a site that did a nutritional analysis of the bread.
I found the following statement interesting (from that site)
This food is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Selenium, and a very good source of Manganese.
This food is high in Sodium.
All the best – C.K.
JWR Replies: As you’d expect, my preference is for well-prepared families to grind their own whole wheat flour (from their stored hard red winter wheat) and bake their own bread. Together with the other store bought ingredients, this is a source of nutritious whole wheat bread with a net cost of around 1 to 2 cents per ounce. For comparison, consider that typical store bought bread is 9 to 18 cents per ounce. Canned bread is 29+ cents per ounce, not counting postage, if you buy it via mail order. But of course fresh bread lasts two or three days, whereas canned bread stores for two or three years. So canned bread does have its place in preparedness planning.
Letter Re: North American Amateur Radio Field Day
This weekend (June 24 & 25) is field day for Amateur Radio. This is when Amateur Radio operators practice operating in the field using emergency power. Most clubs around the country and the world will be camped out somewhere in the neighborhood or countryside operating for a 24 hour period. The public is invited to come learn about Amateur Radio and the public service they provide in disasters and try operating themselves. You can find info about local clubs from the ARRL web site or just search the web as most local clubs have their own web sites nowadays. – D.C.