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Easy long-term food storage for a variety of staples: rice, beans, grains. Buy in bulk, store in clean empty bottles and use what you need as you need it! They are water and air tight and keep bugs out! 1 and 2 liter sizes are great for trading too!
If a tub of Crisco burns for 45 days as a candle, why in the hell would you add that kind of fat to your food? (Crisco Candle for emergency situations. Simply put a piece of string in a tub of shortening, and it will burn for up to 45 days.
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