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SANITATION AND SURVIVAL
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:08 AM on March 6, 2014
When the "S" hits the fans... Well, sanitation is never a pleasant subject, and yet it's
While it's true that humans have survived without toilets and toilet paper since the
In the aftermath of an economic catastrophe, it's possible for the production of toilet
The answer in any scenario is for the Happy Prepper to set up a sanitation station. In
Basic Sanitizer for Preppers
Setting up a sanitation station:
Portable Toilet set: Pictured above left in red, the portable toilet set includes
Luggable Loo Portable Toilet: This five-gallon bucket is the most economically
Double Doodie: These toilet waste bags are designed for easy, no mess waste
Porta potty: The sturdy portable toilet, pictured immediate left, features a home-
Aqua-Kem Toss Ins Holding Tank Deodorant: Pictured left, the Aqua-Kem
Bio Clean: Natural Bacteria Enzymes found in Bio Clean can help you treat any
RID-X: The powder formula of RID-X is scientifically formulated with special
Fresh Bath: Made in the USA, Fresh Bath, pictured left, is a biodegradable
How To Wash Dishes With No Running Water
Shop Towels. To pack dish towels in a small space, consider Shop Towels.
Bug-out sink. The Coleman double-sided, collapsible sink, pictured left, lets you
Sanitizing with bleach: Happy Preppers take a few precautions to
Laundry off the grid: It's interesting to note that dirt compromises the integrity of
Prepper's Challenge - Off the Grid Laundry Day: Try doing laundry off the
Families who live off the grid invest, as the Amish do, in the post-war era style
To wash clothes without electricity, you'll need:
Hot Water off the grid:
Coleman Hot Water-On-Demand Portable Water Heater. Heat water for
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WEIRD SURVIVAL TOOLS
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Prepper, Homesteading at 9:58 AM on March 6, 2014
When it comes to survival, there's just one rule: you must forget all the rules! In a
15+ Weird Survival Tools
Weird Survival Tool #1: Tobacco. Yes, a cigarette is a survival tool for medicinal
Cigarettes as an anti parasitic: On page 248 of his book, Hawke's Special
Cigarettes for toothache relief. The properties of tobacco include a naturally
Cigarettes as tinder. They don't call it a "smoke" for nothing. It's certainly a
Cigarettes for bartering. As a bartering tool, a cigarette has amazing powers.
Weird Survival Tool #2: Steel Wool. Sure, Steel wools will scrub your pots, but you
See more firestarter ideas, including using sawdust and paraffin wax to start a
Weird Survival Tool #3: Vaseline and cotton balls. Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, has
Weird Survival Tool #4: Tampons. Even men can use tampons for their survival!
Weird Survival Tool #5: Duct Tape. Backpackers, preppers and survivalists love duct
Weird Survival Tool #6: Pencil Sharpener. A pencil sharpener and some twigs can
Weird Survival Tool #7: Dental Floss. Dental floss is good to have, but it's not just
Weird Survival Tool #8 Chewing gum. Chew on this, chewing gum has so many
Weird Survival Tool #9: Aspirin. The active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, has a
Weird Survival Tool #10: Shoelaces. Yes, a shoelace could save your life.
Weird Survival Tool #11: Crazy Glue with duct tape or a shoe lace. Crazy glue isn't
Weird Survival Tool #12: Suckers. A lollipop could save your life! How? Grasp one in
Weird Survival Tool #13: Cheetos, Pringles, Noodles: Tinder helps ignite a flame.
Cheetos and Pringles. Your favorite snacks, including Cheetos or Pringles can
Noodles. You can also use a spaghetti noodle as tinder. It is an excellent way
Weird Survival Tool #14. Medication for Fish. Antibiotics will be hard to come by in
Weird Survival Tool #15 Animal repellents. If pepper spray is illegal in your locale,
Wasp spray. Used in self defense, wasp spray does not require a license to
Bear Spray. Here again, when the rule of law does not apply, bear spray can
Halt Dog Repellent. Intended to keep dogs at bay, Halt Dog repellent could be
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SAFES AND CACHES
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 9:53 AM on March 6, 2014
Every prepper deserves a secret cache to store emergency preparedness supplies.
Diversion safes for preppers
Diversion Safe Method #1 (Chapstick container). Make your own "mini" safe by
Use a deodorant container to stash cash, silver or gold.
Diversion Safe Method #3: Product cans
(Barbasol can safe). Pictured immediate right, a Barbasol can safe is an ideal
Ajax with bleach safe. Pictured immediate right, is another wonderful place to
Diversion Safe Method #4: Wall clock diversion safe. The sleek silver wall clock
Diversion Safe Method #5: Book diversion safe. Because it locks, the book safe,
Diversion Safe Method #6: Hanging Closet Diversion Safe. US Patrol Hanging
Diversion Safe Method #7: Curio Gun Safe. Pictured at the bottom right of the page,
Diversion Safe # 8: Compact Disk Safe. Easily hide silver coins in a CD by the
Diversion Safe #9: Moving Boxes. Place emergency food reserves in cardboard
Diversion Safe Method #10: Door Frames. Stashing food inside the plywood of doors
Diversion Safe Method #11: Beds. How good you'll feel at night when you know
NOTE FOR FOOD STASH: Avoid storing too many canned goods, which may have
Diversion Safe Method #12: PVC Pipe. PVC Pipe is a prepper favorite to make a
Diversion Safe Method #13: Air ducts. Remove air vents and you may find a discreet
Diversion Safe Method #14: Crevices. Clever places abound in your home and you
Diversion Safe Method #15: Geo cache. Pictured right you'll find the Cache Pack has
Diversion Safe Method #16: Bear Canister. Keep your food safe from wild animals,
Preppers and survivalists will find many other diversionary tactics. The goal for survival
Diversion safes to avoid
In short, when selecting a diversion safe, you'll want to steer clear from any safes
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Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper at 7:47 AM on February 27, 2014
Emergency Medical Technicians, nurses and doctors have one common shortcoming:
When there is no doctor and when there is no medicine, what then? Survival medicine
Here are the top prepper medicines to stock for survival:
1. Fish Mox (amoxicillin - broad spectrum antibiotic). FishMox is the primary brand
Discover the nine best survival antibiotics from the Urban Survival website.
2. Colloidal Silver (natural antibiotic). Colloidal silver is a mineral with wildly
3. Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex (treats parasites). During a
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4 WAYS TO GET IN SHAPE & PREPARED SIMULTANEOUSLY
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Prepper, Homesteading at 7:37 AM on February 27, 2014
We work, we raise kids, we have our hobbies, families, vices and problems. There is less and less time at the end of the day and it is preparedness that tends to fill that time. It’s this struggle against time that often keeps us from preparing our bodies.
Somehow we have come to a point in our evolutionary path where those things around us take precedent over the body itself. Fill the shelves, clean the guns, prep the gardens, check the rain barrels, organize the first aid kit and do so with an unhealthy out of shape body.
There are so many skills to learn. There is so much to read and even more to do. For a person pushing towards self-reliance there is simply not enough daylight. Whether its mastering bushcraft or improving your shot all of this takes precious time.
What if I told you there were a way to combine your fitness goals with your preparedness efforts?
Run The Woods
To me there is nothing important than staying power, endurance. Cardio they call it now. It’s so important that you keep this attribute up because it is the quickest one to fizzle out. Strength lasts for some time but I can feel my endurance wane in a weeks time.
The problem is who has time to run for 1/2 an hour or more a few times a week.
You have to find a heavily wooded area with running paths in near to you. The gains you will see just from the unpredictable terrain are incredible. Besides the physical it’s important that you take in your surroundings.
Want to learn your wild edibles?
Instead of running on a treadmill looking at and smelling your fellow club members you can take in incredible oxygen being belched out by every living thing that surrounds you meanwhile locating and learning your wild edibles. Watch animal behavior and even learn what types of trees are in your area. All on a run.
I studied the field guides and then took off for a few miles through the woods. You will find at least one new plant each run. It adds up.
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Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:24 AM on February 25, 2014
I am going to try and explain about dehydrated food. The symbol or the letter (D) means dehydrated when we order or shop for food storage. If it has no symbol like (FD) it’s dehydrated and therefore we should know it is dehydrated and not (FD-freeze dried). Maybe it’s just me but when I first starting buying the #10 cans I had to look twice to see if the can was freeze dried or dehydrated. You will see most cans have freeze driedprominently shown on the order form as well as the #10 cans or pouches, etc. at any given store if they are freeze dried. If you are new to shopping or ordering online its confusing because they assume we KNOW its dehydrated if the product sales “carrots” without a (D) or (FD)…..well I didn’t know. I hope this helps you as you continue to order and build your long term food storage.
Okay….most of us buy dehydrated food everyday. We purchase cereal, spices, pasta, beans, baking mixes, etc. Dehydrated is the way the water has been removed from the products. The water is slowly cooked out of the food without actually cooking it. Its one of the most affordable, light weight and compact ways to purchase food for our storage or everyday cooking. We need to be aware of the dehydrated term…it generally takes longer to cook. You cannot “snack” on it right our the can. It’s too hard. This is fine for soups, stews, etc. We need to remember that typically dehydrated food does not last as long as freeze dried. It usually has a shelf life of 5-8 years. They usually have an OPEN shelf life of 6 months to 1 year. Please read the information provided from the companies you purchase from. I made the mistake of purchasing a can of freeze dried turkey and ham….and then realized if opened….it had to be used within two weeks. Yep, I am saving those two cans to make omelets for the neighborhood when a disaster strikes….or just for fun with the neighborhood someday! Please learn from me…read the cans or pouches. I buy both freeze dried and dehydrated. They are both good choices.
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Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:22 AM on February 25, 2014
I am going to give you my opinion on freeze dried food. Freeze dried or (FD) you will see this when you order your food storage is a process to dehydrate the food. The freeze dried method is first flash frozen then a low level heat is applied to the product inside a vacuum chamber. The finished product is a premium or superior end product. In most cases you can usually eat the food directly out of the can. They rehydrate quickly and taste as close to their freshly picked original flavor and texture as possible. The nutrition is higher than the regular dehydrated way of preserving.
You should really try the corn, green beans and peas right out of the can. Okay the strawberries, pineapple and apples are delicious as well. Great snacks! When I teach classes I have served every freeze dried fruit or vegetable available on the market. I have made chicken salad, tacos, lasagna, chicken enchiladas, etc. with freeze dried meats. You cannot tell the difference from fresh. I really love freeze dried cheese. I have cheddar, colby, mozzarella, and monterey jack freeze dried cheese. They typically have a shelf life of 20 years unopened and TWO years opened!!! I never throw out moldy cheese anymore. Every food storage company has a different shelf life. The temperature of the area we store our food if it’s higher than 60-70 degrees will definitely shorten the shelf life as well.
Yes, you might think freeze dried is more expensive. I like buying freeze dried for two reasons. I can cook everyday with it and I save money because I am not going to the store when I run out of something. I like the idea I can eat the fruit and vegetables as a quick snack directly out of the can. I like the fact that it cooks quicker than dehydrated. We will be showing you ways to use the freeze dried with YouTube soon as well as sharing the recipes we use everyday using FD meat, veggies and fruits.
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Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper at 10:18 AM on February 25, 2014
This area really concerns me the most above and beyond water, food storage, and emergency products. In other countries we hear about some very dreaded diseases like Cholera, Malaria, Typhoid, E-Coli, etc. If we are faced with a situation where no electricity is available, guess what…our city sewage pumping stations could stop functioning, then sewage backs up. Sewage can get into the streets, our water, our lakes, etc. I am not a scientist or micro-biologist….but bacteria is bacteria. We could have some really bad bacteria to deal with. Here is the deal, please get your neighbors and friends to purchase, make a “potty chair” or purchase a ”Reliance Luggaloo” available on Amazon.com. Beprepared.com has some as well. I purchased this one from Shelf Reliance.You can purchase 500 clear 10 gallon bags at Sam’s Club or Costco for about $10.00. This is a lot cheaper than the “green” bags….sorry..but waste is waste. Please get a potty chair and bags….lots of bags. And a shovel to bury our waste material. I hope wenever have to use them but if we do we will be prepared……..
Other suggested items to collect and store:
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When Disaster Strikes: 4 Things People Don't Consider
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper at 4:05 PM on February 21, 2014
Even if you have a pre-determined escape plan and general destination, you must have a shelter to go to. This could be a tent or even a tree house in a remote wooded area if a local shelter is not an option. If you are dealing with extreme weather conditions, your survival depends on having a place to protect you from the elements. Your life can be in danger after only a few hours of exposure to extreme heat or extreme cold. Even having a blanket or sleeping bag in your emergency supply kit can help provide temporary cover.
First aid kit
Podcast for Mother Earth Products
Posted in TVP, Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, TVP, Textured Vegetable Protein, Prepper at 8:56 AM on February 10, 2014
On Friday, 7 Feb 2014, Mother Earth Products had the opportunity to be a guest on a podcast that is featured on blogtalkradio.com and prepperbroadcasting.com. We had a nice, productive chat with James Walton, host of I Am Liberty. We talked about poetry (William Cullen Bryant), the importance of being prepared, the origin and philosophy of Mother Earth Products, our Buy 2 and Share 1 program, our value system and core purpose, reaching out to those in need, the necessity of being able to use our foods not only for long term food storage but also for every day life, and all sorts of things.
Here is the link - Podcast.
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Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 4:26 PM on January 27, 2014
Vinegar may well be the most versatile and crucial pantry item to own in emergency preparedness and is a prepper's pantry favorite. Made mostly of water, vinegar is an acetic acid produced from fermentation. This rich substance has a variety of domestic and medicinal purposes, and there are several kinds of vinegar, each with benefits for preppers.
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Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Winter, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Homesteading at 12:01 PM on January 25, 2014
The number one question I am asked by new readers is “where do I start?”. This is followed by a meek comment indicating “I have a job and a family and can not afford to move to a farm in the outback.”
Well first of all, let me say that no apologies are needed. None. Moving to a farm or even to the remote boonies is not for everyone, myself included. On the other hand, with some time, perseverance and a bit of hard work, we all can take steps to be self sufficient. And isn’t that what prepping is all about: being self sufficient so we can take care of our own needs no matter what?
In an idealized world, we would be 100% self-sufficient. Alas, that is unrealistic for most of us and is something that is simply is not going to happen for most of us, desire notwithstanding. I am just being honest and pragmatic here because honestly, that is the truth.
That does not mean that we can not have the ability to get by nicely on our own and satisfy 80% or more of our needs without outside help. I am just saying that to set a goal of 100% self sufficiency is defeatist and a goal that is so difficult that giving up is likely.
Going back to that idealized world, if everything were perfect, we would have enough food, water, power, fuel, and money to live a well-rounded, healthy and comfortable life. Hard work would be the norm but at the end of the day we would have the satisfaction of being able to take care of ourselves without selling out to greedsters or taking a handout from the government.
Alas, everywhere you look there are roadblocks to achieving this state. Not the least of these roadblocks is our dependency on transportation systems and the power infrastructure to deliver goods and energy products to our homes. We depend on the government and insurance companies to rescue us if there is a natural disaster and we depend on organized medicine to keep us healthy.
The issue with these dependencies, of course, is that they may be unreliable, out of control or so fragile that a strong wind(or hurricane or earthquake) will shut them down, perhaps with dire consequences. If you are smart enough to recognize this, you will strive for self sufficiency of one type or another.
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Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Winter, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 12:29 PM on January 16, 2014
Prescribe yourself some coffee in the name of emergency preparedness! Certainly coffee is a survival food and an ideal prep for your food storage plan. If history repeats itself, then coffee is, indeed, a survival tool as it was used by pioneers in North America, as well as the military!
Certainly coffee is a stimulant, but it's also a diuretic, which means you'll urinate more than without it. According to Web MD, drinking coffee means you'll be "less likely to Have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and dementia."
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Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 12:22 PM on January 16, 2014
Water purification tablets are an ideal one-step back up form of water treatment. They are especially good for Get Home Bags and Bug Out Bags because they are light weight and inexpensive. Water purification tablets are also great to store in your vehicle or your bug out location to disinfect water on demand. Even though you are limited to the supply you have on hand they offer an easy way to make questionable water safe while a larger purification system is being set-up.
I use water purification tablets in my backpack during recreational trips into the backcountry as a back-up form of water treatment. If the water supply I am drawing from is extremely shady I combine both a filter and the tablets to ensure my safety.
Aren’t They Toxic??
All water tablets are toxic to some extent. They all contain pre-measured tiny doses of substances that kill water pathogens but not the people drinking the water. As long as you are not eating them straight or crunching on them like mints they are safe when used as directed. If you would prefer not to use chemicals to sanitize your water there are several effective water purification methods that are chemical free like boiling and SODIS (water purification with sunlight).
Water purification tablets are usually recommended for bug out bags and get home bags over the liquid drops because tablets are lighter weight and easier to use in a high stress situation. Tablets are also the running choice for the military and FEMA.
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Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 11:16 AM on January 13, 2014
These days, most people define “homesteading” in terms of lifestyle. This is especially true among preppers who seek self-sufficiency by embracing old-style, pioneer era skills to define their independence from traditional supply chains and government interference. This does not necessarily mean we live off-grid in some far out location where there are no modern conveniences whatsoever. Quite the contrary.
21st century homesteading is a mindset that can take place in the city core, an apartment, a planned community or suburbia. And of course, the homesteading mindset prevails in rural communities, farmlands and other more traditional homestead-type locations.
Becoming a 21st century homesteader means downsizing, minimizing and living a healthier life. Today I share 46 skills that most modern homesteaders will want to learn as they strive to live a better, yet simpler, life.
46 Pioneer Skills for the Modern 21st Century Homesteader
12 Ways to Homestead in Place
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Prepper, Homesteading at 11:08 AM on January 13, 2014
I have collected books and eBooks on the topic and I am constantly talking to anyone who will listen about raising chickens for eggs and goats for milk. Sadly, most of this dreaming is just that, a dream.
Like many, my living arrangements do not allow for raising animals, a humungous garden, a workshop to build stuff or any of the other trappings normally associated with a traditional homestead. On the other hand, there are things I do have, most notably the will and the desire to homestead in place.
Homestead in Place? What is That?
By my own definition, to “homestead in place” means to take what you have – be it a downtown condo, an urban apartment, a suburban tract home or a cottage home in a seaside community – and pluck an assortment of traditional homesteading activities and apply them to your unique environment.
In order to fulfill our mutual desire to become homesteaders, I have compiled a dozen things you can do toHomestead in Place, regardless of where you live.
12 Ways to Homestead in Place
1. Create a porch garden using pots, buckets and that little patch of land that barely qualifies as a yard. While a true homesteader will start their garden from seed, if space is sparse, purchase veggie starts instead. You will still be gardening and you will still be growing food.
2. Forage for food in unlikely places. You may not be able to pluck apples from your own tree but you might be able to pick blackberries that grow wild along the roadside or take some tomatoes and zucchini from a co-worker or friend whose own garden went wild.
3. Build a food storage pantry. If you are a Prepper, this is a no-brainer and surely you have already started. Since space may be at a premium, seek out hidden hidey holes such as the top of a closet or under the bed. Find more ideas see 16 Food Storage Tips for the Space Challenged Prepper.
4. Cook your own food from scratch. Cooking and eating your own food will ensure that your meals will be fresh and nourishing. There will be no more junk food and no more fast food – just good, healthy food that is kind to your body as well as your pocketbook.
5. Do chores. Just because there are no eggs to gather or cows to milk does not mean you should avoid a daily routine that includes chores. The problem with smallish living spaces is that they clutter easily and get dirty fast. Come up with a daily chore list that includes such routine tasks as cleaning sinks, picking up clutter and sweeping the porch. There is a reason there are so many books on managing clutter and efficient housecleaning. Messy, dirty living spaces are stressful. And that is all that I will say about that.
6. Use herbal remedies and essential oils to relieve common ailments. When you live 20 miles from the nearest store, you think twice before jumping in the car to head to the drugstore. At Backdoor Survival I have only touched the very tip of usefulness of herbal remedies and essential oils. Start with the basics, lavender,melaleuca (tea tree), peppermint, lemon and rosemary and expand from there. Over the counter remedies will soon become a thing of the past.
7. Make your own cleaning products. The same applies to cleaning products with the added advantage of removing toxic chemicals from the home you live in. Start with simple all-purpose cleaners and laundry soap and expand from there. To get started, see Prepper Checklist: DIY Cleaning Supplies.
8. Air dry your bedding outdoors. You may not have the space for a clothesline but surely you can find space for a drying rack or perhaps a porch or deck railing that can be used for drying your bedding. If you have the space, also dry your clothing outdoors. They will last longer and nothing beats the smell of fresh air to make you feel like a homesteader!
9. Make your own personal care products. For many, making their own personal products (lotions, potions, soaps, salves and balms) has become a hobby in and of itself. It does not take a lot of room and the money saved can be significant. My favorite, of course, is my Miracle Healing Salve which has replaced an entire drawer full of personal products.
10. Use cloth instead of paper. This runs the gamut from shopping bags to napkins to cleaning rags to diapers. Creating waste when you don’t have to is just plain stupid. Sorry, but I just had to say that.
11. Use it up and make it last. Actually, the saying is Use It Up, Wear It Out and Make It Do but making things last is important too. Out on the homestead, everything is re-purposed over and over again until finally, it ends up in the rag bag or the spare part bin. This is a timeless strategy born out of the Great Depression and embraced by homesteaders regardless of their acres and their circumstance.
12. Save for a rainy day. Stuff happens. The kids need new shoes, a machine breaks, or urgent medical care (beyond the scope of home remedies) is required. I don’t recommend storing cash in a cookie jar but please, keep funds available for a rainy day. As difficult as it may be to shave some savings from your monthly budget, having a rainy day fund will save the day when an unexpected expense occurs.
The Final Word
At some point, we each need to face the reality of our situation and accept it. As difficult as that is, to stay stuck in wannabee mode is going to make you miserable. Been there done that. In my case, I have Shelly (known as the Survival Husband around here) to remind me of the many blessings in my life and not to dwell on those things (and they are just things) that will likely never happen.
I share this with you today as a reminder that none of us are immune to wanting a farm, with acreage, animals, a well, and the ability to be 100% self sufficient. If it is simply not going to happen at this point in time, so be it. Homestead in place, instead.
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Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Camping Food, Backpacking Food, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:20 AM on December 27, 2013
I often see all types of questions on the use of oxygen absorbers and Mylar bags, so I thought it was time to write a
FOOD SECURITY: MIXES THAT MAKE LIFE EASIER
Posted in TVP, Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Camping Food, Backpacking Food, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, TVP, Textured Vegetable Protein, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:14 AM on December 27, 2013
This article is full of convenience foods you can make yourself and keep on hand to make your life easier.
When I look at the things that are available in the stores to make cooking simpler and quicker, I see boxes and boxes of mixes filled with fat and sodium and devoid of vitamins and nutrients. When I look at the ingredient list, I see all kinds of words I can't pronounce. Then I look at the price — yikes!
So I've slowly been replacing the purchased mixes we use in our kitchen with homemade versions, and I've discovered that not only are the homemade versions tastier, they're cheaper. And because I'm in control of what exactly goes into them, I can at least control which unpronounceable ingredients I include.
Some of the ingredients called for in homemade mixes tend to make people cringe (powdered milk and bouillon granules, for instance). As an advocate of healthy eating, I sympathize, however the plain fact is that if you are struggling to put food on the table, whether due to financial strains or time constraints, these mixes will make it possible to feed everybody pretty well with minimal cost or effort at meal time. When making mixes at home, your final product will still be better for you and your family than something you could buy pre-made.
Sure, it takes time to assemble the mixes, and at first you will have to invest in some items that you haven't been keeping on hand, but in the end the total cost per individual mix will be so low that it won't be worth it to go back to the purchased mixes.
Tip: Don't try to replace everything at once. Just make note when you are running low on a mix that you normally keep, and plan to stock up on ingredients for making it yourself on your next shopping trip. This way you will only have to buy a few things at a time, and you'll only have to arrange for appropriate containment a bit at a time.
There are so many different recipes for various pantry mixes that you'll need to try a few to find which ones you like best. The following are ones I like, but you can certainly tweak them to suit your needs.
Baking mix: I use a recipe from Hillbilly Housewife, which can be adapted for several different kinds of flour.
For all-purpose flour:
9 cups flour
For self-rising flour (which already has salt and baking powder in it):
10 cups flour
Either recipe will yield the same results; just use the one that best suits your ingredients.
Mix all dry ingredients first in a large bowl. Measure the shortening by packing it down and leveling the top with your finger or a kitchen knife. Add shortening to the flour mixture, then cut or knead the shortening into the flour. Mix until the texture is like lumpy cornmeal.
Store in a tightly-sealed canister or jar. Makes 11-12 cups of baking mix that you can use anywhere Bisquick is called for.
When making a baking mix, I prefer to use vegetable shortening because it doesn't have to be refrigerated.
One of my favorite ways to use this mix is to make tortillas. Simply combine one part water with four parts baking mix, knead until smooth, then tear off golf-ball sized pieces and roll them out thin on a floured surface. Toast the tortillas in a dry skillet for a few minutes until they are speckled brown. These store well in the freezer, but put pieces of waxed paper between them or they will stick together when they thaw.
Universal muffin mix: You'll find a variety of delicious muffins made with this mix at GroupRecipes. Here's the basic mix recipe.
18 cups flour
Combine all ingredients and store in a jar or canister in a cool, dry place.
To make 24 regular-sized muffins preheat oven to 400° F. Coat muffin tins with cooking spray. In a large bowl beat 3-4 eggs, 3 tsp. vanilla, 2 cups water, and up to 1 cup of oil or butter. Stir in 5½ cups muffin mix and any additional ingredients (2 cups of fresh fruit, shredded vegetables, nuts, or flavored chips) just until moistened. The batter should be lumpy. Fill muffin tins and bake 18-20 minutes.
This is the only sweet-bread muffin mix I use now. Husband Rudi and daughter Ella particularly like the banana muffins made from this mix and I love lemon-poppy seed.
Muffins made from this mix also freeze well. Put them on a cookie sheet and let them freeze until the outside is frosty first. That way when you put them in a storage bag they won't stick together.
Pizza dough: Okay, this isn't really a make-ahead mix, but you can make a double batch and stash the second lump of dough in the freezer.
1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
Dissolve yeast in water. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Dump onto a floured surface. Knead into a smooth dough (about five minutes), then roll out and press onto a greased pizza pan. Add your toppings then bake at 450° F for 12-15 minutes until the crust looks crispy and lightly browned.
For toppings, start a bag of leftover bits of this and that. Just label the bag and stash it with the dough in the freezer. When you find cheese on sale, shred enough for a pizza and put it in the bag, too!
Cream of anything soup mix: Here's another one from Hillbilly Housewife.
4 cups powdered milk
Measure all ingredients, mix together, and pour into an airtight container.
To use this, combine 1/3 cup of the mix with 1 cup of water. Heat at medium-low heat in a small saucepan until it starts to thicken. This will make the same amount as one can of soup.
Our family loves this so much more than the stuff from the store. Using the low-sodium bouillon makes it even healthier than the canned stuff. If you prefer, you can leave out the bouillon and replace it with your own homemade broth when you make the soup. It's also great for using in things like chicken casserole or green bean casserole.
Onion soup mix:
This one is also from Hillbilly Housewife.
¾ cup instant minced onion
Combine and store in an airtight container. Five tablespoons of the mix equals one package of store-bought onion soup mix.
This is another mix in which you can leave out the bouillon and instead add broth while you're cooking. I use this mix a lot in the crock pot, and it makes a great onion dip when stirred into some sour cream or plain yogurt.
Breading mix: I live in the south. Breading things is how we roll. This mix also makes a great addition to meatloaf or salmon patties. I have been known to cheat on the seasonings and just use an equivalent amount of Old Bay seasoning because I love that stuff.
2 cups bread crumbs
Mix all ingredients and store in a sealed container.
To cook one chicken, cut up the bird and shake the pieces with about 2/3 of a cup of the breading mix in a plastic bag. Arrange on a baking sheet and cook in 400º F oven for 50 minutes or until the juices from the chicken run clear when pierced with a knife.
You can switch up the seasonings to suit your own tastes. I like the paprika and red pepper for the color and spiciness.
Taco seasoning: Taste of Home (tasteofhome.com) has a great taco seasoning recipe that is tasty on ground beef or chicken. It also works great to season beans for burritos. You can even mix it into plain yogurt to make a tasty dip!
8 tsp. dried minced onion
Combine ingredients well in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container. Yields six tablespoons, so you might want to double or triple the recipe for storage.
I usually use this for making chili, too, with the addition of my double-secret chili awesome-ifying ingredients: a heaping tablespoon of cinnamon powder and just a little unsweetened cocoa.
Ranch dressing mix: The Anti-Housewife has a great recipe for this. This mix works equally well for salad dressing, veggie dip, and as a delicious dressing for wrap sandwiches.
½ cup dried parsley
Pulse the parsley, garlic, and onion in a food processor. Add the other ingredients and continue processing in pulses. Store in a jar or canister.
To turn it into dressing, mix 1 tablespoon of mix with 1½ cups mayonnaise and ¾ cup cultured buttermilk. Whisk all ingredients together.
Hot cocoa mix: I always have this on hand during December, and I'm on standby to make it whenever our family watches The Polar Express.
4 cups instant nonfat dry milk
Whisk all ingredients together, then store in a canister or jar. Kids will like it with the full two cups of sugar. Grown-ups might like the addition of ¼ cup of instant coffee.
To turn it from mere mix into a steaming beverage to warm body and soul, place 1/3 cup of the mix in a mug, add boiling water, stir, and serve. Sometimes I dress this up by putting in a few chocolate chips or using a peppermint stick to stir it.
Russian tea mix: Ok, this is completely unhealthy and has all kinds of junk in it, but I love it. It reminds me of childhood and makes me feel like an astronaut. It also makes a great warm punch for big gatherings.
½ cup instant tea powder
Mix all ingredients. Store in a jar or canister.
To prepare, just spoon two or three rounded teaspoons into a mug and add boiling water.
And there you have it. These are my basics. You'll know what your own basics are by looking in your pantry. There are so many mixes you can make at home that you will have plenty to keep you busy on these long winter nights.
To read more by Rowena, click HERE.
WHAT NOT TO BUY IN BULK
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:08 AM on December 27, 2013
... She lists a good many things that are good to buy in bulk like toilet paper, meat (because you can freeze it), pet food, etc. The article is specific about trying to save money at a warehouse store like Sam’s or Costco. It’ s also a personal list for her, but I wanted to respond to her list for things NOT to buy in bulk from a preparedness point of view:
On a price note – buying in bulk at warehouse stores can be really convenient, but if you’re doing it from a savings standpoint, know your prices! Often, prices at warehouse stores are actually higher than at a grocery store on sale. Also, packaging may be an issue if it comes in large quantities that you cannot consume once opened quickly enough. There’s a plan for that, though – just repackage and preserve when you get home, into smaller quantities that are more manageable. Even with things like toilet paper – if storing it in the store packaging doesn’t work well for you because those packages are rarely the same size between brands and make it hard to stack well, repackage into gallon buckets. They’ll be more protected from vermin and the environment, and will stack more securely! Definitely take advantage of buying in bulk when it helps you!!
(To read more by this awesome blogger, read HERE.)
10 LAWS OF FOOD STORAGE
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:01 AM on December 27, 2013
When I was beginning my food storage I thought it was all about . I purchased a lot of food in number 10 cans, in case I might need it for Y2K or something like that. I’ve learned though, that there are all kinds of food storage. Here are PreparednessMama’s 10 Laws of Food Storage:
HOLIDAY CRAFTS TO OCCUPY THE KIDS
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Winter, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 8:29 PM on December 22, 2013
I love it when family gathers for the holidays. Don’t you? I have a cousin and a niece who are about the same age (3ish year old). When they play together, I melt from all of the adorable-ness. Usually they get along great and it is easy to entertain them. Other times they squabble like an old married couple, and we have to find a way to distract them.
The other day I was scrambling for a way to keep those munchkins entertained. They wanted to color, but there were no coloring books to be found. However, paper plates were in great supply. I set two plates, along with crayons, in front of each of them, and they went to work.
Part-way through their craft-time, I was inspired to create easy, frugal, DIY instruments.
After their masterpieces were created, I search the pantry and found some dry beans. I grabbed a stapler and made a musical concoction.
To do so:
Are they tambourines? or are they maracas? Not sure, but they are wonderfully loud noise makers that will keep a couple of toddlers entertained for hours. There are pictures of the little ones playing with this instrument, plus instructions for DIY drums from cans over at my blog.
Disclaimer: parents & caretakers of toddlers in possession of these tambourines/maracas should invest in a pair of earplugs.
HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Winter, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 8:26 PM on December 22, 2013
Like just about everyone else, I have family members who have been let go from their jobs. Companies are cutting back. The work is just not there. Some have lost their jobs. Other folks have had their hours cut. My first impulse is to do more for family members who are not doing well financially. I have resisted this impulse on consideration of the awkwardness my family members would feel because of his inability to reciprocate.
So this year I have decided to give mostly homemade gifts for extended family members. I do a lot of canning. So folks are getting pints of salsa, chutney, bread & butter pickles, corn relish and whatever else I have lots of.
Best of all, I have looked at the skill set of my extended family and have suggested gifts that they can make for me. For instance, my little brother was let go last month from his job as a fine carpenter, a job he had had for more than 10 years. I suggested he make me a cutting board. I really need a cutting board. I have been using a plastic cutting board and had no idea why my knives wouldn’t keep an edge.
My older brother hunts deer. He built a smokehouse and makes all kinds of stuff. I am going to ask him for some deer jerky. (He likes really hot salsa so I made a special batch of salsa for him. I had to wear gloves, a face mask and eye protection when chopping up the Scotch Bonnet Peppers.) He puts the stuff on his eggs.
So here’s the topic I want to introduce: what ideas do you have for homemade gifts?
Here are some more ideas:
These are just some ideas I thought up off the top of my head. What other gift ideas can you come up with? What homemade gifts have you given in the past? Do you plan on giving homemade gifts this year? What homemade gifts would you most like to receive?
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WINTER EMERGENCY KIT
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Prepper, Homesteading at 8:16 PM on December 22, 2013
After the first winter storm we dealt with this year, Winter Storm Atlas, I felt like we weren't prepared like I wanted us to be. We did alright but not as well as I'd hoped and I definitely saw some areas for improvement.
The main area was just to simply build a much better winter emergency survival kit. We had some supplies before but with moving to our new place in an even more rural location I was very concerned with out safety and what would happen if we were without power for a week or more.
Using what we've learned from the years past and what we learned from our most recent storm I put together a brand new winter emergency survival kit for our family and I'm very happy with what's in it. Here's a list of what is in our new kit.
Mr Buddy Heater
My #1 concern was heating with our winter emergency survival kit. We ended up getting quite cold during the last storm and did not have backup heat. Our farmhouse has a pellet stove but even those take electricity to run. (For the pilot). We could run a generator or we could look for another option and that's what we did. We ended up purchasing one of these Mr Buddy Portable Heaters. For less than $100 you can heat up to 200 square feet with propane. Of course that won't heat our whole house but that would make it very easy to heat a blocked off section. These are safe to use indoors and have oxygen sensors and tip over auto shut offs. Don't forget the propane hose if you end up getting one and wanted to hook it to a bigger tank (like a grill size tank) like we will do. You can connect these to those small propane tanks too. We've used this in our outdoor shop and inside once when we didn't have any heat and it really is amazing. It heats up very quickly and is efficient.
Lighting can be a pretty big deal as well. In the winter it gets dark so fast and on blizzarding days it's often very dark all day long. I already had one of these d.Light Lanterns and I picked up another light from the same company, this Task Lantern for the tabletop. I still want to add at least one more of these to our collection. They do not need full sun power to charge (any light seems to do) and they last up to 8 hours. I have a stockpile of unscented candles as well and we could always make Olive Oil Candles as well, these these provide pretty good light. Enough to play card games in the dark with!
I love the solar lanterns I talked about above for lighting that we can take anywhere but I also purchased a good oil lamp to have for a backup light source as well. I picked up this Blue Lantern because it was inexpensive and it's well built. It's also not huge so it's easy to store. I picked up some extra lantern wick to have in our winter emergency survival kit as well. Now for oil, I wasn't really looking forward to picking up regular petroleum based oil. I don't really feel like it's safe to burn indoors (and I think it's kind of smelly!). I was very happy to find this non-petroleum, vegetable based Lantern Oil on Amazon. I'll continue to stock up on more wick and oil as our budget allows.
Some other things in our winter emergency survival kit that I already had but are important to include here are:
That covers the basics: heat, food, light.
One other thing that I failed to think about last time was something special for our little guy. He didn't really seem to notice that the power was out until dark and seemed a little scared when we only had flashlights. So I decided to put aside a few things for our little guy to have for these times. I bought these little finger puppets (I was thinking we could still put on some fun puppet shows with flashlights!). I also bought him his own little Solar Powered Flashlight, small enough for his hands. Nothing big, but a few small things I know I will be glad for when the time comes!
The above is simply the additions for winter that we have added to our regularEmergency Preparedness Kit. Of course I would still recommend having all the regular basics (flashlights, weather radio, first aid kit, ect).
Another important thing to do is to put all of this together (the best you can) and know where it is! It's not going to do you any good if you need a heat source in the middle of the night and you can't remember where you put your Mr Buddy. For that reason I also highly recommend putting a Mini Emergency Kit in each room of your house.
What is in your winter emergency survival kit that I forgot to mention here? Do you have any of these things already?
(from one of our favorite blogs HERE)
Homemade Body Butter
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Prepper, Homesteading at 11:11 AM on December 10, 2013
I just looooove body butter! I love how luxurious it feels on my skin!
You can just imagine my delight when I found this article on how to make your own body butter. What’s great about it is that it uses fresh, organic ingredients!
There are so many uses of body butter. It’s thicker than lotion so it’s a must-have during the colder seasons. Cold temperatures can make your skin so dry and dull, so it’s suggested that you lather on some of the product to keep it moist and supple. You can even hydrate your nails with this. All you have to do is to take a small amount and then massage the base of your nails.
Here are some ways to make the most out of your body butters:
For super dry feet – get a thick amount of body butter and slather it all over your footsies (make sure they’re clean first!) Cover it with saran wrap and then wear a pair of warm socks over them. Leave it on overnight. You will wake up with super soft feet! You can also do this method on your hands!
Make your own eye primer – mix equal amounts of concealer, unscented body butter and liquid/cream foundation. Put it in a small empty pot so that you can have it for future use.
If you are making your own product at home, always remember that your mixture should be cooled and partially set. This is essential so that you can whip it easily. It’s the same principle as making your own whipping cream. You’d usually use chilled cream for that.
Try to make these in small batches and if you finally have the confidence to make more, you can keep them in fancy jars to give to your friends as presents for the holidays. Isn’t that wonderful? You can even use a combination of pure essential oils so that the product will leave such an amazing scent on your skin.
For more, read HERE.
How to make your own TOOTHPASTE!
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:58 AM on December 10, 2013
Due to the concern over artificial ingredients of many kinds, including fluoride additives, many people have now started to make their own toothpastes at home. You can use peppermint or cinnamon to help keep your breath fresh. I found a great recipe for a natural toothpaste that you and your family can make use of. The link to the full recipe is after our commentary.
This formula uses coconut oil and baking soda. Pure coconut oil is said to have antibacterial properties while baking soda serves as an abrasive. The stevia powder provides a sweet taste to mask the nastiness of the baking soda.
Dental hygiene is critical. If you want to have a complete set of teeth when you reach the age of 80, you must have a great dental routine. Brushing your teeth is one of the ways for you to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.
A long time ago, some people used salt to brush their pearly whites. They’d use pieces of straw to reach through the tight spaces in between the teeth.
Nowadays, toothpaste is used as an abrasive to help remove dental plaque and food from the teeth. Most toothpastes contain fluoride. It’s a substance that is widely regarded to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. However, some people say that fluoride toothpaste isn’t safe to use owing to toxicity. This issue is one of the most heated and endless debates that has raged for years. It’s interesting (and somewhat alarming, to me) how viewpoints can be so absolutely opposed to each other. Owing to the concerns, I am now highly suspicious of fluoridation – however I recognize that this is a complex issue with many factors to consider.
It is recommended to brush your teeth at least two to three times a day, preferably after eating. There’s a right way for you to brush your teeth. Use an up and down motion so that the bristles of the toothbrush will reach in between the teeth. You can also use circular motions to make sure that everything is squeaky clean. Don’t forget to brush your tongue as well. If you ate onions or any garlicky dish, the residue can sometimes stay on the tongue, that’s why it’s considered best to brush it too.
Don’t forget to floss your teeth. This will reach the places that your toothbrush can’t – and some dental hygienists consider it at least as important as brushing.
(To read more, click HERE.)
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:21 AM on December 10, 2013
Survival skills aren’t just useful when you get into trouble – knowing the basics can give you greater confidence and freedom to go out and explore the natural world so you can really immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. If you’re looking for a clear guide to basic survival that doesn’t involve a lot of reading, this well-presented account will give you enough information to be useful without giving you too much to remember, after all it’s pretty unlikely you’ll have your survival books to hand when you really need them!
Learning survival skills is becoming ever more popular in recent years, there are many courses available and hundreds of new books appearing on the shelves. In a way this isn’t surprising – after all, our bodies are still dependent on nature and our physical instincts continue to operate behind the veneer of modern life. Survival techniques like these would have been woven into everyday life for our ancient ancestors so it makes sense that the more time we spend indoors and the more mechanised the world gets, the louder our instincts speak to us to re-connect with our roots and to nature.
As this article suggests, basic knowledge can make a big difference – this is a key part of our education so we owe it to ourselves to find out what we should really have learned in school. Being able to spend time in nature gives us access to so much beauty and develops respect for the environment – it deepens our sense of belonging in the world.
To continue reading, read HERE.
BEATING THE 5 ENEMIES OF LONG TERM FOOD STORAGE
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:27 AM on December 9, 2013
Long-term food storage is a challenge. Generally speaking, foods do not keep well for an extended period of time, except in the case of a few rare foods like honey. That’s why so many different methods of food preservation have been developed over the years. Many of these methods, while ancient, are still in use in pretty much the same form that they were originally created.
Prepping as a Single Parent
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper at 9:40 AM on November 22, 2013
Preppers come from all walks of life. There is no common demographic, ethnicity, country or religion that is owned by people who call themselves Preppers. Preppers range from the working class poor to ultra-wealthy and everyone in between. People who are on their own in college to multi-generational families call themselves preppers so there is a high probability that what you are looking at within your own prepping sphere of influence is not going to be what all others are dealing with. Each person, family or group that is concerned about the future, or the possibility that they may have to live through some form of emergency in their lives brings their own knowledge, skills, fears, bias and resources to the survival game and that is one of the things that makes us preppers stronger when we can learn from each other.
I view prepping from my own lens or understanding of my world and how it relates to me. Most of my articles relate to prepping for those who have a family and that can easily crossover into a group. It’s simple to extrapolate the concerns and challenges of protecting your own family to those of a larger group you are part of. In a lot of cases, the group you go through stressful times with becomes like a family to you so the connection is real and it makes sense. I have a wife that I lean on and she factors into all of my preparations for any type of grid-down event or emergency. She is a partner I can rely on if for nothing else support. She is a sounding board and vital part of my team. We depend on each other and will strengthen one another during any crisis we may be faced with.
But what if you are alone on this journey of prepping as a single parent?
Single parent families have different considerations than your traditional family or even couple. As a single parent, you will have to make decisions for your family without the benefit of perspective that a spouse would bring. Some might argue that would make things simpler… You don’t have the issues that would accompany trying to convince someone about preppingwhen you are the only one who cares about prepping in the first place. The streamlining of the process aside, you still have the same things to worry about but you don’t have someone to help you. Where do you start? Is this something you should even consider as a single parent?
I’ll write my opinions here as if I am talking to a woman with children. That does not mean I think women are in any way less capable, but I do believe that women who are single mothers and who are just awakening to the concerns that a lot of other preppers have been thinking about, can use a little advice so as to not make some of the same mistakes I have. I will also assume for this article, that this woman has children and little to no experience with some of the key concepts, has no basics stored up and no real means to protect herself and her family.
First things first – Priorities
In a survival situation, you need to have basic items for you and your children to live on. Having these items taken care of well in advance of any emergency situation is your goal. Start with what you need to live and work your way up to nice to have items later. Each of the articles on our site can be printed out and saved for later so use them to start your preparations with your family. Another good place to start would be our Prepping 101 series.
Water – Must have – The average person can go only three days without water and that is assuming you aren’t in a high temperature or high exertion scenario. I have written about how to store water in the following posts that you can read for more details. If the electricity is out the pumps that bring water to your house may stop working. Don’t rely on anyone for water in an emergency. Make sure you have your own supply and a way to get and filter more if you need to.
Food – Must have – The average person can go three weeks without food but food and water are the two things people run out of first. These are also the first items to disappear from the grocery store shelves in any disruption. Make sure you always have at a minimum 30 days of food stored up for your family. Below are additional articles that can help you.
Security – You have food and water but that isn’t the end. In any emergency, bad people will do bad things if they are motivated by extremes or they are simply evil. Make sure you have a way of protecting your family now.
Shelter – Normally, this would be first in the rule of threes as you can only live for three minutes without shelter. That usually means extreme temperatures and doesn’t apply to most of us. If you are homeless, that’s different but if you are homeless I doubt you are reading this right now. For the rest of us, we have a place to go and there aren’t too many people dying of exposure so this is lower on the list than water, food and shelter. Does that mean you don’t need shelter? No, and shelter isn’t simply a roof over your head although in some respects you could look at it like that. Shelter is a place that can keep you safe from people, predators and the elements. Your apartment might be fine right now, but what if the building you are living is is destroyed by fire or a flood?
Shelter could mean leaving where you live and going somewhere else. Make sure you have a plan for evacuating or bugging out if necessary in an emergency.
To read more interesting articles, read HERE.
LONG TERM STORAGE MEALS IN A JAR
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper, Homesteading at 9:46 AM on November 19, 2013
It’s natural to experience feelings of fear and/or anxiety when reading news stories like this, right? But why, why would I waste one second of my life worrying about something I have no control over? You know what eases my fear: knowledge, preparedness, and a community of people that I trust.
About six months ago we began storing food. Buckets and buckets of organic beans, rice, quinoa, millet, oatmeal, popcorn, etc. now fill the once empty spaces of our closets. Given the access to water, we would be able to feed our immediate family and my parents (maybe even help out the neighbors) for about half a year. However, my thoughts lately are turning toward the possibility of using this food in the event prices of commodities were to increase, even more than they already have.
I’ve also been trying to organize what we do have and make it more practical for use. Today I began working on “meals in jars.” By combining beans, grains, dehydrated veggies/fruit from the garden, and seasonings I am attempting to ensure that we will have a supply of tasty and nutritious meals in the case of an emergency. Not to mention, it’s been a fun activity for the kids and I. It’s like canning beans and grains, but instead of using the pressure cooker all we do is place an oxygen absorber in the jar (smile).
There are thousands of different recipes you could follow when creating your meals in jars. Just remember to combine items that take approximately the same amount of time to cook. For example, do not intermix pasta with navy beans. The pasta will cook much quicker than the beans.
For an abundance of recipes to use as a foundation for your meals in jars look on this forum. Below I have also provided you with a few of the recipes we put together today.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (1 pint jar)
Vegetable Millet (1 pint jar)
Quinoa and Lentil Soup (1 quart jar)
Lemon Dill Rice (1 pint jar)
For each recipe, layer ingredients in order as listed. Use the size jar as indicated. Place an oxygen absorber on top and then close lid. Store jars in a safe place. Keep off shelves.
I recommend purchasing mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, and heat sealers from the fine folks over at www.motherearthproducts.com (change by MEP).
Please comment and let us all know how you are finding creative, practical methods for long-term food storage.
Article and photos copied from HERE.
Pepperoni TVP on Pizza
Posted in TVP, Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Camping, Supplies, Survival, Camping Food, Backpacking Food, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper at 10:10 AM on November 18, 2013
Who doesn't love pizza? All those who love pizza raise their hands! For those who love pizza, yet don't wish to include Animal Protein on it, or are vegan/ vegetarian or have gastric/ digestion issues, this is the recipe for you.
1 tablespoon garlic powder
We are also having a sale for all your Holiday Dinners, and Pepperoni TVP is on that list!
15% off all quarts & mylars for TVP (Pepperoni, Sloppy Joe, Taco Mix, Unflavored, & Ham), Dehydrated/ Dried (Green Beans, Leeks,Peas, Celery, Mushrooms, Broccoli, & Cabbage), & Freeze Dried (Apricots, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Potatoes, & Papaya) Products! Get it while you can!
Meal in a Jar: Chili
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper at 8:49 AM on November 15, 2013
We modified this recipe for you, but we love this recipe, and will try it for ourselves. YUM!
Chili Jar Meal
1/2 cup Mother Earth Tomato Powder
1 cup Freezed Dried Cooked Ground Beef
1/2 cup Mother Earth Mixed Bell Peppers
1/2 cup Mother Earth Tomato Dices
1/4 cup Mother Earth Celery
1 Tablespoon Beef Bullion
1 Tablespoon Chili Seasoning Mix
In a one Quart Mason Jar add:
1 cup red beans and the 1/2 cup tomato powder.
shake the tomato powder down into the red beans.
In a med sized bowl, add all other ingredients mix well. Add to quart jar put in your oxygen absorber and label and date.
Put 8 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil add the Chili Jar meal and simmer for 25-30.
(taken from rainy day food storage blog)
Meals in a Jar
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper at 10:38 AM on November 12, 2013
Mother Earth Products sells a whole lot of freeze dried and dehydrated food products - veggies, fruits, tvp, and beans - and while it's great to stock up for emergencies, the end of the world as we know it, and any unforeseen circumstances. But did you know that you can actually eat the dried, dehydrated, and freeze dried foods as a part of your daily life. I found some interesting things online in a blog on how you can premake your meals, so you don't have to spend a whole bunch of time cooking, especially when you have had a busy day. Here are some fun things to try, and the great thing is that they use dried and dehydrated foods.
Let us know if you like this, and we will post more!
Turkey & Stuffing
1 cup of FD Turkey or Chicken
6 Tablespoons chicken Gravy Mix
1 1/2 cup Stove Top Stuffing (In the canister that is seasoned)
1/4 cup Dehydrated Carrots
1/4 cup Dehydrated Celery
1/4 cup Dehydrated Onion
1/4 cup Craisins (Ocean Spray)
Layer ingredients in a 1 quart Mason jar and add Oxygen Absorber
or vacuum seal.
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil add jar meal stir together and let sit for about 10
min...add more water if needed.
Resume cooking on simmer for about 20 -25 mins.
Homemade Chicken Gravy Mix
1 1/3 cups Thrive instant nonfat dry milk powder
3/4 cup instant flour (I use Wondra)
3 Tablespoons Chicken Bouillon powder (I use Watkins)
2 Tablespoons Dehydrated Butter Powder
1 teaspoon Poultry seasoning
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients together and mix well
Divide into 4 ziploc baggies and label as Chicken Gravy mix and add directions to
Makes 4 gravy mixes
1 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of Gravy mix
whisking together over Medium heat until thick.
To see more fun Meals in a Jar, read HERE.
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper at 10:12 AM on October 31, 2013
Prepping Tips for Apartment Renters
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Beans, Beans...The Magical Fruit(Legume)
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Camping, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 2:58 PM on October 18, 2013
Beans are one of the oldest cultivated and one of the newest health foods. The unique combination of fibers, carbohydrates and vital nutrients make beans a premier source of nutrition. The silly playground songs are right on target. Here are some things about healthy nutrition and beans you may not know.
Beans are high soluble fiber that helps reduce cholesterol. The value of soluble fiber in reducing cholesterol is well known, thanks to the Quaker Oats Company. To reduce cholesterol for a healthy heart, beans are just as effective as oat bran.
Beans are high in potassium and contain good quantities of magnesium along with other vital nutrients. Potassium and magnesium form electrolytes vital in regulating blood pressure. This means beans can help lower high blood pressure reducing the chance of stroke.
Beans are high in protein and carbohydrates, low in fats and calories. This combination with the soluble fiber make beans a great diet food.
The soluble fiber slows the passage of insoluble fiber from the stomach to the intestines allowing the satiated feeling to last longer. If you don't feel hungry you tend to eat less. While in the stomach and small intestines, the complex, low glycemic index carbohydrates in the beans provide a more sustained source of energy. Beans should be a part of any weight loss plan.
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Intro to Rock Climbing Equipment
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Camping, Supplies, Survival, Camping Food, Backpacking Food, General, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables at 10:36 AM on October 16, 2013
Equipment. Gear. Stuff. Whatever it is, you need it if you are going to climb. Even if you aren't going to be on belay, you still need equipment. If you are a beginner, or a mostly indoor climber, you can probably get by with renting from whatever gym you frequent.
If you visit the gym often, it is probably more economical to buy your own equipment. Rented gym equipment usually isn't tailored to your exact size, and is well-worn by a number of people (just imagine all that foot sweat that goes in there... did the last guy that wore these shoes wear socks?)
Whether you are going on a three day climbing trip, or a two hour bouldering session, you will need climbing shoes. Climbing shoes aren't just special tennis shoes. Climbing shoes are fitted very tightly around the foot, with a sticky rubber sole that provides the friction you need for climbing. The laces usually extend all the way to the toes, and to the very top of the shoe, making them very adjustable.
Another option for experienced climbers is the slipper. A slipper does not have laces, and is generally more comfortable than a lace-up. However, a slipper requires much more foot strength than a lace-up does, so it is usually used only by experienced climbers.
The next most important essential is a chalk bag and chalk. You wouldn't think your hands get sweaty enough to make you fall off a climb, but wait until you get on the wall, twelve feet from your last badly placed piece of protection. Your hands get very sweaty while climbing, even bouldering, so chalk is a good idea.
To finish this article, read HERE.
Freeze Dried Cherries
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 3:44 PM on October 15, 2013
There are many benefits to cherries. They are often overlooked as superfoods. Here's why they are so awesome and good for your healthy eating regime:
To read the full article, read HERE.
Here is also a delicious recipe to put your freeze dried cherries into!
Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge ( by Sabrina Cunningham via Pinterest)
Place in freezer once frozen melt chocolate and oil double boiler coat
The Skinny on Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Posted in TVP, Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, TVP, Textured Vegetable Protein, Prepper at 11:15 AM on October 3, 2013
Excellent lightweight meat supplement for backpacking, prepping, and living a more meatless lifestyle.
TVP, also know as TSP (textured soy protein), is an excellent meat substitute. TVP isn’t tofu, but it’s made from soy. All TVP is meatless, and its flavors are from the spices and additives with which it is manufactured. This ingredient appears in many recipes (Boca Burgers), especially backpacking and hiking recipes, because of its many positive attributes:
So what is this TVP?
TVP is available as a powder, or in small chunks/ flakes. It’s made from soy flour, containing 50% soy protein. To rehydrate TVP, simply simmer the TVP in warm water for 5 minutes (depending on your portion). If you have small flakes/ granule sized TVP, you’ll want to rehydrate it with 1.5 times its weight in warm water. If it’s in chunks/ flakes, rehydrate it with 2.5 times its weight. Depending on how much water you add, you can change the texture of the finished product. If you add a small amount of lemon juice, vinegar, or ketchup, that will speed up the rehydration process. Even adding a bouillon cube can even add an extra zip of flavor. Refrigerate the leftover rehydrated TVP. For backpacking: this is much easier than the process of carrying meat, and risking it going bad.
An average serving of TVP has 5 grams of vegetable fat (which is healthier than animal fat). The soy beans provide protein, fiber, vitamins, and calcium! It’s low in fat, cholesterol, and has few calories. Many TVP products don’t have MSG (monosodium glutamate). Because of its nutritional value, it’s a great option to stock in your pantry, prep storage, and take backpacking, when you need as much nutrition as possible (for whatever happens) with as little weight and space as possible.
TVP is also more economical than regular meat. The average serving of TVP is less than a cheap cut of meat. Plus, most hamburgers are not pure beef, but have extra fat added to it.
TVP can have a shelf life of 5-7 years if canned/ stored with oxygen absorbers, and kept properly in a dry, room temperature location. After opening, it can be used for 6 months, and after rehydration, it should be used at once or stored for no more than 3 days in the refrigerator.
How do you use TVP?
While at home or out backpacking, TVP can be used as a meat replacement, supplement, or extender. The extrusion technology, in making TVP, changes the structure of the soy protein, which results in a texture similar to meat. It can replace ground beef, ground lamb, and other meats (bacon bits, beef chunks in soups, pepperoni and sausage on pizzas). TVP can be used to make vegetarian or vegan version of traditional meat dishes (which is what I use them for). You can also add it to gravies, eggs, pizzas, soups, etc.
Unflavored TVP has a mild flavor, and readily absorbs the flavors of the foods with which it is mixed. You can buy TVP in a variety of flavors, which Mother Earth Products has a large selection of.
Some think of using ‘soy meat’ or ‘vegetable protein’ as unappealing; however, you have already had TVP before, and just didn’t know it. Most ‘bacon’ bits you find in salads and on potatoes are TVP. Veggie burgers are also made from TVP. It’s used in many fast food restaurants as a meat extender. If the label says something like ‘textured soy flour,’ it contains TVP/ TSP.
Because it is lightweight and easy to cook, many backpackers, hikers, and preppers use TVP as a meat substitute to make meatless versions of their favorite traditional meat dishes: chili, spaghetti, Bolognese, sloppy joes, tacos, burgers, burritos, and with eggs and more! TVP is a great option for food storage, prepping, backpacking, and regular cooking. It’s available online at Mother Earth Products for a great price!
Article paraphrased from original article here.
Complementing Food Storage with Dehydrated Foods
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper at 10:59 AM on September 26, 2013
The overall goal of our emergency food pantries is to have a wide array of nutritious foods stored away in order to carry us through an emergency whether it is from Mother Nature or if we have hit a rough patch in our lives. That said, the cost of emergency preparedness foods can be a little overwhelming when one first starts out.
For centuries, dehydrating food has been used as a means of survival. Many consider this to be the most affordable preservation method, and the best way to preserve the flavors of foods. Dehydrating vegetables and fruits for long-term storage is a great way to get needed nutrition into diets with minimal investment. The dehydration process removes moisture from the food so that bacteria, yeast and mold cannot grow. The added benefit is the dehydration process minimally effects the nutritional content of food. In fact, when using an in-home dehydration unit, 3%-5% of the nutritional content is lost compared to the canning method which losses 60%-80% of the nutritional content. Additionally, vitamins A and C, carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, magnesium, selenium and sodium are not altered or lost in the drying process. Therefore, the end result is nutrient packed food that can be stored long term.
Of course, the greatest aspect of this food storage method is anyone can do it. You set it and forget it! Dehydrating food can be a way to circumvent the costliness of large quantities of already-preserved food, while complimenting your existing preparedness pantry at the same time. Not to mention, due to the drying process, dehydrated foods condense in their size thus creating a more efficient use of storage space.
Mother Earth Products has a wide array of dehydrated vegetables and legumes, as well as many other items for your long term food storage, or even every day use.
To finish the article, read HERE.
Water and Hydration: Hidden Water Sources...
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper at 10:41 AM on September 26, 2013
Preppers live by this fact: a person can live a month without food, but only a few days without water. And while pollution or disruption of the water supply is entirely possible, most preppers fail to stock enough water. They'll need water not only for drinking, but for cooking and cleaning as well.
To finish this article, read HERE!
Build Your Long Term Food Supply with Freeze Dried Fruits & Freeze Dried Vegetables
Posted in Long Term Food Storage at 1:05 PM on June 12, 2013
We know how important it is to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Part of ensuring that your family and loved ones are ready for anything is having the supplies that are vital. That is water, food and shelter. It is recommended that every household have at minimum a 30 day supply. Freeze dried fruits and freeze dried vegetables are a staple in food storage. The maintain their taste and nutrients, and can be stored for years.
Mother Earth Products Carries Long Term Food Storage, Food Storage, Emergency Food Storage
Posted in Long Term Food Storage at 1:05 PM on June 8, 2013
As wildfire season is upon us and we are seeing more and more of the country in distress, we see why it is so very important to be prepared. One of the most important items you need is food. It is important to have proper long term food storage. Food storage is what will keep your food nutritious for year to come. Mother Earth Products is here to help guide you in emergency food storage; we have the knowledge to share and the items you need to get started today!
Learn About Long Term Food Storage, Food Storage & Emergency food storage
Posted in Long Term Food Storage at 1:05 PM on June 2, 2013
Mother Earth Products is more than just a food retailer, we also are a knowledge base for our consumers and a community for sharing. While we do offer many nutritious and delicious products we also know the importance of long term food storage. Food storage is simply having items that will last you and your loved ones, that doesn’t need to be refrigerated to keep. Emergency food storage is having a 30 day or more supply, in order to be prepared for any unknowns. We are happy to carry many of the items needed to prepare your own food or foods that have a long term shelf life, and to answer the questions you have.
Long Term Food Storage, Food Storage & Emergency Food storage From Mother Earth Products
Posted in Long Term Food Storage at 1:05 PM on May 23, 2013
Long term food storage, food storage, and emergency food storage are just a piece of our passion at Mother Earth Products. We know there are lots of reasons why we need to have long term foods and we know that those reasons are important. That is why we share the products needed to store your own food and already prepared items, but more importantly why we share our wealth of knowledge with you. Take the time to learn more and get started today!
The Importance of Long Term Food Storage, Food Storage & Emergency Food Ftorage
Posted in Long Term Food Storage at 1:05 PM on May 16, 2013
Long term Food Storage, food Storage, & emergency food storage are all vital parts of ensuring your family’s security. We never know when a natural or other disaster is going to hit. Having seen the storms in Oklahoma and across the nation, we see how important it is to be ready. One of the most crucial items is food, by stocking up on non-perishable items that are still nutritious and taste good you and your loved ones will be ready for whatever comes your way.
Long Term Food Storage, Food Storage & Emergency Food Storage From Mother Earth Prodcuts
Posted in Long Term Food Storage at 1:05 PM on May 9, 2013
Long term Food Storage, Food Storage & Emergency food storage items are on the minds of many Americans these days. As we watch natural disasters and other catastrophes happen across our nations and the globe, it puts into perspective how important it is to be ready for anything. It is recommended every household is prepared to live at least 30 days without access to outside supplies, that includes food. Mother Earth Products carries the items needed to store bulk food items and many food items themselves.
Long Term Food Storage, Food Storage, Emergency food storage
Posted in Long Term Food Storage at 1:00 PM on May 1, 2013
Long term Food Storage, Food Storage and Emergency food storage items can be tricky and that is why at Mother Earth Products we have set about to make them simple for you. We have everything you will need for long term food storage. By sharing our knowledge with you and providing everything you will need, you will be able to prepare your own. This will save you money and keep your family’s meals healthy. We have:
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