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How Your New Year Resolution Can Cover All Your Emergency Needs The Easy Way!
Posted in Long Term Food Storage at 1:09 PM on January 8, 2015

The new year is here, and it's time to make this year the best of our entire lives. We all have goals, hopes and dreams that we sum up and put forth as resolutions, and one of them has got to be being prepared.

There is an old saying "People don't plan to fail, they just fail to plan." Sayings get to be old for a reason, but in this case it is true. 

You need to have a preparedness plan that is well thought out and properly encompasses all of your needs. 

Once you have your plan you can either get everything you need in one fell swoop, or you can acquire it all over the course of this new year.

Either way, protecting yourself and your family against the challenges that are brewing all over the world has to be a top priority this year.

Here's An Easy Way To Make Your Plan

1. Determine your needs. Sit and think for a moment. What would you need if a real disaster struck and you had no way to get to stores for 1 month?

Make a list of all the things you'd REALLY need. Many people put the wrong things on their lists. They think that having a freezer loaded with meats and frozen foods is the best way.

But, think about that for a second. If the power went out or if you had to leave due to evacuation, then all those meats and frozen foods would go bad very quickly.

Instead, long term dry storage foods and water purification devices will be a wiser choice that will really help get you through that rough spot. 

2. Once you have your list, either decide to get it all at once or break it down into 12 monthly purchases.

3. If you chose 12 monthly purchases, then organize each month’s acquisitions onto a document or spreadsheet. Then on a specific day each month, make your purchases and start building your reserves. 

This is a simple plan, and that's why it works so well. 

2 things cannot be overstated when making your plan.

1. When you go shopping at Mother Earth Products, make sure you get what you know you'll eat for each month and enough to add to your stockpile. Many people become addicted to our dried fruits and berries and end up snacking on their reserves. 

Getting enough ahead of time will solve that problem.

2. The importance of making your plan and following through is paramount. Once a big emergency hits, attempting to place your order then may not work out to well. 

Making a plan and doing it now is by far the best way.

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unusual USES for a dehydrater
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Nutrition, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Prepper at 10:42 AM on October 1, 2014

 A dehydrator is a practical tool that allows you to make the most of a variety of foods. But there are uses for dehydrators that go far beyond the culinary.

With this list, you can find ways to use your dehydrator for far more than food—although for some of these projects, you may want to clean your dehydrator before you go back to preparing food.

Here are ten more reasons to get a food dehydrator:

1. Fire starters: If you have a fireplace or you go camping on a regular basis, you know the benefit of having a few fire starters on hand—they can make getting a new fire burning far easier than trying to catch a larger log on fire. You can purchase fire starters at the store or collect some dried wood to use as fire starters.

But you can actually make some particularly good fire starters by drying large pieces of orange peel in your dehydrator. Once the peel is very dry with no remaining water, you can light it easily and you'll have a particularly good smell to your fire. The oils in the peel can burn for long enough to get a good fire going. When peeling any citrus fruit, cut the skins into strips (thicker is better) and dehydrate them until they're crispy.

Sweet Potato2. Pet treats: Cleo Parker uses her dehydrator to make dog treats for her dog. Her dog has food allergies, making it tough to find treats that won't make him sick—but dehydrated sweet potatoes make for a tasty tidbit. Cleo says, "I just used my mandolin (manual slicer) to make slices and placed them on the dehydrator, just as if I were making dried apple slices."

Depending on your pet's taste, you can make a variety of different treats they can eat, beyond sweet potatoes. You can purchase meat odds and ends from some butchers—pieces that humans aren't too keen on, but that will, to a pet, be a great treat after a trip through the dehydrator.

3. Potpourri: It's amazing what a small bag of dried herbs and flowers can do for the scent of your dressers and closets. Traditionally, potpourri was made by tying bundles of herbs together and allowing them to dry over a period of weeks. With a dehydrator, that time can be a matter of days. It's just a matter of gathering the leaves and flowers of your favorite plants and drying them in your dehydrator—there are recipes to get the most scent out of different plant combinations, along with fixative elements and essential oils. The hard part is choosing which scent you want to make.

4. Cassette tape salvage: Sasha Kadey and his dad recently visited friends in South Africa, taking a dehydrator along with them. The dehydrator wasn't for food—instead, it was to restore old cassette tapes. The oxide coating on old tapes separates from the tape and, to restore them, you have to 'bake' the coating back on to the tape. To do so, your dehydrator needs to reach between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Set the tapes on drying racks and let them bake for eight hours. Once they've cooled, you'll be able to play your tapes again, at least for a few months.

Herbal Tea5. Herbal teas: To make herbal teas, you steep herbs in water, which isn't too hard. Getting the right herbs and ensuring that they'll make a strong cup of tea, though, can be a little harder. Dehydrating herbs makes for a better flavor, because it concentrates the herbs. It also allows you to save herbs for tea long after they're in season. To make the best tea, pick young and undamaged leaves or flowers from your favorite herbs and dry them completely. For some herbs, such as raspberry leaves, you may have to cure them before dehydrating them. Store your herbs in glass jars in a dark place until you're ready to use.

6. Dough rising: If you bake your own bread, or make pizza dough, a dehydrator can make a big difference in how long it takes for your dough to rise. Depending on the dehydrator model, you can set a bowl of dough inside, along with a shallow pan of water. At a temperature of about 115 degrees Fahrenheit, dough takes between half an hour and an hour to rise.

7. Paper making: For her craft projects, Jess Hartley relies on her dehydrator. She uses it to make her own paper and offers these instructions: "Make paper pulp in a blender from recycled junk mail, dried flowers, etc... drain, then spread thin on screens to form sheets." In order to dry the paper evenly, she uses her dehydrator. It allows her to dry the paper pulp gradually, at a low temperature.

Apple Head Doll8. Crafting supplies: Many craft projects call for everything from dried fruits to dried flowers. For instance, apple head dolls are a popular craft project. Each doll requires a dried apple, which is decorated to look like a wizened face. It's then attached to a body.

Dried seeds, flowers, pine cones, seed pods and other natural craft materials can be very useful and, with a dehydrator, you don't need to wait weeks for your materials to dry.

9. Humidifier: A dehydrator can do double duty as a humidifier if your home seems a little dry. If you set a few containers of water inside your dehydrator and turn it on—for most models, high works best, the water will evaporate. The air in your home will become more moist, without you needing to go and buy a separate humidifier.

10. Camping meals: John Farless combines his dehydrator and his leftovers to make backpacking meals. He says, "I have a solid insert that goes on my dehydrator racks so I can dehydrate soups and leftovers from dinners. I put the dehydrated meals in the freezer and keep them up to six months for backpacking." John doesn't use any recipes to make meals for camping, but just checks on his dehydrator regularly. He has found that it's easier to dehydrate meals without meat in them.


50 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for an Emergency
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Prepper at 11:34 AM on September 22, 2014

 When disaster is “about” to strike, you may have a couple of days, hours or minutes to prepare. When the disaster is like that of Hurricane Sandy, people had a few days to “prepare” for it. Although we teach to be prepared far before a few days ahead of time, we had some great suggestions from our readers on ourFacebook page of things you could do “relatively” last minute.

GO to the article for your 50 last minute ways HERE!


How to Prepare for & Survive a Disaster
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, General, Food Storage, Prepper, Homesteading at 11:28 AM on September 22, 2014

 The earthquake and tsunami in Japan, followed by tsunami warnings in Hawaii and across much of the West coast, has us all thinking a little bit more about whether or not we're prepared for an unexpected disaster. Here's the Lifehacker guidebook for making sure you're prepared.

Below you'll find resources for building a 72-hour survival kit, surviving longer if necessary, setting up a better emergency contact number, organizing your essential information in case of an emergency, and more. If you've got more helpful suggestions, let's hear them in the comments.

How to Prepare for and Survive a Disaster

For more, read this article HERE.

Bug Out Bags for Women
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Food Storage, Prepper at 2:03 PM on September 15, 2014

 The Survivalist is often envisioned being a man. But many of those how are Survivalist or Preppers are women, blogs like The Survival Mom and Survival Goddess are just two examples of this. Both men and women has the same basic need when it comes to Survival so the other articles about Bug Out Bags are just as relevant to women as for men. The purpose of this article is mainly to show discuss the small difference that exists between women and men and show some of the products that are especially designed for women.It’s up to you
First of all: A Bug Out Bag is a tool. It provides you with some equipment that can make it easier to deal with emergencies and disasters. But You matter more than Your Bug Out Bag and Your Equipment. A Bug Out Bag is not very useful if you lack the skills and experience to use the items that you carry in it or the strength and physical fitness required to carry it.


Health and Physical Fitness
Women in general have less muscle mass and a higher percentage of fat on their bodies compared to men. Some experts make the general assessment that men should not carry more than one third of their body weight and women no more than one forth of their body weight. Women in general have a harder time to build as much muscles as men, this does not however mean that women cannot improve their strength to a high degree; you can improve the load that you can carry and the distance you can carry it drastically with the right training and diet. I suggest that you try to find forms of training that both increase your strength and stamina. There are also large individual differences; there are women that can carry heavier packs for longer distances than most men could. Women in general needs less calories per day than a man; but this is also affected by other factors like age, metabolism, muscle mass and weight.

Skills and Experience
When it comes to skills and experiences only your own interests and desire to learn new skills is the only limit. Women can learn the same skills and get the same experiences as any man could. This is as I view it the most critical aspect of your efforts. Your Pack and Equipment can get lost or may not be with you when you need them. Your skills and experience is always with you. Here knowing your strengths and weaknesses is also critical; if you can’t walk ten miles without a pack you won’t be able to walk 20 with a heavy pack.

Equipment designed for Women
Basically all survival equipment works just as well for as for men. There are some pieces of equipment that are designed for women. One example is the Fällkniven WM-1 is a Compact Fixed Blade Survival Knife. The WM-1 is designed to be used by women and people with small hands. Some other companies have simply taken products that they already make and changed the color of the handles to pink in order to market them to women. Just like changing the color of cover of computer or iPhone it does not change the performance of the product, even if a knife with a pink handle is much easier to find in the terrain if you would drop it compared to a knife with a black “tactical” handle. Some examples of knives that are available with pink handles or blades are the Benchmade Mini GriptilianSOG Flash 1 PinkKershaw Scallion Pink,Spyderco Native Pink and the ESEE Izula.

Merino wool is one of the best materials that you have when it comes to survival and crisis situations. It does not cool your body like cotton when it gets wet, it dries quickly, it’s resistant to odors and it does not melt and burn like base layers made from synthetic materials. The only disadvantage as I see it is that products made from merino wool are relatively expensive. Some companies like Icebreaker and Smartwool actually has more products available for women than men, and they also have products that has a design that makes them a good alternative to carry on an everyday basis and not just for Bug Out Bags. In short: You do not have to sacrifice comfort for looks, something that is not as easy if one is a man and wants to buy products from these companies. You can find all types of products made from merino wool like tops, socks, base layers, underwear, dresses and caps.

Your clothing must be adjusted to you particular climate, terrain, setting and season. A set of clothing that works well for an Urban Desert setting does not work very well in an Arctic Wilderness setting. Shell Clothing provides a good shield against wind, rain and snow and also “breathes”. If you have a shell jacket and shell pants you can often make do without rain clothing. There are however extreme situations when rain clothing may be better than shell clothing. Shell clothing lacks insulation so you must get base layers and mid layers as insulation. This concept makes it possible to vary your clothing according to season, weather and temperature by simply changing how many layer you use. A poncho can be good but it can be good to get a pair of light weight rain trousers as a complement.

Your footwear is a critical aspect if you have to make an evacuation on foot or if you have to walk long distances. Get the best hiking boots that you can afford and high quality merino wool socks in combination with a pair of thicker wool socks. Breaking in the boots is also critical; otherwise you risk getting blisters after walking only a short distance.

For more, go HERE and keep reading! 

5 Ways to Not be a Prepper
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, Food Storage, Prepper, Homesteading at 2:00 PM on September 15, 2014

What do you all think about this article?

1.  Don’t believe every wild conspiracy you read on the internet or receive via forwarded emails. Sure the YouTube video of a trainload of tanks could be headed in your direction, just waiting orders for Civil War 2. Or, perhaps they’re being shipped to a storage area since they are no longer needed in Afghanistan. You’ll drive yourself and your family crazy if you let your emotions and imagination run wild. Now is the time for deliberate, rational thought and planning and that’s hard to do with one eye on the sky watching for drones and the other watching hours of Alex Jones and Glenn Beck. Everything in moderation, please!

2.  Firearms and ammo are part of a well thought out survival and preparedness plan but shouldn’t take the top spot unless you live in a war zone like, say, Chicago. True preparedness is all about balance. Having 500 cans of freeze-dried meals but no extra stored water, for example, is a recipe for disaster since the food requires water for preparation and not everyone has a 100% reliable water source. If you’ve been using your limited funds on buying yet another AK-47 instead of paying off bills, you just might be a little crazy. And don’t tell me, “When hyperinflation hits, I’m going to pay off all my debts for pennies on the dollar.” Watch this video to see why that may not be a very smart plan.

3.  Don’t model your, “preps” after those of some person or family on “Doomsday Preppers.” First of all, the shows are heavily edited and skewed toward portraying preppers as nutters. Second, their circumstances, locations, and  priorities are not your circumstances, location, and priorities! Being prepared is all about doing the best that you can, where you are, and with what you have!

4.  Don’t stash a few #10 cans of Mountain House, buy a Glock and a few boxes of ammo, a bottle of bleach, and call it good. Preparedness is more a way of life and a perspective than a purchase or an event. Even long time survivalists are constantly tweaking and looking for ways to improve…something!!

5.  Don’t think that purchasing power equals preparedness. In a worst case scenario, many of the wealthiest will be the least equipped to survive. Survival isn’t about amassing stuff. Yes, you will have to make some purchases, but get beyond the mindset that having the most stuff is the name of the game. See how many new, practical skills you can learn and teach your kids and grandkids. Establish friendships, either online or in person, with people who think like you do.

 The original article is found HERE.

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, General, Food Storage, Homesteading at 11:20 AM on September 10, 2014


Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

It's that time of year, when hopefully, you have buckets of jalepenos growing in your own garden or have access to a Farmers Market. Usually you can pick up a small bag of these hot peppers for relatively cheap, or free....if you grow your own.

We grow and use jalepeno peppers for two purposes:

1. We dice them small and dry them to use all winter long in soups and salsa.


2. We make our famous jalepeno jelly.

This recipe couldn't be easier and even someone who hasn't made jelly before should give it a try.


Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup jalepeno peppers
  • 1 cup sweet red peppers
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 box of SureJell
  • 6 cups sugar

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Place these peppers and onions in a blender or food processor to chop up into small pieces. Be sure to wear gloves when handling the hot peppers. I always remove the seeds on the hot peppers, but you can leave them, if you really like heat. Once chopped finely, add in 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar.

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Place in a large saucepan and add in the box of SureJell.

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Bring to a boil. It won't take long to bring this up to boiling. Use a whisk and stir continuously. Once boiling, quickly add in 6 cups of sugar. Bring the mixture, with the sugar, up to a boil. once again, and let boil for 1 more minute. If you want to eliminate the foaming, you can add in 1 Tablespoon of butter.

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Shut off the heat and place jelly in clean jars. I use half pint jars. This recipe will make 7 half pints.

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Once you have the jelly ladled in the jars, wipe the rims clean, and place the lids and bands on them. Tighten.

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Place in water bath canner for 15 minutes to seal jars.

Jalapeno Pepper Jelly Recipe

Our favorite way to have our finished jelly is to take 8 ounces of cream cheese and soften it. Spoon the jelly over the top of the cream cheese and serve with crackers or tortilla chips. This is great to take as an appetizer when getting together with friends or it makes a beautiful gift or part of a gift basket for the holidays!

This is a family favorite jelly and one of our most requested recipes!! YUM!


Original article found HERE.

Survivalism from the Viewpoint of a Survivalist
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Nutrition, Hunting, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:36 AM on August 26, 2014

 For the last several years, our family, my husband Dan, our son Jesse and I, have been living what some may call the “survivalist” lifestyle.  Actually, we live  the off-grid (so far off the grid that there is no land line and no cell phone service available), self-sufficient life.  We’re not here to get away from the world for a few days while chaos happens and calms down. We don’t think that’s what will happen, anyway.  We’re here because we have chosen to separate ourselves from the rate race, the system, and not be swept away in the tide of what we see as society running amok.  This is not a temporary lifestyle to us. It’s a wonderfully peaceful, sometimes difficult and always rewarding life. Regardless of what does or doesn’t happen, “out there”, this is how we choose to live.

We were basically city folk, but over the past 20-plus years, we formulated, clarified and then realized our vision to make the transformation to our current life.   We understand the fear and panic many are now feeling in contemplating  making a lifestyle change within a short time because they are observing events around them that require such a drastic move.  That is why we wrote our book, Surviving Survivalism – How to Avoid Survivalism Culture Shock.

Once we moved to our current location, we chose to lease parts of our land to form a small community of, “like-minded,” people (I would rather call it, “like-spirited.”) to help each other make it through what we know is coming down the pike soon.  In that search for the right people (who we eventually did find) we met many types of self-proclaimed, “survivalists,” most of whom were in reality, “survival tourists.” Our son coined this phrase to describe those who only wanted to investigate survivalism just deeply enough to find reasons they couldn’t/shouldn’t do it. (“Phew, I almost had to wash my dishes by hand!”).

We met people who spent lots of money on land, a shelter and storage foods, only to forget to prepare the most important thing, their minds!  It’s going to take so much more than a gross of toilet paper to save your rear.  You’re going to have to put on your, “big girl pants,” and deal with things like going out in the cold to get firewood, learning to make pancakes using only flour you’ve ground, an egg and water, and wearing the same clothes for years without falling apart, neither the clothes nor you!

The things you might think are important now will seem silly once you’re more concerned with chores that simply keep you alive through a cold winter. We met people who didn’t think they could live without their 62” plasma screen TV.  We’ve been watching the same 1200 piece library of DVDs on our laptop for our evening’s entertainment for several years.  We know the scripts backwards and forwards, but it takes our minds off the day’s work when we need it.

Before we were able to have our well drilled, we were depending on a local water delivery service, 2500 gallons at a time, not a 5 gallon visit from the “Culligan Man”, who one day decided that he didn’t want to make the rough trip to our ranch any longer.  We had to make our last 500 gallons last throughout a brutally cold winter, washing dishes with 2 gallons a day, washing our hair about once very 2 weeks.  But you discover that you make it through.

For anyone considering our lifestyle, here are The Top 8 Deadly Myths about Survivalism:

  1. It’s just like camping.  It’s nothing like camping.  When you go camping, if you can’t take a shower for a couple of days. No problem, you’ll take one when you get home.  This will be your home, and you’ll have to figure out how to keep your body (and clothing) clean all year long,  in the cold, snow or wind. On a camping trip, you can live without anything for a couple of days, even weeks, and you can always jump back in the car and go to the nearest grocery store to pick up what you need.  What if there were no grocery store available?  How will you feel when your daily habits are interrupted, not just for a few days trip, but for the foreseeable future?
  2. You can buy enough food and supplies for forever.  No, someday what you have will run out.  You’ll have to learn to grow and/or gather new food supplies and to learn to use what you have, even if that means pancakes without baking powder.  Someday you will have to wipe your butt with a washable rag instead of disposable toilet paper.  Someday there will be no gas to get to the store and the store won’t have anything on the shelves anyway.
  3. Your neighbors will gather around and help each other.  Think about your neighbors who haven’t got a clue, or can’t bear the thought, of their comfy suburban lives changing when the reality of where society is going hits them, “upside the head”.  What if your neighbors can’t get their daily supply of cigarettes, beer, Prozac, soda pop, etc., etc., etc.?  Are they going to be the kind of people you can depend on?  For how long?
  4. If I buy enough gadgets (mini washing machine, generator, solar tracker)I’ll be OK.  If you truly believe that society is in for a big shake up, you’ll realize that this is not a time to spend money unnecessarily, but to put every penny you can into what is practical.  Gadgets are going to break down and then you will have to learn to live without them anyway.  Why not learn now?
  5. I can get to my survival location when TSHTF.  This is the most flawed and perhaps the most popular plan, thinking that when all hell breaks loose, you will know far enough in advance to travel the hundreds of miles to your survival location.  When the door slams shut, the highways will be blocked, the urban and suburban streets will be blocked and patrolled and no one will be going anywhere!  Even if your survival location is only a few miles away, you probably won’t be able to get there.  If you truly understand the need for being “survival-minded”, why not begin living the self-sufficient lifestyle NOW?  Learn what it really means to live off-the-grid NOW, not when there is chaos all around you.  You may find that it’s a much better lifestyle than the one you are living now.
  6. I can convince my significant other that this is the right move.  No, you can’t, and you shouldn’t. All you can do is give them information and allow them to do with it what they do.  People either get this or they don’t.  It’s not for everyone.  This goes for all family members.  I’m not saying go or don’t go without them.  That’s an individual, circumstantial decision and action.  If all members of your family are not on the same page, you’ll have to determine what to do.  Staying where you are may be your choice.  Just do it as an informeddecision.
  7. I don’t need to prepare a place.  I’ll just grab my Bug-Out-Bag and find a cave somewhere.  How many others do you think have that same plan?  Especially those who live near caves, already know where they are and already expect to be occupying them? And can your bug out bag hold what you really need for an extended period of time?
  8. My kids will be bored.  Your kids will be learning so many new ways of living, so many daily activities and chores, connecting with nature in so many new ways, they won’t have time to be bored.  Allow them the freedom to discover things like what bugs are in the grass around your home, what plants grow, what wildlife is still abundant on this beautiful land. If your attitude is one of wonder and not worry, so will theirs be. Help them look at this as an adventure, not a burden.

For the original article, read HERE.

Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, General, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Food Storage, Homesteading at 10:56 AM on August 21, 2014

 According to cold has crippled 50 power plants, triggering blackouts for thousands across the Dallas-Fort area. Power outages are nothing new and thousands of homes are without power every year in the U.S. most for only a few hours, but some for days or even weeks – would you be prepared if the power stayed off for several days or even months?

Such extended power outages are a real possibility after a serious hurricane, winter storm or even the result of a terrorist attack affecting the power grid or an EMP strike. The U.S. runs on electricity, without a functional power grid the U.S. would come to a standstill. Without electrical power, gas pumps no longer work, scanners at the supermarket will fail, radio and television stations go off the air and computers fail to connect to the web.

Could you provide for your family?

Everyone should plan for and prepare for the possibility of being without power for an extended period of time, but where do you start. What do you need to put away so the next blackout won’t become a nightmare. Let’s take a look…

Have Safe Water

Every emergency kit should begin with a safe supply of drinking water. Granted, if you are on a municipal water supply your watermay not be affected by a power outage, but you should still stock up. If backup power fails at water-treatment plants then that water may become unsafe for drinking or cooking and need to be boiled, or treated before use. Including water in your emergency kit is always a good idea no matter how secure you think your current method of supply.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends storing at least one gallon of water per day per person for emergency use. A normally active person needs at least one-half gallon of water daily just for drinking they state. You’ll also need to take into consideration age, physical condition, activity, diet, and climate to determine needed qualities. And don’t forget about your pets, they need water too.

I live off-the grid with most of my water provided from a nearby spring, but I still include stored water in my emergency kit. The easiest way to store drinking water is to simply buy bottled water from the supermarket shelf. But it is cheaper to store water from your own tap. I store most of my water in six-gallon water jugs bought in the sporting goods department at my local Wal-Mart for the purpose. But you can use cleaned 2 liter plastic bottles instead.

Some of the readers of The Survivalist Blog, have asked about using milk jugs for water storage, and I always recommend against it. While milk jugs can work short-term, they are prone to leakage and the plastic deteriorates quickly. Milk jugs are also more susceptible to bacterial growth because of milk proteins that are often left in the container even after cleaning. A much better solution is two liter plastic soda bottles.

If using two liter plastic soda bottles the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends sanitizing the bottles after cleaning with dishwashing soap and water, by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart of water. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitizing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water.

Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, there is no need to add liquid household chlorine bleach to tap water before storage as this water has already been treated by the water utility company. In this case all you need to do is fill the bottles to the top and tightly screw on the cap.

Emergency Food

Next you need food. This should include things your family already eats you just need to store extra for your emergency kit. Canned soups, meats, nuts, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, dried fruits and vegetables and crackers for example will last at least a year if stored in unopened air tight containers.

Self-rising flour, corn meal, sugar, salt, rolled oats and other died goods should be stored in air tight, food safe containers made of plastic or glass to keep out pests and moister. One mistake a lot of people make is not using what they’ve stored. They buy up a bunch of foods for emergencies; they put it on the shelf and end up throwing it out when it passes the listed expiration date.

This can be avoided by implementing a simple food rotation program.

Date each container with a permanent marker or date stamp and use on a first-in first-out basis (FIFO). As each item is used in your normal everyday meals, replace that item with a new product of the same value, date and repeat. If you follow this simple principle you will never have to discard food from your emergency kit and will always have a fresh supply on hand for emergencies. With canned foods this rotation can be automated by building or buying a building a rotating canned food shelf.

I suggest you keep at least a two-week emergency food supply on hand at all times, several months to a year would be even better, but isn’t practical for most people. This food storage calculator is a big help when determining needed amounts, but it isn’t exact and you will have to make the final decision based on your family’s eating habits.

Heating and Cooking

Most power outages in the U.S. happen during periods of extreme weather. For example, in 1993, I was without power for three weeks after an ice storm blanketed my area. Luckily, I had a fireplace for heating and cooking and a supply of wood to keep the fire burning. But, many folks aren’t so lucky and need to make other preparations for cooking and staying warm.

Kerosene heaters can be used for heating and even cooking with certain models, for example the Alpaca Kerosene Cooker. Kerosene can be stored in large quantities for long periods of time without any special treatment. It has been estimated that a gallon of kerosene will provide about the same heat output as a wheelbarrow load of wood!

Kerosene is easy to store and has a longer storage life than does gasoline. I store kerosene in blue cans marked for its use. Mistakenly pouring gasoline into a kerosene heater, could have dire consequences. Following a color coding system helps avoid this possibility.

The main disadvantage to using a kerosene heater is that they can be smelly if not used properly, they have to be refilled every few hours and the wick needs to be replaced every few months depending on how much the heater is used during that time.

The standard fuel container color coding system is blue for kerosene, red for gasoline, and yellow for diesel. I suggest you follow this system. You’ll need roughly two – three gallons of kerosene per day with continues use, so for two weeks you would need a minimum of 28 gallon.

Keep in mind that this is only an estimate and actual usage will depend on several factors. Including but not limited to the type of heater, quality of the fuel, condition of the wick (don’t for get to add an extra wick to your emergency kit) and environmental conditions where the heater is used.

Propane heaters like the Mr Heater Buddy can be used indoors and in my opinion they are safer and more efficient than the kerosene heaters mentioned. I’ve used one of these heaters for the past two winters to heat my travel trailer with no problems what so ever. They work great and I like not having to refill the tank every few hours or needing to replace the wick as is the case when using kerosene.

I drilled a two-inch hole through my floor beside the outside wall and connected a 100 lb propane tank to my Mr Heater Buddy heater via a hose adapter and filter then sealed the hole around the hose with expanding foam insulation. This also has the advantage of keeping the fuel source outside. One 100 lb tank will last me over a month even in the coldest weather, if I keep the heater burning at the lowest setting.

The downside to the Buddy heater are that they are difficult to cook on and you’ll need a stove just for that purpose if you don’t already have a gas cook stove in your home. I suggest a small propane Colman camp stove; these can be found in the sporting goods department at your local Wal-Mart or Kmart.

It is recommended that portable gas camp stoves not be used indoors as the fumes can be deadly. Using the stove in a ventilated area will help reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. In other words crack a window or door and have a working carbon monoxide detector if you must use the stove for cooking indoors. And make sure the stove is turned off after use.

Miscellaneous Suggestions

Most of these items can be stored in some sort of bug out bag, five-gallon plastic bucket with gamma seal lid or plastic totes until needed.

  • A good first aid kit
  • A sleeping bag for each family member
  • Several pairs of wool socks for each family member
  • Thermal underwear for each family member
  • A battery-operated or crank radio and extra batteries
  • A deck of cards, jigsaw puzzles, and board games etc.
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-powered lamps or lanterns
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Prescription drugs and other needed medicine
  • Rock-salt to melt ice on walkways
  • Chemical fire extinguisher
  • Battery powered smoke alarm
  • Battery powered carbon monoxide detector
  • Disposable plates, bowls and utensils (to avoid wasting water washing dishes)

If you have any other suggestions or questions feel free to ask in the comments below. Stay safe my friends.

Original article is HERE.


Posted in Long Term Food Storage, General, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Food Storage, Homesteading at 10:51 AM on August 21, 2014

 Most of you probably have a bug out bag - having a bug out bag is good insurance in the event you are forced to evacuate your home or retreat for some unforseen reason. It seems most of us are ready to bug out,  but few of us have considered the need to find our way back home if caught away during an emergency.

No doubt, many of you spend a lot of time away from home, with work, school and business sometimes taking you hundreds of miles away from home. Most of the time this isn’t an issue for me, but recently, I’ve had to make several trips with my girlfriend to take her father to the cancer specialist on the other side of the state.

What would we do if disaster struck while we was several hundred miles from home? What would we do in the event of a terrorist attack, riot, earthquake or similar disaster. Could we get back home? What would we do if forced to stay in the area for several days or even weeks?

With any luck I’ll be able to drive out, but you never know – the roads could be blocked or impassable because of damage, the area could be quarantined or it could be too dangerous to move for several days.

As with anything related to survival, there are no guarantees and I doubt her father could make it under anything but the best of conditions considering his health. I just hope nothing bad happens with him in tow.

To increase our odds of making it back or surviving in the city if needed, I’ve put together a “Get Home Kit” that I take on extended trips. Sure I could have just taken my bug out bag, but it really isn’t the best solution and the gear  for the most part, isn’t what I’d need in an urban setting.

The basic needs of water, shelter, food, and medical are the same in the wilderness or city, but the means of attainment are different in most cases. My bug out bag was put together for an extended trip to the woods, where I can make most of what I need from what mother nature has to offer.

If trapped in the city, I may have to scrounge or steal most of what we need to survive – especially if we are forced to stay and survive for an extended period. No, I’m not advocating theft or looting, but I’m not above it, if the other alternative is starvation or death.:-/

My get home kit is smaller than my bug out bag and weighs considerably less. Everything fits snugly inside a small dark gray and green backpack, that I bought at the local flea market for five dollars. I intentionally averted from camo or military type packs to avoid attracting attention.

Now that we know why we need a get home pack the question remains, what do we pack in our urban survival kit? Let’s take a look…


For more, read HERE.

Easy Salsa Recipe
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Gardening, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Food Storage, Prepper, Homesteading at 11:55 AM on August 18, 2014

 Looking for an easy healthy salsa recipe? Here is my favorite. It is so so easy to make but tastes incredible. The fresh flavors blend together so well.  You can use this salsa as a dip with chips but it is also fantastic on tacos or an other Mexican inspired  meal.  You are going to love this so much that you will never want to buy store bought salsa again. It really can’t compare.


Best of all, the recipe is very healthy. There is no added sugar and contains just a few simple ingredients. If you have a garden, this would be a great way to use your tomato crop but you can purchase the tomatoes at the grocery store too.

healthy salsa recipe ingredients



Easy Healthy Salsa Recipe
Prep time:  
Total time:  
Serves: 4
Easy healthy salsa recipe with fresh simple ingredients
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 3 tbs lime juice
  • ½ sweet onion, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • jalapeño pepper, seeded (use ½ for mild salsa and full pepper for spicy)
  1. Chop tomatoes into eights
  2. Chop cilantro, onion and jalapeño
  3. Combine tomatoes, cilantro, onion, jalapeño, salt and lime juice

Original article HERE.

37 Prep Items Purchased in 2013
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Nutrition, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Prepper, Homesteading at 12:14 PM on August 11, 2014

 During the past year, this list of 37 items that people were buying may provide an idea for your own preparedness supplies…

This list does not reflect what we believe ‘should’ be the top 37 preps, because it is influenced by the following things…

These items were purchased through Amazon ads (during 2013) which appeared on

Results have been partially influenced due to some of our specific articles having been written surrounding one or more of these items, and the subject matter we chose to post.

Regardless of that, it is still interesting to discover what others are purchasing, some of which may inspire an idea or two.


Top 37 Items

…in order of quantity purchased

1. MIDLAND WR300 Weather Radio

2. The Complete First Aid Kit

3. Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets

4. Emergency Fire Starter

5. iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets

6. Rayovac Sportsman LED Lantern

7. Solar 11-in-1 Battery Charger

8. Sangean CL-100 Table-Top Weather Radio

9. Smart Home Door Stop Alarm

10. RAB Outdoor Motion Lighting Super Stealth 360

11. Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets

12. Midland WR-120B NOAA Weather Radio

13. First Aid Israeli Bandage Battle Dressing Compression Bandage

14. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

15. Master Lock Dual-Function Security Bar

16. The Gamma Seal Lid

17. First Aid Fully Stocked First Responder Kit

18. FakeTV Burglar Deterrent

19. Quikclot Advanced Clotting Sponge

20. Dorcy 180 Lumen LED Flashlight

21. Midland HH54VP2 Portable Emergency Weather Radio

22. Ambient Weather WR-111B Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Radio

23. 5 Gallon Mylar Bags and 10-2000cc Oxygen Absorbers

24. Tenergy NiMH Rechargeable Batteries

25. Columbus Washboard

26. Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio

27. 5-Gallon Buckets, Food Grade, BPA-Free

28. WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage

29. Reliance Products Aqua-Tainer 7 Gallon Rigid Water Container

30. Chainmate 24-Inch Survival Pocket Chain Saw With Pouch

31. 2-Person Survival Blanket by SOL

32. Sony ICF-SW7600GR AM/FM Shortwave Receiver with SSB Reception

33. Maximal Power FC999 Battery Charger, AA,AAA,C,D,9V

34. Tenergy D Size 10,000mAh High Capacity NiMH Rechargeable Batteries

35. Victorio VKP1012 Hand Operated Grain Mill

36. Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain / Flour Mill by Wondermill

37. Kaito Voyager Solar Dynamo Weather Radio

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Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Food Storage, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:47 AM on June 24, 2014


Not Crazy at All!
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Nutrition, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Food Storage, Prepper, Homesteading at 10:20 AM on June 10, 2014

 Preppers prep to “live happily ever after” and yet prepping causes many people to think they’re insane “Doomsday Hoarders.”  You’re not crazy for prepping! Need a list for reassurance? Here are the top reasons preppers prep (and why they’re not crazy)...

Twenty Five Reasons Preppers Are Not Crazy

Reason #1. Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. 
"Hurricanes are the most destructive 
natural weather occurrences on Earth," according to  Preppers 
have learned from the past how unprepared the masses are for the inevitable, 
because a hurricane 
will strike again!

Reason #2.
Fukushima. The problem at the Fukushima  has not gone away after the 
March 11, 2011 earthquake, subsequent tsunami and the resulting
power plant disaster. Worldwide contamination of our food supply as a result of 
Fukushima is something not often talked about. Certainly, preppers have not forgotten 
Fukushima! Radioactive elements are being released into the sea and air, recorded as 
far away as
California, Utah, Oregon and WashingtonState. Fukushima affects not 
only the fish and seaweed products, but the crops on the West Coast supplying the 
entire nation. Livestock are affected as well as they eat the grass and cops affected by 
the air. Currently, 
Japan is building an ice wall to limit the contamination of waters in 
Pacific Ocean.  Americans living in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, the U.S. 
Puerto Rico
, the U.S. Virgin Islands are in Tsunami territory.

Reason #3: A nuclear reactor is in your midst. 
Fukushima may hit closer to home 
than you may think if you live near a nuclear reactor. Not sure how close you live to a 
nuclear facility? CNN has prepared the answer for you. Just type in your ZIP code to 
see how close you live to a nuclear power plant.

Do you have enough Iodine?
 Protect your thyroid gland against radiation with 
Thyrosafe. ThyroSafe, pictured right, is the only FDA-approved 65 mg. Potassium 
Iodide (KI) tablet. It's used to protect your thyroid gland against radioactive 
iodine released during a nuclear emergency. It does this by flooding the thyroid 
with stable, safe iodine, which blocks the absorption of dangerous radioactive 
iodine. Emergency government stock piles of potassium iodine are only available 
in limited supplies in
Alabama, Arizona, Maine, and Tennessee. In NY and NJ 
some tablets have been handed out to residents closest to Nuclear power 
plants. Preppers take protective measures into their own hands with thyrosafe 
potassium iodide tablets.

Reason #4. The Great Depression. John D. Rockefeller once said, "Depressions have 
come and gone. Prosperity has always returned and will again."  This is true, and 
remember that depressions will come again! We are a bit overdue! Indeed, History has 
a habit of repeating itself. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn 
brought about by the stock market crash of Oct. 29, 1929. That was bad enough, but 
the problem of the dust bowl made the situation worse. The dust bowl caused by 
drought in the 1930s displaced the people of
Oklahoma, most of whom closed their 
family farms. It didn't just affect farmers in
. Farmers of the past were usually 
safe from a depression because they could at least feed themselves, but by 1933 
many farmers, like all consumers of the time, were severely into debt and couldn't 
afford  to harvest their crops.  What caused the Great Depression? What can you do 
about it? Plenty!


To read more, click HERE.

Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Camping, Camping Food, Backpacking Food, Prepper at 11:26 AM on May 12, 2014

 Bugged by bugs? In an off grid world, the situation will only worsen. Here's how to rid your 
surroundings of those pesky critters with essential oils, herbs and mostly natural deterrents. In short, 
here's how to get rid of bugs naturally...

How preppers get rid of bugs naturally:

Light the way for bugs to leave your home with a citronella oil lamp: The V&O Supreme 
Brass Trim Oil lantern in green, pictured immediate right, Burns kerosene, lamp oil, citronella, 
and liquid paraffin, making it perfect for camping, emergency lighting or even repelling bugs.

Repel bugs with Essential Oils and Herbals. Bug Ease insect repellent, pictured above center, 
is an all natural, non-toxic, highly potent insect repellent, made with herbs and essential oils. 
From Wise Ways, Bug Ease moisturizes the skin as it helps repel mosquitoes and black flies!

Eat them! Not that you'd really want to "eat your grubs," it is something to consider if food is in 
short supply, and eating them is one way to get rid of them! According to Mykel Hawke in his 
book "Hawke's Special Survival Forces," pictured at the top right hand corner of the page, "... It 
would be foolish to ignore insects as a food source and a good supplement to any diet out in 
the wild."  His argument is cogent: 100 grams of grasshoppers top in his chart, provide 20 
grams of protein and 6 grams of fat. The list includes beetles, termites, ants, crickets, worms 
and caterpillars as excellent food sources. If you decide to eat buts, make sure you get rid of 
the hard parts, such as the shells and legs. Skip the wings and tails which sting!

Spices that help bugs skedaddle:

Spiders don't like peppermint oil. Dab some oil where you find spider webs and they won't 
return. They abhor the smell. Wasps and bees keep away from lemons and cloves. Stick cloves directly into the lemons and 
sit outside. Catnip makes cockroaches cower. Parsley will punch out those pesky red ants.

Here are ten other ways to kill ants organically.

  1. Bay leaves, lavender, mint and rosemary will make flees fly away!
  2. Cucumber peels will drive out ants and crickets.
  3. Powdered cloves deter other pests.
  4. Equal portions of ground cloves, nutmeg, and caraway seeds will make moths fly away. Hang 
  5. the mixture in a sachet bag or tea strainer.
  6. Rubbing garlic on your body apparently will repel two kinds of blood suckers vampires and 
  7. mosquitoes.
  8. Get rid of bugs with lemon! Keep insects out of your kitchen by squirting lemon juice at door 
  9. thresholds and windowsill'sWash your floors with lemon peel rinds to prevent the ants from 
  10. coming marching in! (Roaches won't like it either.)
    Just another reason to make lemons part of your preps.

To finish this article, read HERE.

Reducing Waste of Overripe Produce
Posted in Healthy Foods, Long Term Food Storage, Nutrition, Homesteading at 11:33 AM on May 6, 2014

 Americans waste 33 million tons of food each year according to the EPA. Thirty-three million! That’s over 40% of our food! Families can save lots and lots of money by cutting back on food waste. Not only that, but producing food uses a lot of resources, so reducing food waste is good for the earth. If that’s your thing you can get extra warm fuzzies by using up leftovers. Fruit and vegetables seem to suffer especially badly in the food waste world. How often do you toss the last spotty bananas or limp celery stalk? Here are five recipes that use produce we might otherwise throw in the trash.   Apple crisp from Finding Joy in my Kitchen Nothing says home like warm, spicy apple crisp straight out of the oven, and this one is even better because it’s sweetened with honey instead of sugar. It’s the perfect way to use up apples that are past their prime!  

Read more: Reduce Food Waste: 7 Ways to Use Overripe Produce

Water Purification Trick
Posted in Long Term Food Storage at 4:46 PM on April 28, 2014

 It should be no surprise that the sun can not only power and heat your home, but it can make your water safe to drink. And the process is really simple once you know how.

Here’s the easy way to purify water:

  1. Use clean, clear plastic PET bottles or soda pop bottles no bigger than 2 liter size. PET bottles are usually marked with the recycling symbol and a numeral ‘1’. Remove all wrapping and packaging.
  2. Fill them water and close the cap tightly.
  3. Lay them out for maximum sun exposure. A rack tilted at the sun is best, but if you can’t use a flat surface that has good sunshine but won’t let the bottles roll away.
  4. Expose the bottles for at least 6 sunny hours, preferably more, or 2 full cloudy days.
  5. Do not overuse bottles, you will be ingesting the plastic material over time, so keep your bottles fresh.
  6. Do not treat too much water at once. The depth of the water is key as the UV rays from the sun kill bacteria. Do not use buckets and keep the water depth that is perpendicular to the sun a maximum of 4 inches.

If you’re like me you’re probably storing bottled water anyway. Now you can reuse the bottles when that water runs out, and purify untreated water as you need it without using fuel or electricity.

The method show above has been proven to kill bacteria effectively (see this article for more details). And the longer you ‘cook’ the water in sunlight, the less bacteria there will be. The best practice is to refill bottles as soon as they’re empty and let them bake in the sun for as long as possible.


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Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Health food, Healthy Snacks, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 1:00 PM on March 27, 2014

 Once you’ve stored at least a couple of weeks worth of food and water, you’ll want to store a few of your favorite spices and seasonings.  Though it would not be life threatening to leave them out, your survival storage diet would become quite monotonous without a few basic spices.

Start with the basics such as salt, sugar, pepper.  Then add a variety of spices and seasonings such as: cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, basil, oregano, parsley, chicken and beef bouillon, cumin, bay leaves.  Store only the ones you know you are going to use.

How long do spices stay fresh?

If you keep them in your cupboard in the original package, you can count on herbs and spices staying fresh for about a year to two years.  After that, the flavors will start to deteriorate.  Although they won’t turn completely bad (I’ve used them over the two year mark with good results) they will not be as flavorful as when you first bought them.  The older they get, the blander they get, until there is no point in keeping them.  It recently tossed out a few spices I never used after the initial recipe, after I noticed

Enemies of spice storage

Just like other food storage items, keep spices away from heat, light, moisture/humidity and air.  It’s best to keep them in an airtight container.

Long Term Storage

To make them last longer than two years, you can repackage spices and seasonings for long term storage.  I stored a few seasonings for long term by repackaging them in mylar bags, the same way I stored bulk foods.  The only difference was I used small mylar bags

Don’t forget to label and date your stored items.

Here is another method to store spices, nicely illustrated over at Are We Crazy or What: Storing Herbs and Spices for Long Term Storage.

Final Tips

  • Seeds, roots and leaves will last longer than powder form, but will need a grinder for use.  I stored the powdered form to avoid the extra step.
  • For best results, rotate your stored items after a couple of years.
  • As with other food items, keep your stored spices and seasonings away from chemicals such as gasoline, kerosene etc. – these fumes can permeate and contaminate your food storage.

For more articles like this, click HERE.

Lost Skills
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Dried Vegetables, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper, Homesteading at 12:40 PM on March 27, 2014

Do you have them?


Survivalists, preppers and homesteaders are wise to consider adding skills to their 
repertoire of days gone by! There are many forgotten skills of self-sufficiency... for 
starters we are listing 10

Of foremost importance, 
consider the skills of the pioneers who forged the American 
Frontier, but consider also learning from 
people who survived the Great Depression 
to discover more modern self-sufficiency lessons, including the art of repair.

13+ Forgotten Skills of a Self-reliant Lifestyle

Forgotten skill #1: Cooking from Scratch.
 At the most basic level, preppers should 
learn to cook with bulk foods: 
bake bread, biscuits and tortillas, make pancakes 
from scratch, and cook rice and beans. With so many instant rice dishes on the 
market, it's a wonder people know how to cook bulk rice at all, yet rice is a prepper 
staple food. And what happens when the cans of beans run out and preppers must 
make beans from the dried stash? Moving on to more advanced levels, its important 
to know how to make yogurt and butters;  beer, wine, and moonshine.

Forgotten Skills of Cooking. Reconnect with the cooking skills missed by a 
generation or two with the book by Darina Allen, Forgotten Skills of Cooking. 
This book filled with 700 recipes covers forgotten processes of cooking, such as 
curing bacon, and making yogurt and butter. The book explains everything in 
the simplest terms.

Forgotten skill #2: Gardening. Growing food is both a science and an art. From 
knowing the proper ph balance of the soil, to knowing what to plant each season, 
selecting the right perinnieals, to saving seed for future, there is much to know about 
gardening. You can become a home agrarian on a porch! Learn the art of small 
container gardening and 
become a home agrarian!

Forgotten skill #3: Canning and food preservation. A prepper favorite is canning! 
Indeed canning is a lost art in our modern civilization. Looking for an easy way to 
start canning? Try dry canning (vacuum sealing dried foods into mason jars and mylar 
bags)! Buy in bulk and have at it. Be sure to check out our 
canning store if you want 
to get set up your kitchen canning operation.

Forgotten skill # 4: Cellaring. Setting up a root cellar is a must if you are growing 
beets, cabbage carrots, onions, parsnips, potatoes, radishes, rutabaga, or turnips. 
Cellaring requires no electricity and best of all it's inexpensive and requires little 
maintenance. If you have access to straw, all the better! Another option is to create 
a zeer pot.

Forgotten skill #5: Composting. Knowing how to recycle waste to create soil-
nourishing compost is an old idea with recent popularity. As an example, raising 
chickens will help with composting: feed them scraps and their rich manure will 
support your efforts. For advice for starting and maintaining a composting system, 
building bins, and using compost, consider Let it Rot!: The Gardener's Guide to 
Composting by Stu Campbell. 


To finish the article, read HERE.

Homestead Hints
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Prepper, Homesteading at 4:02 PM on March 20, 2014

 Out here in the country, life revolves a little differently than it does in the city. We put hard, long hours into making our homestead a self sufficient haven for our families. Homestead Hints will be a series following things that we’ve learned over the last several years on how to make our homestead living a little better. Welcome to the Little Homestead on the Prairie…

This is a newer thing for us, so bear with me. We've recently started moving our health and beauty items to organic/natural. I used to think organic food was expensive but then I started looking at the costs of health and beauty items and I was blown away. As we've started using up our products we already purchased I've started to collect some ideas of how to keep this part of my budget low each month.

1. Buy vouchers for organic deals. I see more of a advantage in buying vouchers for stores that sell organic health and beauty products than in stores that only sell organic food, however I like getting vouchers for both. I also invite friends to the daily deal sites so I can get credits and I spend these wisely on practical vouchers for items we really need. Buying half price vouchers has really helped this portion of our budget significantly.

2. Make your own. I'm just really starting to get into this with my homemade foaming soap and my hand soap recipes. I've found that by making a smaller purchase (such as an organic soap bar) can stretch into months worth of a product! I still have many more experiments I plan on trying in the future for these kinds of products including homemade shampoo, deodorant, ect.

3. Coupons. There actually is a decent amount of coupons available for organic and natural health and beauty products. I often see sales on herbal or organic meds at the drugstores and deals on things like natural toothpastes and more.

4. Reuse it. Alright guys close your eyes for the next couple sentences, this is a girl thing. Since I hope to cloth diaper someday soon with our babies I wondered how weird it would be to try out cloth pads. I made the initial investment a couple months ago and I'm extremely happy with my decision. Not only is it not as yucky as I thought, it's improved my monthly "down time". Cloth pads are a rather expensive investment to begin with but if you go with a good brand they should last you at least 5 years. Over time, it will save you much more than you invested!

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Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper, Homesteading at 2:22 PM on March 12, 2014

Seven habits of highly effective preppers? Surely this has the makings of a propper
prepper's book. If Steven Covey was a prepper, he might have written such a book,
but we have 10 habits to share, not just seven.

Here are the 10 habits of highly effective Happy Preppers:

1. Hoarding water. Happy Preppers stash as much water as possible in the event the
unthinkable should happen. Given that humans can only live a few days without water,
this concept is of foremost importance. Did you know that water can last indefinitely in
commercially sealed bottles? Newbie? Learn how much to stash for each family
member and more. Advanced Prepper? Consider new ideas about filtering and storing
your water.

2. Stashing canned goods and shelf stable foods. Happy Preppers, on their regular
shopping routine, look for canned goods with the longest shelf life. In addition to the
staple of canned tuna, Happy Preppers stockpile canned salmon, crab, mackerel,
sardines (even shrimp is available) for essential Omega 3 oils. They stock canned oils.
They have a system of rotation in place. Using a Sharpie marker, they mark cans with
the date for easy storage and retrieval of pantry items, and they stock comfort foods
their family enjoys.

3. Starting a pantry of freeze dried goods. Happy Preppers order freeze dried foods
online in #10 cans, which have a 25-year shelf life. They know freeze dried foods in
plastics may last only up to five years each. Their pantry includes stashes of ready
made meals in combination with long term essentials, such as freeze dried ground
beef, powdered milk, butter and eggs; dried herbs and spices including extra
measures of iodized salt for preservation; sprouting beans and seeds for enzyme
nutrition, as well as non-HMO seeds for planting; and even raw wheat.

4. Decluttering. Happy Preppers are organized people who make room for new
prepping supplies. Sooner than later, they start cleaning up closets and decluttering
the household. Knick-knacks and brick-a-brack are not useful to Happy Preppers who
realize it will bring a new source of revenue for them. Happy Preppers may hold a
garage sale, which can help them with funds to stock up the pantry with food, water,
fuel and other critical supplies. Every conceivable shelf space or attic crevice becomes a
potential hiding place for food stashes or new items such as a grinding mill for the
stash of raw wheat. Extreme Preppers may set up a secret safe room for storage of
food or even set up a secure bunker under ground.

5. Fueling up with fire and light: Fire provides fuel for cooking, plus warmth and the
comfort of light. Yet Happy Preppers also know that fire and light can be a dangerous
signal in a world where the "have nots" will be on the hunt for who to loot. They know
that it may be better to eat silently food that's cold than to alert the "have not"
zombies of their stockpile. Happy Preppers never let their gas tanks go below the half
way mark, and they are prepared with emergency candles, fuel for cooking and more.
Alternative sources of fuel and transportation are a constant thought whether it's
solar power to human power, a Happy Prepper analyzes every need. Some Happy
Preppers may create a Faraday cage to prepare their electronic equipment to survive a
geomagnetic storm.

6. Keeping silent. The first rule of prep club is to not talk about prep club! Silence is a
virtue and among the first lessons of the prepping life. Happy Preppers never reveal
the full extent to which they are prepping. Partially, this is because it advertises to the
masses of unprepared "zombies" about where to go in the event the unthinkable
happens. Confiscation and looting would be very real threats. And while Happy
Preppers want to let the world know of the threat geomagnetic storms and other
scenarios, they also know this information will fall on deaf ears to the "zombies" who
don't see the very real need to prep. Why advertise? At some point the stockpiling
becomes defensible in the quest for sustaining life. Why risk it all? Aside from that, and
more importantly, keeping silent defends the Happy Preppers heart. You see, Happy
Preppers often feel alone in their quest. As the passion grows, Happy Preppers may
eventually make headway with spouses, family or friends to secretly join the quest.
This is what Happy Preppers call "seeing the light." Extreme Happy Preppers may
stockpile goods for charitable giving, ensuring some provisions for the unprepared.

7. Setting up a sanitation station. Happy Preppers prepare for their sanitation needs.
At minimum they buy a toilet bucket with a seat and bags for sanitation disposal. Stock
the bucket with hand sanitizers, a first aid kit, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and enzyme
products. Extreme Preppers may have a complete toilet sanitation system in their

Learn more about how to prepare for sanitation needs.

8. Becoming your own convenience store. Happy Preppers stash antibiotic
medications, fever reducers and emergency electrolyte products in addition to their
first aid kit. Individual plans may vary. Happy Preppers stash luxury comforts ranging
from candy to comfort foods, cosmetics to condoms. Happy Preppers think about what
they simply couldn't live without and use that list to start their own convenience store.
Toilet paper and sanitary napkins may not seem luxurious, but if you don't have them,
then you'll understand the luxury. Sanitary napkins can also double up as a sterile pad
for deep wounds, should the unfortunate happen. A lip balm cosmetic or lotion could
be an essential comfort.9. Preparing to filter and collect water. It's one thing to store water, it's another to 

know where to find new sources of water.Happy Preppers learn about hidden water
sources available in their region and study more about water and hydration. Happy
Preppers know of various ways to prepare, filter and collect water. They know about
water purification tablets, water filters, water pasteurization indicator, Berkey filter,
calcium hypochlorite, and SteriPENs.

10. Learning new skills and taking on new hobbies. Happy Preppers enjoy the full
time activity of prepping. There is always something more to do. Happy Preppers are
happy to hone a Prepper skill or learn a new one! And practice makes perfect, as with
Marksmanship or Horsemanship for example. Perhaps they start one week to learn
how to tie knots, make bread from scratch, or can their own wholesome foods. Maybe
next, they take on first aid, attend a Martial Arts class, or register for firearms
instruction. Perhaps they learn the Amish way of life and order a washboard. Maybe
they get a license for Amateur radio. Happy Prepper men may learn how to mend
clothes or knit new ones. Happy Prepper women may learn how to hunt or fish or just
go camping. Sign language can be an essential skill for the Happy Prepper family in a
hostile situation to communicate a defensible strategy. Learning to identify edible
plants might be another survival essential. For those skills they don't want to learn,
they create a library of books on subjects such as plant identification, first aid, farming,
disease control, food preservation. The list is endless, but Happy Preppers take it all
on, one skill or book at a time.  


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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, Freeze Dried Fruits and Freeze Dried Vegetables, Prepper, Homesteading at 2:09 PM on March 12, 2014

As demand for local and raw goods continue to rise, more people are asking – where do I find local organic? Where do I find raw milk and join a herd share? Where are the farmers markets, co-ops and stands?

Search engines are actually terrible at locating these underground hubs, which makes it so frustrating to try and opt out of corporate chains, save money, and build your family’s health. If you’ve ever gotten a bunch of ‘Yelp’ listings for weight loss pills while searching, you know what I’m talking about. I’ve helped a few people find a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) but I found it by accident.

So where are they all hiding?

As it turns out, many of the farmers and markets you’re looking for have teamed up with certain websites to be mapped. Use this easy list to find yours today. They won’t all be on the same map, but you will be sure to find markets and family farms in your area that were previously invisible.

Why you should bookmark and try them all – not all the hubs will be organic, some are just local. Some don’t provide raw milk but could lead you there. Some have other resources like healthy body care, organic delivery or restaurants serving your favorite farm finds worth looking into. Some of the websites don’t share your political perspective or stance on health and were possibly supported by agencies and organizations you don’t care for. But that’s okay, take only what you need and leave the rest.


Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Supplies, Survival, Preppers, Prepper Supplies, General, Survival, Survival Foods, Emergency Preparedness, Prepper at 1:40 PM on March 12, 2014

 In a critical emergency, how quickly we respond to a disaster directly impacts how successful we are at coming out of the situation. Many of us typically go through a processing phase, or what many call the normally bias. This bias is actually a coping mechanism that occurs when we are trying to register and sort out a traumatic event or impending disaster. It is very natural to slip into this phase – but getting out of it is takes a little longer. The reason being is we are creatures of habit and resist change at every turn. When we begin to come out of the normalcy bias, only then do we open our eyes to the changes that have occurred in our lives; and we must react to them. Sometimes these changes are short-lived and sometimes, depending on the disaster, will be long lasting. Our military forces train for reacting quickly in a situation, and we must train for this as well.

Having a plan and a supply of food is well and good. If you need a good place to start, I suggest using the 52 Weeks to Preparedness series. It’s the skills and ingenuity that will help you thrive and stay alive.

As much as I do not like to spew doom, mark my words – after a disaster, times will quickly change, and the sooner we can adapt, the better our chances at survival will be. One of the first things we should do following a disaster (assuming the danger has passed and everyone is safe) is to begin to see how everyday items can be used as tools for off-grid living. A simple credit card or a busted cell phone can go a long way in surviving an emergency. We can easily find items around our home to promote our security and wellbeing.

7 Ways to Use Items To Adapt and Survive

  • Gravity fed water filter - Water is key to survival and your number one priority when all hell breaks loose. When you drink unpurified water, it can cause severe illnesses, even death. If you haven’t invested in a water filtration system, then you need to learn how to purify water for consumption. Here are instructions for the most basic type of water filtration system. It’s so easy to make, it’s an elementary school project!
  • Rope – Rope or paracord can serve multiple purposes in off grid living. Read about the 50+ ways to use paracord toward surviving. One of my favorite uses is to line dry clothing.
  • Busted motors – Essentially any motor with a copper wire can be converted into an energy producer. You could easily convert your washing machine into windmill to make power. This is an essential skill to have for surviving a long term emergency.
  • Stationary bikes - Did you ever think that stationary bikes could help to promote your self sustainability? Attaching your wheat grinder to your stationary bike by a pulley will help you put the peddle to the metal and grind grains more efficiently. Here are few additional ways to produce energy using a bicycle.
  • Passive solar heater - We tend to think of solar heating as an expensive option, but with a few 2×4′s and a stash of soda cans you can create a passive solar heater. This could be a life saving item if you find yourself living in a grid down environment in a cold climate. Here are some basic instructions for building this.
  • Cellular phones – As mentioned previously, cell phones have many uses in a survival situation. If your phone is still intact, you can download survival programs now (some are even for free) to learn and practice in your free time. However, if your phone is busted during a disaster there are core parts that can be utilized towards your survival. Some of these parts are the speaker, LCD screen, metal divider, wire, circuit board and battery. Read more on how you can meet some of your basic needs.
  • Biomass briquettes – Your trash could save your life. Biomass briquettes are a green fuel source and are comprised of compressed organic compounds such as corn husks, coconut shells, grass clippings, dried leaves, saw dust, cardboard or paper. Biomass fuel sources are equivalent to that of common fuel sources and can be inside or in outside settings. Learn how to make them.

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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
important to note that in the aftermath of a catastrophe, the municipal sanitation
system may go terribly awry. If for example, the power grid goes down for an
extended period (as with an Electromagnet Pulse situation) it means that toilets
simply won't work. Toilets rely on electricity to pump and flush.

While it's true that humans have survived without toilets and toilet paper since the
dawn of mankind, this luxury is not to be overlooked. At first this would seem a minor
annoyance, but in the later stages it could mean the difference between life or death.
Hygiene is of ultimate importance as infections can arise from simple mishaps.
Discover what people did before toilet paper.

In the aftermath of an economic catastrophe, it's possible for the production of toilet
paper to run out. It might also become too dangerous to source toilet paper because
of a pandemic or rioting. Don't even think of resorting to wiping with the pages of a
telephone books, when you can simply plan ahead. Stock up when things go on sale.

The answer in any scenario is for the Happy Prepper to set up a sanitation station. In
the simplest form, a complete sanitation system includes a sanitation bucket and bags,
along with a supply of toilet paper and baby wipes, and a way to treat the sewage
with a bacteria enzyme treatment. More luxurious accommodations, include a deluxe
thrown, pictured top right, or a septic tank built into a bunker or homestead.

Basic Sanitizer for Preppers
Every Prepper should stock Lysol Disinfectant, which kills 99.9% of the germs,
according to the product labeling. It kills Influenza A and B viruses, Asian influenza A
Virus, Poliovirus Type 1 and Hepatitis A Virus among many other viruses, bacteria and
fungi. It works for a home infected with Lice. Read the precautionary statements on
the labeling, and store away from the reach of children.

Setting up a sanitation station:

Portable Toilet set: Pictured above left in red, the portable toilet set includes
the bucket and latrine seat complete with 5 liners, 5 chemical toilet packs with
deodorizer, as well as toilet paper, gloves for sanitary changing and even hand
sanitizer. They've thought of everything!

Luggable Loo Portable Toilet: This five-gallon bucket is the most economically
priced portable toilet. It's bucket style with a traditional snap-on, hinged seat
and cover. It's compatible with standard Double Doodie bag from Reliance
Products, which means virtually no clean-up and waste disposal is a snap when
used together.

Double Doodie: These toilet waste bags are designed for easy, no mess waste
disposal. Each bag consists of an inner bag and an outer bag that seals easily
and is leak proof. Use Double Doodie with Luggable Loo toilets as well as most
other portable toilets.

Porta potty: The sturdy portable toilet, pictured immediate left, features a home-
like design. It operates on batteries to flush, an integrates a toilet paper holder.

Aqua-Kem Toss Ins Holding Tank Deodorant: Pictured left, the Aqua-Kem
Toss Ins is a holding tank deodorant in water soluble packs that's conveniently
pre-measured. Specially formulated for RV and marine holding tanks and all
portable toilets, it's biodegradable, has fresh scent and is safe for septic tanks.

Bio Clean: Natural Bacteria Enzymes found in Bio Clean can help you treat any
type of raw sewage pit or cesspool. The bacteria used in Bio-Clean is grown in
incubators and then dried and mixed with enzymes and other helpers. They lie
dormant until they are mixed with water, and then it is hungry and active in
about 30 minutes. Each piece of bacteria eats its own weight in waste in about
one minute, but they also multiply. Bio Clean is a specially formulated blend of
natural bacteria and powerful enzymes that digest dead organic waste material.
Ideal for septic tanks, Happy Preppers will find it extremely useful and
environmentally friendly product for processing waste.

RID-X: The powder formula of RID-X is scientifically formulated with special
bacteria and enzymes to digest household waste. Simultaneously RID-X
replenishes the delicate balance of beneficial bacteria and enzymes that help
reduce the rate of sludge accumulation in your tank. The cellulase in the formula
breaks down toilet paper, vegetable matter; while the lipase breaks down fats,
oils, and grease; and protease breaks down proteins; and amylase breaks
down starches.

Personal hygiene:
Personal hygiene in a family will vary depending needs, ranging from sanitary napkins,
diapers or even adult diapers, and the Happy Prepper should take stock of needs to
ensure adequate supplies. Of utmost importance to any Prepper is the ability to stay
healthy and fight infection.

Fresh Bath: Made in the USA, Fresh Bath, pictured left, is a biodegradable
product that's a proprietary mix of antibacterial agents, vitamins, and
moisturizers to help you stay clean when a bath is not convenient or possible.
Large enough to clean and refresh your entire body with just one wipe, you get
8 wipes per package. Fresh Bath is a tough cloth soaked in emollients with a
mild scent. Fresh Bath might not be for everyone in ordinary circumstances, but
it's a better alternative to baby wipes, and an absolute essential in preparing
for uncertain times.

How To Wash Dishes With No Running Water
Doing the Dishes: Doing dishes will be an interesting problem best solved by not
doing them at all. Stock up on disposable paper plates, bowls and utensils to keep
dish cleaning at a minimum. Here are more considerations.

Shop Towels. To pack dish towels in a small space, consider Shop Towels.
Intended for automotive clean-up tasks, shop towels are a handy addition to
the Prepper house. The strong, absorbent towels, like the Scott brand, pictured
at the bottom of the page, are great for wiping hands and cleaning up grease,
oil, grime, and fluids. You'll need fewer than ordinary paper towels, so it will take
up less space.

Bug-out sink. The Coleman double-sided, collapsible sink, pictured left, lets you
wash and rinse dishes simultaneously, saving time. If you choose this method of
cleaning, take heed about sanitizing with bleach.

Sanitizing with bleach: Happy Preppers take a few precautions to
sanitize food containers with bleach, they:
wash their containers with dish washing soap and hot water.
add about a tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water.
ensure that the mixture of water and bleach blends well and covers all
surfaces of the container.
air dry before storing safe drinking water and foods.

Laundry off the grid: It's interesting to note that dirt compromises the integrity of
clothes in terms of warmth. Dirts and oils degrade clothing and can have a significant
impact on survival in select situations, so it's important in uncertain times to remain as
clean as possible. The only caveat being that a Prepper may find it necessary, at some
juncture, to camouflage in society by appearing as dirty as the others are, so as not to
attract unwanted attention.

Prepper's Challenge - Off the Grid Laundry Day: Try doing laundry off the
grid! In the simplest form, doing laundry off the grid requires a water source,
plus, you'll need a family size washboard, a galvanized bucket a wringer
washer, and of course a clothes line. Do a week's worth of laundry without
using electricity. The exercise will enable you to understand your family's needs
in the event the unthinkable happens and we're all forced to live off the grid.

Families who live off the grid invest, as the Amish do, in the post-war era style
wringer washers generated by diesel. (Go figure that the Amish do not live with
electricity, but apparently have no problem with diesel and other gas.)

To wash clothes without electricity, you'll need:
Washboard, pictured left, to get out the main dirt.
Galvanized metal bucket to soak clothes.
Hand wringer for clothes, pictured left.
Clothes line or a clothes rack.
See also Laundry Off Grid.

Hot Water off the grid:

Coleman Hot Water-On-Demand Portable Water Heater. Heat water for
cooking, to wash dishes, take showers, and make tea and coffee in just five
seconds, with the Coleman Hot Water-On-Demand Portable Water Heater,
pictured right. Your prepping life will be easier and more comfortable with on
demand hot water.

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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
period of extreme civil unrest, your survival may depend on doing things you wouldn't
do ordinarily, as well as using things for a purpose other than originally intended. In
short, you might do some weird things to survive. Below is list of weird survival tools
to consider when your life depends on it...

15+ Weird Survival Tools

Weird Survival Tool #1: Tobacco. Yes, a cigarette is a survival tool for medicinal
purposes and beyond. Here are just some of the uses of tobacco:

Cigarettes as an anti parasitic: On page 248 of his book, Hawke's Special
Forces Survival Handbook, available left, Mykel Hawke, a former Captain of the U.
S. Army Special Forces, and star of Man, Woman, Wild on the Discovery Channel,
explains how eating cigarettes can shock gut worms out of your system.

Cigarettes for toothache relief. The properties of tobacco include a naturally
occurring antiseptic to help prevent infection, and also has medicinal properties
for relieving pain. It could be just the relief you need to get you back to

Cigarettes as tinder. They don't call it a "smoke" for nothing. It's certainly a
better idea to light a fire with one than to smoke one.

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
can create fire with it too! Just touch steel wool to batteries and you'll be amazed
how it ignites so easily. Here's a tutorial on how to light fire from steel wool from
Practical Preppers, the experts from Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic.

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
a number of prepper uses. Vaseline with cotton balls makes an excellent tinder. (Dryer
lint is also a substitution for cotton.) Get petroleum jelly cheap at the dollar stores.

Weird Survival Tool #4: Tampons. Even men can use tampons for their survival!
Tampons are extremely useful in survival situations:
Unwrap a tampon when you need to clot wounds. With a little duct tape
you've got a bandage. This is especially effective for deep injuries.
Survival water. Here's how to craft a crude water filter from a tampon.
The plastic tube itself can be used as a straw and the filling as a filter.
Use a tampon as tinder.
The plastic tampon shell can become an improvised fishing bobber.

Weird Survival Tool #5: Duct Tape. Backpackers, preppers and survivalists love duct
tape. With dozens of survival uses for duct tape, can you blame them? From
patching up a tent or torn clothing in a pinch to repairing just about anything, duct
tape will serve a prepper well. Every prepper knows that a bullets will someday run
out, and that's where duct tape comes in handy to help craft makeshift weapons. Affix
duct tape to a knife an a broom stick and you have a defensible and threatening
space between you and an attacker. You can even roll up a magazine and duct tape a
pair of scissors to create some extra space between you and an attacker. Indeed, A
prepper's home defense strategy should include duct tape. Learn more interesting
ideas in weapons that aren't weapons.

Weird Survival Tool #6: Pencil Sharpener. A pencil sharpener and some twigs can
provide you with instant tinder. Learn more about how to build a fire.

Weird Survival Tool #7: Dental Floss. Dental floss is good to have, but it's not just
for your teeth. There are at least 25 reasons to stock dental floss in your preps.

Weird Survival Tool #8 Chewing gum. Chew on this, chewing gum has so many
more uses than you imagined. Here are seven good reasons to pack chewing gum.

Weird Survival Tool #9: Aspirin. The active ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid, has a
myriad of applications useful to preppers. Read 11 weird uses of aspirin.

Weird Survival Tool #10: Shoelaces. Yes, a shoelace could save your life.
Wondering how? See how Bear Grylls uses a shoe-lace to get fresh water into a

Weird Survival Tool #11: Crazy Glue with duct tape or a shoe lace. Crazy glue isn't
instant, so if you need to fix your boots to complete your hike, you'll want to crazy
glue then use duct tape or a shoe lace until you reach your destination.

Weird Survival Tool #12: Suckers. A lollipop could save your life! How? Grasp one in
the palm of your hand with the stick pointing up between your fingers as you make a
fist. Your lollipop fist is now ready to punch some poor sucker in the eyes or stab the
neck or groin region. Now that's a tasty but weird survival tool that you can stuff in
your purse or backpack. Here's the lollipop defense tutorial.

Weird Survival Tool #13: Cheetos, Pringles, Noodles: Tinder helps ignite a flame.
It's all the little things (furry, fuzzy, light and fluffy) that you can grind into a powder.
Stuff you hold in your fingertips, as in nature: bark, pine needles, dried leaves, birds
nest. Man made tinder includes things like pocket lint, and toilet paper. Food items
that are tinder include spaghetti noodle, or snacks like Cheetos, Pringles:

Cheetos and Pringles. Your favorite snacks, including Cheetos or Pringles can
act as tinder when you need it most to help you light a fire. Try it. Just light your
favorite snack to get your fire going.

Noodles. You can also use a spaghetti noodle as tinder. It is an excellent way
to light a candle wick that's too short to reach with a match. Now that's an
excellent way to use your noodle!

Weird Survival Tool #14. Medication for Fish. Antibiotics will be hard to come by in
the end of times, even with a prescription, as supplies may not be available. Consult
your doctor about FishMox* (the antibiotic Amoxicillin) and whether this medication is
right for you in a survival situation when your life depends on an antibiotic and none
other is available. See other suggested prepper medicines to stock.

Weird Survival Tool #15 Animal repellents. If pepper spray is illegal in your locale,
then you should have no problem obtaining bear spray or wasp spray, which each
have a more powerful range. Ordinarily, you wouldn't carry these items in your
person, but they are good alternate items to own. In an SHTF survival situation, law
becomes invalid: it's do or die. If that doesn't bode well with you, try Halt Dog

Wasp spray. Used in self defense, wasp spray does not require a license to
purchase or use. Pepper spray in many states does require a license. This weird
survival tool is an option in a world gone mad where the rule of law does not
apply. The advantage of wasp spray is that you will have a longer range of
defensible distance between you and an attacker. Pepper spray offers a
measure of protection for civilian use, while Mace is the brand police officers
use, and may require a license to operate because it has a longer range of
spray. Always check with local ordinances.

Bear Spray. Here again, when the rule of law does not apply, bear spray can
be an effective measure of self defense.

Halt Dog Repellent. Intended to keep dogs at bay, Halt Dog repellent could be
just what you need to daze and confuse an attacker so you can prepare a
stronger defense plan or escape.

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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.
Whether home made or store bought, preppers must be sneaky to hide their preps,
and a diversion safe or cache provides the answer. Below you'll find 15+ ideas for
secret compartments to hide ammunition, weapons, food, water and supplies.

Diversion safes for preppers

Diversion Safe Method #1 (Chapstick container). Make your own "mini" safe by
removing the Chapstick or other lip balm and replacing the contents with dollar bills.
Dollars won't really be worth anything when SHTF, but it works well to illustrate the
simplicity of the concept. Just replace the contents of a real item with what you're
trying to hide. Unless your thief's lips are extremely parched, you won't find this item
to be of much value to a thief in a world without rule of law.

Use a deodorant container to stash cash, silver or gold.
Make your own diversion safe from a deodorant container.

Diversion Safe Method #3: Product cans
(WD-40 can safe). Pictured right, the WD-40 safe is a commercially available
product that could be easily overlooked in the garage, making it an ideal
diversion safe.

(Barbasol can safe). Pictured immediate right, a Barbasol can safe is an ideal
prepper solution to stash gold and silver. Ideal for preppers because it's not a
food item! Best of all, it's made from the genuine item: a real Barbasol can!

Ajax with bleach safe. Pictured immediate right, is another wonderful place to
stash small items, particularly gold and it could easily be overlooked by zombies
stashed in your bathroom or under the kitchen sink. You may like to stash water
purification tablets or even a pocket knife.

Diversion Safe Method #4: Wall clock diversion safe. The sleek silver wall clock
matches any décor in your home and although this may look like an ordinary clock it
has a secret hidden compartment where you can hide your valuables. With a simple
hinged design it is the perfect hiding place for jewelry, cash or gold and silver.

Diversion Safe Method #5: Book diversion safe. Because it locks, the book safe,
pictured at the top of the page is a hidden safe ideal for use as cash box or gun safe.
It would hide easily in your bookshelf or library.

Diversion Safe Method #6: Hanging Closet Diversion Safe. US Patrol Hanging
Closet Safe, pictured at the top of the page, looks like a tank top, but hides valuables
to foils thieves! Contains clear zippered pockets, large and small. It's made of cotton, it
looks and feels like the real thing. Hang it in a closet layered under a shirt. Venture out
with peace of mind!

Diversion Safe Method #7: Curio Gun Safe. Pictured at the bottom right of the page,
the gun safe looks like a curio on the outside, but inside you can pack your firearms for
security. Other options to deter, defend and delay your property include and the under
desk holster or gun magnet.

Diversion Safe # 8: Compact Disk Safe. Easily hide silver coins in a CD by the
computer or as a DVD by the media cabinet. Sneaky and safe! Just use the jewel case
of a computer program or a music CD that you no longer use and slide in your
valuables along with he real thing. No one will ever sort through your collection
expecting to find gold.

Diversion Safe #9: Moving Boxes. Place emergency food reserves in cardboard
moving boxes. Use a Sharpie marking pen to write "Grandma's Country dishes," add a
few clanking pieces on top, then seal the box with packing tape and stash away in the
garage or attic.

Diversion Safe Method #10: Door Frames. Stashing food inside the plywood of doors
is another popular prepper practice. It's a bit tricky plying the wood apart and you may
splinter the wood in the process or need to repaint it, but the comforts of knowing
your food or ammunition is safely tucked inside should be comforting.

Diversion Safe Method #11: Beds. How good you'll feel at night when you know
you're sleeping on food. It's easy enough to stash canned goods underneath a bed
and hammer a few nails to seal foods for storage underneath to make the drawers of
a captain's bed look like a facade. Another idea is to use food grade buckets stashed
with preps as bed posts.

NOTE FOR FOOD STASH: Avoid storing too many canned goods, which may have
a short expiration date, unless you can easily access the supplies and have a
good inventory rotation system. Pack instead freeze dried foods, which have a
25-year shelf life. Likewise, bottled water may break down and leak to cause
mold or otherwise damage; avoid bottled water under there.

Diversion Safe Method #12: PVC Pipe. PVC Pipe is a prepper favorite to make a
survival cache. While it's tempting to hid your survival cache on the property, it's best
to bury a survival cache off your property if it contains firearms you will need to defend
your property.

Diversion Safe Method #13: Air ducts. Remove air vents and you may find a discreet
nook for a firearm. Just make sure the item doesn't restrict air flow.

Diversion Safe Method #14: Crevices. Clever places abound in your home and you
know where they are! You may find crevices hidden from sight in furniture.

Diversion Safe Method #15: Geo cache. Pictured right you'll find the Cache Pack has
a great variety of sneaky caches, and includes: a fake bolt, fake utility plate, fake
sprinkler, fake rock and a .

Diversion Safe Method #16: Bear Canister. Keep your food safe from wild animals,
such as racoons and bears. If your bugout location is remote and in bear country, a
bear canister, pictured right is a must own cache.

Preppers and survivalists will find many other diversionary tactics. The goal for survival
is to deter, delay and defend. Diversion safes help provide the "deter" and "delay"
portions of survival.

Diversion safes to avoid
There are some diversion safes that a prepper should avoid, and these will give you
an idea of what not to buy. They exist and you should not buy them:
Avoid drink diversion safes. No doubt a thief would, in a world without rule of law,
savor a Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Arizona or other beverage container. And no
doubt would be pleasantly surprised to find your gold or silver coins for barter.
Avoid Morton salt diversion safes. Salt will be extremely valuable!
Avoid Pringles diversion safes. Obviously it's food and will be wanted.
Avoid candle diversion safes. While ordinarily this unusual safe would be a great
place to hide valuables, in times of extreme crisis, a candle would be very
Avoid lighter safes. We've seen commercially available diversion safes disguised
as a lighter; however, a lighter will be an extremely prized firestarter, and for
this reason it does not make a good diversion safe.

In short, when selecting a diversion safe, you'll want to steer clear from any safes
which resembles foods or water! As during a crisis food and water will be more
valuable than gold. The diversion safes on this page are not food or water related.
They may go undetected, so even if your home gets raided by gangs when SHTF, you
will have some resource to barter and fall back on.  


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Medicine Cabinet
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:
much of their power to heal and save lives becomes useless without support of
medicine and medical supplies. And therein lies the reality: eventually medicines and
supplies will run out in the end of the world as we know it.

When there is no doctor and when there is no medicine, what then? Survival medicine
is doing what you can with what you have, so make sure you have something when
the rest of the world runs out! If you are passionate about your survival, consider
asking your physician now for extra prescription medicines and antibiotics, or stocking
up on unusual homeopathic and non-prescription medicines. Stocking up on medicines
just might save a life: yours!

Here are the top prepper medicines to stock for survival:
(Please consult a physician about survival medicine and do not self medicate!)

1. Fish Mox (amoxicillin - broad spectrum antibiotic). FishMox is the primary brand
of amoxicillin (antibiotic) stocked by preppers for extreme catastrophic situations
where a doctor or when medicines intended for humans are not available. Amoxicillin
treats bacterial infections, but also presents a severe allergic reaction in some people
which is sudden, intense and possibly deadly. Consult your doctor about FishMox* to
see if this option is right for you and your family in a survival situation when
prescription antibiotics will be hard to come by after a societal collapse. Remember,
this antibiotic is intended for fish, not humans, but may be the only antibiotic available
in uncertain times when a doctor is not available. Stock Fish Mox, but do not use it
under ordinary circumstances, and do not stock it without consulting a doctor, nurse
or pharmacist. Learn the proper dose for your bodyweight before you ever need it
and discuss your family's history of allergies! This is the value a medical professional
can provide.

Discover the nine best survival antibiotics from the Urban Survival website.
Nurse Amy and Doctor bones have a video about Fish antibiotics.
Medical professionals may like to order Antibiotics Simplified.
Did you know antibiotics are safe to use for at least five years after expiration?
Learn more about expiration dates. Save your unused medicines!

2. Colloidal Silver (natural antibiotic). Colloidal silver is a mineral with wildly
debated medical claims. According to the manufacturer of Ultra Pure Colloidal Silver
Natures Best Antibiotic, "There is no known disease causing organism that can live in
the presence of even minute traces of Colloidal Silver. Colloidal Silver is used to treat
a wide range of diseases and infections, both internally and externally." The big
pharmaceutical companies don't appreciate these claims an colloidal silver gets a bad
rap. Partially, this is also because people self medicate themselves in desperation to
cure a disease. Preppers pack colloidal silver in their personal pharmacy because it is
a natural antibiotic available without a prescription. It serves as an alternative when
prescribed antibiotics are not available and infection is life threatening. Preppers also
appreciate versatility of a prep. According to Natural, colloidal silver
purifies water, destroys Candida and fights the flu.

3. Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex (treats parasites). During a
survival situation, you may be hunting and unable to provide a stable source of fresh
drinking water. Have a plan to clear parasites out of the body with Fresh Green Black
Walnut Wormwood Complex. This powerful extract, derived from the hulls of green
black walnuts, is a centuries old herbal tonic to promote healthy microbial activity.
Fresh green black walnut wormwood complex comes highly recommended by The
Patriot Nurse in a survival situation for those who plan on hunting. 


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Benefits of Wool Gear
Posted in Long Term Food Storage, Camping, Camping Food, Backpacking Food, General, Prepper, Homesteading at 7:42 AM on February 27, 2014


Benefits of Wool Gear



I’ve been prepping most of my life, and to this day I’m constantly revising and improving my plans. Lately, I have rediscovered an interest in natural fiber clothing for outdoor activities and bushcraft. I didn’t originate this idea; in my dealings with hunters, hill people, technical climbers, dog-sledders, and so on, I’ve seen a trend back to natural fabrics.

First of all, let me be honest — I have sissy skin. What I dislike the most about wool is that it’s scratchy, and I’ve never found a wool item that was completely itch-free like silk or polyester fleece. Even with the softest Merino or Cashmere, I won’t pretend it doesn’t itch at all; I just tolerate it because there’s so much to love.

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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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Freeze Dried
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 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:

  • Toilet Paper and Paper towels
  • Sanitizer……..lots of sanitizer…keep rotating it
  • Soap, bar soap, liquid soap, dish soap
  • Vinegar and Clorox
  • Baby Wipes-these can be used for mini baths, cleaning, etc.
  • Tooth paste, tooth brush, floss, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream and shavers
  • Hair combs, hair brushes, mirrors, elastic bands

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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

 emergency gold

It seems disasters are happening with more frequency in today’s world. Mother Nature is becoming less discriminate about where and when she strikes with an earthquake, flood or famine. Disaster can also be created by humans rioting or going on crime sprees. You and your family must be prepared for any such emergency. While most people have a preset emergency response plan in case of a disaster, here are four things people often forget to consider:


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.

Fire starter

Most people will know to have extra food and water supplies on hand, but many will forget the importance of having a way to start a fire. A fire serves multiple vital uses. It not only keeps you warm, it can be used to light your way in the dark. It also provides a way to cook your food and purify your water supply. Be sure your emergency survival bag contains lighters and tinder. Look for weather-proof igniters that can help you start a fire regardless of external conditions.


Alternative Currency Option

If disaster were to strike an entire nation, or possible even the world, the entire economic structure could possibly fail. This would probably mean those dollar bills in your wallet or bank account could be meaningless. Having something that would be of value that could be used to buy food, water or other supplies is a good idea. When prepping for the worst, a lot of the doomsday professionals recommend putting away gold, silver or other precious metals.  

First aid kit 

If you are surviving in the woods in unfamiliar territory, you might be more prone to cuts, scrapes, insect bites or bites from larger animals. You should have a first aid kit that includes alcohol or other disinfectants, gauze, bandages and antibiotics. Be sure to bring any medications you are taking. Because you may be exposed to unusual trees and plants, you should have anti-itch lotion on hand, as well as allergy pills, pain relievers and antiseptic ointments. Don’t forget tweezers, scissors and a few flashlights.
Make a checklist and study it often. Being fully prepared in an emergency situation can avert an even bigger disaster.


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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 and 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.

For centuries, vinegar has been the elixcir of life:

Here are 15+ Good Reasons to Stock Vinegar in your Pantry

1. Catches fruit flies! You may have heard the old folks say, "You'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." Ponder the double meaning: sure, you'll get further in life if you're nice to others, but vinegar really will help you catch flies!

  • How to catch fruit flies with vinegar: Pour a cup or more of apple cider vinegar 
    into a small bowl and cover the solution with saran wrap. Next, poke holes in 
    the saran wrap with just enough holes so fruit flies can fly in, but can't fly out. 
    And honey, don't try catching flies with honey.

2. Marinates beef, venison, ham or poultry: Store bought marinades often contain vinegar, but you can make your own marinade. To use vinegar as a marinade, moisten meat with white vinegar and rub a mixture of dry spices, herbs, and seasonings. The process not only adds flavor, but a vinegar wash will kill bacteria and tenderize your meat or poultry. Just a couple of drops of white vinegar or cider vinegar will reduce the salty taste if you boil a ham.

3. Helps scale fish! Just rub your fish with vinegar a few minutes before scaling and you'll make the process a whole lot easier.

4. Vegetable wash. Vinegar give a lift to wilted vegetables when you soak them in cold water and a spoonful of vinegar. This will help improve the color and taste.

5. Preserves produce. Vinegar is a natural preservative and yet a natural food. You can prevent cut apples, pears and potatoes from darkening by placing produce in a bowl of water with two tablespoons of white vinegar until ready to use. Vinegar also helps olives and pimentos last indefinitely (keep refrigerated).

6. Pickles eggs. To make a dozen pickled eggs, hard-boil cook and peel eggs, place in a mason jar with a small sliced onion and set aside. In a pan, boil then bring to a simmer for five minutes the following: 3 cups vinegar, with a tablespoon of honey, a stick of cinnamon, a clove, a half a teaspoon of coriander, a half teaspoon ginger, and a bay leaf. Cool the mixture. Then pour over the eggs and marinate for at least a 
week. Your eggs will last up to two months refrigerated.

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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


self sufficiencyThe 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.


Survival Coffee
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!

Discover Six Good Reasons to Store Coffee in your Preps
Coffee for survival is something to consider even if you don't ordinarily drink coffee, because coffee has several benefits.

1. Improves the flavor of poor quality water. Filtering water doesn't always improve taste. Coffee enhances the quality of your hydration.  Did you know it was the pioneers who drank coffee who were the ones to survive the 2000-mile journey along the Oregon Trail? Contaminated water brought water-borne disease of cholera with symptoms of high fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Cholera and dysentery were the leading causes of death along the route. Pioneers prevented sickness by drinking coffee. It was the process of boiling water that helped purify the water and make it taste better. Certainly, preppers can learn from pioneers!

2. Increases alertness. Caffeine will keep you mentally alert and awake when you need to stand guard of your preps. Coffee has indeed been a military favorite. America has a rich history of coffee in the military. For Civil War soldiers (1861-1865), coffee was the primary ration. Soldiers of World War I (1914-1918) were issued dehydrated coffee packets as standard military rations. American soldiers have indeed had a love affair with coffee and became so closely identified with the brew. Yes, it's thanks to GI Joe that we get the term "a cup of Joe."

3. Enhances Morale. Coffee is an excellent morale booster to provide a sense of normalcy to stressful situations. The smells of coffee provide an uplift in addition to the taste. Preppers may also feel more full between meals, drinking coffee, which can be satisfying as well.

4. Barters well. Coffee grows in Hawaii and in Puerto Rico, but is usually an export, which means that this staple will be all the more valuable in terms of bartering when SHTF. Coffee will surely be a good item to barter: it will be short in supply and there will be plenty of people who want it.

5. Changes the acidity of your soil. Coffee grounds can help add nitrogens and can acidify your soil. Read more on how to change the acidity of soil organically with coffee to help your garden grow.

6. Provides many health benefits including:

  • a lowered risk of cancer
  • an improved vascular health
  • a lowered risk of heart disease
  • antioxidant benefits
  • improved cholesterol levels

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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Water Tablets
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

About Water Tablets

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).

What is Best, Tablets or Droplets?

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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Pioneer Skills
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.

Pioneer Skills 300

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

  1. Vegetable Gardening
  2. Cooking on an Open Fire
  3. Baking
  4. Herb Gardening
  5. Herbal Medicine
  6. First Aid and Emergency Medical Care
  7. Animal Husbandry
  8. Butchering
  9. Fire-starting and Fire Building
  10. Carpentry
  11. Masonry
  12. Plumbing
  13. Sewing
  14. Knitting and Crochet
  15. Weaving and Spinning
  16. Hunting
  17. Fishing
  18. Canning and Preserving
  19. Home Brewing
  20. Gunsmithing
  21. Soap Making
  22. Candle Making
  23. Power Generation (Solar and Wind)
  24. Vehicle Maintenance
  25. Mechanical Repair and Maintenance
  26. Equipment Operator
  27. Home Maintenance
  28. Welding
  29. Blacksmithing
  30. Leatherwork
  31. Well Building
  32. Foraging
  33. Knife Sharpening
  34. Bartering
  35. Milking
  36. Beekeeping
  37. Seed Harvesting
  38. Orchard Management
  39. Waste Management
  40. Pest Control
  41. Grinding Wheat and Other Grains
  42. Interpersonal Skills
  43. Leadership
  44. Patience
  45. Perseverance
  46. Faith

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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.

12 Ways 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.

To finish, read HERE.

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 

blog addressing some of them. I use a simple rule when I pack food in Mylar bags and buckets.  If it is a number 10 metal can or a one-gallon Mylar bag, I use a 300 cc oxygen absorber.  In all the packaging I write about, I will use the 300 cc O2 absorber.  The reason is I get them from an LDS cannery that is convenient for me, and that is the only size they carry.  My rule is one absorber per gallon, regardless of what the product is.  In other words a five-gallon bucket with a large Mylar bag filling it would take five absorbers. Now oxygen absorber packets should remove oxygen from airtight containers to below 0.01%, according to Food Industry standards, when used as directed.  The primary ingredients in the absorbers are salt and iron.  Upon exposure to air, the iron in the packet immediately begins absorbing oxygen and breaks down into harmless iron oxide which is safely contained in the packet and does not contaminate the food. For those who want to be more precise than me, I have included information from Sorbent Systems a large distributor of food preserving products. The following table indicates how many cc’s of oxygen are contained in the more common sizes of food storage containers.

Container Type Volume in Empty Container
#10 can 3,980 cc
5 gallon plastic pail 18,942 cc
6 gallon plastic pail 22,730.4 cc

Oxygen absorbers are rated by their capacity to absorb oxygen as measured in cubic centimeters (cc). There are two key elements to keep in mind when determining what size of oxygen absorber to use:

To finish this article about oxygen absorbers, click HERE.

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
1½ Tbsp. salt
¼ cup baking powder
2 cups solid vegetable shortening

For self-rising flour (which already has salt and baking powder in it):

10 cups flour 
2 cups solid vegetable shortening

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
5 cups sugar 
2¼ cups dry buttermilk or nonfat dry milk powder
6 Tbsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. salt
2-3 Tbsp. ground cinnamon (to taste)
2-3 tsp. ground nutmeg (to taste)

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
1 cup warm water (105-115° F)
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2½ cups flour

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 
1½ cup cornstarch 
½ cup instant chicken or vegetable bouillon granules
4 tsp. dried onion flakes 
2 tsp. dried thyme 
2 tsp dried basil, crushed
1 tsp. pepper

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 
1/3 cup beef bouillon powder 
4 tsp. onion powder 
¼ tsp. crushed celery seed 
¼ tsp. sugar

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 
¼ cup flour 
3 Tbsp. paprika 
2 tsp. onion powder 
4 tsp. salt 
2 tsp. ground oregano 
½ tsp. ground red pepper 
½ tsp. garlic powder

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 ( 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
2 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

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 
2 Tbsp. dried minced garlic 
2 Tbsp. dried minced onion 
1 Tbsp. dried dill weed
¼ cup onion powder 
¼ cup garlic powder 
1 Tbsp. salt (or less, to taste) 
1 Tbsp. ground black pepper 
½ tsp. red chili flakes

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 
1½ to 2 cups powdered sugar 
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 package of instant store-bought chocolate OR vanilla pudding mix (optional, but a tasty addition)

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 
2 cups Tang or other orange-flavored drink mix
3 oz. lemonade-flavor drink powder 
¾ cup white sugar 
½ tsp. ground cinnamon 
½ tsp. ground allspice 
¼ tsp. ground cloves

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.

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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, 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:

  • Soda/Chips – I agree because they are bad for you. HOWEVER, some people like to stock up for some ‘luxury’ items for post-shtf so they don’t feel so deprived. We have chosen some of our own luxury items to stock up on, but soda/chips aren’t on that list. Although, I do agree with her reasoning that you can get much better deals on these items during grocery store sales than you’ll pay for at a warehouse store if you choose to buy these products.
  • Produce - I say stock up when you get great prices and preserve!! Whether you can, freeze, dehydrate, bake and preserve the results, grab those produce items when they are in season, at great prices, and take advantage of the cost-savings, the better nutrition, and all that it affords you! A time was .25/lb for bananas was kind of expensive…now it’s a bargain for me because I find it hard to get them for anything under .40/lb. So when they are .25/lb, I stock up! I freeze for smoothies and baking and I dehydrate for snacks.
  • Candy/Unhealthy snacks – again, a given, but some do choose to have some things stocked back for “pick me up” things. I know we do keep chocolates and a certain type of salty/crunchy snack in stock to help our family, though it isn’t a bulk of our food supply, there’s a healthy storage amount of both because we know these are the things we’d miss the most if supply disappeared.
  • Frozen Food – I agree in that frozen food has a shorter shelf  life than canned food, and I assume she means frozen meals when she points out that they take up too much space in the freezer (which I would say that most frozen prepared foods are bad for you, please don’t eat them anyway). But I keep my freezer stocked as well as my pantry with foods that I get at great prices, meals that I prepare in bulk to save money, etc. I won’t stock it full of frozen mac’n'cheese or frozen hamburgers, but I do stock it full of items we’ll eat. In the event of a power outage, you have about 24 hrs before your freezer becomes a detriment to you, assuming you don’t open it, and have enough product inside to allow it to insulate itself (plus putting blankets on the outside to cover it to offer more insulation). Then you have a grand cookout, prepare it for dehydration, etc. and help feed your neighbors if you have to.
  • Nuts – nuts can be preserved! Freeze them, dry can them, make nut butters out of them, bake with them and store the baked goods. But don’t assume that because nuts may go rancid quickly that you can’t buy them in bulk and use them effectively!
  • Condiments – I agree, somewhat, because they do have a short shelf-life as far as what is on the label, but as Alton Brown once pointed out, condiments degrade in taste more than go bad, so eating past the ‘sell by date’ on a sticker isn’t the same as you better eat this because it becomes a biohazard tomorrow are two different things. Besides, making your own mayo is SO easy, do it yourself!
  • Spices – and here I’ll disagree because instead of buying powdered spices which do tend to degrade in flavor relatively quickly (but are still useable for a long time), buy your spices whole, instead! They are much easier to store long-term, and few are a problem to grind on your own.

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.)

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 long term Food Storage. 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: 
10 laws of food storage

1. Store what you eat – We all have things that we don’t like. I’m not overly fond of creamed corn. So no matter how great that creamed corn deal I’m not going to put it in my food storage plan. Try this idea to begin. Make a list of 10 meals that your family likes and write down all the ingredients it will take to make each one. Use this as the foundationfor your food storage plan.

2. Use it or lose it – Rotating your foodstock is the key to success. So is knowing how to use it. 10 lbs of beans that you can’t cook well enough for the dog to eat let alone the family is really just a waste of space and money. Now is the time to practice using it not when you’re relying on it. They say that certain kinds of food storage can last up to 30 years, but do you REALLY want to try it?

3. Store it properly -  Use the right storage temperature for maximum longevity. 70 degrees is optimum. Higher temperatures will degrade the food faster. If you know you can’t keep them cool enough, plan on using them faster than the recommended storage time. See law #2 above.

According to Storage life can be significantly impacted by the following conditions:

Temperature: Store products at a temperature of 75°F/24°C or lower whenever possible. If storage temperatures are higher, rotate products as needed to maintain quality.
Moisture: Keep storage areas dry. It is best to keep containers off of the floor to allow for air circulation.
Light: Protect cooking oil and products stored in PETE bottles from light.
Insects and rodents: Protect products stored in foil pouches and PETE bottles from rodent and insect damage

4. Think outside the pantry – You will also need food preparation materials. Think cooking spray, paper towels, foil and paper plates. Plus other living items like toilet paper, hygiene and cleaning supplies.

5. Budget for Food Storage – beginning and maintaining your food storage can be costly, especially if you are trying to build up a supply. Build it into the budget every month. Even if you only have $5 to put to it, you can still make a dent in your plan.

6. Sauce and Spice it up-  That pasta dish looks pretty bland without some spice. My husband refuses to eat without some kind of sauce on his food. Your family will be happier in an emergency if you have a variety of meal options, so make sure you add spices and sauces in the mix. 

7. Vary the kinds of food you store – Each kind of food storage; 3 Month Supplyshort term freezer techniques andlong term dry goods all play a part in the plan.

8. Match your water storage to your food  - If you have a lot of dried soups or freeze dried meals then you need to increase your water storage to accommodate your cooking plans. One gallon per person, per day will not be enough for your freeze dried meal plan.

9. Do it on a dime – look for deals and stock up. Make Grocery Outlet and Costco your friend. I’ve put aside quite a bit of food storage by shopping sales. You can too! Plus your $5 (see law #5 above) will go a lot farther.

10. Store it different ways – it’s not just about #10 cans and plastic buckets. Freeze, dehydrate and can in smaller batches. Big bulk items are great, but if you’ve got 2 people then opening a #10 can of peaches or peas is just wasteful – unless you plan on eating peaches and peas all day.

Today’s Challenge: Begin a serious food storage program for your family. Do it on a dine, store what you eat and use it or lose it!

(For full article, read HERE.)

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:

  •  place a handful of dry beans one of of the plates
  • put the other plate on top of the first so that the two undersides are facing out
  • staple around the rims of the plates

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. 

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:

  1. Spice mixtures in pint-sized jars (Cajun spice or taco seasoning.
  2. Dessert in a Jar (everyone loves chocolate chip cookies.
  3. Breads (Everyone loves banana bread.
  4. Homemade sled for kids up north.
  5. Scented soap and candles.
  6.  Bat house.

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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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.

Solar Lanterns

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!

Winter Emergency Survival Kit

Oil Lamps

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:

  • Gas Stove or Rocket Stove
  • Water Tanks (Enough to hold 2 weeks of water, 1 gallon per person per day)
  • Matches and Lighters
  • Berkey Water Filter
  • Heat & Eat Food (for us this means our home canned goods that simply can be warmed on the stove)
  • Blankets and Warm Clothes
  • Mylar Blankets

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

 How To Make Amazing Homemade Body Butter

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.


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.

Even with proper preservation methods, many types of food won’t keep long. Actually, that’s not the fault of the food or the preserving method chosen. Often, it’s the fault of the packaging. Food bought in the supermarket isn’t packaged for long-term storage. In most cases, they are expecting that you will consume your purchases within a couple of months. Manufacturers package their food products with this in mind — not bothering to protect it for longer periods of time.

There is an exception to this: canned foods. Most canned foods will keep for 10 years or longer, without any further methods used. All that needs to be done is to keep the cans from rusting and keep them in a relatively cool place.

The biggest reason why most foods don’t keep for long periods of time is that you and I aren’t the only ones who want to eat them. There are many other creatures that eat the same foods that you and I eat. In addition, there are natural forces that work against our food, reducing its flavor and nutritional value. To protect our food stocks so that they can be used long-term, we must watch out for the five enemies:

  • Oxygen
  • Moisture
  • Heat
  • Bacteria
  • Rodents

If we can effectively keep those five things away from our food stores, then most properly preserved and packaged foods will last 10, 15 or even 20 years.

To do this requires a combination of proper packaging and proper storage. What I mean by proper storage is keeping the food in a cool, dark, dry place. That alone will eliminate two of the five food enemies: moisture and heat.

Could Famine And Hunger Come To America?

Oxygen, moisture and heat work together to do two things, oxidize food and make it go stale. Oxidation is a chemical reaction, where the nutrients in the food are chemically changed to another form; it’s one that doesn’t provide us with the nutrition that the food is intended to provide us with. This is the major reason that food loses its nutritional value over time.

Those three also affect the growth of bacteria. Most food preservation techniques are focused on destroying bacteria and preventing it from re-entering the food, more than anything else. That’s because food spoilage is normally associated with bacteria. Bacteria eat the food, leaving behind non-nutritious or even poisonous by-products. Therefore, the elimination of bacteria is a very important part of food preservation and storage.

The two major ways of killing off bacteria in food are the use of salt and heat. Bacteria die off at 158oF. So, if food is brought to that temperature and held there for several minutes, the bacteria die. Canning works by this method, killing off the bacteria that naturally exist within the food.

Salt and sugar (yes, sugar can be a preservative) work by removing water from the food by a process known as osmosis. Essentially, when salt or sugar is placed on any food, they draw the water out of it, in an attempt to equalize the salinity and water levels inside and outside the food. This lowers the water content to the point of not supporting bacterial life. At the same time that the salt (or sugar) is drawing the water out of the food’s cells, it draws it out of any bacteria, killing it.

We can see from this that proper preservation methods do a wonderful job of foiling the efforts of bacteria; even though they do not necessary do much to stop oxidation of food. Proper storage does more to stop the destruction of food by oxygen, moisture and heat. But, what can we do to stop rodents from getting into the food as well?

This is a matter of packaging as well. Caning does a great job of keeping rodents out. Unfortunately, canning can only be used for wet foods, not dry foods. Most packaging methods that are used for dry foods aren’t tough enough to keep rodents out. But by repackaging these dry foods, you can protect them from all five of the enemies at the same time.

The method I’m referring to is that of storing food stocks in five-gallon plastic buckets. While this may be a little more complicated than just putting boxes of food in the pantry, it will keep most types of foods fresh and usable for as much as 20 years.

To package food in this manner, you’ll need:

  • Five-gallon food grade plastic buckets. Food grade buckets will be white and marked as food grade.
  • Six gallon Mylar bags (you can purchase these online).
  • Oxygen absorbers (you can also purchase these online).
  • A vacuum cleaner with a hose.
  • A hair straightener or clothes iron.
  • Enough food to fill the buckets.

Start by putting the Mylar bags, open, in the five gallon buckets; one per customer. Then, fill them with food, stopping about an inch below the rim of the bucket. You can either keep the food in its original packaging, placing the packages in the Mylar bags or remove it from the original packaging and place it in the bags. Most people only put one type of food in a bucket.

With the hair straightener or clothes iron, seal the top edge of the bag, leaving a two inch area unsealed at one side. Drop in an oxygen absorber and suck as much air as you can out of the bag with the vacuum. Then, heat seal the bag the rest of the way.

The size of oxygen absorber you need varies with the type of food you are storing. Internet vendors who sell these can tell you the exact quantity you will need per bucket, based upon the food that is stored inside. From the time you take the oxygen absorber out of its package to the time you finish the process, you need to move rapidly, as the oxygen absorbers are very fast acting. If you take too long, they will go bad.

With the lid sealed on the bucket and the contents sealed in a Mylar bag, none of the five enemies can get to your food stores and destroy them. Be sure to store the buckets in a cool, dry area, such as a basement, to help your food stores last the longest.

(Original article found here)

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 PreppersPreppers 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.

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)
-1 cup oatmeal
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 cup sliced almonds
-1/4 cup dehydrated apples
*2 cups water necessary to reconsitute

Vegetable Millet (1 pint jar)
-1 cup millet
-1/4 cup dehydrated mixed veggies
-1/4 cup dried parsley
-1 tsp dehydrated minced garlic
-1 tsp salt
*3 cups of water necessary to reconsitute

Quinoa and Lentil Soup (1 quart jar)
-1 ½ cup quinoa
-1 ½ cup red lentils
-1/2 cup dehydrated veggies
-1/4 cup dehydrated onion
-1 tsp minced garlic
-1 tsp salt
-2 bay leaves
*5 cups of water necessary to reconsitute

Lemon Dill Rice (1 pint jar)
-1 cup rice
-1/2 tsp dried dill
-1 ½ tsp dehydrated lemon peel
-1/2 tsp salt
*2 cups of water necessary to reconsitute

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.

Storage Tips
-The best way to store beans, grains, and dehydrated veggies/fruit is in a sealed mylar bag along with oxygen absorbers. The individual meals could then be stored in a 5-gallon bucket. Lightweight, takes up less space, it’s just a much better option. So, I’ll continue saving for the supplies required for this system of storage.

I recommend purchasing mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, and heat sealers from the fine folks over at (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

Vegan Pepperoni Topping for Pizza 

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
1 teaspoon anise seed
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or dried chipotle powder-more or less to heat preferred)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons liquid smoke

Mix spices together with TVP.

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, add in the 2 tablespoons oil and liquid smoke, stir into TVP and spice mixture, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

Or if you prefer to use a microwave:
In a microwave safe bowl, mix together TVP with all of the herbs and spices.
Stir in water, oil and liquid smoke.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high for about 6 minutes.
Carefully remove from microwave, and allow to cool enough to handle.


Fluff with a fork and use to top your pizza, or stuff a calzone, or wherever you want pepperoni flavor.


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! 
Coupon code is HOLIDAY DINNERS, & it is not single use. 

(photo found on flickr)

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 cup Freezed Dried Cooked Ground Beef 
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.

To Make:
Put 8 cups of water in a pot and bring to a  boil add the Chili Jar meal and simmer for 25-30.

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.

To make
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
To make
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

Apartment Prepping Tips Article 

“Our situation is that we do not have a house; we are apartment renters. We have two children and one on the way. My concerns are: No space so I have no storage or supplies anymore; not able to alter our living area, so I have no idea how we’d shelter in place etc; and the turn-over with neighbors is fairly high so I feel that our safety group is non existent. We have no family near us as they are all out west. What do we do?”

That’s the question Living Ready reader Lupita B. asked the staff. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to have readers step in and offer some apartment prepping tips. Here are some of their responses.


Prepping Tips for Apartment Renters

“First, you must be able to secure your apartment. Examine every opening big enough to enter and develop methods to secure it (similar to storm coverings for windows, but installed from the inside). Then you have to develop a bug out plan. Bug out bags with hiking boots are a must. Because bugging out is probably going to be a must, consider using a burial tube (5-gallon bucket, desiccant and screw-on lid) to stash goods along your bug out route. Finally, have a destination, and stash/store the majority of your preps there.” – William Major

“Start networking. Make some new contacts in your area (a simple note on the library bulletin board?) and stress your strong points. For example, you might be able to watch other kids during an event. We all have areas we can contribute. Good luck and God bless.” – Jcharles Tower

To read more, read HERE.


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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.

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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:

  • Cherries battle belly fat.
  • Cherries cut your chances of getting gout.
  • Cherries combat post-workout soreness.
  • Cherries provide natural osteoarthritis relief.
  • Cherries reduce stroke risk.
  • Cherries help you get some sleep.

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 Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge  1/3 cup freeze dried cherries  1/4 cup unsweetened black cherry vodka  12 ounces white chocolate  7 ounces marshmallow fluff  12 Tbsp. unsalted butter  1 Cup sugar  2/3 cup heavy cream  pinch salt  1 tsp. Wild cherry candy flavoring  red food coloring (I use Americolor gel)   12 ounces dark chocolate chopped small  2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

Here is also a delicious recipe to put your freeze dried cherries into!


Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge ( by Sabrina Cunningham via Pinterest)

  •  1/3 cup freeze dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened black cherry vodka
  • 12 ounces white chocolate
  • 7 ounces marshmallow fluff
  • 12 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • A pinch salt
  • 1 tsp. Wild cherry candy flavoring red food coloring (I use Americolor gel)
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chopped small
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil


  1. Spray the inside of a disposable 8x8 pan (or line an 8x8 pan with tin foil and spray) with Pam or other flavorless spray oil.
  2. Crush the cherries a few times to make some smaller chunks (I only hit mine 3 times lightly), place into small bowl and pour vodka over it and set aside.
  3. Place white chocolate and marshmallow fluff in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Combine butter, sugar, cream and salt in medium heavy bottomed saucepan. Set over medium heat and whisk vigorously until it reaches 235 degrees. Immediately pour mixture over the chocolate and fluff. With hand mixer combine until it comes together all silky smooth like. Add the candy flavoring and food coloring and mix until combined.
  5. Strain the cherries and fold into the fudge then pour into the prepared 8x8 pan.
  6. Allow to set for about an hour until cooled, then let it firm up in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

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:

  1. Great meat supplement
  2. Very lightweight
  3. Available in flavors
  4. Available in non-flavored
  5. Easy and quick to prepare
  6. Versatile texture
  7. High in protein
  8. High in fiber
  9. Low in fat and sodium
  10. Good source of amino acids
  11. Low prices
  12. Long shelf life


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!




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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.

Beans (Instant)   

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.

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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.

Seven Lessons About Water for Survival
Take heed of these lessons about your water supply for emergency preparedness (because the time to build a well is not when you're thirsty):

Lesson #1: Bottled water is only your first defense.
Even if the electricity and water is flowing in your municipality, contamination of your water may occur at the source after natural disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes or tornadoes) or man-made ones. Commercially bottled water is the safest and most reliable supply of water. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors bottled water for bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants, and bottled water can last indefinitely! Even so, bottled water is only your first defense because for the long term, you'll need to source more water and learn to filter it. 


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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.