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How to collect birch sap

29 Jan

This is a description how to collect birch sap from your own birch as a beverage for a family of four.

During the summer, the birch tree stores nourishment for the next period of growth in its roots. The following spring, this nourishment rises as sap through the trunk up to the branches.
The birch tree emits sap only for a short period of time (about four weeks) during spring. That period starts when the snow has melted away and the day-temperature reaches some degrees above freezing point. The rise of the sap stops immediately when the tree comes into leaf.
During sap-rising, a big old birch can give 15-20 liters per day, but this requires a tapping-hole of 5 cm diameter and 10 cm depth. The birch will endure such treatment only once, maybe twice in its lifetime.

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How to Store Grains for up to 25 years

25 Jan

These are troubling times indeed with economic, climatic, and social upheavals and wild gyrations of every type in every corner of our planet. Although I would not specifically ever rate myself as a “survivalist” I do believe in being prepared for any eventuality: One of the most important factors towards this type of preparation is to ensure that there is an adequate food supply to last out any emergency, whether short- or long-lived.

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Natural Wormers for Chickens

8 Jan

Both chickens kept for egg production and broilers can develop intestinal parasites, known as worms. While worms do not necessary signal death for the flock of chickens, they can negatively affect both quality of life and egg production. Typically, chickens acquire parasitic worms through contaminated living areas, but they can also become infected through their food supply, particularly if they are free-rangers and eat earthworms, snails or other backyard creatures. Parasitic worms live in your chicken’s intestinal tract where they can interfere with food absorption. Ridding your chickens of worms can be accomplished by conventional chemical means such as commercial dewormers, but some chicken owners wish to use a more natural approach.

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Gluten Free Conversion Chart

31 Dec

PUTTING TOGETHER YOUR OWN URBAN SURVIVAL KIT

25 Dec

Odds are, if things ever get hairy, most of us will be in some sort of urban environment. As such, would it not make sense to build a survival kit ideally adapted to this environment?

An urban survival kit should be geared towards scenarios city-dwellers would most likely run into in an

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SCAVENGING FOR FOOD AND SUPPLIES IN A POST-APOCALYPTIC WASTELAND

25 Dec

Here is a guide to scavenging for food and supplies during a disaster. Most of the ideas stem from me wondering what I would do during a zombie apocalypse, but as we’ve seen lately in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, these are skills that could benefit anyone, even in the most developed of the developed world.

I will talk about the tools that are needed, as well as a step-by-step guide to where and how to scavenge.

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A GUIDE TO HUNTING AND TRAPPING RABBITS

20 Dec

Rabbit hunting is a good skill to have if you’re in an emergency situation where food is scarce, if you’re in the wilderness for an extended period of time, or if you’re a generally mean person that likes to kill cute, furry animals (hey, I don’t judge).

Today we are going to talk about the various methods of rabbit hunting.

As an alternative, if you really like the taste of rabbit meat or enjoy keeping rabbits as pets, you may consider raising rabbits for food at home.

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How to Make Eggshell Calcium

20 Dec

Ingredients and equipment:

1 carton of organic pastured chicken eggs

If you can get fresh from the farm, even better and try to get eggs from chickens that don’t eat soy. Pay the extra price since this will serve as a supplement and is much cheaper than buying calcium tablets. Confused how to find or know if eggs are good quality? Here’s a tip… the thicker the shell, the more nutrients.

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Beans for Flour

18 Dec

Celiac’s, and people with a gluten free diet have come up with several ways to enjoy breads and other wheat based food items without using wheat.  While I can eat wheat, and have stored a bucket or two of whole wheat berries, I do enjoy having other options.

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How to Pack a Camp Kitchen

18 Dec

Camping season is right around the corner! In my anticipation of our next trip I’ve been organizing my gear and inventorying my supplies. I find that knowing exactly what I have and what I need makes preparing for an adventure that much easier and more enjoyable. The gear that’s needed for backpacking is very different than what you’ll take car camping but there are some multipurpose items that cross over.

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