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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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Condoms for Survival?

9 Jan

11 Ways A Condom Can Save Your Life: Multi-functional survival uses for a CONDOM.

People have been packing them in mini survival kits for as long as I can remember – using them primarily as an expandable WATER CONTAINER.  Don’t worry, I’ll get into details later.  While a little taboo, I’ll ask that you set aside any preconceived notions you might have about condoms.  In this post, I’ll argue that as far as  multi-functional survival uses are concerned, the condom offers an incredible BANG for your buck.  Sorry – I couldn’t resist.

I’ll break down the many uses within each CORE SURVIVAL CATEGORY.

WATER

As I’ve mentioned, including condoms in survival kits is not a new idea.  They make amazing compact water containers that can hold as much as 2 liters of water if handled properly.  They are, after all, designed to be water tight.  The elasticity of latex condoms is SHOCKING. Continue reading

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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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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Candwich–in expensive MRE

17 Dec

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The Candwich is something that I came across the other day while shopping at a Wal-Mart Super Center. I was really intrigued by these MRE styles sandwich’s, the Wal-Mart that I purchased mine at was selling them for $1.25 which is a great price so I picked up the only 2 flavors that they had. According to the Mark One Foods Website and a YouTube Interview with the creator there are more flavors and styles of sandwich’s that are available including French Toast and Pizza Pockets, of which Im sad that I couldn’t find the Pizza one 😦

So when I opened one of the can’s (I chose BBQ Chicken) it was a very tiny sandwich, that was maybe good enough for a child or elderly person. The sandwich was very moist, which I didn’t expect since there was a silica packet in there. The meat was kind of vinegary but good. Mind you I ate mine cold, may take on a different taste when warmed. Over all I would say that I love these little Candwich’s. Im not sure of the price across the nation however, I do know that at my Wal-Mart they were only $1.25 Im going to be going back to purchase a lot more of these for my Bug Out Bag’s, Car Emergency Kits, and for friends and family.

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DIY Root Cellar from a dead freezer

13 Dec

If you’re a gardener you know that storing your home-grown veggies and fruits is the step that lets you enjoy your produce even in Winter. Freezing is a great way to eat fresh veggies all year but even if your freezer dies you can bury it and use it as a miniature root cellar.

Country living weblog Joyful Home did just that when they stripped out the working parts (if your freezer has freon inside do the responsible thing and dispose of the chemicals properly), cut two small holes in the sides which were attached to PVC pipes for airflow, and buried the chest freezer up to the lid. Next covers were added to the PVC to keep out rain, mice, and insects and a piece of insulation was cut and mounted to a tarp which covers the lid.

This repurposed chest freezer was packed full of potatoes which lasted from the Fall harvest well into Spring. The PVC air vents with capped tops and holes in the sides were added to circulate air to the moist potatoes to keep them from rotting. This setup should work with any of your major root vegetables (carrots, parsnips) and might also work with hearty produce such as onions and cabbages.

Survival Skills: 5 Bugs You Want to Eat

12 Dec

Have you ever had that dessert called “worms and dirt”? Generally, it’s some kind of chocolate and gummy worms. But how about the real thing? Something has usually gone wrong if you are thinking about eating actual bugs. But for argument’s sake, let’s suppose you did run out of food and required some protein sustenance. Which bugs would be the safest choices for you to eat? Here are three groups of creatures for the adventurous diner.

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Nut Butter Primer

5 Dec

Cashew: The smooth butter forms after about 2 minutes of processing. It is ideal for sandwiches. Try it with avocado and other vegetables in a pita, or substitute it for tahini when you make hummus.

Almond: Roasted whole almonds have skins that will fleck the butter. When the almonds start to come away from the sides of the food processor, the butter is ready.

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