As much as I enjoy reading and learning about living off-grid, nothing interests me more than off-grid cooking using a wood burning stove. Sure, there are rocket stoves, and all sorts of grills available for use outdoors but it is a big, beautiful, antique-style wood-burning stove sitting in the kitchen that captures my imagination. Alas, at present I do not have the space to add a full-sized wood burning stove to my modern kitchen. That does not preclude my desire to learn as much as I can about off-grid cooking using wood and biomass. Today I am thrilled to bring us one step closer to learning our way around an off-grid kitchen. . . . Read More
For many preppers, after setting aside water, the journey begins with food. When you think about it, that makes sense. Without food for sustenance and energy, everything else is moot. You need food to stay strong, healthy, and mentally balanced which in turn gives you the wherewithal to protect and defend yourself from the nuances of mother nature, and sadly, your fellow man. A lot can be said for having a robust closet full of long-term food storage products. But what about your day to day pantry? Have you considered how important a well-stocked pantry is to your preparedness efforts? By stocking your everyday pantry with simple, budget-friendly ingredients, you can prepare delicious meals at a moment's notice, and save money for the more esoteric preps such as water filters, . . . Read More
There are times when we get so busy that we set aside our prepping for another day. From my perspective, that is perfectly okay. On the other hand, we can be our own worst enemies and sometimes the guilt from not prepping frustrates and upsets us. I know since I have personally been there and done that. As a solution, consider taking an occasional small bite of prepping such as once a day or once a week. Set aside one day or one evening a week, and spend thirty minutes attending to your preps. Need some ideas? Here are ten things you can do to prep just a little bit for the next ten weeks. . . . Read More
Do you dream of owning a flock of chickens but are restricted by local ordinances or the dictates of your homeowner's association?
If so, I recently updated the article written awhile back titled "City Farming with Backyard Quail: An Alternative to Raising Chickens". In an effort to bring some of the timeless Backdoor Survival content forward, I share it with you again for your learning enjoyment.. . . Read More
Can you even begin to imagine combining boredom with stress? If you have ever been in that situation, you will know what it is like to be antsy, grouchy, depressed, and useless all at the same time. Who has not been there and done that?
As simple as it sounds, as part of your preparedness planning I would like to suggest you put together a list of things to do when you are required to hunker down in place to wait out a storm, wait for the power to come back on, or otherwise wait until it is safe to leave your home.. . . Read More
Every once in a while, it is important to take a back seat to the process of prepping and do a little planning. I say this because things change and life evolves, requiring a re-examination of the who, what, and why of prepping. Let's face it. You probably remember why you started to set food, water, and supplies aside, and why you began to bone up on off-grid skills. But in the flurry of preparedness activities, have you ever taken a look at your original plan and made circumstantial changes?
If you are saying "what plan", join the crowd!
Today I am going to challenge all preppers, new or experienced, to take and hour or so to think about "the plan". I will do this by asking a few questions.. . . Read More
Who hasn't, at one time or another, wondered what it would be like to chuck it all, give up the job, abandon suburbia, and become totally self-sufficient by living off of the land? Back in the late sixties and early seventies, folks with that mindset were sometimes called hippies. The reality is that some were but others were not. That being said, there was a "Back to the Land Movement" that was popular among young people of the era.
The concept of back-to-the land is not new. Back in 1845, Thoreau went to Walden Pond to “live deliberately”. Throughout the generations, the concept has been perpetuated under many guises, with perhaps the latest being urban homesteading. Taking that one step further, we have prepping, which I have often referred to as ". . . Read More
Fundamentally, my own view of things is that the end of the world as we know it has come and gone. That happened during the crash of 2009, an event that forever changed the course of life for me and many others. Years have now passed and instead of lamenting that which I cannot control, I stay focused on self-reliance and on moving forward with life, the best I can.
Choosing the path of preparedness is analogous to a journey with no ending. There are many twists and turns along the way and decisions to be made. What I like is that there is no right or wrong, and no one to pass judgment on your choices.. . . Read More
Back in the early days, before writing about any one aspect of prepping, I had to do a lot of research. Online resources were meager so there was a lot of trial and error involved as I formulated my own preparedness strategy. Sadly, as I look back, there was considerable error. Who knew? The good news is that the school of hard prepping knocks has taught me a thing or two. This is especially true when it comes to last minute preps.
Now that I am lot smarter, I thought it might be fun to put on my thinking cap and come up with a list of ten last minute preps that could be put into place if I had a modicum of warning that a storm or other disruptive event was brewing. There are two parts to this list, things to do and things to buy.. . . Read More
The topic of using expired prescription drugs comes up frequently in survival and preparedness circles. Although there are many articles detailing with the efficacy of outdated meds, one question I get over and over again is "what do I do when the meds run out?"
Whereas there is no single clear answer, one thing we can all start to do now is hang on to our old, unused meds. For the most part and with very few exceptions, they will be viable for two to twelve years beyond their expiration date. The secret is to keep them in a cool, dark, location that is not too dissimilar from your food storage.. . . Read More
Why is it that humans, especially American humans, collect so much stuff? It is not that we need all this stuff and it is not that we necessarily want it. It just is.
Perhaps we should blame the Madison avenue types so aptly portrayed in the now defunct TV series Mad Men. These days, it seems we are bombarded by ads for every conceivable item, from toothpaste, to fashion, to pharmaceuticals we never knew we needed. Then there is the seduction of shopping! Sometimes it is simply too much, and at least for me, it often takes more than a modicum of will power to simply say no.. . . Read More
There is fine line between fiction as entertainment and fiction as a learning experience. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you get both. In that respect, fictionalized tales of survival have proliferated over the years, and as long as you steer clear of the monster zombie titles, you can usually find something redeeming to add to your preparedness knowledge.
As a newbie prepper, one of the first books I read was One Second After. This book was an eye opener and served to confirm that the road to preparedness was the correct path to follow. Shortly after reading One Second After, I saw the movie version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and I was hooked.. . . Read More