While some of us live self reliant lifestyles daily, many of us are still planning for the day when we can quit our corporate day jobs for a simpler, more self-sufficient life. Rarely do we get such a nice mix of the practical with the personal in today's Prepper Book Festival entry. Blending the right mindset with practical experiences as an aspiring homesteader, Susan tells a wonderful story of the complexities, joys, and hard realities of homestead living. Susan is here today to answer some questions about her latest piece. Without further delay, I introduce . . . . Read More
There’s something otherworldly and mysterious about the world of fungi, which is part of the reason taking the dive into wild mushroom hunting can be so intimidating. Even after becoming an avid plant forager myself, I held off from expanding into mycophagy, or wild mushroom foraging, assuming it to be more “advanced” than plant foraging, and more likely to result in mistakes. Stories of toxic mushrooms, psychedelic delirium, and names like “Death Cap” and “Destroying Angel” made me feel like I was better off just sticking with wild plants. How silly I was! The truth is, while there are mushrooms with toxic lookalikes that are hard to differentiate, the same basic foraging rules apply to mushrooms that apply to plants:
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When you go to the grocery store or look for canned meats online the price may shock you. If you want really high quality meats then there is even more of a premium. Canning your own meat is much more economical and not as hard as you might think. What You Need Pressure Canner This is an absolute must. Meat must be pressure canned to be safe for consumption and long term storage. Not using a pressure canner can result in spoilage and in worst cases severe cases of food poisoning. This is definitely not something you want to risk. . . . Read More
In the event of a venomous snake bite, antivenom, sometimes called antivenin, is the only treatment. While these miraculous drugs cannot reverse the damage that the venom has already caused you, they do stop the venom in its tracks. So, how exactly does it work? Of course, you’ll also want to know which snakes are venomous, how to avoid them, and what to do if you’ve been bitten by one. Snake safety has changed a lot over the decades, and there is lots of false information floating around, so you may need this refresher. . . . Read More
The key word in that question is the word "need." The word "need" implies that you have a goal. Is your goal to:
Survive for a long period – say a month or longer?
Power your body so that you can do more?
Sustain your current weight?
The family pet can be trained to do a lot of tasks which can make your SHTF survival odds skyrocket. But not every family pet is up to every task you may ask of him or her. Even if Fido is very protective of your children, he is very unlikely to put his life on the line for them. So, what can you expect your dog to do? And which commands should you spend time to teach your dog now, before SHTF? The Necessity of Training The truth is, you’ll get out of your dog what you put into him or her. If you don’t have your dog trained for protection work, they won’t be able to reliably protect you when SHTF. Your dog may not even recognize the danger you face. If they do, most dogs will avoid the danger. The same goes for other tasks that people commonly . . . Read More
We talk a lot about emergency food but do we ever really define what it is we mean? When it comes to surviving an emergency, our body requires different types of food to meet different types survival needs. Life-Threatening Emergencies When your life is on the line, your body responds. It is programmed to help you find the energy to fight off an attack or to flee – fight or flight. It is a tool that goes back to a time when our ancestors lived in caves and had to hunt and forage for their food. We were not the only predator, and sometimes we were the prey. How our bodies cope with life and death is not just about the food we eat. It is often about our genetics. In biology, we talk about "survival of the fittest," which has nothing to do with being stronger. It is about how well we fit . . . Read More
There are plenty of reasons and economic collapse could happen. A lot of people assume that this is political but there are plenty of other reasons a collapse could occur. Cyber Terrorism Unfortunately we live in a world where the banking system is very susceptible to cyber attacks. It has been proven all too many times that our computer systems are not safe. There are so many ways to glean information and those that want to cause trouble or extort money from others. Fiat Currency Crisis In the United States the only thing backing our money in reality is the confidence of people and business. There is no gold or silver to back it up whatsoever. Government spending is high and the US treasury keeps printing more money. The more money that is in circulation, the less your dollar is . . . Read More
How do you choose between the many survival food companies when it comes time to prepare for food available disruptions? This article compares the five best survival food brands and discusses their benefits based on ingredients, calories, and cost per serving. While numbered, these brands appear in no particular order as they all offer benefits. 1. Mountain House — Survival and Casual Prepared Foods Mountain House provides food rations for emergency preparedness and for casual use such as camping, hiking, and backpacking. Their product list includes: . . . Read More
Upon request from our readers, I was asked to make a follow-up to the MRE article. In there, I had mentioned that creating your own MRE is more efficient and cheaper than buying one of the brand-names. Therefore, I have compiled this information together as everything you’ll need to know about creating your very own MRE. I will be going over what I had mentioned in the previous article as well as supplying you with the “how-to’s” in drying out food, properly compacting it all into air-tight storage, and the proper steps to take in preserving your MREs. Remember, being that you’re able to decide what goes into these MREs, you have the freedom to use this information however you . . . Read More
When you first hit the survivalist and prepper scene you’re looking to secure your basics: shelter, water, and food. Looking for advice online will quickly lead you to the Sawyer Mini as your solution for water, at least in your bug-out-bag or hiking bag. People are downright obsessive over this simple, hand-held water filter, and with good reason. It does a great job, for a long time, and at a cheap price. Our interview with Daisy Luther, author of the Prepper Survival Guide, revealed that she carries one. But, the Sawyer Mini isn’t your solution for every scenario, and is especially ill-suited for preppers. There are better filters for you, and let me tell you why. . . . Read More
MRE’s (or Meals, Ready-to-Eat) are compacted meals devised to resist rough conditions and survive long lifespans. They were created for the United States Armed Forces, however, they’ve also found their way into the backpacks of survivalists. Though MRE’s are convenient, there’s ongoing disdain over how sufficient they really are (check out out this article for more disdain). They’re bulky, heavy, expensive, and highly temperature sensitive. It’s been noted that leaving an MRE in over 100-degree weather for just one day takes the life expectancy down by an entire month. On top of this, MRE’s are loaded with an excessive amount of MSG (. . . Read More