Canning is a blessing and a curse. For seasoned canners, preserving the local bounty not only saves money but is a relaxing and stress-free experience. These same canners giddily prepare fully cooked meals in jars, to be opened and reheated at a moment's notice. And everyone else? They suffer a fear of the canning process, botulism, and of blowing themselves up along with their kitchen. Don't let this canning curse prevent you from learning and benefiting from this important skill. In The Prepper's Canning Guide, my good friend Daisy Luther teaches you how to can without fear! . . . Read More
It is not often that I become indecisive but earlier in the week, as I was deciding how to lead this latest book festival, I just couldn't decide. There were too many good books, each delivering value to preppers in their own unique way. Ultimately, the winner was a book by Ron Melchiore, someone many of you may recognize as a periodic guest contributor here on Backdoor Survival. Ron and his wife, Johanna, have lived a good portion of their life together off-grid in what most of us would call the remote wilderness. In spite of his isolation, Ron is quite sociable and remarkably witty eloquent as he shares his journey in his book Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness. This is a book about sustainable living, starting in the seventies and . . . Read More
In what has become a tradition, I am honored to introduce you to a dozen new books in Prepper Book Festival #14. These are books that will allow you to be better prepared, more self-sufficient, and better informed. . . . Read More
The very first Prepper Book Festival occurred in 2012. Where has the time gone? In looking back, many of the books featured at that time have become a distant memory while others have become classics. One of the books that has withstood the test of time was the first book in the 299 Days Series by Glen Tate. It seems like a fitting finale to this round of books is to feature the entire 299 Days Series. Now ten books strong, I have an encore interview with Glen plus a set of the first three books in the series to offer up as a giveaway. . . . Read More
Over the past few years, I have acquired a sizeable library of books and eBooks on natural remedies. Some are good to use as a reference but somewhat dry, boring, and overly technical. Others are fluff or simply a glorified blog post article. A select few are outstanding and today's book is one of them. Heal Local: 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare by Dawn Combs is one of those rare books that takes an overwhelming subject and breaks it down into manageable bites. The book begins with an extensive discussion of developing a local medicine community and the value of using healing herbs we can grow ourselves. It then moves on to the many ways you can put these herbs to use, whether as a tincture, oil infusion, steam pot, salve, . . . Read More
One of the common laments of preppers is they feel they are a lone wolf. In their hearts and minds they know if there is a major emergency, stored preps will be handy, but in reality, it will take teamwork to survive. We are not talking about OPSEC here. Instead, we are talking about community preparedness where neighbors help neighbors to ensure that everyone gets out of harm's way safely. The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook by Scott Finazzo is a book about community preparedness. It is a detailed guide to finding like-minded folks in your community that can band together to organize a disaster preparedness network. . . . Read More
Lately, you may have noticed a recurring theme here on Backdoor Survival. Gardening and food preservation are on my mind and for good reason. I now own an acre of land with a decent growing season and plenty of sun. I may even have room for a modest aquaponic gardening setup. Today's Prepper Book Festival title will help me do just that. Let me introduce you to Aquaponic Gardening: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together. This book is going to show you how to raise vegetables and fish together when failure is not an option. . . . Read More
Survival fiction is back in the forefront this week with an all-new book in Joe Nobody's Holding Their Own Series. This is book number twelve which is a testament to the popularity of not only this series, but of Joe himself. This latest book, Holding Their Own XII: Copperheads, continues the trials and tribulations of Bishop, Terri, and their team, as they survive in a world gone sideways. As with the rest of the books in the series, the characters are real people, with personalities and emotions we can identify with. . . . Read More
Water is on my mind this week. Not only have I received quite a few emails about water storage, but I have also been swapping out water filters in my Berkey, and doing my darndest to convince my non-prepper neighbors to store water for emergency use. Given the importance of having good, clean water following a disruptive event, today I am bringing back the Prepper’s Water Survival Guide and an encore interview with my friend, Daisy Luther. . . . Read More
As someone who spent over twenty years boating in the waters of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. I understand the importance of tying good, strong knots. I also know from experience that knot craft goes way beyond the actual process of tying a knot. Choosing the best cordage for the job (natural or synthetic), and taking care of your ropes is as important as knot-tying technique. In Scott Finazzo's Prepper's Guide to Knots, you will not only learn techniques for tying knots in a survival situation but also how to keep your rope in good repair so it does not let you down when you need it. . . . Read More
Learning from survival fiction is one of my passions although I do recognize and accept that many of the scenarios are quite extreme. Still, as a prepper that is continually challenged by the pursuit of knowledge, I keep reading and keep playing the "what if" game in my own mind. One of the best series of books for doing so is Deborah D. Moore's The Journal Series.
If that name sounds familiar, it is because you were introduced to Deborah a couple of months back when her cookbook was featured In Prepper Book Festival 12. Many of you came out in droves telling me about her Journal Series and how wonderful these books were.. . . Read More
The acquisition of solar energy can take many forms. There is everything from modestly priced solar panels to charge small electronics, to full-blown roof-panel systems that can power an entire home. Most of us aspire to something in-between that will see us through a major power outage or grid-down situation.
The concept of solar energy can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. How much sun do you need? What are charge controllers, inverters, and inverter generators. What does PV stand for? Hint: Photovoltaic power systems.