Grinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill

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When I first started prepping, the last thing on my mind was purchasing wheat for long term storage.  Heck, what was I going to do with 100 pounds of wheat berries?  Eat them raw?  Cook them? Sprout them?  Turn them into flour? I did not have a clue.  My my, how things have changed.

Today I am thrilled to share with you my experience learning how to mill my own flour with the incredible WonderMill.  Not only that, the nice folks at WonderMill have set aside one of their grain mills for one very lucky Backdoor Survival reader.  But more about that later.

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THE INCREDIBLE WONDERMILL

The first thing I did when my WonderMill arrived is take it out of the box and set it up. Even though I am a “read the manual first” type of person, I skipped that part and simply followed the pictures on the outside of the box.  First impression?  There are very few parts – no itty bitty pieces to put together – just the basic components that go together in just a few minutes.

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I had expected it to be heavy and clunky and actually quite a bit larger than it was, but in fact, it is quite compact and streamlined.  The way it works is that you turn on switch, pour your wheat (or other grains) into the hopper, and let it run.  In less than a minute, wheat turns into flour that is transported via a piece of rubber tubing into a separate, storable container.

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What about the mess?  That is where the incredible comes in.  There was none.  My expectation was that the milling process would result in a white dusting of flour on my black countertops and allover me as well.  Incredibly, there was very little and I was pleased.

The WonderMill is said to be the quietest Mill on the market, and while I have nothing to compare it to, it was not as loud as I expected.  I would say that it was comparable to the sound of a vacuum cleaner or a blender whipping up a batch of slushy margaritas.

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There are three separate settings on the mill itself:  pastry, bread and course.  I have only used the “bread” setting which produces a nice fine flour, not dissimilar in texture to regular unbleached flour that is purchased commercially.

During the grinding/milling process, the unit does get warm and puts forth a sweetish smell.  I would imagine that this smell might be unique to the type of grain being used; in my case it was hard white wheat that I had purchased from both Thrive Life and Emergency Essentials.  This other thing I should note is that one cup of wheat produced a tad less than 1.5 cups of flour.

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Cleanup was pretty simple.  I separated the storage bin from the mill itself then tapped out any excess flour.  I then used a small brush (the type that you use with a coffee grinder) and brushed away any remaining flour from the nooks and crannies.  This only took a minute or two.

THE RESULTS

As interesting as the technical details might be to some, to me the real tale is in the results.  How did the flour turn out within the context of a real loaf of bread or in a pizza crust?

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I made two separate loaves of bread in my bread machine. The flavor of my bread was, as I described it to a friend, the “best darn whole wheat bread I have ever tasted”.  It had a fresh sweet flavor unlike any other bread I have purchased or made myself.  I made no adjustment to my standard recipe that and found that the loaves raised and baked up quite nicely with a nice crumb and a rich golden color.  I did feel that the bread was slightly more dense and a bit more filling than normal.

I need to do a bit more research to be sure, but that may have to do with the home milled flour having a higher percentage of protein than commercially milled flour.  On the other hand, it may be due to those extra thick slices that I enjoyed during my taste test.

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My pizza dough was made from the whole wheat pizza dough recipe found in the Artisan Pizza in Five book.  It, too, came out perfectly and the taste?  Let me put it this way.  Two of us ate the entire pizza in one sitting.

WHY IS GRINDING FLOUR AT HOME A GOOD IDEA?

If I said it is fun would you believe me?  Well it is! Just like making your own bread and your own sourdough starter is fun, grinding wheat is fun.

Not only that, there is the satisfaction of knowing that you have taken your baking to a new level of deliciousness.  I used hard white wheat and as I indicated above, the flavor was unlike any bread I have ever tasted.  Another thing is that I like the idea that I can grind only what I plan on using right away or over the next couple of weeks at the most.  This means my flour is always fresh.  If you have been baking for awhile, you know that old flour gets stale and looses its oomph.

Something else to consider is that wheat and other grains store well when packaged in food grade buckets with gamma seals which means you don’t need to find the space to store sacks upon sacks of various types of flour (unbleached, whole wheat, pastry, bread, etc.).

ENOUGH ALREADY! WHAT ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY?

Here is the part I know you have been waiting for.  WonderMill is giving a grain mill to one lucky reader.  The winner will have a choice of the electric WonderMill, like the one I have, or the Wonder Junior Deluxe which, as a manual mill, can be used to also grind nuts into nut butter, coffee and a variety of other items  not possible with an electric mill.

To enter, please respond to the following question in the comment area below:

What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?

In addition, you can earn an extra entry by doing the following and telling me so in a separate comment.

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And finally, you can earn a third entry by doing the following and telling me so in a separate comment.

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Just to be clear, to take advantage of all three entries, you must leave three separate comments.

The closing date for entries is Friday, September 6th at 6PM PDT.  The winner will be selected at random using the tools available at the random.org website.  After being notified by email, the winner will have 72 hours to claim their WonderMill or Wonder Junior Deluxe.  Otherwise, an alternate winner will be selected.

Note: If you are reading this article in your email client, you must go to the Backdoor Survival website to enter this giveaway in the comments area at the bottom of the article. Also, this giveaway is only available to readers with a US or Canadian shipping address only.

THE FINAL WORD

Now that I have my WonderMill Grain MillGrinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill   Backdoor Survival, I am beginning to research different grains and even the usefulness of grinding beans for bean flour and corn for corn flour.  I plan to go back and re-read John Hill’s book, How to Live on Wheat also to continue making various types of baked goods with my new mill.  I am also planning to write some new articles with on tips for using wheat and other grains as part of your long term storage strategy.

The value of this giveaway is as much as $250, depending on which mill you select.  I would like to thank the fine folks at the Wondermill company for offering this fantastic opportunity to the readers of Backdoor Survival.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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WonderMill Grain MillGrinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill   Backdoor Survival :  This is the electric version, like mine. The WonderMill is the quietest and fastest flour mill available. You can create super fine flour or coarse flour at temperatures that preserve nutrients, ensuring that you will always have the perfect flour for your food. The WonderMill will not only grind wheat, rice and other small grains, but will also grind legumes and beans as large as garbanzos. It is extremely easy to use – simply fill the hopper and you’ll get flour.  Also available from here: Wonder Mill Wheat GrinderGrinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill   Backdoor Survival.

Wonder Junior Deluxe Hand Grain / Flour Mill by WondermillGrinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill   Backdoor Survival: I struggled with the decision whether to go manual or electric.  The advantage of the Wonder Junior Deluxe is that it does not need power.  In addition, because the grinding mechanism can be cleaned, you can use it to grind nuts, coffee and a variety of seeds (as well as wheat and legumes, of course).

Coffee Grinder Cleaning BrushGrinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill   Backdoor Survival: This brush is perfect for whisking flour away from the nooks and crannies of you mill when you are done using it.

Aluminum 12 Ounce ScoopGrinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill   Backdoor Survival: A couple of these would sure be handy for scooping your wheat into the hopper.

Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a DayGrinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill   Backdoor Survival:  What can I say?  You will do fine with the recipe I have shared today, but the book is well worth it and I believe in supporting these two fabulous authors that really do care about your success.  There is also Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free IngredientsGrinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill   Backdoor Survival from the same authors.

Danish Dough WhiskGrinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill   Backdoor Survival: Besides the pizza book, this is the one must-have.  This gizmo makes mixing up the dough a lot – and I mean a lot – easier.

How to Live on Wheat: Everything you need to know about wheat.  Be sure to also read my article Why Store Wheat – Wheat 101 for Newbies.


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Grinding Wheat with the Incredible WonderMill — 715 Comments

  1. I would vote for water purification as being the most important. I would go for oxygen since that is even more important than water, but I don’t think anyone has found a way to steal oxygen or to put it in an artificial bubble that will pop :)

  2. I think gardening with primitive tools and being able to raise enough food to sustain your family through a hard winter will be the most important skill.

  3. If we have all done our homework and prepared, when SHTF, I would hope the pioneer skill would be to have the courage, stability, and the calmness to put it all into effect. You do what you have to do.

  4. Summertime isn’t as big a threat without electricity, but winter presents the largest threat of all. We lived through Hurricane Sandy which happened around Halloween. A cold, raw, rainy November was only days away and although we had food and water and a few generators shared among neighbors, staying warm was difficult and stressful. Should even a bad-case scenario hit in the dead of winter, the pioneering skill of making a fire would be best for cooking (cast iron cookware) and staying warm (not the most efficient). I’m wondering what people in an apartment complex would do. A few days without heat and heating pipes will burst and flood the living area (this happened to a friend, not hurricane related). Propane, white gas, kerosene in quantity for heaters is the best solution, but again, who in the city has room for a 100-pound tank of LPGas or a cord of firewood?

  5. I believe the pioneer skill that would be most valuable would be “self reliance”. Which encompasses many skills. The more self reliant you are the better able you will be to survive any Disaster or SHTF Situation and be able to help as many family and friends as you can.

  6. Knowing water sources and how to cook on an open flame would be the best way I could contribute. I have tons of wheat berries and haven’t decided on a mill yet. Would love to have this one!!

  7. I believe ‘adaptability’ will the most valuable ‘pioneer skill’ … the ability to adapt to unknown circumstances … the pioneers headed west betting their skills to survive and thrive against unknown odds.

  8. Being a food gatherer to me is one of the most important pioneer skills along with being able to find and purify water so it is drinkable.

  9. It may not sound like a pioneering skill, but I think hands down it will be the ability to create and become a part of a community that works together and has a common goal. None of us can do it alone long-term.

  10. In a disaster, finding and purifying water would be a real necessity. Also, the ability to erect a shelter and cook over an open flame would come in handy, as would hunting skills, an having a stockpile of processed foods.

  11. I have found that you can buy, build, or study on a skill, but to actually do it is another story. Right now I am struggling with being able to cook various foods, in a grid down situation. I use my campfire pit in the back yard OK, but a rocket stove, a solar oven, a sun reflective satellite dish, and now I am trying to buy an old projector TV to get that giant magnifying glass, to place over my grill, so I can bake.

  12. The most valuable pioneer skill would be the ability to make food from almost “nothing.” Not having a refrigerator or stove and still cooking up a great meal for your family.

  13. I’ve always loved metal working, and I do think that being able to do metal work and blacksmithing will be a valuable skill for myself and to barter.

  14. It’s hard to separate the skills, but I think the abilities to find and prepare food “the old fashioned ways” will be invaluable.

  15. I believe that to be able to survive after a disaster, you should be able to grow your own food and be able to find water, and shelter for your family or yourself. I have been trying to do this all year, practicing my skills. I would love to have a WonderMill, it would make life easier!

  16. I may not be as eloquent as other writers, but I believe knowing how to grow food is the most important skill we’d need after TSHTF. It’s not just planting seeds and then eating a few months later. One would have to know how to plow, till, etc. How to removed weeds, rid the plants of bugs, when to reap the harvest, and how to store what you’ve grown.

    • Learning more about cleaning water naturally, building a well, saving seeds for gardening, and learning how to rotate and grass-feed livestock.

  17. I think being able to do pretty much anything for yourself would be the most valuable skill. Growing and preserving good, fixing, building, healing, etc..

  18. I think the most important pioneer skill to have would be the ability to improvise and use whatever you have around you to your benefit. A knowledge of basic construction, farming, hunting/gathering and cooking skills are important, but knowing how to work with what you have is top of the list for me.

  19. A true return to a pioneer lifestyle would be a horrifying reality for America. I think the most important skill would have to be building a shelter. Safely tucked away out of the weather, you have time to work on the other necessary skills that might give you a chance to survive.

  20. Great Job! am following you on FB, Twitter and Pinterest.. LOVE your posts! most important skill i believe is Preserving/Growing Food.

  21. I have liked Backdoor Survival on Facebook, which is where I got the wonderful reminder to read your article today!
    PS, I have some 50 year old wheat a friend gave me. She stored it in metal garbage cans behind her garage. I have no idea if it is any good, so I am going to plant a 4X4 plot in my garden to see if it sprouts! it still smells sweet and clean, so wish me luck!

  22. “What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?” Self defense will be first and foremost .You cant do any gardening,water gathering etc if your dead.Being able to stay alive for the first month or so will determine whether or not you will survive the long haul .I think during the first weeks the weak and unprepared will die off leaving only the prepared and strongest and smartest left

  23. And finally, you can earn a third entry by doing the following and telling me so in a separate comment.

    Follow Backdoor Survival on Facebook: Backdoor Survival on Facebook
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  24. In addition, you can earn an extra entry by doing the following and telling me so in a separate comment.

    Like WonderMill on Facebook: WonderMill Facebook Page
    Done liked and following

  25. I think food-related skills of any type will be the most valuable. The ability to grow, hunt, and preserve your own food in the future is priceless.

  26. The pioneering skill I would think would be most important is being able to provide clean water to my family. I don’t know if that is necessarily a skill so I would then say being able to grow our own food.

  27. Most important skill? INITIATIVE! All the knowledge and materials in the world are no good unless we are willing to give things a try!

  28. I liked Backdoor Survival on F.B and Pinterest and follow wonder mill on Pinterest

    The skill most needed would be knowing water/food resources.

  29. I think the most valuable pioneer skill will be knowing how to covert raw, homegrown foods into meals, rather than relying on processed foods.

  30. I think the most valuable skill would be the acquisition of food. Then being able to preserve the food (dehydrating, canning, etc.)

  31. I think the most important skill would be learning to cook and can on a wood stove. Most people don’t realize how difficult it is. You’ll probably think I’m crazy but I debated between this and water-witching. That’s a long lost skill that can also be bartered.

  32. Tough question – if you are talking about staying in place, then water and food production and preparation top the list. Which would include finding and treating water, foraging/hunting/fishing, gardening and such, as well as knowing how to prepare it without power. You can always barter with water and food to get other things you need. Medical is another high priority as is sewing. Eventually clothes and items will have to be darned, repaired and replaced. If you are talking about getting caught outside the home, then it comes to water, shelter, fire and foraging – with flexibility on the priority. You aren’t going to worry about finding water in a blizzard, but you will worry about shelter and then fire!

  33. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?

    I think that the ability to think rationally and know what to do is going to be the most valuable skill! Too often I see people stockpile food they have no idea how to cook with, or purchasing eqiupment they’ve never used before. One of the things we pride ourselves on in our home is that everything we do, we can do without power, and have *tried* without power. We have a manual mill (and yeah, that IS why I want an electric one LOL) and I have ground wheat berries by hand to make flour. I have taken years to learn how to bake bread with nothing more than a bowl and a spoon, and the ingredients. I know how to do a number of things in very simple ways. We make a point of learning the simple stuff first, THEN adding in the technology to help out. The bottom line is, if the world as we know it ends, there won’t be an internet to distract me, nor will my copy writing job be an issue (which I do via the internet). I’ll have the time to grind by hand. :)

    In short, I think the most important skill is being able to figure things out. Pick up a book – can you follow the instructions to get a finished product? That’s the most important skill. :)

  34. Follow WonderMill on Pinterest: WonderMill on Pinterest
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    Done! Though I already liked their FB page. But I am thrilled to see that Pinterest page, because I didn’t know it existed and it looks GOOD!

  35. All three done!

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  36. Most important skill: people skills (e.g communication, bargaining, threat assessment, etc ). Practical skill: food aquisition.

  37. I believe that you need to know how to protect yourself, but also basic survival skills, fire starting, forging for food and making temporary shelters and permanent shelters. Preparing before hand for any such disaster is key and being able to band together with family/friends or other prepared people will make for a good base of support against the elements or enemy.

  38. The ability to gleen food from the things around you, assuming you are not able to stay in one place for large amounts of time.

  39. Follow Backdoor Survival on Facebook: Backdoor Survival on Facebook
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    Done! I didn’t know about either (found you through one of my FB friends announcing the contest), so this is new and exciting for me. :) We’ve been prepping for a while, in a sensible kind of way, and we do a lot of home canning, growing our own food, raising chickens and such. :)

  40. I think the most important skill is the ability to think in small steps and work logically until completion of a task.With this you can do anything and learn anything .Knowledge can not help or be gainfully acquired without this skill .

  41. I think being able to hunt and process your own meat will be one of the most valuable skills to have after a systemic collapse.

  42. Knowing how to make your own bread and make meals from scratch, and cook without electricity would be very important.

  43. I feel that we will need to garden, cook from scratch – but especially know remedies to help heal our families when they are sick!!

  44. There are so many! Depending on the type of disaster, I would choose learning to forage for food and hunting/fishing if I had no resources to work with. Learning to start a fire out of practically anything would go with that too.

  45. There are so many important skills to have for survival, finding food, finding shelter, finding water, keeping your family safe.

    I think being able to provide safe drinking water is the most important, because without water, we die.

    After that, I think knowing how to hunt and prepare caught game is important. And finally, I think knowing how to make fire is right up there with important. If you are away from all your prepped supplies, you will need these skills.

    : )

  46. Maybe a good skill is to read ALL of the directions – I am following WonderMill on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+. I left 3 separate comments -

  47. I think the most valuable skill in a SHTF scenario will be mental. The ability to control your emotions, thoughts and to be able to keep calm and think clearly is essential. You can have all the “preps” in the world, but if you get panicked, depressed or even discouraged, those preps can loose effectiveness.(Of course if you DID have all the preps in the world – you might not be to quick to panic LOL)

    Still, I think the ability to think clearly, remain calm and resourceful and keep the confidence that you can make it though what ever hardship you face will be the most valuable skill you could have. If you can do that you can figure out a lot of the rest of the stuff more easily.

  48. I think the most important pioneer skill would be growing, foraging, storing, and preserving food. I also think medicine for serious situations would be nearly as important.

  49. I would say in the short term, the knowledge of how to filter water and forage food. In the long term: gardening, fishing and hunting including the skills to process your food.

    Overall though? multiple ways to start a fire and how to filter water.

  50. I liked both on facebook. And the response to the question is; shelter is the first thing to think about taking care of.

  51. The first skills put to work would be finding a defensible/sustainable water supply, immediately followed by shelter and food of the same caliber… the success of which all depends on your ability to adapt and plan. The only pioneers to succeed were either stupidly lucky, or had gathered a wide knowledge base in all areas that addressed survivability, as well as future prosperity. I’m not betting on stupid luck. More Knowledge = More Surviving. That’s why we’re here at the Backdoor. Thanks for sharing Gaye :)

  52. If keeping a level head was a pioneer skill, than I would have to say that. Other skills will then fall in place, although you’ll need to already know them.

  53. I believe one of the most valuable pioneer skills will be able to master cooking on hot coals with a cast iron skillet or Dutch Oven.

  54. I am guessing that all the things mentioned for the other entries must be done, however if not, I already follow you on Facebook. I don’t do Pinterest, so if this excludes me, I am fine with that.

  55. I will/have followed WonderMill on Facebook. If not doing Pinterest or GooglePlus excludes me, than again I am okay with it.

  56. Important and necessary “pioneer” skill: water purification, closely followed by food production and storage, protection, and healthcare. Did I just say beans, bullets and bandaids?

  57. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?

    Planting, harvesting, and then saving seeds for the following year.

  58. I think the most important skill to have would be having the knowledge to replenish your water and food supplies. Been following your site for about 2 months and have learned a lot.

  59. When you look at the pioneers, when they came out west, the first thing they did was build a shelter, find water, and plant a garden. So I would have to go along with them, but I would also add cooking with out power.

  60. Gardening, canning, dehydrating, raising animals, water pressuring, solar and wind power, making homemade items from soap to medicine, plus husband has military experience to add to our safety. We don’t have a grain mill yet, so would be a great item to win. It is on our need list. Good luck everyone, but I hope we win.

  61. I think the most important skill will be the ability to grow/raise your own food. Saving is good, but what happens when your stash runs out?

  62. I think the skill of living with what is available to you in your environment. Wither that is living off the land and using all your resources (ie shooting a deer for meat but also using the hide for clothing) or using what you have available in your house so that your family doesn’t become bored with the same foods and reusing items in your home.

  63. It will be the little things -the things we just take for granted -fresh water, vegetables, and people will want some bread! (I would) This mill sounds great -thanks for the chance.

    • I kind of messed up just so I have only 3 entries -I followed wondermill on fb and pinterest and google plus and I also follow backdoor survival on Pinterest and facebook thanks

  64. Pioneer skill in SHTF scenario – those skills relating to food, water, and health I think would be the most important. Can you grow and store food? Can you cook it? Do you know how to find water and make it potable? Do you have anyone available with medical skills?

  65. Probably the most important skill in an ‘off grid’ situation is feeding yourself. If you don’t know how to cook without electricity, or at least forage a bit in your surroundings, you’re as good as gone!

  66. Knowing how to live, survive without electricity. This is something that has to be prepared for not a instant thing you would suddenly have the knowledge of how to do. Shelter, Water and food and protection would have to be provided by yourself..pioneer skills, definitely!!

  67. Finding a water source, and knowing how to filter same to prevent illness, will be the most important skill, regardless of how long the emergency will last!

  68. Pioneer Skill: grow your own food, be able to protect yourself, sew on my treadle machine, cook and preserve food. I am a novice at all of this, but I am learning. A person is never too old to try new things and develop skills.

  69. Critical Skill would be knowing how to purify water. Knowing from the pioneer days to soak your water in Apple Peels, if available or other sources of material, if it came from any where except a spring. Without Water. You will not survive. Depends on your Region, what plant to get water from…

  70. The first skill I would deem important is finding shelter away from whatever the disaster is and/or finding water also.

  71. I think that the ability to build a fire is the most valuable pioneer skill in a SHTF situation. There’s a reason its discovery changed our species. A fire means killing bacteria and other microbes in water, it means cooked food, as well as warmth and light. And just because you have something to start a fire with doesn’t mean you’ll be able to build one. It took me awhile to be able to light a fire and be confident that I’d burn more than the newspaper kindling.

  72. I think the skill most needed is the ability to prepare food without electricity. I learned this the hard way back in April 2011 when we were hit by the tornadoes and our power was out for over a week. If you can’t prepare food or clean water without power, you’re dead regardless of anything else you may have.

  73. I think one of the most important skills you could have is to know how to feed yourself or family on what ever you can find, or you have put away, you see I cook on fire everyday, open in a wood stove and even on a woodcook stove. I bake in and on top. If you can build a fire you can eat, purify water and keep clean.

  74. I think that being able to obtain fresh water & ability to grow food from seed rank pretty high. You won’t survive without either & we take so many things for granted.

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  76. The most important survival skill in any disaster scenario is to maintain the ability to keep a clear head and think your way through the situation. Most preppers are self educators, we develop the knowledge over time to survive or even thrive in adverse situations. Applying that knowledge when faced with an emergency is the difference between a survivor and a victim.

  77. what do I think would be the most useful skill..
    Firestarting.. being able to create fire.. is what brought us from the darkness…
    If I was to win.. I wonder how good the wondermill is.. so far pounding grain with a rock in a cast iron pan.. Morter pistol method is quite time consuming.. having a machine to do it.. would be great..and I bet get a lot better flour to boot and quicker….

  78. OH I follow Wondermill on FB and Backdoor survival I also think in a shtf scenario that fire starting is the most important thing to know how to do it.. Having a wonder mill would be great is sure would take the work out of pounding grain with a rock in a cast iron pan.. LOL LOL and I bet get a lot better flour to boot..

  79. I’m lucky. I live on 40+ acres in East Texas. We are the 6th generation. Hubby an I have relearned how to use all the old farm equipment, have OLD recipes for making soap, gardening, saving seeds, and there are 3ponds very close by for water that have never gone dry. We are blessed beyond belief. But, I have never made my own bread. So a grain mill would be SWEET !

  80. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?—-finding clean drinkable water for sure would be the answer.

  81. Like the Native Americans – their survival depended on hunting skills & plant gathering – either roots, berries or leaves. Next was preparation & preservation for later use. These skills then work into the skills for more comfort survival.

  82. Backdoor survival on Facebook and Pinterest.

    My apologies for the extra entries. I just realized I needed to do all three things for one entry then both things for one entry. So used to each action being an entry.

  83. I would have to say that gardening would be the most important skill. Its not as easy as “put seeds in ground and water” that some people think.

  84. I think being able to make a fire and keep a fire burning will be an essential skill in a grid down situation. Have to cook, boil water and many other reasons to need fire.

  85. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?

    A tough question indeed. I say tough because no single skill can keep anyone alive after a SHTF scenario. BUT if one single skill or quality had to be in place I would say the will to survive. One must want to live, as silly as that may sound. But as I look around I see many people that really don’t want to live but want to suck off the system. These folks will not make it after a SHTF scenario unfolds. They will riot and loot and ultimately fall due to lack of preparedness which will lead to sickness, famine, death.
    The will to survive is a skill or quality that stimulates thought. And it’s those capable of thinking that will survive.
    This I believe is THE essential skill or quality essential to surviving a SHTF scenario.

  86. Since you must have water to sustain all other skills, the skill to heat all water to not only sterilize, but also to be used in daily bodily consumption and for use in preparing both cold and hot meals.

  87. I’ve been reading novels of ‘end of times’ disasters/loss of power lately. I think the survival skill I need to work on is how to find and preserve food, including hunting for meat.

  88. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?

    Stay calm, access the disaster, collapse, or other . . . and then make clear choices based on facts.

  89. I don’t think any one skillset will keep someone alive but ones mindset may. You may be great at preparing foods from scratch but can you grow your own food or hunt/trap animals? You may be great at mechanical things, but are you able to grow/prepare foods for long term. You may have money or gold set aside but you can’t eat it. The Bible says that there are many members, no one member better than the other but all the members together make one. We will all need others who bring different skillsets but the one thing we must all have to live is the desire to live and make a better tomorrow…to rebuild what is lost. Without the desire, we will not survive.

  90. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?

    Separate your emotions from a clear thinking mind, access the disaster, collapse or other stuff.
    Deal with the facts.

  91. I think knowing how to can on a wood cook stove would be the skill to learn. And I learned it! I canned a whole turkey plus the broth it was simmered in, on my wood cook stove!
    Lisa

  92. The disaster or collapse could be a varied amount of anything from weather to economic.
    Look at the facts and follow with your best (skills).

  93. fully processing game….skinning and butchering, preserving hides and making leather, preserving meat, using bones and other non-edible parts.

  94. The most important skills are how to clean water and which plants/flowers are edible, starting the fire, making a shelter would be very helpful too. Cooking very important :) Don’t forget knowing the games that could be played in the candle light and telling stories if there is no light at all! To keep the youngest ones happy and not scared!

  95. I believe the most important pioneer skill is providing food for my family,whether it be from gardening,foraging,or hunting and fishing. The ability to do those things will also branch out in to areas of keeping my family safe by heightened awareness of your surroundings,you will be aware of approaching dangers. The flour ground from these mills would be healthier than store-bought flour being whole grain.

  96. The ability to collect water for use will be key. The pioneers, of course, did not know about contaminants, so the added burden will be on us to filter our collected water adequately.

  97. The most important thing in a stuff hits the fan scenario is a tough one. I think a positive attitude and knowledge are important. Access to water, shelter and food are critical. If you’ve taken the time to educate yourself, stockpile food, water, and hunting supplies before bad things happen then I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. And if I have a WonderMill, at the very least I can make hardtack and that has been keeping the world’s armies alive for ages. BTW love your posts and emails, I learn so much.

  98. poineer skills are how i live but to be opento always learning more .skill would be saving more water safe for humans and all my livestock

  99. Hygiene! It’s so easy to start spreading disease or get infections in poorly cared for injuries or just injuries when you’re not clean, and it’s so debilitating that it’s definitely my first concern. Medical hygiene too… blood borne diseases don’t vanish because things fall apart! Other things I can sort of fudge for the most part or ask my husband to help me with, but good hygiene habits are priceless for everyone involved.

  100. I think that providing food & water & cooking the food will be the most important pioneer skill to have after a disaster.

  101. I would think food preservation would be the most important skill to have during a crises. That includes being able to purify water.

  102. I think that the ability to grow and preserve your own food will be the most important pioneer skill to have if something happens in the future….And I think everyone should start learning how now…We are never guaranteed that tomorrow will be the same as today!

  103. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?-
    i believe the most important skill we will have to have is the adapablility mind set to deal with situations that are no longer part of the norm.. jjust as the pioneer’s did when they moved west, colonized the east and built this great nation…

  104. Pioneer skills…hmmm…although not technically skills, adaptability and the “gumption” to make do with less top my list of pioneer skills. Oh and how best to use a knife. Any knife. Hunting, making shelter, skinning game and making jerky–knives are very versatile if you know how to use them.

  105. I believe that yes, providing food and water will be foremost for survival, however, extended survival will rely partially upon knowing how to store, can and dry food for duration as well as how to store water for duration. Whether it is a little or a lot that we will process at a time, if we are unable to maintain our supplies as they are supplied, we will loose our struggle for life.

    While growing food or learning what can or cannot be eaten in the forests are important, that too is of no effect if you can not maintain the supply for long term use.

    While physical safety is important, that too is of no effect if you have no food or water.

    Physical life comes back around to food and water. The most important skill…preparation of food and water for long term storage. I was blessed as a senior citizen to learn from my grandparents here in the South on the secrets of food storage.

    Brothers and Sisters this time there will be no recovery…long term storage should be our motto!

  106. Water is extremely important, but the most important pioneer skill I have creating fire. Fire provides warmth, cook, safety from most predators, light, and sanitation. In a SHTF scenario, you may not know your water source so you will to need to at least boil it. Iodine only goes so far.

  107. I have always believed in the lost arts and here is another. Before prepping I never even thought of this but am gung ho for doing anything to get away from big food and their processes that destroy the value of natural ingredients. I also follow you on Pinterest and Facebook!

  108. Hi, I have liked Backdoor Survival on FB

    I believe one of the most important pioneer skills to have would be knowledge of herbal remedies, as there will no longer be access to medical supplies and modern cures.

  109. Most important survival skill: being able to start a fire, because you can have warmth, boil water, and prepare food if you can start a fire.

  110. I think the most important skill in a longterm disaster situation is to be able to effectively raise and process your own food, hopefully more than you and your family need so you can trade excess for other needed products.

  111. There are many skills that pioneers had that we could use and to narrow it down would be difficult. I will say what they had inside of them that helped them go forward and pioneer is what we will need. Call it heart, attitude or ability to learn and be flexible but we will need that because life will be difficult after a disaster. Then water, shelter, warmth, food will be needed.

  112. The most important skill is learning how to be flexible and roll with the punches! If long term, knowing how to create tasty meals using basic commodities from scratch is very important. I am always amazed at people who don’t know how to cook other than from cans and boxes.

  113. I feel that gardening is one of the most important pioneer skills needed. Having a bunch of seeds stored does very little if you have little experience actually growing large amounts of food.

  114. what pioneer skill would be most beneficial? growing and preserving food. i would like to be included in the draw for this. the manual mill would be perfect for me.

  115. Well, I agree with most that food production/preservation is king. Having said that, storytelling and/or playing a musical instrument is right up there, too. People underestimate the impact of boredom. Keeping your body healthy is obvious, but if your mind is not engaged you will have problems…

    Thanks. Wondermill, please?

  116. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?

    I feel like the most valuable skill following a disaster is to be able to purify water without electricity and with only what you have with you.

    Hope I win!

  117. You can have all the know how required to survive BUT if you can not control you emotions and fear, you will be of no help to anyone. With a clear head you can lead, help and encourage others to work together and you will have a community and not an isolation area. With your new community you will have many people with different skills that will help solve problems. It won’t be easy by any means but clears heads and coporation works wonders.

  118. I think one of the most important skills will be diversity and adaptation. I think it’s important to know at least a little about everything essential regarding water, food and medical care, using essential oils and herbal remedies as well as animal husbandry and repair of essential tools and commonly used items.

  119. I am following WonderMill on Pinterest and Facebook (their Pinterest page looks amazing!) I couldn’t get the Google+ page to open for me though. :(

  120. The best skill to have is the ability to adapt under changing circumstances. The best plans will always need to be changed.

  121. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?

    This post is the perfect example. Processed “food” will not last more than a few hours at best at the local stores. Many of us have set back a few cans of beans and some rice and maybe a bucket of wheat but how many of us know what to do with that wheat? We need to know how to take the wheat from field to table and being able to grind your wheat is the most important step. We also need to know the different types of wheat, Red vs White, hard etc as well as where each type tyically grows. So basically, the number one pioneer skill will be knowing how to feed your family.

  122. I think some of the best skills will be preserving food and cooking from scratch. Bartering skills will be very useful also.

  123. Not panicking, keeping calm, and knowing how to evaluate, and (or having the skills to) meet physical, etc. needs in an emergency situation. Being prepared is a major aid of course.

  124. I think The ability to get people to put aside personal agendas and work together would be the most useful skill in a Diaster, we do do this often. To be able to continue will be the test. Personally I want to be able to feed and shelter my family.
    I’d like a wonder mill jr., so I can make coffee, I need it to survive. And peanut butter.

  125. I think one of the most important pioneer skills needed would be to know when , how and what to plant in gardens as well as knowing how to raise a fish farm , hydroponics.

  126. The most important skill would be Water finding it, distilling it, purifying it through natural means.. and then fire starting.. what would I do with a wondermill.. I wonder if it will grind corn for corn meal as well..

  127. In our neck of the woods we would need heat besides our food. I do have a pretty full larder to go on for a year at least, but the heating would be a great need as well. We’d probably have to section off the house to make a smaller to heat space to conserve our wood.

  128. When the shtf, we need to keep a low profile. Don’t let anyone know what you have in the way of food, water, guns, etc.

  129. Just this week I almost committed the sins of LUST, ENVY, COVETOUSNESS when I spotted my friend’s Wondermill on her counter. I have both an electric and hand grinder, but REALLY want a Wondermill. While there are a lot of skills I need to master, my most urgent desire is to be more proficient in delivering first aid in mass casualty situations. Professionals (if they are available) will have their hands full ministering to serious and critical injuries. Someone has to deal with the minor things. Even in clean-up, being able to treat cuts and blisters is the only way to prevent infections and prevent the spread of disease. In addition, I want to learn more about home remedies.

  130. I think that being able to cook a meal that is tasty and healthy without any modern or electric appliances will be a valuable skill. Outdoor, campfire, cowboy cooking – whatever you call it there will be a need for those who have the knowledge and skill to skin, clean, gather, and cook whatever food there is to be found.

  131. Definitely growing and preserving your own food. Of course, you would have to know how to cook from scratch with a garden. Good food does not come from a box. Make sure you buy seeds that are not hybrid. Store the seeds in a cool, dark place in a container with a tight fitting lid. Most seeds will last several years, some will not. Some years we have bumper crops and other years I’m glad I canned extra the previous year. It all depends on Mother Nature! I would love to win the Wondermill!!

  132. I believe growing and canning “pioneer” skills will be very beneficial. I wish sometimes my grandmother were still alive so I could learn many of the pioneer skills from her that seem to have been lost in the later generations of my family.

  133. Living in an urban setting where bugging out would be unlikely, gardening and preserving my own food, catching rainwater in winter are tops on my list. My 3 hens recommend a garden.

  134. I believe the most important skill post-SHTF would be the ability to grow and preserve food, which would include the ability to harvest and process seed from the heirloom plants.

    Although I was really impressed reading about the WonderMill Grain Mill, if I should be so lucky as to win my choice, I believe I would have to choose the Wonder Junior Deluxe in case we were in little or no electricity situation. I also like its versatility for being able to grind nuts, etc.

  135. Primary pioneer skill would be to PURCHASE and learn NOW how to use and repair pioneer era tools. Gasoline or electric may not be available for an extended period of time.
    Flea markets, yard sales, and estate sales may be a good place to look.
    Check out your library for the “Foxfire” books which deal with all things related to pioneer living.

  136. It looks like my previous post about the most important pioneer skill was lost in cyberspace. That said, common sense would be number one followed by providing water, food, shelter, and protecting yourself and your family. I would recommend everyone look at joining CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). You learn first aid, fire suppression, search and rescue, incident management, hazmat and about terrorism. Take the basic course (it’s free) and continue with the supplemental courses.

  137. Primary pioneer skill would be foraging and cooking food items native to an area, (no waiting for them to grow) 2nd gardening, 3rd animal skills (hunting and handling)

  138. Creating different types of renewable food sources. Both foraged, hunted, garden grown and farm raised. Then water and, finally, shelter.

  139. We could make great use of a mill/grinder. We are avid hunters, gardeners, we can, dehydrate, cook food grown of available from within one hundred miles…except with products such as coffee…which are not available within our milieu. We live on the Canadian prairie where wheat and grains of all sort…are plentiful. Our plans have been a family approach…

  140. this would be such a great addition to my families supplies! I think that most pioneers would know how to spot wild food and how to use it both as food and for medicine. that would be skill I would like to cultivate. back in the day of the pioneer 90% of the people made a living from the land. I would like to be able to take my seeds form ‘ seed to bread’.

  141. We will need to use all of our skills as well as our natural instincts. Access the problems and keep
    a clear mind and heart, proceed with flexibility.

  142. All pioneer skills will be needed to survive a disaster. For each incident, time frame, season, etc., different skills will be needed more than others.

  143. I feel our ability to cook outdoors will be valuable if our grid goes down. We collect mesquite firewood for when our propane runs out. I study plans for rocket stoves. We store water in a large tank as our forefathers did in their underground cisterns. We have a solar well pump so we or our animals won’t have to go thirsty.

  144. I believe that the pioneer skill that would be most useful is raising and growing your own food in a long term SHTF scenario, short term knowing how it make a shelter and set up a good camp is most important.

  145. There are so many skills that are equally important, its hard to rate just one, growing & preserving food, raising animals, finding water, cooking, hunting etc…….

  146. The most important thing is self protection. Meaning weapons, shelter, safe place to shelter, source of water, food (hunting and gathering) and gardening. I feel this is best done with a group.

  147. Pioneers knew how to forage, hunt, and grow a sustaining garden and preserve food. I believe that beyond shelter, stored food and purified water, knowing how to hunt, gather and preserve is going to be a HUGE part of surviving. Those who think they can throw their stored seeds in the ground and reap a huge garden…but have never handled a hoe have NO idea how labor intensive gardening is….nor the huge learning curve in front of them. I have been gardening since I was very small. My parents grew up during the depression, my grandfather was an avid fisherman, hunter and trapper. He held world records. I am 42 (yes, my parents were OLD when I arrived) and feel I am still at the beginning of my learning curve.

  148. I liked your FB page a long time ago. I try to pop over there a few times a month when I’m on the laptop. FB doesn’t play nice with my smartphone. :)

  149. I would have to agree with many of the other commenters that knowledge of how to produce, hunt, scavenge, and harvest food would be the most important in a long term SHTF scenario. But after that comes the need to save and preserve those found food-stocks for storage through winter, summer, or even fallow times post disaster due to climatic changes, radiation, or even “nuclear/volcanic winters” as it does no good to have food raised in large quantities if you can’t save it for when you are not raising food. Many pioneers knew how to can, salt and smoke cure, and even dry meats and vegetables so that they would last months even years after they were gathered.

  150. I think one of the most important skills immediately following a disaster will be knowing how to grow your own food including how to preserve meat. Also knowing how to use food and herbs for medicinal purposes.

  151. the most important skill in a SHTF situation is the ability to acquire, prepare and preserve food. grinding wheat to make breads is prehaps the most important.

    dean

  152. I followed Wonder Mill on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+ and I would really love to win the Grain Mill so I can grind my own bread!

  153. Preparation is the most important thing to do. When the time comes it is too late to learn the skills or collect the foods necessary for survival.

  154. Most important skill will probably be acquiring/growing your own food (plus preparing & preserving it), & keeping a low profile while doing it!

    Friday is my bday – pick me, pick me! It would be a great bday present. :)

  155. I think about the pioneers who only had what they could pack in their wagons. I think it will be critical to be able to create a meal from the most basic ingredients, and to be able to grow, process and preserve all types of food including grains, vegetables and meat. It will be necessary to have and know how to use equipment such as the grain mill to be able to do this.

  156. The biggest way I know to be prepared is to expect the unexpected and to prepare for it. Learn the skills necessary to survive before they are needed.

  157. I have really enjoyed your articles. At this moment, I am canning tomatoes which is something I never would of thought to do until reading and understanding the importance of being as self-reliant as possible. Thanks,

  158. Best pioneer skill to be self sufficient so you could survive no matter what the situation. Those would include hunting/growing own food, making clothing, and natural remedies for healing. And all the necessary information to accomplish these tasks. (or how to barter for them)

  159. Everyone has some food. Knowledge is barter able, so being able to produce edibles for the long term is valuable. Being a generalist, helping “make do” is best.

  160. I think knowing how to cook without electricity and find water would be the most important. I wanted to say medical knowledge, but honestly if you aren’t eating and drinking, no medical treatment is going to help.

  161. How would I choose the “one” skill? I guess it would be finding, procuring, possibly transferring, purifying and storing water on a large scale basis. I think my second choice would have to be the same goal with food as the target. But of course, this time with the added skill of identifying and foraging as well as green thumbed gardening as well as the skills to preserve it for future use. But where I feel I may personally fall flat is the ability to think logically and methodically under these totally new type of stressors which will be involved. There won’t be any quick resources that we have become so used to accessing for our daily answers. There will need to be a foundation of logic so that sensible decisions may be made from the information at hand. I will need to become analytical in a different way than before. I will also need to be able to determine what is the best choice when possibly unproven voices are throwing me countless suggestions, demands, needs, etc. with varying degrees of confidence. I will need to learn to listen to my own counsel and make my own decisions based on my own information and ability to form a complete plan of action. I am sure our pioneer family had to do the same when they came to a place far different from the way they were used to living. What would you call that word? Grit? Determination?

  162. Learning to cook outside without burning the food. During hurricane Ike, I tried using my Dutch oven to do my cooking and most of the food was either underdone or overdone. Gauging temperatures and cooking time will be a skill I definitely need to look into. Been thinking about taking a class.

  163. If something happens we will need to know many skills. One of the most important is food. Growing, storing, and cooking it without all the modern conveniences will probably be the one I would choose first.

  164. I have liked Wonder Mill on Face Book. I wish I had done that sooner now that I see the recipes and other goodies there. Lots to read!

  165. I have grown up raising gardens, canning, hunting fishing and learned to live without electricity and running water. My parents taught me a lot about how they survived during the great Depression. I even helped my father horselog at a young age. being the daughter of a logger in the 50′s and 60′s has taught me a lot about how to make do but there are so many other old time skills I want to learn such as foraging in my area. I would love to have the hand crank Wondermill!! It would certainly add a big plus to my ability to provide for my family.

  166. I think the most important thing to learn is JOAT (Jack-Of-All-Trades) but this is a wider answer than you were looking for. Therefore, if there were one important skill I would say it would have to be “Gardening”. Little House on the Prairie style. Seed to Winter Table and back to the Field will serve people the best of all.

  167. liked wondermill ! what a neat thing to have to survive. Learning many ways to exist and survive with some comfort is very much necessary. jack of all trades is essential.

  168. I have been reading Backdoor Survival for several months and love all of the great suggestions. My grandmother and mother taught me to wash clothes on a washboard, make homemade bread, raise a garden, and dad has taught me to hunt and use various tools. I have also camped so know how to do various outdoor ” things”. Plus a older friend taught me to make homemade soap, pasta, embroider. Never taught to make my own flour, so this would come in very handy.

  169. I feel the most important pioneer skill is goin to be living off the land food wise, and doing it all without electricity. Start those gardens and start chopping wood, your going to need it.

  170. What pioneer skill do you feel will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario?

    Ability to forage for food/medicinal plants and herbs in the woods and immediate area.

  171. The most important pioneer skill in the event of a disaster will definitely be to feed my family in a healthy manner. Cooking homemade /homegrown foods is a skill too many people have lot.

  172. I think the best survival skill will be patience and stick-toitiveness. If you keep trying and keep a level head, you can do most anything.

  173. I think making home made soap out of wood ash would be a good pioner skill to have. Also, being able to make flat breads and scottish out cakes on a griddle over an open fire would be a handy skill to have. Cooking over an open fire is a lot harder then it seems.

  174. I can use my Sweet talking to get into a groups of people that willl help or talk my way to get Items i need for my family and me for survival mode

  175. Only trade I would use for Survival is dumpsterdiving for things to fx up to trade with for what can help me and my Family survive

  176. I think the most useful skill would be to make fire..I am a long time fan of backdoor survival and of the wondermill site.. on FB..

  177. There are many skills needed- food production, water purification, sewing, medical care and more. Thankfully we are blessed to have many of them in our household. My years as a paramedic and montrice will serve us well.

  178. I would think farm/ranch type of skills. Honestly, they have been providing for themselves for thousands of years. Remote or in communally run farms/ranches. If you are a farmer or rancher, you generally know how to raise your own food, prepare it, prepare for the next season and maintain your equipment and property. It is a very autonomous existence. This would also be an invaluable service to the community as well. Ya, being a farmer or rancher is a skill, those who don’t believe it should give it a go… Happy preparedness month!

  179. It’s hard to pinpoint the best skill to have after the shtf, but I would say that developing many skills, sewing on a treadle machine, baking/grinding your own wheat for bread, having the ability to manually get water from the well, having plenty long term food on hand, all of this is important. I’ve learned to garden after my 69th b’day, know how to use my treadle machine, can sew clothing, upholster furniture, can bake my own bread (using a hand grinder), and learned how to can food this last year. It’s a big job, but retirement offers plenty of spare time and I’m trying to put it to good use.

  180. The best skill a prepper can have is intelligence and imagination. Those are more like gifts than skills, but making do and bartering are skills that grow from that.

  181. I think one of the most useful things will be having some medical knowledge, as well as knowledge of herbs and natural medicine.

  182. I call it grit…being able to do what needs to be done no matter what the circumstances, how you feel or a myriad of other obstacles. Being stubborn and bull-headed isn’t always a bad thing…. :)

  183. The most important to me is having your “wits” about you. Those that panic or have a problem with death, guts and blood, will lose their mentality to survive.

  184. I have done the following: Follow WonderMill on Pinterest, Like WonderMill on Facebookand followed Wondermill on Google Plus.

  185. I have long been a follower of Backdoor Survival blog and I have liked you on Facebook for a long time. I also follow Backdoor Survival on Pinterest.

  186. I think the most valuable “Pioneer Skill” would be growing food – both gardening and animal husbandry. Farmers will be valued!

  187. Hunting. Veggies and grains are good, but a body needs protein as well to be healthy and have the muscle strength needed in a disaster.

  188. The pioneer skill that will be the most valuable following a disaster, collapse or other “stuff” hits the fan scenario might be firestarting without gadgets. Sometimes gadgets fail, or if gadgets were no longer available, we’d need to fall back on firestarting skills.

    Along with cooking & baking awesome breads, etc., with flour from the WonderMill, fire would be essential for water purification, sanitation, keeping warm, and other things I can’t think of until I have another cup of coffee this morning!

  189. The pioneer skill that I feel will be the most valuable will be to surround myself with like-minded people whom I know I can trust. These people will have skills that I don’t have and together, we will survive

  190. The most important pioneer survival skill was their “can do” attitude. If something was broken, they fixed it. If they did not have any parts, they made them from whatever materials were at hand. They found solutions using their ingenuity, and if there were no solutions they learned to live without. When someone had a need, they came with open arms. In today’s world if something breaks, it gets thrown away. If it breaks down, someone else will fix it. The new “can do” is “can not”, or “will not”. Charity arrives in a government purse. We can learn from our forefathers–we “can do” better.

  191. I think the most important skill will be the ability not only to find food and water, but to know how to cook it over an open fire, and store it for future use and/or travel.

  192. I think the most important skill will be the ability to discipline myself to focus on the task at hand and not panic or be overwhelmed at what is facing my family. Dealing with one crisis or one day at a time will be critical to survival.

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