Gaye Levy

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Survival Basics: 16 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Survival Basics: 16 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Water shortages caused by wonky weather patterns make finding ways to maximize the water we do have critical. In this article, learn 16 ways to conserve water in your home now so that the prudent use of water becomes habit. Your survival depends on it!

Ten Tips That Will Guarantee You Have Food if SHTF

Ten Tips That Will Guarantee You Have Food if SHTF

Some of the most popular web articles on emergency preparedness have to do with food. This is also a widely discussed topic in print and on forums. And it is no wonder. In today’s society eating is no longer just for sustenance. It is a social form, a source of family bonding and togetherness and for many, a hobby. And, with rising costs, it is a significant part of almost everyone’s household budget.

Today I would like to share ten tips for securing your food supply so that in the event of a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, or civil disobedience on a massive scale, you will be able to eat and to thrive – no matter what.

How to Grow Potatoes in a Bucket

How to Grow Potatoes in a Bucket

Potatoes are an excellent source of food for a prepper garden. Nutritionally, a large potato has 280 calories and 63 grams of carbohydrate and seven grams of protein. Root vegetables . . .

An Open Letter to the Reluctant Prepper

An Open Letter to the Reluctant Prepper

Becoming prepared can be a lonely journey.  Family members scoff and friends roll their eyes and shy away, thinking you have joined the tin foil hat society. You want to . . .

Survival Friday: DIY Hardtack for Those Really Hard Times

Survival Friday: DIY Hardtack for Those Really Hard Times

One of the dilemmas we face in a long term SHTF situation is the lack of food. For that reason, many of us stockpile grains. Grains have a long shelf life, are nutritious and will keep us going when fresh food is not available. In an ideal world, we will mill our grains and bake up homemade bread in our cast iron pots that are cozied up the campfire.

Sounds good and even a bit romantic. Alas, although wheat and other grains can be milled into flour, yeast is a bit less hardy and after a few years, my not be viable. So what are the alternatives. There is sourdough of course. And then there is hardtack, a cracker like bread made without yeast whatsoever.

Gaye Levy Interviews Samantha Biggers

Gaye Levy Interviews Samantha Biggers

For those of you that don’t know, Samantha Biggers is the editor in chief at Backdoor Survival.  We became friendly shortly after new ownership took over and did . . .

How to Build an Emergency Food Supply: 20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

How to Build an Emergency Food Supply: 20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

No matter how many times I write about food, there is always something new to consider or a new and different way to present the same old information in a more useful manner. With that in mind, today I would like to share a method for getting started with your food storage program in an easy, step by step, and cost effective manner.

To be truthful, my initial goal with this article was to respond to readers who were just getting started and wanted a shopping list of things to buy for their food storage pantry. I also wanted to compile a checklist that more experienced preppers could use to compare what they had to what they needed. My goal can pretty much be summed up by saying that I wanted to write about getting started with food storage the easy way. No frills, no fluff – just a common sense list of food items to get you started.

78 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

78 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

Editors Note: This is an updated and revised edition for 2018.

I have always claimed, and not altogether jokingly, that you could build a house with Elmer’s glue and . . .

How to Seal Food in Mylar Bags

How to Seal Food in Mylar Bags

One of the very first things I learned to do when I started to prep was seal food in Mylar bags.  As simple as this sounds, you would not believe . . .

7 Tips to Prepare for Hard Times

7 Tips to Prepare for Hard Times

Today I would like to share a list of 7 tips to prepare for hard times. It is a quick and dirty list – things that come to mind here and now in the present moment. I am sure there are others.

What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel Alternatives

What You Need to Know About Zippos and Lighter Fuel Alternatives

When it comes to lighters, Zippos, and lighter fuel in general, there is a lot of misinformation to be found on the Internet. Learn about lighters plus the various types of lighter fuels that are available. Hint: there are alternatives to Zippo lighter fuel!

Prepping for Hurricanes and When to Bug-Out

Prepping for Hurricanes and When to Bug-Out

Editor’s Note: This is an updated and revised edition for 2018. The original article was published prior to last year’s devastating hurricane Maria.

 

This last hurricane . . .

How to Clean an Oil Diffuser Properly

How to Clean an Oil Diffuser Properly

Editor’s Note: This resource has been revised and updated for 2019.

Essential oil diffuser is a handy little machine. Every essential oil enthusiast would agree that living without . . .

A Prepper’s Guide to Bleach

A Prepper’s Guide to Bleach

There is some debate surrounding bleach in the prepping community. Bleach is a powerful cleaning agent, which can even be used to purify water, but it has a short shelf . . .

How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries

How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries

Did you know that you can recharge alkaline batteries? All you need is the right type of alkaline battery charger in order to give new life to your dead batteries. Here some tips to get your started.

35 Reasons Coffee Filters are Survival Multitaskers

35 Reasons Coffee Filters are Survival Multitaskers

Have you ever considered adding coffee filters to your stash of multi-purpose preps? As you know, every prepper knows that multipurpose items save space and money. Because of this, we stash things like salt, duct tape, vinegar, and paracord like they are going out of style. Coffee filters are another inexpensive item to add to your list of versatile survival preps. Here are 35 reasons why!

The Ultimate Guide to Cast Iron Skillets & Cookware

The Ultimate Guide to Cast Iron Skillets & Cookware

I love my cast iron skillet. Even though I have had it for less than a year, it is the most used piece of cookware in my home. Perhaps it is nostalgia for what I perceive to be the good old days – think Pa and the boys cooking up some chow on Bonanza – or simply a longing to, in some small way, shun our spit-shined, high tech society.

Whatever the case, I am now really “in” to cast iron.

If you were lucky enough to get some cast iron cookware from Santa, you probably have some anxiety about using it. And even if your are a cast iron diva – well experienced in its glories – you may have some questions about it’s use and care for the long term. Today I offer some suggestions that will guarantee your cooking adventures with cast iron succeed.

1. Seasoning is your friend.
Cast iron needs to be seasoned in order to acquire non-stick capabilities. An unseasoned piece is a disaster waiting to happen. You food will taste like, well, rusty iron. Food will stick like crazy. And clean-up? Forget it.

These days, if you are starting new, you can purchase a pre-seasoned pan. That is what I did. Lodge as well as other manufacturers sell pre-seasoned pans for just a few dollars more than the unseasoned kind. But not to worry if you acquired an old rusted out or unseasoned pan from a friend, relative or thrift store, You can find my instructions for seasoning a cast iron pan from scratch in the tip area below.