Legacy Food Storage has earned itself a spot in many prepper’s pantries, and the reasons are simple. Their food options are robust, offer great variety, and have a 25-year shelf life. I received a sampler from Legacy that contained six four-serving packs: pasta alfredo, potato soup, enchilada beans and rice, a meatless stroganoff, oatmeal with brown sugar, and pancakes. I was very impressed by the amount of food t . . . Read More
There is a lot of buzz around freeze drying foods at home. As a primer, be sure to check out the "prequel" on the Pros and Cons of freeze drying here.
Full Disclaimer up Front: One of the major drawbacks at the moment is the high cost of such a device. At the moment, home freeze dryers are going to be out of a lot of people’s budget but some may want to keep up with what is going on with this technology. Undoubtedly the price will drop as time goes on. Remember when a new basic computer was $2000 instead of the $400 it is today?
As of now your main choice is . . . Read More
Solar ovens are a popular cooking choice for those who have the right environmental conditions.
In this guide, I'll discuss what to consider when buying a solar oven and suggestions of the ones that work best for prepper's.
First let’s cover the basic pros and cons.Pros of Solar Ovens
A solar oven offers a cooking choice when there is little or no firewood or other cooking fuel. You can also use them during dry conditions without the fear of a fire getting out of control. When it comes to camping, there are plenty of areas that don’t allow camp fires but they do allow camping stoves and solar cookers.
Solar ovens are eco friendly and simple to use.
A solar oven allows you to cook meals without heating your . . . Read More
I'm back. Hopefully my last survival roundup proved interesting enough to warrant another update this week. Just like last week, I'm fresh off camping at another Maine state park, this time Mount Blue State Park. Beautiful park - great for families! In addition to camping, a nature center, outdoor amphitheater, swimming, and water sports, the surrounding area has great hiking opportunities. Here's a doesn't-do-it-justice pic from the park: "Janine" commented on my last post asking this question:
What are the pros and cons of trying to use state or federal land as a bug-out . . . Read More
Home freeze drying has a scientific term – Lyophilization. The process is complex, but the results are worthwhile. Freeze drying involves three steps, and it requires a special vacuum unit to complete the process.
The first step is to freeze the food.
The second is sublimation or drying of the food.
The third step is desorption which is a second form of drying the food.
Sublimation is a chemistry term that means a substance passes from a sold to a gas without ever becoming a solid. Water, for example, is a solid when frozen, a liquid when melted, and gas when heated. Under the properties of sublimation, water would go from its solid or frozen state to a gaseous state without passing through the . . . Read More
When it comes to being prepared, the bare essentials for survival and first aid should never be far away. And whether it’s a daypack, camping pack, car trunk, or bug-out bag, VSSL’s canisters do a great job overall at keeping those essentials ready, organized, and easy to access.
VSSL canisters have different themes, but each contains a 200-lumen integrated flashlight and oil-filled compass. The flashlight seems high-quality and shines bright with multiple modes, including one that delivers the Morse SOS signal. The compass is not high-end, but is perfectly functional and does its job as long as you balance it carefully.
The rest of each canister is filled with supplies according to different themes like First Aid, Shelter, and eve . . . Read More
There are two general things you want out of your off-grid books. First, you need a general guide, that explains the basics to you and offers a starting point for the more advanced material. Then, you need books that go in-depth on specific topics, covering more ground than a general book ever could.
In this article, we’re going to cover both. We’ll point out the best of the general books, and bring in the more specific guides that you can pick and choose from to suit what off-grid knowledge you most need. Last, we’ll talk about some newcomers to the scene, published in 2017 or late 2016, that we think are worthy additions to every off-grid bookshelf.
A Note on Books to Avoid
The market is absolutely inundated with off-grid books, and not all of them are worth your time. In particular, there are many “complete guide” books which really don’t offer more than the information on the subject provided in one of the foundational books listed below. That’s why it’s best to buy your foundational books, and see what they have to offer about more specific topics, first. That way you’ll be able to see which “complete guides” really aren’t that at all.
Hi, Derrick Grant here, founder of Prepper Press. I've talked with the folks at Backdoor Survival about writing a periodic post for this site, for you. Working as a publisher/editor to get other authors' writing published usually leaves me with little time to do writing of my own. Blog posts such as this, bite-sized writing, helps pacify my writer itch. I've also written periodically in the past for such sites as Survival Cache and SHTFblog. What I hope to bring you is a dose of general commentary and a roundup of the past week(s), links you may have missed, news you may find of interest. This is to be informal writing, conversational, because writing (and reading) is . . . Read More
Many of those who are dreaming of living off the grid also dream of leaving behind their job. Certainly, a lot of thought needs to go into this transition. There are some careers that tend to provide off-griders with more success than others. Depending on your personal skills, how close you are to city centers, and what kind of land you have.
Of course, there are also those who already live off-grid who are looking to increase their income. Depending your time investment, there are some relatively low-maintenance options. There are also money-making schemes that require a lot of input, but might get great output. So here’s the eight best career ideas that we’ve seen those who live off the grid take a swing at.. . . Read More
In terms of innovation, I assumed that camping lanterns had already reached their peak. Some lanterns might have better features, burn brighter, use batteries instead of gas, weigh less, or be more durable, but they’d all essentially be different versions of the same product.
Packlite Max: Out of the Box
Or so I thought. Originally designed for use in disaster zones, the LuminAID PackLite Max doesn’t look or feel like any lantern you’ve ever seen. That’s because it has a genuinely pioneering design, proving that even with camping lanterns, you can still invent a better wheel.
Special Guest Contribution from longtime BackdoorSurvival reader Donna
Have you heard of the great new grocery market where all of the food is fresh, organic and free? This survival food does not come with fancy packaging nor is it advertised in weekly flyers. There is one open very close by your home. This is not a gimmick or a joke. It’s too good to be true you say?
By now you have probably figured it out. This is your “backdoor grocery”, your foraging specialty market and it is packed full of healthy, luscious, tasty food, ripe for the picking, especially at this time of year when you can literally step into the land around your home, whether city, suburb or country and find the makings of a meal. The trick is learning how to shop. In this article we will discover the very basics of how to become a foraging gourmet.
Water filtration is one of the most if not the most important part of any survival plan. You can do for a while without a lot of things but water is not on the list. There are a lot of filters out there to choose from and I will say right now that no filter is ideal for every possible situation, but this ultimate guide should help you sort through the best survival water filters on the market. After studying this guide many of you will probably come to the conclusion that you need more than one type of filter to cover all of your bases. You may even want three types if you want a personal back up filter on hand. Backdoor Survival has compiled this guide to the best survival water filters to help you find the right water filters for . . . Read More
It’s the last thing you want to think of; losing control of your car and sliding down into an embankment with a splash at the bottom. Freezing water begins to fill the interior and you realize you are stuck. Did anyone even witness the accident?
Emergency car window breakers have made a lot of news recently. From new laws passed for rescuing babies and pets left in cars to concerns about being trapped inside a burning or submerging car after an accident.
With so many stories hitting newsfeeds, more and more window breakers and multi-tools are released into the market. How do you know which to trust if your family’s life was on the line?
As soon as I unpacked the FiveJoy Military Entrenching Shovel , I was impressed. It has a real heft to it, with no hint of that dreaded “cheap feeling” you get from some tools as soon as you pick them up.
The carbon steel head feels very strong and solidly attached to the natural wood handle. While quite attractive-looking, I got the immediate sense that this was tool that could take lots of abuse. And for something that will spend its entire practical life being jabbed into the ground and slammed into wood, that’s a very important thing.
FiveJoy advertises that the shovel can handle being run over by two-ton vehicle, even encouraging customers to test their claim.
Rather than pop one of my car tires on one of the sharp edges trying to confirm this, I’ll take their word for it and just say that the thing feels extremely sturdy, well-made, and durable right out of the box.
Looking to find the best deals on survival gear and supplies? You have come to the right place!
This page tracks the best ongoing promos and sales to take advantage of. It also covers specific events like Prime Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, specifically with the prepper and outdoor survivalist in mind.
The following sections break down the specific deals to watch in a variety of formats. BackdoorSurvival will be tracking and curating the best deals, so you don’t have to waste your time.
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“Carrier oil” is a phrase commonly tossed about in the world of essential oils. Carrier oils are an important part of essential oil use, so it is important to understand proper application of them. Primarily, they make a dynamic duo with essential oils applied directly to your skin.
Topical Application of Essential Oils
To understand the importance of carrier oils, it is helpful to first understand why you would want topical application.
The Katadyn Pocket is a premium water filter that has what it takes to get you and your family through a long emergency or crisis.
When you first pick up this filter you will notice that it is made of some sturdy and premium components. The pump mechanism is high grade stainless steel and provides a smooth action that gets you fresh and pure water faster than you might have imagined.
My Experience with the Katadyn
The Katadyn was actually a gift/investment in our emergency supplies courtesy of my father. Dad was in heavy jungle combat in Vietnam and often mentions the importance of water. He had some very tough times and extreme survival situations so water security was always something on his mind.
His experience had a major impact on how seriously I took putting back and being prepared over the years. He wanted the best filter we could get with a large capacity just in case we were all without power to our well or just if water supplies became contaminated.
After a lot of research we settled on the Katadyn and also purchased a replacement filter at the same time. That gave us 26000 gallons of filtration capacity. I have to say that after it arrived and we took a look, it was amazing that such a small thing could do so much and last so long. The whole filter only measures 1.5 x 5.43 x 2.56 inches and weights just under 8 ounces. This size is an amazing accomplishment of Swiss design and engineering. If you are not buying US made products then the Swiss are one of your best bets for quality products.
The ceramic filter is impregnated with silver which has long been known for its amazing antimicrobial properties and no doubt this is part of what you are paying for.. . . Read More
Are you exhausted? Maybe you wake up in the morning a fog, turning to stimulants like coffee to boost your focus. Maybe you hit an afternoon slump at work, finding it harder and harder to push through your projects. Maybe you come home after work wanting nothing more than to collapse on the couch and turn on the TV.
Our energy naturally fluctuates throughout the day, but sometimes the energy “valleys” are almost unbearably low. Many factors affect our energy levels, from a high stress lifestyle draining it away to our exercise habits (or lack thereof).
The healthier we are with our diet and exercise and sleep, the more energy we will enjoy throughout the day.
Beyond implementing healthy habits into your life, you can use natural remedies to boost your energy and improve your alertness. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel rejuvenated rather than run down throughout the day? Essential oils can help!
What Essential Oils Are
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 Life on a Mountain Farm: Discovering medicinal herbs, Going organic, Learning to love myself .
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:
- Become super-familiar with all the different identification characteristics, don’t eat something unless you have a 100% positive identification.
- Start with easy ones before you try to identify more difficult species.
- Start by only eating a small amount the first time.
Other details, like not carrying different mushroom species in the same bag, are easily learned.