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Unraveling the Mystery of Freeze Dried Foods

Unraveling the Mystery of Freeze Dried Foods

Have you even wondered about freeze dried foods?  I know that when I first started putting together a survival food pantry, I was perplexed by the concept of “freeze-dried”.  Just…

Could You Really Shoot Someone?

Could You Really Shoot Someone?

What is the Prepper’s mantra?  Something like beans, bullets and band-aids? Okay, the beans and band-aids are easy, but what about the bullets?  Don’t worry.  I am not going to…

Cheap But Good!  How to Cook Pinto Beans

Cheap But Good! How to Cook Pinto Beans

With the Fall weather comes the desire for some rib-sticking food.  And what better to fill our bellies on chilly evenings than an bowl of pinto beans? Personally, I find…

How Will You Deal with the Unprepared?

How Will You Deal with the Unprepared?

During my recent vacation, I made a pest of myself by asking strangers whether they were prepared.  This was done in a very polite manner after engaging in small talk…

The True Meaning of Labor Day

The True Meaning of Labor Day

A couple of years ago I wrote an article about what Labor Day has become in the 21st century.  If you have a moment, today I invite you to reflect upon…

15 Alternative Uses For Honey

15 Alternative Uses For Honey

The information in this article, 15 Alternative Uses For Honey, has been updated and incorporated into an all-new, enhanced article. 20 Ways to Use Honey for Wellness and Survival  

Surviving Survivalism

Surviving Survivalism

Just a quickie for you today. The popular e-book, Surviving Survivalism is now a free download from the Surviving Survivalism website. Now in its 4th edition, the book provides a comprehensive look at living the off-grid lifestyle.

There is WHAT in your Bug Out Bag?

There is WHAT in your Bug Out Bag?

Finding practical uses for ordinary items has always been a hobby of mine. It all started when I had my first apartment way back when and I used toothpaste to patch up nail holes left in the wall as I was hanging posters using the trial and error method. After that, there was no looking back. I was hooked on using household items in unusual ways.

Today Above Average Joe shares a secret item that is in his bug out bag. You will be surprised!

Reasons You Need Salt in the Prepper Pantry

Reasons You Need Salt in the Prepper Pantry

Salt is one of those staple items that belongs in every prepper panty. Not only is salt required for physical health and survival, but their are many other uses as well. Here are reasons you need salt in the prepper pantry.

The True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

In addition to a holiday wish, the Survival Woman touches upon the true meaning of Christmas and shares her personal view. Plus a giveaway to 5 special readers.

Free for You: The “Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness”

Free for You: The “Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness”

Get a free PRINTED copy of the FEMA Are You Ready Guide to Preparedness just for asking. Aka”Are you Ready: An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness”.

5 Things You May Not Have Thought of When Planning for an Emergency

5 Things You May Not Have Thought of When Planning for an Emergency

Today I share a list of things you may not have thought if when planning for an emergency, a short term disaster or a SHTF situation where you will be on your own totally off grid. 5 Things That Will Be Useful if the SHTF.

Getting Prepared Month 11: Stock Up on Disposables & Build a Neighborhood Contact List

Getting Prepared Month 11: Stock Up on Disposables & Build a Neighborhood Contact List

In North America, we are enjoying the final months of summer. This is a time for family activities, picnics, BBQs with friends and perhaps a weekend camping trip. There is also the usual rash of summer chores: mowing the lawn, washing the car, weeding the garden and the more mundane tasks of laundry and housecleaning.

I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be enjoying the fun in the sun than serious prepping this month. For that reason, this month we are going to do things that are a natural outtake from our summer activities. That said, we are not going to slough off and disregard the tasks at hand as frivolous. For even though they seem rather menial, they are as important and as necessary as the prepping tasks in each of the previous months – and in some ways even more.

Survival Joe Has a Chat with Survival Woman

Survival Joe Has a Chat with Survival Woman

For many of us, the term Survival Joe or Survival Jane is a generic one. We apply the term to ordinary folks who have embraced the preparedness lifestyle and committed to an life if independence in self-reliance.

But did you know that there is a real “Survival Joe”? Now those of you that are Backdoor Survival old-timers may remember that for the longest time I featured Survival Joe’s free eBook “How to Survive the Coming Food Shortage” here on my blog. (Now that I think about it, I need to di that again).

Recently, I was lucky enough to have an extensive telephone conversation with Joe and he graciously agreed to an interview sharing his thoughts on our world, the global food situation and more. But first a little background.

The Summer Blast Giveaway – And the Winner Is . . .

The Summer Blast Giveaway – And the Winner Is . . .

Back in early May, as I was planning (as if you could not guess) a campaign for more reader interaction and newsletter subscribers, I put together a “June Summer Blast Giveaway”.

Thanks to my fabulous sponsors and friends in the survival and prepping industry, I came up with ten prizes to be awarded at random to participants in the contest.

Today I am thrilled to announce the winners!

Getting Prepared Month 10: Practice Going Off Grid

Getting Prepared Month 10: Practice Going Off Grid

As I do each month, I would like to begin month ten with a little pep-talk on preparedness. As the recent power outages, wildfires, and storms have proven, a disaster can happen anywhere at anytime. Although FEMA, the Red Cross and local agencies are going to do their best to mobilize and help you, there are a lot of people out there that will need assistance. Wouldn’t it be better to rely on your own resources instead?

Being an optimist, I can only assume that if you made it this far, you are well on your way to being self-sufficient in an emergency. And based upon the emails that I have been receiving, I know positively that a number of you are following along each month. As with the previous months, month ten is not overly difficult but it will take some time and it will take some effort.

More specifically, this month we are going to take a break from purchasing gear and supplies. Instead we are going to focus on disaster readiness and more specifically, earthquake preparedness and and an actual practice drill so you can anticipate what happens when you go off grid.