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
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
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
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 . . . 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? . . . Read More
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 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 . . . Read More
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 . . . . Read More
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 . . . Read More