How do you choose between the many survival food companies when it comes time to prepare for food available disruptions? This article compares the five best survival food brands and discusses their benefits based on ingredients, calories, and cost per serving. While numbered, these brands appear in no particular order as they all offer benefits. 1. Mountain House — Survival and Casual Prepared Foods Mountain House provides food rations for emergency preparedness and for casual use such as camping, hiking, and backpacking. Their product list includes: . . . Read More
I have always loved corned beef so back when we were raising cattle I decided to try my hand at making our own for St. Patrick’s Day and some quick meals in the winter months. One thing to remember when it comes to corned beef is that it is essentially pickled beef. The “corning” process turns tough cuts into something that is much more tender and tastier. Corned beef sandwich meats or corned beef roasts are made of these cheaper cuts despite the sometimes high cost. I am going to show you how you can take a beef roast and make your own high quality corned beef that can be adjusted and seasoned to meet your tastes. Your version may be lower in sodium than what is found in the store so those of you that used to enjoy corned beef but have stopped due to sodi . . . Read More
These two massive storms might be the most expensive to recover from in American history. Hurricane Katrina saw damage worth roughly $100 billion and she holds the top spot of all Atlantic hurricanes in cost-- at least until Hurricane Harvey is tabulated. Some estimates suggest Hurricane Harvey "could require up to $180 billion." But, thankfully, Hurricane Harvey has cost far fewer lives than Hurricane Katrina. A final tally for Katrina has never been made, but estimates are at roughly 1,306. The latest estimates from Harvey put the death count at 80. Have we gotten better at surviving hurricanes? Some . . . Read More
Doomsday prepper donates all of his stored food to Puerto Rico was the headline of a news article I read a few days ago. Interesting, I thought. I’ve been at this prepping thing in one form or another for decades now. I’ve always known that the prepper crowd is an overwhelmingly genuine, honest, and good-natured crowd, so this article didn’t surprise me. Okay, it surprised me a bit, because preps aren’t cheap (more on that in a minute). Yeah, you can find plenty of exceptions to the preppers-are-great-people notion. There’s the stereotypical hermit survivalist who preps because he hates everyone. There’s the suburban survivalist who plots how to take al . . . Read More
We live in trying times. Plenty of readers may live alone or travel a lot alone. The choices for personal protection can be limited due to laws, physical limitations, and more. While many states allow for concealed carry of firearms if someone can pass a background check, take a course, pay a fee, purchase a firearm, ect, this does little good for those that are not comfortable with firearms or lack the financial resources to purchase one, take classes, and more.
Traditional Self Defense Weapons Are Not Allowed At Many Places
For most people, the coming of autumn brings thoughts of orange and red leaves twirling to the ground, crisp weather, pumpkins, harvest festivals, and Thanksgiving. But for foragers, it means that root season has arrived, and it’s time to get digging! Some of autumn’s best edible wild plants also happen to be the most common and easy to identify. Here, I’ll go through my top four picks for the choicest edibles that you can find growing wild from the end of summer all the way until winter strikes. 1. Wild Carrots/Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) Despite being a fantastically healthy and delicious subterranean treat, wild carrots are avoided by many who think they look too similar to poison hemlock to be foraged safely. However, a few very basic checks make them ea . . . Read More
Over thousands of years of human history, gold and silver have proven to be assets with a reliable intrinsic value.
Is it because they’re malleable?
Limited in quantity?
Useful for producing industrial goods?
Or do human beings just gravitate toward shiny, hard to acquire things?
There are a lot of reasons why you need to consider the security of where you live. Regardless of how nice your area may be or how low the crime rate is, in an emergency the protections you have may not be sufficient to maintain your ground. Even during good times, it can be pretty annoying or frightening to have others just come on your place with no warning. While hunters are generally harmless, it can be unnerving to have an armed person or several people suddenly on your property. Preppers that are keeping livestock, gardening, ect, need good security measures to protect what they have worked so hard for and of course there are the lives of your pets to consider too. When we moved to our property it was overgrown and even still we have hundreds of empty acres above us . . . Read More
Good times, hard times, vitamins can make up for what is lacking in your daily diet as well as provide additional immune system end even emotional support. First, let’s talk about the basics you need to know about vitamins before purchasing any major supply.
There is a reason why some cost more than others.
As someone that has rendered quite a bit of lard over the years I was curious about rendering tallow from beef fat so when we got our pork fat for rendering this year we also purchased 30 lbs of beef fat from a local producer of grass fed beef. Hickory Nut Gap Farm was luckily having a sale on beef fat so it was the kick I needed to give this a try. Main Reason For Attempting This: Tallow Makes Good Fry Oil With so many gastro pubs and fancy eateries grasping for something good and different there has been an increasing demand for unique twists on old favorites. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about tallow and the flavor it offers. What You Need
Large stainless steel pot or Crock Pot - A 7 quart Crock Pot will hold 10-12 lbs
Ladle and Slotted Spoon . . . Read More
One of the challenges of moving to the property we live on was the lack of internet availability. It wasn’t that we couldn’t do without it but it was nice to be able to at least get information or watch a show while living in a camper without plumbing and building a house. At first, we got one of the first USB sticks that Verizon offered. This allowed some usage but it was pretty slow. The nearest access point for standard Internet needed to be a good ways away. This meant that we needed a relay that was capable of bouncing a signal around so we could have some level of internet. You may be wondering why we did not just get satellite and the truth is that it was and still continues to be cost prohibitive even if you find a provider with room enough on their satellite for y . . . Read More