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  • 4 Places to Discreetly Store Your Food Supply

    Knowing how to store food properly is a survival skill you don’t want to be without. However, stocking up on food also means learning how to store it effectively and sometimes even creatively, as you want to walk through your house without tripping over a bag of beans. Check out these creative options for storing food around your home, and feel good about your survival prowess.

    Back Of Doors

    Purchase assorted over-the-door orga... Continue Reading →

  • Off Grid Cooking Methods + Dutch Oven Recipe

    Cooking is an essential life skill. Everyone must learn the basics of cooking at some point. And when it comes to survival, knowing how to cook off the grid is a must. Being able to boil water and cook meat using primitive methods can mean the difference between life and death in some emergency situations.

    Off-the-grid cooking is more challenging and time consuming in the absence of electricity and modern conveniences. However, it can also be more rewarding. There is nothing more ... Continue Reading →

  • This Tiny Food Could Save Your Life

    Did you know there are more than 100,000 varieties of rice on this planet? White rice is merely one option, with brown and various long-grain rices being some of the healthiest foods you can ingest. Rice is also a highly versatile food that lends itself to all kinds of recipes, making it a fantastic dinner option in times of emerge... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Easy Preps for Those Inevitable (and dangerous) Power Outages

    While power failures can happen at any time of the year, the most dangerous time for one is when it’s cold and snowy outside. What is an inconvenience in the summer could easily kill in the winter.

    Freezing temperatures and roads that can be difficult for repair vehicles to travel on add up to longer times to fix the issue and more time for you without power, and most importantly, heat. By preparing for a power failure now you can stay safe when the power goes out.

    Power Failure Causes

    Before getting into the checklist, let’s look at some of the most likely causes... Continue Reading →

  • Cook With Your Thermos! A Few Emergency Cooking Methods

    Whether out in the big, bad woods or the middle of a disaster, knowing how to cook in an emergency is a beautiful thing. There are actually lots of ways to enjoy a hot meal on the proverbial fly, even if all you have is a thermos!

    Check out these emergency cooking methods.

    Thermos Options

    Would you believe most slow cooker recipes are doable in a thermos? You’ll obviously have to use a lot less food, and you’d definitely need a quality thermos, but ... Continue Reading →

  • Canning Tips & Tricks For Beginners

    Learning how to can your own food is one sweet survival skill. Whether you want to preserve food in preparation for any upcoming zombie apocalypses or are simply interested in learning more about this important skill, use the following beginner tips to get you started.

    Equipment & Sterilization

    Necessary equipment includes jars (duh), lids and a canner. Water bath canners are recommended over pr... Continue Reading →

  • Top 15 Wood Ashes Survival Uses

    Wood ash is the powdery residue left after the combustion of wood. Anyone who grew up on a homestead was likely tasked with scraping out ash from a woodburner and taking it outdoors for disposal. Before engaging in some research on the many possible uses for wood ash from a

    Frugal Prepping Beyond Beans

    You've probably read hundreds of articles on how to save money when you prep. Let me ask you, “Have any of them actually saved you money?

    My guess is that you may have saved a few dollars here and there, but nothing has really reached out and grabbed you. Nothing has actually resulted in long term savings for you. By the time you finish this article, you will know how to save money prepping. You will be equipped to make every dollar you spend count, and ... Continue Reading →

  • Healthy Campfire Cooking

    Every year millions of people head outdoors for camping. Camping is a great way to enjoy nature and spend time with friends and family. However, there is the possibility of returning home with a few extra pounds if not careful. It might be tempting to indulge in traditional camping foods that are loaded with unhealthy amounts of fat, sodium and sugar.

    Eating healthy is always a challenge while away from home. Plus, the nature of camping means that living without modern ... Continue Reading →

  • Survival Food - How To Container Garden Year Around In An Indoor Greenhouse

     

    Growing your own groceries is the best way to be both food secure and know that your family is ingesting healthy food. Investing time in growing and raising your own food, coupled with stocking up on long-term storage food is worth both the time and funds dedicated to the preparedness task.

    When disaster strikes, you do not want to be among the ... Continue Reading →

  • Food Preservation Tips That Will Protect Your Survival Garden And Meat Supply

    Survival food is always near the top of any prepper "must have" list. Growing and raising your own food as well as watching for great deals on long-term storage food are common and potentially life-saving preparedness activities.

    Learning how to preserve your garden crops and livestock offerings will help stretch your prepping budget dollars and ensure that your loved ones will not... Continue Reading →

  • 6 Essential Items for Runners and Cyclists

    This time of the year runners and cyclists are out in full force, many of whom are preparing for competitive events. As you head outside to get your exercise, it is important to invest in essential items that will ensure your safety in the case of an emergency.

    1. Hydration  One of the necessary cautions that runners and cyclists should tak... Continue Reading →
  • Make Your Groceries Go Farther with Grannie Pam [Interview]

    Growing your own food is just the first step in becoming more secure and self-reliant. Sure, most preppers, homesteading families, and off-the-grid folks know how to can and dehydrate their garden produce. But turning what you grow into complete meals and using your livestock to sustain a family is a bit more involved than simply plucking crisp veggies out of the garden.

    Pamela Gail Peters, or "Grannie Pam," has turned showing others how to take charge of the fam... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Food Storage Mistakes to Fix Right Now

    One of the most important pieces to the prepping puzzle is making sure you have enough food to get you and your family through an emergency. Whether it’s a snow storm that cuts you off from the grocery store for a few days, an earthquake that can cut you off for weeks, or a true SHTF scenario that cuts you off indefinitely…food storage is vital to survival.

    While food storage is important, many people don’t investigate how to store food properly before getting started. This means there are mistakes in how food is stored, what food is stored, and how much is kept. There ... Continue Reading →

  • Food Storage Tips and Tricks

    Learning how to store food is something you can add to your already-impressive list of survival skills, and helps ensure you won't, you know, die in the event of an emergency. Check out a few excellent food storage tips to get your started...those berries won't store themselves, you know.....

    The Right Storage Space

    Food is best stored i... Continue Reading →

  • Growing And Preserving Food: Vertical Gardening And Root Cellars

     

    Putting in a large garden to produce the bulk of the family food supply involves a lot of planning, work, and praying for good weather. Prepper families should plan to garden, raise livestock, stock a pond with fish, hunt, and purchase long-term food storage items to ensure that their loved ones will not starve during a long-term disaster.

    If the space for a massive garden is unfortunately not possible, vertical gardening offers a viable alternative to supplement to diet with healthy food and to stave off starvation should the grocery store shelves suddenly go bare. Gro... Continue Reading →

  • FIREARMS AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

    With the start of the new-year, there always seem to be several articles that come out promoting guns as part of a preparedness solution. And it’s an unfortunate fact that firearms have become almost synonymous with Preppers and disaster preparedness. I will explain why that is truly unfortunate…

    Sadly, thanks largely to movies and bloggers with little or no ‘real’ long-term survival experience, far too much emphasis is placed on owning battle rifles as a primary part of surviv... Continue Reading →

  • Stocking Up on Supplies for Winter

    With winter weather approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how ready for the winter you are. Prepping for winter could mean a lot of different things from winterizing your house to getting your vehicle winter ready. Another critical part of preparing for winter is stocking up on basic supplies.

    Depending on the weather patterns of your local area, winter could mean months of severe storms that bring ice and large amounts of snow. Consequently, you could find ... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping 101 - Don't Forget To Stockpile Morale Boosters

    Beans, bullets, and bandages are of course a must. While budgeting for potentially life-saving staples and engaging in self-defense and survival training, don’t forget about the important role morale boosters play during a long-term natural or man-made emergency.

    Board games, cards, candy, and flavored drink mixes are commonly purch... Continue Reading →

  • Do You Have The Skills Necessary To Survive A Disaster? Prepper Camp 2014 Offers Interactive Training

    Prepper expos abound during the spring and summer months, but few offer the level of hands-on survival training that will be available at Prepper Camp. The North Carolina 3-day prepper expo will be held at the Orchard Lake Campground in the mountain town of Saluda, as previously reported by Survival Based.

    The list of

    Disaster Preparedness Overload

    If you’re busy ‘living’ your life, it’s impossible to read the thousands of articles about disaster preparedness. And the truth be known, I think we all get weary of reading the constant debates over how many cans or bags of beans we need to stockpile, or which survival knife is best, or which backpack is best, and so forth. The key is simple; have the basics; somethingContinue Reading →

  • 15 Items to Start Your Food Prep Off Right - Number 6 is Vital

    So, you want to start building your emergency food storage to prepare for whatever disaster may come, but the task seems insurmountable. You’ve probably seen posts that tell you the proper caloric intake and base foods to build a good diet, but those don’t tell you exactly what you should be saving, do they?

    Sometimes it’s just better to have specifics so you can make a simple shopping list and go to the store with a mission, or better yet, keep a list in your wallet for when you see sales, so you can buy your emergency food on the cheap.

    ... Continue Reading →
  • Emergency Food Storage Tips

    When the SHTF the last thing you want to worry about is where you’re going to get your food.

    As Hurricane Katrina proved, the government and FEMA can’t be relied upon to save you in time of emergency, so it’s up to you to keep yourself and/or your family fed for as long as it takes for the emergency to subside or for you to start growing and sourcing fresh food.

    The 72-Hour Kit

    Also known as the extreme bare minimum in emergency food storage, the 72-hour kit represents the amount of time it sh... Continue Reading →

  • Best Foods For Long-Term Storage

    If honing your survival skills includes food storage, you'll want to know what foods keep the longest, yes? Before you start storing and canning your little heart out, take a look at some of the best... Continue Reading →

  • 1 Month Food Supply Giveaway

    It’s All About Calories – 142,040 calories to be exact, and all of them are found in our One Month Food Supply kit. That is enough calories to properly feed and nourish 3 Adults for an entire month (or 2 Adults/ 2 young children).

    Our Calories are:

    100% vegetarian, making them nutrient-dense. You actually need fewer cal... Continue Reading →

  • Genetically modified foods confuse consumers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them.

    The Food and Drug Administration says they don't need to be labeled, so the state of Vermont has moved forward on its own. On Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin signed legislation making his state the first to require labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

    What about the rest of the countr... Continue Reading →

  • Long-Term Food Storage: Grocery Store Preps

    Long-term food storage is an extremely important aspect of prepping and off the grid living. Making sure that your family can survive a disaster, regardless of the duration, is rightfully a top priority. Scoring bargains and understanding what should be stocked on the shelves will help stretch the food prepared... Continue Reading →

  • Choosing the Right Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden

    For first timers, getting a garden started can be challenging. Having a successful garden depends upon a wide variety of factors including what vegetables you decide to plant, where your garden is located, dealing with pests, the time and effort you have to put into your garden, the weather and much more.

    In addition, there are many questions to ask yourself before you begin a garden, and one of the most important has t... Continue Reading →

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    Baking Soda Camping/Survival Uses

    Baking soda. Is there anything it can't do? Okay, it may not be able to fight a bear, but the powdery white stuff has about a zillion different uses, including those relating to camping and overall survival. Check out some of these uses and don't forget to stash baking soda with your camping gear or add it to your emergency container!

    Personal Care/First Aid

    Baking soda... Continue Reading →

  • Field Test of Freeze Dried Food

    Last weekend, I took the chance to get up into the local hills for an overnight snow camp and snowshoe hike. Most people think I’m nuts to forsake a perfectly good bed for the chance to curl up in a small tent pitched on top of several feet of snow, but I enjoy tremendously getting out in the backcountry, and as a side benefit, I get to practice skills that might someday be critical to know when it’s for real instead of for fun.

    I also was able to test some of the freeze dried fruits and veggies we sell, including one that is a “coming attraction”.  Freeze dried works best f... Continue Reading →

  • Freeze-Dried Fruit and Veggie Recipes

    Wherever you live, disaster can strike. It is important to prepare ahead of time so that you are ready for any scenario. Maintaining a well stocked and rotating emergency food storage supply will help you prepare for an emergency as well as save money and time in your daily meal plans.

    The best thing about cooking with freeze-dried fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients is that they can be substituted into almost any recipe seamlessly, and are much more cost efficient than fresh produce. By simply following reconstitution instructions on packaging, you can use most rehydrated ingr... Continue Reading →

  • 12 Common Food Storage Mistakes

    Having an emergency food storage supply is pertinent to preparing for disasters, and you can save a lot of time and money by starting ahead of time. There are, however, many mistakes that are commonly made by both expert preppers and those new to the game, and mistakes can lead to hard times during an emergency. It is important to avoid these mistakes and have a safe, well-stocked supply so you’ll be ready for any situation!

    Whether yo... Continue Reading →

  • Five Alternate Uses for your Manual Wheat Grinder

    A hand-powered wheat grinder or grain mill is an important tool for your survival kit, with the most obvious use being to grind wheat. There are, however, many other fun ways to utilize your wheat grinder whether you’re in survival mode or simply in your kitchen.

    If you’re in an emergency situation and the power goes out, your electric grain mill will serve no purpose. It is important to be prepared and a hand-mill is a versatile, incredible tool to have in your kitchen or em... Continue Reading →

  • 5 Ways to Open a Can Without a Can Opener

    Canned food is a staple of just about every prepper’s food cache so it makes sense that a can opener or two is probably laying around your house. What if you lost your can opener and still needed to eat? You might think those cans are sealed forever without the opener but there are ways to still get to your food sans can opener. Here ar... Continue Reading →

  • Use-by and Sell-by Dates: Decoding the Mystery

    At the supermarket, on a lunch break, or making dinner - every day we are faced with the task of deciphering use-by and sell-by dates on food products. Thousands of dollars are wasted on food that we discard because we think it has gone bad, and this can be very costly in your home, or even more so in your emergency food storage supply. By understanding what thes... Continue Reading →

  • Using Emergency Food Storage in Regular Meal Plans

    Keeping an emergency food supply, especially for an entire family, is important but can be a bit overwhelming with all of the expiration dates and shelf lives. You can keep your supply fresh and your family happy by incorporating food storage ingredients into your daily cooking. It is surprisingly easy to use freeze-dried fruits and veggies, textured vegetable protein (tvp), and powdered dairy as substitutions in almost any... Continue Reading →

  • Food Storage for Families

    Every individual should be prepared for an emergency, but if you have a family, you know that it is important to take extra precautions for little ones. When prepping for a family, there are many considerations one needs to take. Food storage for families is no exception, as children should be kept as happy and comfortable as pos... Continue Reading →

  • Using and Storing Your Garden Harvest

    Many of us spent our summer tending to our crops. Whether our gardens are on a large plot of farmland or a small garden oasis in the heart of a bustling city, it’s time to start packing in those planters and using or preserving your bounty.

    All gardeners know that the yield from their garden can vary every season. Sure, it may be exciting to wake up one morning and see that all of your tomatoes are ripe and ready to be eaten, or sad to see that your zucchinis are starting to go bad because you’re leaving them outside for too long. Just as it is important to know how plant and to ... Continue Reading →

  • A Good Home Workout Routine Using Calisthenics To Get Ready For TEOTWAWKI

    Are You Fit Enough To Outrun a Zombie? Guest Post By: Ray Burton

    A lot of preppers are getting their beans and bullets sorted out and that’s great. There’s another basic survival prep you should be looking at too. Are you fit enough to outrun a Zombie. Right, maybe not a Zombie but could you at least bug out with your ruck for 5 miles over some rough terrain?

    If not, don’t worr... Continue Reading →

  • Practical Uses for Castor Oil

    Castor oil is one of the most useful oils around, and it has been used as a homeopathic remedy for centuries. It is a pale yellow or clear vegetable oil derived from the seeds (often referred to as “beans” because of their appearance) of the tropical castor bean plant. The healing powers of this plant come from its chemical structure; most notably it’s high ricinoleic acid content. It is a very helpful oil to have around the house or in ... Continue Reading →

  • Six Fast Growing, Hardy Vegetables for Your Garden

    In a survival situation, a productive vegetable garden can mean all the difference between thriving and just getting by in terms of health. With the general population relying completely on grocery stores for fresh produce, it can be a very unpleasant realization when you're stuck with canned foods and nothing else.

    If you're a novice gardener and are unsure of where to start, don't worry. The following 5 vegetables are a must ... Continue Reading →

  • Freeze-Dried Fruit and Veggies For Survival and Daily Indulgences

    Incorporating freeze dried fruits and vegetables into your recipes is a great way to maintain a nutritional balance in your diet, and it can be very helpful in emergency situations. Freeze dried fruits and veggies are a perfect addition to your survival food supply or to your camp food collection because they are lightweight and can be stored for a long time.

    The method used for freeze-drying is a process in which the fruits and veggies are first frozen, and then pressure is applied to turn the wate... Continue Reading →

  • Four Methods of Food Preservation

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    Guest Post By: Mama Kautz

    These are the options for food preservation. They could also be used PSHTF if you prepped the resources need such as propane or wood.

    We have used a few and hope to use others in the near future.

    Canning

    I started Water Bath two years ago and Pressure Canning last year.
    There was the proverbial simple strawberry jam. Which, for me, never sets, so not simple. Th... Continue Reading →

  • Poison Ivy Treatment: Here's What to Do

    By: Kent Page McGroarty

    Poison Ivy Treatment. Whether you’re camping, hiking, or have been stranded in the wilderness, there are certain plants to watch out for, including poison ivy. If you do find yourself scratching and itching after exposure to the plant, or realize you've been exposed upon contact, there are several steps you can take to minimize the spreading of the rash as well as the pain. And let's look at some poison iv... Continue Reading →

  • Prepping On a Budget: How to Properly Store Dry Goods

    By: Andy Selby

    Storing Dry Goods. During catastrophes or other situations where food scarcity is prevalent, storing food comes in handy. It is often difficult and/or dangerous to acquire food during a hurricane, so storing goods is a basic element in anyone's

    Inexpensive Ways To Build Your Emergency Kit

    By: Cat Alford

    Building an emergency kit is one of those tasks that is so easy to put off but extremely important that you don’t. Like changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and getting your oil changed in your car, building an emergency kit is... Continue Reading →

  • Five Tips to Starting a Garden

    Starting A Garden. It's the time of the year when many folks get the urge to get out and get their hands dirty. The thought of fresh grown tomatoes and the snap of green beans in their hands is a tantalizing day dream.

    As with any project, the first thing to do is have a good plan. As the saying goes, failure to plan is planning to fail. Each region of the United States is a little different in their veggie gar... Continue Reading →
  • Five Staples of Any Food Storage Supply

    Food Storage Staples. When planning long term food storage for disasters or an emergency such as job loss or illness, it's important to know the five staples of an emergency food storage supply. These five staples will be respons... Continue Reading →

  • Spicing Up Your Emergency Food Storage Supply


    Food Storage Tips: Whether we are storing food for long term disasters, or, a short term power outage, you need to be prepared with a handy food supply. Eating from emergency food storage supplies can be pretty boring. It’s bad enough the electricity is off, but we don’t have to turn off our taste buds while eating food, too. Th... Continue Reading →

  • An Introduction to Emergency Food Storage

     

    What Is Emergency Food Storage?

    In the Western world, having regular access to food and drinking water is taken for granted. If your access to food and drinking water was interrupted for any amount of time, what would you do? Having a plan will ensure your survival and comfort, and the time to be prepared is now. Emergency food storage is simply having a supply stored for emergencies. It can be any type of foods or meals. It can be purchased from the grocery store, market or from a com... Continue Reading →

  • Go Mylar or Go Home

    For years, emergency food supply was synonymous with aluminum cans—#10 aluminum cans to be precise—and for good reason. Readily accessible, easy to use and very familiar, aluminum cans were, and still are, a great way to preserve food for a “rainy day.”

    But technology advances and as it does, some older techniques make way for new and improved methods. Not that aluminum cans don’t have their place, but in today’s emergency food supply packaging, Mylar pouches are the way to go.

    What is Mylar?

    Mylar is a clear material with a shiny aluminum-l... Continue Reading →