Get The Best Tactical Pen And Learn How To Use It

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Best Tactical Pens

A tactical pen is a deadly survival weapon in the right set of hands. In the wrong set of hands, it’s a harmless writing utensil. The distinction is important, and that’s what today’s article is all about; The Tactical Pen.

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The truth about solar

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The truth about solar

A current and interesting look at solar power today,we have truly come a long way. Of course battery technology is still pretty far behind, prices for solar panels have dropped significantly over the past few years making it affordable for more and more people,and the solar panel kits make it simple to get exactly what you want to get started.
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How To Build Your Own Pergola (and Save Thousands!)

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How To Build Your Own Pergola (and Save Thousands!)  A pergola will barely protect you from the sun and will provide zero protection from rain, wind or snow. So, why build it? Because a pergola adds a unique and beautiful element to your garden and it’s just the thing to bring your back yard landscaping to life. Consider …

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Faith and Freedom Friday-Rightly Dividing the Word

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Today’s Faith and Freedom Friday is a recording from a men’s Bible study I attended last night. The message had such a strong anointing that I felt I had to share it. The study is packed with truth about the sovereignty of God’s Word and the attacks against it. The leader of the study points out that the original sin in the garden was linked to Satan’s corruption of God’s Word. All cults that stem from Christianity as well as the rampant apostasy currently infecting the American church can all be attributed to this very same corruption of God’s Word. If we are to be defenders of the faith, we must first be defenders of God’s Word.

Do you have a good picture of your gun, Bible and American flag? Send it to prepperrecon@gmail.com and we’ll feature it on Faith and Freedom Friday!

 

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Back to Basics: How to Start Prepping Before the SHTF

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This article has been contributed by Anne Marie Duhon. Anne Marie is a wife, mother of six and a full time off-gridder. She and her husband currently live in a totally off grid 200 sq foot “tiny home” and are in search of (again) that elusive perfect spot to call home. Besides being a wife and mother she, and her family, have raised many different animals on their various homesteads and have lived and loved being off the grid and many miles from the nearest paved road. She would like to share her first hand experiences and help others to learn to live and love living off grid and being as self reliant as possible.

What is a prepper?

preppingA prepper is someone who spends their time preparing for what is commonly called “doomsday” or a SHTF situation. People from all walks of life are feeling a sense of urgency to prepare for some form of a doomsday type event that is bound to happen sooner or later. Whether it will be a catastrophic natural disaster, an economic crisis caused by hyperinflation, or some other kind of major event, one thing is certain, those who are prepared will have a much better chance of weathering the storm than those who do not take the time to prepare.

This doomsday does not have to be a large event. It could be a personal one that would be for those involved just as catastrophic. Anyone can prepare for “doomsday” even those that are living pay check to pay check.

Read on for some tips and tricks that you can use to save money while prepping but you’ll also find useful advice to help you understand the kinds of things you should be doing and the types of things you should be stockpiling.

The First Step in Prepping Is the Most Important

The single most important step to prepping is to just start doing it.

This may seem easier said than done if you are on a tight budget but it’s true. The most important and difficult thing for people to do is to just get started doing something.

Do not let yourself get overwhelmed with a huge list of things that you need. Break down that list into manageable bits and take it in small steps.

It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with all the things that need to be done to successfully prepare for doomsday. Being overwhelmed will either lead to frantic unorganized prepping or doing nothing at all to prepare. Neither of which are good paths to take.

You have already taken the first most important step by realizing the need to prep in the first place. Just by that you are ahead of many people.

Have a Good Plan in Place

Pull out a notebook or a word pad doc on your computer and make a list of stuff you want/need like you just won the lotto. This will help make sure that you’re not leaving out important stuff because you are worried about cost. Break this list down into things that you can do right now and things that will be mid-term and long term goals.

There are TONS of things that you can do to prep that will not cost a lot or any money at all. Just making a list and writing it all down will give you the boost to continue to prep. While you are feeling inspired, go out and do some of the inexpensive things right now and check them off your list.

You’re going to want to have a few different types of plans in place.

The first is the plan that includes the list of tangible items that you’ll need to collect to put back in your emergency supplies cache. The second type of plan includes the intangible things that you should be doing to prepare for doomsday. These include increasing your knowledge, skills, and physical fitness so that when you eventually find yourself having to survive in a crisis, you’ll be up for the challenge. The third plan will be a “bug out or bug in” plan.

In these plans you will also have to take into consideration the following things: how will you replace your food once your stockpiles run low, how will you get around once gas is unavailable, how will you heat or power your home without electricity/gas? How will you cook food? How will you communicate with the outside world? How will you get rid of waste both personal and household? How will you stay clean?

Once you come up with the answers for those questions mak e lists of supplies and skills you need. Having these plans in place will help you move forward and achieve your goals one by one.

Start With the Easy Things First

Water

A great example of an easy way to get started is storing water.

As a matter of fact, one of the most important elements of any peppers’ stockpile should be their water supply. Ironically enough, storing water is one of the least expensive and easiest things a prepper can do. Take a few empty jugs or 2 liter soda bottles to your tap and fill them up. Voilà! You are actively prepping! And it does not really cost much money!

Money Saving Tip: If you already drink soda, you can switch to buying it in 2 liter bottles instead of cans and start stocking up on water by filling the empty bottles. If you don’t drink soda, you can probably find some friends or co-workers who will save their empty bottles and give them to you. This is a great way to acquire empty bottles for storing water and it won’t cost you a single penny!

Skill Development

The next inexpensive easy thing to do is to go online and find a few skills that you need to learn.

Some of those skills you should learn are making fire without matches, learning to hunt or fish, learning to store food besides in a freezer, learning first aid, and, gardening.

Get back to basics! It is so much better to learn and practice these skills long before your life or your family’s lives depend on them. There are many skills that our grandparents knew but are forgotten today. In this case practice makes for a more comfortable life!

Improve your Fitness

One vitally important thing you can start doing right away is get in shape!

Get off your butt and walk around your neighborhood! When doomsday finally does arrive, many of the tasks that we used to be able to rely on machines for will have to be done by hand or by foot. In preparation for such a time, most serious preppers feel that becoming physically fit is very important. The fitter you are, the better prepared you’ll be to cope with the manual labor that you’ll be forced to endure.

Fortunately, getting fit is something that can be done without spending a lot of money. Of course, you can get a gym membership but you can also get fit by hitting the streets and starting a walking or running regimen.

The bottom line is that the better shape you’re in physically before doomsday hits, the easier surviving will be for you.

You’ll be kicking yourself if one day you end up having to try to survive while you’re still overweight and out of shape. The best advice that anyone can give you regarding this matter is to start getting in shape now.

Make a plan for your animals!

Many preppers include animals as a valuable source of meat, milk and eggs in their plans for providing for their human families. Those animals need to be taken care of so that they can take care of you.

It’s very important to remember that these animals will require a lot more water per day than a person requires. If you are keeping livestock or if you have pets to care for, be sure and plan accordingly and store plenty of food and water for them as well.

Research how to feed and raise animals more naturally without depending on stores for sacks of feed. Look around your homestead and see if there is a natural source of water for the animals to drink. Storing enough water for many animals would be virtually impossible.

Stocking up on food without breaking the bank

The “One Extra” Method

Here is a useful tip. Use the “one extra” (or copy-canning) method of stocking up. This way you know you have food in your stockpile that your family likes and will eat.

Take advantage of sales or buy one get one frees and buy an extra can/bag or two while you are shopping. If you’ll get into the habit of buying one extra whenever you find the right deal, you’ll be surprised how quickly your emergency stockpile will build up.

Become a Master Couponer

You can also learn how to coupon and save a lot of money.

With the help of coupons that can be collected and printed from the Internet, it’s now possible to find coupons for just about everything you want to buy. It takes a bit of time and effort to learn how to get the best deals when using coupons but it’s definitely worth putting in the work to master this skillset.

Some of the most prolific preppers are master couponers and they are amazing at stretching their prepping dollar to get the most from their money.

Decide on how far you are willing to go to defend yourself and your family

This is a MAJOR decision for many people.

Most preppers rightly believe that the defense of their homes, families, and stockpiles will lie solely on their shoulders. In the world that we live in today, most people give very little thought to preparing to defend themselves, their family, or their property. We live in a world where you can just grab your cell phone and call 911 whenever you feel threatened. In most cases, within minutes of calling for help, the police will arrive and come to your rescue. (hopefully!)

During a major emergency that leads to the breakdown of civilized society, this won’t likely be the case. If you don’t believe this, take a minute and remember back to what became of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina caused all of the devastating flooding. We lived through Katrina and Rita. It was NOT pretty and one of the major reasons we stepped up our preps!

Weapon Acquisition and Training

As a family, it needs to be decided on now exactly what types of weapons will be used and for what reasons.

Most people who are seriously into prepping would consider their guns to be one of the most important elements of their plan to survive doomsday. Guns can provide many benefits for preppers. In the hands of a skilled outdoorsman, they can help to put food on the table. They can protect life, virtue, and property from those who would threaten to take it. They can also provide a sense of comfort during times of turmoil.

Without guns, you and all you have worked for is nothing but a sitting duck waiting for someone to just come and take it. If you have no intention of defending your stuff and yourself why even bother? Once the decision is made, acquire the weapons and learn how to use it and care for it. Your very life may depend on it one day.

Self Defense Training

The second category preppers should be concerned about when it comes to self-defense preparation is close contact hand-to-hand combat.

Getting the proper training in some kind of hand to hand style of fighting can mean the difference between life and death in certain circumstances.

When it comes to up close and personal self-defense training, this is a skill that takes years to master. Don’t think for a minute that you can attend a weekend seminar and you’ll magically have all the training you need to defend yourself in a real world struggle. No matter how good the instructors were or how comprehensive the seminar was, it takes a lot of time and practice to be able to develop the skills well enough that when you actually need to rely on them they won’t let you down.

While it’s true that it takes a lot of work to master hand to hand combat training, it’s important that you not let this overwhelm you to the point that you don’t get started right away. Remember, as with anything that has to do with prepping, you have to start somewhere and the best place to start is at the beginning.

Conclusion

As a prepper you’re main goal is to stock up on the items that will make it possible for you and your family to survive when things get really bad.

As a responsible adult it is your job to get started! If you do the things outlined in this article you have made a great start and are better prepared than most people.

This is just basic stuff. Get online and research prepping and step-by-step continue your adventure in prepping. There are many awesome sites like Tactical Intelligence that have tons of great information and lists of skills you could learn. It is really cool to learn how to do things the “old fashioned” way and know your family will do well in a SHTF situation.

We personally get a kick out of being looked down on most the time and then laughing at those that look down on us when the power
goes out in a winter storm and we are sitting warm, dry, fed and entertained while they go without.

Just get started and each and every thing that you do is one more thing checked off your list and one little bit more you are prepared more than mainstream America!

Editor’s Note: If you’re struggling with getting started, and would like a step-by-step process (checklists and all) that takes you by the hand through the entire prepping journey, I highly recommend you taking a look at Prepper Academy here.

A Brief History of Martial Law

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United States Martial Law

Wherever a military exists, so too can martial law.  Martial law refers to the period of time when Living Under Martial Lawthe military is in place as the top governmental authority of a population.   As former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a man from a country well-acquainted with martial law, so succinctly put it, “Martial law rests on the sanction of force and not on the sanction of law.”

By Derrick Grant, founder of Prepper Press

Over the course of history, martial law has been implemented throughout the world, as the breakdown of civil government, whether due to war, rebellion, or natural disaster, is not limited to any one geographic or ethnic domain. Nor is the desire for power limited to any one person, country, region, or ethnicity. Martial law is a form of acquiring power over a population, and of keeping that population in check.

Martial law takes different forms in different countries, just as traditional governing structures united states martial lawdo, but is often marked by a suspension of certain rights, the threat of military justice for civilians, and restricted travel by citizens.  Censorship and surveillance under the guise of protecting the citizenry are hallmarks of martial law.  In the twentieth century the threat of communism and terrorism were both used by governments to rationalize their use of the military to control the populace.  Labor strikes which turn violent, or which present a ruling party with the prospect of organized opposition, have also motivated the implementation of martial law.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, countries with notoriously volatile or heavily authoritarian governments have implemented martial law over the years.  Among these countries are the Philippines, China, Pakistan, Thailand, Taiwan, and Egypt.  The Western world is not immune from martial law, however, with the United States and Ireland among the ranks of countries that have declared martial law in the modern era.  Even Canada, a country as uncontroversial as you can get, has implemented martial law several times in recent centuries.

Canada and Martial Law

Since World War I, Canada has implemented martial law three times – during World War I, during World War II, and during the October Crisis of 1970.  During the October Crisis of 1970 a Canadian government official was kidnapped and murdered and a British diplomat was kidnapped in Quebec.  Canadian military forces were sent into Quebec and the police were given wide authority within the province of Quebec, resulting in the arrest of nearly 500 people.  Canada also imposed martial law, perhaps somewhat ironically, due to the freedom-seeking Continental Army’s invasion of the Quebec region during the American Revolution.

United States and Martial Law

America’s relationship with martial law is much more sweeping than Canada’s. From the Surviving Martial Lawcountry’s founding through to the twentieth century, the world’s beacon of freedom has at times put the military in a place of power over the civilian authorities and the rule of law. During the Civil War, though Congress did not declare martial law, they did approve many of the tenets which President Lincoln put before them to cancel certain rights, such as the revocation of the requirement of habeas corpus.  The Civil War is the most well-known example of an implementation of martial law tenets in the United States, but that era is far from the only time such authoritarian rule has been implemented in the United States.

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During the American Revolution the British imposed martial law on the colonists, primarily in response to the Boston Tea Party.  Shortly after the Revolution, under the presidency of George Washington, the military was deployed to put down the Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania, though there is some argument as to whether this constitutes an implementation of martial law as the civilian authorities still had power – they just could not handle the rebels who had already attacked the home of a tax collector and refused to cooperate with federal officials.

Two decades later, an American region found itself under martial law when General (and future President) Andrew Jackson imposed it in New Orleans during the War of 1812. Under Jackson’s rule, New Orleans remained under martial law even when there was no longer the threat of an invasion, a fact that did not please civilians. Following a decisive victory for American forces, Jackson was unwilling to concede the military’s power for months. He went so far as to have a judge arrested for demanding that the writ of habeas corpus be followed and a senator arrested for writing a newspaper column questioning the continued presence of martial law in New Orleans.

The seemingly placid Midwestern state of Idaho was also the site of a martial law implementation, including the trial of civilians in military court.  In 1893 striking mill workers in Coeur d’Alene not only blew up the mill at which they worked, they also shot at any worker who dared try to return to work.  After the military was called in, over 600 people were arrested, though just about two dozen were actually tried and sentenced to prison.  In later decades, both Colorado and West Virginia were in similar situations when martial law was implemented due to coal workers’ strikes that grew violent.  In 1934, a dockworkers’ strike resulted in parts of San Francisco being put under martial law.  San Francisco was also under martial law in 1906 following the Great Earthquake, albeit for a brief period.

Though the Posse Comitatus Act, passed in 1878, prevents the U.S. military from taking on the role of law enforcement, the United States is not immune from declarations of martial law, or declarations that skirt near and around martial law. Recently, some in the United States have likened the modern phrase ‘state of emergency’ with martial law, noting that following such natural disasters as Hurricane Katrina certain laws were suspended and the government and military were given powers such as restricting sales of certain items, implementing curfews, and restricting gun ownership.

While the United States and Canada have had their share of temporary martial law experiences, in other parts of the world, martial law has been a more permanent part of people’s lives.

Martial Law and Other Countries

For 38 years the citizens of Taiwan lived under martial law, with the threat of communism within How to survive martial lawTaiwan used as the rationale for continuing martial law even though the country was supposed to have a democratic constitution following the end of World War II. When martial law was lifted in Taiwan in 1987, it was the longest period of time any nation had been continuously under martial law.

However, Syria surpassed Taiwan for that dubious distinction, with 48 years of martial law not ending until 2011.  Syria’s martial law was implemented in 1963 following a military coup in which the Baath Party seized control of the country. For nearly 50 years Syrians were faced with restricted rights, surveillance, baseless interrogations, and government-controlled media.

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Egypt comes close to Syria in terms of the continuous time its citizens were under martial law, with the country essentially under martial law from 1967 until 2013.  The government renewed the state of emergency doctrine, which put the country under martial law, every three years during that time frame with an exception of the period immediately preceding Anwar Sadat’s assassination in 1981.  The threat of terrorism was consistently used as reasoning for continued martial law in the country.  Under Egypt’s martial law people could be jailed for no reason or for any reason, censorship was legal, and civilians could be tried in military court.  In 2011, removing this doctrine was a tenet of the protestors’ during the uprising in Egypt, though it lasted for two more years.

Though it pales in comparison to the half-century of Egypt’s martial law, the Philippines were under martial law for the extended period of nine years from 1972-1981.  Ferdinand Marcos used the threat of communism as well as recent bombings to convince Filipinos of the need for martial law. However, the honeymoon period for the military authority ended quickly, with Filipinos becoming disillusioned by the regime’s use of torture and suspension of civil rights.  This was not the Philippines’ first experience with martial law, as the country had been under martial law for a time during World War II. However, Marcos’ abuse of power would be what civilians in the Philippines remembered and used as the basis for holding future politicians’ feet to the fire when the specter of martial law reared its head, particularly in the case of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the early 2000s.  Her efforts were thwarted, and though martial law was implemented in a region of the Philippines, the country as a whole was only put under a state of emergency.

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Though it has not been under continuous martial law throughout its history, Pakistanis have plenty of experience living under military regimes at points in their lives. Following a coup in 1958, martial law has been implemented and retracted on a fairly regular basis in Pakistan, though they also have a history of military rulers such as General Pervez Musharaff who do not rule with martial law.

Like Pakistan, Thailand has seen its share of coup d’etats, and such uncertainty and power grabs Thailand Martial Lawmakes for an easy environment in which to implement martial law.  Thailand has gone through periods of martial law in 2004, 2006, and 2014. Though martial law has ostensibly been lifted in Thailand, but some, including officials at the United States State Department have argued that the security measures put in place upon the announcement that martial law was being lifted may actually be just as bad, if not worse, than martial law.  Media groups in Thailand specifically called attention to the measure’s restrictions on free speech, saying in a statement,  “Civilians are also at risk, as people who communicates and discusses topics through online social media that contain information viewed by the authorities as threat to national security, cause of public alarm, spreading of false information or public misunderstanding will be punished on the same condition.” The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner also called attention to the regime’s repeal of martial law in name only, calling the new measures “draconian.”

In addition to the countries such as Thailand where martial law has been a continuous or regularly occurring part of life, there are several other countries which have been under martial law sparingly.

Poland is one such country. It has only been under martial law once, from 1981 to 1983, as the government sought to quash its opposition. While it was only under martial law for this two year period, it was a harsh time of military rule during which hundreds of arrests were made and citizens’ daily life and basic rights were greatly restricted. As part of martial law in Poland, members of opposition groups such as Solidarity were jailed, citizens had to adhere to a curfew, and travel was heavily restricted with the airport and roads closed down. Schools were closed, phones were disconnected, and all communication was subject to censorship. While the government said they did not want any bloodshed from this period of martial law, about one hundred deaths are blamed on the implementation of martial law.

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In China, martial law was instituted in Beijing throughout May and June of 1989 in reaction to the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.  During their enforcement of martial law, the troops had the authority to use any power necessary for self-defense if they encountered any impediment or delay in carrying out their mission.

Iranians were subject to martial law for a period of about three months in the fall of 1978 when the Shah appointed a military general to be in charge of Tehran.  Although the regime was short-lived, it resulted in hundreds of deaths when the military massacred protesters in Tehran.

From the United States to Iran to the Philippines, martial law is a widespread phenomenon in the modern world, with the last two centuries providing many examples of governments over-reaching and military officials overstepping the rights of citizens. Martial law can be declared by any government, at any time.  After all, the very basic notion of martial law is that it rejects the rule of law and instead uses force. It behooves people, even in a democratic country, to learn the history of martial law and to understand your rights and the ways they can be subverted – and have been throughout modern history.

About Derrick Grant.  Mr. Grant is the founder of Prepper Press, a publisher of post-apocalyptic fiction and survival nonfiction. Follow his Facebook writer page for all things apocalyptic.

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12 Life Saving Security Insights For Preppers

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12 Life Saving Security Insights For Preppers In order to survive the end of the world preppers will need the skills to rebuild and maintain. These skills encompass everything from hunting skills to being able to fabricate all your necessary items. This can be quite overwhelming, and in some cases, the looming threat of doomsday …

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Ways Of Canning Without A Pressure Canner: One Old Reliable & One Not So Much

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Odds are we’re not going to have the luxury of machines to help us do the simple things like can our own meats and vegetables forever. So it makes sense to learn how to can your own meats and vegetables without a pressure canner now, instead of waiting until it’s too late to have the skill ready.

Which might cost you more than you think.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to this subject; “canning in the oven” and “canning in boiling water”.

We’re going to go over each method and give pros and cons to each one, but of course the first thing you need to start is cans, or jars. Luckily enough for you we’re going to go over that first as it’s the most important part of the whole article!​

Best Jars & Lids For Canning

You literally can’t do this process if you skip this step, so let’s get the foundation right before we try to build the food pyramid on a thin foundation. There are two things to look at when selecting the perfect jar for canning, the size of your jar and the lid.

The best brands of jars you could use for canning are also the most common and well known, the kerr ball mason style jar. There are other designer brands of jars that are a bit more appealing to the eye, but we’re looking for efficiency not shelf appeal, right?

So go with a mason jar or kerr ball.

The size of the jar is up to you though, you can use a 16 oz. or 32​ oz. depending on the amount of food you’re canning at the time. And some expert canners believe the size might affect the flavor, but we think that might be a bit of a stretch.

Next is the lid, you have the option of an all in one screw lid and a two piece flat lid with a thin metal gasket to seal with. Now there really isn’t any competition if you’re deciding which to use for the best and longest air tight seal. You want to go with the two piece flat metal and gasket lid.

Canning With Boiling Water

Otherwise known as waterbath canning, this method was the original way canning was done, honestly it’s still the best and most reliable way. But since this method is from a bit more of a primitive time there are some dangers to doing it this way. First of all the safety of your hands, because it requires you to immerse the jars in boiling water multiple times and if you like your hands to be usable then you might want to invest in some equipment like a jar lifter.

To begin with canning with a water bath you’ll need to find the recipe you’d like that fits your needs and time. Next you’ll want to do a maintenance check on all of your equipment to make sure everything is solid and in working order. Make sure the lids are able to be sealed, the jars don’t have cracks or dried food if they’re being reused, and that your bath will have a consistent heat source for the foreseeable future.

Once all of this is in place you’re ready to begin!​

Heat The Jars

For this step you want to make the water hot, but not boiling just yet. This is to make the glass flexible so that they won’t break when you add the hot food. You’ll want to fill the jars with hot water and place them into a stockpot that has been filled halfway with hot, but not boiling, water.

Bring the water to a simmer now and leave them until they’re ready for use.​

Prepare Boiling Bath Water

Most kitchens will have a pot large enough to double as a boiling bath pot. all you really need is a large stew pot that can fit a few jars in it. If you want to get adventurous you can use a propane tank and a pot meant for crawfish or frying turkeys, these work great! The pot must be large enough to fully surround and immerse the jars in water by 1 to 2 inches and allow for the water to boil rapidly with the lid on.

You’ll want to fill the pot half way and bring to a simmer with the lid on until your jars are filled and ready to be placed in the pot.​ And don’t forget to line the bottom and sides of the pot with padding of some sort, a rag usually does the trick well. It’s just finding a way to get the rag to stay in place that can be difficult. If you don’t have the rag or some cussion the jars will likely break due to the heat and banging around.

Cook & Fill

Now that everything is in place to begin canning you can prepare the food you wish to can. Just follow your favorite recipe for jams, preserves, or meats and get it ready.

Once that’s done and ready to be put in jars you’ll take the hot jars out of the water using the jar lifters​, remember not to grab too tightly or you could break the jars. Empty all the water out of the hot jars carefully, and then begin filling the jars with the recipe. Leave a quarter of an inch to a half inch of space between the filling and the lid.

If stated in the recipe, be sure to remove air bubbles with a rubber spatula by sliding the spatula between the jar and the food to release the air bubbles.​

Time To Boil!

If necessary clean the jars around where the lids will screw on, otherwise the lids won’t seal well at all. Use a damp cloth to do this. You’ll want to place the lid on the clean jar and apply the screw top with a tightness of just finger tip tight, too tight and you risk breaking the jar.

Once the filling has run out or you’ve run out of jars to fill it’s time to start boiling! You’ll use the jar lifters to carefully place them one at a time in the now boiling water, again cushioned by a rag or something to keep jars from breaking. Also remember the lids of the jars need to be covered by close to  2 inches of water.​

Keep the full rolling boil going as long as the tested recipe says. Once the time is up, turn off the heat and allow the jars to sit for 5 minutes. This allows the water to cool down and the jars will be less fragile.

Remove & Test Seals

When taking the jars out of the pot you’ll want to place them on a soft towel, as the drastic temperature change could cause the jars to break. Then you’ll want to leave the jars undisturbed for 24 hours.

DON’T ATTEMPT TO RETIGHTEN ANYTHING. This could mess with the sealing process, just trust that it will work if you’ve followed the directions so far.​

Test the jar lids for proper seals after the 24 hours. Lids should not flex up and down when center is pressed. Remove bands. Try to lift lids off with your fingertips. If the lid cannot be lifted off, the lid has a good seal. If a lid does not seal within 24 hours, the product can be immediately reprocessed or refrigerated. Clean mason jars and lids. Label and share then store in a cool, dry, dark place up to 1 year.

Canning In The Oven

Oven canning is likened to using a microwave to cook a meal, it gets the job done, but not the best way of getting the most quality. The basics of the steps are the same; however, the time is the main difference. And most good things take a bit more time as most of us know.

Heat The Jars​

You’ll want to follow the same preparation for the jars as if you were still boiling in a bath. You will boil the jars in simmering water until you’re ready to use them. Except instead of having to prepare another bath of water to boil you just turn on the oven to 250 degrees when you put them in there! 

Pretty easy, right?​

Prepare The Filling​ & Seal

While the jars are doing their thing in the simmering water bath, you’ll be preparing the stuff that you want to be canned. Whether that’s jams, jellies, or meats it’s up to you. Most anything is able to be canned either in a water bath or oven.

Set It… But Don’t Forget It

Once you’ve removed the jars from the simmering water, filled them, and cleaned them off you’re ready for the easiest part of this experience, putting them in the oven and turning it on! That’s really as simple as it gets.

So you’ll put the jars in the oven, turn it on to 250 degrees, once it reaches that temperature turn it off and let them sit for up to one hour. ​After that you can either carefully take them out of the oven and place them on a towel to avoid breaking, or just let them cool off in the oven overnight.

There You Have It

The two best ways to can food when you don’t have a pressure canner!

Obviously we have our favorites as I’m sure you’ve noticed, but it’s up to you to make your own decisions about what your schedule allows. We hope that this has helped to give you a push to get canning even if you don’t have an expensive pressure canner!​

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How To Make An Arc Welder

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How To Make An Arc Welder From A Microwave WARNING: Stick welding, and/or the modification of a Microwave Oven Transformer (M.O.T), can be very dangerous and presents risks of UV radiation, shock hazards, burns, fires, fumes and a multitude of other risks.  This project should not be attempted without a thorough understanding of electricity, adult …

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37 Awesome Landscaping Ideas To Make Your Garden The Best In Town

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37 Awesome Landscaping Ideas To Make Your Garden The Best In Town Are you sick and tired of looking at the same old garden year after year? Do you want to have a little bit of paradise at your home? I have found 37 awesome ideas and projects that will make your garden the envy …

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10 Water Conserving Tips You Can Use Right Now

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10 Water Conserving Tips You Can Use Right Now The world water crisis represents one of the most troubling public health issues in the world today. You wouldn’t know this if you live in an area where water is abundant, but this reality places the responsibility on you to conserve this precious resource. According to …

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66 Fruits and Vegetables You Can Grow At Home In Containers Without A Garden

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66 Fruits and Vegetables You Can Grow At Home In Containers Without A Garden We are not all blessed to have a garden we can use to grow our veggies in. Some of us rent houses where the landlord doesn’t allow any modification to the garden or you live in an apartment and there is …

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Best Deal in Cheap Keychain LEDs

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These have been around for many years now. Cheap, simple, reliable and tough as nails. For three bucks or so for the pack of ten they are a great deal. In my experience they last well over ten hours. They do start to dim down but a day later you still may have some light left.

 

Leegoal 10 X Led Mini Micro Black Keychain Key Ring Super Flash Bright Flashlight White Light $3.30

For $0.33 a pop you can’t beat these for budget EDC or keeping in different kits, keychains and bags.

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Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

Dirt-Cheap, Nutritious Chicken Feed You Can Grow In Your Garden

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Keeping your backyard flock happy is pretty simple and is the best way to ensure a plentiful supply of nutrient-rich eggs and plump meat chickens.

Some homesteaders are choosing to grow their own poultry feed in order to cut down on the unnecessary chemicals and fillers added to the commercial feed consumed by their flocks. They also may grow their own livestock feed as a way to become more self-sufficient and as a way to minimize the financial burden of maintaining their chickens. Whether this feed is used to supplement the foraging diet of a free-range flock or as the exclusive diet for a fenced flock, homegrown poultry feed is worth investigating.

Chickens need protein, calcium and carbohydrates in their diet. In most commercial poultry feeds, grains account for the largest percentage of carbohydrates in the feed. Grains, however, take up a lot of land, making them unsuitable for today’s smaller acreage homesteads. Corn is, of course, the most popular of grains for chicken feed, but barley, rye, and hulless oats all work well.

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On the homestead you will have several options to choose from if limiting or avoiding grains. Give your chickens the carbohydrates they need through root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips and sweet potatoes. After harvesting the root vegetables for the flock, add the greens to the mix as well for added nutrition. These root vegetables are easy additions to the garden. Whether grown in a separate area or as a part of your family’s garden, beets and other colorful vegetables provide an array of macro and micronutrients that also will promote good health in your flock.

Take, for example, the Mangel beet. Mangel beets are fairly hardy, reaching 10-12 pounds apiece and providing plenty of nutrition. Homesteaders in ages past used Mangel beets to feed the livestock through long winters, and these beets are slowly becoming a popular feed option for today’s homesteaders.

Dirt-Cheap, Nutritious Chicken Feed You Can Grow In Your Garden

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Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, work well for chickens. Hung in the coop or in another accessible area, chickens will pick and peck at them and not at each other. These vegetables can be planted earlier in the season than most and provide quality nutrition, including some calcium.

Keep your flock cool while in the summer heat by indulging them with a cool treat. Cucumbers provide adequate nutrition, but most importantly help to hydrate individuals due to their high water content. Cucumbers, sliced in half lengthwise, are the perfect treat to keep them cool and hydrated on a hot day.

A few leafy plants provide a small amount of protein as well as other essential nutrients. In addition to beans, which are higher in protein, but must be cooked before feeding to your flock, kale provides a small amount of protein with large amounts of necessary vitamins and minerals. Kale is easily grown in the cooler spring and fall months and can even withstand frosts.

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A lesser known plant, called duckweed, is also higher in protein than most greens and makes a nice addition to homegrown poultry feed. Duckweed has a higher protein content than the soybeans used liberally in commercially produced feeds. It also provides some additional nutrients. It can be cultivated in small ponds or even in shallow tanks or pools, and although poultry can eat it fresh, most will consume it better when dried. Duckweed needs a nutrient base to thrive, so adding small feeder fish will provide a sufficient base for growth. Some have recommended using graywater from the house or even using some manure from the homestead to feed the duckweed.

Though by no means an exhaustive list, the above mentioned vegetables and greens are worthy of incorporating into any plans for growing poultry feed on your homestead. Add grains if space allows, but don’t allow a lack of space keep you from trying to feed your flock.

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4 Clever Ways To Garden In A Drought

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Summer weather is officially here, and for many gardeners that means one thing: a lack of rain. For others, it may mean a drought.

Gardening during summer is never easy, but how do you grow your favorite vegetables when nature simply doesn’t cooperate?

This week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio tells us what to do. His name is David A. Bainbridge, and he is the author of “Gardening With Less Water,” a book that describes low-cost, low-tech methods for using up to 90 percent less water in your garden.

David has several decades of experience in the subject, and his work even has involved growing plants in the Sonoran Desert – an area that gets only three inches of rain a year.

Get ready to junk the sprinkler system as David tells us:

  • How a 2,000-year-old gardening method can help your garden thrive during summer heat.
  • Why the methods he promotes can be used to irrigate any plants – and not simply drought-tolerant ones.
  • How PVC pipe can be used in your garden to save bundles on your water bill.
  • Why he’s not a big fan of drip irrigation systems, and what can go wrong.

All total, David gives us four methods you can use in your garden this year to water your vegetables – no matter how much rain you get. If you’re ready to watch your garden thrive during the scorching heat, then this show is for you!

Video: How to wet form a leather knife sheath with water and a sponge

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So you want to customize that brand new leather knife sheath, but don’t want to spend a lot of time doing it. Here’s a way to wet form a sheath that is quick and easy.

By Leon Pantenburg

I have a lot of leather general-purpose knife sheaths, and generally, they work very well. Since they have to fit a variety of similar-sized knives, the general-purpose need to be relatively generic. Once the sheath has stretched and shrunk in the proper places, it probably will fit like a glove.

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I wet-formed this leather sheath on my new Lon Humphrey Sterling. It was easy, and took hardly any time or effort.

But think about it: You’ve just invested in  a high-end or custom knife, and you want a sheath that REALLY fits. And you don’t want to wait a long time. Aside from ordering a custom leather piece, what can you do?

I saw this post and had to try out this technique of wet-fitting a leather sheath. You probably have all the materials you need in your kitchen.

I took my latest Lon Humphrey Sterling and followed the directions. It worked like a charm, and I’m deciding which knife/sheath combination to do next.

Want to wet form your own leather sheath? Here are step-by-step directions from KnivesShipFree.

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Book: Cheaper and Better

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Cheaper and Better: Homemade Alternatives Author Nancy Birnes will soon launch a 13-part PBS series based on the recipes and formulas of Cheaper and Better. Reissued to tie in to the show, this guide shows consumers how to save thousands of dollars with products made at home. Author Nancy Birnes will soon launch a 13-part PBS series based on the recipes and formulas of Cheaper and Better. Reissued to tie in to the show, this guide shows consumers how to save thousands of dollars with products made at home. List Price: $16.00 New From: $18.85 USD In Stock

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Floppy Kid Syndrome

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Floppy kid syndrome is a killer with a funny name, baby goats can go from funny little bouncing fur balls to dead in a very short time – and this is just one way it can happen. I am no expert in goats, and leave most of my goat stuff to my wife, but I almost learned the hard way how fragile bottle goats are. We received some 4 day old bucklings from a Facebook group we are members of, and we jumped in full tilt.  We spend several hundred dollars in housing and fencing, bottles, and milk replacer and

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Kitchen DIY: Creme Fraiche

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Today we are going to talk Creme Fraiche. Crme Fraiche is a fermented dairy product used in both hot and cold French cuisine. I think it is important to note that French does not always mean snooty and haughty (most times it does though). As a practical person, I am a big fan of what is called “peasant food” – local, nutritious, inexpensive, and plentiful food that is used by the lower economic class as staples. I figure if it was used to keep the average peasant alive in the 1600’s it would work to keep me alive if I

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How to Identify North American Poisonous Snakes

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In the area in which I live, there is a large population of poisonous snakes, namely rattlers.  They are good in the sense that they consume large numbers of rodents that cause other problems.  Personally, I have hiked this country for years and encounter rattlesnakes of various occasions, but have never felt threatened.  I merely bypass the snake or if they are on a popular trail, I will throw something at them to get the off the trail.  I see no need to kill them unless they are an immediate threat or I want the food.

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Diamondback Rattlesnake

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Pygmy Rattler

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Timber Rattler

In North America, there are four poisonous snakes that are divided into two classes, Coral snakes and pit vipers.  Pit vipers include rattlers, cottonmouths (water moccasins) and copperheads.

Recognizing poisonous snakes in the United States is fairly easy.

  1. First look at the colors, some poisonous snakes like the coral snake have bright colors. The coral snake colors are always red, then yellow (thinner band), then black. Coral snakes and the similar looking (but harmless) King snake (red snout), are often mistaken for each other. Here’ how to remember:  “Red touch yellow, kill a fellow.” (Deadly Coral snake)  “Red touch black, friend of Jack.” (Harmless King snake)
  2. Coral snakes range from North Carolina down through Florida and over to Arizona.
  3. Pit vipers have a triangular shaped head.
  4. A pit viper will have a pit between the snake’s eyes and their nostrils. This is a heat-sensitive pit that helps them locate warm-blooded prey.
  5. If it has a rattle, it is a poisonous snake. Not all rattlers have a rattle, especially young ones.
  6. Cottonmouths or copperheads are water snakes. Only poisonous water snakes swim with their entire body on the surface of the water.
  7. Cottonmouths have a thick heavy body and are brown in color.
  8. Copperheads cause the most snakebites. Copperhead bites are painful, but rarely cause death.
  9. Copperheads are normally tan to copper in color.
  10. There are several types of rattlesnakes found in North America. They are found in all the continental states (except Alaska) and Southern Canada.
  11. Rattlesnakes vary in size from pygmy snakes to ones that will reach 6 ft in length. There colors vary mostly in shades of brown.  Some will have diamond shapes on their backs.
  12. The rattlesnakes all have the distinctive triangle shaped head.
  13. If bitten check the bite mark.Two close-set puncture marks would indicate that the snake has fangs and is poisonous.  If it leaves a ragged bite mark without the two close-set puncture marks, it is non-poisonous.
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    Coral snake

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    Copperhead

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Cottonmouth sometimes called a water moccasin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bite Marks

 

 

Now you can see that even with these guidelines you should learn more about the snakes that are in you operating area.  In particular, learn which rattlers live near you.

Howard

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After the Collapse: 10 Urban Survival Strategies

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Today I want to share a couple of awesome videos by Canadian Prepper. These videos are from his After The Collapse series, which is worth watching not only for the things you’ll learn but also because it’s very entertaining. The latest videos are about urban survival, and he talks about: The Public to Private Property […]

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Why Every Survivalist Needs a Pair of Binoculars

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Editor’s Note: This post is another entry in the Prepper Writing Contest from James Petzke. If you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly win a $300 Amazon Gift Card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today. When you are scouring lists of equipment to prepare you for any […]

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Bushcraft Simplified: The 1 Overlooked Skill You Need To Master First

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Bushcraft, or the skills and knowledge to live in the wild, is seeing a huge growth in popularity these days.

This is evident not only due to the tremendous popularity of TV programs showcasing survival, but also from the rapid increase in books available on the topic, in bushcraft schools, and in the popularity of bushcraft videos on YouTube. It is plain to see that many Americans fully recognize the new era we have entered with our technology and realize a vast storehouse of fundamental knowledge is on the cusp of being forgotten.

Thankfully, they also recognize the value of ancestral knowledge. Droves of people realize this dilemma and wish to learn the foundational skills of our past.

With that said, bushcraft can seem like an enormous undertaking for a beginner. The task of learning all the skills, gaining all the wisdom, and bundling them together for full-fledged survival requires a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience. This is especially true for people who are completely removed from the wild. Experienced bushcraft and survivalists such as Ray Mears, Les Stroud, Cody Lundin, Dave Canterbury, and so on possess so much understanding that the common working man can’t seem to hope to match them.

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Thankfully, bushcraft doesn’t necessarily require a full-blown Bushcraft University degree in order to be useful to the average person. Much of bushcraft boils down to one necessary skill, and then builds off that skill. To be sure, people who live immersed in the natural world gain encyclopedic knowledge of the plants, animals, systems and relationships of the world, and that takes time. However, until you reach that point, the most important skill you can have is the ability to be creative.

Bushcraft can seem like a series of disconnected skills, knowledge and practices. Part of this apparent disconnection is the way we get our information. Many people watch the aforementioned survivalists tackling new ecosystems every episode. On one episode they might be in the Amazon, the next in the Sahara, and then on a deserted island somewhere. These experts then typically showcase a few unique answers to the same fundamental questions every primitive society answered: How do we eat, get water, stay clothed, and stay out of the elements? In reality, that is not how bushcraft must work. I want to stress the fact that this is not a slam on those experts. In fact, to me it proves their incredible storehouse of knowledge. For most people, though, bushcraft simply isn’t that way.

Bushcraft requires creativity more than anything else, because once you understand some of the very basic concepts, it becomes the process of you looking around your own unique landscape and answering those basic questions with your available resources. There is an abundance of examples to support this idea.

Bushcraft Simplified: The 1 Overlooked Skill You Need to Master First

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You can start by examining different aspects of Native American societies – moccasins, for example. People in the 500 diverse and independent nations who lived here before Columbus generally used footwear of some type. This generally, not always, required the knowledge of hide tanning. Once the hide was tanned, it was up to the creativity of the builder to create the best moccasin for their environment. Some were soft, some were stiff, some were short, others were tall. Some societies needed footwear for the desert and others for the arctic. The types of animals to be used were different, as well. Each tribe came up with creative answers for their particular region.

Homes are another example. People across the land needed a place to take refuge from the elements. Again, there are a few basic necessities that must be met. Shelters must be weatherproof, must be constructed with available materials, and must meet the unique demands of the environment. Other than that, shelters were created with a thousand creative answers to the single question. There were teepees, longhouses, wigwams, igloos, adobes, stone houses, wickiups and many other designs. It didn’t require a degree; it required a person to scan an environment, understand some basic knowledge, and then use their problem-solving brain to figure out the best way to build it. There isn’t one right answer in how to build a good shelter; there are a variety of answers depending on where you are and depending on your situation.

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Here is one final example: Prior to European contact, Native societies generally created projectile points out of stone, bone and wood. These were the best materials available and did the job nicely. After contact with Europeans, though, steel was introduced to these nations. The fondness certain Native societies developed for steel has been much studied and is easily apparent. People generally began to trade for steel points for a variety of reasons. What many people don’t realize, though, is that Native people actually began to build their own points and knives from scavenged steel — wagon wheels, barrels and various other objects made of steel would occasionally be discarded and left as litter. Once discovered by Native people, they could be processed to make the same steel points traders brought. In addition to steel, glass also was widely used, as it, too, was found in great volume. As a new resource hit the scene, creativity took over and people began to answer old questions in a new way.

This should not be viewed as a proclamation to avoid learning. There is a huge storehouse of knowledge to acquire in order to fully submerge yourself in the outdoors. Gaining that knowledge takes time — and the guidance of experienced people. That being said, once you understand the basic processes to make cordage, fire, points, shelters and other tools, the question becomes how do you apply that in your particular area?

As stated, there were 500 unique cultures in North America prior to European contact, and creativity created thousands of different answers to the same basic questions all people of the world face.

So the next time you find yourself absorbed in YouTube survival video, ask yourself: “How could I apply the same concept in my area?” Your creative answer might surprise even yourself.

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Do You Have A SHTF Water Plan?

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Here’s the thing about water that most of us already know, but many ignore… ‘you can’t live long without it’. In fact, water will rapidly become a NUMBER ONE concern following most any major disaster. As I’ve said before, I believe that many or most people who are actively involved in preparedness, often overlook the […]

Now is the time to learn how to use a Ham Radio for survival!

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  When it comes to survival, I think we all understand the need for reliable information in any disaster scenario.  Ham Radio is easily the most reliable due to…

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Keep Your Stuff Safe: 4 Excellent Cybersecurity Tips

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cyber attacksIdentity theft is unfortunately a common problem in today’s tech-dense world. Rather than leaving yourself vulnerable to thieves, put a few tips into practice and make it very difficult for unscrupulous characters to hack your stuff.:

Stay Up -to -Date

Keep the security measures on your laptop, smartphone, and all other “‘smart’” devices updated. Failure to do so makes your information that much more accessible to thieves.

Change Your Passwords

Change passwords for all major accounts every 90 days. Make sure the passwords are hard to guess, and not the name of your cat. Use different passwords for every account and make sure they include a few numbers and symbols. The more complicated the password, the more protection you’ll enjoy.

Understand the Signs of Malware

Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of malware, adware, viruses, and anything else looking to infect your devices. Most malware and related nastiness appears legitimate, such as a “warning” telling you your computer is infected and that you must visit a certain website to rectify the problem. Visiting said website is what infects your computer with a virus. The same is true of emails supposedly from your bank or other financial institutions saying your account is closed and you must open an attachment or visit a website to fix it. Learn the many different ways thieves and hackers try to access your information. Remember, if it seems suspicious or too good to be true, it is.

Avoid Public Wi-Fi

Stay away from public Wi-Fi services. Sure, free Wi-Fi is a beautiful thing, but it also opens your device up to hacking, particularly if you don’t have a firewall and other anti-theft security software installed. Virtual private networks (VPN) are recommended over public Wi-Fi. It’s also a good idea to ensure your phone or laptop doesn’t pick up whatever Wi-Fi it senses, as it’s another way for thieves to access your information.

A few other cybersecurity tips include:

  • Keeping your location setting off unless you need it
  • Refraining from posting too much personal information on social media platforms
  • Utilizing security patches as needed
  • Using a password on your mobile devices as well as your laptop
  • Keeping sensitive information off of your devices as much as possible
  • Knowing the signs of spam and scams

Has the above information jogged memories of cybersecurity lessons you’ve learned? Share them in the comments section!

How To Make The Best Baked Mac And Cheese

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How to make the best baked mac and cheese recipe is on today’s post. I really like making this recipe because I can make all of it with food storage. I can also make it with freshly grated cheese. It smells fabulous baking in the oven. You can make it with whole milk or skim milk. You can even make it with different cheeses, fresh or freeze-dried. As I remember, this was a family reunion recipe, so yes, you could feed your large family. It freezes well after baking in smaller containers. This is a great item for school lunches as well if you have a thermos type container to keep it hot.

When Mark and I raised our daughters, they loved this recipe! I served it with the green beans we had grown, picked, snapped and canned in a pressure canner. My girls still tell me that gardening and canning taught them their work ethic among other things. There is something really awesome about working side by side with your kids producing your own food and preserving it. Here’s my PRINTABLE recipe: Baked Mac and Cheese by Food Storage Moms

Baked Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons butter

1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2-1/2 cups whole milk (or skim milk)

2-1/2 cups grated sharp cheese (or your favorite freeze-dried cheese-re-constituted as directed on package)

8 ounces Velveeta cheese (cut into pieces)

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese (or your favorite freeze-dried cheese-re-constituted as directed on package)

16-17 Ounces macaroni (cooked and drained (al dente)

plain bread crumbs

Instructions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium pan, melt the butter and quickly add the flour, salt, pepper, and mustard. Continue stirring with a whisk until the mixture is smooth and blended. Keep stirring and start adding the different cheeses (save 1/2 cup cheddar cheese for the top) and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add the cooked and drained macaroni and blend until macaroni is covered with cheese. Scoop the mixture into a 9″ by 13″ inch greased pan and sprinkle with the 1/2 cup of cheese you set aside. Sprinkle the bread crumbs depending on the quantity you desire on top. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until the casserole starts to bubble.

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How To Earn $60 Per Hour Growing Potatoes

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Want to save lots of money on your grocery bill? Grow your own food.

Take potatoes for example:

As I wrote after my 2015 harvest, my return on investment from growing potatoes was 3,468%.

I planted 2 kg and harvested 69.3 kg. Excluding the initial field preparation that I won’t have to repeat, I spent no more than 5 hours total on this small field of potatoes, maintaining, watering, and harvesting.

Potato harvest

If I go and buy potatoes of similar quality in the supermarket today they’ll cost me around $3 a kilo.

That means my ~70 kg potato harvest has a store value of $210. Remember, it only took me 5 hours to get this harvest, which means for every hour I spent in the garden I saved / earned $42.

But that’s like earning $42 tax-free. If you’re an employee you have to pay tax on your salary before you can go and buy potatoes in the store. With a 30% income tax you’ll have to earn $60 per hour to end up with $42 post-tax.

Do you make $60 per hour on your job?

If not, you can save money by growing your own potatoes. If you like potatoes, you can save a lot of money by growing a lot of potatoes.

Of the 137,896,660 US workers that’s recorded in the “May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates“, roughly 69 million workers earn $17.40 (median hourly wage) or less.

So I’d argue with some certainty that well more than 69 million US workers could save money by growing their own potatoes, even if that means taking a few hours per year off from work.

But the good thing is, having a garden and having a job is not mutually exclusive. You can do both. Your job might take up 8-9 hours a day, plus you need to sleep 6-8 hours. That means you have around 8 hours in a day to do what you want.

You could spend many of those 8 hours watching TV alone or with your family, but personally I’ve found it much more enjoyable to spend time outdoors and in my garden. Even more so since I had my first child. Now I take every chance I get to bring her outside.

This is not only applicable to potatoes. As I noted here, I once bought some sea-buckthorn berries at the store. They cost me $3 for 250 grams.

Buying a sea-buckthorn bush on the other hand would cost me $16.

Sea buckthorn

Sea buckthorn bush in Russia, 2007. Photo: Axel Waehling

So I could buy 5 packages of sea berries at the supermarket for a total of 1250 grams, or I could buy and plant a bush in my garden that would provide a harvest for years to come.

(Note: sea-buckthorn requires both male and female plants in a ratio of approximately 1 male to every 6 females. So I’d actually have to buy at least 1 male and 1 female plant, but you’ll likely want more than 1 female if you have the space for it)

One bush can produce a harvest of 7 – 20 pounds (3 – 9 kg) of berries in a year, i.e. a total store value of $36 – $108. Even with the lowest estimate I’d break even in one year if I buy 1 male and 1 female plant.

$3 for 250 grams or $16 for 3-9 kg per year, what do you choose?

Of course, you need land to be able to grow potatoes. If you live in the city, there are still ways to do this though, for example through a community garden or renting a plot of lawn.

I planted twice as much potatoes this year, but I’m sure I won’t spend more than 10 hours tending the field. Spread out over the 3 summer months that’s 3 hours a month, or 6 minutes a day.

Is it worth it?

For me, it’s a no-brainer.

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Prepare for Disaster with These 5 Home Essentials

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Though disasters like floods, earthquakes and hurricanes are rare, they can wreak havoc for whatever lies in their path. But even if your home is not damaged, the lack of electricity or functional roads can quickly cause problems. Be prepared for disaster with these five home essentials:

Nonperishable Food

Keep a sufficient supply of nonperishable food items that will last your family several weeks in an emergency situation. These need to be items that will not go bad without electricity, and they should be eatable without stove, oven or microwave preparation. Keep in mind that people need more calories than usual to recover from a disaster.

Fully Stocked First Aid Kits

Have a first aid kit that can treat most basic injuries like cuts, scrapes and basic infections. This will help keep any injuries from getting worse while emergency medical services are overtaxed by the disaster. Try to include any prescription medications that family members will need.

Clean Water

Experts recommend that families have two weeks’ worth of clean water in case of emergencies. Each person typically needs one gallon of water per person per day. If you store the water jugs in your garage, make sure that you can access them easily, especially if the power goes out. Companies like AAA Garage Door, Inc. specialize in durable garage door systems. In addition to drinking water, clean water can also be used for hygiene purposes.

Battery Operated Flashlights

This one might seem obvious, but a surprisingly high number of families do not have alternative lighting sources other than the flashlight on their smart phones. If the electricity goes out, this can be disastrous because people may be hurt while attempting to move about. Be sure to have a lot of batteries on hand too.

Communication Tools

Being cut off from the outside world can be dangerous during a disaster, so it is important to have a battery powered radio that can alert you to shifting weather patterns or other dangers. Local cell phone towers may be down, but a hand-cranked or solar cell phone charger can still be useful.

No one can really say when disaster will strike. But if you keep your family prepared and ready for anything, it won’t matter as to how and when emergencies arise. These items can be very helpful in keeping your home and family safe during a disaster. Following these guidelines will give you an advantage in disaster recovery.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Guns, Blood and Hypocrisy: The Largest Dealer Pushes For Gun Control

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Were you relieved to hear that the US Senate shot down all four gun control measures presented by the Democrats on June 20th? I was, but I was also just as disturbed to see that SCOTUS refused to hear the case against assault weapons bans.

No doubt Hillary and her merry band aren’t going to stop pushing for gun confiscation here in the United States.

So why is it that the Obama administration allowed Hillary to make so many deals that practically sold our military assets to countries that have a record for serious human rights violations?

How is it that these countries, plus one or more companies that sold these weapons through Hillary also contributed massive amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation and/or to her political campaign?

When Sam Jacob at ammo.com sent me this infographic, my first thought was “this is incredibly disturbing because terrorists will be coming through our leaky sieve of an immigration system with guns that Hillary sold to them even as she moves to disarm our innocent citizens.”

If you, or anyone else needs a good answer for why our citizens need to own an “assault weapon” here in the United States – quite frankly – the way things went down in Syria and this infographic says it all!

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This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

References:

http://ammo.com/articles/earths-largest-arms-dealer-is-obama-administration-infographic

http://www.ibtimes.com/clinton-foundation-donors-got-weapons-deals-hillary-clintons-state-department-1934187

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An All Natural Japanese Beetle Spray – Recipe Included!

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Japanese Beetles can certainly cause a lot of damage to plants in a short amount of time. For us, I’m not sure if it was the warmer than normal winter – or it just happens to be one of those years,

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Flint and Steel Kit Review (and How to Make Charcloth from Nature)

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In this latest post on the TI website I’m going to be reviewing another flint and steel fire-making kit created by Mikhail Maletkin of flint-and-steel.com. I will also be showing you how to make your own natural charcloth that takes a spark just as easy as — but creates a longer-lasting coal than — traditional cotton or linen charcloth.

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A few months ago I had the opportunity to review a flint and steel fire-making kit made by Mikhail Maletkin of flint-and-steel.com. If you’re at all interested in primitive and ancient forms of fire making and have never seen his kits before, they are truly a work of art. Mikhail comes from a long line of artisan blackmiths, so the skills and methods used in the manufacture of these kits has been preserved and passed down from generation to generation. The latest kit he sent me is no exception…

Flint & Steel Kit Review

This kit, which is described as “Set No. 3”, is housed in a circular fabric cloth (it feels like linen) that is embroidered with a tasteful design, adding to the overall quality and attention to detail that Mikhail puts in all his kits.

firesteel ki laid out

Similar to the leather kit I reviewed, this one also contains two rolls of natural jute twine, two chunks of flint, a tin of linen charcloth, a firesteel striker, and easy-to-follow directions. You can watch me demonstrate how to make a fire with one of his kits in this video:

If you’re at all interested in primitive or ancient firemaking methods, and would like to learn a firemaking method that has been used for literally thousands of years, then I highly recommend you pick up a kit from Mikhail. There’s something special about making fire with the same tools our ancestors relied upon to warm their homes and cook their food, that the modern ferro rod and lighter can’t quite reproduce.

If you’d like to pick up one of Mikhail’s kits, be sure to head on over to flint-and-steel.com and pick one up.

How to Make a Long-Lasting Natural “Charcloth”

I thought in addition to providing a review of the kit, I’d take a moment to show you a natural material that makes an incredible “charcloth” you can produce when you run out of the charcloth included in the kit. When converted to char it will take a spark just as easy as — but creates a longer-lasting coal than — traditional cotton or linen charcloth.

The material you’ll use is called is amadou. It’s taken from a bracket fungus found on sweet-sapped trees like birch, maple and beech.

Here’s the process for gathering and preparing this material:

Step 1: Gather “horse hoof” fungus. This bracket can be found on different sweet-sapped trees like birch, maple and beech. In my area, they’re mostly on birch trees that are just starting to die. You’ll want to gather these either on standing dead trees or live trees:

horse-hoof-fungus

By the time the tree falls, these are usually too rotten to process. Here’s a look at the rotten (black) and fresh (grey) kind:

birch braken old birch braken fresh

Step 2: Cut off the hard outer shell. Once gathered, the next step is to shave off the hard top crusty layer with a knife. Here’s the finished fungus after shaving:

processing amadou

Step 3: Slice away the spongy, flexible, soft outler layer. You’ll find this between outer shell and the inner woody pores.

amadou-layer

Traditional amadou is processed by placing the slices made above in a mixture that is half wood ash, half water and letting it boil for about an hour. After the boil, you flatten it and let it dry out and what your left with is a very effective tinder that will catch a small spark and smolder, very much like charcloth. While this process is very effective, I find it a bit time consuming so what I prefer to do is simply convert the slices into char by following the steps below:

Step 1: Step one is just to prepare your heat source if necessary. If this is an open flame than make sure it has burned down to a decent amount of coals for a coal bed. Other wise you can just use your grill or stove.

Step 2: Punch a hole in the top cover of the tin with a small nail

Step 3: Fill your tin with your amadou and cover it up.

Step 4: Place your tin on top of the heat source

Step 5: After placing your tin on the heat source you’ll notice smoke starting to come out of the top hole. This smoke will continue until it stops at which time you’ll know the charcloth is complete.

Here’s a video of this process using cotton cloth (the process is exactly the same):

Once your amadou char is created, it can be used like any other piece of charcloth, with the added benefit of the coal lasting much longer than normal charcloth. Here’s a video showing how quick it catches a spark:

How to Avoid Getting Lyme Disease When You Go Outdoors this Summer

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   A friend of ours took his family on a camping trip for some summer fun.  They were enjoying the outdoors, taking hikes when he suddenly had to cut his trip short – he ended up in the hospital.   As he was hiking, he brushed against a bush that was infested with hundreds of ticks that embedded themselves all over him.  Apparently it was so bad the family could not get the ticks […]

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Are you THAT Friend?

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Everyone needs a shoulder to cry on from time to time. When things go wrong, who will listen to you? We all need that friend who will listen and be supportive after you’ve had a horrible fight with your spouse, or will still love you after that terrible mistake you made. And hey, if you’re reading this and thinking “That’s me. I’m Marie’s shoulder”, then yes, yes, you are. I’m blessed to have more than one.

Often it’s not who will listen but who is worthy of the privilege of witnessing your vulnerability. No one is perfect, right? We’ve already established that we can be imperfectly perfect. The problem is that not everyone can handle seeing imperfection in others.

Far, far too often we demand that others accept our imperfections while we quietly – or openly – deride them for being flawed. No one wants to be that person. Let’s look at those intolerant friends and see if we recognize ourselves in them.

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There are all types of people in the world and you may know many of them. When it comes to sharing your imperfection with others, you need to choose carefully. Sharing with the wrong person can be detrimental for everyone involved. It is hard to be vulnerable. Choosing unwisely can make you shy about sharing again and it can lead to a broken relationship.

The truth is that everyone is not ready to handle all situations. A person who has not yet embraced their imperfect side won’t rise to the occasion to celebrate yours. We have all been that friend who has been less than tolerant. Recognize when you are acting in this way. Let your friend know that maybe you aren’t the one to confide in at this time. 

Then, grow beyond where you are and learn to be more tolerant.



Keep reading to find out the six types of friends.

It's hard to accept that we are imperfectly perfect, but sometimes it's harder to accept it in our friends. What kind of friend are you?


6 Types of Friends that could be you (but hopefully are not)

If you recognize yourself here, don’t fret. You can change.

Gasping friend

This friend feels that you just aren’t sorry enough for whatever mistake you made. 

She has a duty, she feels, to act mortified on your behalf (since you obviously aren’t mortified enough). Her shock and upset tosses all sympathy for you out the window.

Sympathetic friend

This friend definitely feels sorry for you. She pats you on the back and shakes her head. The message that she is giving, though, is that that she’s very glad that she isn’t in your position. 

It’s a very patronizing position that you don’t need when you’re upset and vulnerable.

Worshiping friend

This is the friend who puts you on a pedestal and thinks you can do no wrong. The sun and the moon rise and fall on your command. 

When you profess vulnerability by sharing a mistake, of course this friend feels let down, and you feel worse because you have burdened and upset him. People who are put on pedestals inevitably fall off, and everyone involved gets hurt.

Uncomfortable friend

This friend doesn’t like to admit that he could be vulnerable too. 

In an effort not to face his own faults, he doesn’t know how to deal with listening to yours. He needs someone to blame, and he will blame you – or anyone else – in order to feel more comfortable about your mistake.



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Rosy friend

This friend wears rosy glasses and pretends that the situation was not as bad as you are making it out to be. The goal – conscious or not – is to make you feel bad no matter what. It’s really important to realize that we can do this while sincerely trying to make our friend feel better. “Chin up. Everything will be fine” is rarely the right attitude to take.

Competitive friend

This friend never wants to hear your problems except as an opportunity to show that she can share a better story of vulnerability than you can. She won’t be outdone. Many of us fall into this because we try to show how we can relate to them. To the person who is hurt and vulnerable, though, it often feels like “Oh, you think you messed up? I can do better than that.” 

Being imperfect requires friends who are willing to go the extra mile. Is that you?

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How to Make a Rabbit Snare

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by Karen

When society collapses you will eventually have to find a way to get your own food by hunting and foraging for it.  If you think prepping is all about storing away food and water, you are absolutely not going to survive.  There is simply no guarantee you will have food at any point in time after the collapse.  You might have to flee your home, leaving your preps behind.  You might have looters come and steal your food.  Even if you manage to get through the collapse while bugging in and you get by without any major incidents, you will still eventually run out of whatever you had stored away.

Regardless of your situation, you need to build some hunting and foraging skills.  One way to hunt is to create a snare.  A snare is a way to catch rabbits, hares, and other small fur-bearing game without the use of a gun, knife, or other type of weapon.  All it takes to set a snare is some knowledge and skill and a little ingenuity.  Plus, it is a great way to catch game without having to stay put.  You can set your snares and then go about finding water, building a shelter, and doing other necessary tasks.

Making the Snare Loop

To build a rabbit snare, you have to make a snare loop.  You can easily purchase snare wire from any hunting supply shop and at many outdoor supply stores.  You can even get 22 or 24 gauge wire at a hardware store and use it.  Copper, brass, or steel wire is preferred, but if you do not have wire, you can also use string or thin rope.  Once you have your wire, you will need to do the following:

  1. Use wire cutters to cut a length of wire that is 2.5 feet (about the length of your arm).
  2. At one end of the wire, bend the wire around your finger to create a loop that is about an inch in diameter. Leave a tail of wire 1 to 2 inches long.
  3. Wrap the tail you left hanging from the loop around the long end of wire directly below the loop to secure the loop. You want to make this tight to make the loop solid so it doesn’t move much or come undone.  The loop will act like a slip knot.
  4. Take the other end of the wire and feed it through the loop you made.

Check out this video for a visual of how to make a snare loop.

You now have the snare loop, and because of the slip knot, the size of this loop will adjust to tighten around the rabbit or other animal you capture.  Now you need to know how to set a snare trap.

Types of Snare Traps

There are a few ways you can secure a snare loop to effectively create a trap.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages.  Some of the more basic traps rely on the animal tightening the snare wire around its own neck with its movement while is struggles to free itself.  Other traps rely of having a sort of spring mechanism that will be set off, pulling the animal from the ground and tightening the snare wire around it.  Let’s take a look at them in order of how easy it is to build it.

Static Loop Snare

This is a good option if you have access to a fence that has larger mesh holes.  If you notice that one of the holes in the wire mesh has frequently been used by rabbits or other small game, this is a great place to set your snare.  You can usually see signs of animal passage because fur will get caught in the wire where the animal passes through.  All you need to do is secure your snare loop on one side of the fence so the animal will pass through it when they pass through the hole in the fence.  This snare is stable and very easy to set up because you can usually attach it right to the fence.  Its main limitation is that there are a limited number of spots where you can set this up.

Free-Standing Snare

The free-standing snare is easy to set up.  The long end of the loop wire is secure in the ground either by a peg, a U nail, or a sturdy branch that can be driven into the ground.  The snare loop is secured to the object driven into the ground and left sticking out where the animal will run through it.  This trap requires the animal’s movements to tighten the snare wire, which might make it take longer for the animal to die and might cause greater damage to the fur and flesh.

Hanging Snare

This is similar to the free-standing snare except you will find a way to hang it so the snare loop is suspended over the path where the animal will run through it.  You can suspend this snare from a natural overhanging branch or you can rig some branches so that one is held up by two others and suspended across the space where you want to place the trap.  Again, the movements of the animal cause this snare to tighten.

Hooked Snare

The hooked snare is a bit more complicated, but very effective.  For this snare you will need a good location (we’ll talk about this next!) with a sapling or branch in a tree that will bend close to the ground.  Alternatively, you can use a strong stick or branch that is dead, but still has some spring left in it.  Push the thicker end of this large stick into the ground (place a large stone over the end that is in the ground if needed to keep the stick from coming out of the ground).  The stick can be used as is or bent over a log or large rock.

You will also need two smaller sticks that each have a protruding piece that will allow the two sticks to hook together.  Alternatively, you can carve notches into the sticks.  To do this you want to carve horizontally on the trigger stick, about 1 inch from the bottom end, and then diagonally (45 degrees) starting about 1 to 2 inches from the top and meeting the inside of the horizontal cut.  This leaves a wedge-shaped notch.  The notch on the stick driven into the ground will be opposite, with the horizontal portion of the notch near the top.  This way the two notches will easily hook together.

Follow these steps to build the trigger snare:

  1. Drive one of the notched sticks into the ground across the path from the sapling/branch.
  2. Tie a string or thin rope to the sapling/branch and then secure the other end of the rope to the trigger stick (the stick that is not in the ground).
  3. Secure the snare loop to the trigger stick.
  4. Hook the trigger stick to the stick that is driven into the ground. The rope connected to the sapling/branch should be short enough that the sapling or branch bends toward the ground, creating tension.  Ensure the snare loop is directed into the path.

This snare will capture the rabbit, which will dislodge the trigger causing the sapling or branch to lift the catch off the ground, tightening the snare loop and effectively strangling it.

There are a number of variations to this type of snare, but essentially, you need a way to secure the end of the trigger stick.  Alternatives to hooking it onto another notched stick include tucking the end under a large stone or bending it so it is lodged behind another stick (no notches involved).  You can also carve a box notch into the stick lodged in the ground, using a trigger that is simply a small stick that fits into the box notch as a plug.

Where to Put Your Snare

We have talked a lot about how to build the snare loop and about the different snares you can set, but no matter how good your snare is it won’t catch anything if it isn’t positioned properly.  You have to put your snare in the right location and in the right position.  The snare needs to be put in a location through which rabbits and other small fur-bearing animals tend to pass, but far enough away from domestic residences that you don’t risk trapping pets.  The best place to put the snare is along an obvious and well-used trail through the forest.

When it comes to positioning the snare, the key is to position it so that the snare loop is suspended directly in the middle of the path about 3 to 4 inches above the ground.  You can position some small twigs through either side of the loop to ensure that it stays in place.  You also have to make sure the animal actually runs right through the snare, rather than to one side or the other.  If you have found a very narrow part in the trail, this might not be an issue, but if there is space around the snare, the rabbit might pass around it.  Fortunately, the forest location provides you with the opportunity to funnel the animal in the direction in which you want it to go.  Simply gather foliage and sticks around the snare, forcing the rabbit to go directly through it.

The best setup is to make numerous snares and set them along the trail at intervals.  This way, if the rabbit misses one snare, there is another one to catch it.  It also gives you the opportunity to catch more than one animal at a time, providing you with more food.  You can check out this video that shows you how to choose the right location and how to set up a simple hanging snare.

Remember to check your snares every day.  If you do catch something, you want to get to it before something else does and while it is still a fresh kill.  You will also hopefully get to it and ease its suffering if the snare didn’t kill it quickly.  Checking your snares daily will also give you the chance to reset or adjust the traps if anything has disrupted them.

The Law

A final word on snaring animals.  If you are practicing setting snares pre-collapse, then you need to be aware of the laws regarding animal trapping and snaring in your state, province, or country.  You aren’t necessarily going to be allowed to go out and snare animals at any time of the year and you will need a license.  The best thing to do is contact your local authorities to find out the details regarding licensing and restrictions.

Snaring animals is an effective way to capture rabbits and other small game to supplement your food supply.  You can easily practice making a snare loop and even positioning a snare right in your back yard, but the best practice is going out and actually snaring an animal.  As with any skill, this is one you should train before you need to rely on it for your survival.

10 Delicious Zoodle Recipes You Can Make From Your Summer Harvest!

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 For the better part of a year I haven’t felt like myself. I was lethargic, depressed and always on the verge of catching the latest virus circulating around, even though I was taking supplements and eating a healthy diet. After having enough of feeling crappy all the time, I took a food allergy test and found out I had a food intolerance to dairy, gluten and a few other food types.

For years I had heard of people talking about the Wheat Belly book and thought it was impossible to live that healthy of a lifestyle. Well folks, my time had come. Long story short, after eliminating gluten out for 30 days, I felt so much better and even lost 15 pounds! While losing weight wasn’t the objective of my elimination diet, I felt so much healthier simply by removing this food types.

A New Way to Eat Garden Fresh Salads

During that journey, I found news ways of eating some of my favorite dishes and some new tools in preparing these foods. One of my favorite tools I found was the Zoodle slicer. I know it’s a wonky name, but it’s a great way of creating gluten-free and paleo meals.  Basically, the tool cuts vegetables into long, spiralized shapes and makes healthy versions for pasta dishes. I have used this handy little contraption to make “vegetti” and veggie ravioli and lasagna, and also used it to dehydrate zoodles for future meals. It also makes fresh yummy salads and even jazzes up some of my favorite healthy salads like carrot apple salad. What’s great is many of the zoodle slicers have different tools so you can change up your zoodle sizes into wider ribbons of zoodles. Also, you can find spiralizing attachments that go on your Kitchenaid mixer!  There are different types of zoodles makers and each have different features that make them appealing. Here are the top five spiralizers:

  1. iPerfect Kitchen Vegetable Slicer Bundle – $12.95
  2. Premium Vegetable Spiralizer Bundle – $14.47
  3. Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer – $30.48
  4. Spiralizer Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer – $30.99
  5. Müeller Spiral-Ultra 4-Blade Spiralizer – $27.99

By far, the easiest vegetable to use when making these healthy “noodles” is the zucchini, but other vegetables can be used too. Here are some that I have tried.

  • squash
  • carrots
  • cucumber
  • beets
  • jicama

I love this cooking tool and it’s perfect for summer salads. I recommend it for anyone looking for new ways to get more vegetables into their diets and this is the perfect time to take advantage of all the wonderful vegetables out in the garden! Try some of my favorite zoodle recipes using some of the garden ripe veggies. If these recipes aren’t enough for you to get started, there are spiralizing cookbooks loaded with more recipes.

10 Delicious, Nutritious Zoodle Recipes

1. Zoodle Lasagna

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 4 zucchini
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 container of ricotta cheese/cottage cheese or make your own with this recipe.
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a skillet, add ground beef and brown until cooked. Season, if necessary. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, add parsley, cottage cheese and egg and mix until incorporated. Set aside
  3. Take zoodle slicer and cut zucchini into wide ribbons to resemble lasagna noodles. Wipe zoodles with paper towel to remove any additional moisture.
  4. In a casserole dish, spoon some of the meat mixture into the bottom of the prepared casserole dish (just enough to cover).
  5. Add a layer of zoodles directly on top of the meat.
  6. Add 1/2 of the ricotta mixture over zoodles and top with a layer of spinach.
  7. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella over zoodles.
  8. Repeat layering process.
  9. Top the finished lasagna with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  10. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the top is gooey and golden.

Note: You can also make a “one pot” meal with these ingredients if you decide not to go through the layering process.

2. Loaded Zoodle Ramen Soup

  • 1 cup bone broth (I use this recipe)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced (This microplane grater is amazing)
  • 1/2 cup spinach, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin
  • 3 mushrooms, sliced
  1. In a soup bowl, add all ingredients and enjoy.

3. Pad Thai Zoodles

For Pad Thai:

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1/2 pound chicken, beef or shrimp
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced thin
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 large egg
  • about 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1/3 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • Few lime wedges for serving (optional)

For sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • juice from one lime
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  1. In a small bowl whisk all the ingredients together for the sauce and set aside.
  2. Next, make your zoodles using your spiralizer. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the peanut oil to a wok and heat over high heat. Add meat and cook until fully cooked.
  4. Add garlic to the wok and toss everything together, continue cooking for another minute, if heat is too high, turn to medium high.
  5. Push ingredients off to one side of the wok, and crack the eggs in the other side. Using a spatula break the eggs and scramble eggs.
  6. Add half the bean sprouts, half the peanuts and half the green onions to the wok then pour the sauce over everything. Toss everything together and continue cooking for a 2 more minutes on low heat.
  7. Add the zoodles to the wok, toss everything together and turn off the heat.
  8. Serve while warm and add remaining bean sprouts, green onions and peanuts. Garnish with a lime wedge.

 4. Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini Ravioli

One of my very dear friends introduced me to veggie ravioli and I have been experimenting ever since! This is a wonderfully light meal your entire family will enjoy!

  • 3 large zucchini
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 container of ricotta cheese/cottage cheese or make your own with this recipe.
  • 1 cup tomato sauce of choice
  • cheese, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Take zoodle slicer and cut zucchini into wide ribbons to resemble lasagna noodles. Wipe zoodles with paper towel to remove any additional moisture. Set aside.
  3. In a large pan, add spinach and basil and top with olive oil. Cook on medium-high heat until wilted.
  4. Add in garlic and saute for one more minute. Allow to cool.
  5. Add cooked basil/spinach mixture and add to a small bowl along with ricotta cheese. Stir to mix.
  6. Assemble the ravioli by placing two pieces of zucchini strips down. Add a spoonful of ricotta mixture and roll.
  7. Take two more pieces of zucchini and roll the opposite direction to hold the ricotta mixture in place.
  8. Repeat until all zucchini, ricotta and spinach has been used.
  9. Place zucchini in a large oven-proof pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and top with tomato sauce and cheese, if desired.

5. Mediterranean Zoodle Salad

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 6 green onion
  • 1 small jar of marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 small can of black olives
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon basil, chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons of artichoke marinade, reserved
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • juice of one lemon
  • crumbled feta cheese, optional
  1. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of artichoke marinade with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, spiralize zucchini and carrots and add remaining ingredients. Add dressing and stir until incorporated.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

6. Thai Cucumber Salad

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 carrot
  • 6 green onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • dash of red peppers
  • dash of sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

For peanut sauce:

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  1. In a mixing bowl, add ingredients to make peanut sauce. Set aside.
  2. Using a knife, cut out seeds of cucumber and slice into half (long ways).
  3. With your spiralizer, make noodles from cucumbers.
  4. In a large bowl, add cucumber noodles and remaining ingredients.
  5. Top with sauce and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

7. Greek Style Cucumber Salad

  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 carrot
  • 6 green onions
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette
  • fresh herbs like basil, thyme and oregano
  1. Using a knife, cut out seeds of cucumber and slice into half (long ways).
  2. With your spiralizer, make noodles from cucumbers.
  3. In a large bowl, add cucumber noodles and remaining ingredients.
  4. Top with vinaigrette and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

8. Zesty Jicama Salad with Cilantro Cream Sauce

  • jicama
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 3 green onions
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked corn kernels
  • handful fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt and pepper

For cilantro cream sauce:

  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves (stems removed)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  1. In a food processor, add all the ingredients together for the sauce and blend until combined. Set aside.
  2. Next, spiralize the jicama. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to salad bowl and top with desired amount of dressing.
  4. Chill salad for an hour and serve cold.

9. Zoodles and Peas in a Lemon Cream Sauce

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 3/4 cups slices asparagus (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Coarsely ground black pepper (optional)
  • Lemon slices (optional)
  1. Make your zoodles using your spiralizer. Place in a bowl and set aside.In a pot of boiling water, cook spiralized zucchini for 3 minutes until soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic to pan and sauté 1 minute.
  3. Stir in vegetable broth and cream, juice, salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Meanwhile, Add pasta mixture to broth mixture; toss gently to coat. Garnish with coarsely ground black pepper and lemon slices, if desired.
  5. Serve immediately.

10. Bacon and Shrimp Zoodle Pasta Dish

  • 2-3 medium zucchini
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup green onions, minced
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4-6 chopped basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook spiralized zucchini for 3 minutes until soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. Cook bacon and drain on paper towel lined plate. Remove bacon fat leaving one teaspoon in skillet. Add garlic and green onions cooking for 1 minute. Add red pepper flakes, and shrimp. Cook shrimp until it turns pink. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Turn the shrimp and add lemon juice and cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove shrimp with a slotted spoon.
  4. Add the zucchini noodles and toss to combine. Return shrimp to skillet, along with basil and crumble in the bacon. Toss to combine. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

So there you have it. 10 easy, delicious recipes to get your started using your spiralizer! Happy zoodle maker!

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Prepper Book Festival 12: The Borrowed World Novel of Post Apocalyptic Collapse + Giveaway

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For the past year I have found that when it comes to post-Apocalyptic fiction, there is a lot of sameness.  Either the story lines have been told before or the writing is dark and oppressive to the point where I can’t get beyond the first twenty pages.  Call it a personal quirk if you must, but I want to learn from survival fiction and to open my mind to possibilities and scenarios that could play out if “it” – whatever it is – happened to me.  But I also want to enjoy the read.

It is the dearth of suitable titles that have prevented more fiction from appearing in these past couple of book festivals. For that reason, a couple of months ago I reached out to multiple book festival author, Kyle Pratt, and he suggested that I contact author Franklin Horton to see if he would be interested in contributing to a prepper book festival.

I am glad I did.

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His book, The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse, grabbed me from page one and accomplished my reading goal of examining how I would act and re-act in a world where the laws of society no longer exist.  The Borrowed World is book one of a series of 3 books and Franklin has generously offered three sets of the entire series in the book festival giveaway.

They include The Borrowed World, Ashes of the Unspeakable, and Legion of Despair.

Enjoy the interview with Franklin and then check in below to enter the giveaway.

An Interview with Franklin Horton, Author of THE BORROWED WORLD Series

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

My first novel, The Borrowed World, is the story of a prepper who is on a business trip with a group of coworkers when there’s a coordinated terror attack on the country.

The terrorists target the infrastructure of the country, including fuel refineries, bridges, dams, and vulnerable connections in the power grid. The result is a cascading systems failure event, which is a situation where one collapsing system burdens other to the point that they collapse too. With the refining capacity diminished, the president freezes fuel sales to the public through Executive Order, leaving this group stuck hundreds of miles from home.

While part of the group is willing to accept that FEMA will find a way to get them home, another contingent prefers to take their chances on the road.

The Borrowed World and the following books in the series are the story of that journey, along with the story of the main character’s family trying to survive at home without the man they trusted to take care of things for them. It’s a story of survival but also a story of family.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I have been interested in survival from an early age. As a teenager, I read Soldier of Fortune magazine and a lot of the survival magazines of 1970s and 1980s. I am an also an avid hiker, backpacker, and shooter. Those hobbies provided me with a strong background for writing these books.

As a result, most of my research ended up not being about gear and techniques, but about cascading systems failure and how society can begin to collapse when deprived of a few of the basic conveniences we take for granted.

Without fuel, we quickly lose food because the trucks aren’t running and the just-in-time inventory model collapses. Without food comes civil unrest and crime. Without power people lose access to information, refrigeration, essential medical devices. All of these issues lead to first responders being overwhelmed. Those are the things that I spent my time researching. The nuts and bolts of how societies crumble.

How long did it take to write?

The first book was written over a four month period on my lunch breaks at work. I had written some unpublished novels before so I knew what was involved in the process. I knew that if I could crank out one or two thousand words a day, I could have a book in a few months.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

I think the take-away from my books is that survival is more than information and gear, it’s about mindset. You can own all the gear in the world and you can take all kinds of training and classes, but developing a survival mindset is the difficult part.

I consider mindset to be adopting the attitude that there will be hardship and pain but you are going to survive because you are willing to make the hard decisions and live with the consequences. You may have to let other folks die so your family can live, you may have to kill people so they don’t come back and kill you later, you may have to turn away people wanting to take your food and other preparations – those are all cases where your survival mindset comes into play. It’s the difference between why some people lay down and die and other keep walking.

That’s part of why my book is about a regular guy and not a highly trained super-soldier. The point is to show that normal folks can have the mindset to get them through this type of event.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m a native of southwestern Virginia but have lived in some other parts of the country over the years. I’m married and have two children. We do a lot of camping, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. I think those outdoor experiences are important as a basic entry into survival training. It teaches your kids not to be scared of the outdoors. They also get to practice fire building and outdoor cooking.

I live a preparedness lifestyle and try to always be learning new skills and techniques. And as a testament to perseverance, I wrote for over 35 years before hitting on a commercially successful project.

As an author in the survival, prepping, self-sufficiency or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

I have two things that I am wary of. The first is weather events. My region has been struck by freak snow and ice storms before that have left people without power for weeks at a time. We are also close enough to the coast that hurricanes hitting the Outer Banks of North Carolina can sometimes impact our weather. So I think that weather preparation should be a basic event that everyone prepares for. If you cannot handle a few days without power after an ice storm, you’re really going to have a tough time if we got into a more catastrophic event that lasts even longer.

I am also concerned that rather than facing an immediate catastrophic event, we may fall victim to a slow slide into economic collapse like some European nations and like Venezuela. There won’t be a defining event after which things become worse but instead we begin to notice that each year is a little worse than the year before and that the things we’re used to buying are less available than they had been. In my region that’s going on now.

What would be your first prep-step if you were just getting started?

Learning the basics of food storage, with a goal of having enough food on hand to survive a severe weather event that may shut your local stores down for a few days. Set an initial attainable goal of something like two weeks of food and water. Then expand that to a month’s worth. Then six month’s worth.

As you push out further, your eventual goal would be to have a sustainable food supply that could keep you for years if supplemented by a garden and some livestock. Even most suburban homes could raise a few rabbits or chickens for food if times got hard. A lot of people get hung up on gear and guns. I know people with thousands of rounds of ammunition and only a few days of food storage. That’s not prepping.

What movie do you think gives the best portrayal of what could happen?

I’ve not seen any movies I felt were really accurate, although National Geographic’s AMERICAN BLACKOUT special seemed pretty realistic.

Do you have plans for another book?

I have released three books in The Borrowed World series so far which has made for a very busy year.

I’m currently at work on a stand-alone novel that should be coming out in July about a prepper dad trying to get his daughter home from college during a collapse event. I think anyone with children or family living any distance away from them will find this one interesting.

I hope to have the fourth book in The Borrowed World series out in the fall. That will be released by another book in the late winter/early spring that I’d describe as a terrorism thriller.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Just that I enjoy interacting with my readers. They can follow me on my website — www.franklinhorton.com — where they can contact me, sign up for my mailing list, or read about my projects. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.

The Giveaway

Franklin has reserved three sets of his Borrowed World Series (that is 3 books per set) in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.  Good luck!

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

I have always been a bit of a bookworm.  Even when I was in grade school, I would hang out at the school library during recess.  These days, with time to precious, most of my fiction reading is by audiobook.  You would be surprised at how quickly you can get through a book that way.

While listening to The Borrowed World, I found my mind wandering into areas I  had not visited in quite some time.  If there were a catastrophic terrorist event and I was away from home, would I stay put and make do with my get-home-bag or would I try to hoof it. I came to the conclusion that weather conditions, the distance, my age, and the severity of the disruptive event would all play a role in my decision.

This is a decision I hope we never have to make.  That does not, however, mean we should not consider the possibility.

For more information about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse

In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America’s infrastructure. Life as we know it in America grinds to a halt as the electrical grid collapses, communication networks are damaged, critical bridges and dams are destroyed, and major fuel refineries go up in massive fiery clouds.

When the government responds by immediately halting fuel sales to the public, Jim Powell finds himself in a terrifying predicament – trapped five hundred miles from home with a group of coworkers. With thousands of trapped travelers and scarce law enforcement, the miles between Jim and his family become a brutal gauntlet where the rules of civilized society no longer apply. As Jim puts his years of preparation and planning to the test, he is forced to ask himself if he has what it takes to make it home.

Does he have the strength — the brutality — required to meet this new world toe-to-toe?

Bonus:  The author is also including Ashes Of The Unspeakable and Legion of Despair in the giveaway.  These are books two and three of The Borrowed World Series.

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Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here is a complete list of all of the books in BDS Prepper Book Festival 12.

Survival Fiction

The Borrowed World: A Novel of Post-Apocalyptic Collapse
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Non-Fiction

5 Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles
Be Your Own Herbalist: Essential Herbs for Health, Beauty, and Cooking
DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home
Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today
Mother Earth News Almanac: A Guide Through the Seasons
A Prepper’s Cookbook: Twenty Years of Cooking in the Woods
The Complete Guide to US Junk Silver Coins (2nd edition)
When There Is No FEMA: Survival for Normal People in Very Abnormal Times
Coloring Flower Mandala Postcards: 20 Hand-Drawn Designs for Mindful Relaxation
The Zika Virus Handbook
The Survival Doctor’s Complete Handbook
Book 8: Alcohol Mantle Lamps (The Non-Electric Lighting Series)
Preppers Armed Defense

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Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook is only 99 cent plus the print version is available for less than $6.00.

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SPP155 Interview With Vincent of Disaster Survival Network

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SPP155 Interview With Vincent of Disaster Survival Network

Today’s show is a little different form our usual show. This week we were the interviewees, rather than the interviewers. Lisa and I had the honor of being on the Disaster Survival radio show with Vincent VonDoom, who is also the founder of the Disaster Survival Network and Magazine.

We really hit on a wide range of topics in this show, from how we (as Americans) have embraced the victim mentality, to the death of tomatoes and chickens.

SPP155 SPP155 Interview With Vincent of Disaster Survival Network

Here are a few bullet points of what we talked about in the show, but it really doesn’t do it justice, so make sure and listen to the show.

The Survivalist Prepper podcast is available on iTunes, and any podcasting app for android. Most people listen while driving, working out or playing in the yard.

Notes From the Show…

  • People have become sheeple, and weak, waiting for someone to save them.
  • Is everything building up to something big?
  • Could the presidential elections be a catalyst to an SHTF event.
  • Misdirection and everything going on behind closed doors.
  • How history repeats itself, and how we are obiviouse to what could actually happen.
  • The importance of community and open mindedness to reality.
  • How we became Survivalist Prepper, and how it was all Lisa’s fault.
  • Some of the pitfalls to preparing, and why it’s better to make those mistakes now.
  • Why world peace is unrealistic…at least while we are in charge.
  • What we are working on with academy 2.0 and what it’s all about.
  • How to combat what Vince calls “Doom fatigue”
  • What do you say to someone who is completely in denial about preparedness.
  • The pros and cons of prepping groups.
  • The importance of organization when it comes to preparing.

More about Disaster Survival Network

Vincent has quite a bit going on a the Disaster Survival Network and even has plans on doing a daily video show in the near future, and we plan on getting together with him whenever possible.

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Relevant Information with Future Danger!

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Relevant Information with Future Danger DJ Cooper “Surviving Dystopia” On this weeks episode of Surviving Dystopia – Join Author DJ Cooper as she welcomes Future Dan of the preparedness-oriented website FutureDanger.com. A website dedicated to bringing the preparedness community up to date and relevant information. A great resource for new and seasoned preppers the website is … Continue reading Relevant Information with Future Danger!

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