80 Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss? Paracord has so many uses. I have come up with 80 uses for paracord. If you know any more uses please, please, please comment and let me know. 1: Tie tarp to trees 2: Lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc) 3: Emergency para cord wrist band, …
How To Make Your Own Sugar From Beets With this homesteading project you will learn how to make your own sugar. This project is really easy to do and could save you money on your groceries throughout the year. Sugar would be a great bartering item to have stored too. YES! Make your own sugar! …
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Before the birth of the industrial cosmetic industry, people found other ways to improve their skin. Perhaps they realized that after continually handling meat in the kitchen, the skin on their hands was softer and smoother. Or perhaps they were just feeling adventurous with the leftover biscuit grease.
Either way, people for centuries – especially women — have been using lard as a facial cream. Lard is pork fat that has been rendered down to a liquid. Not only does it act as an exceptional barrier for locking in moisture, but it is also high in the vitamins that help keep skin healthy.
While the idea of rubbing pork fat on your cheeks might seem off-putting, think about this: Nearly all commercial skincare products are already made with some sort of animal fat. And massaging lard into your skin isn’t the same as rubbing bacon on your face. In fact, lard is incredibly gentle on skin, since it is so close to human skin in its chemical makeup.
So before you call that 1-800 number to purchase a $50 bottle of Anti-Aging, Acne-Erasing Wonder Cream, give lard a chance. This humble pork product has been proven to:
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Tone and firm for a more youthful look.
- Even out color and reduce redness associated with rosacea.
- Reduce dryness associated with conditions like eczema (or winter weather).
- Even out texture for a smoother, softer feel.
- Improve acne and reduce pores.
If you are truly looking for a healthy and sustainable fix for your skincare woes, lard has the power to do everything that bank-breaking bottle of Lancôme does, and for the same price you could buy about 20 gallons of it!
Here’s Why it Works
When it comes to cellular makeup, pig lard is incredibly close to human skin. It has a similar pH and is made up of saturated and monounsaturated fats. One fact that skincare experts know: Oil dissolves oil. Since lard is so similar to our own skin oils, it’s a match made in heaven. As a cleanser, lard is a gentle and natural way to rid your face of that nasty sebum buildup and the daily dirt in your pores.
Pigs are extremely efficient at processing sunlight and storing it as Vitamin D in their fat. Fortunately for us, we get to enjoy our four-footed friends’ hard work when we rub that fat on our faces. Vitamin D helps to minimize dark spots and lines, reduce acne, and promote collagen production. This D-rich lard comes from pastured hogs that have been exposed to sunlight, so be sure to keep this in mind if you purchase your lard. Lard is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E and Vitamin A.
There’s only one ingredient in lard: lard. Think about that next time your read your lotion label. If you can’t pronounce the words on the label, then you probably shouldn’t be putting it on or in your body.
Though convenient, most store-bought lard is hydrogenated and may contain preservatives. If you are going for a completely natural lard fix and you can’t render your own lard, then the best place to go is to your local butcher or farmer’s market. And for about $1 you can enjoy healthy, radiant skin for months. I haven’t seen a deal that good on any late-night infomercials.
How to Use it
Night is the time for our bodies to rest and restore. After your nightly washing routine, towel dry your face and dab a tiny bit of lard onto your cheeks and forehead. Massage it in well all over your face and neck. In the morning, wipe it away with a warm cloth.
Though some notice an instant improvement in their skin’s look and feel, for many this isn’t a simple overnight fix. My advice to you: Be patient! Going to bed smelling just a bit like a sausage may be discouraging (unless you really love sausage), but the end result will be well worth it. Those who have taken on the lard challenge have noticed a reduction in the signs of aging, improvement in skin elasticity, more even skin texture and color, fewer occurrences of acne, and softer skin.
If you’re tired of spending an arm and a leg on expensive chemical night creams or if you’ve simply tried everything without positive results, then I encourage you to give this age-old all-natural porcine remedy a try.
Have you ever used lard as a lotion or skin-softener? Share your tips in the section below:
Yes! I have tried them. There are no additives – just meat. I put a whole cup into my spicy, black bean and kale soup last night for dinner. The beef chunks tasted like a delicious roast beef just prepared.
And they’re all on sale right now. At about $1.80 per serving – how can you go wrong! Grab some before the sale price disappears.
Herbal remedies are growing in popularity, but many off-gridders and homesteaders remain confused, not knowing how – or what — to grow.
On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we take a look at 10 indoor herbs our expert considers essential for good health.
Her name is Tammi Hartung, an organic farmer, herbalist and author whose book – “Homegrown Herbs” – tells you just about everything you need to know to grow medicinal herbs … right in your home.
- The herb that can lower fever and get rid of a headache … and also boost your immune system.
- The herb that some consider an alternative to penicillin.
- The herb that battles nausea, morning sickness and other flu-like symptoms. (It even fights motion sickness!)
- The herb you need when you are anxious or stressed.
- The herb that can ease symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.
Tammi also shares with us her very best indoor growing secrets, including light and soil requirements. If you’ve been wanting to discover alternative health remedies but didn’t know where to start, then this week’s show is for you!
Phil found another hunk of our homemade bacon in one of the freezers and took it out to thaw but because he was helping Michelle move furniture in her room last week, he never got around to slicing it so that was one of my jobs today.
I still use that cheap little Oster slicer that I got at the thrift store and it still works great. This hunk of bacon was a bit fatty so it must have been from that second hog who got too big. I sure could smell that plum wood we used to smoke it with from that plum tree that died in the yard. I don’t think I’ll ever look at a dead fruit tree the same way again, that wood will always be something to save for smoking. That wood from the plum tree had a much better taste than any wood smoking chips that we could get from the store.
This made several packages of bacon for us. I believe we will have breakfast for supper tonight and use some of it up.
In other news, I am still crocheting and knitting and selling what I can…and maybe a little ribbon embroidery just because I had never done it before. These are some fingerless gloves that I made.
My chicks have all grown into adults now and all are laying. There are roosters to give away and hens who are stealing nest (viciously!) again. I believe I will have chicks to sell this spring but that will be an interesting venture too, I’m sure.
Spring is coming though this winter has been so mild, it is as if we never had winter. I’m hoping we can find house to buy this year. Will keep you all informed on that as we go along.
UK knife laws are a minefield of conjecture and hearsay. It seems everyone has an idea of what they can and can’t carry, but in reality, the situation here is both very simple and extremely nuanced depending on the application of the law as per what law enforcement “feels” the law should be. This is… Read More
This is just the start of the post UK Knife Laws: Restrictions, Prohibitions, & What’s Legal to Carry. Continue reading and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
UK Knife Laws: Restrictions, Prohibitions, & What’s Legal to Carry, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.
The SGK SHOW Gun and Prepper Shows Host: James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! There is a growing set of prepper shows that are running around the nation on an annual basis. Chances are there is one coming to a expo center near you. The price to get in is minimal and … Continue reading The SGK SHOW Gun and Prepper Shows
Potting Meat is a “if everything else fails” method. Potting meat is an ancient food storage technique that worked for thousands of years. Unfortunately, the USDA recommends against this process because of the potential for botulism. Personally, I would rather pressure can meat – it is a much safer, however crocking meat is still used as […]
Reading about how others survived hardship is a great way to prepare to survive. The book Stories And Recipes of the Great Depression os a great resource to do just that. This book is a continuing historical documentation of the impact the Depression Era had in the homes of those who struggled to keep their […]
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One of the most popular types of stoves for bug out bags is the Solo Stove. Only problem is, they cost anywhere from $60 to $100. But there’s good news: you can make something very similar with two ordinary tin cans, and this tutorial by IntenseAngler shows you how. I typed out the steps for […]
How to Purify Pine Resin and Make Pine Pitch Purifying pine resin is the key to make some great wilderness glue also known as pine pitch. Make some today and get some classic wilderness skills down! Well, I have to share this topic with you as my mind has been blown. Let me first start by …
By now you’ve seen many tiny house videos. Many of them are showing the building in progress, even more show the tiny house before anyone has moved in, in pristine condition. The few that do a video tour in a lived in home, well just like you would do before company is coming over, things are picked up, cleaned and made presentable. I don’t know about you, but I don’t live my life in a pristine condition, there are dishes in the sink, there are dirty clothes in the hamper, there are crumbs on my stove, you get the idea.
So what is the reality of living in a tiny home? Is it easier to keep clean and tidy or is it more difficult? What if you are the type of person who has lots of stuff, clutter? That is who I am, I tend to have lots of clutter, I would love to lean more toward tidiness, but it’s just not in my DNA, you should my collection of ebooks on busting clutter…
A few weeks ago I wrote about Ariel C. McGlothi’s tiny house in a cold climate, she does seem to keep a tidy home, I suspect it is almost a requirement otherwise you wouldn’t have any room to live yourself. She has created a follow up video answering some questions she received, and to show how her tiny home really looks, how she really lives. Enjoy!
Hello all. My name is Lee. My family and I are going off the grid. We have a parcel in Oklahoma that is perfect for what we hope to do. We are looking for people who can contribute work wisdom and possibly some income. You should be willing to live quite primitive at first as we work to make live more comfortable as we make progress toward building up our place. If this interests you contact me here
Nurse Amy and I are conventionally trained medical professionals that incorporate an integrative philosophy into our writings. We don’t know everything, however (far from it), and sometimes find writers on specific topics that are outside of our wheelhouse and cannot speak to authoritatively. Here’s an article by Becky Rupert, a board-certified homeopath, to introduce you to her field:
When preparing for any emergency, we all know it is a good idea to have basic things on hand such as first aid kits, bandages, extra medications, analgesics, essential oils, herbs, wraps, blood stop powder, and all of those things to help us when we have minor injuries or emergencies. It is also a good idea to have extra skills such as how to make tinctures, or herbal products, or the many wonderful first aid skills taught at organizations such as the Red Cross. Suturing skills are a plus, as well as classes in nursing or EMT classes. These are wonderful adjuncts to your preparedness portfolio!
However, I think there is one more thing that is incredibly useful to add to your “tool kit”.
What I am going to teach you about today is a form of alternative medicine that is easy, safe and very effective in an emergency when you have no access to standard medical care. You can use this method with little cost input to start, and you can use it right now for your family in acute situations such as:
You can start learning now to give remedies in acute situations so that you can understand how to give remedies in situations where there is a dire need, so you can help family and friends with a safe, holistic healing method. It is not difficult to do, and it is very rewarding. It can require a shift in how you think about healthcare. Homeopathy is quite different from what you may be used to.
First, some background:
Let’s first talk a bit about what homeopathy is, what it is not, and how it can help your family! Homeopathy is a 200 year old system of medicine created by a physician and chemist, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. In his time, physicians used toxic crude substances which had many side effects and harmed more than healed. Dr. Hahnemann devised a way of using dilutions of substances to help the body heal without the toxic effects, even if the original substance was toxic.
Homeopathy means “similar suffering”. Remedies are made from just about anything from plants, to animals, to minerals and each has a specific pattern of symptoms associated with it. Right now there are about 5,000 remedies and more are being made every day. They are sustainably sourced and they are “FDA approved drugs”. Some are over the counter, and some are prescription based. In fact, Samuel Hahnemann wrote the good manufacturing practices that are still in use today.
Homeopathy is not herbalism, although we may start with an herbal “mother” tincture at the base of the remedy, we often use the entire plant, something that herbalists rarely do because at times the parts of a plant may not have therapeutic value or may be toxic. In the homeopathic remedy, there are no molecules of the original substance left once you go above 12c (explained below), which renders them non toxic and safe for infants, animals, or the elderly.
Homeopaths don’t use machines, muscle testing, herbs or supplements. We (generally) don’t make remedies ourselves (there are special pharmacies for that). Constitutional Homeopaths also don’t give you more than one remedy at a time, and we don’t use machines to figure out what remedies you need (with the exception of a computer program to go through all of your symptoms). The pellets we use are small, pleasant tasting and dissolve under the tongue. Children readily take them and usually respond quickly, as do animals.
What do the numbers and letters mean on a homeopathic remedy package?
The remedies all have latin names, such as apis mellifica (honey bee) and the number tells you how many times the remedy was diluted, the “C” stands for the amount of water it was diluted in, in this case, 99:1=100 (99 parts alcohol and water to one part mother tincture). If you remember your roman numerals, you will see they are common in homeopathy. There are also “X” potencies, that is 1 in 9=10.
C potencies last longer than X potencies, but all you really need to know is to stick with 12c or 30c if you can, for best results. There are situations that 6c, or 200c is much more preferred, and if that’s the case, I will let you know. Generally, you can’t go wrong with a 12 or 30c. That is a great potency for beginners and they are readily available, and in the common remedy kits for home use.
How does it work?
We don’t know the exact mechanism of action of the remedies. We know they are not placebo, because they work on infants and animals very well. If you have the wrong remedy, nothing happens and there are no side effects or unwanted symptoms. There are instances when people can be sensitive to remedies and if you are the type that is very sensitive to everything around you, then I would consider having someone walk you through the process so you know how to take remedies. Sensitive folks can aggravate which means that the symptoms they already have get worse before they get better. This is rather unusual but does happen on occasion, and usually sensitive people are sensitive to so many other things such as medications, perfumes, everything sets them off. This is not to say that chemically sensitive people shouldn’t use homeopathy, I have lots of clients who are environmentally sensitive and they are often fine with remedies. We often need to dilute them a bit in about 4 oz of water.
The wonderful thing about homeopathy is that it works to heal the entire person, mentally, emotionally, physically, all at the same time. We do not have one remedy for asthma and one for headaches, and one for eczema and one for autism, we see the person as a whole and give a remedy and potency based on that person’s unique set of symptoms. Homeopathy is so safe, you can give it during labor and delivery.
We recommend that home prescribers use remedies for acute situations (self limiting situations such as colds, flu, injuries, sunburn), and leave the chronic situations to the professionals. Chronic symptoms are symptoms such as PMS, fatigue, headache, asthma, autism, eczema, etc.
My clients come from all over the US and abroad and I teach them to be able to care for themselves during acute situations. I see people for acute situations and chronic ones and some people want to learn everything they can and some just want me to fix it! Either way is fine, but here we’ll get your feet wet so you can learn more. Even if the only thing you do is use arnica for bumps and bruises, that’s a step in the right direction. Carry arnica with you wherever you go and you’ll be amazed at how it stops pain fast! Learn to give some remedies in a few situations and soon you’ll be learning more and more.
Homeopathy is a wonderful addition to your medical kit or bug out bag. Remedies are easy to use and pretty forgiving. Dosing depends on the individual, the amount of pellets is not based on body weight or age. In homeopathy, frequency of dose is what is important.
The most important thing to remember is:
- Give the remedy as needed, not on a schedule. If you have an aggravation from a remedy DO NOT REPEAT, wait and watch, usually this is minor and improvement will follow; then repeat as needed by putting a pellet in 4 oz of water and sip only as needed.
- Give the remedy 2 doses before moving on to the next remedy if nothing happens… unless you are very sensitive.
- Most people in an acute situation will know how often to take the dose, their symptoms relapse after improvement. If you have hit yourself with a hammer, and you take hypericum, the pain will come back and you will know when to repeat, more is not better!
- In a situation like a cold, you may need 3 doses in one day to determine if you should switch to another remedy.
- Remedies come in different pellet sizes, large pellets like the decorating balls for cookies – you can use one at a time, tiny, poppy-seed sized pellets, the dose is about 5 pellets. Generally, the amount of pellets is not important, the frequency of dose is.
- In critical situations such as shock, you may need a stronger dose or the remedy may be needed more frequently then you expect, don’t be surprised if the remedy lasts for minutes or a half hour and you need to repeat. The doses should start lasting longer and longer until the problem resolves or you get help
- Try to get help if the situation is beyond your skills or training
- If there is a very high fever (104 or above), you may need to seek out care or diagnosis. Obviously, use your judgement, but some of the scenarios in this article are for those who can’t get to medical care. Medical care is important in a critical situation, if you are having a heart attack, get help if you are able. It sounds silly but people have called me in the middle of a heart attack!
Bumps, Bruises, Head injuries, Fractures, etc.
Everyone should have arnica on hand for emergencies, it a wonderful first aid remedy and often the one that people pick up whenever there is an injury. Especially useful for bruising and head injuries, I use 200c for head injuries and 30c for minor bruising. This remedy is often useful to help heal damage from surgery.
(Dr. Bones says: I don’t have a lot of experience with some of the substances mentioned in Becky’s article, but can vouch, from personal experience, for the effectiveness of Arnica in alleviating pain from injuries.)
Bellis is in the same family as arnica and is useful for deep muscle trauma, deep incisions or heav blows when arnica doesn’t offer much help. I use 6c three times a day until it is no longer needed.
Ruta is wonderful for ligament and tendon injuries or sprains and strains. I use 200c followed by 6c three times a day until unnecessary. I found that sprains heal in half the time with ruta.
The best remedy for fractures, It is used after being set to knit bones quickly. I use 200c for pain if arnica doesn’t help and then 6c three times daily for 3-6 weeks. Also very useful for eye injuries at the same potencies.
Useful for healing cuts and knife wounds after stitching or approximating wounds. For a deep wound may need 200c one dose or 30c three times a day for 2 days.
Used in tincture or potency this is excellent for skin abrasions and can also be used diluted 1:10 parts water in eye infections, abrasions, or as eyewash. This can be also used as an antibacterial for wounds or lacerations, but some homeopaths also like Echinacea tincture for this purpose as well.
This remedy is often used to expel splinters or foreign material embedded in skin. I use 6c or 30c three times a day for 2 days.
This remedy (like all others) has many uses, but is very useful for burns and scalds, and can also be used for urinary tract infections with a great amount of burning with urination. I use 30c as needed for pain control. For sunburn I prefer sol 30, but it can also be used for sunburn.
One of the best remedies for bee or wasp stings or even anaphylactic shock, apis has redness, edematous swelling and heat. It is also used for cellulitis. If you have severe allergies it is a good idea to have epi pen around but if you don’t have one, apis may be a lifesaver. It is always a good idea to have other alternatives such as Benadryl just in case! A 30c of apis may not be strong enough of a dose, so I recommend having a 30c and 200 on hand.
I have used pyrogen 1M potency for tooth infections with great results, it is also generally used for septicemia. At this high of a dose, it is given only as needed for fever or pain control.
The most used homeopathic remedy for fever, it is useful in high fevers of many kinds. The skin is usually hot and dry, and it has been used for decades for scarlet fever. Useful in situations where there are delusions or hallucinations with fever. Belladonna is very violent and sudden and is also used in heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Symptoms tend to be hot red and violent and tend to be right sided. Aggravation time is often 3 AM or PM and can be used for childhood ear infections of sudden onset when these symptoms match.
Often useful in situations where there are mild symptoms and you aren’t sure which remedy to give, ferrum phos has vague symptoms and is often given at the beginning of an illness to stop it before it starts.
Aconite is incredibly useful in shock and there can be fright or anxiety and restlessness. There is a sudden onset of symptoms like in belladonna.
This is a remedy that is often useful in hemorrhaging, and nosebleeds, which are often left sided. I usually use 30c in minor cases and would use 200c in severe cases.
(Dr. Bones says: With regards to significant hemorrhage, it’s always important to know appropriate first aid techniques like you’ll find in many of my articles on this website.)
I hope this helps you get your feet wet with what homeopathy can do. I recommend that people use Homeopathy in every day acute illness such as colds, flu, or minor injuries to see how remedies are used. Don’t keep them on a shelf, becoming proficient with their use helps so when you really need them you will know how to use them. A side benefit is that they last forever unless they are exposed to extreme heat so you can store them long term without expiration. These are the remedies that are very useful for a bug out bag or emergency kit and can be used for the barnyard or home. We offer kits with 40 remedies for those who are interested. I hope you never have to use a kit in an extreme emergency, but I personally feel better knowing they are around if I need them!
I wish you good fortune on your journey to health…
Becky Rupert, ND, CCH
Board Certified Homeopath
Becky has been homesteading for 20 years while practicing and teaching homeopathy to laypeople to help themselves, their families and their animals. She consults with people all over the US and abroad and can be reached at email@example.com or by phone EST at (419) 853-3805. Please address any of your questions to Becky.
Most serious hand gunners own a 1911 and admire what is considered to be one of the best handgun platforms of all time. It is still widely used in many arenas today, and I carried one for years as a state law enforcement officer.
If you are a 1911 admirer and love the lines and precision of a well-built pistol with that can be called a work of art, then you may want to take a hard look at Cabot Guns.
Cabot is an American company based in Sarver, Pa., with roots in Indiana. While not every Cabot is a one-of-kind, many are. One example is their mirror image, right and left hand set constructed out of a meteorite. Dubbed the “Big Bang” set, this pistol debuted in 2015 and is valued at $4.5 million. Of course, most of us don’t have that kind of money, but their other guns are quite amazing, too.
Cabot 1911s have been nicknamed the Rolls Royce of handguns. Most are milled from a single block of stainless steel. The company prides itself in the use of exclusive or rare materials in grip construction. Their left-handed pistols are engineered to be entirely left-hand oriented, including brass ejection.
I had the opportunity to talk with general manager Michael Hebor at a shooting event in Florida in the fall of 2016 and again at the SHOT show in Las Vegas this year. At the Florida event I was also fortunate to test fire their Vintage Classic model 1911.
The Vintage Classic is just that — a classic 1911 that is finished with a vintage worn look and sports a gold bead front sight and blued finish. Grips on this pistol are Turkish Walnut with other options, including Desert Ironwood and White American Holly. The vintage Classic is priced at $3,995 — not an economy gun by any stretch but certainly in the ballpark of any high-grade, custom-built 1911.
Feeling patriotic? Take a look at the American Joe Commander. It’s a beautiful gun with American flag panel grips with a commander size 4.25-inch barrel, available in 45ACP or 9mm. A brushed stainless finish sports engraving that is a tribute to the enduring strength of America and its industry. The American Joe Commander is $4,500.
Want a prehistoric touch? Then you may want to consider the Monarch. This unique 1911 comes with your choice of ancient mammoth grip scales, made from the tooth of a prehistoric wooly mammoth. Other features include a 5-inch national match barrel and a mirror finish, hand-polished slide. The Monarch is priced at $9,950.
How about a mirror image right and left-hand matched pair of 1911s? Cabot offers a selection of these one-of-a-kind sets. Take, for example, the Jones Deluxe. This set offers an exact mirror image right and left hand 1911 set with mammoth tooth grip scales. These are by special order and you can commission Cabot to build the 1911 mirror set to your liking. The set I had the pleasure of photographing at the 2017 SHOT Show was priced at $25,000.
Moving up the detail and price scale, The Legend of Sacromonte 1911 pistol is truly one of a kind. Certified master engraver Otto Carver was commissioned by Cabot to create this work of art. Inlaid into the Sacromonte is seven feet of 24-gauge, 24-carat wire and set against a prismatic background of triangular shapes. Thousands of lines were engraved into every available surface of this 1911. Grips are ebony, which brings the gold inlay and engraving to life. Price is set at $50,000.
Cabot has many other offerings and price ranges. If you are an admirer of the 1911 and enjoy history and an artistic touch, then you can’t help but to want to hold one of these pistols. Could it be there is one with your name on it?
Would you want to own a Cabot gun? Share your thoughts in the section below: Choice of Ancient Mammoth Grip Scales
The following are some tips and advice on how to sharpen a dull knife and how to sharpen a knife that’s already pretty sharp – from knifemaker James Wahls. Every prepper has at least one knife. More than likely you have several knives or more, each of them them serving a range of uses and […]
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Starting a fire in adverse weather, whether is rain or wind or both is a very important survival skill every outdoors aficionado must possess. The ability of igniting a fire when things are less than perfect is a fine art which must be learned and practiced until mastery is achieved.
The thing is, nature doesn’t care much about our best laid plans, mice and men alike and an emergency never comes alone. I mean, when confronted with a survival situation, you’d at least expect fine weather, cool breezes and sunshine.
In reality, your survival in an emergency situation will become much more complicated than initially thought and I would dare to say nine times out of ten, as you’ll end up not only lost in the woods or wherever, but you’ll also have to deal with rain, cold and high winds.
Emergencies almost always bring bad weather with them, it’s almost like a 2 for the price of 1 deal. And that’s fine as long you’re prepared both physically and mentally.
However, in critical times, your survival may depend on your ability to light a fire under rain and/or wind and any hardcore survivalist, even Bear Grylls will tell you that you should always carry at least 2 primary and 2 secondary tools for starting a fire.
The idea is that a regular fire starter may not always provide you with the best results, especially if it’s raining and it gets wet. Also, if it’s windy and rainy, your chances of igniting a fire with just one match are pretty slim. If it’s freezing cold, your BIC lighter (which uses butane) may not work at all.
Basically, starting a fire when it’s windy, cold and rainy is one of the worst situations imaginable, other than starting a fire under water, which is a skill only Chuck Norris masters (he uses phosphorus by the way).
I think I have already told you a dozen times in my previous articles about the holy trinity of survival, which includes fire as a means of providing you with (cooked) food, (safe) water and shelter (warmth, protection from wild animals etc), but also about the importance of location.
But do you know which survival essential is the first most important?
1. Find an Adequate Location for Making the Fire
Everything in life is location, as Van Helsing used to say back in the day, and the same mantra is true when it comes to making a fire.
The first thing to look for is an adequate location for making a fire in harsh weather conditions. The idea is to provide your fire with as much protection possible from both wind and rain if possible. And if you’re not in the middle of a frozen desert with no snow around, that’s not impossible.
Shelter means three basic things:
- shelter from the wind
- shelter from the rain
- shelter from the ground water.
2. Shelter the Fire
Ideally, you should shelter your fire on more than one side (upwind).
Build a Windbreak
You can protect your fire by building a C shaped windbreak with the open side downwind. You can build a windbreak using wood, rocks, snow, dirt, just use your imagination.
To shelter your fire from the rain when outdoors is the hardest job, but it can be achieved.
Make the Fire Under a Tree
But pay attention! The easiest way is to make your fire under a tree, as evergreens can be regarded as a natural tent of sorts. All you have to do is to pick a big one and make your fire under the lowest branches.
Making a fire under a tree may not seem like the best idea, as there are inherent risks attached, like setting the tree on fire, but if you’re paying attention and keeping your fire under control, the chances of such an event happening are minor.
You can minimize the risks further by building a good fire pit with no combustible materials around the fire.
Build a Fire Pit
The third requirement is how to protect the fire from ground earth, with the previous two taken care of by now. The easiest method is to use rocks for building a fire pit on a spot where the ground is raised from the floor.
Or you can do that yourself, i.e. you can build a little mound and on top of the mound you’ll put a layer of rocks, thus preventing your fire from staying directly on the wet ground and also making sure any running water will be drained ASAP.
3. Tinder, Kindling and Fuel
So much for location folks, let’s move on to the next issue and I will start with an axiom: if you don’t have the Bear Grylls flame-thrower with you, starting a fire using wet wood is basically impossible and a no-go under any circumstances. You’ll waste your time and your gear, bet on a dead horse and the whole palaver.
Video first seen on CommonSenseOutdoors.
However, there are ways, as Gandalf used to say, but ideally, you should try to find something dry for starting your fire. As a general rule of thumb, a fire gets started in 3 stages: tinder, kindling and fuel.
The tinder is a combustible material which is very easy to ignite, i.e. it will catch fire quick and easy.
The kindling can be improvised using pieces of finger-thick wood that will be lit from the kindle.
The rest is pretty straight forward, as far as your kindle gets ignited you’ll start the main fuel and you’ll have a fire burning in no time.
Two of the best survival-tinder (fire starters actually) which can be used for igniting a fire in adverse conditions (even with wet wood) are cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly and dryer lint mixed with paraffin. These will burn for at least 2-3 minutes, thus providing you with plenty of time to get your fire started. I’ve already written an article about this issue.
As an interesting factoid, even in the midst of a rainstorm, you can almost surely find dried branches under the bottom of big/old pine trees. Another great place to look for dry combustible is the underside of uprooted (or dead) trees.
Video first seen on IA Woodsman.
How to Make the Best Fire Starter for Wet Wood
The best fire-starter for wet wood can be home-made using black powder (gunpowder) and nail polish remover (the one that contains acetone). The acetone will be the solvent for the gunpowder. The idea is to make something that burns slow and as hot as possible and the gunpowder/acetone mix is by far the best in this regard.
Making the mix is fairly easy, as you’ll start with a small quantity of gunpowder the size of a golf ball put inside a ceramic/glass bowl. Start adding nail polish remover so that the mound of gunpowder is totally covered then mix it together slowly and thoroughly (always wear rubber gloves).
Once the stuff inside the ball gets in a putty-state, you can pour off the extra nail polish and then start kneading the putty, just like when making bread. i.e. folding it over time and time again.
The purpose of the kneading is to create layers inside your fire-starter. In this way, the burn rate is more controlled. The more layers, the better your fire-starter will be. The finished putty can be stored in an airtight container, but keep in mind that you’ll want to use your putty when it’s still moist. If dried, it burns too fast.
This fire-starter burns at 3000 degrees Fahrenheit and a golf-ball sized piece will burn for more than 3 minutes. Basically, you can set anything on fire with this baby and even dry out damp wood in the worst conditions imaginable.
One final thing, it would always be nice to use fire accelerants, like gasoline (or alcohol, paint thinner etc), for starting a fire in rain or wind.
If you have your car around, the better, as you can siphon out some gasoline from the tank and start a fire even with damp wood in a jiffy. Okay, you’ll not receive those extra bonus style points, but that’s okay.
You’ll always have the peace of mind knowing that no matter where you go and no matter how bad the weather is you’ll be able to start a fire and safely cook food and boil some water. Click the banner below to grab this offer!
This article has been written by Chris Black for Survivopedia.
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The Power of Organic Fertilizers! Let’s face it, sometimes your vegetable plants need a little boost. When it comes to the dirt in the garden, vegetable plants can consume a lot of the trace elements, minerals and nutrients in the soil that are
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Still a few dozen left. Ya snooze, ya lose.
This may be one of the cooler things to happen to preparedness in a while…
Two million of the 30 million products carried on Walmart’s website will be available for two-day shipping. Those items will include Walmart’s most popular products, including baby necessities, pet products, foods like cereal and peanut butter, cleaning supplies, electronics, and toys, the company said.
Free shipping at Walmart prices on certain goods means that I might have a new source for case-lots of various foodstuffs and supplies. Honestly, Im not sure WalMart can afford to do this for very long, but while it’s going on I’ll definitely be seeing if its something I can take advantage of. Cases of canned goods, pasta, sauces, etc, etc delivered to my AO would be rather handy…especially if it gives me access to items not normally in my local WallyWorld.
I know we are all wanting to get to know our neighbors, so I have to share my quick-easy appetizers my family makes for every holiday. Not all of them are used every time, we switch our favorites for different holidays. I love to have people over to my house and one of my favorite ways to entertain is to have a HUGE array of appetizers so friends can grab a plate and eat appetizers as we laugh and have a good time together.
If you have a slow cooker or two you can make these a few hours before the party and just relax right before the get-together. These recipes are great for holidays like I said, but awesome to take to parks for family reunions. I think every family has made at least one or two of these over the years because we keep passing our favorite recipes on to friends and new family members. I have to tell you, I could have appetizers every day of the week and skip dinner. Well, maybe not every night, but several nights each month. Some of these recipes are even better the next day, if there is any left that is! Enjoy! I have the PRINTABLE recipes below.
1. Spicy Buffalo Meatball Appetizer
- For the Spicy Buffalo Sauce:
- 1/3 cup Franks Hot Sauce Frank’s RedHot Original Red Hot Sauce – 12 oz
- 1-1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- Meatballs-precooked (about 40-50-depending on size)-I buy the frozen ones at Costco
- Combine the Franks Hot Sauce, brown sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the brown sugar dissolves. Place the precooked meatballs in a slow cooker and cover with the sauce. Cook for about 2-3 hours on low, or until warmed through. Serve with toothpicks, buttermilk dressing, and celery sticks if desired.
2. Stacie’s Green Chilies Bean Dip
- 1 can bean dip
- 1-4-ounce can of chopped green chilies
- 1-16-ounce can refried beans
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup grated cheese
Layer the ingredients above in the slow cooker and cover. Cook on low for about 2-4 hours or until warmed through. Serve with tortilla chips.
3. Little Smokies (hot dogs) Sweet & Sassy Appetizer
- 12 or 18-ounce jar of grape jelly
- 12-ounce jar of chili sauce
- Three pounds of Little Smokies
Combine the ingredients in the slow cooker and set on low for 2-4 hours, or until warmed through. Serve with toothpicks.
4. My Favorite Chile Con Queso Dip
- 40-ounce can chili without beans
- 2-pounds Velveeta Cheese (cubed)
- 16-ounce jar Picante sauce (I use mild)
Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours, or until melted and warm. Serve with tortilla chips.
5. Linda’s Cream Cheese Dip
- 2-8-ounce packages of cream cheese softened (cubed)
- 3-16-ounce cans of chili without beans
- 2 cups grated or shredded mozzarella cheese
Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours, or until melted or warmed through. Serve with tortilla chips.
6. Cream Chipped Beef Dip
- 8-ounce package of cream cheese softened (cubed)
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup chip beef cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons fresh green onions chopped or 1 tablespoon air-dried green onions
- 2 tablespoons milk of choice
7. My Favorite Nacho Dip
- 3 pounds Velveeta cheese
- 1-10-3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
- 2-4-ounce cans chopped green chilies
Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for about 2-4 hours, or until heated through. Serve with tortilla chips.
8. Hot & Spicy Dip
- 1-pound cooked ground beef, drained
- 1-pound Mexican Velveeta cheese (cubed)
- 8-ounce jar salsa (I use mild)
Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker until melted and heated through. Serve with tortilla chips.
9. Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip
- 1-9-ounce frozen spinach, thaw it and squeeze the liquid out of it
- 1-8-ounce package cream cheese (cubed & softened)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons dry parsley
- 1-15-ounce jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped fine and drained
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low for 2-4 hours, or until heated through. Serve with baguette sliced bread.
PRINTABLE recipes: Quick-Easy Appetizers by Food Storage Moms
Let me know if you have love appetizers as much as I do! Anyone having a party this weekend or a family get-together?
My favorite things:
Barack and Michelle Obama left their relaxing 10 days off grid vacation last Thursday. They headed back to Washington and will remain there until their daughter Sasha, 14, graduates from hSidwell Friends School.
After saying goodbye to the White House, the couple had wasted no time in boarding a private jet to the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean last month. Social media was bursting with images of them posing with police and staff at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.
The Obamas then took a boat to Necker Island, where they stayed in a resort owned by the British billionaire Richard Branson. Branson’s Caribbean home is a 74-acre stretch of sand that includes a luxurious resort for up to 30 guests. Celebrities such as Kate Winslet, Mariah Carey, Robert DeNiro and even Nelson Mandela have reportedly vacationed there.
Up for rent at $80,000 a night, this billionaire’s bolt-hole has a staff of 100 to serve guests staying in the Balinese-style villas that offer panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. The eight guest rooms and huge lounge are known to be packed with antiques from flea markets of Indonesia. There is a rooftop hot tub and the famous infinity pool, from which one can watch boats sailing close to the shore. The Turtle beach is easy access from this point as getting to the beach no longer means tackling a steep stone staircase thanks to a speedy new zip-line.
Guests can also take part in daily feeding of the resident flamingos, lemurs, iguanas and giant tortoises during their stay.
The Obamas vacationed there with the owner Richard Branson, who recently was blessed with a grandchild. Branson took to social media about the birth and posted photos to celebrate the moment. Branson announced the good news by sharing a sweet snapshot of Sam, 31, cosying up to Isabella, 36, and Bluey.
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com A few weeks ago, I went to the chiropractor for an adjustment. My lower back had been bothering me so I asked for some tips for self care. The chiropractor told me I can use ice to relieve inflammation when needed. I asked him about applying heat, and he indicated heat is fine for pain relief, but must not be used when inflammation is involved. I thought it would be good to sort […]
This sweet berry biscuit is the perfect addition to a Sunday brunch.
I had a plethora of whey left over from some homemade cheese that I made and wanted to incorporate this into my baking. With my whey in hand, I decided to surprise the family with fresh blackberry biscuits for breakfast in the morning. As soon as these biscuits were out of the oven and cooling, everyone flocked into the kitchen to see what had been made. I’m not going to lie, the biscuits didn’t make it through the night.
So, here’s the warning: If you make these biscuits don’t expect them to last long. If you make a berry compote to drizzle on it – look out!
I used whey in this recipe because I had an over abundance of it from a cheese making project and have been trying to use it up. Whey can be used in lieu of liquids in baking. Sweet whey comes from cheese making where bacterial cultures have been used and the whey has been drained at a pH of 5.2 or above. This type of whey is used most for baking and can benefit your goods in two ways: it adds additional nutrition and the natural acidity makes a perfect dough conditioner. It reacts with baking soda to produce all the leavening (carbon dioxide bubbles) you need. The flavor is similar to using buttermilk and I have found it keeps the baked goods more moist (I may be wrong, but this is from my experience using it).
This gluten-free version came out delicious and it’s more nutritious compared to using wheat flours.
Gluten-Free Blackberry Biscuits
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- zest of 1 lemon
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 1/4 cups whey (if you don’t have whey, use buttermilk)
- 1 cup blackberries
- Course sugar to sprinkle on top
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray baking pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt and lemon zest.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the whey (or buttermilk) and melted butter.
- Use the spatula to fold blackberries in with the ingredients together. Mix just until all flour is moistened. Mixture should be a cake batter consistency.
- Brush with any remaining butter and sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired.
- Bake in the preheated 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once cooled, use a pizza cutter to cut through biscuits and serve warm.
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We hear all the time about bugging out and what we should have in our bug out bags. The reality is none of us want to leave all the prepping supplies we have behind, and limit ourselves to what we can carry on our backs. This week we talked about tips for successfully bugging in, and not having to leave everything we own behind.
For most of us it would take quite a lot for us to actually leave the comfort of our homes. For most of us it would laterally have to be a life or death situation. There are however precautions we must consider to successfully bug in, and steps we need to take to keep ourselves as safe as possible.
SPP187 Tips for Successfully Bugging In
This week in the show Lisa and I talked about some reasons why we would want to bug in, some reasons why we might still need to bug out, and some things we need to consider regardless what decisions we make.
Here are a few of the talking points we discussed in the show this week…
Why you would want to bug in: Here is an article from ThePrepperJournal that goes over some reasons why bugging out might not be your best option.
Planning: Getting everyone home might be the biggest challenge you face, especially if someone is 500 miles away. These people that will be traveling long distances need to understand things like leaving at the right time, safely traveling, no gps, sleeping on the road etc.
Out of Our Hands: All we can do is try to teach them about bugging in now, because you will be dependent on them to make the decisions at that point. We will be completely in the dark, and hoping everything is going ok with the people traveling to us.
Plan B: Bug Out Location If something is bad enough you need to bug in, eventually having to bug out is a very real possibility. Depending on the disaster scenario, things can change very quickly, and we need to be ready to react.
Bug Out Alternatives: This doesn’t have to be the typical “BOL” we all think about, it can be friends or family’s homes, or these could also be “pit stops” you take along the way to a predetermined location.
Bugging in Viability: Make sure you have the right amount of supplies for a determined amount of time. Make sure you have the ability to defend what you have from people looking to take advantage of you.
Survival files: For those people who just don’t want to hear about prepping you could dd PDF’s to their phones that have travel direction’s, alternative routes, Survival guides or anything pertinent. Hopefully they would never have to look at these, but they would be a lifesaver in a bugging in situation.
Close to Home: Your neighbors will be freaking out, how will you handle that? If you become a recluse they will become curious, if you are too open with them you might become a target. This is a tough situation, but one that we will all be in.
Everyone on the Same Page: In a Bug in situation you will need to start the planning discussions right off the bat. We might understand what needs to happen, but we need to make sure everyone else understands as well. Questions like “What we do when” or “What if” need to be discussed.
Sanitation: Cleanliness and hygiene are not going to be as easy to tackle as they are today, and the doctors won’t be around if we do get sick. Make sure and have the supplies needed for sanitation, and make sure everyone understands the new rules.
Communications: In a complete grid down scenario long range radio might not be an option, but radios for short range communications like 2 way radios or Ham radios are a good idea to have. If someone needs to do reconnaissance, or go out scouting, you want to be able to contact them if needed.
Home Defense: If we choose to bug in, defending our property and supplies will be just as important as having them in the first place. This is another reason why having a group is better than going it alone. No one can do everything, and having a few more sets of eyes and hands will only increase your preparedness level.
A Good Prepping Library: They might not be listening to your prepping plans today, but they will be all ears is something bad happens. A good prepping library will help you when you are trying to teach them about that needs to be done.
Entertainment Items: Keeping everyone as happy as possible is going to be more important than we think. Not only is moral important, but too much down time and boredom can lead to lack of focus and mistakes. Music, games and books are also a way for people to escape from reality, even for just a little bit.