5 Forgotten Things Grandma Did With Dandelions

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5 Forgotten Things Grandma Did With Dandelions

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In today’s world, people want everything to be neat, tidy and uniform – including their yards. The grass, we’re told, should be one smooth, green carpet.

But that’s easier said than done! Everyone knows that if you don’t pull them or spray them, “weeds” such as dandelions will be the first thing to pop up and ruin that lawn.

Perhaps the real problem here isn’t dandelions, but our unnatural expectations of what things “should” look like, as well as what constitutes a “weed.”

My grandmother loved picking dandelions out in the fields behind her home. She would collect them in her apron or a bucket and proceed to make the most amazing things.

Of course, there is no denying that dandelions can have a bitter aftertaste, especially if you aren’t accustomed to them, but given time and a few tweaks, they can be delicious.

When you consider that these “weeds” are chock full of vitamins, such as A, B, C and D, as well as minerals, including potassium, iron and zinc, it’s no wonder that our ancestors didn’t need multivitamins!

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Here’s how our grandmothers used them:

1. Dandelions as food

Think of dandelions as you would other leafy greens, like lettuce or spinach. This means you can use them in:

  • Salads (fresh from the yard, but washed).
  • Soups or casseroles (fresh or dried).
  • Green juices
  • Stir fry (chopped up).

2. Dandelion tea

Yes, you can buy dandelion tea in almost every health food store, but why not learn how to make your own? My grandmother used both the greens and the root. Simply boil a little more than a cup of water, add about a tablespoon of dried leaves and/or root, and cover and allow to simmer for three or so minutes. Strain and add some honey. Speaking of honey……….

3. Dandelion honey

This isn’t actually a honey; this is more of a syrup. On occasion, when honey ran low, my grandmother would make this.

Start off by gathering a bunch (perhaps four cups) of dandelions, roots and all. Wash and place in a pot of boiling water. Allow to boil for about 3 minutes; cover, and turn off the fire. Allow to soak overnight. Strain out the dandelions, and put back on the stove under a very low flame. Add about a cup of sugar and the juice of one lemon. Leave the pot uncovered and simmer slowly for about 30 minutes or until it reaches a syrup-like consistency. Store in a glass jar and use like you would honey. This tastes so good, you won’t believe it! Try it on pancakes for a really different taste!

4. Dandelion wine

5 Forgotten Things Grandma Did With Dandelions

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Everyone’s favorite, right?  If you really want to taste some homemade goodness, you simply must try dandelion wine. For this recipe, you will only need fresh flowers, no roots or leaves. Be sure to pull the green little stem at the bottom of the flower. All you want are the yellow petals (nothing green or the wine is very bitter)! There are dozens of recipes online, including this one.

5. Medicinal uses

These little yellow flowering plants have a wide variety of medicinal uses:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Calm an upset stomach.
  • As a mild laxative.
  • Remove warts.

Our ancestors used dandelions for many years before they had access to doctors or pharmaceuticals. If the unthinkable should happen, a little bit of knowledge about this important little plant will go a long way.

Keep in mind that dandelions are a natural diuretic, so if you are already taking diuretics or any other prescription medicines, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Dandelions greens are at their most tender and delicious when you pick them before they start to flower. If they flower before you pull them, don’t worry! They will just need to be boiled or steamed a bit longer to make them softer. Or, you can still dry the leaves, flowers, and roots for later use.

And one last reminder: If you collect dandelions in the wild, or from a neighbor’s yard, be sure you aren’t collecting plants that have been sprayed with pesticides or where systemic pesticides have been applied.

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8 Dependable Pistols You Can Buy NEW For Under $300

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8 Dependable Pistols You Can Buy NEW For Under $300

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A center-fire pistol is one item that every homesteader should consider owning.

Sure, shotguns and rifles may pack a greater punch, but they are larger and significantly heavier than a pistol. Unfortunately, pistols also can be fairly expensive, and not everyone has the disposable income to spend $600 on a new Glock, Sig Sauer or Springfield.

While buying a used gun is always an option, pricing and availability of used pistols are wildly inconsistent. Besides, you never truly know if a used gun will work until you take it to the range for the first time. Speaking from experience, I can tell you that there is nothing more disheartening than pulling the trigger on the used pistol you just bought and hearing “click” instead of “bang.”

If you buy a new gun, you can be much more certain that it will function properly out of the box. Sure, there will be a “break-in” period of several hundred rounds before it reaches peak performance, but that timeframe is essential for you to familiarize yourself with each nuance.

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In this article, we will look at some pistols that you can purchase new-in-box for $300 or less. Note that this price does not factor in shipping, tax and transfer fees, so you’ll want to consider those items in your budget. You also will want to pick up a holster, spare magazines, and (of course) ammunition.

Semiautomatics:

Taurus 800 series

Taurus’ 800 series are full-sized, polymer-framed pistols chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP with 17-, 15- and 12-round capacities, respectively. They feature a “strike two” capability, which allows you to pull the trigger again to fire if the chambered round’s primer fails to ignite. These pistols have recently been discontinued by Taurus, but can still be purchased either online or at your local gun store.

1. Sarsilmaz CM9

The Turkish-made SAR CM9 is a full-sized, polymer-framed, double-action/single-action pistol chambered in 9mm. Based on the design of the CZ-75, it has an ambidextrous manual safety, adjustable sights, and a 17-round capacity, making it an excellent option to consider for your kit.

2. FMK 9C1 G2

This budget-friendly, striker-fired 9mm pistol is physically very similar in size and overall profile to a Glock 19; both feature a low-bore axis, similar grip angle, and trigger safeties. It also accepts Glock aftermarket sights, and has a 14-round magazine capacity. If you like the ergonomics of Glock pistols, you definitely should consider picking up an FMK 9C1 for your emergency preparedness kit.

3. Taurus 100 series

The 100-series by Taurus, also called the “Millennium Pro G2,” are compact polymer-framed pistols chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W. They feature moderate magazine capacity (12 rounds and 10 rounds, respectively), a manual safety, aggressive grip texturing, and adjustable sights.

4. KelTec P11

This compact, polymer-framed pistol might not have the polished look and feel of a more expensive gun, but it handles reasonably well, has a 10-round magazine capacity, low-profile 3-dot sights, and weighs less than a pound unloaded.

5. SCCY CPX-2

The SCCY CPX-2 is similar in overall profile to the KelTec P11 – they both feature a double-action trigger and a 10-round magazine capacity, although the CPX-2 is a bit more polished in terms of fit and finish, and comes with two magazines versus the P11’s single magazine. The CPX-1 is reported to have had some severe reliability issues, but CPX-2 owners have reported having few issues.

6. Bersa Thunder 380

If you want a compact pistol for your kit but dislike the heavier recoil of the 9mm round, check out the Bersa Thunder. This .380 ACP pistol is similar in style to a Walther PPK, featuring a single-stack 8-round magazine, a manual safety, and a double-action/single-action trigger system.

Revolvers

7. Rock Island Armory M200 and M206

If you prefer revolvers over automatics, Rock Island Armory has a pair of budget-friendly .38 Specials. Both have a 6-round capacity. The M200 has a larger grip, an exposed hammer, and a 4-inch barrel, while the M206 is a compact, hammerless model with a 2-inch barrel and smaller grip.

8. Taurus Model 85

The Model 85 by Taurus is a compact, 5-shot revolver; it has a 2-inch barrel, rubberized compact grip, and can accept +P ammunition. The Model 85 PFS can be found in the same price range; it features a polymer frame, a slightly larger grip, and a fiber-optic front sight.

What pistol would you add to our list? Share your tips in the section below:

Lettuce Has … No Nutrition? Perhaps, If You Eat The Wrong Kind

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Lettuce Is … Void Of Nutrition? Perhaps, If You Eat The Wrong Kind

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Nature gives us a great hint for choosing healthy fruits and vegetables – color. The darker the berry, the higher the antioxidant value. Similarly, the darker the shade of lettuce is, the higher its nutritional content.

Take iceberg lettuce, for example. The longtime and popular American salad staple has a pale color and, accordingly, offers little in the way of vitamins and minerals. In fact, it ranks last on our list of healthy lettuce.

If you love the crispiness that iceberg lettuce brings to your sandwich or salad, never fear. Just combine it with one or more of these more nutritious choices.

Romaine – With its dark red and green color and its elongated leaves, romaine (also called “cos”) is rich in folate and vitamins A and C. It also contains a healthy dose of Vitamin K, zinc and potassium. Each romaine leaf has a sturdy rib that helps it stand up well in salads and on sandwiches, but its flavor is surprisingly sweet. Even better: Romaine will last for 10 days or more in your fridge.

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Lettuce Has ... No Nutrition? Perhaps, If You Eat The Wrong Kind

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According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, just one leaf of romaine lettuce contains 17 percent of the recommended daily value of Vitamin A. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision, bones and cell division, as well as respiratory, intestinal and urinary functions.

Loose leaf lettuce — Second only to romaine in Vitamin A content is loose leaf lettuce. As its name implies, loose leaf lettuce appears to be barely joined to its stem. Loose leaf contains the most fiber of any lettuce and also is rich in potassium. Plan to eat loose leaf soon after harvesting or purchasing, however; it is quite delicate.

Butterhead – Soft green in color and sweet in taste, butterhead lettuce includes the Bib and the Boston varieties. They offer a soft, almost velvety texture, to salads. Butterhead has double the magnesium content of any other lettuce and is a good source of vitamin A. It also has small amounts of calcium and iron. Butterhead is fragile, however, and will stay fresh only a few days in your refrigerator.

Leaf lettuce — With its bright red or green colors, mild-tasting leaf lettuce adds visual variety to your meal. It is a good choice for sneaking some Vitamins A and K into the diet of the picky eaters in your family. The greener or redder the leaf, the more nutrients this lettuce provides, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

And now a word about iceberg lettuce. It has gained a bad rap in recent years, but, like all lettuce, iceberg still offers some benefits. This inexpensive variety may be low in nutrition, but it is also low in calories, and it has a high-water content that can contribute to your daily hydration.

When you mix iceberg with other lettuce varieties or with tasty nutritious greens — including kale, spinach, Swiss chard, endive, escarole, arugula, chicory, radicchio or watercress — your salad will be a nutritional powerhouse.

What is your favorite type of lettuce? Share your lettuce tips in the section below:

Sources:

Cicero, Karen. Giant book of kitchen counter cures. Jerry Baker publisher, 2001. Print.

https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list

http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/healthy-eating/different-kinds-of-lettuces-and-greens

5 All-Natural, Inexpensive Ant Repellents You Already Own

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5 All-Natural, Inexpensive Ant Repellents You Already Own

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Ah, spring! It’s a beautiful season, marked by the arrival of things we greet joyfully: longer days, warmer temperatures, much-loved perennials poking out of the soil, and fully stocked garden centers. But spring also sees the return of some things that we don’t greet with as much joy. Like ants, especially when they make their way inside our homes.

Ants hibernate over the winter. Just like bears, they gorge on food in the fall. Their bodies survive off those stored nutrients over the winter. And then, just like bears, when warmer temperatures arrive, ants emerge from their nests seeking food. In those early spring days, when the nights are still chilly, they also look for a warm place to spend the night.

Discouraging Ant Visitors

Ants communicate with each other by secreting pheromones (natural bodily chemicals created by mammals and insects). When an ant locates food, it will create a pheromone trail for other ants to follow to the food source. Because tiny ants can squeeze through minute crevices, it’s often difficult to figure out where they are entering the house so that the entrance can be sealed. If you don’t know where to block them from entering, ants will continue following the pheromone trail into your house.

Keeping your home free from food debris will deter ants from visiting. They are especially attracted to sweet foods, like fruit, fruit juices, honey and sugar. Keep your counter and table surfaces clean, your floors swept, and your compost and trash bins tightly covered. Ants also need water. If they seem to be coming in for a drink, remove or relocate that water source (e.g., pet bowl).

Check the exterior of your home and caulk up any noticeable crevices. If you don’t have caulk on hand or the hole is very small, you can use petroleum jelly, which will hold its seal for about a year.

Natural Ant Repellents

If you’ve removed their food and water sources, and have sealed any noticeable entrances, but you still have ants indoors, there are a number of cheap natural repellents that you can use.

1. White vinegar or lemon juice

Vinegar and lemon juice both disrupt the pheromone trails, making it difficult for ants to know where to go. Mix one part white vinegar (or one part lemon juice) with one part water. The solution can be sprayed around the area the ants congregate and/or their suspected entrance, or it can be applied to a cloth so that those surfaces can be wiped down.

2. Essential oils

A number of different essential oils may deter ants from coming in, including eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, tea tree, peppermint, neem and citrus oils. Like vinegar and lemon juice, essential oils disrupt the ants’ pheromone trails. Citrus oils have an added benefit: because they contain d-limonene, they’re toxic to ants.

5 All-Natural, Inexpensive Ant Repellents You Already Own Essential oils may be applied by swabbing the area with an oil-soaked cotton ball, or by spraying. Some online sites suggest mixing 10 drops of essential oil to one cup of water; others suggest mixing equal parts essential oil and water. Personally, I would probably start with 10-20 drops of oil to about ½ cup of water, and if that didn’t seem to be working after a few days, I would add more essential oil.

Heather at mommypotamus.com suggests putting vodka into the spray, too, which will help keep the oil and water from separating. Her “recipe” calls for ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of vodka, and 30-40 drops of essential oil.

3. Spices

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use similar spices, such as ground cinnamon, ground cloves, dried mint, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, bay leaves, or garlic powder. Just sprinkle where needed.

4. Food grade diatomaceous earth

While DE has health benefits for mammals and plants, it is toxic to insects that have exoskeletons, including ants. The sharp edges of DE particles damage the waxy coating on ants, and once that happens, DE dehydrates the insect.

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To use, just sprinkle it where ants travel and/or congregate.

5. Soap and water

Soap creates a coating on insects which makes it impossible for air to reach them, and as a result, they suffocate. Make a spray by combining ¼ cup of dish detergent with 1 cup of water. It’s best to spray ants directly.

In general, ants are beneficial in the garden. They aerate soil, pollinate plants and distribute seeds. Also, ants are not herbivores and usually don’t damage plants, but they do prey on other herbivorous bugs that may be chowing down on your plants. Wherever possible, it’s best to leave outdoor ants alone. However, if they’ve built an anthill very close to your house, and are entering it, it may be best to kill off the entire colony by dousing the hill with a pot full of hot soapy water.

There are many other suggested natural ant repellents. Some, like coffee grounds and cornmeal, are reported by some online sites as being ineffective. Others, like borax, are not recommended to use around small children or pets. If you’ve had success with any natural ant repellents, please let us know in the comments below.

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4s Approach to Clothing for Hiking and Backpacking

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Clothing and Layering systems for outdoor adventures have been discussed ad nauseum. Rightly so, it is a first defense essential against heat and cold exposure. No matter how many times it is discussed, it still seems to confuse people.

Your clothing’s primary function is to keep you warm, dry, and offer protection from the sun. Their secondary function are to protect you from insects and small scrapes. There is a delicate balance which must be observed when deciding on your clothing. Putting on a heavy jacket while covering miles on a hiking trip, while keeping you toasty, can cause you to perspire making you wet from the inside which ultimately works against you.

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Conflict in the West Wing is Microcosm of America-Part 2

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John Rourke of 1776PatriotUSA.com joins me today for the second half of our interview. We talk about the growing division in America and the extreme left’s move to become more violent.

Everett and Courtney Carroll have survived the Seven Seal Judgments which devastated the planet. But have their efforts to stay alive been in vain? The next series of judgments to fall upon the earth are known as the Seven Trumpets.With each subsequent Trumpet Judgement their odds of living grow slimmer. If Everett and Courtney are to survive, they’ll need perseverance, faith, and a great outpouring of providence from The Almighty. Buy your copy of Wormwood in audio, paperback or Kindle edition today!

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Happy Prepping!

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France Election

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Looks like France just shot itself in the foot electing another Obama clone, just like Canada did. Hope it works well for them but looking at recent history of countries following this kind of leadership such as Greece, Italy, and Germany, it’s not going well for them as it’s soon going to be time to pay the bills!
The U.S. and the newly submitted healthcare plan is not the answer to healthcare for all. It has become the new “Third Rail” like Social Security and will cause an interesting group of new Representatives and Senators elected during their next election cycles. I don’t know what the future holds but I do know it smells bad.

We can and have prepped for all the possible disasters but now we who live in the U.S. have a new disaster, one that is totally unpredictable and defies all logic. It’s called, “The Government”. I don’t know how to prep for it besides get far out of town, sleep on your money and become self-reliant.

This avoiding “The Government” will become many topics for the future.

Just my opinion.

Health Benefits Of Cooking In Copper Pots And Pans

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In this era of fitness, eating nutritious and healthy food is the top most priority of everyone. Choosing the right kind of utensils is also very important for healthy cooking. This includes Cooking In Copper pots and pans as they have shown tremendous results for improvement in your health. Get the best copper pans for […]

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Why the US Navy Blue Jacket’s Manual is the Perfect Addition to Your Bookshelf

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Why the US Navy Blue Jacket’s Manual is the Perfect Addition to Your Bookshelf There is an inescapable wave of survival manuals out there. They are plodding at you from every direction like a horde of flesh eating zombies. Every site you visit or link you click, it seems, pushes you towards getting their survival …

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Why the US Navy Blue Jacket’s Manual is the Perfect Addition to Your Bookshelf

Why the US Navy Blue Jacket’s Manual is the Perfect Addition to Your Bookshelf There is an inescapable wave of survival manuals out there. They are plodding at you from every direction like a horde of flesh eating zombies. Every site you visit or link you click, it seems, pushes you towards getting their survival …

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11 Charming DIY Chicken Coops You Will Love

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11 Charming DIY Chicken Coops You Will Love I don’t know about you but I am a sucker for a great chicken coop or project. I love seeing the creativity of others in what they house their chickens in. I think chickens in cute coops help to balance the world ending scenarios that we as preppers …

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Shelter in Place (Radiation Emergency)

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Shelter in Place (Radiation Emergency) Nuclear war is one of those things that can send even the most cool headed individual into a downward spiral. Its because of the overwhelming power and the damaging effects of radiation. Its also because we all know about maniacs who also have nukes. Even more terrifying are the ones …

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Six Ideas for Building a Bug Out Shelter in the Woods

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Six Ideas for Building a Bug Out Shelter in the Woods I spend a lot of time talking about public lands to people. I think it is the untapped bugout gem for those without funds. If you establish a wildlife management area near you and come to know it well it can be just like …

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Aesop Nails It

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Only a fool would escalate a situation when they can’t realistically envision the logical outcome. We know something is up, and we know there is nefarious intent by not only the Soros crowd who is openly supporting Antifa, but by our own deep state players who are disguised as benevolent politicians. Obviously they will use […]

13 Ways to Blend in During a Disaster

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In any dangerous situation, the last thing you want to do is stand out from the crowd. Attackers, thieves, and other people who would do you harm need little reason to target a person, and often the only reason behind who they target is that the person stood out to them. Instead of being the […]

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DIY Paracord Sling: The Weapon, NOT First Aid (link)

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When I read the title of the referenced post I thought this was about making a first aid sling… not a weapon, lol. Anyway, now that my misunderstanding is cleared up, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a DIY paracord sling like what David used versus Goliath… “There is a nice and easy … Continue reading “DIY Paracord Sling: The Weapon, NOT First Aid (link)”

10 Ways To Save Money Raising Chickens

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10 Ways To Save Money Raising Chicken Of the many benefits that come along with raising chickens, there are a number that can actually effect your wallet. Chickens cost you feed, bedding and the occasional meds for keeping your flock as well as other rare costs. For the most part they are such a giving …

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Tax Free Emergency Preparedness Supplies – Here’s how!

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Tax-Free Emergency Preparedness Supplies – Here’s how! It’s always surprising to find out how few people are taking advantage of what I call the preppers tax cut. I don’t know the full scope of how it hits nationally but I know many states in the Union participate in tax-free weekends for emergency preparedness. This is …

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How to Make a Log Splitter – Kindling Splitter

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How to Make a Log Splitter – Kindling Splitter The minds of regular Americans never cease to amaze me. There are people innovating on a daily basis and their products or ideas just never make it to Amazon. When I look at this article about building a log splitter from rebar I am again reminded …

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4 Unique Garden Plants To Try Your Hand At Growing This Year!

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What is it about gardeners having a passion for growing unique garden plants? It seems that no matter where we go to visit a fellow gardener, they always have one or two “special” plants that they love to grow and

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Mark 11:13-14

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When He came to [the fig tree], He found nothing but leaves, 
for it was not the season for figs. And He said to it, 
“May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”

     There are two accounts of Jesus cursing the fig tree in the Bible.  The one in Matthew has a different context than this one in Mark.  Just as in Mark, the Matthew 21:18-22 version has Jesus declaring that the fig tree will not be productive for eating fruit ever again, and then it withers before Him.  But when asked by His disciples how the fig tree could wither so quickly, Jesus gives them a lesson on faith; that faith is an act of one’s will with persistence and perseverance … “If you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen”.  He is showing them that faith is being steadfast (or unwavering) in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
     But here in Mark, the story of the fig tree has a different meaning.  Here Jesus sees a fig tree in the distance, and being hungry, He goes to see if He can find anything on it. But when He arrives at the tree, all He finds are leaves — no fruit.  The Bible tells us it’s because it is not the season for figs. And then Jesus curses the fig tree with a declaration that no one would ever eat fruit from it again.
     So what’s up with this fig tree?  And why did it’s absence of fruit result in such condemnation from Jesus?  First of all, we need to take a look at the significance of figs and fig trees in the Bible.  Remember, God doesn’t do anything without a purpose.  Figs are actually throughout Scripture, beginning in the Garden of Eden, where fig leaves covered the shame of Adam and Eve when they discovered they were naked.  Throughout the Bible, the plant becomes a symbol of prosperity, well-being, and security. Along with the vine, to sit under the plentiful shade of your own fig tree is the epitome of safety, peace and good fortune in many Biblical passages. Specifically, Micah 4:4 says, Each of them will sit under his vine, and under his fig tree, with no one to make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
     These plants don’t grow overnight, and it takes time to culture and nurture them – their maturity indicates that the gardener has been continuously and steadfastly there, tending to their growth over the years. And since Jesus states in John 15:1 that He is the True Vine, and my Father is the Vinedresser (Gardener), the point of these verses in Mark comes into focus.  Actually, I believe there is a dual significance to Jesus’s curse.  
     First of all, the fig tree points to the nation of Israel, which had been planted by God and nurtured for so long as His chosen people.  He had remained steadfastly beside them, tending to their growth down through the centuries.  The fact that this fig tree did not have any fruit on it at all, despite the fact that it wasn’t the season for figs, showed Jesus’s [and the Father’s] disappointment and frustration.  After all the tender-loving care the Father had put into the nation of Israel, there should have been some evidence of fruit remaining on the tree.  Since Jesus only said or did what He heard from the Father, we can surmise that God was nearing the time when Israel would be blinded and ineffective in spreading the Gospel.
     But there is a second aspect in view … If we look at these verses from the context that the fig tree represents Believers, Jesus has the right to demand and expect fruit from us at all times — both in and out of season.  And when we recall that there is actually a Fig Tree Generation spoken of in Revelation 6:13 — that generation that is alive when the Sixth Seal is torn open and terror reigns on the earth — it is important that we be bearing fruit in this season, regardless of whether it is time to harvest or not. We should be doing the miraculous works of Jesus at all times, not just when it is practical and in season. 
     To be honest, the meaning behind the cursing of the fig tree can only be surmised, and must be looked at through a supernatural lens. But there is much symbolism attached to the fig tree throughout Scripture, and anytime Jesus is looking at the fruit being produced, we know it has significance for us.  May we all seek to be fruitful and prosperous for the Kingdom, so that when our Lord measures what we have yielded for Him, we will not be found lacking, and suffer condemnation. 

The Why And How Of Cooking Safe Food

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It seems like almost every time I see a picture of somebody’s stockpile, it’s full of processed foods that were on sale. And I just can’t help myself asking what kind of food bomb is hiding underneath…

Now, anybody that’s read any of my couponing articles knows that I love a good deal, but you won’t find a single box of HoHos or canned wienies in my stash. That’s because they’re garbage with zero nutritional value, and even worse. Can you guess in which way?

As a matter of fact, not only are they empty of nutrients, they’re also full of stuff that’s really bad for you. But, you may say in the case of snack cakes, sugar provides energy. It sure does. And all of the additives and preservatives that you’re eating alongside that processed sugar cause everything from migraines and sluggishness to cancer.

We stockpile food for a reason – so that we can have a ready supply of nutrient-dense food in case disaster strikes. What many of us don’t realize though is that just as food can nourish us, it can also kill us.

What’s the lesson here? Prepare your foods safely using healthy ingredients otherwise they will make you sick.

A jar of peaches that you canned yourself provides natural sugars that will provide better energy as well as fiber that will help your body process it optimally without the added garbage. Oh, and it’s natural energy – not the hyperactive side effect of many artificial colors.

Even if you can’t can your own, you can buy cans of fruit and veggies without added junk: I just picked up a can of Del Monte pineapple chunks and it has two ingredients: pineapples and pineapple juice. I can pronounce both of those and tell you exactly what they are. Oh, and it has zero fat or cholesterol and offers 17g of healthy carbs and 20% of your RDA of vitamin C.

Now, we can debate the health risks associated with the plastics used to line some cans, but surely nobody will argue that the snack cakes are better than the fruit.

My point is that most of us have limited space to stockpile foods that we will depend upon for survival, so use it wisely. 10 cans of fruit take up the same space as two boxes of snack cakes. It’s kind of a no-brainer. You can’t live on sweets and canned wienies for more than a few days without becoming sick. You can live on fruits and veggies indefinitely.

There are also ingredients that can sneak into foods that you grow and preserve yourself, so you need to watch out for those, too. Finally, you need to preserve your foods using safe methods in order to avoid botulism. We’re going to touch on all of these today.

Discover the ingenious recipes that helped our ancestors stay alive!

The Poison Hidden in Canned Foods

Even if you preserve most of your own food, there are likely still some products that you’ll buy commercially to supplement your stockpile.

That’s fine. Just read the labels. The easiest step that you can take to ensuring that you’re getting pure nutrients instead of chemicals that make you sick is to stop buying processed foods. Seriously – they offer so little nutrition that even if you get it for free, you’re getting what you pay for. Instead of tossing that can of spaghetti rings into your cart, add some fruits or veggies instead.

The best way to buy safe foods is to look at the label. If you can’t pronounce it, it’s likely linked to one disease or another. Shoot for foods that have as few ingredients as possible. Here are some ingredients to avoid:

  • Artificial colors – linked to hyperactivity and headaches – it’s why you get that “sugar rush” after eating or drinking processed sugary foods.
  • Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup – I’m not differentiating between the two. They’re both bad for you and, believe it or not, physically addictive. I’m not preaching and telling you that sugar’s evil and you should never eat it (though I guess in theory, you shouldn’t). I’m just saying everything in moderation. A piece of pie for dessert if you eat your veggies is one thing, but you shouldn’t eat it AS your dinner.
  • Partially Hydrogenated Oils and Trans fats – both of these are bad for you. They’re not natural and they cause an increase in bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol. They’re also hard for your body to dissolve. Neither has any nutritional value. You’ll find these in most vegetable oils. When you’re stockpiling, go with healthier fats such as butter (yes, I said it!), olive oil, or coconut oil.
  • MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) – this is often added to food to increase stability, add flavor, and extend shelf life. It’s also not well-tolerated by many people and cause allergic reactions such as headaches and swelling of the face. It can also make you tired.
  • Sulphites – preservatives used to maintain color and extend shelf life. They can case many of the same reactions of MSG, including headaches, flushed/puffy faces or other anaphylactic reactions.

These are just a few of the bad guys that you should look for in your food. There are, of course, people who will debate both sides, especially on more contentious ingredients such as BTH and BTA. Just do your research and read labels. If in doubt, if you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is, don’t buy it.

 

Get in Control Preserving Your Own Food

Just like there are ingredients that you have to avoid when you’re buying food off the shelf, There are also things you have to watch out for when you’re growing your own food, or at least preserving fresh food that you bought from others.

You’re probably thinking about washing the produce and making sure your canning equipment is clean, right? Well, yeah, but that’s not all. The place you start here is at the beginning, when you plant the seed or feed the chickens or cows.

What goes into growing your food goes into your food. You want to be careful not to give your animals hormones, and if you have to give them antibiotics, you’ll have to throw away the milk until it clears their systems. Note I didn’t say NOT to give your cow antibiotics – personally I think it’s cruel to let them die of mastitis because I don’t want to eat “tainted” meat. That’s my opinion, thought.

Say NO to Hormones

I do believe that there’s no reason on the planet to give any of your livestock hormones. They’re already hardwired to grow big enough to eat and to make milk or eggs. Studies link all kinds of diseases and illnesses to hormones in meat.

Feed Your Livestock Right

Animals need vitamins and minerals just like we do. Your chickens will love you if you give them scratch – lettuce, melon rinds, garden scraps, grass clippings, etc. and it’ a good way to feed them healthy foods.

As long as it’s not coated in commercial pesticides and such, though! Cows and horses need quality grain and roughage that hasn’t been sprayed with chemical herbicides, insecticides, or fertilizers.

What they eat eventually transfers to what you eat.

Grow Your Garden Organically

There are many effective ways to grow your food without using chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides. You can use compost – both solid and manure –as fertilizer.

You can add Epsom salt to increase the magnesium content of the soil. Boiling water, salt water, and soap kill weeds and harmful insects. Neem oil, citrus oil, and eucalyptus oil, to name a few, all kill insects.

What you put on your plants is what you’ll eventually end up eating.

This is harder when you buy your food from local coops, etc. because you don’t really have any way of knowing for sure exactly how they grow the food. If you don’t trust the source, then wash and/or peel your produce before you process it.

I guess the lesson here is that you are what you eat, so eat healthily!

Be Paranoid about Food Safety

Now, onto other safety measures that will keep your stockpile ingredients safe and healthy.

When you’re canning, make sure that you always sterilize all of your equipment. If you’re canning low-acid foods such as meat, you have to pressure can it – if you don’t, there’s no way to know for sure that you’re reaching the temperatures, and holding them long enough, to kill foodborne pathogens like botulism.

If you are about to open a store-bought can of food and it’s bulging or damaged, toss it because it could be contaminated with botulism. By the same token, if your home-canned goods are cloudy, frothy, leaking, or make more than the standard little pop when the seal breaks, toss it. One lost jar of food – or even 20 lost jars – isn’t worth botulism.

Pay attention to appearance, smell, and texture. Those are ways that you can tell if your food is bad.

Finally, and this should be common sense, wash all of your food before you prepare it, and wash your hands, too. Cross contamination can cause a lot of problems and it’s too easy to avoid.

One other note – if you’re dehydrating food, make sure that you get as much of the moisture out as possible, and trim all of the fat from it that you can before you start drying it.

Dehydrated food is amazing, lightweight, and doesn’t take up nearly the space that canned foods do, so do it right.

Back in the days, our grandparents knew how to eat healthy and their eating habits were the key to a strong, healthy and long life.

Find how our forefathers handled their survival food, and steal their secrets for your own survival!

If you can think of other ways to keep your survival stockpile healthy, please feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia. 

What’s All This Be Prepared For The Unexpected Warning?

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Do you sometimes ask yourself this: “what’s all this be prepared for the unexpected” warning? Well, the only way I can explain why I feel it’s a warning is because if you look around the world, stuff, good and bad things are happening everywhere, but it seems like we tend to hear more of the bad stuff. It could be a flood, a severe ice storm, or a car wreck that disrupts traffic for hours. If could be a tornado, hurricane, an out of control fire, severe winds, a tsunami, or a power outage. I have read a number statements about current events in different forums and I remember seeing a young mother, say, “I’ve been told to be prepared for 10 years and nothing has happened where I live.” She is one of the lucky ones. I have lived in a few cities and something has happened in every city during my stay there, excessive winds, flooding, tornadoes, ice storms and more, and I learned how to fill sandbags very quickly. I’ve seen homes demolished before my eyes and there wasn’t anything anyone could do, except stay away and go to safe higher ground.

I remember buying a home back in 1983 in Farmington, Utah and the night we moved in some warm weather caused the snow in the mountains above us to melt extremely fast, as in flooding. The city had never had floods like that. A city called Bountiful, a few miles to the south, had floods and washed away many roads that same weekend. In the middle of the night, families were evacuated and had to get help from friends and family to save their homes. Several homes were totally destroyed by the wall of mud that came down the mountain side. No one had flood insurance because the city had never seen floods like this and they didn’t live in a “flood plain.” They have since built a water catch basin to collect the excess water stream to help minimize any future flood damage to the area.

It was a Friday night and Mark and I had just moved into a home we built in the Farmington area, and Saturday morning we started hearing sirens to evacuate and helicopters overhead telling us to leave our homes. Well, we were down trying to sandbag a home and remove as many items as we could from a home just down the hill from us. Keep in mind, we had never met these people. It’s surprising what your body and soul can do when you must help other people. It’s just a natural thing to do.

You may remember seeing St. George, Utah on the television with pictures showing floods they too had never experienced before. Homes slid off into the Santa Clara River across town from our home. We had a home in St. George at the time but were up in Salt Lake City, Utah for a visit. I called a neighbor to ask how our neighborhood was doing, we were fine but in Santa Clara, Utah, they were in trouble. Trying to be lighthearted, Mark will often say, “this is sure a funny way to run a desert!”

Today, I am more worried about water being contaminated and major power outages. I’m prepared for every scenario unless, like I have said before, my house crumbles after an earthquake hits our area. Our county is gearing up for 350,000 to 500,000 to head to the Southern Utah area from California and Nevada. Those states will run out of water or food because the roads may not be driveable and they only have one way to go and that’s to Utah. Now, once they hit our area, if they can make it, we will not have enough food or water for all those people. The advantage Utah has is the snowfall, it produces water for the state and other states as well. We also have several aquifers that other states do not have.

This is why it is critical to put together an evacuation plan for your family, wherever you live. If the states run out of gas for the cars or they have zero electricity, those gas pumps will not work. Now what? Please keep your gas tanks 3/4 full. What if the traffic is 20 miles long, will your car have enough gas to get you to the next town? How far is the next city, town or county? Will it be better to stay put in your home? Please talk with your family and bring up scenarios that you may encounter unexpectedly. It has happened to Mark and I and to several friends. Yup, we’ve seen and experienced things over the years that we never thought would happen to our neighborhood, community, and city. For the most part, we were ready, others weren’t.  We have always been grateful we worked to plan for unexpected emergencies. Be sure to be the family on your street that is prepared.  You’ll be so glad you did, and so will all your family members.  You may have enough to help others on your street.  Be willing to share your ideas and plans so others can learn from you and implement their own family preparedness plans.

Please store water: 4 gallons per person per day

Please store food: write down what you eat daily and store enough food for 3 days, then 7 days and then 30 days or more

Consider buying my book and study it together as a family: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

Please meet with your neighbors and help make your neighborhood a village that will work together. This means you talk to each other and share your skills and what YOU can bring to the table. I just found out there is a nurse about one mile from my house. She will probably be called to the hospital to work after an unforeseen emergency, but it gives me peace of mind knowing we have two nurses in the neighborhood. God bless you in all you are doing.

American Red Cross

FEMA

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How Many Firearms Do You Really Need?

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by Nick

How many guns do you really need to own?  This is a question that many gun owners ask themselves or ask others. Unfortunately, it’s a question that has no definitive general answer.  Let’s analyze it in greater depth and see if we can find the right answer for you.

More Guns or Less Guns?

There are respectable arguments to own as many guns as you can. Guns are like tools in a toolbox, in that each tool and each fulfills a different role, so with more guns, you cover practically all of your bases you can think of. Owning more guns could also mean you’ll be owning more calibers, meaning you’re not limited in what you can pick up and use during an SHTF or ammo shortage situation. You also have backups in the event that you lose a gun or if any are damaged.  And since you can always sell guns for higher prices later (depending on the model), you could be making a valuable investment.

On the other hand, there are solid arguments against owning multiple guns. Many would argue that it’s more important to pick only a handful of guns and train with them extensively, spending the money that you would have otherwise spent on more guns for ammunition instead.  If you own a variety of guns in different calibers, you’ll have to stockpile far more ammo, and you’ll only end up having less ammo per caliber.  Furthermore, if you have more guns, you won’t get as much training time in with each one and you’ll ultimately be less of an expert with your particular weapons of choice.

Regardless of which side you’re on, here’s something that most of us should agree on: simply owning more guns does not make you more armed.  The old saying goes that you should beware of the one gun man, because he more than likely knows how to use it. In other words, you can be adequately armed with only two or three guns in your arsenal versus twenty or thirty, or even two hundred or three hundred (and really, you only need that many guns if you’re a collector or plan on outfitting your own personal army).

So how many guns do you really need?  Here’s the answer: it varies by the individual.  For someone who likes to collect different historical firearms, that person will never be able to own enough.  But on the flip side of things, for someone who doesn’t necessarily likes guns but sees the value in owning one maybe for home defense and family protection, only one would suffice.

That being said, there is at least one fact that we should all be able to agree upon: being trained in how to use your gun in a true life-or-death situation and having a healthy supply of ammunition is more important than actually owning more firearms, at least for those who plan on using their weapons for defensive use.

Let’s discuss this next and then cover the basic types of guns that you will need to cover your bases.

Training

What do you think is better: to own one gun with plenty of ammo and be expertly trained in the use of that gun, or to own two guns but have limited ammo and training for both? Obviously the first option is more desirable.

Training and practice is something that is hugely overlooked, and that’s unfortunate.  The vast majority of people who purchase firearms over the counter are not experts in using guns.  They’re ordinary people who what to use them for self-defense, hunting or target shooting.  Subsequently, they buy that gun and a couple of boxes of ammo, run a magazine or two through at the shooting range, call themselves good and never touch that gun again.

Big mistake. Owning a firearm is a huge responsibility, and firing a few rounds through your weapon at the shooting range will not make you any more effective with it in a true life-or-death situation. So really, you haven’t made yourself or your loved ones more protected.

Firearms training requires dedication and repetition.  You want basic actions you conduct with firearms to become drilled into you as muscle memory.  Let’s say that your pistol has a malfunction while you’re shooting it.  Would you be able to clear that malfunction in less than a second, or would you instead look at the gun in bafflement and try to figure out what’s wrong?

Doing the second of those would get you killed in a gunfight, but clearing the gun and getting back in the fight will increase your chances of survival. You need to conduct drills where you master how to conduct different actions. In order for something to become muscle memory, you will need to complete at least one thousand repetitions of it. This means that for clearing a malfunction, you need to simulate that malfunction and then clear the weapon one thousand times. It requires time and consistency, but the reward is that by the end you’ll be able to complete these actions without thinking.

The same goes for actions such as holstering and re-holstering your weapon, reloading, flicking off the safety (if applicable), the grip and firing stance you personally use, shooting while moving, transitioning between weapons, and so on. Your life could depend on it.

Ammunition

Having enough ammunition is also hugely important, because without it, your gun is nothing more than a club.

How much you need is another big question in the firearms world with no consensus for an answer.  In general, though, you should be safe with at least one thousand rounds of ammunition stored away per caliber.

That may sound like a lot, and it’s certainly not cheap.  However, one way you can accumulate this much ammo over time is to make it a habit to buy just one to two boxes of ammo a week.  Slowly but steadily, your stockpile will begin to grow.

To put this into perspective, every box of pistol ammo holds 50 rounds.  So if you buy two boxes a week, that’s one hundred rounds for that week and four hundred rounds for the month.  In just two and a half months, you’ll have one thousand rounds of ammo stored away for that particular caliber.

What Guns Do You Need?

Earlier we talked about how owning guns is like owning tools, in that each gun fulfills a different role. Therefore, it makes sense to at least buy the guns you need to cover each of the different roles you will need a gun for.

There are 6 types of guns that you will need to buy if you want to have each and every one of those bases covered, and those five are: .22 rifle, shotgun, defensive rifle, hunting rifle, concealed carry pistol, and duty pistol.

Why these six?  Let’s talk about each one in order:

.22 rifle

.22 Rifle: Every gun collection needs at least one .22 rifle, no matter how small.  A .22 is perfect for plinking, small game hunting, and for teaching children or newbies how to shoot thanks to its low noise and recoil.

Shotgun: The shotgun, specifically a 20 gauge or 12 gauge, is perhaps the most versatile firearm there is.  Load it with birdshot for bird hunting or target shooting, buckshot for home defense, and slugs for hunting big game if you want to.

Defensive Rifle: Your defensive rifle needs to be chambered in an intermediate round such as 5.56x45mm or 7.62x39mm, and should ideally be a semi-automatic with a large magazine capacity simply since you’ll have a higher rate of fire with less reloading to do.  That being said, a lever action chambered in a round like .30-30 could suffice for this role as well (should you already have a lever action in your possession).

200 .308 winchester

Hunting Rifle: Your hunting rifle needs to be chambered in a larger caliber than your defensive rifle because it needs to deliver greater knockdown power at longer distances.  There are a countless number of calibers that would fulfill this role, including .270 Winchester, .308 Winchester, 7MM Remington Magnum, .30-06 Springfield, .300 Winchester Magnum, and .338 Winchester Magnum.

Concealed Carry Pistol: Your concealed carry pistol is your ‘always gun’, or the gun that you always keep concealed on your person. As such, it needs to be comfortable for you to keep hidden on your body while also being reliable in a self-defense situation.  .32 ACP, .380 ACP, .38 Special, and 9mm Luger are popular caliber choices for a concealed carry gun.

.45 acp handgun

Duty Pistol: Your duty pistol needs to be larger than your concealed carry pistol with a higher magazine capacity and chambered in a respectable caliber such as 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.  Some people like to merge their concealed carry and duty pistol into one (for example, the Glock 19 holds 15 rounds of 9mm and yet is compact enough to conceal for most individuals, fulfilling both purposes).

Conclusion

The number of guns that a person needs differs by the individual based on their priorities.  Hopefully this article helped guide you to what your priorities need to be, and helped you realize that owning more guns isn’t always the right path to take.

Make a Common Sense Survival Kit for Everyday Carry

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common sense survival kitOne aspect of the prepper philosophy is common sense. After all, it is just common sense to plan for the future, regardless of what may or may not happen. That’s why we have retirement funds, car, home and health insurance and regular well-checks with the doctor. Planning ahead is also why you may stick an umbrella in your brief case or carry a light jacket on a sunny day. And it would be stupid to not carry a spare tire and tools to change a flat!

So when it comes to wilderness or urban survival, being prepared is just common sense, and you should insert a healthy dose of that commodity into any disaster or emergency planning.

So, I propose that you, a prepper, should also make a compact, easy-to-carry wilderness and/or urban survival kit to include with all your other survival gear. One that is based on common sense, not necessarily what survival sites and forums tell you that you must have.

Are you committed?

common sense survival kit

Carry survival gear in your wallet. I always have (from left) firestarter, charcloth (in a waterproof, plastic bag) and a signal mirror with me.

 

What’s “common sense” for me, may not be common sense for you!

Your goal for this common sense kit is based on what makes sense for YOU to carry, not a former Navy Seal living in Costa Rica who has a popular blog. Toward that goal, then, start by asking yourself:

  • Can I dunk a basketball?

I can’t. Never could. But watch any NBA game and you’ll see the guys slam the ball home at every opportunity. If you watch the survival “reality” shows, you may also see incredible techniques done routinely, under the worst circumstances. So what? Use the common sense filter. Just because somebody can dunk a basketball or perform wondrous survival techniques on TV doesn’t mean you can, or might be able to learn. Don’t rely on gee-whiz technology or esoteric aboriginal survival techniques. The idea is to survive, and during a disaster you won’t have time for on-the-job training!

  • Do I know anything?

Be honest! It doesn’t matter how much survival stuff you have. It’s worthless if you can’t, or don’t know how, to use it. Take a good look at your skills and abilities, and face your inadequacies. (See on-the-job training, above.)

  • Will I make a commitment to learn?

Again, be honest, and don’t put this off. If you don’t know how to perform first aid or make an emergency shelter, learn now. Sign up for a community college course, read good survival books, and talk to folks like the Search and Rescue people who are actually using these skills. If a disaster happens this afternoon, maybe all you will have to work with is what you’ve got.

If you can, sign up for a course with Preppers University and their small group classes with live instructors. I’ve taken 2 of these courses and have learned a great deal from ultra-wilderness survival expert Toby Cowern, urban survival expert Selco, pandemic researcher and author Steve Konkoly, and Tammy Trayer who lives off-grid and explained in detail how I could set up my own solar system. Being able to ask them questions, face to face, was priceless.

  • What gear is practical?

I am honored to serve as an Assistant Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop in Bend, Oregon. Over the past 10 years, I’ve noticed a lot of “survival gear” that is nothing more than expensive junk. Before buying this kind of stuff, talk to someone in the know, and find out what urban or wilderness survival gear they use. Assess those items with your skill level and then decide what you need.

  • Will I make a commitment to carry this survival kit with me?

The best gear in the world does you no good if you don’t have it with you! Your survival kit must be compact and convenient to carry or it will get left behind. If it’s too heavy, too bulky, contains things you don’t think you’ll ever use — it will likely end up in the garage or a closet.

Now start making that common sense survival kit

Here are a few suggestions, once you’ve made a survival kit commitment:

  • Make your own

Commercial kits may include cheap and worthless things in them to keep the cost down. You don’t ever want to be in a situation where your life is in danger, grab a tool out of your pack that could save your life, only to have it break after 2 minutes of use. The components in my pocket-sized Altoids tin kit would cost about $50 to $60 to replace. My life is worth that to me!

Is a pre-fab kit worthless? Not entirely, but they are generally filled with low quality items. However, if you start with one of these and then begin to diligently work to improve and customize it, it may be a helpful way to get prepped in a hurry.

  • Can you use everything in the kit?

Using some suggested items may be beyond your skill levels. Remember that dunk shot? Your choice is to learn how to use everything, or replace that particular component. YouTube videos, including this Survival Common Sense channel, is full of instructions for using survival gear. Just be sure to weed through videos from questionable “experts”.

common sense survival kit

Here’s one way to keep some of the basic survival tools with you at all times. On the keyring: LED flashlight, fingernail clippers, whistle, Boy Scout Hot Spark firemaker and Classic Swiss Army knife. The other knife rides in a pouch on my belt, wherever it is legal.

  • Don’t let your survival kit give you a false sense of confidence.

Gear doesn’t replace knowledge. I guarantee you that most everyone who buys a pre-fab “survival kit” from Amazon, packs it in the trunk of their car or in their house and doesn’t give it another thought. Survival kit = survival, right? Nope. Keep learning and practicing using the tools and gear in your kit and don’t assume that just because you have it, you have some sort of cloak that makes you invincible.

Every survival book or website has some variation of this basic list of essential outdoor tools. Some of the items are common sense, such as a survival knife (read this to identify the one that is best for you), fire-making gear, extra clothing, and a map and compass. Always make sure you have all the recommended items with you!

Finally, apply the common sense filter to anything associated with your survival. Beware of “survival experts” websites, TV shows and articles. Just because someone has a website, logo, book or magazine column doesn’t mean they know anything! Use the tips in this article to identify true experts in the areas of survival and preparedness.

View any information with your eyes open and apply the common sense filter. If your BS alarm starts to go off, there is probably a good reason for it! And how about that dunk shot!

Article contributed by Leon Pantenburg of Survival Common Sense with additional commentary by Noah.

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