Top Seven Articles on Prepper Website for the Week! Just In Case You Missed It! (10/22/17)

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Here are the top 7 articles (by clicks) that appeared on Prepper Website over the last week, just in case you missed it! They appear in order, from highest to lowest clicks. But remember, even the article at the bottom still received a lot of clicks!

Top 7 on Prepper Website – Week of 10/15/17 – 10/21/17

Peace,
Todd

EMP Attack Information.

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An EMP attack would knock out the entire power grid in your area. No electricity, no communications, no mobile phones, no water on tap, no transport, no sewage/toilets, no internet, no fuel at petrol stations, no registers working at supermarkets, Government may implement martial law, there will be widespread looting & possibly widespread home invasions. It will not be safe outside of your home. It may not be safe to stay in your home if you are in the city.

EMP Attack Information.

An EMP attack would knock out the entire power grid in your area. No electricity, no communications, no mobile phones, no water on tap, no transport, no sewage/toilets, no internet, no fuel at petrol stations, no registers working at supermarkets, Government may implement martial law, there will be widespread looting & possibly widespread home invasions. It will not be safe outside of your home. It may not be safe to stay in your home if you are in the city.

How to Teach 2nd Grade Math Without Going Crazy

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If you’ve been scratching your head trying to remember whether > means “greater than” or “less than,” this is the pots for you.

I know firsthand just how tricky teaching 2nd grade math is. Fortunately, there are a ton of resources available that will help you educate your 2nd grader without going crazy.

Whether or not you used a boxed curriculum, there are a few things that you’ll want to make sure your child masters during his 2nd grade year.

Here is what your child should learn in the 2nd grade:


-Greater than/less than
-How to use a thermometer
-How to use a ruler
-Adding more complex numbers (100s, 10s, etc.)
-Subtracting those same numbers
-Mastering counting to 100 by 10s, 5s, and 2s.
-Basic geometry
-Fractions (what is “half”?)
-Basic money identification (quarters, nickels, etc)
For even more skills that your child should learn in the 2nd grade, check out this list on IXL.

Still want a bit of guidance when it comes to teaching?

No problem!

This post is designed to help you teach 2nd grade math while keeping your cool. If you’re uncomfortable with numbers or you have a difficult time teaching math, your child will pick up on it. He’ll become even more frustrated than he was before. In order to teach math in a way that is fun, relaxing, and educational, check out these resources an tips.

Greater than/less than:


Math is Fun has a helpful chart for remembering which sign means “greater than” and which means “less than.” To simplify it even more? The arrow points at the smaller number!

You can also watch Allie the Alligator with your child for teaching greater than/less than.

How to use a thermometer


For a science and math combined lesson, check out this tutorial that discusses how you can make your own thermometer using household items.

You can also check out Step Into Second Grade and check out this teacher’s classroom project. You can create your own thermometers during an art lesson!

How to use a ruler


Visit Education.com’s free ruler printable worksheet. You can print out your own ruler and let your child measure items on the page. Don’t stop there, though! Measure other things around your house. Need some ideas? Try measuring your doorknobs, your fridge, your child’s hand, or even your pets!

Adding more complex numbers (100s, 10s, etc.)

Visit PreK-8 for some free downloadable worksheets that you can use for teaching addition.

Education.com also has a printable that you can ues.

Watch a YouTube cartoon that explains how to do double digit addition.


Subtracting those same numbers

Read the lesson on double digit subtraction at Cool Math 4 Kids. They break things down and make it SUPER easy to teach your youngster!

Check out this YouTube video that easily explains to children how to subtract from the ones column and then the tens column.


Mastering counting to 100 by 10s, 5s, and 2s.

There is a fantastic song on YouTube that shows how your child can count to 100 by 5s.

This song shows how you can count using 2s, 5s, or 10s.

Not a singer? Practice counting with your child in the car, before bed, or even while you’re eating breakfast.

Basic geometry 

Soft Schools has free geometry worksheets that you can download to use in your home school!

K-5 Math Teaching Resources has several activities that you can do to teach geometry to your student.

Fractions (what is “half”?)

Get your free worksheets to teach fractions at Math Fox. They have a huge selection of worksheets that you can easily print off to use at home.

Math-Salamanders.com also has free worksheets for talking about fractions.


Basic money identification (quarters, nickels, etc)

Check out this YouTube video for teaching about U.S. currency.

You can also check out this video on how to make your own free money game.

Looking for even more tips on keeping your cool while you teach? Check out How to Home School Your Child Without Going Crazy.

SunTail Mermaid Coupon

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The thing my kids love most about Halloween are the costumes. We’re one of those families that buys extra costumes on November 1st and then wears them year-round. Both of my kids like to cosplay and have fun coming up with different ideas of fun things to wear. If your kids also love dressing up, here’s a coupon for 10% off mermaid tails. If your kids love to cosplay or just like costumes in general, you can check out the coupon code below for your next costume purchase.

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Mom Makes Joke About Selling Son For $12, Gets Investigated By CPS

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Mom Makes Joke About Selling Son For $12, Gets Investigated By CPSA proud mother found herself under investigation for human trafficking for joking about her three-year-old son on Twitter.

“This time last week, I was the subject of a human-trafficking investigation,” Magnolia State Live writer Alex McDaniel wrote in October.

“The saga began when a caseworker and supervisor from Child Protection Services (CPS) dropped by my office with a Lafayette County sheriff’s deputy,” she wrote.

Put God Back Into History And Teach Your Kids What They Won’t Learn Anywhere Else!

The two told the writer she was under investigation because someone called CPS and reported a Tweet.

McDaniel had written, “3-year-old for sale. $12 or best offer.” The Tweet was a gag based on something McDaniel’s son had said.

“That tweet was what the caller used as evidence that I was a threat to the well-being of my child,” McDaniel wrote. “And it was that tweet that sparked the most hellish week of my life as I prepared for a home visit in which my case worker would inspect my home and the possibility of more interviews with my son.”

“All because enough people believed I was actually trying to sell my son on Twitter for $12,” McDaniel wrote.

Fortunately, McDaniel was able to hire an attorney, who got the case dismissed.

McDaniel thinks the tip was made by someone who does not like her columns. Unfortunately, the informant can never be held accountable because tips to CPS are kept confidential in Mississippi.

“What upsets me more is the idea of anyone using an agency designed to protect Mississippi’s most vulnerable children as a weapon to take someone down for no legitimate reason, McDaniel wrote.

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Survival Finances: So, did you buy Bitcoin when I told you to do so?

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No? That’s ok. There’s still time.

I try to be very careful with my advice. You don’t see me telling people to run for the hills (or relocate to areas where a real estate broker friend of mine will sell you property and giving me a cut) When I firmly recommend a product, it’s because I truly believe it’s worth it.

Now from a practical survival perspective, Bitcoin is a powerful tool. Not in theory, not in the future. Today, bitcoin is used in places like Venezuela, where the entire society has basically collapsed into a nightmare of inflation, crime and corruption, ran by a dictator. If in that environment people find Bitcoin useful, then its empirical information, not theory.

I like empirical. Its not supposing, guesses or assumptions, it’s observation of facts.

A few weeks ago I did that thing I rarely do and gave actual financial advice by saying “some precious metals, investing in reliable stocks, investing in good real estate. And yes, putting some money in Bitcoin.” If you did put a few bucks in that Bitcoin basket back then, Bitcoin was around $3.400… Today its worth  $7.300.

As I said back then. Bitcoin is just one more tool to work with, but it may well be a game changing tool if it fulfils its prophecy as the global currency of the internet era. If it becomes that, if it becomes the gold of the digital era then the sky is the limit.

Or not. Don’t spend (like Gold, Bitcoin isnt an investment) more than you can afford to lose.

I like to see Bitcoin going up but to be honest I’m betting on it for the long run. Some people sold thinking that it peaked at $1000, then at $2000, Then $3000 and so on.  Like precious metals, but it and store it for that rainy day.

My advice remains. When funds allow it, buy a bit of precious metal here and there, same for some actual cash for a rainy day because cash is still king, and also put some in Bitcoin every now and then.

Enjoy the weekend folks.

FerFAL

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

Survival Medicine Hour: Disaster Supplies, Vehicular Terror, Pain Relief

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Survival Medicine Hour #362

vehicular terror

vehicular terror

The NYC attack, which occurred very close to our daughter’s workplace, killed 8 and injured a dozen more. More and more, terriorists are using vehicles to cause mayhem. What are some ways that you might be able to use rapid action to avoid losing your life in such an incident. Joe and Amy Alton discuss some options that might save some lives in these uncertain times.

Also, disasters seem to always be in the news, but are people spending enough time getting supplies to get through tough times? Some important tips from Nurse Amy on what you need to have in your storage closet or “GO” bag before a disaster occurs.

pain relief

pain relief

Plus, our hosts discussed the mechanisms of pain last week, but what should you have in your survival medicine cabinet to deal with the inevitable pain and inflammation that goes with the activities of daily survival? Some pharmaceutical AND natural options to deal with discomfort off the grid.

All this and more in the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton!

To Listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/11/03/survival-medicine-hour-vehicular-terror-disaster-supplies-pain-relief

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad…

Hey, follow us on twitter @preppershow, YouTube at DrBones NurseAmy, and FB at Doom and Bloom. Plus, don’t forget to get a copy of the third edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook, 2017 Book Excellence Award winner in Medicine!

Joe and Amy Alton

Joe and Amy Alton

We’re pleased to announce that our third edition of “The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way” is the 2017 winner of the Book Excellence Award in Medicine!

Soap

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Despite what you see on The Walking Dead, decent hygiene can make a big difference in a crisis. Ignore, for a moment, no one wants to be squeezed into a pickup truck with six sweaty guys in multicam who smell like the towel bin of an NFL locker room. Think about this, after a long day of sweating, getting dirty, possibly getting some bodily fluids of all sortsa flavors sprayed on you, and the infrequent application of bugspray/sunblock, etc, you wind up getting a decent size cut or abrasion  on you. In TWD our sweaty, grungy heroes carry on effortlessly. In the real world, you’re setting yourself up for all sorts of nasty infection-y badness.

Preparedness is about prevention. You’re stopping problems before they happen. You know how in the winter season we’re all told to wash our hands frequently to prevent catching colds? We all agree that’s a good idea. Well, a shower or some other form of bathing, with soap, on a daily (or more frequent) basis is just as good.

Soap is awesome stuff but it’s a mild pain in the butt to store. I like to use Ivory soap because I can use on my skin, in my hair, and even to clean clothes. It’s sort of a Swiss army knife of soap. Problem is, it is fabulously hydroscopic. Don’t believe me? Go grab a paper-wrapped bar of Ivory soap and peel the wrapper off. I guarantee you the wrapper will be damp, moist, or adhere to the soap in a manner suggesting a high moisture content. And if you leave soap exposed to air too long…it turns into a rock. (Which seems counterintuitive since you would think that if it absorbs moisture it would turn to mush.)

I mention it because while I like Ivory soap, I hate paying for it. Surprisingly, I found a deal on Amazon for 100 bars for $40. (Requires that Yuppie Survivalist luxury – Amazon Prime) Well, a hundred bars oughtta last me a while. So, I ordered ’em up and they arrived today.

thumbnailSo now that they’re here, and we’ve established that they fossilize after long enough time exposed to air, what do we do? Stop exposing them to air. Break the vacuum sealer out of storage and repackage things.

thumbnail2This is one of those situations where a vacuum sealer is great for a task other than storing food. Seriously, if you think they’re just good for putting food away and not much else, you really need to think more creatively. Go get one. You’ll never regret it.

A few years ago I came across a slightly better deal at my local grocery store. Three bars for a buck. I wound up picking up all they had and I packaged them the same way I’m packaging these. I finally used up the last ones last month and they stored just fine, I suppose it’s possible that with enough hot water and scrubbing, the dessicated bars of soap might work, but why take chances?

thumbnailSo, I’m set for the next couple years on soap and can keep myself clean and smelling awesome after a long day of looting burned out police cars, manning roadblocks, and fending off zombies. Or, more likely, I’ve simply knocked off one of many things on my logistical checklist for the next several years.

thumbnail4But, point is, if you’re going to store large amounts of things like food, ammo, toilet paper, and batteries you should also go just as deep on the personal hygiene stuff as well. Being stuck in Katrinaville (Or San Juan, I suppose) is no time for skin infections, bad teeth, conjunctivitis, ear infections, and that sorta thing. Floss, toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, deodorant, washcloth,  toothbrush, talc, a comb, razors (Ivory works for shaving foam), and some hand sanitizer will give you pretty much everything you need to prevent the kinda funk that knocks your efficiency down when you need it the most.

Necessary Conflict — The NWO Has Created The War of Men and Women — Peak Strife

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Across the world, the powers that be are trying there hardest to get men and women fighting each
other. Must have strife at all levels, as widespread as possible.

So the sick twisted sociopaths can have their precious global domination.

PS The World Economic Forum is a tool of the NWO

http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/117962.php

“A Swiss research institute” has downgraded Japan to 111th in the world ranking of gender equality, citing big gaps between men and women in politics and economics.
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Note many other news channel are carrying this “story” without even citing the source, thus keeping people one step further away from doing their own research and finding out it is a NWO narrative.

Truly though, Japan does have more traditional male female roles. But that does not immediately translate into “inequality”, although it is there for sure.   For the most part though, people in Japan seems pretty comfortable playing their “roles”.   

Like working yourself to death in a factory or bank as the men do.

Obama carried the narrative, he stated that he thought it was horrible that some women had to “just” stay at home and that every woman should be able to enjoy the greatest of having a job. Yep, destroy the nuclear family, let government take “care” of the kids, and get more slaves working and producing.
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How to “PREP” for a First Hunt

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: Another guest contribution from Kevin Fleeman at LifeUnderSky.com to The Prepper Journal. As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award as well as be entered into the Prepper Writing Contest with a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, enter today.

There’s something raw and primitive about hunting. It takes us back to our roots and connects us with the environment. In normal circumstances, you can save as much stock as you like to secure your future, but this must someday run out.

 

Hunting makes you one with the wild. You get to provide for yourself and your family while having a respect for nature in all its awesome and different forms. Have you always wanted to go out hunting but never got around to it? Would this be your first hunting trip?  Well, we are here to provide you with some great tips on how to prepare.

Observe Safety Procedures and Regulations

If you look at the majority of hunting fatalities, though very low, they occurred because the hunter ignored to observe and practice the right safety procedures.

In fact if you are new to hunting, you should make it a priority to go through the training manual provided by the Department of Natural Resources or the appropriate body in your country.

Remember your safety is paramount. Do not worry about a failed hunting attempt and decide to push yourself beyond your limits. It is never worth it. Some of the best trips result in the ever-changing stories of “the one that got away” and, the bag of dirty clothes. There is no honor in stupidity and no forgiveness for mistakes that harm others.

Let Others Know

It is always a good idea to inform family or friends of your hunting trip. This will make it easy for them to mount a search and rescue in case things go awry. Hunters, like other outdoors enthusiasts in the US, die each year due to exposure from the elements or incurring injuries that limit their mobility. Having a plan before you go and sharing that with a responsible person you trust is a safety net you will never be sorry that you cast.

Another great option is to take a GPS device with you. That way you can pin point your exact location and a rescue team can pin point yours, as long as it is still working. This is a good backup, but a far second to the suggestion in the above paragraph.

Abide by the Laws

Laws on hunting should never be avoided otherwise you might find yourself paying hefty fines or worse, end up behind bars. Reality TV shows about about people arrested and fined for trying to skirt the laws. There are a lot of hunters that are taken to court every hunting season for breaking the law. Trust me; you are better off operating within the confines of the law. And most hunting laws have a valuable basis, in herd management, and the management of the hunters who do obtain permits/tags.

To be on the safe side, visit the website of the Department of Natural Resources in the area where you plan to hunt, remember, from that plan you provided that responsible person/relative above and find the applicable hunters guide. It will give you all the information you require. Rules and regulations vary from state to state and the excuse that “I am from New York” only works if you have broken a driving rule.

Emergency Medical Kit

Always ensure you have an emergency medical kit with you, period. No kit, no trip.

This will come in handy when you get an injury and there’s nobody around to offer assistance. The basic equipment should be bandages, a way to disinfect the wound such as antiseptic, water sterilizer, and a flare to give off your position, and so much more.

Also, there are some places where going cheap is beyond foolish. Medical kits and supplies are one of those, as are good hunting boots that have been broken in and waterproofed, even if you are hunting scorpions in Arizona. They will go a long way to secure you from the major injury.

NEVER leave home to go out into the wilderness without your Bug Out Bag! Never. Know its contents and how to use them through practice.

Keep it Simple

On the other side of the coin it’s easy to get tricked into thinking that you need all sorts of equipment and gear to be successful in your hunt. The truth is you only need the basic equipment to bring down your quarry. But you need to be safe and prepared.

Carrying excessive baggage will slow you down and tire you out before you can launch a successful ambush. As a rule of thumb, you should only carry the things that you will require. Sounds simple. Not doing this right puts your down a few links on the food chain.

Mask Your Scent

Remember you are going after animals that spend their whole lives escaping danger. They are well equipped with strong senses that will detect a predator coming even before they lay their eyes on them. A bear can smell you 20 miles away downwind, the nose of a whitetail deer has up to 297 million olfactory receptors, dogs have 220 million, an elk’s sense of smell has been estimated to be up to 1,000 times more acute than that of a human with humans limiting out with just five million olfactory receptors.

To increase your odds of making a successful kill, you will need to find a way to hide your scent. This is because it could drifts in the air for a good distance and land in the noses of your quarry. They will disappear before you even get a chance of approaching.

You can buy special scent control products that hide your own making it harder for deer and other animals to catch your position….as long as you minimize movement and noise. The last is very important. If you can find a “quiet place” try recording you movement when you have all your gear in tow. The results may surprise you, and indicate why you never surprise your quarry.

Learn to be Patient

It really doesn’t matter what type of gear you are packing, if you are impatient, you will either spook a perfect target or simply give up.  You are not going to the woods to take something that was meant to offer itself to you. No sir. You are going after an animal that is trying to stay alive, and does that every minute day or night. You are not its only predator.

Just pick a strategy and be patient with it, eventually, things will pay off.

Have a Mentor

This is perhaps my best advice. Learning from someone who has had a lot of experience will greatly improve your odds of being successful.  A mentor can teach you the finer details; how to read the hoof prints, how to stay down wind, how to do scouting, how to set a stand and how to keep from frigiting.

While guides tend to be expensive your experienced buddy may have some long practiced BAD skills to pass on to you. Like everything else, do your homework.

Practice

Nothing beats regular training. When you are not out hunting, you should spend a considerable amount of your time practicing. You can also learn as much as you can from training manuals.

After all you never want to miss a shot that you have been waiting for all season simply because you failed to hone your skills.

Range Time – use it well. Do remember that most wildlife do not understand the commands “stand still”, “move to the left another 2 feet”, and “come closer”. Know what a kill shot is and what it is NOT and never fire unless you have a “kill shot” lined up. Holding your breath and exercising breathing control at “that moment” and having a steady hand on sighting in and trigger control will make a big contribution towards success, a clear miss, or the worst of all cases, trailing a wounded animal to finish what you started.

Conclusion

With these tips first time hunter can go into the bush confident that they have what it takes to come out successful. Hunting is tough so in case you don’t land a kill, persevere and you will soon get the ropes.

About the Author

Kevin Fleeman is the founder of Selfpatron.com that site is dedicated to the sport of hunting. We have a deep respect for nature and for the environment and we therefore take the sport of hunting very seriously. Selfpatron.com provides guides on how to hunt effectively, answer reader questions, and reviews of the latest hunting gear.

 

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Mors Kochanski, awarded Honorary Canadian Ranger

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This past summer, Wilderness Living Skills/Survival Instructor and Author Mors Kochanski received one of the highest awards in Canada, Honorary Canadian Ranger into the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. The other people to receive this are the Duke and Duchess of York along with Former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper. For over 40 years Mors […]

Best Post Hole Digger: How To Pick One And Which To Buy

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Lorin Nielsen and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

The best post hole digger, you say? Why would you ever need that? Well, let me give you some reasons. You’re about to install the deck of your dreams, but you just realized that to do it, you need to have 6″ wide by 30″ deep holes that can accommodate your deck posts as well … Read more

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Best Post Hole Digger: How To Pick One And Which To Buy

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The best post hole digger, you say? Why would you ever need that? Well, let me give you some reasons. You’re about to install the deck of your dreams, but you just realized that to do it, you need to have 6″ wide by 30″ deep holes that can accommodate your deck posts as well … Read more

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5 tips on growing strawberries

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Woman growing strawberries in a covered net box

Big, fat, and red – is how we like them!

Are strawberries your favorite fruit?

Want to grow them yourself at home?

Here’s 5 tips on how to grow more strawberries than expected! Practice makes perfect so don’t worry if its your first time gardening.

  1. Make a bed of strawberries. Plant them evenly.
  2. Protect your plants from birds and other critters. Make sure to cover your strawberry bed!
  3. Choose a strawberry cultivar that is known to produce a large berry crop. As most would say, short-day varieties will give you the most strawberries.
  4. Most varieties of strawberries produce runners. These runners will eventually develop their own roots, resulting in a clone plant. Once these adventitious roots establish in the soil, the

    Yum yum

    runners begin to dry up and shrivel away. After removing the runners, the plant can absorb more nutrients, which leads to producing more than expected. It’s quite simple to plant strawberry runners. All you have to do is dig around the plant and gently pull it up!

  5. To keep your fruits fresh and healthy, use mulch that decomposes and fertilizes the soil. It will feed your plants and prevent grass and weeds from growing with your strawberry plants.

And there you have it. A bunch of berries! All you have to do now is pick them and enjoy the fresh juicy taste of the red luscious berry. Permaculture experts say that growing asparagus next to your strawberries gives better results.

 

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Recipe Hacks for Instant Mashed Potato Flakes

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Recipe Hacks for Instant Mashed Potato Flakes (Cooking on a Budget Book 17) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Recipe Hacks for Instant Mashed Potato Flakes

Potato flakes are a great invention! They store better than flour and grains, they taste just like regular potatoes when rehydrated, they are extremely versatile and they are gluten free so that they can substitute a lot of wheat products when baking or in a batter.

If you don’t stock instant mashed potato flakes then you should start. You may not have ever given it much thought as to their usefulness, so now is your chance. This cookbook includes lots of great recipes for using potato flakes as a batter, in baking, for deserts as a crispy topping in casseroles and much, much more. Instant mashed potatoes are a great staple that you will never want to be without after you make some of these delicious recipes in this book. There are so many to choose from.

Your meals will never be boring if you have instant mashed potato flakes and you know how to Hack It!

Recipes Include

  • Potato Bread
  • Mashed Potato Casserole
  • Potato Pancakes
  • Potato Flake Cookies
  • Potato Pizza
  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Onion Potato Casserole
  • Potato Dumplings
  • Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes
  • Fried Chicken
  • Kale Potato Bread Stuffing
  • Pesto Mashed Potatoes
  • Wild Mushroom Cobbler
  • Southwestern Salsa Potatoes
  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • Potato Parmesan Biscuits
  • Bacon and Onion Potato Fry
  • Mini Potato Corn Cakes
  • BLT Mashed Potatoes
  • Devil Eggs Potatoes
  • Mediterranean Potato Dip
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Gnocchi
  • Aloo Gulab Jamun
  • Meatloaf Casserole
  • Roasted Garlic Potato Cakes
  • Buffalo Potato Croquettes
  • Cheesy Potato Bites
  • Spinach and Mashed Potato Croquettes
  • Shepherds Pie Green Bean Casserole
  • Cheesy Potato Pancakes
  • Barbeque Beef and Potato Bake
  • Beef and Potato Dumpling Casserole
  • Oven Swiss Steak
  • Chicken Paprika Shepherd’s Pie
  • Onion Rings
  • Amish Friendship Bread Starter
  • Thick Pancakes
  • Meatloaf
  • Cheddar-Corn Potato Patties Recipe
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Potato Crust Tuna Pie Recipe
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Crispy Battered Pork Chops

Luxury Volkner Motorhome

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The Volkner mobil performance s is the future of road living. The 40ft luxury motorhome comes with all of the mod-cons you could possibly wish for. However

Picture of the Volkner Mobil Performance S

Volkner Mobil Performance S

you may need deep pockets to purchase one. There is no doubt that this mobile home has the super wealthy in mind. With a price tag of $1.7million (£1.2million) it is out of reach for most people, but it never hurt to dream.

The Performance S also offers a fully-equipped kitchen, sleeping quarters, wooden and leather fittings, state-of-the-art entertainment, and a wall that slides out to provide extra space.
Stephanie Volkner, director of German firm Volkner Mobil, says one of the greatest features that shows off the home’s lavishness is a cooking island, something that cannot be found inside most of the motorhome’s competitors. Going on to say “It is a house on wheels”.

  • The made-to-order machines take around 12 months to build.

Customers can choose from a range of fixtures and fittings to customise their motor homes to their preferences. With high-quality leather seats to real wood units and stone tiles in the kitchen and bathroom on offer. It even includes a supercar garage fitted with a electrohydraulic lift. So, if you happen to own a Ferrari, Porsche, BMW or Mercedes, You can bring it with you on your travels.

Volkner also says ‘Our clients normally have big companies. They want to travel freely.

‘They want to decide when they start their journey, where they can go, not before. ‘They look at the weather and start. They want to live in their own, very personal area. Exclusive is for everybody very different. Some need a golden faucet to be exclusive.

‘For me, it’s exclusive that the interior has harmony and all the materials are of the highest quality and their processing is at the highest level.’

Would you buy one if you had the cash ?

Find more luxury mobile homes here: http://www.billionaire.com/luxury-mobile-homes/1659/the-best-luxury-mobile-homes-

Looking for a cheaper alternative? Read: https://www.off-grid.net/mobile-homesteading/

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Luxury Volkner Motorhome

The Volkner mobil performance s is the future of road living. The 40ft luxury motorhome comes with all of the mod-cons you could possibly wish for. However

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Volkner Mobil Performance S

you may need deep pockets to purchase one. There is no doubt that this mobile home has the super wealthy in mind. With a price tag of $1.7million (£1.2million) it is out of reach for most people, but it never hurt to dream.

The Performance S also offers a fully-equipped kitchen, sleeping quarters, wooden and leather fittings, state-of-the-art entertainment, and a wall that slides out to provide extra space.
Stephanie Volkner, director of German firm Volkner Mobil, says one of the greatest features that shows off the home’s lavishness is a cooking island, something that cannot be found inside most of the motorhome’s competitors. Going on to say “It is a house on wheels”.

  • The made-to-order machines take around 12 months to build.

Customers can choose from a range of fixtures and fittings to customise their motor homes to their preferences. With high-quality leather seats to real wood units and stone tiles in the kitchen and bathroom on offer. It even includes a supercar garage fitted with a electrohydraulic lift. So, if you happen to own a Ferrari, Porsche, BMW or Mercedes, You can bring it with you on your travels.

Volkner also says ‘Our clients normally have big companies. They want to travel freely.

‘They want to decide when they start their journey, where they can go, not before. ‘They look at the weather and start. They want to live in their own, very personal area. Exclusive is for everybody very different. Some need a golden faucet to be exclusive.

‘For me, it’s exclusive that the interior has harmony and all the materials are of the highest quality and their processing is at the highest level.’

Would you buy one if you had the cash ?

Find more luxury mobile homes here: http://www.billionaire.com/luxury-mobile-homes/1659/the-best-luxury-mobile-homes-

Looking for a cheaper alternative? Read: https://www.off-grid.net/mobile-homesteading/

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Why You Should Mill Your Own Flour From Wheat Berries

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The benefits of milling your own flour are as follows: 1. Enables long term storage of wheat. 2. Self reliance and homemade bread making skills. 3. Health benefits. 4. Frugality.   Long Term Storage of Wheat Berries Since we’re a preparedness blog, one very good reason why you should be milling your own flour is to enable long term storage of wheat! More specifically, wheat berries. A properly sealed and stored bucket of wheat will last for decades! Wheat berries will not begin to lose nutrients until you actually mill it to make flour, making it a great choice for

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BUILDING THE PREPPER ARMORY

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BUILDING THE PREPPER ARMORY Dane, The Gunmetal Armory” Audio player provided! Listen in to this premiere episode of The Gunmetal Armory, Dane will dive into what you should stock in your Prepper Armory, and its purpose. We talk firearms, edged implements, ammo, accessories, optics, and more. Get ready, cause this is going to be an epic … Continue reading BUILDING THE PREPPER ARMORY

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What to Do If All Hell Breaks Loose on Nov. 4th

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Tomorrow is November 4th, the date that has been bandied about by wannabe Communists and people who hate the President since last summer as the starting date of their uprisingRead the rest

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10 Natural Methods To Deter Spiders From Your Home

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Natural Methods To Deter Spiders From Your Home As the weather becomes cooler, we begin to close up the windows and doors and get out our warm clothes to wear.   Because spiders can’t close up their outdoor living environment, and

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How To Make Delicious Lard With 2 Years Shelf-Life (+ 5 Tasty Recipes)

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When the trees start to slowly lose their leaves and autumn settles in, it means it’s that time of the year dedicated to making lard at home for the winter.

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These Are The Best Survival Businesses To Start Off-Grid

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As the rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang has heated up, so has the risk to the United States. Recent missile and nuclear tests by the North Korean regime have made it clear that they are closer to their long-stated goal of attacking the United States than ever.

After their sixth nuclear test, in which they exploded what was supposed to be a two-stage hydrogen bomb, the North Korean news agency started talking about an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack against the United States for the first time.

What’s next for us? A totally off-grid world, where the survival of the fittest would become effective?

In a way, it’s surprising it’s taken them this long, considering how long I and others have been warning about that possibility.

Any county that is smart enough to develop nuclear bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) has to have people in their war plans department who are aware of how effective an EMP is and who would be punching the numbers to figure out how to use their nuclear arsenal in that regard.

An EMP attack doesn’t preclude the possibility of conventional nuclear war and we shouldn’t assume that it will. Regardless of the flaming rhetoric coming out of Kim Jong-un and his Secretary of State, they have to realize that they can’t win a nuclear exchange with the United States.

No matter how effective they are, we have way more nukes than they do.

Here’s Why We Can Never Win This War!

Even if they are able to take out Washington, a few other major cities and our entire electrical grid in one coordinated attack, we have more than enough nuclear missiles in submarines and nuclear bombs on aircraft carriers to turn their entire country into a parking lot.

But don’t think that will deter them from this course of action. This is a grudge match for them, wanting to get even with us for the first Korean War.

Based on that grudge, the North Korean government is bent on destruction and the people of that small country are willing to die in support of their leadership. If anything, that increases the likelihood for a combined EMP and conventional nuclear attack. They want to punish us and they want to punish us good.

Should that happen, our chances of surviving the attack unscathed are minimal. While we do have some anti-ICBM defense, there aren’t enough, especially not for a southern approach. So, the best we can hope for is that North Korea destroys a few cities; the worst is an effective EMP.

That’s the scenario we have to prepare for; an EMP taking out our electrical grid and turning the clock back 150 years or so, technologically speaking. The possibility of us surviving any sort of nuclear exchange, unscathed, is minimal.

The Worst Scenario

This is the worst possible scenario we face today; and it is not one that we can ignore. While I will be absolutely thrilled if our missile defenses are able to neutralize such an attack, I don’t believe that it is something we can count on.

With that being the case, you and I need to be ready to survive in a post-EMP world; one in which we don’t have electrical power; one which most people are unprepared to live in. According to the reports of the EMP Commission, as much as 90% of the US population will die of starvation. That sort of world. Somehow, we’re not only going to have to survive in it, but rebuild as much of our lives as we can.

This is why we are preppers; in order to ensure our family’s survival in the case of such an event. Everything we do is ultimately for this reason. But that isn’t enough. If all we do is ensure our own survival, what about our kids? Our grandkids? The human race in general.

That’s why it’s going to be important to be able to rebuild as much of society as possible. Then, and only then, will we be able to guarantee the survival of our children and grandchildren. That’s going to require the right sorts of skills, many of which aren’t common today.

Fortunately, there is still time. So if you don’t already have the right sorts of skills, you could at least try to learn some of them. There’s no way that anyone could possibly learn all of them, but the more that you can learn, the more valuable you will be in that post-EMP world. Perhaps you could be valuable enough that others would help to guarantee your survival and that of your family.

Of course, you’ll want to get something for your skills. That means turning those skills into some sort of business; a business where you can produce a product or provide a service to people who will be struggling to survive and rebuild their lives.

Valuable Businesses in a Post-EMP World

Any business you attempt to build for that post-EMP world will have to operate under the assumption that you won’t have any electrical power available to you, other than that which you produce yourself.

So, one of the things you may want to consider, as part of starting your off-grid business, is making sure that you can produce enough electricity to meet your basic needs, both in your home and in your business.

Other than that, plan on using hand tools, rather than electric ones. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that you should make or buy the necessary tools now, because you probably won’t be able to find them when the time comes. Besides, getting them now gives you the chance to learn how to use them effectively.

Growing Food

The biggest need that most people will have is for food. According to the EMP commission’s report, the vast majority of the people who will die after an EMP, will do so from starvation. The vast majority of the farms in our country are owned by giant corporations and grow food (mostly grain) in bulk.

Without fuel for the farm machinery, those farms won’t be able to operate. Without fuel for trucks, that food can’t be hauled to processing plants. Without electricity to run the plants, the raw food can’t be turned into packaged foods.

All food production will have to be local. Local farmers will do well, assuming they can get fuel for their tractors and combines. That will be the problem.

Likewise, local ranchers and shepherds will find themselves sitting on a goldmine, with people needing the food that they can produce. The ability to grow food may very well be necessary for your family’s survival. Growing more than you need will give you the opportunity to trade food for other essentials.

Charging Batteries

As a society, we are addicted to our electronics. While most of those will be destroyed, there is a good chance that small portable electronics will survive if protected in a Faraday cage. These will become like gold, as people try to cling to the pre-EMP past.

If you are putting in alternate energy for your home anyway, you could offer battery charging services to friends and neighbors. Solar panels will actually survive an EMP, with a loss of only 5 to 10 percent of their efficiency. However, the solar charge controller and voltage inverter for your system will probably be fried by the EMP; so make sure you have a spare.

Herbal Medicine

The current pharmaceutical industry will collapse, as will many other industries. This means that the only medicines any community will have will be those in people’s homes and in local pharmacies. When those run out, there won’t be any replacements.

However, modern medicine is an outgrowth of herbal medicine. Quite literally, all medicines started out as plant products. Big Pharma has synthesized the chemicals found in those plants, in order to make medicines which they could patent and sell.

Knowing which plants offer which medicinal properties and growing those plants could allow you to open up a post-EMP natural pharmacy, providing medicines to your local community.

Of course, you’ll need to educate the doctors, some of who will resent you. But the truly smart ones, who care about their patients, will take knowledge wherever they can get it.

Blacksmithing

Before the industrial revelation took over from them, most metal products were the handicrafts of some blacksmith. They made everything from tools to nails, with andirons in between. But they were one of the earliest casualties of the industrial revolution. Factories took over much of what they made and then cars took over from horses, eliminating the need for shoeing.

While there will be many tools and other metal objects laying around in the post-EMP world, there won’t be the old kinds of tools that people need for working with their hands. Blacksmiths may very well find themselves in a crucial place once again, helping to rebuild society.

Building Trades

While the EMP itself won’t damage homes, factories, stores and other businesses, it will make some drastic changes to society. People will find themselves needing to build outbuildings behind their homes, for their home-based business.

Others will need to change their plumbing, so that it will work off a well. There will always be a need for the building trades.

Taking this a step further, linemen for the phone or electric company will probably find gainful employment trying to put together local phone systems, build small hydroelectric dams and otherwise help rebuild society.

The skills these people have will become an important part of rebuilding.

Practical Engineering

When I say “practical engineering” I’m not talking about someone who can design a computer chip, but rather someone who can design simple devices, of the type that we will need to have, in order to rebuild our lives. Designing a loom for weaving fabric will be important, designing a computer won’t.

These people may not even be working as engineers right now, or might be considered technicians in business and industry. But they know how to put things together that will work. If we are going to have to rebuild turbines to create power, we’ll need people who can do the job from the ground up, starting by melting down the copper and drawing wire.

Another important characteristic of the type of engineer I’m talking about is the ability to repurpose items and turn them into something useful. Without gasoline, we won’t have much use for cars and trucks, but the axle from that truck might be very useful in building a wagon. That’s the sort of engineering we’re going to need.

Mechanics

While most vehicles will be off the road, due to a shortage of gasoline, there will be some that are running. We will need mechanics not only to fix those vehicles, but to find ways of making others run, ways of modifying engines so that alternate fuels can be burned, and taking engines out of cars to be used as power sources for other things.

Good mechanics, especially good shade-tree mechanics, understand the engines they work on, better than the engineers that designed them. This knowledge gives them the ability to modify those engines in a number of ways, such as increasing the power they produce.

I’m betting that if we get mobile after the attack, it will be because of mechanics that come up with some breakthrough new ways to use the internal combustion engine.

Making Bio-Diesel & Methane

Two of the most promising fuels sources in a post-EMP world would be bio-diesel and methane gas. While there are few cars on the roads today which burn these fuels, it is possible to modify some engines to burn them.

As these two fuels are some of the easiest to produce, requiring the least amount of equipment, this could very well turn into an effective business.

General Repairs

Like mechanics, people who can repair other things will have a ready business in a post-EMP world. There will be a need for repairing just about anything, as the factories will be closed and production will come to a standstill. All we will have is what we have at the moment the attack happens.

These people will also be likely to be the ones who work together with the practical engineers to create new things or reinvent old ones. In many cases, the materials to make those tools and equipment will come from cannibalizing existing machinery, appliances and other things that no longer work. Gears and pulleys don’t care what they’re working in, they’ll still do the job.

Gunsmithing

It is widely believed that a post-EMP world will be violent, due to a breakdown of society. As such, people will need their guns, and those guns will probably get a lot more use than they do today. Guns that get used stand a chance of getting broke. Hence, the need for good gunsmiths.

For that matter, the ability to make ammunition will probably become a high priority, especially with people trying to hunt for food. Anyone with a reloading press and the appropriate dies could have a ready-made business, without any further investment.

Make Sure You’re Prepared!

Most of the businesses I’ve mentioned will require some sort of materials and supplies. Gunsmiths won’t be able to go online and order gun parts, nor will blacksmiths be able to pick up steel at their local steel supply. In both cases, the craftsmen will either need to make their own materials or find a way of reusing materials that currently exist.

Don’t count on local warehouses having what you need either. They’ll probably have enough at the beginning, but those supplies will eventually run out. When that happens, you’ll need to have a Plan B that you can put into effect. That plan may require you making things yourself.

What I’m trying to say here is that you need to think through thoroughly any off-grid business that you try to create. Don’t think of it in terms of today’s world, but in a world where you won’t be able to just buy the parts and materials you need. How will you get them? Can you scavange? Can you find the raw materials in nature? Can you repurpose old stuff, melting it down to make new stuff again?

This article has been written by Bill White for Survivopedia.

4 Time Change Projects You Can do this Weekend

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Daylight Saving Time 2017 ends on Sunday, November 5th. Now is a great time to schedule tasks that we really need to do annually, but tend to put off or forget to do. Order a copy of your credit report. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) you can order a free copy of your credit report from annual credit report.com https://www.annualcreditreport.com/.  After what happened with Equifax, you might consider placing a credit […]

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Top 10 Items Needed During Flooding

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Flooding is one of the major natural disasters, which is characterized by the increase of river, lakes, or sea level and is usually a consequence of heavy rains, snow melting, ice melting, water reservoir collapse, etc. Floods may last from several hours to two-three weeks and may cause countless damage to both buildings and the … Read more…

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Prepper Strategy: Vital Considerations When Planning a Bug-Out Location

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ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, this piece is meant to stimulate thought and action toward having a place to retreat to if the time comes.  I know, everybody is going to defend their piece of land to the death when the SHTF.  How about when the SHTF in another matter…akin to our fellow citizens with Hurricane Harvey?  Stands to reason that the numbers of the displaced and homeless are starting to mount.  Whatever the “end event” may be, there always exists the possibility that you must flee.  Let’s explore some criteria and options.

By this time (long in the tooth/late in the game) you should have already formulated a plan…a “Plan B” if you wish for where to run.  If you have not, you need to consider these criteria.  Many of you (especially the naysayers, skeptics, and trolls) will “what if” these criteria to death.  Use the basics and apply them to the situation that arises.

  1. How far away is either national forest or woods to retreat into?
  2. Does the area you plan on fleeing to have a water supply, food (in the form of game or forage), isolated from groups of people, and out of the radius of the initial event (hurricane, nuclear attack, etc.)?
  3. Can you reach it? This takes into consideration your route planning…using the road, waterways, or possibly an air escape.  Traffic patterns, viable roads, and gridlock must be factored into your planning.
  4. Will you be alone or will other families be with you, and/or waiting for your arrival?

This last part is very important.  It is one thing to plan on going to a safer area, but it is quite another to have one prepared and waiting for you.  Now is the time to act on things.  Now is the time to formulate a good, solid plan of action and stick to it when the time arrives.  Do not suffer from the “paralysis of analysis,” because you can plan for years and then fail when the time comes to make a decision to act.

There are too many factors to be able to list in under ten pages single-spaced.  We’re trying to generate some ideas and also to stimulate thought toward a viable plan.  When the SHTF arrives?  Here’s a good rule of thumb to follow: Everybody will be “needy” and need what you have, and you will need the things that others have.

That house out in the country by the Everglades where your cousin lives?  Maybe a good time to see what you can contribute to it and what kind of alliance you can form.  You need to do your research and find out about uninhabited cabins in parks and recreational areas.  Do your research and find out about hotels or travel lodges that are beginning to shut down with the close of the summer.  As survivalists, you understand the physical needs of material support and safety for your families.  Now is the time to research a place to flee to if need be.

Here’s a “spark” for the mind: What if more than one thing happens?

Chances are one thing may spark other things, such as a nuclear war may trigger large fires of the likes of which we’re experiencing currently in the northwest.  You may have multiple problems to deal with, and if you have to abandon ship (your home) you want to have a place to go, already planned out if not stocked up and prepared.

Planning promotes a good follow-through.  Formulate that plan and inventory your equipment.  Don’t just plan on one location to flee to: you should have multiple locations.  You may flee your town to avoid a nuclear war, only to find you end up in an area where forest fires have been raging for months.  Game it out at every angle, and start gaming it now.  I can’t even tell you how many people e-mail me their desires to leave their home state.  I make a suggestion, and they say, “Well, we’ll have to wait and see.”  Then they give me their reasons.

When a disaster happens, the reasons for not preparing for it will not be good enough and do not provide for the bottom lines…what you and your family need to survive.  Having a place set up to run to is prudent, plain and simple.  Now is the time to put that backup retreat location in order, not after the SHTF.  In the end, when the music stops playing, you’ll want a chair to sit down in.  Keep fighting that good fight.  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Cheap, Healthy Meals: How to Eat Sustainably on a Budget

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It’s a constant battle:

How can I eat healthy?

How can I eat healthy on a budget?

And how can I eat healthy on a budget while also living a sustainable lifestyle as an apartment homesteader? GAHHHHHHHHH…

Wuf. I feel ya.

It isn’t easy to eat healthy and sustainably in a world full of “quick and easy” meals—quite aptly named fast food—and inexpensive food trucked from hundreds of miles away.

In the last chapter we talked about ways we can grow some of our own produce. In this chapter, let’s talk about cheap, healthy meals—the best, most sustainable and budget-friendly ways to eat healthy as an apartment homesteader from all the food sources you’ll encounter.

Healthy Food is Sustainable Nutrition

If you’re healthy, you will save money at the doctor and the pharmacy. Saving money at the pharmacy means ingesting fewer pharmaceuticals that are unsustainable to make and distribute and that damage your body’s ability to naturally fight diseases. And to be healthy—and therefore avoid the pharmacy—you need to have good nutrition.

In other words, healthy body = sustainable nutrition = saving money.

When we eat non-organic, pesticide-heavy food, our bodies enter a toxic state. Our bodies don’t know what to do with the toxins, so they are pushed into our fat stores. Our cells build up thick walls to protect against the toxins in our blood streams so we cannot even absorb necessary vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function.

And the same happens when we eat meat treated with antibiotics or drink water full of chemicals from crop runoff and water treatment facilities.

All the food, water, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other environmental factors around us create a toxic equation. We live in a constant state of toxicity.

So how do we rid our bodies of those toxins? We already talked about replacing toxic personal care products with natural, DIY products. Later in this series, we’ll talk about using herbal remedies to replace pharmaceuticals.

With some simple switches in our food and water intake, we can begin the detox process.

  • The first step in detoxing is to increase hydration. But don’t just start downing tap water. Most tap water contains chemicals that will continue adding toxins to the equation. Drink distilled or filtered water. Most nutritionists suggest that we each drink half of our body weight in ounces of water every day. One way to jump-start the detox process is to drink at least twenty ounces of water right when you wake up in the morning. Drinking water after a nighttime “fast” will get everything moving and help flush out toxins.
  • Then, eat small portions of healthy foods multiple times throughout the day, plus lots of water to keep toxins moving through your body.
  • Also, consider adding therapeutic-grade essential oils to your daily routine in your personal care products and cleaning supplies, or to your diet in your food or water. Essential oils can help oxygenate your blood and can be absorbed in cells with even the thickest membranes.

It will take time for your body to detox, but once you do, you’ll find you’re able to eat less and that your body craves only healthy, organic food—food that will fill you up faster and leave you fuller for longer.

If you’ve been eating healthy, organic, toxin-free food for a while and your body seems to be going backward in some ways (e.g., if you have aches and pains or your digestion is arguing with you), DON’T STOP. That is your body’s way of telling you it is getting rid of the toxins it has been storing for years!

You’re almost there.

Keep feeding your body what it needs!

Budget for Organic, Budget for Sustainable

So what are those “healthy foods” we should eat small amounts of multiple times a day, and how can you fit them into your budget?

First, eat less meat. Meat is expensive. Organically raised meat is off-the-charts expensive. Try observing a Meatless Monday for a few weeks; you may be surprised how much money you actually save by simply cutting out meat one day a week.

Buy in bulk. Many organic grocery stores or regular local grocery stores have an area where you can buy bulk dry goods. My local store even has a place where you can grind your own peanut butter and fill your own honey jars! Buy in bulk and make sure you can preserve your purchases for future use.

Eat seasonally. Out-of-season fruits and vegetables have to travel from areas of the country or world with different growing seasons, so they are going to be more expensive (and less sustainable because of their use of fuel). Find a seasonal produce calendar for your region and buy only produce that is in season. Buying local will be mostly “seasonal.” Keep that in mind and support your local gardeners!

Make room in your budget to purchase organic produce on the “Dirty Dozen” list. Remember that list?

The Dirty Dozen

Dirty Dozen

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes

Eating healthy means being careful not to ingest harmful chemicals like pesticides. Buying organic produce from the Dirty Dozen list—while slightly more expensive up front—will save you money in doctors’ visits and pharmaceuticals over time.

You’ll be healthier, and your bank account will thank you for it.

Cheap, Healthy Meals From the Grocery Store

If you’re working with a particularly tight budget, you may decide to purchase some conventionally grown produce from your local grocery story. If that is the case, purchase less expensive, non-organic produce from the “Clean Fifteen” list.

The Clean Fifteen

Clean Fifteen

  • Sweet Corn
  • Avocados
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Sweet Peas
  • Papayas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Grapefruit

But even produce on the Clean Fifteen list can be coated with some pesticides, so make sure you wash all produce you purchase from the grocery store.

Find or make your own produce wash that will remove as many potential pesticides and other toxins from the list as possible.

For produce with skin, soak for one hour in plain white vinegar. Then scrub gently and rinse.

For leafy greens, add two tablespoons of sea salt to two cups of water. Also add a little lemon juice. Spray the cleaning solution on the greens, then soak in a diluted vinegar solution for fifteen minutes. Rinse in cold water to plump them up (they’ll probably wilt a little bit in the cleaning process) and then dry them completely using a salad spinner before storing.

I like to add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the vinegar solution when I’m cleaning produce. The extra cleaning power helps me feel safe eating non-organic produce. Also, therapeutic-grade lemon essential oil is one of the least expensive essential oils, so it is a win for both your health and your budget!

Eating cheap, healthy meals from the grocery store doesn’t mean eating unsustainably. Many grocery stores purchase local produce. If the products aren’t clearly marked, ask the management what is locally grown. If you can’t afford organic, you may at least be able to afford local and then clean the produce at home.

Another way to eat sustainably from the grocery store is to cut down on your food waste. Set up your apartment homestead compost unit and dispose of your food scraps there. Then, use that compost in your patio or indoor garden.

Remember also to be conscious of your trash production. When you purchase produce from the grocery store or buy in bulk in the organic sections, make sure you have your reusable bags and avoid plastic and cardboard containers as much as possible.

Healthy, Budget-Friendly, and Sustainable Food Prep

One way you can be sure you’re saving money, eating healthy, and tracking exactly where every part of your meal is coming from is to cook meals at home.

My favorite recipes are the simple ones: roasting vegetables in the oven on a sheet pan, freezing fresh frozen fruit and making smoothies, or baking a whole chicken and using it for chicken quesadillas, chicken salad, and chicken soup throughout the week.

If you keep it simple, you’ll be more likely to stick to your health-food plan, your budget, and your commitment to sustainability.

Meal Plan to Waste Not

If you don’t have one yet, create a weekly meal plan. Consider seasonal produce, evaluate what food your garden is producing now or what you have left of your garden preserves, and check ads for anything you have to purchase from local vendors or from the grocery store.

Make sure your meal plan doesn’t stretch your budget. Cheap, healthy meals are easiest to come by when you prepare them yourself at home, but if you’re still strapped, consider these tips for creating a budget-friendly, healthy, and sustainable meal plan:

  • Eat less meat. Refer to my post on conserving fuel in your apartment homestead for more reasons to go meatless.
  • Eat less dairy. Animal products are expensive to produce—especially organically.
  • Substitute half of your meat each week with vegetable proteins like beans and lentils.
  • Buy in bulk when you can and preserve the products for future use. (For example, buy a whole chicken, bake it, and shred it. Store serving sizes of it in individual—reusable—containers and freeze whatever you don’t use that week for future meals.)
  • Double your recipes and freeze your leftovers for an easy go-to meal when you’re strapped for time or lack the motivation to cook a fresh meal. It’s easy to cave and go to a restaurant when you’re feeling unmotivated to cook, and that lack of motivation will cost you money and sustainability.
  • Make sure you preserve the food you buy so that it lasts as long as it possibly can. Use raw vegetables and fruit early in the week so they don’t go bad, or freeze what you won’t use right away. Research ways to keep produce, nuts, dairy, etc., fresher longer and implement those practices in your kitchen.

“Healthy,” “Sustainable,” and “Budget-Friendly” are three terms that can easily go together with a little bit of planning and a commitment to the process.

In the next post in the Apartment Homesteader series, we’ll talk about ways to set up your apartment compost system so your food scraps can help feed your garden and help you produce more of your own food in your apartment homestead. Stay tuned!

 

References

https://wellnessmama.com/28/diy-fruit-and-vegetable-wash/

https://www.cornucopia.org/2015/03/10-ways-to-eat-organic-on-a-budget/

https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvOzOBRDGARIsAICjxoeqqHpeY0WWZKuzuyFzeiDKOG5P37Qb_jyjmTkgIqrqKoQQYR7J9DMaAstFEALw_wcB#.WdwzJ9OGMfE

http://3ewellness.com/

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US

https://foodbabe.com/2013/05/20/how-to-eat-organic-on-a-budget/

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