Summer Family Prepping Activities

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Summer Family Prepping Activities Each season offers unique opportunities for learning and practicing survival skills. Summer time is usually filled with outdoor activities anyway, why not add in some fun activities that also add to your survival knowledge. It’s a great way to discreetly hide ‘survival lessons’ by playing games instead! That trip to the …

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Spring Family Prepping Activities

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Spring Family Prepping Activities Each season offers unique opportunities for learning and practicing survival skills. Prepping activities is something that can be done by the whole family and easily turned into a game. The children may not understand that having a race to break down your tent and get it stowed away is actually practicing …

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Calling Professionals Versus DIY

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Calling Professionals Versus DIY No one can do absolutely everything, no matter what kind of lifestyle you are living! When it comes to living green, self reliant, and frugally, you tend to try and do as much as possible all by yourself. There are some things, however, when you should really ask yourself if you …

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5 Things You Didn’t Want to Know About Gardening

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5 Things You Didn’t Want to Know About Gardening No one mentions the darker stuff about gardening. Gardening has been romanticized by the media so badly that the reality is lost in the message. Gardening is a lot of work that will cause you to sweat, bleed, want to rip your hair out, and just …

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5 Challenges All Homesteaders Face

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5 Challenges All Homesteaders Face Though the definition of homesteading has changed drastically from what it was in the pioneering days of old, there are certain challenges that every homesteader will face. Regardless of what kind of ‘modern’ homestead you have, even if you rent, you will have to learn how to accept, adapt, and …

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From a Complete Newbie to a Confident Canner

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From a Complete Newbie to a Confident Canner Canning or ‘jarring’ your own food is a skill that is making a huge comeback. People are learning how to make jams and jellies and pressure canning their harvests. In doing so, they are creating shelf-stable foods that require no refrigeration and will last years if properly …

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Ways Camping Can Help You Survive

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Ways Camping Can Help You Survive Camping season is only a few months away and for some, it never ended! Most people consider it a hobby that is done during the warmer months of summer. They can enjoy a swim in a lake or a nice hike without having to worry too much about the …

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Realistic Prepping Plans

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Realistic Prepping Plans Do a Google search for “prepping plans” and you’ll get back thousands of pages with thousands of ideas on different prepping plans ranging from free to hundreds of dollars. Each one usually claims to be the ‘end all, be all, only one you’ll need.’ The truth is, there is only one prepping …

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3 Tips To Make It Through A Disaster

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3 Tips To Make It Through A Disaster Making it through a disaster is something that is a combination of skill, perception, mental fortitude, and just plain luck. Having a bunch of supplies stashed away, a bunker or cabin to run to and hide out, or a pile of guns and ammo to steal from …

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The Unglamorous Side of Prepping

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The Unglamorous Side of Prepping Prepping has been glamorized by the media as something it’s not and they’ve done the same thing with homesteading, too! Prepping has been sensationalized and homesteading has been romanticized. The truth is, there is an unglamorous side to both. Both lifestyles seek the same end goal – self-reliance and sufficiency. …

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Spotting the Warning Signs

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Spotting the Warning Signs Warning signs are everywhere. Warnings about weather, road conditions, your credit score…it can drive a person crazy! When it comes to warning signs about a disaster though, natural human curiosity kicks in and can make us do some really unwise stuff. It’s human nature: you hear about a flood in the …

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5 Things Before You Buy Preps

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5 Things Before You Buy Preps Newbie preppers tend to buy preps and spend a lot of money on things they don’t really need. It can be very easy to get overwhelmed by all of the things you want to do, buy, and accomplish. While perfectly normal, it is a vulnerable time when fear mongering …

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Realistic House Security

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Realistic House Security Home security is something on everyone’s mind lately. It seems there’s unrest everywhere you look. From the inner city, to the suburbs, and even out into the country. People are voicing their disagreement and in many cases, violence erupts. The average person needs realistic home security solutions but what can they really …

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Hobbies Can Help You Survive

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Hobbies Can Help You Survive Most people never consider that their hobbies can prove to be useful and not just entertaining. In our society, the term ‘hobby’ is usually considered some activity that’s more whimsical than productive. The truth is, there are numerous hobbies out there that are actually very valuable skills to have in …

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5 Reasons to Learn Food Preservation

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5 Reasons to Learn Food Preservation Do you know how to preserve food, other than using the freezer? Even then, do you know ways to make your food last longer without any freezer burn? What if there’s no power? You need to learn food preservation that goes beyond the freezer! To understand food preservation, you …

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Family Prepping Activities for Winter

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Family Prepping Activities for Winter Each season offers unique opportunities for learning and practicing survival skills. Winter time is one of the hardest times to survive. An innocent hike can turn into a survival situation more quickly than in other seasons. The colder temperatures, quickly changing weather, and possibility of hypothermia increases the chances of …

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How To Buy Meat Only Twice a Year

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How To Buy Meat Only Twice a Year No matter what part of the country you live in, food prices are going up. Even on items where the price hasn’t gone up much, the size of the packages has gotten smaller and that means you have to buy more. Across the whole store, all departments, …

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How To Pressure Can Meals In A Jar

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How To Pressure Can Meals In A Jar Pressure canning meals in a jar is a great way to get creative with preserving your harvest, taking advantage of sales on vegetables and meat, and help you stretch your food budget! On top of all that, you are creating meals that are ready to simply heat …

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Homesteading Leads to Preparedness

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Homesteading Leads to Preparedness Homesteading and preparedness are actually two peas in the same pod. Some would argue that survivalism is another pea in the pod of Self Sufficiency. They all basically seek the same end goal – self reliance and the ability to take care of themselves. It’s no real surprise then, when homesteaders …

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Preserving Food with Mylar Bags and Buckets

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Preserving Food with Mylar Bags and Buckets Many people have heard about using mylar bags to store food in, as well as using buckets for the same thing. Combining these two practices makes for some solid, long term food storage! The thing is, learning about them can lead to some confusion for newbies just getting …

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Long Term Protein: Do You Have Enough?

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Long Term Protein: Do You Have Enough? Protein is one of those things that everyone needs. No matter what you believe, where you live, or what culture you grew up in, you need it. When it comes to survival situations, you need even more than you do right now. Protein is what makes up muscle …

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Family Prepping Activities for Autumn

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Family Prepping Activities for Autumn Each season offers unique opportunities for learning and practicing survival skills. Autumn, or Fall, is when the bounty of the garden is harvested, hunting season starts, and all the fun activities that go with Halloween and cooler temperatures. Just about all of these ‘normal’ activities are part of a larger …

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Low and Fixed Income Prepping

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Low and Fixed Income Prepping These days, making ends meet is harder than ever! Trying to get prepared on top of your normal bills can be a daunting task. For those on a low and fixed income, prepping can look like something that is impossible to accomplish. The trick is to remember that you have …

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Your Food Preservation Arsenal

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Your Food Preservation Arsenal Being able to preserve food is something everyone should know about. How much food have you tossed out because of freezer burn? There are multiple methods of food preservation out there, beyond the freezer! Don’t get me wrong, using the freezer is great for preserving your food. The problem is, most …

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The Power’s Out: What’s Your Plan?

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The Power’s Out: What’s Your Plan? You’re sitting at home relaxing when suddenly, the power’s out. Most people simply groan with frustration and complain about being interrupted. The more extreme reactions include freaking out and panicking. The prepper reacts differently to such things. They may be a little put out by the interruption but rarely …

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Whole Foods For Longer Shelf Life

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Whole Foods For Longer Shelf Life Preppers tend to want things that will last decades in their stock pile. They look for whatever has the longer shelf life. They buy freeze dried food by the bucket loads and tend to overlook storing whole foods! There are numerous reasons why storing whole foods is a very …

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Harvesting Your Own Seeds For The Next Growing Season

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Harvesting Your Own Seeds For The Next Growing Season Being self reliant is a balancing act. Being able to harvest your own seeds is a big deal! No one person or group of people can truly produce absolutely everything they need to survive and thrive in this world. That is simply not how things work …

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Getting Ready to Go Off Grid

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Getting Ready to Go Off Grid Many people dream of being off the grid. Not having to hook up to a company’s systems, providing your own water and power, is something few ever accomplish. With the ever increasing laws being passed against letting people live this way, getting ready to go off grid takes more …

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7 Primitive Tools to Help You Survive

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7 Primitive Tools to Help You Survive If you think about it, a knife is a primitive tool. So is a club, a bat, and a spear. Though simple, these tools brought about a huge change in the human race. They not only helped us survive, they helped us to thrive. With a pointed stick, humans …

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Lots of Apples? Here’s What to Do

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Lots of Apples? Here’s What to Do Apple harvests are pouring in and sales at the store are all over the place. It’s apple time and canners are firing up all over the country. Eventually though, you get to the point where you just don’t want to make any more applesauce! You realize that you …

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Post Disaster Communication for Newbies

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Post Disaster Communication for Newbies During and after a disaster, information is at a premium. The chaos that disasters bring can make getting any solid information almost impossible. Disaster communication is very different from when you were a kid, playing on walkie talkies or maybe CB radios in your vehicles. The rules are different, the …

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No, You Can’t Come to My House

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No, You Can’t Come to My House We have all heard it: “If something happens, I will just come to your house.” As preppers, homesteaders, and survivalists, we work hard and make sacrifices to ensure that if something does happen, we will be OK without power, running water, and the availability of goods and services. …

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3 Reasons New Homesteaders Fail

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3 Reasons New Homesteaders Fail Failure can come in all forms and isn’t always a bad thing. If you think about it, all of the things we use that makes our lives “easier” came about through a lot of trial and error (aka failure). Homestead failure, on the other hand, can have some pretty devastating …

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The American Food Ignorance Epidemic

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The American Food Ignorance Epidemic Humans living in “developed” countries have a disconnect with their food. It comes in tidy packages with labels and expiration dates. No where on the planet is this “Food Ignorance Epidemic” more pronounced than in America. Without pointing fingers at any one thing, if you sit back and look at …

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How to Make Homemade Vinegar

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How to Make Homemade Vinegar Vinegar is one of those things that generally sits in the cupboard and is only used a couple times a year and usually for special dishes. Once upon a time, people new how to make vinegar on their own and used it for cooking, food preservation, cleaning, and for medicinal …

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How To Prepare for a Break in the Supply Chain

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How To Prepare for a Break in the Supply Chain Most people never think about the rather epic journey our food and many other supplies take before we buy it in the store and bring it home. On average, food travels hundreds of miles and in some cases, over a thousand! What about car parts? …

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The 5 Phases New Preppers Go Through

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The 5 Phases New Preppers Go Through Ask just about any prepper, survivalist, or homesteader (who wasn’t born into the lifestyle) what got them started on the path and you are likely to see eyes widen just before they launch into their story. Those widened eyes are not just a reaction: the very first phase/level/stage/step …

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Survival Lessons Learned from Long Camping Trips

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Survival Lessons Learned from Long Camping Trips People all across the country enjoy the recreational activity of camping. Whether that’s “glamping” in an RV or backpack hiking and camping, there are some really great survival lessons that can be learned on longer camping trips. The definition for “longer” means more than one just one or …

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You’re Not Really a Prepper Unless You Practice

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You’re Not Really a Prepper Unless You Practice There are a lot of people out there who have seen the need to prep, maybe do a little research on some more questionable sites, end up buying a bunch of stuff, storing it and then consider themselves ‘prepped.’ Granted, they are better off than most of …

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5 More Things To Stop Buying at the Store

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5 More Things To Stop Buying at the Store It seems everyone is looking for ways to save money, get back to their roots, and do more for themselves. Instead of buying everything they need and use pre-made at the store, they are looking into ways they can get what they need by making it …

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5 Logical Reasons to Prepare

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5 Logical Reasons to Prepare Preppers all have their own reasons and events they prepare for. Some worry about EMPs, others worry about an economic crisis, and still others worry about nuclear war. All of these events are possible to some extent and should be considered when making your overall plans. These tend to be on …

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10 Criteria for Buying Emergency Food

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10 Criteria for Buying Emergency Food Buying emergency food that is meant for long term storage can be confusing and overwhelming: especially to someone who is new to the preparedness lifestyle. It is easy to get caught up in the fear mongering and sense of urgency that is often found out there. How do you …

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An Overview of Making Survival Caches

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An Overview of Making Survival Caches The act of burying valuables and supplies is something that humans have been doing for literally tens of thousands of years – it’s not exactly a new concept. Most, if not all, preppers consider making some with supplies at some point in their prepping journey. Anyone can make a survival cache, …

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Are Homemade Fire Starters Better?

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Are Homemade Fire Starters Better? There are a lot of posts going around the internet about homemade fire starters! Some use wood shavings, others use cardboard, and there is usually some kind of binding material added. With all of the options for fire starters from the store, why would anyone make their own if they …

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Emergency Water Filtration Solutions

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Emergency Water Filtration Solutions Most everyone knows how important having access to potable water is but what about those emergency situations where you cannot go to the store or turn on the tap? If you haven’t stored any water either, you may be in some serious trouble! The rule of thumb is “a gallon of …

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DIY Fishing Without Modern Gear

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DIY Fishing Without Modern Gear People have been fishing for millennia and in that time, not much has changed as far as the process or even the equipment used. Sure, there are depth finders and motorized this or that to ‘make it easier’ but you ever notice how it’s still called fishing and not ‘catching?’ In …

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8 Habits That Change When You Homestead

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8 Habits That Change When You Homestead When you homestead, or decide to start homesteading, you may not always realize what you’re getting yourself into. Many people will bite off more than they can chew to start out and get overwhelmed. Those who manage to stick it out tend to let go of certain habits …

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4 Skills Every Homesteader Should Have

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Have These 4 Skills? You Could Be a Homesteader When the average person thinks about homesteading skills, they think about raising chickens, canning food, gardening, and butchering livestock. The truth is not every homesteader needs those skills because the traditional definition of homesteading is no longer relevant. You simply don’t need 20 acres of land to …

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Pressure Canning on Propane vs Electric Stoves

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Pressure Canning on Propane vs Electric Stoves Pressure canning is a wonderful food preservation method that can be done on both electric and propane stoves. You would think canning on propane would be more difficult than on an electric range. This article compared the two types of canning and details both the good and the …

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What Does Living “Off Grid” Really Mean?

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What Does Living “Off Grid” Really Mean? Trying to define what ‘off grid’ means can be as difficult as trying to define what love really is. If you ask 10 people, “How Do You Define Off Grid?” chances are pretty good you will get 10 different answers. Most people imagine some extremely remote location with …

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Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks

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Vacuum Sealing Tips and Tricks Most people think vacuum sealing is straightforward and while that is mostly true, there are some challenges that go along with this method of food preservation. Not all sealers are created the same just as not all vacuum sealing bags are the same. Vacuum sealing is one of the first …

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DIY Smoked Meats and Cheeses

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DIY Smoked Meats and Cheeses Smoked meats and cheeses are a special treat that many people enjoy and look forward to. They also tend to pay incredible sums of money for these ‘delicacies’ that is actually an ancient method of food preservation. The cavemen learned long ago that the meat hanging from a hunt that …

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How To Use Leaves as Tin Foil

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How To Use Leaves as Tin Foil Before there was tin foil, metal pots, or even pottery, there were leaves. Ancient humans used to eat meat and other foods raw just like the other animals. With the discovery of fire came the knowledge of cooked food lasting longer. Before that, they used to cook on rocks …

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10 Things To Stop Buying At The Store

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10 Things To Stop Buying At The Store Anyone who has a tight budget (the vast majority of Americans) has felt the sharp increase in the price of food the last few years. Many people have stopped buying the extras they used to enjoy. Not only that, people are looking for ways to save money by …

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10 Wild Edibles Found Everywhere

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10 Wild Edibles Found Everywhere When you walk across a field, do you ever wonder if any of it is edible? You may recognize several ‘weeds’ in there such as dandelion and clover but the rest is just ‘wild plants’ or other weeds to you. What most people don’t realize or ever stop to think …

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Organic Non Manure Fertilizer Options

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Organic Non Manure Fertilizer Options Not everyone is big on the idea of using manure (composted or not!) in any form in the soil of their gardens. Whether it is the smell or the mental image that keeps them from it, there are numerous non manure options you can use to keep your garden fertile …

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How To Make Your Food Stretch And Cut the Waste

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How To Make Your Food Stretch And Cut the Waste There is no denying that food is getting more and more expensive, especially if you want to eat anything resembling healthy food. Meat alone has seen price hikes by well over 60% in the last 4-5 years and people are feeling the strain in their …

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How to Protect Your Home Without a Gun

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How to Protect Your Home Without a Gun There are various reasons why some people do not own a firearm of some kind. Legal restrictions from their past (felons), being unable to afford it or the ammo, or simply a personal preference are just some of the reasons people give for not having a gun …

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How To Catch, Filter and Store Rainwater

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How To Catch, Filter and Store Rainwater When you ask most people how to catch rainwater, they think it is as simple as having a slanted surface that drains into a gutter and then into some kind of holding tank. While this may be true in its most basic sense, there is much more that …

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5 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Preserve Food NOW

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5 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Preserve Food NOW Learning to preserve food, other than freezing it, is something that the vast majority of people have only a vague idea about. Though people are aware of pressure canning, dehydrating, and fermentation, very few have any skill or concept on how you would go about …

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Barter With Your Skills To Fill Your Cupboard

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Barter With Your Skills To Fill Your Cupboard With the cost of food continuously going up, people are looking for ways to help cut the bill while still keeping their family fed. If you barter your skills, you may be amazed at the different things people will pay you with, including food! Bartering is an …

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5 Myths About Being Self-Sufficient

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 5 Myths About Being Self-Sufficient ‘Self-Sufficiency’ is a term that is often tossed around in the preparedness, survivalist, and homesteading communities. There is considerable debate about what that term really means and getting people to agree on a single definition is kind of like herding cats. My personal definition is “The never ending goal of …

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Homemade Peanut Butter: Never Buy Peanut Butter or Roasted Nuts Again!

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Homemade Peanut Butter: Never Buy Peanut Butter or Roasted Nuts Again!   Sometimes, there are things you learn in the homesteading, preparedness, and survival worlds that make you honestly take a moment and ask yourself, “Why doesn’t everyone do this!?” or, “Why haven’t I learned this sooner?” Roasting nuts and making peanut butter (or almond …

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Saying Goodbye to Boxed and Canned Foods

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Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Boxed and Canned Foods? There is a growing movement out there about using more whole and raw foods in cooking instead of the convenient ‘food products’ that are put out by the Big Food companies. If you are like most Americans, the knowledge to cook from scratch is …

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5 Pieces of Advice for the Newbie Homesteader/Prepper

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5 Pieces of Advice for the Newbie Homesteader/Prepper Prepping and homesteading have largely been romanticized by the media and don’t really get into ‘the dirt’ of what it takes to live these kinds of lifestyles. There are lots of companies out there who offer ‘free’ advice for the newbie while trying to sell them something, too. When …

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Grow Fast Food in the Garden

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Grow Fast Food in the Garden Ever have those years in the garden where your harvest comes in early but there is still growing time? How about when you get a late start on your garden overall but still want to be able to get something planted and harvested? You need to grow fast food! …

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Cold Frame Gardening

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Cold Frame Gardening Cold frame gardening is a fantastic way to extend your growing season. In a post disaster world, knowing how to grow your own food will put you far ahead of the game and make you an invaluable addition to any survival group. By using a cold frame, you can grow more food …

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How To Make Your Own Crackers (In 20 Mins or Less!)

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 How To Make Your Own Crackers (In 20 Mins or Less!) There aren’t too many people out there who don’t eat some form of cracker or another. Whether it is made with rice or wheat flour, crackers are a universal food found on every continent. They also happen to be one of the easiest, and …

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Drying Your Clothes On A Clothesline Is Banned In 19 States

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Drying Your Clothes On A Clothesline Banned In 19 States Did you know there are 19 states that have banned clotheslines? Have you ever heard of the Solar Rights Act? If you answered no to either question, you may want to read on. Many Americans are used to living in Home Owner’s Associations (HOAs) and …

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