Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game is a book you need to have if you are going to try to become self reliant. The ability to process your own food is vital. I find that of all the food skills, butchering is one that is often overlooked. It seems simple to cut up a large chunk of meat into smaller pieces, but this in an area of endeavor that the more you know the easier the process becomes. I like the Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game because it is practical, has lots of very clear illustrations, and is short enough
One sign of an experienced survivalist is that they have multiple plans and methods for each and every one of their survival needs. One simple example of this is survival instructors who collect fire starting methods like some people collect baseball cards.
One self-reliant project that I enjoy, but haven’t got around to videotaping is home sausage making. I believe that the ability to cure and store meat is a vital skill to anyone interested in producing a majority of their own food (vegans and veggies excepted). I can deal with a lot of things, but a life without bacon and sausage are just not worth dealing with (IMHO). All preppers need to know how to How to Harvest Your Livestock and Wild Game Luckily I found this little gem. The Complete Book of Butchering, Smoking, Curing, and Sausage Making is a
Do you know what skill sets you have accumulated within your survival family? Think about it for a minute. What does each person bring to the survival group that is beneficial and needed in some way or another?
These are thoughts that have been in my mind for a few weeks now. So I sat down and did some research and put together a list of skill sets that are almost a must have for any group. One of the great things about this list is you can mark off what you have mastered and pick something else to work on. In doing this you become multi-beneficial to the group which is fantastic. Not only would you have the skill sets but you can teach the children.
Below are a few things to consider adding to your group or personal skills:
There are many skills that have been lost over time. Things your great grandparents did in their daily lives that are now left to machines in some far flung factory. Many of us raise chickens, but how many of us take them from pasture to plate?
That’s right, how many of us would have any idea of how to slaughter and dress a chicken? In this really amazing video the host shows you just that, how to catch, humanely kill, and dress a chicken. It’s really an amazing must see video.